Summer is fading, and I can totally feel it, even though it was 105 degrees yesterday. The sun is rising a little later, setting a little earlier. People are getting their fantasy football teams together. The snowbirds from up north and back east are preparing to migrate to Phoenix Metro. Soon, we’ll see them on their jaunty walks in their shorts and t-shirts (while we desert denizens put on light jackets.)
I love summer giving way to fall. We do have seasons here in the Sonoran Desert part of the Land of AZ… maybe not in the traditional sense, but we do. The desert just expresses itself differently. The desert is a season-rebel. It does not conform to the norm. You have colorful fall leaves? We have colorful, blazing sunsets. You have chilly, moist temperatures? We have perfect temperatures… dry temperatures in the 70-80-degree range.
I love the heat, but hospitable temperatures make certain things possible. At some point in the late summer, I start anticipating aspects of the fall, as I know everyone around here does. Some of them can’t come soon enough. Here are 10 off the top of my head:
1). Garage gym workouts.
Cooler weather will put our garage gym back into the equation of my combat-sports fitness training.
2). Opening the front door.
Sitting in the living room at dusk with the fall breeze coming through the screen door is one of my favorite things. In the world.
3). Roasting veggies.
Brussels sprouts. Broccoli. Sweet potatoes. Purple Peruvian potatoes. Onions. Garlic. Fall in our house smells delicious.
We eat pears year-round, but they come into season in the fall, and they are rapturous.
Pomegranate season! The flavor of pomegranates also signifies fall to me.
6). This is Us (Sept. 26) and Stranger Things (Oct. 27)
This fall, the two T.V. series I’m anticipating are This is Us and Stranger Things. I’m seriously emotionally invested in the family members of This is Us, and, like all fans, I’ve been waiting forever to find out what happens next in Stranger Things.
I would normally look forward to American Horror Story, but its early start this year puts it more in the summer than in the fall, as far as I’m concerned. Homeland is another fall series that isn’t starting in the fall this time around. Seems that the new season won’t be out until spring.
7). Candlelight writing in the early morning.
There’s something about writing in the early morning dark with just the glow of a candle flame to illuminate what needs illuminating.
8). Fall cleaning.
I’m more eager to deep-clean the house in the fall than in the spring, and the house feels so good after it’s done!
9). Creative inspiration.
Maybe it’s from a lifetime of “back-to-school” mental conditioning, but I’m more inspired, motivated, and revved-up in the fall than at any other time of the year. This is especially good this year, as I’m working on the toughest part of my book right about now. The fall magic will arrive just in time.
10). An extra cover on the bed.
For me, a heavier cover at night somehow leads to a more satisfying sleep. (By “heavier cover,” I mean the bathrobe I throw over just my side of the bed at night.)
Nenette shares my enthusiasm. Earlier this morning, I talked to her about fall, and she looked out the window like “Where is it?”
Late summer Nenette, awash in the early morning light.