Every year, I whine and moan over summer ending. I hold on to the summer-feeling for as long as I can. (I'm still wearing flip flops most days. And I think a warm, wool sweater looks great with cut-off shorts.) (Don't you?)
But, eventually . . . I give in.
And then I remember how much I love fall!
I love watching the colors change.
I love sitting out on the patio . . . with Mr. Heater (*) and a glass of wine, covered up with a wool throw and reveling in the "fall" of it.
I love finding . . . the unexpected . . . along familiar paths.
Fall . . . is pretty great.
I'm not even missing summer anymore.
(And . . . any day now . . . I'll break out the socks.)
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(*) The Story of Mr. Heater: A Special Bonus
Several years ago, I wanted to get a heater for our patio so we could extend the outdoor season and stay warm while enjoying our evening "cocktail hour" on the patio. I, of course, had one of those rather elegant tower-style heaters in mind. Y'know . . . the ones you see at outdoor restaurants or on the more put-together home decks and patios. Tom was quick to agree that a patio heater was a great idea -- and he volunteered to pick one up for me when he went to Lowe's.
He came home with . . . Mr. Heater.
NOT AT ALL what I had in mind. Mr. Heater . . . is designed for hunting camps, ice fishing shacks, pick-up pond hockey games. Absolutely functional. Totally portable. All you need is a propane tank! He keeps things toasty, for sure.
But . . . not the elegant tower-style patio heater I had in mind!
Several years later, Mr. Heater still accompanies us out on the patio (spring and fall). At this point, friends and family all know Mr. Heater. It's a good story. We get a lot of laughs. And Mr. Heater is a perfect example of how Tom (Mr. Function) and I (Ms. Form) . . . complement . . . each other. Every year, I plan to replace Mr. Heater with that elegant tower-style patio heater I originally wanted. And then I don't.
Because Mr. Heater? Well . . . he's part of the family now.
(Besides, outdoor patio heaters are the new toilet paper when it comes to pandemic must-have items this fall.)