I just got back from taking a load of stuff from the garage to the storage shed. The moon is very bright and now at only 8:00 p.m. it is already dark (and cool). The day was sunny and warm. Truly gorgeous weather! As I drove home from my run I thought about how lucky we have been to have gotten through two summers now without air conditioning in either the house or the van. And last winter we were very fortunate to make it through without heat upstairs. Looking back, if we could survive those difficulties, we really possess some fortitude! I am proud of the three of us for what we have lived through. My youngest did ask me the other day if we would have heat in our apartment! Poor thing!
One of our area businesses has a very cute and elaborate Halloween display out ALREADY! A kind of haunted house theme - not scarecrows, apples, mums, Indian corn, hay bales which I would welcome about now. I was a little put off by the display, cute as it was. Just kind of early for that kind of thing before Labor Day. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I used to go all out with decorating the front yard - elaborate graveyard scenes, spider webs, huge spiders, ghosts flying about. I scaled a little back when my husband was ill and then stopped for the most part when he died. I became very turned off by skulls, skeletons, graves, ghosts - anything representing death. But I still love the scarecrows and pumpkins.
The last two years I haven't celebrated the fall season at all. Last year I was trying to come to terms with the divorce and the year before that, my Mom had just died, we were cleaning up the yard after a tornado and then clearing out my parent's home. I hope this year I can finally get back into the spirit of the season. I have missed it. I won't have a yard of my own but I can decorate my wee balcony. And I suppose I can give some of my lawn decorations to my guyfriend - he loves Halloween and his son would probably get a kick out of some of the things I have.