Thursday, September 28, 2017

Falling for Seasonal Change

Yup, the seasons have definitely changed in my neck of the woods. Fall is officially here.

Blinking traffic lights tell me so.

I relish a time of transition when the passing of summer ushers in a season when crowds disappear and lines shrink at the grocery store, Rite Aid, Wawa, and restaurants, a season characterized by cooler weather, earlier evenings, later sunlit mornings, and quieter streets.

Actually the streets are not as quiet as I would like them to be. This is the season repairmen and construction workers descend on my town, building and fixing and completing work homeowners ignored all summer. The banging, clanging and drilling are a disruptive influence on laid-back mornings – starting too early – and afternoons, forcing doors and windows closed to avoid the racket.

Back to the blinking lights. Less traffic allows the replacement of red, green and yellow on one of our main streets with a constant blinking yellow light. No need for stop-and-go driving. Cruise down the avenue; enjoy the changing landscape colors from green to yellows, reds and brown, the bike riders, joggers and skateboarders, savor life in the slow lane.

Soups and casseroles replace fresh salads and walks to the ice cream parlor. No more local corn. Locally grown tomatoes will be available for only a couple more weeks. And most area farmer’s markets closed until next summer.

Morning hot coffee replaces large glasses of ice coffee. I wear jeans for the first time in weeks and dig out long sleeve shirts. Don’t need them yet, but will soon. Sneakers replace sandals as my footwear of choice.

Time to think about hurricane season and hope our town avoids devastating storms this year. Time to clean out the closet and bag items that will never again see the light of day on my body (or hub’s), but are still in good enough shape for the thrift shop.

Time to think about preparing the garden for months of dormancy. Time to move toys to the garage until next summer. And time to think about cold weather relief. What warm weather destination will hub and I visit this winter?

Time to embrace the change of seasons. 


  1. Fall in Vermont ushered in record breaking heat, but that won't last.

  2. Yep, it's time. I started clearing out my garden and getting it ready for the rains to come. We had a beautiful last day of sunshine on Thursday and now it's cool and cloudy with some rain showers. Lovely. Wish I could get motivated like you! :-)

  3. We will have rains here in Vancouver Washington this week, yet mild temps, no more shorts or short sleeve clothes..I got out my sweaters and coats and all my long pants, my mittens, hats and scarves..Walks in the morning are cold and I hate to do it but must do it for my health type 2 diabetes..The only nicest thing is my hubs birthday at the very end of Rocktober as I call it and my only the first week of November right after Halloween, I go all out for those, then I chill til New Years, everyday is a day to spoil and love on the people you love and care about, we were married in North Las Vegas in 1974 in a church the minister and the two people from the congregation who stood up for us were so sweet and kind, we left right after the ceremony to honeymoon I a real state colorful Colorado in Broomfield then arvada, then our lovely home in Aurora but right up the street form where our home was in Aurora that nut went into the century theater and shot lots of people and killed them oh, my goodness were were happy to have moved to the west out here, but it can and does happen anywhere, mental illness is for absolutely real and there seems to be no stopping from selling those assault rifles, all I do is pray and pray some more..on a lighter note, enjoy your up coming holidays my hubs if from Brooklyn NY and our only lives there we love the NYC and NJ areas, people are warm and wonderful..ciao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!