The first weekend of October, which seems AGES ago, we left for a few days in California. We hadn't traveled anywhere at all since 2012, but everything went well until time to come home. Our flight was canceled, unexpectedly extending our stay and landing us in a hotel for a night (paid for by the airline). The next day we spent all day in the airport, getting reimbursed for the room, finding our way to the right terminal, and waiting, waiting, waiting for the flight home to leave. We got home 24 hours later than expected, which wasn't what we wanted, but it all could have been so much worse. Anyway...
The reason we were in the Oakland/Berkeley area was to visit with Smith's family; his brother (who made delicious meals) and sister-in-law (who took us to a dress rehearsal of the San Francisco Symphony), and his niece Rahel and her wife Caroline.
The weather in California was amazing (80˚), so much better than the coldness back home. Rahel and Caroline took us to an Urban Garden Festival, which they knew Smith would love, and to an amazing grocery store called the Berkeley Bowl. You might think it is a funny place to take tourists, but Smith and I were in grocery store heaven!
That evening, we had dinner in their sukkah, because we were visiting during the celebration of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday much like a harvest festival. They built their little "booth" out of wood slats and draped it with fabric streamers. It was my first time celebrating the holiday, a festival about which I knew very little.
Most of Octobers pictures are of the season, the leaves, the dying gardens, Halloween, etc., but I did get a couple of my various hobbies and even a selfie! See that blurry photo on what would have been the 11th of the month? That is the one day I forgot to take a picture. I had been doing a good job of taking a daily photo and to skip a day was upsetting, but, when I looked at my photos there was one, just one photo for the day. I have no idea what it is, other than blurry, but it worked out for me! A bad photo is still a photo.