Here in California, fall always comes over night. There is no gradual decline in temperatures, a little rain to get you used to the idea that the colder and wetter season has begun.
One morning you wake up and it’s cloudy and cold. Just like that.
This year, this day fell on Saturday. I had made plans to spend a fun day with my friend (and a bunch of other people) at the apple orchards up in the foothills. When I checked the weather report, I knew what was to be expected: cool temperatures and rain all day long.
But hey, that’s the fun of the season, am I right?
I bundled up, got my jacket and scarf out of the closet for the first time and was ready to go. It was a fabulous day. We stopped at at least 5 or 6 orchards, we had delicious apple donuts, warmed our cold fingers on hot mulled apple wine, and brought a bunch of apples, apple pie, mulled spices for apple cider and other goodies back home.
At the end of the day, we were all “appled out” (but that feeling won’t last for long, because I love anything apple!!!)
It also rained all day yesterday and I used the heater for the first time. I skipped my usual Sunday morning visit to the Farmers Market (and I kind of regret that already, because it means I have to buy some stuff at the store this week that I swore I wouldn’t buy at the store anymore) and snuggled up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee instead. I did some photo editing (and playing around with Photoshop CS5) later on and didn’t set a foot in front of the door all day.
I am looking forward to spending more cozy days at home with blankets, candles and hot tea.
It’s always hard to let the summer go, but I think after this weekend, I am ready for fall. Really ready.