Thursday, July 28, 2011


While summer is my least favorite time of year, it at least has the decency to make way for the best season ever: fall! I love, love, love fall. Always have. When I was younger it meant back to school. Buying new clothes and picking out that perfect outfit for the first day back. Got to see all the friends again that I may not have seen or even talked to over the summer. Soccer games, sleepovers, dances, and boys. My birthday, often falling on that wonderful Columbus Day weekend. Then the temperature started to drop. Cold nights and wood smoke. Apples from the orchard sitting in their white paper bags in the kitchen. Apple pie. And oh the leaves, the smell of the leaves. All the reds and golds and oranges. It doesn't get much better than fall in the Adirondacks.
In the past, I'd get awfuly nostalgic around this time of year as colleges and high schools started classes up again, putting yet another year between me and my youth. Another reminder of a time past when friends were plentiful and responsibilities few. Now, it's not so bad. Now I get excited about the return of prime time TV. Sweaters and pumpkin pancakes. And Halloween. Oh, how I love Halloween.

Summer Hiatus

Wow. More than a month has passed and I've barely crafted, or blogged. I'm really not a fan of summer. I don't dislike it (much), but it's my least favorite season. Sure there are lots of fun things to do, and more events for seeing people I might not normally see, but yuck. Boo to bathing suits, and sunscreen, and tan lines. (not sure where that came from- I'm way past the days of laying in the sun or caring about tan lines) Mosquitos and bug spray. Humidity. Yes, beaches are great. Beaches with kids? I just don't enjoy it. So much to carry. And what kid doesn't have to poop when they get there? Worst of all? That pesky extra daylight and late bedtimes. I am with my kids from 8 AM until 10 PM. Every day. That means no TV for me, no movies. I miss TV and movies. No time for just me and the hubs. I miss having time in the evenings to just chill and unwind. [note: I realize that I'm lucky that the kids sleep in when going to bed late. and that I'm being needlessly whiny. yes, I'm lucky that I'm home all day and have that extra time, I know, I know. nobody else gets to do those things either, but I'm being rather selfish now, thank you.]
I'm not sure when the official end of summer is. That defintion changes over the years. Back to school, back to college. Labor day. Cool nights. I just don't know.