Autumn Chill

It’s official… I’ve turned the heating on.

There was no getting away with it today. It’s twelve (12) degrees out there. TWELVE! Just a couple of weeks ago it was 30 plus and we were still walking around in shorts and tee shirts. But now?

I have my jeans on for the first time since last winter, and yes, I’m wearing a blouse and tee combo. I haven’t quite broken out the cardigan… yet. The weather has definitely turned toward the cooler side and yes, when I looked out the window this morning after opening the curtains, there they were. Yellow and brown tinged leaves.

I think my hands flew to my face in a mock The Scream. Is there really only a week or so of September left? Which means October will be here and everyone’s going to be talking about fantasy books, their next spooky reads, halloween, and the dreaded pumpkin spiced latte (again).

I guess that means the summer is over and it’s official, autumn is here and it’s time to change out my clothes for something warmer, and start thinking about when the snow’s coming. Which, by the way, is usually mid-October in these parts.

sigh… okay, I give, where’s the pumpkin spiced latte?

Post Storm Clean Up

Again, last night, the province was hit with severe thunderstorm, downing trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. It was violent to the Nth degree with winds gusting upwards of 110 km in places. So no surprises when we got up this morning to heavy humid weather, to look from our balcony across to the local park and see lots of debris strewn everywhere.

The storms rolled in here, locally, at around 7 pm last night with skies turning a deep frightening grey, skies that then lit up with one after another lightening bolts cracking so loud even I thought our building might have been hit. But it was the wind that was the worst, never mind the initial downpour laced with large chunks of hailstone.

We might not have reached 110 km but the winds certainly added to the spectacular light show. Lightning that didn’t just hit the ground with thunderous cracks, it also streaked across the darkness so bright it light up our living room—it felt like Mother Nature was giving us all an X-ray.

We are lucky enough to live up on the south ridge of the St. Charles river valley, who took the brunt of the storm that hit here, as did those in low lying areas along both the Charles and St. Lawrence rivers.

The only small silver lining to all this is the amount of rain that fell, much needed rain after a sweltering hot few weeks. Sadly, there’s more unsettled weather to come in the forecast for the rest of the week.