It's that time of year

Aug 29

This is the time of year when I start to think about fall moving in. Every year I feel a bit melancholy - I’m not sure why. It's around this time I think about the last county fair up in Wisconsin for the year - I think it’s Walworth county? I’m not sure… And - I begin to wonder what they do in the Southern Hemisphere for summer break? Do they take December and January off? (In Australia, I just looked it up - they do indeed take most of December and January off from school).

Something changes - the feel in the neighbourhood changes as kids get ready for school. Some trees begin to turn colours - especially in the northern states and here in Canada. New flocks of birds show up - warblers push on with migration - then the juncoes move in for the winter - and groups of other birds start to flock together - presumably to ready themselves for the trip they’ll be taking to warmer places once the weather turns cooler.

I have to admit - I like this time of year - I do. I like shedding summer wear for fleece - although, I do like seeing how long I can wear shorts before either being called out on the street - or my legs freeze off…

Things just seems to dial down - like we’re all preparing for a long winter. And how I long for a long hard winter - one with lots of snow - lots of snow flying - days and nights where you look out the window and see big flakes in heavy waves bouncing around in the wind - the wind howling - whistling between cracks of windows and doors. Yeah - I like that a lot.

Oh - I found the county fair I was thinking about. I use to ride my motorcycle up there for a day and watch the tractor pulls and piglet races - and ate way more than I should have - I think mostly to help with the depression that was setting in...

Walworth County Fair

As I'm writing this, there's a huge thunderstorm going on just outside my window. The sky is lighting up. I like it. It just adds to that feeling I have of summer slipping away - again...