another season slips away

though the calender reports another week of summer, the coolness of fall has swept into wisconsin.  and i must say, i love it.  however, i don't want the temperatures to drop any lower.  60s=perfection.  (okay, okay, i'm a 70s lover, but the 90s we endured this summer was too hot for me.)

two days ago, i debated turning on the air conditioning. it was 88 and humid in the house.  i talked myself out of it knowing it would most likely be the last hot day of this season.

this afternoon i had a fire going.


but i love the color-changing leaves and the blooming flowers of the fall.  the crisp, cool air does something to my spirit. somehow i'm more awake, even if my nights of sleeplessness continue. 

one downfall of the cooler weather is that my showers take a bit longer.  in the dark morning hours, it's hard to enjoy the chill in the air and stepping out from under the steamy water takes some coaxing.  well, not coaxing exactly.  more like knowing the consequences of running late push me toward the towel.

consequences=stress!  panic!  and one crabby mommy.

speaking of running late, i've been doing that a whole lot lately.  getting into a new routine is hard.  but not as hard for me as it is for my new kindergartener and preschooler.  earlier to bed, earlier to rise.  so true.  unfortunately, this truth does not speak convincingly enough to two little ones who like to stay up and sleep in. ( well, sleeping in for them is 7, but that's at least 30 minutes too late when being clothed, fed, and buckled in the car by 7 is a necessity!)  yeah, i've been late. nearly every. single. day.  grrr.

***********on a writing note************************

my manuscripts tend to always take off in the fall.  i suppose it's not as odd as it seems. it's a likely setting considering my characters are in high school.  then the story can span a school year if it needs to.  not that i couldn't carry on a summertime plot, but so far my imagination has only conjured up the problems my girls need to face in a school setting.  i guess shelby would be able to too easily avoid those snotty girls in the summer.  her school is just not large enough!  

***********end of writing note********************

are you sad to see the summer go?  (for those of you in a different hemisphere, how is the weather treating you?) 

as i talk about the joys weather can bring (and the minor irritations), i haven't forgotten the tragedies that can be a consequence of nature as well.  and i hope you are all safe from storms and winds and wildfires.  i've kept all of my blog friends in my prayers these past weeks and months since disasters of all kinds have struck around the globe. 



  1. I enjoy the changing of season, esp. the fall b/c I love the cool but not freezing the air, the changing of the colors, and it's always a good season fro my writing.

  2. A few days ago, it reached 88 and the AC was running. Yesterday, it only got up to like 55 and the furnace kicked on for the first time since April. Yuck. This weekend it's supposed to be in the 70s - that's perfect for me. Too bad it never stays that way here in eastern CO.

  3. I live in southwest Florida, so I'm looking forward to the dry weather of fall. I miss the leaves changing, but I hate living in the cold and snow so it's a good trade for me. :)

  4. I quite like the autumn. Summers are rainy in England, but the air turns fresh and the sky clears in September. It's a great month.

  5. I love fall too! It is my favorite season, though honestly I love them all in their own ways and for their own reasons.

  6. I love Fall. Someone once said to me they hated it because "everything" dies, like their garden. But to me, Fall is exciting, the air, the color of the leaves, the pumpkins, what i get to wear, the holidays coming up...all of it! :)

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  8. I know just what you mean about the weather. Yesterday, I had the windows wide open until the sun went down and it suddenly became chilly enough for me to close them all. As much as I love autumn (and the cooler temperatures), I miss summer.

    Good luck with your new routine :)

  9. 1. I have a love/hate relationship with the end of summer. Yay, kids back to school. But also, suck, kids back to school.
    2. I always start my novels in the fall. Weird, huh? Something about new beginnings.

  10. I like summer the best. Don't get me wrong, I like my central air, too, but the sun and grass and leaves make me feel happy. (and although I have no income then, the feeling of not having to go to work is a bit nice, too!)

    I love, love, love baseball and all of my books have something about baseball in it. Those two reasons combined make mine set in late spring or summer - something I never consciously realized before!!

    Frost on the ground for the past two mornings. Why, oh why so early??

  11. I'm always sad to see summer go, but, strangely enough, I've been more productive with my writing now that summer is over and I'm back to work. Weird.

  12. I'm with you 60s - 70s all the way. Right now it's not even 50 but it should be 80 tomorrow. Call it northern confusion.

    I always write and read more when it's cool.

  13. Fall is my favorite season - miss the midwest the most right now. Altho right now is pretty fine here - 55, leaves changing, sunny days, no snow yet. Love it!

  14. I love the change of seasons- it's the draw of something new.

  15. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I like autumn because of the changes in the trees, harvest time etc. All of the seasons hold a certain appeal for me but as I get older I like summer more and more. It rarely gets too hot in England!


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