Driving home this evening something caught my eye. I was shocked, and thought, "No. It can't be that. Not yet." But I glanced back and yes indeed, the leaves have started to turn. There it was. A tree mostly covered in autumn red leaves, with others around it turning shades of yellow and orange.
I know we've had a pretty crappily cool August, but really, this is too much. The leaves are turning, the kids are going back to school, and summer is apparently over in Southern Ontario.
Tomorrow is back to reality. Early mornings, packing lunches, homework. I refuse to think about the coming winter yet, but I'll admit our hot and sunny days are numbered. And I'll miss the freedom of living without a schedule. Getting back to a routine will probably be good for Boo, but he's already lamenting the loss of carefree days.
Do you have any end of summer traditions for marking the change in seasons? Some ways of sending summer out with a bang?
Labour Day weekend for us has traditionally included going to a Blue Jays game, but we weren't up for it this year. Instead, we laid low and had a relaxing weekend at home - movies, BBQs, and time just spent together. It was good.
I also spent some time in the kitchen, getting started on preserving the summer harvest. Tomato salsa and pickled hot peppers were on the menu. I love canning, and Labour Day is a traditional time to put up sauces and jellies. I'll be doing lots more over the next week or so. Then we can enjoy the fruits of our gardening labours in the dark of winter. It's quite hopeful in February to open up a jar of your own tomato sauce and be reminded that warmer days are on their way. Don't you think?
How did you spend this long weekend? Are you ready to say good-bye to summer? Or holding on desperately just as long as you can? I suspect we've still got a few good days left.