Living in Germany for four years, I learned to appreciate the 16 hour summer days because the hours of sunshine would be much more scarce in winter (8 hours on the shortest day). So when we moved to El Paso three summers ago, I had some idea that the summer season would last longer due to our new latitude – but I had no concept of the true desert hot sun.
As the weather slowly becomes cooler in late September into October, I was relieved to spend more time outside beginning to dig up the soil for a garden and watch our children play in the limitless sunshine. And while I missed familiar things like furry lined boots and thick comfy sweaters – I grew to love warm afternoon breezes that made our traditional winter season more like a perpetual fall.
Familiar foods, instead of weather patterns, marked the passage of time on our table – a Thanksgiving feast complete with 10 kinds of pie, Christmas morning Cinnamon Rolls, New Years Day Pork and Sauerkraut, and of course Faustnachts (traditional PA Dutch potato donuts) to be feasted on Fat Tuesday before Lent.
Which also reminds me. I think I need to get a head start on my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions and spend more time on my exercise bike. Anyone care to join me?
What are the signs of the season where you live?
Is anyone else craving Pumpkin Pie yet?