Thursday, October 25, 2012

Changing Seasons

Living in Ohio my whole life, I am used to the changing seasons. Honestly, I know it wouldn't feel right to not experience four seasons every year. That does not stop me from being sad that winter is well on it's way. This past week, we have been experiencing Indian Summer. For those of you who have never experienced it, here's the Wikipedia definition:

An Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost. Depending on latitude and elevation, it can occur in the Northern Hemisphere between late September and mid November.

For as long as I can remember, summer has been my favorite season. Not because it was a vacation from school, but because there were so many fun things we did all summer long. I grew up at a lake (extremely small, but whatever, a lake is a lake!), so we swam, played, took boat rides, occasionally getting to ski from a neighbor's boat and most importantly, went for family vacations. With two parents as teachers, we only went on vacations in the summer, but I didn't think anything of it. 

Now, having my own family, we are keeping some of the traditions from our childhoods and adding new ones. This past summer, we had so much fun that I did not want it to end. We went camping, we went swimming, we spent a lot of time at Zoombezi Bay, we had picnics, we had campfires, we went for walks, we went for bikerides, we played baseball, we played tag....etc, etc. 

Fall hit...and I'm ok with fall. It's beautiful to watch the trees change colors. We take adventure walks to collect leaves and make things with the leaves. We find acorns, walnuts, etc on the ground and have fun with them. And let's not forget fall running....heading down the street or trail, hearing the leaves crunching underfoot, something about that brings pure joy to my runs. 

Making s'mores!


Then Indian Summer hits as it inevitably does every year and I know that this is most likely the last stretch of nice weather until usually March. Some winters are horrible (like 2011, lots of ice & days in the teens for a high temperature), some not as bad (like 2012 with warmer than average weather). Indian Summer makes me plan for the winter. If we have lots of fun activities planned, the winter doesn't make me fall into a funk as bad as winters with no plans. 

For now, I will continue to enjoy this beautiful weather , but am definitely planning ahead for some fun activities for the winter. And looking forward to spring!

If you live in an area with changing seasons, which is your favorite? Do you enjoy the changing of the seasons? Do you ever get into a "funk" like I do when it turns cold and gray?

5 comments:

  1. My favorite season is fall. It a cool breath of fresh air after the humid, disgusting summer.
    The gray days of winter don't seem to affect me they way they do you. I'm a huge fan of cold weather to a point. I don't much care for temps below 20 degrees and if I never saw a wind chill again, it would be too soon. :)

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  2. I'm a fall and summer gal for sure!!! Winter is my least favorite! I don't like trying to drive in snow or ice! Like you I love camping, swimming, etc. Trips to pumpkin farms and corn mazes too!!! Have a great day!! Spa <3

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  3. My favorite season is definitely fall - although I am thoroughly enjoying our indian summer!

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  4. enjoy it! my favorite season is definitely fall. we were supposed to have a couple of really nice days but the hurricane is going to mess that up for us :(

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  5. My favourite season is summer. I adore the heat and love all those outdoor activities particularly swimming at the beach. I am not one for the cold weather but winter has its hidden delights like cuddling up by a warm fire, a Sunday night roast dinner, and often perfect running temperatures.

    I have to add, that winter also helps us to build resilience. Much of our lives is relatively easy so having to suck it up in order to get the kids to school in the rain, or brave the wind chill in order to get the groceries is good for our soul. And like a bad run makes the good ones better, a cold winter helps us to appreciate the joys of summer. I love this post. Thanks Anne. :-)

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