Oh, fall. I'm never ready when you get here. I'm never happy to see you. And yet, here you are again. Why do you have to keep coming back? As many people's "favorite season" you're really just a couple weeks of fair warning that your evil twin, Winter will be here momentarily. When people talk about our region of the country, having "four seasons" is always mentioned as a perk. I beg to differ. There are two seasons. About a month and a half of summer, and then winter. It could be worse, yes. I could live at the North Pole. But I don't because I hate being cold. I could also move somewhere warmer (Texas?) but I love my family enough to endure the cold in order to be close to them. Yes, they're that awesome.
As I look out my windows today at the pouring rain, it sinks in that my precious summer, for which I wait what feels like forever, is really gone. And the long wait begins again. Months and months of ugly, gray, death lie between me and my next summer.
It's a good thing that these next few months ahead are festive ones. The joy of the holidays (for me, the season is Halloween - New Year) is often enough to distract me from the dullness of winter. Once the holiday season is over, then the real drudgery begins. The time between January and May (still winter by my standards) feels like it moves at a snail's pace. Then I blink a few times and it's fall again. So sneaky. Maybe I'll throw a mid-winter/post-holidays party this year. Something to plan and look forward to. Or maybe I'll start a big home project. I think I've got my paint color for the shared spaces narrowed down to three. I'm thinking of getting some sample cans and painting the swatches on the walls in different spots. Certainly the spaces will need some updated decor once they're painted, right?
Tell me I'm not the only one going through this. Does anyone else get sad about winter? What do you love to do during the fall and winter seasons that make them fun? Any ideas for me, especially post-holidays? I'll have to keep things low budget since I don't work (except babysitting, but that's not exactly a home-reno fund). Share some ideas, y'all have been super quiet on the comments lately :)
Oh, and um.... happy fall... I guess.