Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Coming storm










Thanks for your Halloween wishes. I hope you had a good time, if you celebrate Halloween. We had a lot of fun, as we always do. Halloween is, collectively, one of our favorite holidays. It's great around here; we see the same neighbors every year, including the people who serve hot dogs in their driveway. I made a point to have one of their hot dogs this year, as they are getting ready to move to Seattle in a few weeks. I'll miss their tradition. If my driveway were flat like theirs, I might consider taking it up myself. The pencils were a hit, as usual. We have a lot of candy, much of which will be going to work with the Bear. You can send anything down there and it will be eaten in minutes. That's how I get away with baking cookies so often.

The week has been kind of hassle so far, otherwise. The LB had some medical tests over the past couple of days, with a visit to his nephrologist scheduled for next week. This afternoon, we went to the lab facility for blood work. We waited nearly an hour to be called back. Then we learned that his favorite phlebotomist was not on duty. He was a trooper, though, as always. He did fine with the phlebotomist he was given. She was not Stephen, gabby, jokey football enthusiast, but she was young and pretty, and she worked lightning-fast.

We were home in time to finish homework and start dinner. Around five-thirty, I went outside to walk around with my camera. A storm was blowing in from the south, blue sky filling with long fingers of cloud, the wind kicking up and the temperature falling quickly. We're supposed to have good rain for the next few days, and much more seasonable temperatures for the foreseeable future. October was visually stunning - weeks of warm, sunny weather, cloudless skies and only a tiny bit of rain. But it didn't feel right - it shouldn't be 80 degrees in late October, beautiful though it may have been. I feel very anxious when the weather doesn't match the calendar. I've mentioned my discomfort with this before; I actually lose sleep when it happens. I check the online weather forecasts almost obsessively, watching the long-range predictions with an eagle eye. I stay up late enough to watch the forecast on the nightly news; might as well, if I'm not going to sleep anyway.

When the change finally occurs, as seems to be happening literally as I write (seriously, I think we're going to lose a bird feeder before the night is over), it's pure relief. My entire self feels better, physically and especially mentally. It's not just that I love fall and cool weather. I crave the orderly progression of things, the march through the seasons, the timely arrival of the right conditions for the page on the calendar. I always have: I can remember a childhood Christmas that was more like September than December and how upset it made me feel, and a bright, breezy Easter when I was a teenager which culminated in a heavy snowstorm, knocking out the electricity for a week; in the space of 48 hours, I went from flitting about in a baby-doll dress and espadrilles to sleeping in my winter coat.

When it goes right, though, it feels so good. I love this time before a storm, when I'm making plans for how to spend the next few days - cooking (tomorrow, I'll make spaghetti sauce, and a pie with the last of my neighbor's apples), stitching on my Sweetiepie sampler, reading aloud to the GB from Ramona and Her Father, watching The Crown on Netflix as soon as possible on Friday, attending a 40th birthday party for my good friend on Saturday night. Here it comes. Here comes my afghans-and-tea storm.

22 comments:

  1. I totally get that. I hate living where the weather does not do what it should...and it's pretty wide spread, hard to find out where to live that does not have this problem! God keep you! sounds like a lot of nice things lined up! :) and the Halloween sounds nice!

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  2. Amazing shots. In like to enjoy cool climate:)

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  3. I like the idea of the coming storm.. we've been having rain and cold then sun then rain and cold and now we're getting some fair weather again.. kinda crazy. I like the idea of making the apple pie. I need to do one. Enjoy your storm.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. Nice photos♥ Have a great rest of your week ♥

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  5. I hope the LB's test results came back okay. We've had a mild October here, I'm a summer girl so I've really enjoyed that, but the weather has really come quite cool now. The crisp autumn days are good, it's the dull, soggy ones which I don't like.

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  6. Hopefully the blood tests came back OK and all is well. We are finally starting to go into Autumn weather we have had such a mild October that it feels quite strange. Beautiful photos.

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  7. I am with you on the weather, it doesn't feel right. We actually enjoyed a picnic lunch yesterday, in November, and it felt like summer. While it was lovely, it just isn't right.

    Hope the tests all come back okay.

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  8. As much as I moan about Scotland's weather, I don't think I could live somewhere that didn't have seasons. It *should* be cold in November - and it's getting that way now. Time to dig out the hats and scarves! Yay! :o)

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  9. I agree with you on the weather. It was 83 degrees here yesterday, and going to be 80 degrees today. It has felt much more like summer than fall. I'm so ready for true fall weather. I'm very tired of being hot. We are expected to cool down a bit starting tomorrow to highs in the high sixties. I'm ready to cozy up on the sofa with a nice, warm quilt and a cup of tea, and maybe even a Christmas movie! I hope you have a great weekend! A 40th birthday party for your dear friend sounds like lots of fun! And your apple pie will for sure be yummy! I'm making a pumpkin pie this weekend and serving it with homemade whipped cream!

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  10. I hope all is well with LB. Totally understand the "hurry up and wait" of medical visits. I also feel as you do about the weather. I check it online on my weather app, watch the late news too and all the while Dennis is asking me why I bother. They are wrong so often! October was dreary and Ariana but today is the first day in weeks that the sky is bright blue. It makes me happy. I crave normalcy in weather, but it doesn't cooperate very well. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. I feel the same Jennifer the weather was so mild here last week but I couldn't really enjoy it because it didn't feel right. It's freezing today so it looks like we are back on track weather wise for the time of the year. I hope all goes well for LB. :) xx

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  12. When the weather is wrong, and it's very wrong right now, I feel unsettled too. I want cool, crisp Autumn days and chilly nights. Not hot, muggy days and too warm nights.
    I worry when there's a different person drawing blood from me, I have tricky veins, thin and "tough", some people make a mess of me trying to draw blood. Glad you son had an easy time of it.

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  13. I'm totally with you on the weather needing to match the season. I'm glad you are finally going to get some real fall conditions. I hope your appointment with the nephrologist next week goes well. Having been through many of those with my youngest daughter over the years I know how it can be a bit stressful in the lead up to the actual appointment. I'm looking forward to The Crown as well. :-)

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  14. I feel exactly as you do Jennifer. I feel internally disrupted when the seasons don't behave. Sounds like your son was very brave and stoical, you would have been relieved when the appointment was over. Wrap up cosy this week and enjoy the cold weather X

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  15. I love an incoming storm too, although they are fairly tame around here. It's turned cold now though, and sunset is not much after 4.30pm, so it's feeling as it should. I hope you have a lovely time hunkered down in your warm safe home. It's a good feeling. CJ xx

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  16. I hope the storm wasn't too bad. Here comes the sun!

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  17. I hope the LB's tests all come back with good results. Hmm, I can't really relate to your feelings of being unsettled during weather that doesn't match the calendar. I think it's because here in northern IL, our weather is so extreme and all over the place, that we just have to go with the flow. A couple of days ago it was sunny and 70; yesterday was in the 50's and rainy, and today was sunny and about 60. In just a couple of weeks, we could easily have our first major snowstorm!

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  18. Glad things went well with the blood draw, even with a different person doing it. I hope he gets good results!
    You pictures are so pretty. Glad you are finally getting some cooler weather.

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  19. Hi Jennifer! I'm going to watch The Crown! I love Ramona and her Father! It's one of my very favorites!
    I agree! I am ready for cool fall weather before the snow dumps. The warm weather is wrong somehow!
    I love the hot dog in the driveway idea. I hope they like Seattle. They'll miss the sun.
    Have a good weekend, sweetie pie!

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  20. Any Ramona book is a hit if you ask me, I love them all. As for the weather it is still hot here, I am waiting for things to cool off during the day, mid to upper 80's is not my thing.

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  21. I am glad the weather is finally behaving itself. 80 degrees in October sounds wrong. Our storms aren't like yours I suspect, but I love that feeling of getting inside and getting ready, cooking, sewing, nesting.

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  22. You describe so well feelings I have had, but have never tried to describe, Jennifer. Weather was always a focus in my growing up years on farms in MA and MO. I can remember telling my dad when I was in my teens that he should have trained to be a meteorologist because he was so interested in and aware of the weather even though we never had field crops which are so weather dependent. My drive down to and back from CA this past week was beautiful but milder than I expected it to be at this time of year. Among the green pine trees on the mountains there were splashes of golden deciduous trees. There were showers on the way down and a steady rain on the way back, but I enjoyed the drive anyway. I am glad you had a fun Halloween and that you are in such a good neighborhood for it...hot dogs and pencils are great ideas :) Hoping you will have less stress this week! xx

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