In the Upper Midwest, October is ordinarily a cold, rainy month with the occasional dusting of snow. It marks a change in seasons. We wrap ourselves in sweaters and scarves because the descending temperatures feel unfamiliar and we need more time to adjust. We turn on the heat, make our first pots of stew, and settle into a slower pace of living. This year, however, autumn has been mild. The sun is warm, the grass is green, and an inviting breeze sends promises of leisure and relaxation...