Sunday, September 30, 2007

Here comes the rain again

We didn’t have much of a summer, by my esteem, and now we are suddenly sunk into autumn as if September 23rd was some kind of hidden trip wire the sun triggered crossing over the equinox. Leaves on the way to Eugene began browning and occasionally falling this year in July. What the heck does that mean? It’s the last day of September and my Chain trees and Horse Chestnut still sport green leaves. The Purple Plum next door has been bereft and nude for well over a month.

Where did it go? I’m not ready for the full onslaught of an Oregon autumn. Rain falling with colder bites each day, copious little rain drops that soak you as you dash from door to car. Despite the calendar, I just wasn’t prepared. My wood is not all stacked; heck my wood isn’t even all delivered yet. I never got to fully weed and clear out my back flower beds. My Butterfly bushes need trimmed. And now I need to put winterize my lawn. Where did it go? Shit!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the autumn and rain, I am just not prepared. I'm reminded of the fable of the ant and the grasshopper - apparently I'm not the ant. All those years in Girl Scouts (aka I’m not prepared) and I’ve squandered my summer. I’m not sure how, opting for a meltdown, I didn’t vacation this year, instead I spent my time on chores and work. I got my lumpy path into my side yard, bought my bench, mended my dragon’s arm, and planted thirty plus lilies, a gross of tulips, with narcissus and daffodils thrown in for good measure. But I’m not finished. I had so much more I wanted to do. I never took the time to play. I did spend time with Benjamin and my parents, but not so much that I should be behind.

While I have a goodly size stack of books waiting to be read, my comforter is all clean and ready to keep me warm, I am remorseful that I didn’t take the time to play and suddenly I am sad and longing for what wasn’t this past summer.

It could be worse, it’s snowing in Utah.

Here comes the rain again.
Is it raining with you?



Lemon Blossom said...

You know, I don't mind the occasional rain or cloudy sky. In fact, I love them. But living in OR for me was hard because the cloudy skies lasted for so long. We did get some rain a week or so ago, but it's been clear skies ever since. :)

I hope you enjoy the rain for me!

Cele said...

I love the rain, yesterday it totaled 1.44, for all of September it was 2.99.

I can remember a few times when I was a kid in Southern Cal it rained for weeks on end.

JulieAnn Henneman said...

It's supposed to get cold here this weekend and my furnace is still broken.

But we'll have lots of warm bodies here Sat night! (I know, bitch...)

Jazzy said...

Wow, that is a lot of rain!! Yes, it is raining here too, sadly. It seems to be cooler this fall than it was last fall. I think it stayed warmer longer last year. I heard that it snowed last night in a town not far from me. Unfortunately, at least for the kids no snow here, which meant they had to go to school today because there wasn't a half an inch of snow on the ground.