Monday, September 14, 2009
A Slight Taste of Autumn. Yum!
There's suddenly a subtle hint of Fall in the air and I'm loving it. The days are not only getting exponentially shorter, but they've been quite a bit cooler of late. Which is not to say that we're done with heat and humidity, because we'll certainly bake and sweat again before true Autumn arrives. For now, the nights, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, are simply divine sleeping weather -- not too hot and not too cold. Soon, it will be time to switch out my wardrobe and bring out the long sleeves and the occasional sweater. We all have our little winterizing rituals around our homes and, soon enough, it will be time to perform those. Here, unless there's some diametric change to the typical pattern, we'll continue to see warm weather through October and probably into November. We won't see any real cold much before Christmas, and then everything will pretty well go downhill 'til March or so.
By mid-October, the Fall foliage will be a blaze of Technicolor, the mountain vistas a kaleidoscope of reds and oranges and golds of varying hues. With each step, we'll hear the crisp crunch of leaves underfoot. My dog adores a pile -- any pile -- of leaves and will dive into every one she sees if I don't stop her. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. She deserves a little doggie fun.
It's a bit early, but the nights are getting cool enough that I'm getting a premature taste for such Fall fare as baked ham and fried apples, hot biscuits, cornbread, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie, and hot chocolate.
Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. I'd think my world had achieved perfection if fall led into Spring, followed by Fall, which erupted into Spring, which faded gently into Fall -- and so on and so on.
Happy Early Fall, and Happy Monday.