Start mulching the vegetable beds for winter - CHECK.
Cook the last picking of green beans before they spoil - CHECK.
Pick the last cucumbers and green tomatoes before frost hits - CHECK.
Ride bicycle to the city Resource Recovery Plant open house and tour - CHECK.
Ride bicycle to annual eye exam - CHECK.
Begin planning/drafting next letter to the editor on topic of phase-out of local use of coal power - CHECK.
Pre-register for free workshop on Sustainable Communities (put on by local activists) - CHECK.
Get photos posted from the 10/10/10 joint Crop Walk and 350.org campaign event in town - DO.
Re-Post some of Dennis Keeney's published articles on Green Seniors - DO.
This is a sample of my October. There is always more to do than there is time, but the weather waits for no one. Anything to be done outside gets a higher priority. It goes without saying that time with my family (the extended family in town includes 12) and my for-pay work that is not environmental claims many hours of each week.
The youngest grandchild is now four years old, and quality time with her takes precedence over all else. My "fab five" older granddaughters are now young ladies between the ages of 11 and 13. I soaked up all the time with them that I could, while I could, and now they are leaving childhood behind. My role as Grandma is changing.
Living in the moment is something one appreciates most when very young or very old. I have one more chance to share the joy of eating berries right off the bushes, watching the shapes of clouds change, and finding interesting leaves on the ground. If I'm lucky, perhaps I'll do these things again with great-grandchildren.
As a follow up to my plan to rescue more fruit for community use, it fizzled. I discovered my community was already highly organized to deal with hunger and food needs. I did deliver one batch of my own produce to the community food pantry--the rest of my surplus went to neighbors, friends, and relatives. It was a matter of, that base is covered, find ones that aren't.
And to further take the wind of my my fruit co-op sails, the apple trees I monitor just didn't produce at all this year. But that's the point of having a lot of initiatives--some fall by the wayside for various reasons, but others become winners.