Summer went by so fast for me this summer because I put in so many more hours at work than I am scheduled for. I normally work 64 hours a pay period and I work a strange every third weekend, so roughly 3-4 days a week, and I work part time for a very good reason...that's what I want. Most of July, all of August and part of September, I have been at or over 72 hours a pay period, and the thrill and excitement of helping get a new lab system up and running, is long gone and I'm just now looking forward to enjoying my summer! Oops, guess I'm going to have to wait for the next one.
To me, it feels like Autumn is starting early, signs of it are everywhere. I wonder if it has anything to do with the summer being so dry.
Yellow Jackets are the first clues that Autumn is on it's way. I know I always start really noticing them in early August, like when I go to the Uptown Art Fair and try to eat lunch. Seems like it's nearly impossible to Not eat a Yellow Jacket, then the State Fair is inundated with them. This year I got my first bee sting...Yes, it did hurt, a lot, well it stung more than it hurt, then it itched and itched and itched.
So I tend to stay far away when I see something like this below. David said, "Why don't you stick the camera (phone) right down in there?" I just gave him "that look" and walked on.
harvesting the garden
drives up the North Shore
drives to Lake Pepin, Redwing, Stillwater
flip-flops (till it snows)
pumpkins, squash, apple crisp
pumpkin pie lattes at Dunn Bros
salted caramel mocha at Starbucks
crisp, clean air
the smell of burning oak bonfires
having the first fire in the stove
tied fleece blankets
pastel sheets draped over plants
the smell of leaves
raking them up
geese flying south
squirrels holes all over my yard
annie losing her undercoat
hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick
Stop by these blogs and check out what Autumn looks like to them...