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Most years we head out in the forest with friends to find our Christmas trees but this year, it was just us. The road was covered in snow and we did not drive nearly as far into the forest as we have in the past. No point in trying to get stuck. Some people think that’s fun but not us! It did not take us long to find a nice Douglas fir that will grace our home for the holiday season. Of course, it was on the steepest hillside. The dogs and I trundled through the snow while Ken tied the tree to the top of the truck.

Maybe November is the longest month. November 2020 for sure. Now I know why I have traveled in November the last two years. October is a lovely month in the Methow. I’ll have to rethink my travel plans for next year.

The weather brought early snow which seemed wonderful at first and for sure, groomed ski trails are in terrific shape for so early in the season. Walking, that’s another thing. The trails are icy and uneven and the rest of the snow is crusty and dangerous for the dogs. Some days we get sun which is glorious and watching it unfold across the hillsides is a sight to be seen. But many days are gray. Gray. Like today.

The birds don’t seem to mind too much, except for when it snows. We keep the feeders filled and I think they appreciate it. One morning, there was a leucistic House Finch. Leucism is a partial loss of pigmentation, which can make an animal have white or patchily colored skin, hair, or feathers.

Rozie and Ginger came to see us this past weekend! Ginger is the youngest redhead, just a little over a year old and she rarely sits still. Well, Rozie is three and she is pretty active herself. These two are part of the Good Girls’ Club and Sky and Luna were glad to see them, except when it came to sharing the couch. The redheads blend in perfectly with fall colors.

Yesterday was a glorious fall day. If you were not outside, I am sorry about that.

October went from fall to winter and back to fall. The girls and I got out on various walks, in various weather. It was all good.

We started with a walk up at the pass so the girls could play in the snow. Of course, Sky found a tennis ball. A dirty, partially rotten tennis ball. She was so proud. Another day we went to Big Valley right after a rain squall. The colors were magnified by the moisture. Shortly after that we went back to Big Valley after the first real snowfall in the valley. And salmon were spawning in the river this month. Circle of life.

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