If we were having coffee today, I’d invite you in while the coffee brewed. It’s chili weather and you’ll probably smell the pot of chili on the stove. I’d tell you how my cats are in heaven now that cooler weather has descended on us. I can hardly get them to come in from the screened in porch. Today is the first day we’ve seen the sun in many, many days and so they’ve been sunning themselves all day. My kitties always get friskier this time of year. I’ve noticed that with other pets over the years. I’ve always wondered what it is about that chill in the air that makes them go a little nuts. Are they just like me in that the high heat and humidity we experience here in the summer just drains their energy and so when cool weather comes, they’re just so darn happy to have some relief?
If we were having coffee, I’d confess that even though my kids graduated from high school in 2007 and 2011, and have long since graduated college, I still miss the “starting back to school” days in the fall. It always feels like something is missing in my life in this season. It was always such a busy time, but a fun time. I miss those days…. still. Will I ever get used to my empty nest? I’m beginning to wonder.
If we were having coffee today, I’d probably warn you that I’ve been somewhat of a grouch over the past week or so. Here it is October 17th and I have yet to put up any fall decorations. I’m procrastinating in the worst way this year. I always like to clean the house before I drag out all those fall and Halloween boxes and I just haven’t been in much of a cleaning mood so the decorations still sit down in the basement. Last year I remember wondering (as I was lugging box after box up the basement stairs) if I’m perhaps just getting too old to do all this decorating thing, as it does seem to get harder and harder each year. I have always decorated my house for fall and Halloween and then Thanksgiving. When my kids were little, they always enjoyed taking part in the festivities of decorating. Now that they’re grown, I sometimes wonder why I’m still decorating for Halloween, but I know the answer to that. I love fall and I love Halloween. It always lifts my spirits to get the house all decked out in cozy fall colors. I love to fill my house with fall scents and burn fall candles at night. We take the red white and blue lights down from the porch at the end of September (which have been up since Memorial Day) and replace them with orange string lights. Oh how I love my orange lights! I did purple one year and didn’t like it as much as the orange because from a distance the purple lights looked pink. Not too Halloweeny looking. So yes, I went back to orange lights.
Do you decorate for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving?
I’m amazed at how the stores get earlier each year with bringing out all the Christmas decorations. I used to think, jeez, can we please have Thanksgiving first? Now, I’m like, what happened to Halloween people? I was in Kohl’s last night and noticed all their Christmas trees and Christmas decorations are up. Here we are two weeks before Halloween and there wasn’t much Halloween stuff out. Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. I usually can’t even think about Christmas until right after Thanksgiving and it turns my stomach to start thinking about it here in mid October.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my husband and I have our annual physicals on Monday. We’ve gone together for that for the past several years. I’m dreading it because ashamedly, I’m at my heaviest weight ever. With the horrid heat we had this summer, I totally quit my walking routine. And man, did the pounds pile on. I haven’t exactly been eating like I need to be eating either. This is probably contributing to the grouchiness of the past week as I remember last year after my physical and blood work, I said I was going to work hard to lose weight and get in better shape for next year’s physical (which is here). It didn’t happen and I have no one to blame for that but myself. Actually, I’m doing more than blaming myself, I’m beating myself up.
If we were having coffee today, I’d ask you what books you’ve been reading and if you’ve read Jane Eyre. I’m still trying to trudge through reading it. It was on my list of books to read for the summer and it’s definitely been my least favorite book on the list. I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t like it and I’ve contemplated abandoning the book a million times but haven’t. I guess since I’m already 300 pages in, I hate to stop. Part of me feels like I should go ahead and finish it since it’s a classic and well-loved by so many. But then I wonder why in the world I’m wasting my time on a book that I just don’t care for. I never read it in high school like so many of my friends did. It’s always been hard on me to abandon a book I’ve started. I can only think of a few books that I just couldn’t finish. I actually liked the first part of Jane Eyre. Her character evoked so much sympathy from me in the first 1/4 of the book when she was living with her abusive Aunt and then gets sent off to the charity school, where she again runs into more abuse. When she leaves the school and takes a position as a governess, is when the book gets terribly boring to me. Sorry to all you Jane Eyre fans out there. I’ll probably finish the book. I’ve already renewed it once from the library and it’s due back this Saturday. If I don’t finish it by Saturday, then I don’t finish it. I won’t be renewing the book a second time. I’m ready to move on to my fall reading list. Good Lord, what makes me feel so guilty about not liking a beloved classic?
If we were having coffee, I’d share with you that my husband has started requesting his hot lemon tea again at night when I have mine. So fall must really and truly be here. Unlike me, he totally gives it up in the summer and wonders how on God’s green earth I can still drink hot coffee and hot tea in the summertime. I drink both year round. I’m the only one in my family who likes coffee. My husband and two sons all think coffee is disgusting. They like to smell it but despise the taste of it. Really, what’s wrong with them?! I love my sweet (iced) tea (diet sweet tea that is) and drink it year round too. I’m weird like that.
If we were having coffee today, I’d probably admit to you that this personal challenge I’ve taken on to post a blog every day in October has been quite challenging for me. I’ve done pretty good except the day our Internet service crashed when I was ready to post and kept me from posting that day. That couldn’t be helped. I’ve learned that posting daily is not my cup of tea and I’ll return to posting just 2-3 times a week after October. I love writing and love blogging and wish I did have the time it takes to post daily, but I don’t. I think I’d eventually run out of things to say if I had to post on a daily basis.
If we were having coffee, what things would you tell me?
Until next time,