Changing Seasons

A touch of Fall in the air today. Cloudy day, cool breeze, cold rain. 

My kind of morning.

I know the dark and moody weather is on its way. These days it seems to match many of our moods. There is sunshine deep inside every one of us, but as the days shorten it seems to hang around with its friend Cloudy more and more often.

This weather tends to encourage more contemplation, more introspection, more struggling for inspiration. I know it’s the cycle of life, and we all go through it, but the older I get the more interesting this cycle gets.

I think our bodies automatically shift gears in fall, storing nuts and fat and ideas for the days when we are hiding behind three feet of snow.  Memories of family and friends and those we have lost seem to hang around a little longer. We can snuggle more with our pets without breaking out in a hot sweat.

As I contemplate this snuggling, reflective mode, I think of my fellow writer and poet Ivor. A wonderful writer and human being, he lives “down under” and is probably looking out his window hoping the temperatures soon warm up so he can walk around in short sleeves again. Funny how all of us can be on the same reflective wavelength yet our weather be so different.

Do you make plans for each season? Do you have projects that work better in one season than another? Books you want to read that you’ve left until under-blanket-time? A short story or crocheting you’ve been mulling around in your head that can’t come out until the temperature drops below 30 degrees?

I do love this time of year. I have a  few projects that don’t take a lot of energy or sunshine to carry out. I want to try to draw one of those pictures full of designs and lines like my last Sunday Evening Art Gallery artist (Rachael Pease). I have wind swirls I want to make for art fairs next year (if they ever come back), I’m even planning on rereading Shogun again (1,192 pages). I also have started taking long walks in the gray, listening to my creaking bones along with the birds and wind (the creaky bones are loudest).

What are your plans for the next season?

 

 

18 thoughts on “Changing Seasons

  1. Today I feel was last ‘nice’ night out Berlin is gonna have this year. There was this magic in the air – I just felt that it was gonna be the last night like this and had to go out, even without a sweater and it was beautiful.

    Now, to your question I kind of do make plans for seasons; for example I knew I wasn’t gonna have much design work in the summer, so I used that time to give my website an update. But so far I don’t have big plans for autumn – we’ll see!

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    1. I’ve been working on my websites, too. I had an epiphany last night that I’m done writing novels for now. Not a biggie, but for a writer you always think there’s another long story to tell. But I’ve got a lot of new ideas and projects waiting for Fall, so I know I’ll never be idle.

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  2. This is great! I’ve lived in Iowa my whole life where we have 4 very distinct seasons. We get it all, from cold, snowy winters to hot, humid summers. I love the change of seasons. This week we’ve had an early taste of fall. Fall and winter are my favorites. Looking forward to hunkering down for the winter.

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      1. Quite! Like going out for a “walk” and feeling like you were just immersed in a sauna. Nope… not my cup of tea!

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  3. The old saying is the Deep South has four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas. We are in the process of transitioning to Still Summer. It may sound odd to folks up North, but this is when we get out *more* than we do in the Summer! (Heat index hasn’t been over 100 in days!) Sitting outside in the evening, grilling and listening to music. It’s also the season I start to pay attention to the house again. Putting away the splashy Summer colors and starting to build up layer upon layer of fall, halloween decorations, etc., all culminating in THANKSGIVING which signals the end of Still Summer.

    As you say, all of these annual changes and routines are reassuring.

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    1. I love this! Does end of Still Summer dip into Cold Christmas? Or is it warm then, too? Ivor lives in Australia and we laugh — when I’m freezing he’s turning on the fan! I would love to sit and exchange of seasons and what people do month to month. So different — yet sooner or later we all do the same things.

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      1. It depends! I’d say winters around here are the most variable season. Every now and again we have a white (2-4″) Christmas, or a few tornadoes, or tank tops and flip flop weather. Depends!

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      1. Hahahaha, me neither! I draw mandalas and things like that but nothing so intricate or detailed. I will have to look to see if there are some classes or something available. I’ll let you know if I find something!

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