I’ve been thinking about fall a lot lately. Tis the season, I suppose. But I bet there are some things a bit different about fall in the Pacific Northwest.
Let’s start with the negatives. For instance…
- Rain happens. Fall is a time when it can rain. A lot. It’s kinda how you know summer, with slightly less rain, is over.
- Jumping into a pile of freshly-raked leaves is discouraged. And not because we’re neatniks. Damp leaves and a possible close encounter with a slug could create an unpleasant experience.
- Fog. It won’t be enough to cancel school, but comes on thick.
- The birds stop singing. Guess they need to conserve energy to stay warm, or they’ve all flown south.
- It feels like twilight all.day.long. It never quite gets bright enough to call it “daytime”.
On the upside….
- Pumpkin everything!
- Coffee earns a greater place in the spotlight. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
- Fleece. Not just for sheep.
- We have colorful fall leaves, too. I’m sure we’re no match for the east coast and their lovely trees, but we do well.
- The shorter days make us huddle indoors around cozy real or fake fires, catching up with friends and family.
- Along the same lines, we start to gather together to stave off the isolation of bad weather and colder temperatures.
- We reflect on our own mortality and remember this, too, is only a season.
What’s fall like where you live?
Dear readers: I will be covering the Microsoft PACs again, starting tomorrow. I probably won’t be able to blog much over the next week as I take and edit the notes. Please know I haven’t forgotten about you or died. My keyboard will belong to others for a few days. Back again soon!