“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”

Today is sunny but chilly. Though I have the doors and windows closed, the house still isn’t warm. Last night I woke up and grabbed for the afghan as nights are colder this time of year especially when the days are in the mid 60’s.  I’ve taken to wearing a sweatshirt when I bring Gracie to the backyard. She seems better this morning, and she ate her breakfast. I just hope she keeps it.

This is my favorite time of year here on the cape. The ocean which stayed cold so long in the spring stays warmer in the fall. The cranberry bogs are red with fruit. The trees hold their leaves a bit longer thank north of us and change color later in the season, mostly to red. Dogs are allowed back on the beaches. The weather is usually sunny and a sweatshirt is more than enough to keep me warm.

When I was a kid, I never planned ahead except for the times before my birthday, Halloween and Christmas. I just took each day as it came. I knew I had five days of school, and that was the constant. What we did after school depended on the weather and the time of year. In the fall we’d bike ride or we’d skate in the parking lot which never had a car. It was up the hill from where we lived. The lot was lined into spots, but people preferred to park in front of their houses. We’d skate mostly in the middle as there was sand next to the curb surrounding the lot, and a spill meant a cut, usually a bloody cut from the grit. We’d play crack the whip with all of us in a line holding hands as the front skater moved us in circles. I hated being at the end where the force was the greatest. Ends didn’t last long.

On our bikes, we loved the grit. We’d ride on the sand, hit our brakes and skid to make  an arc on sand. The key was to get your foot on the ground before the bike fell. It took some skill. I seldom fell.

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6 Comments on ““Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The weather predictions said sunny most of the day here and they were almost right if one doesn’t care about the clouds covering the sky most of the time and that we had both rain and thunder big parts of the day 🙂 🙂 It did become slightly warmer than the prediction so who am I to complain 🙂 🙂

    I’ve come to like autumn more and more and I think it’s because we have very few flies annoying me. We do have the moose flies but so far we don’t seem to have that many around. It’s worse in other places though.

    It is chilly here now and I have the radiators working now, I really don’t need them during the day but it gets too chilly at nights now and the humidity works its way inside if I don’t have them turned on. I still walk barefoot indoors though.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      With all the computers and weather satellites, you’d think they’d get their predictions right. Here they usually aren’t far off from what is actually happening.

      The tourists are gone and the weather is lovely, two reasons to love the autumn here. Flies are only around early in June but in the woods not around here.

      I have everything still closed. I tried opening the window behind me, but it got cold quickly.

      Stay warm and have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Although we are having a cool spell, real Autum doesn’t arrive here until late October. Then the trees start to turn and the mornings require a jacket. Whenever I use the term ‘normally’ when referring to the seasonal weather it lets me down. Last winter our last day with freezing temperatures was January 10th. I bought a new leather jacket right before New Years and only wore it a couple of times all winter. This summer was the sixth wettest on record with only ten 100 plus degree days. We average closer to 20. The long range forecast is for a wetter and warmer fall and winter.

    Like you, when I was a kid I only thought about the ‘kid’ year calendar. It revolved around my birthday, summer vacation, Halloween and Christmas. In my case Chanukah. Otherwise the year was an endless row of Monday through Friday school days.

    Today was another relatively cool, high of 85, clear sky day.

    • katry Says:

      Real autumn starts later here than off cape. When I drive to Boston this time of year, I can see the changing leaves as I drive north. We complain about the chilly spring, but we celebrate the autumn, both because of the ocean.

      We can have a frost as late as May, but that doesn’t happen often. The planting chart does say that the end of May is the safest time to plant ensure the flowers will survive.

      I never minded going to school, but I did love all the special days and made extensive preparations for the celebrations.

      You and I have a different definition of cool. 85˚ is a really hot day.

      • Bob Says:

        So what’s your definition of cold? Here the temperature rarely goes below 10 degrees and having any amount of snow just causes huge traffic problems. You are fortunate to live next to the ocean which acts like a big temperature moderator. Of course the folks in Florida are not thrilled to be living next to the water today. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        cold’s definition:

        of or at a low or relatively low temperature, especially when compared with the human body.
        “a freezing cold day”
        synonyms: chilly, chill, cool, freezing, icy, snowy, wintry, frosty, frigid
        a low temperature, especially in the atmosphere; cold weather; a cold environment.
        “my teeth chattered with the cold”

        That too is my definition. The synonyms give depth to the definition, words like freezing, icy, snowy and frosty.

        10˚ is cold for you, even freezing, so 85˚ doesn’t seem to fit relatively cool by comparison.

        Sometimes the ocean does give us warmer temperatures, like 40˚ instead of 35˚. Hurricanes do hit us, b ut it has been a while. I just hope our turn isn’t coming.

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