Friday, September 26, 2008

Flirting with fall

Up until a year or so ago, we didn't exactly have four seasons in this area of Texas. It was more like Summer and Not as Hot as Summer. Then all of the sudden something changed. In February, March, and April, we had some seriously wonderful weather. As hard as it is to believe, it's back! Is this... Are we actually going to have... (I'm afraid to say it)... Fall?

Back in 2005, we were actually still in the 100's in September. Yet, here we are in 2008, as I'm writing this it's 11:00 Thursday morning, and I'm sitting on my porch enjoying a gorgeous 75 degrees! Can it be?

Apparently so. Shortly after Hurricane Ike blasted through, a cool front found it's way into town. A much needed relief for those who had lost power from the storm (You seriously don't want to live without AC here. SERIOUSLY.), the cooler weather was fabulous. We started sleeping with the windows open again, allowing the beautiful breeze to whisk us into deep sleep. Nocturnal sounds became our lullaby (way nicer than the incessant crank of an air conditioning unit, let me tell you). We heated back up again there for a few days, yet here we are again - back in the comfy zone. Sure, highs are in the upper 80's, but because the lows are in the lower 60's, we don't hit our highs until 5 or 6:00. This I can live with!

So rather than report on anything simple, green, or frugal today, I'm just going to sit back, relax on the porch with my pooch and a good book, and be thoroughly thankful for this absolutely gorgeous weather. Happy Friday, everyone!

7 comments:

ttammylynn said...

Happy Friday...aka Milk Day! I love the 70s, we don't get them much. I don't have a/c in my delivery truck, so it really helps my state of being when the temperature falls below 80 degrees.
I am reknowned for wearing shorts year round...now I don't own a pair of jeans that fits anyway(I lost sixty pounds, I'd like to lose a bit more)...I'll purchase a pair later this year if the temperature goes below freezing. I tend not to worry about clothes except to the extent of wearing something. Since two of my siblings are engaged to be married, I may have to go dress shopping in the near future, but I won't worry about it until it is inevitable. I think I dislike shopping more than you do, Heather.
But, I do like food shopping... I am looking forward to Farmer's Market tomorrow. The main reason I like the fall is because the temperatures drop off enough that plants can tolerate living here. I love fall gardens and lots of veggies. I like the pansies that will adorn my flowerbed and the broccoli that will shoot up from the leafy plants, the peas that will flower and form, the last of the tomatoes and the fact that I won't have to water so darn much. Yes, and Thanksgiving and Christmas...I love the family holidays. People just seem a little nicer when the holidays come around...

sharli said...

This weather is amazing!! Just knowing that in years past we've been sweating it out at over 100 degrees at this time of the year makes it even better!

Abbie said...

Wow!

I'm sitting on the couch right now with thick socks, jeans, and a sweater! It's chillier today because of the rain, but usually fall in New England is wonderful, cool and sunny. I can see the trees starting to turn outside my window!

Enjoy your cool weather, and I'm sure I'll be jealous of you in the next blizzard we have!

Heather @ SGF said...

ttammylynn - eew. Dress shopping. That's the worst - having to buy something for an occasion that you MIGHT wear again but certainly aren't buying for fun. At least you'll have something in your closet for other special occasions now that you've lost all that weight. Sixty pounds is absolutely amazing! How did you do it?

sharli - no doubt! I biked to campus and back this morning (to find stray Cotton Patch coupons at the library from yesterday's university newspaper - he he) and by the time I got home, I was a little sweaty, but it felt great. The temp was PERFECT! I sure hope it lasts...

abbie - Yeah, we don't really break out our winter clothes until December and even then most people don't wear coats. Jan get chilly, but we always have a warm front at some point. I suppose that's why we have such an amazing growing season. You just have to make it through summer (which lasts about 5 months here) to get to the nice weather.

The Cooking Lady said...

This is South Florida typing here, and for the first time in I don't know when, it was crisp this morning as I took my morning walk. (I walk because I am recovering from an extensive back surgery and all I can do is walk, walk and walk)

I miss living up north and having the seasonal changes. Florida's seasonal change happens usually for 3 days in February. I miss the north!

Simply Authentic said...

I hope you enjoy the fall! The temp you are describing does sound wonderful!! ENJOY

Heather @ SGF said...

cooking lady - I'll admit, I miss the seasons, but I sure don't miss grey winters in Indiana. The one place I lived that was as close to perfect as I've ever lived was Atlanta. We had four seasons, but none of them were extreme. It was a wonderful place to live.

simply authentic - it really is wonderful. I sure hope it lasts. I'm really enjoying my time on the front porch.