I love this deceptive weather we have been having. Every year around this time we have several days of summer, followed by a few days of what is a definite reminder that fall is coming. On Monday of this week we were gifted with temperatures in the 60's, clouds, wind and some rain. I made soup. Yesterday, it was 90 and the kids begged to fill the pool and pull out the slip-n-slide. I like that.
I can never decide if summer or fall is my favorite, so I like having a little of both. It is very representative of my divided state of mind. I love fall because I like sweaters and jeans, getting back into routine, looking forward to all the holidays and back-to-school supplies. However, I love summer, too. Can you ever have enough sun, lazy afternoons, trips to the pool or VBS? Colorado is very accommodating in that we will have plenty of weather to suit both sides of me for the next 6 or so weeks before it finally surrenders to being completely autumn. Although, not to worry because I am sure I will still be able to revel in a few rare days of unseasonable warmth sprinkled from November to April.
But I still have enough time to switch into my autumn mindset, choosing to be thankful for what this new season holds, rather than mourning the passing of what will not be around for 6+ months. I try not to always view the past with rose-colored glasses, favoring it over the future. I will be thankful that I can put away my summer things for my much more flattering winter ones. I will be glad that soon we can go back to having our windows open, rather than depending on artificially regulated air to cool our home. I will look forward to the great clearance sales that are soon to come on back to school items. :) We will begin looking for the perfect "Fall Festival" costumes. I will start the adventure of homeschooling...
But for these last few lingering days of summer I will also enjoy weather warm enough to continue to set up the slip-n-slide, hang out the laundry and reap the last of our tomatoes. I will enjoy the still-green grass, and be glad that all the children who attend public school are busily occupied while we enjoy the calm and uncrowded parks, pool and play areas. For right now, I have the best of both seasons and I will love them for what they are-and not have to sacrifice one for the other!
P.S. What do you think of my new blog layout? I was tired of feeling like the background was competing with everything else for attention. I want the focus to be on the posts, not everything else. It is very minimal, but it suits me for now. Good thing it is easy to change!