Thursday, October 16, 2008


I keep reading on other blogs about the subtle or not-so-subtle arrival of fall.

Many have talked about the crispness of the air, the changing colors of the leaves, and the cool temperatures. Some have posted gorgeous photos of the colorful spectacle of fall.

But here in southern DE, it does not look or feel like fall at all. The leaves are still green. Yesterday's high temperature was 80 degrees. There's only the slightest hint of fall's imminent arrival in the air at night. Everyone's still wearing shorts and open footwear. Photos taken today could easily be confused for May.

But I'm not complaining. This is what is referred to as Indian Summer, and I absolutely love it. It sort of feels like one is 'cheating' fall. Technically its fall, but it still feels like summer.

What's with this obsession with summer? Really, its the freedom I feel in summer, more than the actual weather. In summer I feel free to throw on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and run out the door. I feel free to leave my convertible top down. I feel free to go places after work in the evening because daylight remains so much longer. The actual arrival of fall changes these things and temporarily steals my feeling of freedom.

But there's lots to enjoy in fall, so that makes up for having to wear long pants and socks in the house, and a jacket or coat and shoes when we walk the dog. Plus, I know summer weather and my summer freedom will return again next year.

Oh - our new bed arrived yesterday. Wow, its big. Upon Spouse's strong recommendation we upgraded from queen to king size, so its quite a bit wider than our old queen.

Spouse has gotten it into his head that the king is not as long as a queen. I suggested it just seems that way because of the king's width. Its almost square, as opposed to the queen's rectangular shape. But he's convinced they make kings shorter than queens to save money. After a very long pause I simply said "Okay. You're free to think that if you'd like." I looked online and confirmed that the queen and king are both 80" long. But as my favorite former boss used to say, "Sometimes the juice just isn't worth the squeeze".

Crush du Jour: Lucas Kerr


cb said...

Now, on THIS point I would have argued. I would have shown him the dimensions online, then gotten out a tape measure-- just to prove the point.

And also so he would stop obsessing about the bed being "short".


A Lewis said...

Fall? Not quite yet, I must agree. I just spent the last week in Albany, NY, where it was 70 or higher every day. And here in Portland, things are definitely still green but starting to turn.

Mistress Maddie said...

Ok ,glad you got the mattress. Now you two stop arguing over the size of the thing and just enjoy it! And I to am enjoying the Indian summer. The trees are just starting to turn, but not quite.

Anonymous said...

Here in MA/RI (I work in MA, live in RI) it's been 50F and up to 80F and muggy as all hell.

Prime hurricane weather really.

Bugsy said...

Congrats on the bed! A King for Queens? Did anyone else post that? I hope not!

Love the picture of the squeeze!

tornwordo said...

We have frost and possible snow wednesday. If you talk about 80 degree weather again, I'm going to have to come down there and slap you. JK.