A lot of us live in areas that experience changes in seasons, and I’m going to guess each of us has a favorite time of year. Fall is not mine. I much prefer spring. So it’s no surprise that I’ve so far thoroughly enjoyed unusual October here in Minnesota.
We had a record breaking two week’s worth of near 80, if not 80 plus degree days. On top of that, near drought conditions in many parts of the state seemed to diminish the brightness in the changing color of our trees. It seemed as if summer was never going to end.
Then a bitter, piercing wind blew in last week, causing temperatures to plummet. The trees knew fall was coming, but I didn’t. They’re appropriately bare of leaves while I’m still in shorts and short-sleeved T-shirts! I haven’t thought much about it before, but I guess I have a series of physical steps taking place over a matter of weeks that prepare me mentally for the setting in of winter.
I rake and clear out my potted flowers and vegetable plants. I switch out my closet, shorts and tees for pants, sweaters and sweatshirts. I scrape and oil the grill, clean my car. The crock pot makes an appearance. All that and more. I have a lot of cocooning to do before that first hard frost.
What about you? Do you enjoy a change in seasons or are you dreading the cold? What, if anything, do you do to settle in for fall? Are you ready?