It is entirely an illusion, I assure you, but it is starting to feel like fall in Alabama. Not only has college football begun again, but there is now pumpkin beer available in the stores!
I am also sure I don’t need to tell you that the day after Labor Day, when I heard the Pumpkin Spice Latte was back at Starbucks, I hied myself over there with a quickness to demand myself one of the soy variety. And then afterward I looked up the calories and nearly died when I realized it has nearly double the amount in my regular soy latte, but let me not digress. The point is: fall! And fall’s attendant foods!
It’s typically much later than early September, though, when fall weather finally decides to make its appearance this far south. We can expect it to finally be truly cold by Halloween, usually, but not on Labor Day.
Except this year, apparently! I took the above photo from my office window as I was laboring away on Monday (my Tuesday-Thursday schedule means Monday and Wednesday are always prep-work days, whether campus is open or not). It was the unofficial last day of summer but it looked like the middle of winter — winter in Oregon! Being able to look out at the grey, drippy weather and the grove of evergreens put me in a great mood even though I was working on a holiday.
While I have enjoyed the summer sun and heat and sweat and salt, I am more than ready to leave it behind for some crisper fall weather. By the end of this week we’ll be back in the 80s with plenty of sun, but as long as the temperature doesn’t touch the 90s again this year I can deal. I SUPPOSE. Brief as it was, I have certainly enjoyed our fake fall. Now let’s hope the real one graces us with its presence soon. I’m ready for some squash soup and roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin-based desserts and spiced beverages. Let’s get this thing going, shall we?