Easing into fall – It’s almost as if someone flipped a switch. Summer is gone. It is fall. One day it was in the 90s and the next we were struggling to hit 70 degrees. It’s darker earlier. We are eating dinner inside and watching Jeopardy. This past week I cleaned out the garden. The tomatoes were just about done. There were green ones on the vine but they don’t ripen as sweet. I realized a long time ago that waiting too long to clean up means that I freeze my butt off. It does not result in a continuous stream of wonderful tomatoes.
Memories – Fall was always a travel time for us. Beach trips, New England leaf peeping. We haven’t been to the beach in a few years. This year was a very unpredictable year weather-wise. Many people ended up working puzzles indoors on their vacation. I wasn’t motivated to plan. I miss getting together with our siblings to overeat, sing and talk. Things change and we need to appreciate where we are right now. Next year may come with a different set of circumstances or challenges.
Melancholy – Fall is always the time that I get sad. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s a lovely season. Maybe I miss going back to school or the summer activities. I know I miss the long daylight. Some of my friends hibernate during the winter limiting their social functions. Perhaps it’s a fear of a long hard winter. I will medicate myself with an extra mocha latte and a “me day” and hope for the best.
Out of the woodwork! – Fall also means an uptick in people going to places I need to go. Starbucks is much more crowded. (Seriously, do people only drink coffee in the cooler months?) Even grocery stores are jammed. I haven’t yet adjusted to my “winter people attitude.” Yes, it’s slightly more tolerant but just slightly. (What were you expecting? A transformation?) I will roll over your feet with my shopping cart if you are dawdling.
Coming soon – The carpet we ordered several weeks ago is coming this week. As is always the case, I am wondering if I made the right decision. Will I like the color? Will a room of it look as good as the itty bitty sample? Purchasing anxiety. I always get it with things that can’t be returned.
So how was your week?