For three days in a row our air conditioner has not been used. For the last three days we haven’t had a need for the air conditioner. I’m afraid that means that Fall is on its way. I’m trying to look at the bright side of things, however, it is very difficult.
I love Summer. By late December I’m tired of Winter and ready for Summer. Not Spring, but Summer. I do not love the cold. I woke up this morning and my feet were cold. I do not like that feeling.
This year Summer came late, therefore, Fall shouldn’t come as early, right? At the beginning of May, I was eager for summer and I cleaned the fireplace area a bit too soon. We ended up having two more fires in May. In May!!! That’s not suppose to happen. So I totally feel like I’m getting shorted on warm weather.
The outside pools are now closed, which means no more kiddie pool and no slide. We can still swim in the indoor pool, but it just isn’t the same. And there’s something about walking from the parking lot into the pool when it’s cold out. It’s so much better to feel the heat radiating off the black pavement as you walk into the pool area. It’s even better to toast on a lounge chair and get super hot and then take a dip in the pool. In the Winter time, there are no lounge chairs on the side of the pool. Even if there were, it wouldn’t be any good since there’s really no sunshine. Most of the other people in the pool are there to exercise and that’s about it. Not as much fun.
I also am not looking forward to trading in my flip flops. I love my flip flops. I have to admit I probably have more than the average person. But that’s all I wear all summer long. So I should, right? I don’t like pants. I never have. I wear capris and shorts. That is, when I’m not at the pool.
It won’t be long and the trees will be losing their leaves and the flowers will start to wither. The fresh fruits and vegetables won’t be as plentiful nor as tasty nor as cheap.
But really I should be thinking of all the positives. There’s nothing I can do about the change of the seasons. They will happen whether I’m ready or not.
So I bought a grapevine wreath at the dollar store last week. I’ll use some of the flowers I already have that just happen to be fall colors. I’ll hang that on the front door. I also have a nice green table cloth for the dining room table. I’ll make a nice fall centerpiece. And maybe we’ll even plan a trip to go look at the fall colors. The trees look so pretty right before the leaves fall off. When the trees loose their leaves across the road from our house, we’ll be able to see the neighbor’s goats and his two Great Pyrenees a lot better. I know this may not be right up your alley for entertainment, but we like to watch them. When the snow flies, it makes everything seem so crisp and clean and hides all the imperfections. And Spring will come. By no means fast enough, but it will come.
In the meantime, colder whether means it’s time to start preparing for the holidays. With all the extra people at my house during the holidays, I’d like to have a few things finished before the chaos starts. I have some painting projects I’d like to tackle, a small table in need of sanding and refinishing, and some reorganizing for the dining room. Oh, and don’t forget the kid projects that will turn into gifts for grandparents. Those always seem to take longer than expected. So I’m trying to look forward to some indoorsy stuff.
So even though, I dread Winter coming there are always some good things, like I get a break from pulling weeds and yard work. Yay! And soup is always welcomed at this house and so easy for me. Nothing like a pot of soup on the stove. So even in all the cold, there’s some perks.
What do you do to prepare for the cold season of Winter? What are the perks of the season for you?