It is that time year once again—just keeps circling around, doesn’t it. A tinge of fall is in the air.
VT had a real summery kind of summer this year with plenty of sunshine and plenty of warm temperatures, even warm nights. Inevitably, though, that has to change and this morning the thermometer read in the 40’s. Since I was still running a slight fever yesterday (from that nasty stomach virus) I had been alternating heat waves with shivering episodes. I was shivering when I got ready for bed so I was dressed warmly and I slept through the night—a blessing indeed.
There are spots here and there of the trees in their changing process. This tree is across the road from my house. It used to be that I was thrown into a depressive episode at a sight like this in mid-August. I actually like the fall, but that first hint of it would always feel like a knife impinging on my soul.
Since retirement, this seasonal depression has not been so strong. I can now chase summer.
In all honesty, the thing that I like about Florida—and this holds true year round—is that the daylight hours remain pretty steady throughout. I don’t like the wild fluctuations. Dark at 4 p.m. in the winter, the sun never getting much above the horizon, bright daylight at 5 a.m. through 10 p.m. in the summer. I think my body does not adjust well to the fluctuations. Even as a kid when summer meant we could stay up late and run around outside for hours after supper (because it is still light out, the ultimate childhood argument), I remember being the one who ran inside crying because I just wanted to go to bed. Yeah, I like the 50/50 split so much better that even the heat and humidity don’t put me off.
Fall flowers are also all around now. Along the roadside we are seeing
In the garden, thank goodness for rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) and filling in annuals like cosmos and cleome. I want the color.