Ready For Fall

I cannot be the only person who is ready for fall. I’m so tired of Ohio’s humidity and heat, of ugly summer clothes and sad, half dead flowers.

I’m ready for fall and for bright blue skies, mums in every color and for the crunch of leaves beneath my boots. I’m ready for cute hats and scarves, for hot chocolate and pumpkin roll. I’m ready for crisp morning air that makes you reach for a jacket and for warm afternoons that cause you to shed a layer and turn your face toward the sun.

This heart shaped leaf was on the ground the other night. Although it’s only mid-August, it was a much needed reminder that summer will draw to a close and that the finest season of the year will be here soon.

I’ll be ready!

Summer Has Arrived

Ohio weather quickly shifted from cool and rainy to downright hot and humid. That’s what we do here. About 349 days out of the year are uncomfortable for one reason or another – humidity, heat, rain, snow, sleet, high winds… and during the shoulder seasons you’ll sometimes experience all of this in a single week.

My next statement will likely win me some hate mail but since I NEVER complain about winter, I reserve the right to say this at least once.

Yesterday’s heat made me miss winter.

You can only take off so many clothes and, when it’s humid, the only place to find relief is in the air conditioning. You can’t even breath when it gets this humid. But when it’s cold you can still bundle up and go outside at almost any time of day. Plus, there’s nothing more purifying than a deep breath of fresh air on a chilly winter day.

Besides, isn’t it pretty?

So here begins my summer quarantine where all outdoor activities occur early and late and where the rest of the day is spent sprinting from one air conditioned oasis to another while trying not to have a heat stroke or sunburn along the way.

If you need me, I’ll be sipping cold ice water in the air conditioning and counting the days till fall. Whatever you’re doing today, enjoy the day but try to stay cool and safe.

Dairy Bar Fun

One of the best things about a summer road trip is stopping at a corner dairy bar for lunch or just some ice cream.

On a recent Saturday morning, I drove some backroads looking for photo ops. Lunch was at this fun little dairy bar – grilled cheese and a chocolate shake under an umbrella.

It doesn’t get much better than a cold shake on a sunny blue sky day. If you’re interested, the Frankfort Dairy Cone is in Frankfort, Ohio and it is closed on Sundays. Gotta love a small town mom and pop that still closes on Sunday.