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It’s Almost Summer Vacation Time!

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Spring has sprung and it’s heating up. We had a mini-heat wave this past week with temps reaching 77 degrees. Today it will max out at 63 degrees. But the times they are a changing and I am ready. I’m a person who’s very affected by the weather. I get down when it’s cold and rainy. I’m happiest when the sun is shining. I am so excited to be able to sit out on my deck again and write or read a book, perhaps take a little nap around 2 p.m. before I have to pick up my daughter from school. This is my favorite season.

We’re at that point in time when I have to plan for a vacation if we want to do something away from home. Last year we tried Santa Barbara. The weather was beautiful but we knew that anyway. I lived in Santa Barbara for eight years and it’s always nice there. However, we weren’t prepared for the amount of traffic and people and the city has changed a bit. There are a lot of homeless people which is sad, but I’d pick Santa Barbara over the freezing East Coast if I had to live on the streets.

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This year we’re returning to Monte Rio in the Russian River area of California. There are lots of homes on the river and they have to be built way up high above the river due to seasonal flooding. So we have beautiful views of the redwood trees and you can hear birds and crickets. It’s just gorgeous.

What are your plans?

Fall Is Almost Here

I always use the term “Fall” when referring to the season of the year that begins this Saturday, September 22nd. However, on the news they call it “Autumn”. To me, that’s a much more beautiful word, but I don’t know why.

When I looked up the word “autumn” in Wikipedia it says:

“Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day (cf. Dutch herfst and German Herbst). However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.”

Whatever you personally call that time of year, it can be beautiful. The heat of the day is gone but we’re left with a lovely warmth to take the chill off in the afternoons. Mornings are cold and we don our light jackets and wear long pants. Here on the coast of California, the seasons aren’t as drastically different from each other as they are in other places. It’s still in the 60’s in the afternoons and I can sit outside and it gets hot out on the deck.

Being that I hate Winter, I enjoy this temperate climate.  How about where you live?

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