Summer is officially over (for those north of the equator), lasting from June 21 to September 22 this year. For me, summer effectively covers a slightly different span, starting on Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day.
Each summer, I have a mental list of things that I want to accomplish, some fun, some relating to home improvement, and some regarding work. Each year, summer ends before the list is completed. Even so, this year I did better than most — regardless of when I mark the end of the season.
The weather, of course, is another transition that occurs on the migration from summer to fall. For the first half of September, we had fall-like conditions, with highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties, even forties. Even, so we have not yet had to turn on our heat in our house.
However, those fall-like conditions made an abrupt change on Tuesday of this week, with temperatures soaring and briefly topping 90; eighty degree highs continued through Thursday, but today we reached our high of 76 by mid-morning. A cold front is moving in and bringing rain along with it. This short reprieve from fall may be what we meteorologically call an Indian Summer. (Though technically it doesn’t occur until later in the year, after the first frost.)
So with summer over, I need to review my “to-do” list. Some items will be moved to my non-summer list, while others will be put on hold until next year, and the remaining items will be discarded on the junk heap of good ideas and mercifully forgotten.
So long summer; hello fall.