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By: BriarCraft , 8:39 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Astrologers and meteorologists have their own definitions of the seasons, using fixed dates. There is another sort of seasonal change and that is one you can feel if you pay attention to that sort of thing. Where I live, the season turned from summer to fall on July 25th. Some years it is earlier or later. It is not a fixed date.
The best way I can describe it is a sudden difference in the feel of the air. Sudden, as in from one day to the next. July 25th started out as just another summer day, but that night was a bit cooler than it had been. Since then, it simply feels like fall. The daytime highs may be just as hot, but it cools off faster in the evening and the nighttime lows are a few degrees cooler. And the sun just doesn't feel as intense, even in the hottest part of the afternoon. My mother, who lives near Portland, Oregon, felt it and remarked on it, too.
Now, a couple of weeks after July 25th, the berry plants know that it is fall. Before long, other plants will know it, too. We will have a couple more months of nice weather to look forward to. First frost is unlikely to happen before October. Still and all, the season has turned here.
Even though I noticed the season turn, it took awhile for the meaning of that to sink in. Now, just as suddenly as the turning of the season, the unfinished tasks of the summer are at the forefront of my thoughts. In May and June, I was focused on gardening and mowing and DH was focused on pruning. In July, the weeding and pruning continued, but with less intensity, and watering and harvesting was the focus. Now, in August, we find that things we meant to get started on earlier in the summer still haven't been started. Ack!
I'll report on our progress as it happens. I welcome your kibbitzing and also would love to know about any summer projects you have yet to finish. I am the only procrastinator? Are you able to feel the seasons turn where you live?
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Updated: 7:08 AM PST on December 22, 2014