The Changing Season

October 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, positive thinking, Single Parent) (, , , , )



Today is another rainy day here in the Inland Northwest.

Fall is in the air. Gone are the sunny summer day with days spent at the beach with the kids and grandkids,camping for the weekend, backyard get-together with family and friends. The summer festivals and outdoor shops and car shows. Making home-made ice cream and having family fun night in the backyard. I will not  miss the bugs millions of nats flying around and mosquitos buzzing in your ears. The extra bonus of waking up sporting a new bite. The endless watering of the lawn and plants to keep them alive. It is interesting what we fit into our annual budget. It is said that lawn care is a billion dollar business.

We trade our summer dresses, crop pants and cute t-shirts,and strappy sandals for jegging, light jackets, warm boots and sweaters. Lemon-ade is traded for warm cups of inviting tea and coffee with good creamers. The outdoor fire pit is covered up and making way for the warmth of the fire-place. Football season with chil cook-offs,fruit pies made from your Farmers Market produce, taking scenic drives around the lake seeing the changing color of the leaves. The cooler temperatures bring out the deer, elk, wild turkeys, and quail  included in your fall drive. It is always a treat to see wild life. in a neighborhoods eating grass. Where I live, moose come into the neighborhoods and stay for 3-4 days laying down in the front or back yards.doeWhen you live in an area that has the four seasons,thereare so many activities to participate in.My favorite seasons are Fall and Winter. I tolerate the rest of the year for the decent looking lawn, scenic boat cruises, Parade of Homes, local B&B open houses, shopping in the quaint town of Sandpoint, having lunch with good friends.

My days are now spent finding creative ways to get mom out of her bathrobe and weekly outings other than her Dr. appointments. My life has went from that of a wife and mother to widow, loosing my son and still taking part in the sandwich generation. It is interesting as some of you know caring for two households. I still find time twice a week to post a story plus working in my job as a health care provider. The season is rapidly changing. Soon it will old man winters turn to shoveling, ice melt, more layers to wear,winter activities.



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