Most people will think I'm crazy but you know what, I'm tired of summer.
I live on the west coast of Canada where warm, sunny summer days must be treasured and worshipped and hoarded. If we are really lucky, we might get summer from about the last week of July until the first week of September...but even then, rarely will it be dry and sunny every day.
This year has been the exception. Record-breaking sunshine and warm temperatures since the end of June - not a single drop of rain in all of July and here we are past the beginning of August, still sunny with no end in sight.
It feels weird, my internal clock is all messed up - for me, after a month and a half of fabulous sunny weather, summer should be over and it's time for back to school (the most wonderful time of the year) ...yet we are still weeks away.
I hate to say it, but I am ready to move onto September.
It's not just the weather (although the miles of dry brown grass are getting to be a bit depressing), I find everything is "on hold" this time of year. It's hard to get anything done at work because everyone is either on vacation, going on vacation, or just back from vacation. It is also truly difficult to stay motivated or even busy while it is sunny and in the mid-20's. Maybe there is something to be said for air conditioned, windowless offices?
You see, my office is in a charming old brick building that doesn't have any air conditioning ...lovely to look at but by 3 PM it's steaming hot, slightly smelly and everyone (or at least the people who are here) are ready to pack it in.
I'm already longing for the cooler days of September and dare I say it, even some rain so our landscape turns green again.
Sacrilege I know for all the summer worshippers. It makes my husband crazy when I start talking like this, when I swear I can feel fall in air by August 15th. He's the one who keeps reminding me that after fall comes four months of rain ...and that ain't pretty.
But there is something compelling about the crisper cooler days of September, the return to work and school, refreshed and excited about life. The fantastic harvest at the farmer's markets, the air smells fresh again, the leaves start changing, the children are happy to be back at school (at least for a minute) - I know it's all a cliche but I love this time of year ...and I'm already wishing for it.
In about three months I will be writing a post about how I hate November , how cold and grey and wet it is and how I long for summer and then you can all throw this post back in my cyber face........but in the meantime, I'm going to go home and turn on the air conditioning, put on a sweater and look at slow cooker recipes.
Anyway, if you think I'm wishing away summer, check out Costco - they have Christmas wrapping paper and tags on display now and no, I'm not making this up.
PS - the credit for that great image of the shepherds in the pool goes to photobucket.com
although the big guy does look like our old dog Edge, I feel badly because he was never lucky enough to spend time in a wading pool