Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autumn despite the weather

I couldn't wait any longer. School has started, my birthday is past, and days are noticeably shorter. Despite the weather still tipping past 80 (sometimes flirting with 90), it is soup weather.

After all, isn't it included in the extensive Labor Day rules of etittiquette? White shoes must be put away and soup should be served at least once a week. I know I learned it somewhere.  My mind said, "still too hot," but my heart yearned for Chicken Noodle. And last week I could hold off no longer. I ground my wheat for homemade bread and pulled out the slow cooker.

It isn't just the soup, thoughI've found myself eyeing my jackets and sweaters, trying to decide if the inevitable heat stroke would be worth it. It just feels like it should be time to bring out the warmer clothes even if reality feels like I'm melting when I walk outside.

I long for cool mornings, colorful leaves, and apple cider. September means summer is over and fall has begun. But, it is becoming increasing difficult to ignore the stubbornly high temperatures. Even the desert-induced cooling at night is only a weak substitute for proper autumnal temperatures.

Maybe it's worse because this is our first autumn since leaving New England. Perhaps I'm must be suffering from major Fall Season Withdrawals.

Despite the fact that nothing can ever compete with New England Autumn, I hope to survive this difficult transition by cranking up the air conditioner a bit and snuggling under a blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

If reality won't play nice, I'll just use my imagination.



  1. Carriestroud9/18/11, 10:43 PM

    I listened to Christmas music yesterday. Bring it on!

  2. I pulled out my fall decorations yesterday, even though it's still in the 90's here, and we won't even think about wearing long pants for at least two more months!

  3. Kristina P.9/19/11, 8:09 AM

    It's still like 95 outside. Boo.

  4. Brenda Davis9/19/11, 9:41 AM

    I took a sweater on my walk last night, ended up taking it off because I was hot. Oh well, sweaters will have to wait a bit longer.

  5. As much as I'm enjoying the cooler weather, I am SO not ready for winter. *sniffle* My poor, poor flip flops.

  6. I think you've got the right idea.
    Bring on the soup and sweaters!!!

  7. I miss the Michigan Fall like no other! It's still too hot in Texas too - but I've started drinking pumpkin spice lattes and eating soup anyway :)

  8. Melanie Jacobson9/19/11, 8:01 PM

    I've been making soup for 2 weeks and it was 93 today. I'm making butternut squash bisque this week.

  9. Works for me! I'll eat soup in any weather!