And then the divorce happened and we moved to the island, and autumn and winter were no more.
I used to hate September. Of all the months in the year, I disliked September the most. I loved celebrating my brother's birthday on the 15th, but the rest of the month itself was absolutely miserable. Humidity stifled you. The ocean breezes died down, and even when they did blow, it was like the burst of hot air from a chimney. Fans became a constant. Even our dogs would leave their soft fluffy beds for the coolness of our house's floors just so they could lie in front of the fans.
Dying ocean breezes and sweltering heat meant that the surface of the sea became a water bath for baking hurricanes. Just like you'd make flan in the oven.
|Except flan is so much more enjoyable than a hurricane...|
And then the storm would hit. And we'd hunch down in the living room downstairs, eating soup heated on the Sterno, listening to storm updates on the battery-operated radio, playing Chinese checkers by candle light, and enjoying the drop in temperature that always happened with a hurricane while the wind roared and clawed at the house outside. It never made its way in. We were safe, together.
|One of the perks of living on the side of a mountain was that you never had to worry about this...|
Depending on how much damage had been caused, it could be up to a week before school started again. They'd announce the schools re-opening on the radio. And then it was the long wait for the power to come back on. We lived just outside one of the bigger cities in the Metro area, but it was such a heavily forested area, which meant we were often among the last to have electricity returned to us. The longest we waited after a storm was two months!
Never mind the pain in the ass that going out at night became. We had an electric gate to the property, and a regular gate for cases where the power went out. Our street was dark as a dragon's lair at night, and was just as lonely...so no power meant having to get out of the car to manually open and shut the gate so you could get onto the property. Oh, and there were packs of wild dogs out there too, that often hunted at night. So yeah: we didn't go out much at night after hurricanes.
And yes, no electricity...in the hot, humid, muggy heat of September. It is not hard to see why my hate of the aftereffects of hurricanes eventually far outweighed my love of an excuse to get some days off from school. Too many nights tossing and turning, unable to sleep because it was *so* *freaking* *hot.*
So I woke up today. Today, September 17th. What would have normally been the hottest part of the summer back on the island (and Florida!). The entire apartment was pleasantly cool despite the AC being off.
I walked outside to go to the barn, and had to turn around to go back inside the house to grab a jacket.
It was bright and sunny out...and 53 degrees at 10:00 am!
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I'd ever say this, but...September might just turn into my favorite month!!
Have a bunch of photos from last night's visit. My mare looks good in the golden autumn light. :)
|I LOVE THIS ONE!!|
The lens flare is real, too. No Photoshop.
|She was trying to sniff my hand.|
|Nuzzling my pockets.|
|The other mares were finally letting Lily get close to me without actively trying to chase her away.|
|The moon is almost full. Can you see it?|
|Look how close she is to the cows.|
|The herd. <3|