Thursday, September 6, 2012

And Just Like That

It was just a few days ago that I was wandering my yard and admiring some of the flowers, including the Morning Glories which have taken over the fence line on one side of the backyard.  Their colors are so vibrant and if you squint just right you can almost ignore the other changes going on around you that tell you their time is nearing an end.

Muggy weather and warmer temps may still linger but you know that change is coming, and I think with age you can almost sense the changing of the seasons in a way you aren't able to when you are twenty something.

I think that is why I wander my surroundings more often than I used to, and I sometimes feel as though I'm now privy to a little secret that mother nature only imparts on people over 35.  A sense of time passing, of seasons changing, and a need to soak it all in a bit more than we once did.

Try as I might to hang on to Summer, even the nasty hot, drought ridden one we've had, there are some things you just can't ignore.  Today, after months of very little rain in our area...particularly in our section of the county we live in, the skies opened up and let go.

It was like watching someone who had held it in for far too long finally having a good cry, the kind that makes you feel better afterwards.  I had to wonder if even mother nature has those days, when she just has to let her guard down and let the tears flow as raindrops.  If so, then this was surely one of those days for her.

And just the mere image of rain drops pouring down my windowpanes, made me want to bake comfort food, unpack sweaters that haven't seen the light of day for months, and snuggle up beside a fire.

I guess we aren't unlike the tiny hummingbirds that are so frantically gathering at our feeders, fortifying themselves with much needed strength for their long journey southward in a few weeks.  I suppose that we too have our own internal clocks that tell us that when the tomato vines start to bend and brown, and the fruits start to mimic the colors of fall that we have work we need to do to get ready for the changing season.

I know that come this afternoon it will be hot and humid once again and the sun will shine brightly, but I also know that those endless stretches of sunny days and asphalt too hot to tread on will slowly give way to falling leaves and cooler temps.

But today, amidst all of the evidence to the contrary, I will pretend that summer is never-ending...because a little denial never hurt anyone right?!


  1. What a lovely post! Thank you!

  2. Like Sunny says - this IS a lovely post. We have had some gorgeous sunny days for the last week, but it's getting darker quicker and much cooler in the evenings - you're right - time to wish summer good bye even when we don't want to.

  3. Your photos tell the story of our hot summer and the sudden down pours. I love the weather to be the temerature of "I will wear a jacket or not" . You know where the choice is yours. Smiles, Susie

  4. I feel very much the same these days, Kat. I think it's the season of life I'm in.

    I'm glad to be your friend on this journey. :-)


  5. I'm beginning to yearn for rain, even though we haven't finished exterior painting. I love the softness in the air, and green shoots, not a fan of long hot summers!

  6. We have rain coming tomorrow. It is time for it to start cooling here- it was a long hot summer. Your photos are beautiful~ as they always are- xo Diana

  7. We had a nice rain shower in the middle of the day that took our temps into the was welcome! Enjoy your evening!

  8. Hi Kat, I like rain and your rain images are sweet and soothing to me. I just caught up on your posts as I took some time off from the blog. I detest a thief and poo on Etsy for giving you the burden of proof when you watermark your images. What goes around will come around-I truly believe in the biblical concept of sowing and reaping. Thieves reap bad results upon themselves eventually. xoxo, olive

  9. beautiful post and the photos are glorious. Yo are so right about all of it girl. I'm hanging on too, but welcoming winter this year is easier than last year.
    peace n abundance,

  10. Gasp! Oh my gosh - that last photo. Kat ~ these are such a beautiful example of the changing of the seasons, that slow move into Autumn. Bravo.

  11. Lovely post! It's kinda true, I think when we finally mature we are more in tune with the atmosphere. I can sense the moment that spring is really coming, feel the chill finally start lifting from the earth. I'm ready for fall, of course I garden all winter here in Virginia, always so much work...hopefully no snow, or very little this year. Have a great day...very fall like today! donna :)

  12. Your narration of these amazing images was so touching and so beautifully written. And it made me feel proud to be one of the older ones that mother nature has let in on that special secret too. I really like how you expressed that here! xo ~Lili


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