There is a mixture of summer and fall today. As one season folds into the next, blending the best of both seasons and creating this golden, colorful fall day.
Yes, Fall is in the air this morning. She came to Texas a few days ago and I am welcoming this long, lost friend. Fall only comes for short visits in Texas, and most years, is the last guest to sit at the table. Some years, fall misses Thanksgiving dinner altogether and skips right into the Christmas season. Rude.
Not today, today is a fall day in Texas.
She is one of those guests who appears on her own schedule, shows up no matter how late, but she is so graceful and entertaining, you welcome her with open arms.
Today Fall came for a visit and I am so happy to welcome my friend.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot
As I age, I like summer, Texas summers, less and less. I want to escape our heat. It’s not just heat, it is the humidity. It is sweaty, I-need-another-shower, humidity. We say it feels like the surface of the sun. And, I tire of it generally by May. Because you see, Spring is another guest we don’t see that often. Spring is just as rude as Fall by visiting for only short periods of time. Summer, however, is a boisterous, over-stayed guest who wears out its welcome.
I sit outside on this fall day, writing, with goosebumps, although the warm sun feels incredible on my skin. Not at all how it feels in the summer. In the summer, in Texas, you melt as soon as you go outside. The heat hits you like a ton of bricks, heavy on your body. You feel as though you can’t breathe unless you are near or in the water.
Clearly, Summer gets drunk and doesn’t know when to go home.
The mosquitoes haven’t figured out fall is in charge today. They are hanging around until Winter shows her cold face.Today Fall came for a visit and I am so happy to welcome my friend. #Texasfalls Click To Tweet
Leave summer! And, let Fall stay.
Luckily, today, fall is in charge. And I love it. This fall morning is so different. This morning is refreshing. This is what a fall day feels like.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” -Lauren DeStefano, Wither
As I sit outside and write, it is sunny and fresh. It is a crisp 65 degrees out. Still colder in the shade. But, I am really appreciating every shake my body gives me.
There is no humidity. No miserable heat. Only chilly air and warm sun. This morning feels as if I am diving into a pool—I am immediately cooled off, refreshed and slightly cold. And then, I come to the surface and feel the warmth again resting on my head.
I sit outside writing, with hot coffee and a fall blanket on this fall day because this morning, these two items are welcomed.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” -John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
The flowers are as confused as the mosquitos. Some are looking sad because summer has hung around too long, but for the most part, most of the flowers are still blooming and beautiful. They look odd sitting next to my pumpkins. One of these things doesn’t belong. But then again, that is Texas.
Yesterday, we opened doors and windows with screens. Let the air in and keep the bugs out. Today, I will do the same.
The wind is blowing and the leaves are falling. The leaves have color but not as much as there will be, I hope. The squirrels are hustling around, storing their winter feast. Acorns have been falling for weeks and nature teaches the collectors to gather.
Everyone seems to enjoy this renewed weather, this newness in the air. My dogs have a little spunk in their step this morning and seem to be enjoying the temperature as much as I do. They are more feisty than usual.
I am sure fall will be mysterious again and disappear for weeks before reappearing at its own schedule. I will take what I can get from this welcomed guest and will relish the days spent with Fall.
I hope for you the ability to see the beauty, feel the brisk air and the golden, warm sun on your skin. I hope you take the time to stop and see the changes. And, really feel Fall.
love and blessings~dd
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