Looks Like Summer, Feels Like Summer, Tastes Like Summer

It must be summer. Smack dab in the middle of summer. While I'm trying to live in the moment (although do we truly live in a moment when we try?), I can't help but to feel done with summer. Sure, I love wearing my vintage sundresses and eating the fruits summer bears, but I'm already thinking about fall. Its cues are all around. The volunteer pumpkins have already turned orange. A pile of split oak is waiting to be stacked. There were several rainy days in July when I actually forgot it was summer. I baked zucchini muffins and turkey stock, and my kitchen smelled like fall. The aisles of Target are stocked with lunch boxes, notebooks and backpacks, tell-tale signs of the upcoming season. What could feel more like fall than going back to school? I'm excited to go "back to school" in the comfort of our home.

It's only natural to anticipate the change of seasons. Human survival depends on preparing for upcoming seasons. One must gather wood and wool clothing for winter, sow seeds for spring, slim down for swimsuits in summer, and plan ahead for fall feasts. Or, adjust the thermostat accordingly, shop for a new swimsuit and buy whatever else you need from a super store.

My bare arms are itching to wear wool sweaters. My flip flop clad feet are ready for clogs. My hands ache to knit socks. My swimsuit is fading. I have a new umbrella just waiting to get wet. The fireplace begs to be gathered around. The oven is jealous of the barbecue. Just a few more months, I tell myself. You'll be ready for summer again by next spring. So much for living in the moment, I'm looking forward to the future.


  1. My mother-in-law noted that the acorns are falling - the first herald of fall in these parts. I'm not finished with summer, but unfortunately, it seems finished with me ;).

  2. With the recent weather, I'll bet a lot of us have felt fall sneaking up on us. I noticed the classic back-to-school smell is in clothing stores right now (presence of leather?).
    I'm hanging on to every ounce of summer that I can--for as long as I can.
    I think I'll paint the house!

  3. i couldn't have written this better myself. unfortunately, i live in the deep south, so i won't get a glipse of "fall" until around november.

    but the school supply aisle at the store is keeping me happy :)

  4. Fall is my favorite time of year... but I can't even let my mind go there yet. We don't get fall until at least October. Really beautiful and rich post, Molly!

  5. Molly, My sentiments exactly. I love fall.... Grace even got in the pool for only about 10 minutes yesterday and then said "I only wanted a quick dip." Weird. The seasons must be changing.

  6. totally understand what you mean. Here in Arizona we won't be feeling fall until November or so. I love October here - still warm enough to swim, but the nights are cool and I can cook fall food. That's the best part of fall - the food.

  7. We just enjoy the lower use of A/C!
    Hopefully Fall will introduce itself while we are in Europe! Will miss your daily's.

  8. i bought wool cardigans at a garage sale today and (it's 96 in the shade) got some strange looks. neveryoumind, naysayers....it's coming! looking forward to tights and clogs, too. :)

  9. I love fall but I'm not ready for summer to be over yet. I still have too much food to put up for winter! Fall is bittersweet for me, I love fall but know that winter is just around the corner. I hate winter! I need to really live in the moment this fall and enjoy every minute of it.



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