Contest at She Who Blogs
Today, while visiting Michelle’s blog, Bleeding Espresso, I found out about the She Who Blogs: Three Signs of Fall Contest. Here’s the deal: Post a photo that says ‘fall’ to you, then blog about the 3 signs of autumn in your part of the world. The deadline is today, alas, so I am barely squeaking by. Better late than never, eh?
3 signs of Autumn in North Texas
Autumn equinox came and went in north Texas, but it still felt like summer despite what the calendar said. Fall didn’t arrive until Texas was good and ready, and when it showed up, there was nothing subtle about it. One day we had sunny skies and temps in the 90’s. The next morning, it was gray, rainy and at least 30 degrees cooler. I confirmed fall’s arrival by using a word I hadn’t uttered in months: brrr!
Autumn sign number one: My neighborhood is changing
In summer, no one in north Texas wants to cook inside. As I mentioned yesterday, we even cooked eggs on our sidewalk – easily! Our neighborhood nearly always smells like barbecue during the hottest months. When I step outside now, I smell burning leaves and wood stoves, and I see more neighbors out in their yards. The cool weather has made us all quite industrious. I notice more garage sales, house maintenance, and ‘spring’ cleaning now that it’s more comfortable to be outside.
Autumn sign number two: My routines are changing
I have swapped out big brimmed sun hats for colorful wool berets, flip flop sandals for closed-toe shoes and socks, and am neglecting the ice cube maker in favor of hot beverages.
Autumn sign number three: Nature is changing
The oak trees are shedding leaves and acorns, caterpillars are spinning cocoons, and birds are flocking up for their fall migration. Flying insects hover around the perimeter of our house looking for places to hibernate for the winter.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I enjoy the nesty feeling that comes with preparing for winter, and the promise of cozy evenings spent reading by the fire. As the year winds down and the days grow shorter, I find myself plotting and planning and feeling optimistic about the future.
Check out She Who Blogs: Three Signs of Fall Contest to see how other people know that fall has fallen where they live.