In the past 24 hours I have gone from coordinating my usual activities (with Thanksgiving on the horizon) to dealing with falling temperatures and high winds at the same time to preparing for frozen precipitation. Oh joy, right? Usually we don’t find ourselves even thinking about this sort of thing in the lower elevations until winter has at least graced us with its official presence. I went out this evening and it was quite frosty and windy at the same time. The kids’ school is doing a late start to compensate for the snow forecast. I appreciate the sleeping in part. I just hope I don’t find myself dealing with the late arriving snow part because that happened last year and everybody in the district was scurrying to get home in whiteout conditions. If it looks anything like that tomorrow, we will all have to sit around and read and play board games or something.
I am completely amazed at how quickly and completely all of that unreal sunny weather we had this Summer vanished. I remember, when school started, having to make sure that the kids all had clothing that allowed them to be cool in the afternoons and now I’m making sure everything is warm and waterproof. When August ended, I was concerned that everything might be too dry because this was one of those summers when everybody got a tan – even people who work in offices all day. Meanwhile, September had record rainfall and we are getting rain in some form just about every day. I won’t be surprised if there are salmon crossing the street again this year. I guess that’s what hot cider, tea, soup, fondue, blankets, board games and crafts are for.