I was walking the dog last night after work. Summer has returned to Ontario in that perfect way that only happens near the end of the season. Warm, sunny days and almost duvet nights.
As I coaxed the dog along with a steady supply of liver treats, I was thinking about how much I love this time of year. I was making a list in my head and thought I’d share them here.
- the bugs are done
- my brown-eyed susan patch adds more brightness to the shortening days
- butterflies are scurrying around to fill up on energy from the butterfly bush
- the first time you need to put a sweater on as evening falls
- shifting meal ideas to soups and stews and roasts
- dusting off my knitting that sat quietly in the corner all summer
- canning tomatoes and beets, and freezing endless cobs of corn
Enjoy the waning summer days, wherever you are.
My sister and I have both been involved in sex ed of sorts – she got paid to do it as a college lecturer and I volunteered at a birth control centre years ago. In that world, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) were something to avoid. But today I came up with another meaning for the acronym…something that might be shared but not nearly as nasty! We’ve both been struggling with it and maybe you have too.
Seasonal transition disorder.
You know that in between place. You are shedding layers as the warmer weather lurks nearby. But you find some extra layers that settled in over winter that are harder to drop. You wanna get outside but the winter hibernation exhaustion just won’t wake up. And just as you got ready to pass by the root vegetable based comfort food, you aren’t yet inspired to chop that salad every day.
Here are some of the seasonal transition decisions we have talked about trying.
- Just eat one vegetable instead of making an entire salad. Cut up an entire red pepper. Chop up a cucumber, add a little feta, olive oil and lemon juice. Eat an avocado au naturel.
- Change up your routine. Add in some morning stretches before work to warm up your brain and your limbs.
- Try something for just 30 minutes…and you might want to do more – like gardening, biking, walking or cleaning.
- Write it down. Frustrated with what you are eating or how to get more active? Keeping track of what you eat and your activities might shed some light on patterns you could tweak.
Most of all…hang in there. When summer really arrives, the outdoor living will motivate you (us!) to eat more grilled, in season veggies, and walk and move more during the longer daylight hours.
One of my favourite sappy movies is You’ve Got Mail. There’s a line in it that I think of this time of year – “Don’t you just love New York in the fall?”
Well it’s not New York, and I don’t see Tom Hanks anywhere in the neighbourhood…but I love fall in southern Ontario. The sweet scent of ripening apples. Morning dew on the grass. The extra weight of the duvet on the bed. Yes, even long pants and socks.
I don’t think I could live in a climate without four distinct seasons. Each one is just long enough.
Fall for me means hauling out all my knitting projects that were cast aside during the summer humidity, cooking soups and stews and meatloaf, making apple crisp (for breakfast!), rediscovering all my winter sweaters, switching from white wine back to red, and hiking through the autumn colours.
What’s on your list for fall?