It was only 40 degrees with a “real feel” of 34 when I stepped out this morning – what happened to that beautiful weather we had for my last walk just this past Wednesday?
The morning was sunny and very crisp, like one of those Honeycrisp apples. I piled on a few more layers, but, evidently they were not enough, as the blustery wind worked its way up my pants and coat sleeves and stung my eyes as well – brrrrrrr! I should have wrapped myself up like a mummy, and maybe I could have kept the cold wind at bay.
The last two days I was housebound, thanks to the incessant rainfall – you know how that goes … the rain that we never saw for weeks on end all Summer, and, now was pesky and persistent the last two days.
That rain spoiled two walks, and, I was mad because my boss had been away on business since Tuesday afternoon, so, I could have added another mile, or even two, to extend my daily jaunt, as I was not in a hurry to return home to get to work. The sun doesn’t even rise ‘til nearly 8:00 every morning now, making my dash out the door later and later, and I’m losing precious minutes and steps. Two more weeks ‘til the time change though – I can hardly wait.
While the rain may have dampened my spirits, it sure has made those annuals and perennials perky and vibrant. Flowers that looked like near-goners just a few short months ago, have bounced back from the ashes and are beautiful once again. And, some delicate flowers, even tropical ones, like a hibiscus tree are flourishing. There is a beautiful hibiscus tree in front of a hair salon on Fort Street, and its orangey-pink blooms are going strong. I had to laugh to myself since a person in the neighborhood forum on Facebook posted a picture this morning of a large deer in the median of Fort Street, not far from that hibiscus tree. Hopefully the hibiscus tree did not become a tasty snack for a hungry deer, and, really – a deer right out on Fort Street? It is far away from Council Point Park. I wish I’d seen it and had my camera handy.
The flowers that are most abundant, and never get a chance to look anything but gorgeous, are the chrysanthemums. They are everywhere on Emmons Boulevard, planted in regal porch pots, or adding color to front yards in their containers right from the nursery.
During the past few weeks, I’ve collected a few pictures of these beautiful mums which grace the porches, patios and front gardens of those houses that line the Boulevard. Along with the canopy of trees that are now ablaze in Fall colors, it sure makes for a beautiful sight.
So … the street is “mummified” by the abundance of mums, and, I felt “mummified” by the added layers of clothing, an attempt to keep me snug against the elements while walking. It’s been a month today since Fall arrived, and, this time I am confident it is here to stay.