I believe that the days of temps in the 70s and 80s is officially over, and that Autumn is most definitely here. However, never say never, as Mother Nature loves nothing more than to say: “Here, hold my beer.” We’re still seeing highs in the 60s, but they’re fewer and farther between. Halloween has been warm from time to time, but not as often as it has been cold. Around the last week of October is when Autumn temperatures stay consistent. And then Winter temps take over soon after, in order to prevent us from enjoying a full Autumn of cozy cool temps. Summer and Winter are selfish, jealous seasons. They both hog the spotlight in Spring and Autumn.
I think the 10 degree average temperature difference between where you and I live, has increased to about 15 to 20 degrees. Highs here have been in the 40s for the most part, with lots of rain.
I've been really tired when I get home from work, and pretty much crash after dinner - probably a combination of it getting dark by 7ish, and working out in the cold and wet all day. I'm the last person standing at work (aside from the crews) - it's only me covering the store, and much of the time, I'm the only one on the entire property, because the crews are still busy with landscaping. One co-worker's last weekend working was scheduled to be the weekend her sister tested positive for the virus. My other co-worker who got the flu that same weekend, has been out sick for 3 weeks now, with headaches, body aches, and a fever hovering around 100 degrees. Personally, if it was me and I had a fever for that long, I'd get retested for Covid just to be absolutely sure; he's been doing video calls with his doctor though, who is just recommending bed rest (I don't know if I'd be comfortable with just a doctor video call, and not actually being seen by a doctor). He's out for the rest of the season. Boss lady has been in and out, working retail with me when we're busy, but for the most part because it's the end of the season and the weather has been bad, the flow of customers has slowed to just a trickle.
It's a d@mn good thing I've always talked to myself, because some days, the only voice to keep me company is my own.
Yeah. Sometimes our temps are further apart. I think it depends on if we get the same front that’s moving in. Sometimes we get the same weather moving in, and sometimes one will get something, but not the other.
The highs next week have a lot of 60s in it. Sunday night is supposed to drop down into the high 20s. The trees are still mostly green. There is color here and there, and some trees are almost bare, but no beautiful Autumn dominating colors across the landscape. And with Sunday nights 20s, I’m worried it will be the same as last year, where the leaves just fall off without changing.
The highs this week have a lot of 60s and 70s in it. So, maybe Autumn is going to give Winter some attitude. I hope so.
I hope so too! Here, it's supposed to get up in the high 50s, and dang, that'd be wonderful. Had snow flurries most of Friday - just spitting tiny flakes. Saturday was perfect Halloween weather in the mid-fifties - had a few trick-or-treaters; I had put a table with candy on it at the end of the front walk, and "Happy Halloween-ed them from the front porch. I replenished the candy before we left for our cemetery randonauting adventure; the candy was gone when we came back.
Sunday though, the weather was horrendous - snow flurries, quite hard at times, but it was the unending wind that was scary, scary. Gusts were clocked at 70mph; I thought the maples surrounding the house were going to snap in half, they were swaying so violently!
Calmer, but still cold and windy yesterday. Crossing fingers the forecast for the rest of the week is correct!
This past week, the weather has been glorious, glorious, glorious!!!! Highs in the sixties with lots of sunshine, it seems Autumn decided to give us one last hurrah! It's been pleasurable working outside at the nursery....and yesterday, at home. The thing about having extensive gardens, is there's so much to do....and it's much nicer to do it when the weather is good! I worked in the yard from morning until evening yesterday, and have just about as much that I want to get done today, because I think this might be the last nice day I'll have a chance to work in my own yard. The week is supposed to start off with good weather, but turn cold by next weekend.
Later, Taters - the sun is up, the temperature is great, and I've got work to do!
Too busy here savoring these last glorious days of nice weather to even think about Spring (which is my least favorite season anyway). I think we reached 70 degrees yesterday. I got so much done in the yard, that if I don't get a chance to do anything else this fall, I'd be satisfied that all the big stuff is completed. Except the leaves. I raked and raked, and hauled tarpfuls of leaves out to the curb, and dang it, by the end of the day, aside from the long snake of piled leaves along the curb, it hadn't looked like I'd even touched a rake. Three of the maples are bare; the other two still aren't, but decided to perform a leaf dump, probably due to the warm weather - it was literally like it was raining leaves! Thousands of them; the lawn looks like it's covered with a harvest gold shag carpet from the 70s.
Last week began with summer and ended as winter. Monday and Tuesday were in the seventies! It dropped 30 degrees overnight, and dipped into the 20s overnight a couple of times. I froze my @ss off at work on Friday, being outside all day in weather below 35 degrees. Brrrrr!!!!
I went this weekend to the home improvement store to get warmer work gloves and another pair of long-johns. Apparently, women don't need warm work gloves, just pretty gardening gloves....and men don't have small hands either; I had to get a men's large, the smallest size they had. They did have women's size small long-johns though - tops and bottoms in one package, though I only needed the bottoms. Got them home, pulled them out of the package, and WTF?! The top was a small, but the bottoms were a size large - a men's large, at that. I could hold them up to my neck, and still have them drag the ground. I guess Hubs has a new pair of long-johns, and I'll just get by for now with my old, holey ones.
Not for long, I hope - I really want to be done at the nursery for the season at the end of this week. Got to hustle to make that happen though; I'm figuring I've got about a week's worth of outside work to get done, and I've still got to finish the spring perennial orders, which I've been putting off while the weather has been nice enough to work outside. The crews are still busy off property, and I'm alone 95 percent of the day, which I don't mind (especially with the virus still rampaging), but it does make the days seem longer, especially with gloomy, cold weather.
This week though, looks as if it'll be the opposite of last week's weather - we're starting off cold and it's supposed to warm up to the 50's by the end of the week.
It's supposed to get down into the 30s the next couple of nights, but most of the days/nights are still on the nice, Autumn temps side.
It was FINALLY starting to be colorful around here. More and more trees were turning, although there are still a large number of hold outs. And the strong winds that passed through here a few days/nights ago did away with the beautiful scenery. The best part of Autumn gone in a flash.
It always is! Halloween this year, we all commented here, was very leafy - there has been years past in which all the trees were bare at Halloween, but this year, even the maples out front in the parkway which usually are the first to change leaf color and the first to drop, were gloriously decked out in golden yellow. The dogwood though, which stands in their shade, on Halloween was as green as it is in summer. Then we had that week of unusually warm weather right after Halloween - which caused the maples to drop their leaves instantly, and the dogwood, now in full sun, changed from green to the most beautiful fall color it's ever had. Usually, it turns a dull burgundy color, but this year it was shades of bright red, reddish-orange, and wine all at the same time. Then the temperature dropped again, and with it down came the dogwood leaves - all at once. It went from bright green to completely bare in just one week!
Pretty much everything is bare now, except for a shrub here and there; amazingly, there are a few blooms still on my roses, and my parsley is still kicking butt, looking extremely good even though the temperatures have been down in the 20s. I keep meaning to cut it, but it's too dark to see by the time we finish dinner. Writing myself a note now to cut it as soon as I get home today - I promised the boss lady a big bag of it, and whoo-hoo!, I am finished with work for the season after tomorrow!
Yay! On your time off for the season. Enjoy. How are the girls doing? Coming home for the holidays? (Assuming that college is doing in-school classes.)
Today it got up to 69F, and the wind is blowing strong from the south/south west, mostly. It is nice outside. As December nears, I wonder just how many warmer days of Autumn are left. It tends to warm up in February, which I hate, because then I get Spring fever.
I can sleep under the blanket and comforter still, so my hot flashes are a lot better than they were. I still get overheated from time to time, but it's far better than roasting alive. I've no idea if it's my body calming down, or if it's the Black Cohosh I take for a couple of months spurts from time to time. I tend to lean towards it being the Black Cohosh, because each time I take it for a few months, I notice my hot flashes have diminished more and more once I've stopped taking it. I have 31 capsules left, so I'll probably start taking it again at some point. I'll probably wait until I have another bottle, as I like to do two- to three-month sprints at a time.
The warning not to take Black Cohosh for more than six-months, or more than a year, is the reason why I take breaks every two/three months. Plus, I feel it's best to give the body a break every so often when something has a warning. My body tends to hold medications longer than most peoples, so that is another reason I decided to take breaks from time to time. I'm thinking one more sprint of Black Cohosh might be the last, but one more sprint after that might also be in order.
The highs and lows are going to be dropping over the next several days. Going from the 50s/60s into the 40s for the highs, and from the 30s/40s/50s into the 20s/30s for the low. So, my furnace will be kicking on and off constantly soon. And I doubt there will be anymore days where I’ll be switching to the a/c for a few brief hours when the sun turns my home into an easy bake oven. It will now be cold enough outside to prevent my home from overheating in the sun. December will soon be here, so I’m sure the new highs/lows will be dropping again soon enough. Can’t believe 2021 will be here so soon. I hope it’s a much better year. I hope the planets have a better alignment, and it’s a year of peace and healing . . . and a year of great health and wealth.
Stay safe everyone. Hopefully we won’t have to keep hanging in there for too much longer.
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2020 11:41:46 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
How are the girls doing? Coming home for the holidays? (Assuming that college is doing in-school classes.)
The girls are doing well. BP never went back to the university for in-person classes this fall; after being stuck there during the lock-down in spring semester, she didn't want to be in the same situation, so she switched to a completely on-line student. She and her boyfriend are living together in a small house they've been renting for about a month. It's a second home for a Chicago resident who only uses it for a summer house, so they've got it until April. I think I mentioned before, her boyfriend is, to put it mildly, not the most responsible young man as far as keeping a job. She gave him a 'get your sh!t together, or I'm out' ultimatum a little over a couple of months ago, and it seems to have been a turning point for him. They're both working their butts off to make rent and living expenses, so we shall see if he can stick with being responsible. It's not only a chance for him to prove to everyone (Hubs, me, LX and The Boyfriend) that he can do this, probably most importantly it's a chance to prove to himself that he can; a foster kid with a horrible childhood through his teenage years, he really had no guidance in how to be responsible, and therefore, he has insecurities which tend to lead him to self-sabotage any success that comes within his reach. Sad really, but he's made it worse for himself because he can't seem to let go of his past.
LX, The Boyfriend, and their four(!) cats are settled as a happy family. She got a new job a little over a month ago. It was a tough move for her because she absolutely loved the job she had. I always knew she'd choose doing something creative as a career, but never in a million years would I have guessed it'd be baking! She took that job at the little bakery almost three years ago though, just as a temporary thing until she found something permanent - and I think she would have stayed there indefinitely. She went from just helping in the kitchen, to being Bakery Lead, then Social Media Manager and Web Designer (which is what her degree is in), to General Manager when she left. The owners really took her under their wing, taught her a lot about owning a small business (her goal is to open a Cat Cafe one day), and they all hated to part ways. There is one thing they could not offer her though - employee health insurance. She turned 25-years old in August, and only has one more year to be covered under our plan. This new job at a larger bakery (she is Assistant to the Bakery Lead) offers a lot higher wage, but more importantly, it comes with a full benefit package.
I can sleep under the blanket and comforter still, so my hot flashes are a lot better than they were. I still get overheated from time to time, but it's far better than roasting alive.
HA! "The Conjuring" was on T.V. last night, or maybe the night before, and I chose not to watch it - because I still get hot at night and like to sleep with my feet out from under the covers!
Glad to hear they're all doing well. I hope they continue doing well. Yeah. That's the part I hate about scary movies, they make me not want to come out from beneath the covers. And right now, it's the cold keeping me under them.
We had our first actual snow today - it seemed like it was going to be an actual snow anyway. Big, fluffy flakes coming down hard, and accumulating fast. It was very pretty for a while, but then changed to rain in the late morning as the temperature rose to the mid-to-high 30s. It rained for the rest of the day.
Yeah. That's the part I hate about scary movies, they make me not want to come out from beneath the covers.
It usually doesn't bother me, but that particular movie had a couple scenes in which the demon ghost witch grabbed a girl's feet that were hanging out of the covers, flinging her about the room by her foot. If I remember correctly. If my eyes were actually open while it was happening on screen.
Hubs told me when I finished my last day of work, that I should just take a week to do nothing but lay snuggled up under a blanket and watch old favorite movies or read. "Oh, no!" I said, "I can't do that! I've got way too much to do!!" HA! Though I did get stuff done (took the dog to the vet for her vaccines which were due last month, ran some errands that could only be done on weekdays, and such), for the most part I didn't do much of anything except what I said I couldn't do!
I did walk downtown on an errand Friday though. It was nice walking through the neighborhood, looking at houses decorated in varying states of holiday decor - some still had Thanksgiving harvest displays, while others are already decked out for Christmas. Our house? I've got three holidays happening! I made two big greenery and berry arrangements in large urns, still have pumpkins and gourds on the front steps for Thanksgiving, and yes, the Halloween lights are still on the porch railing (though they haven't been turned on since the day after Halloween). I have to amend that today, and whittle things down to just Christmas! Especially, I need to get the lights switched on the railings, from orange and purple, to white. It's supposed to snow tomorrow, and though I've put up Christmas lights in the snow before, it's a whole lot easier to do it when it's clear and dry!
OMG, soooo windy here the last couple of days! It's been in the thirties, but it's seemed way colder with that wind blowing. I took a walk on Monday and could barely see through the tears streaming down my face from the stinging wind, and dang it, my ears were frozen and hurt like hell by the time I got home. I stayed inside yesterday! But of course, I was outside last night...
The full moon though has been gorgeous the last few nights, ranging from orange to bright white depending on the time of night I've viewed it. Although it's looked full since Saturday and still appeared full last night (the first night of December), it was officially full on Sunday night/early Monday morning - while it was still November. So it's the full Beaver Moon....or the Full Frost Moon, which I think sounds prettier.
After the bitterly windy start to last week, it actually turned out pretty nice with some off-and-on sun, and temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s. The birds have been busy at the feeders, the squirrels have been busy with the corn....Hubs cracks me up; after years of viewing them as pests in the yard, he's switched to a "if you can't beat them, feed them" philosophy. It was Puffball the Squirrel Without a Tail that did it, who for some reason Hubs has decided is a female - she(?) is just so danged goofy-cute, that she melted even his squirrel-hating heart.
We woke up yesterday to a heavy frost and frozen fog; the ground and rooftops were white with it, and in the dark it looked as if it had snowed overnight. The temperature was predicted to be in the upper 40s though. Soon enough the fog lifted, and the sun started to shine.
I had some errands to walk downtown, and decided it was much too pretty of a day not to spend as much of it as possible outside. I decided I'd extend my time in the sun by having a little randonauting adventure after completing my errands. I wrote my random course before leaving the house, figuring I'd start following my set of directions wherever my last errand left me. LX calls it "homemade randonauting" because we've never used the actual app.
My intent - what I was looking to find at my destination - was "Hope". I've been reading way too much news lately, and was feeling down because the world, in many ways, seems to be unraveling. My spirit could use a little pick-me-up. Even if I found nothing at the destination, being outside on a nice day always picks up my spirit!
My little adventure led me to some really cool messages of "Hope" though! When I reached my destination, I was standing in front of a house with a white picket fence decorated with garland made of evergreen branches and pine cones, the symbolism of which I know well - it's printed on the tags for the holiday arrangements I sell at the holiday market. For thousands of years, evergreens have been used to symbolize life and as a reminder that light follows darkness just as spring always follows winter. Pine cones represent wisdom and light.
At the house next to the one with the picket fence festooned with garland, a concrete gargoyle sat on the front porch - gargoyles are guardians and protectors.
The following house had a string of pennant flags strung above the front porch steps - each flag was a different color and had a word, symbol, and verse printed on them - the words were "Peace", "Happiness", "Courage", "Love", "Tranquility", and "Wisdom". I looked it up when I got home - they are Tibetan prayer flags. The verses printed on them are messages of peace and hope meant to be spread by the wind, bringing goodwill and compassion to all people.
On the peak of the roof above the porch hung a plaque of a wise sun face - the sun, of course, symbolizes light, energy, and growth.
In the lawn of the house across the street was a yard sign - one that's been around for the past four years, and is so common everywhere that I often over-look the words written on them. All political aspects aside, it is a message of hope: "In this house, Black lives matter, women's rights are human rights, no human is illegal, science is real, water is life, love is love, and America is already great."
Mission accomplished: I got to spend an afternoon in the sun, and my spirits were lifted.
And oh! I was just looking through the photos I took on my phone while on my adventure, and saw something I didn't notice before: on the front door of the house with the Tibetan prayer flags and sun face, is a wooden sign that says "Peace on Earth".