Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it begins with the month of September. I love the beautiful, changing colors of trees and shrubs. My favorite childhood memory involves the autumn leaves on our 44 acre farm. We built forts from all the leaves and had fun jumping into giant mounds of them.
Music is life
September is National Piano Month.
Music has been an important part of our culture since biblical times that continues to influence us today. I learned to play piano by ear at age 8, and have been playing ever since. As an adult, I have used my piano music as a therapeutic remedy for seniors, especially those suffering with memory-loss diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In early 2001, I recorded a CD and had it professionally produced and packaged. I still sell it today in my Etsy and eBay stores. It has had profound effects on victims of Alzheimer’s in nursing homes, where I played and conducted sing-along programs. You can read about one such experience at my Sing You Seniors website, where you can also listen to short song clips used in my sing-along programs.
Get your hat on
Since 1991, September is also National Hat Month, which marks the change from summer straw hats to warmer felt, fabric and crocheted hats. There are many different varieties of hats to choose from, depending on your preferences. You can find my custom-made, crocheted hats for the entire family in my Etsy store.
Modeling clay gets remodeled
In 1955, Noah McVicker came up with the now-famous recipe while working for a Cincinnati chemical soap company on a solution for cleaning coal soot from wallpaper. With the help of his nephew Joseph, brother in law to a local school teacher who would give Play-Doh® its name, the colored putty sold as a children’s toy in 1956, and it remains popular today in the classroom and at home.
Don’t believe me? September 16th is National Play-Doh Day.
I also make homemade play dough for my grandchildren and friends’ children.
Traditional Play Dough recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last.
Cook over medium heat until smooth. Continue cooking after the mixture thickens, and continue to cook until the dough comes together in the pan to form a ball. Remove from pan and knead until blended and smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when completely cool.
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not allow condensation to form in the storage container.
Weathering the storm
Wishing you all a happy and safe September as we experience some very dangerous weather disasters in the form of hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes in the USA and elsewhere. My prayers go out to all who have fallen victim to these catastrophic events.