Less than four weeks into the Fall season and already the signs of Winter are showing. Our walnut trees have lost almost all of their leaves, along with a bumper crop of nuts. The maples are in various stages of color change and leaf loss. This morning I was greeted with an unwelcome (though expected) sight – a dusting of snow on the lawn. It won’t last. The ground is too warm, still it is an early notice of things to come.
But I’m not ready for winter! I haven’t cleaned the chimney, put away the hoses, shut down the pond, raked leaves, split firewood or any of the other tasks that need to be done before Winter really arrives. It’s so easy to put those things off when the calendar says it is two months before Winter arrives. No doubt next week it will warm up and we’ll have some more of those wonderful Fall days. I’ll probably go back into denial and procrastinate more.
At times I envy those who live in places where the change of seasons is not so pronounced. But when I visit the warmer places I realize how much I would miss the yearly pageant of change. I still enjoy all the seasons too much and I’m not yet ready to become a Snowbird and flee Winter.
That makes two of us that reject Snowbirdism Tom. I’m not ready for winter either, don’t have the gas turned on but am expecting 34 degrees tonight. Warm will be real welcome!
I started the furnace up last night. Tonight is predicted to go down to 27 degrees Brrrr!
Now that I am home for over a week before my next adventure, I will ‘help’ you get in the mood to get things ready for winter…you can count on me, sweetheart!
Gee Jan – that sounds like a threat 😉