Seems a perfect day to share my fall season struggles since it is what imagine to be an a perfect day for the season lovers out there.
It’s cloudy and gray outside with a chill in the air. A light drizzly rain is falling inside. I have a roast going in the crock pot. If I had pulled out my fall candles yet, it would be a good day to light a few.
Before I can attempt to embrace this fall season, I should probably examine my struggles with it.
My Fall Season Struggles:
ONE: The Weather
I’m not opposed to a good rain shower now and then. There’s certainly nothing like a good spring or summer thunderstorm to cool things down. And an occasional fall rain doesn’t bother me. It’s just the endless days of skies that look like this that wear on my mood.
I get a bit tired of soggy ground after the second day. I prefer the sunny days so I struggle with these cloudy, rainy days.
TWO: The Fashion
This struggle may be a bit more pronounced simply because I live in the Midwest. It’s hard enough to decide what to wear each day but throw in a day where it starts out in the 50s, sometimes the 40s, and is in the upper 80s by afternoon and it’s almost impossible!
Layers. Yes, I know. Layers. Then, those become the lost layers. The forgotten jackets and sweaters. And because of the ever-changing weather, I dare not put away my tee-shirts and shorts yet I must get out all my fall clothes as well.
Then, there’s the whole leggings and boots thing. I simply don’t get it.
I own a couple of pair of leggings but have yet to figure out the right weather to wear them. Or maybe it’s fear of the fashion police.
I also own a couple of pair of boots. One pair I wear in the winter for quick jaunts outside the house but not too often because they make my feet sweat. The others I like but don’t wear as often (and hardly ever to work) because they make my feet hurt. Summer crocs are my perfect shoes and I wear them well past the season.
I’ll just go ahead and surrender to the fashion police now, at least I won’t have to worry about what I wear while I’m in fashion jail, right?
THREE: Hunting Season
This is my husband’s passion and I knew this well before we were married and had kids. It didn’t bother me as much when it was just us. He had his thing and being a fairly independent person by nature, I had my time.
My interest in getting up while it’s still dark so I can be sitting in a tree by dawn waiting for a deer to wander by me is ZERO. I don’t mind staying home and enjoying a few days of flavored coffee (my husband despises flavored coffee).
It’s just that if someone is going to be sick or something is going to happen, it will 95% happen while my husband is away hunting. When the boys were little, stomach flu almost always arrived right with hunting season. A bizarre severe allergic reaction? No better time than while my husband is away hunting.
Also, it limits our family time, one of the constant fall season struggles.
Don’t even get me started on how opening season corresponds perfectly to our youngest son’s birthday which means planning is tense every year. I try to be a good sport about my husband’s “holiday season” but sometimes the constant inconveniences of it make me a bit irritable.
I’d never ask him to give it up and having deer meat in the freezer has saved us on our grocery budget. It’s just not my favorite time of year.
Four: The Scary Movie Commercials
Know what’s fun when you’re a chicken and your husband is out-of-town? Stumbling across a commercial advertising a terrifying movie. No, thank you.
Five: The Overwhelm Of Festivals and Events
The slower pace of summer is simply more suited to my personality than the ever hectic pace of the fall.
It’s almost worse than the Christmas season. The (probably imaginary) pressure to do all the things! Every weekend there’s a festival or event I think we should try to attend. This is just one calendar of some of the things going on in our area this weekend.
Do you have any fall season struggles?
Yes, these struggles are a bit silly but they are true to me. And, I’m trying to embrace the fall season this year by blogging about it as part of the write 31 days challenge. You can read my other posts in the series here.
Don’t worry, I don’t hate all things fall. Look soon for a post about what I do enjoy about the fall season.
Linking up with the F.A.S.T. blog for Five on Friday today.