Summer - It was good while it lasted

Monday, August 03, 2009
Perhaps I am a bit over eager in my announcement that summer has come and gone but it certainly felt like it this morning. After a couple of weeks of blazing hot weather (blazing hot for us Northerners that is...) and two tornado-strength storms that resulted in deaths in Camrose and Calgary, and concrete slabs being ripped off of a highrise or two, temperatures seem to be sliding down. I know it's still early and August has only just begun but this morning gave me hope that cooler weather is definately on the way.

As usual, the cats began bouncing on my head bright and early this morning, hoping that I'd leap out of bed and run to the balcony to let them out. As I stumbled toward the living room, suffering from a lack of sleep and bleeding profusely from numerous feline-induced scratches, I grabbed the chair cushions. Pulling open the screen door, I was shocked by the crispness of the early morning air. This wasn't hot August morning weather. It felt decidely fall-like. You know the kind of mornings I'm talking about? The ones where you look outside and can see that hint of frost on the grass. Mornings where you can almost but not quite see your breath in the air. If I hadn't just flipped the calendar the other day, I would have sworn that it was the beginning of October!

Now, you know that I love winter. And I'm quite fond of spring. Heck, I even enjoy the occasional sunny day in summer. My absolute favourite time of year though is fall. The winds turn cool and there's an almost constant breeze blowing the leaves from the trees. The river valley here turns from various shades of green to a brilliant cornucopia of reds, oranges, and yellows. The morning air is crisp and clean. There's always a threat of the first snowfall. Autumn is the perfect time for apples. We used to buy them by the box-full when we were younger... (only Spartans though). This meant apple crisps, apple pies, apples, apples, apples. Fall means back to school (mmm, school supplies!), Halloween, and Thanksgiving. It means the Grey Cup and the Labour Day Classic. The start of hockey once more and the NFL is well-underway. The weather holds a promise of days to come spent curled up on the couch under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows and a good book, cats snuggled in beside me, purring softly. Family get-togethers, hearty stews and stick-to-your rib, hibernation-style meals. Yes, most definately, fall is my favourite time of year.
What's yours and why?

The pictures in this post are actually from Sunday.

3 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Well, we are still sweltering here - but it's supposed to cool down this week sometime. Grrr.

I love fall, too. It's probably my favourite season.

tweetey30 said...

I like spring because its not to hot yet but you can still wear shorts and the flowers are just starting to bloom and the snow has just melted away. Alright cant wear shots right after the snow has melted but you get the picture...

Milla said...

You Canadians! Just like the British!
2 days of sunshine: Ohhhh bloody hell it's too hot.
When the rain comes: Ohhhh bloody hell it's raining again.

NEVER HAPPY.

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