According to my calendar there’s still a week and a half to go before the official start of Fall here in Michigan, but you wouldn’t know it from the weather. It supposedly got up to 75 today, but the temp is currently sitting at 59 degrees and it’s supposed to drop to 49 before the night is over. This is after a previous week with highs into the mid 80’s. Some of the trees are already starting to take on their fall colors and you can definitely smell it in the air.
One of the things I love about living in Michigan is the change of the seasons. The subtle hints that you pick up on as the days grow shorter and the nights colder and the trees get ready for the coming winter. It’s as close to magic as you can get in the real world. The stores are already swamped with Halloween stuff as it’s the second most popular holiday behind Christmas. For that matter some of the stores already have a handful of Christmas related stuff out as well for the early, early starters. Coolest Halloween inflatable yard decoration I’ve seen this year was at a Sam’s Club (not our membership, but a friend’s). It was a giant inflatable Haunted Castle you could walk through complete with built-in strobe lights and spooky sounds. Of course it costs $249. Costco, where we have a membership, had the inflatable Reaper’s Carriage which includes a skeleton popping out of the coffin inside. The size and sophistication of these inflatable decorations seems to increase every year. Don’t know if I’ll ever bother with the inflatables myself if I ever manage to land a house, though I will probably try to build a few Halloween decorations of my own.
I always get a little giddy with the first chilly winds of September. Halloween and the Yuletide holidays that follow are probably my favorite time of the year. Can’t wait to make the annual trip to a local cider mill for hot cider and donuts. Ahhhh, pardon me while I slip off into a moment of nostalgia.