A Farewell to Summer – At least in my mind

In honor of Labor Day and the traditional end of summer, this week I’m bidding a (not so fond) farewell to summer.  After a week of back to school, I figure I might as well.

Maybe next week I’ll talk about apples.  No worries, I won’t suddenly share a week of apple crafts and decor ideas and recipes.  I’m still not that kind of a blog.  (I may make fun of a few… how fun would that me?  Hmmm…  I AM feeling a tad bit snarky…)

It’s still hot.  It’s hot AND humid.  It shouldn’t be legal for it to be over 95 degrees AND humid.  Walking outside feels like I’m hanging out in a sauna.  For those who live on the Gulf Coast, we know we have at least another month of this weather.  Maybe more.

Summer lingers long after it has worn out it’s welcome.

I’m ready to embrace fall.  I miss baking.  I miss soup.  I yearn for pumpkin and apples and the smell of cinnamon.  I long to wear a lightweight (hip covering) sweater.  I crave the smell of crisp leaves and firewood.

I want to drink a pumpkin spice latte without breaking into a sweat.

Now that I can drink coffee again, I don’t want to have to ice the stuff down.

So I’m ready.

I’m ready for summer to be over.

I’m well aware that other parts of the country have seasons.  Many of you will be hugging your grills goodbye this weekend and preparing for cooler nights, leaves that change color, and the eventual onset of snow.

Do you know what happens to leaves around here?

They stay on the trees and turn brown.  Not golden brown.  Not yellow brown.  Just… brown.  Dead brown.  Leaves don’t change colors and fall from the sky like they are supposed to.  They die.  Sometimes they stay on the trees until spring.

On the plus side, it doesn’t snow. My kids don’t miss school because of snow days.  (The odd hurricane day, yes.  Snow days… not so much.)

The reality is that it may be mid October before it’s actually cool enough to wear a sweater.  We’ll be running our air conditioner non stop for at LEAST another month.

I’m pretending it’s fall.

After this weekend, I’m putting away my white shoes and belts (not that own any, but you know what I mean).

I may not be able to wear a sweater outside, but I can at least wear them in my house.  I can swap shorts for capris.  I can trade out summer colored t-shirts in favor of fall colors.

I can swap my handbag from straw to leather (don’t own those either, but do you remember that rule?  It’s Texas, so I more vividly remember all the men swapping their straw cowboy hats for cream colored felted ones.)

I can even swap out my summer candle scents of fruit and flowers for the ones that smell more like a bakery.

Best of all, I can clean out our closets and get rid of all the worn out summer clothes.  I have an excuse to purge the house of all the annoying bits of summer clutter that have piled up like snow drifts in the corners of the rooms.

I’m bidding farewell to summer.

I’m so ready.

This weekend is one last blast of summer goodness.  We’ll grill.  We’ll eat watermelon.  We’ll throw the kids in the pool.

But it’s also a welcome party for fall.  At least some portion of this family is headed out to the deer lease for a workday (I’m voting on all males).   There will be enforced bedtimes and schedules.  There may even be football.

And next week… next week is September.  In my heart, it will be fall.

A farewell to summer, changes I'll be making on Labor Day.

How does your family mark the transition from summer to fall?  Do you quit wearing flip flops?  Do you switch from iced coffee to warm lattes?  Do you swap salads for soup?  

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I go by the weather and the calendar because we live where there are (usually) seasons although they seemed to be a bit confused this year. We had fall weather the last part of July into August and now that school has started it’s back to HOT humid summer weather. I don’t consider it to be fall until the kids need jackets to go to school more than 2 days in a row and it doesn’t look that will happen in these parts for a while. I feel like a summer person stuck in a fall-loving world sometimes as I have to point out the first day of fall is NOT until September 22nd despite what the retailers tell us (the Starbucks in my grocery store had a sign advertising Pumpkin Lattes) so I’m going to wear my flip-flops and eat my ice cream until I freeze 😉
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  2. I remember all of those traditions. I don’t really see to many people sticking to them anymore in our world today, but I was raised up with them.

    In the past couple of years, I haven’t seen much change in weather in SC either. I feel like we are losing our seasons altogether here too. I notice that the change happens less with each passing year.

    I like the new layout of your blog too by the way. (Well, at least it looks new to me. Am I right?) Due to my technical issues, I had to stop visiting blogs for a while, but now I get to go back to it full force.
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    • I know no one follows the old rules anymore, but I still wince when I see white pants in January. Winter white is OK, but pure white… eeek.

      Seasons come and go. Some years we have very cold winters that actually stick. Other years, we don’t. Given that it was 98 today, it’s only fall in my head (and the aisles of Target). Summer is still in full swing once I step outside. So we’re still on salads and grilled chicken. No baking for another month at least. sigh.

      My blog is still a work in process. I haven’t finished tweaking on it (what blogger ever is?). Since I don’t have a big budget and loads of time to plan changes, I’m just making it happen as I can. I wanted something clean and simple that would load quickly. I wanted something that would be flexible enough for me to bling it up for Christmas (or the next time I spend all week talking about pink). I still need to refresh my Facebook and Twitter graphics (and then order new business cards).

      I totally understand about not being able to visit blogs. I find myself having to choose between reading blogs and cooking dinner for my family. My family has expressed a strong preference that I actually cook dinner.

      I know you’ve made some changes recently too! Way to go!

  3. I can relate, it is nice to see summer heat go, but where I live the snow will soon be coming making it annoying to take care of the simplest chores.

  4. I am very happy and really enjoyed your post and it is really full of authentic information and I think this article will really help people to figure out of farewell of summer vacation. Thanks for your helpful article.
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