It's funny how we often use the weather as an ice breaker for conversation or to break an uncomfortable silence. Although sports has also been one of those ice breakers as well.
Lately in my part of the states the weather has been very , very pleasant. Pleasant being seventies through the day and fifties in the evenings. Tonight they ( those weather people ) are predicting temperatures in the forties.
Now that's what I'm talking about , almost perfect for me. I say almost because I would prefer sixties through the daylight hours but I won't complain. To me , fall is the perfect time of the year. And it's still summer , what more could this girl ask for!
But there are days in the fall and winter that are less than perfect for being outdoors .
I also love the rain . Rainy days make me feel safe. I have no idea why. But I do have a theory. When it rains we generally stay inside. Inside to me feels safe. It also makes me want to get cozy. Maybe take a nap. Sometimes it makes me think what a perfect opportunity for me to clean out a room or a closet or whatever. I will also get the urge to make soup. I make good soup. I hate to cook but I love to make soup. Something that I learned from several people of different ethnicity's in my past life. Rainy days are also perfect days to craft. Create. Sew. Crochet. Paint.
Another important ingredient for a rainy , chilly , fall day is music. Now , I will tell you that I couldn't possibly post all of my thoughts and feelings about music tonight as I am already tired. But you get the idea don't you? Take your choice. Rock , classical , gospel , Jazz , rap , Hip hop , or one of my personal faves standards.
Whatever your taste in music may be or what you decide to do , the rainy , chilly autumn day is a perfect opportunity to do it. If it's not rainy out , open your windows and smell the fresh cool air. Did you know that cool and cold weather keeps you looking younger longer ? Think about the lettuce in your refrigerator. Think about that steak in your freezer ! Cool air slows the aging process !
If it's not getting enough exercise while your in the house that worry' s you , Stop ! We don't worry about real life when we are stranded in the house because of rain or snow. No , we just relax with some good tunes , make some soup , and sew !
For my few fellows that might happen upon this posting , I have ideas for you too. If you are into sports it's a great time to pick up a Sports Illustrated and get caught up on all of the latest stats while you are cooking that big pot of chili . And don't forget that can of beer . Don't worry about the fact that it's only 11:00 a.m. Remember we are talking about acts of God here. Or mother nature if you are a non-believer.
Not into sports ? It's alright . You can break out the old tunes that you used to love . Some Frank Zappa , Metallica or perhaps David Allen Coe. But don't let the chili burn. If your a reader this might be the perfect time to reread " The Old Man and the Sea " , " Huck Finn " or " Old Yeller ". And don't forget the "Twilight Zone " reruns.
Fall is a wonderful time of year for all . Please try to take advantage of the less than perfect days to relax , enjoy and even talk to yourself . If your alone of coarse . Think of it as a wonderful opportunity to rediscover yourself. I know I will !