Monday, October 13, 2008

Indian Summer

Here in the Northstar State, we appear to be in the midst of a very enjoyable Indian Summer. Wiki describes an Indian Summer as: a period of sunny, warm weather in autumn, not long before winter. In the northern state of Minnesota, for example, warm Indian summer weather generally occurs earlier, in mid October rather than early November. And that is where we seem to be – basking in the sun's glow (most likely caused by global warming, but whatever...) knowing full well that the heat is fleeting and winter is just around the corner, but still loving every extra minute that we get to spend outside.

A snippet of a Doors song comes to mind as the sun sets on another glorious day, with the windows open and a soft breeze blowing through the house:

I love you, the best
Better than all the rest

That I meet in the summer

Indian summer

My wife and I are hoping that our good fortune with the weather will hold out for one more week, long enough to give us a pleasant day for the party. In year's past we've been blessed with pretty decent days for our shindig, and this year - according to the not-very-accurate 10-day forecast - looks like we have a 50-50 shot at a mild day. I certainly don't expect it to be in the mid 70's as it has been of late, but to hit 60 would be a delight – and no rain would be even better. Either way, it has been a magnificent autumn, and we are amazed each week when we get to watch the leaves turn golden while wearing short pants and t-shirts.

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