In the winter, holding out the hope of an early spring, I start to plan my gardens; flowers on the front deck and vegetables and melons on the side of the house. I usually buy plants, but this year I did a lot of seeds so I could get things started sooner. The result was much thinner plants on the deck. And the vegetable plants, so green and full of promise in May, wilted and died when we experienced problems with our well, resulting in my not being able to water them. I don’t know yet what the final veggie count is going to be, but I served my own green beans once and I ate a handful of tomatoes. That was about it.
We’ve already had some pretty cool nights; the ones I used to call “pool killers”. When we had a pool, we always seemed to have a couple of nights where the temperature dipped into the fifties in late July or early August, nights that cooled the pool enough so it never really recovered to comfortable levels. Of course, the pool is long gone now, so I guess it doesn’t matter. I’ve noticed a few trees starting to change color, too; another sign the summer is fading quickly.
A few weeks ago, it was getting dark at about 8:45; now the sun is setting almost an hour earlier. You can feel the change coming; it’s in the air and it’s in the way birds and animals are acting. The squirrels are gathering and the hummingbirds are hitting my feeder in a constant stream. I’ve even seen a couple flocks of geese heading south. Well, they were going that way; I can’t say for sure they didn’t do a u-turn, but I don’t think so. Speaking of the hummingbirds: They arrive in April and May and leave in September, so my time enjoying them is measured in weeks rather than months now. Soon it will be measured in days.
Inevitably, Christmas ornaments and Halloween candy will arrive in the stores almost simultaneously, likely by the end of August. Way too soon, in my opinion, but I have no say in the matter. By the time Christmas does roll around each year, I’m pretty much ready for it to be over. And why not? I’ve been seeing the trappings of the holiday for months by then. But, this post wasn’t intended to be about the holidays. Rather, it’s my lament on a summer that seems to have gone by way too fast. Like every one before it.
Actually, between the day I wrote that about Christmas and Halloween, candy and Thanksgiving plates, napkins, etc. showed up in the grocery store. Places are starting to advertise pellet fuel, too. I’ll be ordering a couple of pallets within the next week or two. Cold weather is coming, and quickly
“It’s coming on the end of August. Another summer’s promise almost gone.”