Mother Nature must have decided to look at the calendar this year. Autumn came in right on time. On the day of the autumn equinox, our weather seemed to change almost overnight. Of course the days have been getting noticably shorter for several weeks but now the evenings and nights are cooler and the days not quite as warm as a week ago.
Breakfasts on the back porch will soon have to wait until spring, a thought that makes me very sad. Campbell and I are able to spend afternoons out there after school and I am still reading out there in the evening. Since the sun warms our porch during the day, I can sit out there comfortably in the evenings with the heater turned on low. In the mornings, though, there has been too much of a nip in the air.
Things seem to be getting back to normal in our little town after the tragedy that happened Friday, although the suspect has not been apprehended. It's thought he's no longer in the area.
It was lovely this afternoon when I went to stake out my place in the carpool line to see the children back on the playground playing. And since it was Kona Ice Day, the classes were taking their turns coming outside to buy their Kona Ice. Normal is a good thing.
Our dogwood trees are beautiful this year. Most years when we've had our usual dry summer, they begin to shrivel by now, if not earlier. This year they're turning all kinds of pretty reds and golds. This leads me to hope that we'll have beautiful fall color this year.
Before I leave, I want to encourage you to pop over to our collaborative blog, Focusing on Life. We're giving away a choice of beautiful posters. All you have to do to be part of the drawing is leave a comment. Do check it out.
That's about all I have for today so I think I'll just wrap it up right here. But not before wishing you a happy week!