Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I Can't Believe It's October

by Maggie Sefton


I know some of you folks are ready to build a moat because you've had so much rain, but some of us in the U.S. are still having unbelievably warm (85+ degrees) weather this early October. For someone like me who LOVES summers and warm temperatures, it's truly heaven. I've worked outside every afternoon this past week. By work, I don't mean yard work or gardening, I mean "other" work----like paying bills, both mine and my mother's, handling financial details for my mom, and, yes----my REAL work, writing. Revising, actually. Specifically, I've been doing revisions on the latest Kelly Flynn mystery which I turned into my editor this June.


I'd received revisions and since the weather was glorious, I wanted to be outside as much as possible. So, I chose to work outside on my back patio while my doggies kept me company. Or, rather, I kept THEM company. Katy and Max really keep their own company. Running after squirrels, racing to either side of the house to see who might be walking on the front sidewalk and barking accordingly, checking the adjoining backyards just in case a cat might be wandering about, sleeping in the sun, and joining the neighboring dogs in sending out an "intruder alert" bark whenever the dreaded UPS truck entered the neighborhood.


It's curious. . .the neighborhood dogs don't seem to bark at the FedEx truck as much as they do Big Brown. Why is that? Anyone know?


Anyway. . .I even checked email outside and booked airfaires and whatever else I could do---all while enjoying that glorious weather. We've still got the 80's today and will tomorrow. Weather Channel says we'll get a chilly front later this week with some rain when a Pacific Front moves our way. So.....this might be the last hurrah for the October 80's. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy it while we have it. In fact, I think I'll head up into the mountains---the High Country---on Wednesday and hike around Rocky Mountain National Park and listen to the bull elk bugle. It's Rutting Season, and the male elk are fighting to keep their harems of females or start a new one. Mountain Music, Kelly Flynn referred to it. I have to agree.


What's your weather like where you are? Sunny, warm, hot like Texas, or rainy like the East Coast?

13 comments:

Barbara said...

The weatherman promises we'll come out of monsoon season tomorrow but meanwhile it's still dark and drizzly and cold. Depressing actually, and I normally love rain.

Our neighbor's dog barks and growls at the UPS truck because the former driver used to bring him treats but since he retired, no one has a biscuit in his pocket.

Aurian said...

Here in Holland it is like summer is finally starting! Our spring was way too hot, more like summer. Our summer was extremely wet and cold, and now it is fall, and it is hot! Well, for one week it has been, the forecasts are gloomy again for the rest of the week. But I have enjoyed it, and love watching the trees change color.

I wish I could join you on your trip, it sounds truly beautiful.

Katherine said...

I live in upstate NY. Today, it's dark and dreary with rain on and off. Oh, and it's 52 degrees out right now. I think I need to pull out my winter sweaters earlier than I expected. It is supposed to get warmer as the week goes on with temperatures in the mid 70's by the weekend.

Dru said...

When I woke up this morning it was in the high 40s. I'm not liking that at all. Luckily 70s temps is the forecast for the weekend.

Vickie said...

Weather here is same as yours, Maggie, since I live in Denver/Boulder burbs. I like the 80 degree weather we've had. Looking forward to this weekend of 60's, though. I'll feel like putting bulbs then.

Maggie Sefton said...

Barbara---Hang in there with the rain. It looks like better days are coming. And, I love the story about the dog waiting for his UPS dog biscuit. Poor doggy.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Your weather is mixed up. But it sounds like you're getting similar hot and rain like the US.

You'd love hiking in the Rocky Mountains. The park is beautiful and has lots of drives and trails and wildlife viewing. You should come and visit some time.

Maggie Sefton said...

Katherine---Hold on those sweaters. YOu've got 70s coming. Maybe you'll be lucky and have a mild couple of weeks. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---Where do you live? Is it normal for this time of year to have 40s in morning?

Vickie---Hmmmm, I was thinking of putting in some bulbs this year in my big brick planter that borders my front sidewalk. Had bright annuals all summer, but they're on the way out. Since I'm leaving for Back East on Oct 13th, I may not get to planting bulbs until I return. Have you had luck planting bulbs in November?

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Linda McDonald said...

We actually have a bit cooler weather here in San Diego. Of course, I'm still wearing shorts, but it at least it is a bit cooler. We are looking at some rain tomorrow too! Yay! I'd like to actually have a day feel a bit like fall. When I am retired, I want to spend a fall season somewhere where there really is a fall season. :)

Sharyn said...

We are just coming into the warm weather here in southern Australia and I love it although hubby complains because it makes the grass grow and he has to mow it more often!

Love taking the kids to the beach and splashing around in the water and it is much better when the water is warmer.

Judy Alter said...

Oops. We in Texas envy you all. The temperatures have finally cooled--pleasant highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s in the early morning--but we have had precious little rain since early last spring. Predictions are that we are in for another seven-year-drought because of the Pacific Ocean cooling, which makes no sense to me. But underground pipes are cracking, pools are developing leaks, cattle have no feed, lawns and gardens and produce farms are dying, even the bat population is suffering and predicted to drop dramatially. It's a hard time and likely to get worse. Pray for us.