On October 2014

All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. (Thomas Wolfe)

October, the tenth month, but it was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar – after all, octo- means eight

For we in the northern hemisphere, October is about autumn, but to those south of the equator, they are enjoying the emergence of spring

In leap years, no month starts on the same day of the week as October, but during common years, only January does

October ends the same day of the week as February every year, but only January does in common years

October’s moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon

Flower: Calendula, Birthstone: Opal, and the Zodiac signs: Libra (until October 22) & Scorpio (October 23 and beyond)

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Sometime in October, all the four major professional sports leagues in North America are playing

Slavs call it “yellow month” because of the colors of leaves, but the Anglo-Saxons refer to October as “Winterfylleth” because at winter begins with this full moon … yet the Germanic use “Wein-mond” for wine month

Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair

Some movies with October in the title: October Sky, Hunt for Red October,
The October Man, First Monday in October, The Hunt for Red October, Mr. October, October Sky, and October

Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills? (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

October is the month to increase awareness for AIDS, Antidepression Death, Blindness, Breast Cancer, Caffeine Addiction Recovery, Domestic Violence, Down Syndrome, Emotional Intelligence, Dyslexia, Eye Injury Prevention, Fair Trade, Global Diversity, Audiology, Chiropractic Health, Critical Illness, Cyber Security, Disabilities Employment, Depression Education, Ergonomics, Liver, Orthodontic Health, Spina Bifida, Substance Abuse, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Work & Family, Rett Syndrome, Workplace Politics, Menopause, and Squirrels

October is the month to celebrate American Cheese, Pharmacists, Apples, Children Magazines, Church Libraries, Class Reunions, Country Music, Eat Better – Eat Together, LGBT History, Free Thought, Books, Bake & Decorate, Arts & Humanity, Medical Libraries, Right Brainers, Spinach Lovers, Cosmetology, Photographers, and Stamp Collecting

October is the month to promote Adopt a Dog, Black Speculative Fiction, Bully Prevention, Bilingual Children, Church Safety & Security, Co-op Awareness, Energy Management for Families, Halloween Safety, Health Literacy, Home Eye Safety, Strategic Planning, Walking to School, Intergenerations, Long-Term Care Planning, Animal Safety & Protection, Crime Prevention, Dental Hygiene, Family Sexuality Education, Kitchen & Baths, Hearing Protection, Gourmet Adventures, Car Care, Tackling Hunger, Window Covering Safety, Organizing Your Medical Info, Self Promotion, Reading Groups, and Toilet Tank Repair

October is the month to appreciate bats, caramel, chili, cookbooks, field trips, popcorn, pork, roller skating, seafood, pizza, sausage, pretzels, desserts, apples, pickled peppers, tomatoes, cookies, and pasta

October is the month to Embrace Positive Attitude, Vegetarians, Family History, Hispanic heritage, German-American heritage, Polish-American heritage, and Italian-American heritage (yea me – Do any of these apply to you?)

October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Every green thin loves to die in bright colors. (Henry Ward Beecher)

On an October Return

Greetings everyone! Yep, I’m back to being live.

Special thanks to all who visited and commented on the flashbacks during my blog break. It’s probably too ambitious, but I would love to respond to all the comments. Of course, I must also get back to visiting your fabulous blogs.

A new month upon us means new celebrations. Month-long gastrointestinal celebrations for October include American cheese, apples, country ham, caramel, popcorn, pears, pineapples, pizza, rhizomes, persimmons, sausage, spinach, chili, cookies, pork, pretzels, pasta, and seafood.

Other celebrations for the entire month include squirrel awareness, dwarfism awareness, toilet tank repair, roller skating, liver awareness, Italian-Americans, Polish-Americans, German-Americans, feral hogs, and caffeine addiction recovery.

Just so you know, this is Get Organized Week and Pickled Peppers Week. Daily observances included

  • (Tues) Vegetarian Day
  • (Wed) Name Your Car Day, Balloons Around the World Day, Farm Animals Day
  • (Thurs) Butterfly Day, Techies Day

Here’s an animal treat for a belated-started to the week.

Flashbacks: On Food and Recipes

Whether eating in a restaurant, a special dinner at home, getting that special treat, or time in the kitchen, we enjoy many aspects of a meal. Here are some selections for my archival vault that may capture your interest. Enjoy, visit as many as you wish, and hopefully you will comment on the post you visited. Are you going to make any of these?

On a Skyline

If you are in the Blue Ridge Mountains, travel Skyline Drive.

If you are in Brooklyn, marvel at Manhattan’s skyline.

If you are at a scenic mountain range overlook, enjoy the stunning peaks encroaching into the skyline.

If you are in Cincinnati, enjoy eating our local cuisine that we locals call Skyline.

In Cincinnati, Skyline is a chili. It’s not soup or a stew. It’s not in the style from Texas or even the rest of the country. Actually, as this past post on chili shows, it is very different from the normal mindset of what chili is or should be. Then again, it’s so Cincinnati – thus one of the great examples of specialized, local cuisine in the United States.

Cincinnati serves chili as a topping for – of all things – spaghetti! Whenever I take a visitor on their first trip to this culinary institution, I ask them these basic questions: Do you like spaghetti? Do you like shredded cheddar cheese? Do you like raw onions? Do you like red kidney beans? Based on their answers, I can tell them how to order the right way without looking at the menu.

  • 3-way: Spaghetti, chili, cheese
  • 4- way: Spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions
  • 4-way bean (my fav): Spaghetti, chili, cheese, beans
  • 5-way: Spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions, and beans

Tabasco Sauce is available at the table for those desiring to add a touch of heat.

Yet – Cincinnatians have other ways of ordering their locate favorite after identifying “the way.”

  • Wet – extra liquid
  • Dry – liquid drained
  • Semi wet or dry – have way
  • Extra something (beans, onions, or cheese)
  • Inverted – Served upside down than the normal way, (thus cheese is on the bottom)
  • Dieters can get it without the cheese

Skyline Chili is not the only chili restaurant in the city, but it is the most popular and my preference. When President Obama came to town in July, he visited Skyline – and even ordered the correct way (and my fav)” 4-Way Bean. Gotta love the coneys, too! Enjoy the short commercials.


And this one that includes another Cincinnati tradition

On Chili

Is chili a stew or a soup? Does chili contain chilies? Does chili that goes on a chili dog differ from chili that goes in a bowl? Can you serve chili on a plate?

In much of America (and generally speaking), chili is a stew with ground beef and beans with a varying degree of spices.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Nah-baby-nah in Texas because chili has a spicy broth, and chunks or sliced bits of beef, but no beans.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Then again, some substitute chicken for beef, plus switch from red beans to white.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Others proclaim a chili without meat, so bring on the vegetarian chili.

Image from Food Network and to this recipe


Other variations include using sausage, turkey, pork, lamb, and include this wonderful rendition from Argentina (a past post).


By visiting us in Cincinnati, chili takes on an entirely different meaning … and on a plate.

Image property of Skyline Chili


Come on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s taken to another level.

Image property of Skyline Chili