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stood up by summer....

lindyjean's picture
on September 15, 2011 - 8:30pm

last week, we had temps in the 80s and low 90s---for two days....i think that was our whole summer....our "june gloom", which, as the name suggests, usually leaves around the second week of july, and then we get our summer. but, not this year. june gloom is still here, long overstaying her welcome into mid-september. i had to use the windshield wipers and headlights on my way to work this morning---at 9 AM---far too late for this nonsense to be hanging around. it did eventually clear, around 2, but by five was back overhead, thick as this morning. the cat came in, her fur felt damp and cold, and she plopped into my lap, no doubt looking for some warmth.

so it feels like we've been stood up by summer.....it's like she was set up on a blind date, and sent her friend into the restaurant to check out the guy first, and, deciding he wasn't worth it, left with only the cursory glance in our direction. so sad....we're nice people, we deserve our date with summer! she is just not that into us, i guess......

but i'm reluctant to say fall is here---this is (technically, southern) california, after all! usually, we have fall around the end of november.....then we segue into winter around christmas, and then, in january, it starts warming up. i'm looking for signs from Mother Nature---the golden orb spiders that arrive in fall and set up webs high in the eaves and treetops are starting to appear, but my cats are still shedding their fur, as if they, too, expect warmer weather to show up at some point. the critters' conflicting information only further confounds me.

so i was asked last night if i was going to put up my fall decorations this
weekend. i'm afraid of jumping the gun. with the way my luck goes, as soon as i set up the mantle with my collection of glass pumpkins and silk flower garland, it will go from daily temps in the 60s to the mid-80s in a matter of days. and, if i DON'T do it, the days will remain cool, the nights damp, and summer will continue to keep her distance.....it's Murphy's Law, in some sort of incarnation.....

the ironic twist is, i love fall....i would happily keep pumpkins on my mantle all year long i i thought i could get away with it. i want fall to come. i want to go to my favorite farm store, where the owner loves pumpkins as much as i do, and browse thru aisles of uncommon, different-colored gourds of all sizes and atypical shapes. i take more time to pick the perfect pumpkin(s) than all three of my kids combined, when they were young and going to the pumpkin patch was a good way to kill an entire afternoon. i can't wait to do this. and i know as soon as i prepare for the season, i will be jinxing its arrival. quite the Catch-22.

so, summer, if you're going to show up, not-so-fashionably late, just get on with it. your toying with us has gone from intriguing to exasperating, and we are OVER IT. you had your chance. make way for fall.....

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