Technically, it is not.
- The official first day of fall in the northern hemisphere is not until the Autumnal Equinox - which occurs on September 23rd this year.
- September is associated with the beginning of the school year, although I can't actually remember a time when school started on the first of September, instead of some time in August or (as when I was a child) after Labor Day.
- Even in Montana the weather can often stay quite warm for the entire month of September, and sometimes it is even a nicer month for outdoor activities than July or August!
It feels like summer is over though.
Last week my son began his last year of high school. My daughter is now back on her college campus. Our much anticipated summer visitors, travels, and summer reunions are now just memories.
I am starting to watch the weather forecast, to see if I should protect my still-productive plants from frost by covering them with sheets before I go to bed. To me, today feels like the end of summer.
A smoky but busy week
Last week I was absent from this blog and the Internet. I took a complete vacation from writing and blogging to focus on my family. While I missed writing and keeping up with my usual social media and blogging interactions, it was a good break. Looking back over the past week and all that we crammed into those hours, I am not sure how I could possibly done one more thing.
Sadly, most of our time had to be spent indoors.
There was thick smoke in the air here all week from the wildfires burning in Montana and across the western US and Canada.
|Hazy, smoky skies - this go worse before it got better this week!|
Our air quality has been too unhealthy to exert oneself outdoors, and the first high school soccer games of the season had to be cancelled. Visibility was so poor that the mountains we see every day had all disappeared. An odor of smoke permeated our house; at times our eyes and throats have burned. Even though we are quite a distance from any of the fires currently burning, one morning I saw actual ashes falling from the sky.
Hopefully some help from nature for the fire crews
Unpleasant as this is, when I think of all the people fighting these fires, I realize I have no right to complain. We worried about how the windy conditions we experienced over the weekend would fan the flames, and possibly endanger even more property and lives. It was wonderful when Sunday night the temperatures dropped, we got a little rain, and the smoke (temporarily) cleared out.
We got up to beautiful clear skies, no wind, and sunshine yesterday morning.
I am never one to want summer to come to an end. This year though, I am looking forward to a hopefully very productive fall, the next occasion when our family can all be together, and an end to fire season.
I begin to mourn the end of summer on September 1st.
When do you begin to feel like summer ends and fall begins?
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