Phenomenal Fall: October 2012

This is a photo of a house in my neighborhood with the look of fall plants & flowers.

I looked up the definition of phenomenal and this is what came up:  extraordinary, unique, exceptional, unusual, rare, out of the ordinary, unparalleled. Now, not all theses synonyms apply to Fall, because Fall is not rare or unusual, since it comes every year at this time. But I do think the others can apply in the sense that this is a once each year happening. And for me, each Fall I anticipate the change in the air & the foliage, enjoying the mums with their jeweled tones, watching which trees change first and which ones hang on until Thanksgiving.  So, for me, the whole experience is phenomenal, especially is if I see a group of trees in various shades of Fall!

This group of trees is next to the post office where I walk. The bright tree turns first in early fall, and then the others follow suit. I took this later in October in a previous year. Currently, the trees are just turning.

In addition to what Nature has to offer, we also have other activities in Fall. One is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I will be focusing part of my efforts on separating the riff from the raff, that is, which organizations are up to speed and which one is cozying up to corporate greed. At a recent Health Fair which I helped coordinate, Dr.Susan Silberstein gave an excellent presentation and I will be sharing some of that information. In the meantime, feel free to go to the website: I reviewed one of Susan’s cookbooks some time ago, Hungry for Health, and I will review a newer one called Hungrier for Health, which is gluten & dairy free as well as vegan. Her motto is Prevention is the Cure, which I think is a great statement for her non-profit organization.

Recipes for Fall are also in the air. I start seeing dishes in the papers & magazines made with winter  squashes and sweet potatoes. The recipe I planned for last month was pushed to this month, because I forgot I wanted to put something in related to the Jewish New Year, so I posted Challah French Toast. Thus the golden soup below will be posted this month, which actually is more appropriate. ( I think carving a pumpkin for Halloween is not a coincidence, since this holiday falls when pumpkins & other squashes are readily available.)


Golden Sweet Potato-Carrot Soup


October 1st, is World Vegetarian Day and at the end of the month is World Food Day (Oct. 26th), so they are the bookends for this month for a refocus on the importance of nourishing foods in your life. Even if you are not a vegetarian, you might want to try a meatless dish for today. You can have rice & beans with veggies in a burrito or pasta & asparagus with pesto. Taking a break from meat might be a good habit to cultivate, since a change in what you eat may give you a different perspective on the importance of food in your life.  Wikipedia notes that this day was established in 1977 by NAVS (North America Vegetarian Society) “to bring awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.” According to this source, this is actually Vegetarian Awareness Month, culminating in World Vegan Day on November 1st. Since my recipes are already vegetarian and mostly vegan, with little or no sugar or gluten, you won’t see any changes in my recipe ingredients. But hopefully you will try some of them!


I also learned that October 12th-October 20th is Bone & Joint Health Awareness Week. Not sure if that overlaps with National Osteoporosis Month, but I do have another book I hope to review by one of my favorite authors,  Annemarie Colbin, PhD. (Not sure it includes joints, so I may have to do some additional research.) Here is the cover:

Since we will be taking a short trip through upstate New York & Canada next week, I hope to take some phenomenal photos for fall, although right on our condo property is this view of fall flowers and plants that I love to see each time I leave the property. Hope you have your own phenomenal fall. ♥

5 thoughts on “Phenomenal Fall: October 2012

  1. ellen sue:

    Thanks so much – the views are phenomenal! Have a great trip next week.

    Best regards,

  2. Beautiful blog, ellen sue! Love the title and what a wonderful variety of entries on topics relevant to us women. Your kitchen comments engaged me totally. While I was married, I became known as the woman who dusts her stove. When I was widowed in 2000, microwave popcorn became a frequent “meal” while the dust piled up on the stovetop.. My widow journey turned into my memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal. Thanks for posting all of the great ideas, plan to check your blog often!

  3. Dear Diane,
    If you send me your book, I will review it on my website. Sounds like a good one!!! Email me at so I can send you my address. On the way to Calif., so if you don;t hear from me, I willbe back next week.
    Thanx for the kudos!!! ellensue
    P.S. Dusting your stove! That’s a new one onme!!!!

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