So we made it through the Labour Day weekend. The kids are back to school – stop for yellow buses – and the work routine has ramped up for most of us.
Yes, fall is upon us with shorter days, colder nights and the re-appearance of hoodies, fleeces and windbreakers while flip-flops, bathing suits and floaties disappear.
On the bright side, we had an amazing eight weeks of amazingly warm weather stretching back to Canada Day.
In talking with folks at the hardware store, grocery checkout line, or during a java fill-up at Timmies, or Starbucks it seems that many of you did find time to unwind, sneak away, do some home repair projects and get through a few good books.
But now the deluge begins. If you are the plan-ahead type, local Dollarama stores have a full aisle already stocked with Halloween costumes and chocolates – I kid you not. And if you’re the
designated ironer in the house like yours truly, the fall wardrobe pile/mountain of clothes looks like a task for a full Sunday of NFL games only to be put on the rinse, lather, repeat cycle for all the foreseeable weekends to come.
To make matters worse, you have less than 16 weeks to complete all your Christmas shopping! Then consider everything that must occur within this four-month window: plan for Thanksgiving dinner, store the backyard furniture, learn about your federal candidates and vote on Oct. 21, schedule a pre-winter tune-up and get snow tires installed on your vehicle(s), plan some sort of winter getaway (or staycation) if you can … and the list goes on.
Stress multiplies, nerves get frayed and the major downer for many is the daily grind of heading to work before sunrise and driving or taking the bus (and hopefully, finally, light rail) home in the dark as well. If you haven’t figured it out, fall is my least favourite season.
Although autumn does have its upside. The changing of the leaves into a cacophony of earth tone colours can be experienced anywhere in
our beautiful community. And if you golf, run or bike, it is a magical time to enjoy these outdoor pursuits.
For pro sports enthusiasts, you have a choice of NFL and CFL football, MLS soccer, MBL playoff drives and series, pre-season NHL and NBA action and ‘footie’ fanatics can watch a host of matches from the major European leagues each weekend.
Okay, I feel a touch better now. Thanks for
letting me vent, but it’s time to empty the pool/
shut the cottage for another winter/cut the lawn one last time/hire a snowplow service to do the laneway during the winter/shop for snow tires/... you get the point.