For years, October 1st has been my personal benchmark for fall on my corner of Katy. As I was painfully reminded on that date last year, though, fall does not arrive with the turn of a calendar page. It was a typical hot and humid Houston summer morning today and nothing out of the ordinary occurred to make me crankier than any other summer day. But when I came in from the garden, I found myself looking at the calendar and counting just many days I could continue to expect such infelicitous gardening weather. 107 days of awful ... that's what we have left.
Yes, there's a lot to celebrate in the garden despite the hideosity of Houston's summer weather. Tomorrow is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I'll share some of the beauty on my corner of Katy with you then. I've been chided recently for not having an attitude as sunny as this summer day. But little Mary Sunshine I am not and whining/moaning about the weather is one of the ways I'm able to continue living here. I acknowledge the awful as well as the sublime ... I threaten to run away to Hawaii, where at least summer's heat and humidity are offset by the beach and the ocean and tropical breezes (not to mention Kalapawai Market, the most awesome convenience store in existence) ... or I abdicate all responsibilities to curl up and read in the coolest corner of the house, where my sofa is conveniently situated. We all have our coping strategies: these are some of mine.
Today I'm adding one more: you'll see a new gadget in the sidebar, counting down the days until October 1st!