Octoberfest And Fall; All At Once!!

We started our day with coffee and a stroll through our garden, which is thinning with the arrival of fall today at midnight.  We still have a few tomatoes and think we will plant the winter garden in late October or early November.

We will be planting beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, fava beans, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, both head and leaf lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnips.

We have a wide choice of items to grow!

I would tell you my autumn joke, but you probably wouldn’t fall for it!

It’s been raining for three days without stopping.  My wife is in depression; she is standing and looking through the window.  If the rain doesn’t stop tomorrow, I must let her in.

I dug up 1/4 of one of the beds, preparing it for fall plants.  The soil, even after the first years, is looking pretty good.   We must add 20 bags of amendment when we return from New Hampshire!

After two hours, it was looking pretty good!

When we returned to the house, Scout was awaiting!  He wanted us to see the pictures they took at the groomers!  Now he wants to go on “Dancing With The Stars”; he is such a ham!

He is getting slightly carried away!

We liked the Halloween pillows so much that we ordered some from the front room; they arrived in the morning,  just before noon!

Now we are officially decorated with just some witch’s hats to put along the garage!

We visited the local furrier at noon, where Mary had some important business to conduct.

Mary and the furrier have known each other for years!

Later, we headed to the luggage store to collect our newly monogrammed baggage.  I absolutely adore my new luggage, as now I can pack my tuxedos without any worries about them being crushed in the bag.  Moreover, the new bags have wheels that roll in any direction!

On our way home, we stopped at Del Taco and tried their new BBQ quesadilla.  While it was okay, too much BBQ sauce made it too sweet for our tastes.

Yummy Yummy

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla filled primarily with cheese and sometimes meats, spices, and other fillings, then cooked on a grill or stove.  Traditionally, a corn tortilla is used, but it can also be made with a flour tortilla.

Every time we go to Del Taco, we try to learn a new word.

We learn a new word every day!

Tonight, we went to Octoberfest at the Lodge.  Oktoberfest, an annual festival in Munich, Germany, is held over two weeks and ends on the first Sunday in October.  The festival originated on October 12, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

BTW, Oktoberfest begins in September.  ‘Septemberfest’ doesn’t have the same ring to it, though.  While the event starts on 17th September, it does run into October, ending on 3rd October.

The Lodge was hopping this evening. They had German food, several new kinds of beer, and entertainment all evening long!

Many folks were dressed in German attire.

These two played all evening long, and they were quite amazing.  They played everything from the Chicken Dance to Edelweiss!

What do you call an angry German?  Sauerkraut!

The music was fantastic.

As usual, the Elks served a delicious dinner, including beef, pork, sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, and other tasty options.  Bob, Robin, and Mary eagerly filled their plates.

The food was delicious!

I went for the beef plus a sausage and added potatoes with sauerkraut.

Heard about the new German-Chinese restaurant?  The food is great, but an hour later, you’re hungry for power.

I did well and only went back six times!

German alpenhorn is a long horn played by Alpine herdsmen and villagers, sounded for intercommunication and at daily ceremonies and seasonal festivals.  It is carved or bored in wood and overwound with birch bark.   It is a form of labrophone, consisting of a straight several-meter-long wooden natural horn of conical bore with a wooden cup-shaped mouthpiece.  Traditionally, the Alphorn was made of one piece, or two parts at most, and made from the wood of a red pine tree.

What do you call an Indian playing a haunted accordion?  Polka haunt us!

He could toot that sucker!

Did You Know?  Herdsmen in Lower Bavaria started the Wolfauslassen in the 18th century.  It stems from a time when wolves and bears were common in the forests of Bavaria.  The cows wore bells around their necks to scare the wild beasts away.

Bells, bells, and more bells.

We had a table for eight as our daughter and son-in-law joined us, plus Vicky and Brenda made for delightful company.  We were expecting some new friends we met at Aces, but we did not see them and we hope they are OK.

Mary and Robin were enjoying the evening.

While many polkas were played, there was dance music, so Mary and I did the chacha and several other dances.  I felt safe as my lederhosen had suspenders!

What’s the definition of an extreme optimist?  An accordion player with a pager.

Waltz, Foxtrot, Polka, whatever you wanted, he could play!

We stopped by Aces on the way home, had a glass of wine, and visited the bartenders.  The evening was very enjoyable!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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