I get very conflicted at this time of year. Yes, it’s beautiful. You lose the annual flowers but the trees more than make up for it, at least in the short run.
A warm day is really a warm day. Unlike in the spring when a warm day still has an undertone of a cold earth.
There are fresh apples (and fresh apple strudel) and pumpkin in all its wonderful forms (lattes and pies and breads, oh my!)
But we all know what’s coming….at least in the northeastern part of the US. Yep, cold weather is on its way, maybe with snowstorms, biting winds, yucky driving (which always is fertile ground for stupid people posts) and a desire to hibernate.
You get tricked because it starts out with holidays. There was Columbus Day for shopping – warm and beautiful. Then we go into the Halloween season and when did it start to be a whole month instead of a day? Chocolate all over the place and on sale too! (Feeling cozy and loved, aren’t you?)
We are just about out of that and it’s Thanksgiving. That’s a big dinner where you eat too much and then it’s time to strategize for the shopping frenzy called Black Friday.
I took the beloved husband one year. It was late in the afternoon and all the crazies were gone as were the 52” TVs for $10. I showed him my secret parking spot 20 ft. from the back door. We got a whole lot of shopping done and used coupons too!
Just about when we are out of money, energy and any interest in interacting with people (or maybe that’s just me) it’s Christmas. More food, more running around, more of everything.
All these holidays come with decorations. Up with the pumpkin stuff. Down with the pumpkin stuff. Decorate with turkeys and some of the left over pumpkins that aren’t too scary. Down with the turkeys and up with anything red and green and sparkly.
I’m exhausted just thinking about it. The beloved husband is a diehard Christmas tree fan. It’s down to a 7-1/2 ft. tree now but I am trying to get it smaller. Its two days worth of work – one to put it up and one to take it down. The cats love it though. They fight to sleep under it. For heaven’s sake, it’s a fake tree! They think they are in Sherwood Forest!
I will stop anticipating the negative and enjoy the warm spell we’re having, the beautiful colors, the awesome sales, the great friends and the pumpkin lattes. We all know that in a few months I will be cold and cranky!
Happy Halloween to all!
Fall foliage courtesy of pondpikecabins.com