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Maybe I’m only remembering what I want to remember (it happens!), but since when I was a kid school started after Labor Day, I always associate September with autumn – cooler temps, bright blue skies, yellow and orange and red leaves. Promises of Halloween and Thanksgiving and candy corn and pumpkin pie and sweaters smelling of cedar and mothballs. Scented candles. The first clinks and hisses of the radiators in my childhood apartment on the third floor of a late nineteenth century row house in Baltimore. Summer was to be endured – at least before my parents finally installed a window air conditioner in their bedroom (where I slept on the floor on the hottest nights). But fall meant blessed relief. And all those comforting scents and tastes and promises…because Christmas was only two months away from Halloween, right?
In any case, now I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where fall really doesn’t kick in until mid-October or so, and I’m trying not to be annoyed that it’s still summer. In fact, as I write this the cooler is on (a swamp cooler, used a lot in arid climates, rather than refrigerated air), because it’s already about 90. And I’m sitting in a sundress. A sundress I can’t wait to pack away, because by now I’m soooo sick of my summer clothes I could scream. Cool weather clothes seem so much more versatile, somehow, the way you can pair things up so many different ways. Sundresses are just…there. Fun in June, boring as heck by August. By September…fuggedaboutit.
Then, to add insult to injury, the fall clothing catalogs start arriving in my mailbox, to tease and torture, when the thought of even touching a sweater makes me sweat. Still, because it is September, I know it won’t be long until I can sleep under my comforter, drape myself in a plush throw on the couch to watch a movie, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before I go to bed…get back into baking and making stews…take long, leaf-shuffling walks…ah, bliss!
So what are your favorite fall activities? Or are you already mourning the end of summer? Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, are you anxious for spring/summer? To celebrate the new season I’m giving away a copy of my brand new Special Edition, THE DOCTOR’S DO-OVER, which actually takes place in the fall. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered, and I’ll announce the winner HERE on Friday morning!