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!
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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.