Friday, September 2, 2016

Summer screeches to a halt

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I haven't been a "student" for ... well, more years than I'm willing to admit. So why once September rolls around do I feel depressed because I have to go back to the daily grind?  (Albeit, self-imposed at this point.)  The stores at the mall have been screaming BACK TO SCHOOL since July.  Heck, most of the stores have been stocking winter coats and boots since then, too.

Weirder still, it's been as hot as hades for months on end, but yesterday Mother Nature flipped a switch. Instead of sitting on  my porch sweating while I worked on my current book, I had to go inside and get my polar fleece jacket. It was only in the low 70s, but it felt COLD after day after day of 90-degree days.

I'm already thinking about cooler weather foods ... like stews and roasts (we haven't had roasted chicken in what seems like ages). And baking something scrumptious just to make the house smell so good!

Our family cottage is in the heart of apple country, and for the past couple of weeks the farmers have been pulling out their big crates. It's almost apple-picking time, which is good because the selection of apples at the grocery store isn't all that great, and what's available isn't very appetizing (or big) and I haven't found my favorite variety (Empire) for at least a month.

Fall is officially 18 days away, but turning that calendar page and realizing it's Labor Day Weekend makes me wonder ... where did the summer (and honestly, the year so far) go?

I'm planning on working (writing) this weekend, but I'm going to sneak in as much reading as I can, too.  How about you?