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Aug. 5th, 2005

days like today, i totally crave autumn.

i have heard somewhere that you tend to have ties with whatever season you were born in, and to me that is is somewhat true: i was born the last day of winter, and i feel almost sad as everything around me comes back to life. i enjoy a bit of solace in the unemotional cold.

but my favorite season? autumn. i am thinking that mayhaps this is because... well, after living in arizona for eight years, i hadn't seen a TRUE autumn in a long while. in october (my favorite month), it would still be over 100 degrees outside, hardly halloweeny at all. the leaves wouldn't fall off the trees until late december, and then they would just turn a dull green and drop like rocks, practically overnight.

my first fall back here in washington state... i thought my soul would burst from my chest with joy. i would walk to the bus stop under the multicolored trees, gawking in open-mouthed wonder at the beauty. i would inhale deeply all of the scents around me. i died a little inside once all the leaves had finally dropped, yes.

so now here i sit, in the midst of summer. i've always been one for swathing myself in many layers of clothing (some of you may chuckle to know that after living in arizona as long as i have, i have ZERO summer clothes: my first summer here greeted me with only sweaters and long-sleeved shirts), something that our 95 degrees and above weather, no fan or a/c in house, cannot provide.

when i went to faetal's grandmother's house last night, i fell in love with a picture on the wall of a woodsy area in the grip of autumn. the picture was painted as if you were standing in a brook and looking back at the parade of trees on the bank, splashes of red, orange, and yellow abound on the branches and the ground where they had fallen. i could almost smell the dying leaves, almost feel the chill of the wind on my cheek.

i was SO very pleasantly surprised when i learned that andrea's grandmother had PAINTED it.

i sit here today, daydreaming about October. the tenth month is my favorite month of the year. Pumpkin Ale will be back. Anticipation for Halloween parties will be abound (i already requested 4 days off of work - party at andrea's mom's house, you're all invited!) I'm daydreaming of heading into a woodsy area and tossing a blanket down under the most colorful of trees, and lying there, taking it all in. feeling the leaves tumble down onto my face. smelling the crispness of the air.

oh, how i wish others would see the beauty in the world that i do, that i knew best how to share it with others.

take a ride with me sometime.

i shall pounce on the coffee machine in the meantime.



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Aug. 5th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
I like winter the best and that's when I was born. I hate the summer.
Aug. 5th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
I get depressed more easily in the summer months. I was born in January.
Aug. 5th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
*smiles* I was born in October. I love autumn. October is my favorite month as well. I love Halloween and everything. I can smell the leaves and air and feel the wind on my cheeks too after reading your entry. Brings me a sense of calm even while I'm here at work. I'd love to frolic in the woods admist the falling leaves with you if you'd ever like to go. Then we could make a small campfire and drink some fresh apple cider and munch on some pumpkin muffins. *tears well* I want autumn. I love the feeling of the slight chill in the air dappling my cheeks with a soft red. I love being able to breathe so deeply. Let's go play in a leaf pile!
Jul. 19th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
and reading your response, i so can feel the wind on my cheeks and smell it and stuff, too. i'm dreading this next week or so, because we'll be up to 103 degrees, depending upon the day, which is death for this area. i only hate being a pedestrian 3 months out of the year, and alas, i'm only halfway through the three months.

and now i really want apple cider, too. let's go frolick!
Jul. 19th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's been getting that hot here too. I never notice because since I'm out from work on disability, I don't go outside! Though I do wonder why I start sweating even though the air-conditioning is on. Stupid humidity. I want my cool,crisp, humidity-free autumn air! *hands you a candy apple and a cup of hot cider* Last one to the hayride is an Aubrey!
Sep. 20th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
Hee hee - an Aubrey. You make me laff.

That is one thing I miss about the 112 degree heat in Phoenix, vs the 90 degree heat here - at least inside, you don't still sweat like a demon because of the humidity. It was also why the majority of my clothing was long sleeved, though I had lived there for eight years of my life!
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I want it to be October so bad. ^_^
Jul. 19th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
meeeeeee, too. if i ever get married, methinks it will be in october, under the dying leaves.

*wistful sigh*
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I wan born in December and it seems that all year long I am just waiting for the first snow... I absolutely hate the summer and spring time....
*ahem* that may or may not have anything to do with the fact I am chubby and heat is not meant for chubby girls!!
Aug. 5th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
The soft glow from the earth. The falling fiery red leaves. The light whisp of the wind as it gently caresses your face. Ummmm yeah I LOVE the fall.

I love to sit in the middle of a forest and shut my eyes. Just to listen to every sound that presents itself. Then open them and take in the beauty of which has been placed forth on this earth...

::ok crawling back into my hole in cyberspace::

Oh and Pssssssssst! I was born in April
Aug. 18th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
HA! I HATE winter, and I was born in winter. I looooooove summer. Like I always say, I'd far rather sweat than shiver.

I'm the opposite of you -- even though I lived in MD and PA for years, I've only ever owned 3 long-sleeved pullover shirts -- I always wear sleeveless shirts, and if it's cold I add an open longsleeve shirt that I usually take off when I go inside. ;-)

I like fall well enough. It's better than winter and usually better than spring. But I loooove summer.
Jul. 19th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
i've always been of the mind that in winter, if you're cold, you can just pile on more clothing, whereas in summer....

though i keep reminding myself this time of year when i crave winter oh so very much: during the month of january/december, we had a record strain of rainy days, to where i was covered in wetness constantly for the entire time, and it seemed like i couldn't remember a time that i had been dry AND warm.

but still. i would rather walk around in soggy coldness than this 100 degree crap we're getting soon. at least in cold wetness i don't feel like i'm going to pass out by the time i get to where i'm going on foot.
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