Sunday, August 26, 2018

I'm Fairly Certain We're All Ready For The Fall Season

Earlier today, Lisa and our dear friend Kim spent over 7 hours working on the front yard. They planted hanging flowers. Pulled out most of the Summer flowers. Visited both Home Depot and Lowe's for Fall flowers and giant outdoor ceramic pots. Put fresh mulch in all of the flower gardens. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

The operative word in that entire paragraph is Fall

The Summer season is almost done and over with. In less than a week, it'll be September 1st. Usually, we don't put out the Fall flowers until mid-September, but Lisa was in the mood to do it today. Then, Kim joined in. The both of them worked hard through the morning until late afternoon.

I stayed inside and tackled work stuff, housework, and started on our 2018 DIY Bodacious Fall/Autumn decor that will be available next week.

I think that deep down we're all kind of done with the Summer season. We've gotten too many heatwaves with another on the way.

The humidity level has been through the roof. I can count on one hand how many times we've been able to open the windows this Summer.

Due to the amount of painting I do in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Project Workshop, the inside of our home needs to stay dry and cool.

Even with alternating the use of our air conditioners, our electric bill has doubled since May. To keep that cost down, I've limited the use of the oven. Aside from baking homemade dog treats for our kids and loaves of zucchini, banana, and raspberry quick bread for Lisa's snacks, the oven pretty much stays off.

The heat and humidity have also reduced the number of times we've had our backyard fires. I think we've only had 1 or 2. Both times, we got eaten alive by mosquitoes.

And, it's caused my allergies to be a million times worse this Summer. I've had to take an allergy pill almost every 12 hours for most of the Summer.

Another downside of this Summer has been the rain cycles. We've gotten either too much rain at once or nothing at all for 1-2 weeks. We also haven't had any big thunderstorms. They've all been around us.


At this point, I'm fairly certain we're all ready for Fall. Dry crisp air. Open windows. Longer outdoor play time with the kids. Being able to use the oven regardless of what time of day it is. Baking. Hearty soups and stews with homemade bread. Soaking up the warmth from backyard fires. Bringing all of our plants indoors.

We're ready.

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