Today was the kind of gray, rainy day we get out here that signals seasonal change. By the time the front moved through, the wind had kicked up and likely won’t stop until April.
That’s the way it tends to happen in these parts — suddenly.
One who isn’t complaining about the weather is Sochi, our Great Pyrenees. She revels in this kind of weather, content to lie out in the yard with the wind blowing through her hair all night. But not me, I know what’s coming — they recorded snowfall out at the ski resort tonight. Yes, it’s in the mountains, and yes, it’s two hours away, but...
My better half revels in the fall, happy to rush into the season. She’ll order pumpkin spice in August if they let her, and she can barely restrain herself from breaking open her bins of fall and Halloween decorations before the summer is officially over.
Those who know me are aware I’m not a big fan of spiders. I know the statistics, I’m mere feet from dozens at any time, but we have a general agreement. I know they do good, you see. So we coexist. I don’t see you, no smashie.
So, it’s only natural, I guess, I’d find myself with someone who would fill the house with eight-leggity paraphernalia. In a normal year, she’d have the house covered in faux spiderwebs with creepy crawlies everywhere. This year, much to her dismay, with our house on the market, she’s had to keep it to a dull roar.
That’s a shame, honestly, she does an amazing job with it. By the time the kiddies come around looking for the loot, she’s got the place properly decked out with ghosts and ghoulies. Still, she managed to get enough out for the wind to get ahold of. Another annual tradition... the chasing of the Halloween decorations.
Cold, wind. I’m just not ready. I’d like a few more nights relaxing in the yard with a nice drink and smoking my pipe. Now, I know what you are going to say. It’ll warm up. Indian summer, and all that. Sure, it’s possible.
I remember plenty of Halloweens sweating to death under those plastic masks with the rubber bands we used to wear. The ones that came from the Jamesway with the character aprons you tied around you that were supposed to make you look like Bugs Bunny or Batman. Kids, you have no idea how good you have it with the costumes nowadays.
But I remember just as many Halloweens freezing my tookus off. Trying to catch a little of that indoor heat before the door closed, and hightailing it around the neighborhood while I could still feel my nose... and toes.
No, as far as 2019’s warm weather goes, this is the endgame. Before I know it, we’ll be traipsing around a Christmas tree farm felling a 9-foot giant for the living room.
Eeesh... I hadn’t thought about that. Christmas. I can only hope will be in our new digs by then, because I can see some go-arounds with the real estate agent when my partner is ready to transform the place into Santa’s workshop.
Seriously, after compromising this Halloween, I’m not sure she’s going to restrain herself. It’s the only holiday that has more bins than Halloween.