Monday, September 12, 2011

Seasonally Challenged

Because it is September, I've shifted into autumn mode.  I've put flannel sheets on the bed, and when I dress in the morning I put on a cozy shirt and jeans and slip my feet into my fleece-lined clogs.  I make myself a cup of tea and contemplate whether to put the fixings for chili or soup in the slow cooker.  Then, I open the door to the garden and realize that it's going to be another Indian Summer day over 80 degrees, and more likely over 90.

I could tell you that this is an aberration, but truth be told, I've always been a bit out of synch with the weather.  Even though I was born and raised in California, I think I'm a New Englander at some deep core level, and I'm living with their seasons no matter where I am.  Which explains why, when I was in college in Southern California, I showed up at my friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner wearing a turtleneck sweater and wool skirt and knit tights -- when it was 75 degrees out.

I do not know what mental climate zone my daughter lives in.  All she wants to wear are tank top, shorts and bare feet.  All year round.  I am frequently accused of over-using the motherly "Aren't you cold?" comment.

At any rate, I'm feeling decidedly Septemberish.  Perhaps I'll go outside and look for some leaves to rake.


  1. Ha!We have had the only 90+ degree weather of the summer this past week. Very confusing. I finally dug out my shorts and T shirts.

  2. I'm feeling Septemberish too and I'm very happy about that! I used to nag my kids about taking a sweater to school in December "just in case," so it isn't just your teenager.

  3. Your beautiful description of an autumn morning makes me almost wish for cool days!

  4. Hmmm! Love the colours of autumn, but I'm happily stuck in summer mode yet, especially considering that we just got it midway through August! Think I just go grab an iced tea!

  5. I must live in the same climate zone as your daughter- it is always a tragic day for my feet when they have to give up their sandals for the winter. Enjoy the warmth while it lasts!!