Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 22, 2017

It’s October with Green Trees

The temperature was in the 40s (F) this morning when I finally woke up. It has been like this for the last few days, teasing me with the impending return of frost. However, the daytime temperatures have consistently been in the 70s this past week. Today, it may even have reached 80 (F).

What does this mean? For one thing, it means that I did not freeze like crazy at the garage sale. For another thing, it means that this month’s heating bill will be more than reasonable for October. Finally, it means that the annual parade of changing leaves has come to a sudden and surprising stop.

Autumn still looks like summer, only with less flowers.

Two weeks ago, I thought that about 20% of the leaves had changed color. Tonight, it looks like less than that. This is because the leaves that had changed color have now turned brown and dropped. No new colored leaves have appeared. Green has reasserted itself as the dominant color. It is disconcerting to be looking at the trees this green this close to Samhain.

It’s October with green trees.

For those of us who try to live our lives by the cycle of Nature, this is very odd. What do we do when Nature is all confused? Do we break out the summer clothes for the second time this year? (I confess to wearing shorts around the house one day this weekend.) Do we forge ahead with our regular seasonal plans, even if we find ourselves wearing wool in 80 degree (F) weather? Do we “fall behind”, “spring ahead,” Or reasonably stay the same?

I find myself wondering what to do about all this turmoil. Yet, I also know that there is n0thing I really can do.

And so, I just take it one day at a time, as I wait for Mother Nature to figure Herself out. There are some things that are simply beyond my control.


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