Holy Crap! It's fall!
I mean, I waited a-l-l winter for spring, which came and went, and then it was summer. Ahhh...summer. The roses bloom. You plant cosmos (which always disappoint me) and other annuals, plus the veggie crop (we've had green beans for dinner almost every night for at least four weeks) and now the counter is overflowing with tomatoes.
But sitting out on the enclosed porch in the evening is getting to be a tad uncomfortable. Instead of wearing T-shirts, it's suddenly sweatshirt weather. (And my big blue sweater has come back out of the closet. Heck, I'm wearing it as I type this!) I've also taken to (gasp) wearing my slippers, because my feet are cold.
The catnip is starting to shrivel up. (Chester doesn't mind. He prefers dried to fresh catnip.) The perky black-eyed Susans aren't so perky anymore. In fact, they're turning a disgusting brown. The arborvitae is turning orange--its version of "needle cast," as it gets ready to toss it's old leaves (?) onto the pool cover.
And today the calendar confirmed it: the first day of fall. Next thing you know, the leaves will fall off the trees en mass. We'll be raking until our hands flap with blisters. It'll rain five days out of seven.
Snow can't be far behind.