Friday, October 7, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Indian summer  -noun-

Unseasonably warm, dry and calm weather, usually following a period of colder weather or frost in the late fall.

A meteorological phenomenon that occurs in autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost. (We haven't had a frost, but we did have a very cold, cloudy, drizzly week mid-September).

The term 'Indian summer' is also used metaphorically to refer to a late blooming of something, often unexpectedly, or after it has lost relevance. This is comparable to the use of the term renaissance in the sense of 'revival', but it carries the added connotation that the revival is temporary. (Indeed, our pepper plans are confused and have started flowering again. They wish they lived farther south, too!)

I'm sure the warm October/November we had last year and the even warmer October we're having this year are somehow due to global warming. I don't take this lightly, especially if it means that when it does get cold, it will get bitterly cold for long periods of time and remain cold and snowy through the first days of spring, like it has for the past 2 years. But. I love me some sunshine! Any October that finds me doing this...

instead of this...

Is okay in my book!

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