I love the shorter days as well as the cooler weather. It’s cozy (inside, anyway) and I can go for early-morning walks without getting the sun in my eyes like I do all summer long. We’re having our first rain here today and I’m all thrilled; we stayed home and made pumpkin muffins and now we have a fire going. Yay!
One thing I don’t have to worry about here is hot weather. I love summers up here by the Strait of Georgia. But today I was driving along the shore. It’s raining lightly and I turned up the short hill to my house. The grey bay behind me, the grey skies above me, and the orange maple leaves on the black asphalt being blown by a little breeze. The Fall is nice here.
Oh, I caught the smell of someones fireplace while I was walking home the other day. I inhaled deeply and really enjoyed the scent. It makes me feel at home and cozy and happy. I love the fall, too. And Halloween! I take the day off every year, my own personal holiday. I think October is my favorite month.
To me, yes, the shorter days are worth the cooler weather. I hate the heat, and I’m not a fan of direct sunlight either.
The only thing I dislike about the fall is that it comes so suddenly. Just a few days ago it was 90 degrees, and today only 75. The temperature drops too far, too fast. Same thing with the coming of summer, only the temperature rises too quickly.
Ohhhhh I’m so glad I moved to Colorado. I spent 11 years in Arizona, which was about 10 years too long. My friends from AZ said, “But what about the cold winters?” The way that I look at it, I’d rather be stuck inside in the winter than in the summer. When it’s decent to be outdoors in the summer here, the days are longer – more time to enjoy things. Down in AZ, the winters are awesome, but it’s already dark while on your way home from work.
Spoken like a true southerner. You bring up a conundrum that would never, ever occur to someone in the north. “Worth it” to be cool? What are you on?
And, for what it’s worth, February sucks. All the clouds go away, leaving us with blindingly bright sunny days where the high temp is in the single digits because there’s no big blanket of clouds keeping us warm (ie, in the 20s or 30s).
Oh yeah, I know - you live in the part of Colorado that actually does get a winter.
I used to giggle at all the front-rangers who thought they had seasons there. I had one go so far as to tell me that Boulder got more snow than Michigan. Yeah, right. You just go on believing that one
We tend to get the most snow in… well, let’s say January through April. And throw in December as being able to show a good second place. And May sometimes comes in there, too. Heck, if you get right down to it, it’s snowed every month of the year up here.