Friday, September 6, 2019

The weather has already turned

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

Here in Western NY, the weather has already turned. The days might be lovely and warm, but when I sit in my enclosed porch in the evening, I can't stay there longer than 6 or 6:30. Why? Because once the sun sinks below the arborvitae that flanks the west side of my yard, the air begins to feel cool and clammy. It used to be this happened in August. With global warming, it's happening 3-4 weeks later, which is okay for personal comfort, but another example that things on this planet are changing. And fast.

I spend a good part of the day in my enclosed porch writing. On Wednesday, I not only had my big sweater on, but I also considered going inside and snagging a lap robe because the temps were in the mid-60s. Yesterday they were in the low 70s, but by 6 I could already feel the cool envelop me and say, "It might be warm inside, but it's also dry."

Another sign of encroaching fall?  It's dark when I get up. Okay, I'm liable to get up anywhere between 4 and 6 am, but the other day it was gloomy (and we had a thunderstorm) and it didn't get really bright until almost 8.  I'll start using my SAD light any day now.

I love my porch. Like I said, I get a lot of writing done out there. But this summer was hot. REALLY HOT, and it was more than a little uncomfortable to sit out there and write. Therefore, I really only had the last four or five weeks to really enjoy the "room." For some reason, I find it really hard to write in my home office, so I will probably end up in our family room that overlooks the pool (which will be closed in just another week). It's just not the same.

How does the end of summer effect your life?

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