Up in the mountains, our fellow Arizonans are starting to see snow. Here in the lower desert, there’s no chance of that in October, but there is a chill in the air in the mornings and I LOVE it. We’re leaving the windows open all day and night. The sounds of the desert will never compete with the sounds of a city, but the occasional howl of coyotes nearby is oddly soothing after just a few years of living here.
Greg is, sadly, not a fan of the lower temps. Last night, after a short top-down drive home from a class in the Spider, I was greeted by Greg in a half-zip pullover. He said he was closing up the house because he was “freezing.” I guess after getting used to 95℉ days, 66℉ is too cold for him.
I talked him into leaving the bedroom windows open, even offered to get him an extra blanket or two in case he got cold in the night. He gave in and I slept like a baby.
The crisp mornings and pleasant breezy days are spectacular. Event season has begun and there are farmer’s markets and art shows appearing on every town’s calendar. The top is down on the Spider and will likely stay down until spring except for a couple of weeks in the heart of winter when it actually gets cold here.
I’ve worn sleeves for two days. I haven’t worn anything with sleeves since April. I love the warmth, but it’s incredibly nice to have the summer heat break away and head into fall. For most of the rest of the country, fall means breaking out the boots and sweaters. For us, it’s those sleeves and maybe the occasional errand in shoes instead of flip flops. In short, it’s a lot like summer almost everywhere else.
I am thrilled to wake up with the thought of lingering under the covers for a few extra minutes because the room is chilled from the overnight breezes. I am grateful for the changing seasons and the prospect of returning to daytime walks through the neighborhood and dining al fresco on the back patio.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Love the seasons wherever you are.
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