These last few weeks in October have been a renaissance of Indian summer weather. Last Thursday was the warmest October day on record. The weekend before was gorgeous and warm with rays of sunlight shining through a patchwork of fluffy white clouds across the sky.
But I really wasn’t into it all that much. I am ready for a change.
In California, Halloween was always the turning point when the last days of summer were really over and the wind developed a biting chill. The first real rainy day was always just before or after (but rarely actually on) the 31st. As kids, we wore sweaters with our costumes usually for the first time.
Last week I looked at the calendar and realized that there were only six weeks left until Advent began and the city filled up with Christmas markets selling roasted chestnuts and Gluehwein. I was still able to go outside in a t-shirt. The winter cold still seemed so far away.
Last night was Halloween and although I almost didn’t notice, since there weren’t any trick or treaters or scary movies on tv, what I did notice was that this morning I couldn’t walk outside without a jacket and scarf. The skies were as gorgeous as ever but the air was decidedly cold.
Tonight, driving home, a brief rain shower swept over our part of the city, bringing some snow that was illuminated in my headlights. First flakes are here, summer is finally gone.
With a new coat and new winter boots, I’m ready.