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September 22nd, 2012


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11:53 am - New Season
It's been a month. It's been a MONTH. [emphasis added to underscore the passing of 30-odd days] But I'm back here, mostly, to welcome my favorite season.

Meteorologically speaking, in the Northern Hemisphere autumn begins September 1. Astronomically speaking, in the Northern Hemisphere autumn begins at the equinox, which was just a wee bit ago.

(In the subtropics where I live, autumn begins when the rains stop, when the mornings dip below 70 degrees F and 97% humidity, where windows can be opened again. We're just about there. Just about.)

Am I the only one who finds autumn the real season of new growth? Perhaps because I live in a steamy-hot climate, summer is somnolence, is hiding inside with all the curtains drawn, is always strangely depressing. This particular summer for me was bitter and sweet, and it ended badly.

But now it's almost autumn. It's almost hot tea, and no one laughing when I wear boots 5 out of 7 days, and turning the oven back on, and the fall of early dusk, and wind from the north, and chrysanthemums, and my Vanilla and Anise Jo Malone perfume, and Charles Dickens, and such good dreams, such good dreams.

I wish you a good autumn, fellow Northern-Hemisphereans, and I wish a beautiful spring to those in the South. May there be life in this new season!

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From:anne_d
Date:September 22nd, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Autumnal Greetings to you, too! [hugs] and may the new season be a better one for you.

I've always liked Fall. I don't do well in hot smoggy weather, and cool grey mornings are just to my taste. So of course today it's hot, sunny and humid. Welcome to So Cal. But I do love the turning leaves and being able to bake things again, and yes, chrysanthemums.

Charles Dickens? Oddly enough, I've just started reading Nicholas Nickleby; it's my current tote bag book for waiting rooms and coffeeshops, but I may just spend the weekend on it.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for Dickens in autumn! I'm starting David Copperfield again (it's not my favorite) and saving Our Mutual Friend (which is one of my two favorites) for next month. :-))

Cool grey mornings wished for you! [hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 22nd, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I do love fall, but it's a bittersweet love, like welcoming an old friend while watching the one you really love hop on his motorcycle and speed away. But happily for me, he's just revving his engine right now--I know he's going to put down the kickstand and kiss me good-bye one more time.

Oh, summer. You're just a rambling man.

Edited at 2012-09-22 05:39 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
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That's really lovely, mamculuna, even if the feeling (re summer) is foreign to me. ;-)

May you get enough warmth in the upcoming months!
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 22nd, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
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And may you feel as cool as you always are!

Hugs.
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From:paratti
Date:September 22nd, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Yay for autumn. Though its a bit nippy here right at the moment.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I suspect it'll be even nippier in December! :-)

Cheers and hugs, L.
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From:freixenet
Date:September 22nd, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Drive by hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Hugs, F!
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From:janus_74
Date:September 22nd, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Good Autumn to you too!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Enjoy the season, T, and a good weekend too. :-)
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From:kathyh
Date:September 22nd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Mmm...autumn and Charles Dickens and Jo Malone perfume. What a lovely combination :)

Many hugs to you.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 22nd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad the combination pleases, K. And isn't Dickens autumnal? (I almost said 'autumn-y.' :-))

[offers your favorite tea, chocolate biscuits, and all the hugs to you]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:September 22nd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Stevie, and good things and good cheer to you!
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From:stateless82
Date:September 22nd, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
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We've had a couple mornings that were in the 60's! Such a relief.

It's just a matter of time before the afternoons get below 90. :-D

Happy Autumn!

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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
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Heee, here in the subtropics it's the opposite -- several days in the 80s, but 70 is apparently the unbreakable barrier. ;-)

Happy autumn, S! [hugs]
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 23rd, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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Autumn is my favorite season. I'm awaiting its arrival amid blistering heat!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
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Er, yes, you all in SoCal do have a different perception of the season.... Ah well, still, happy autumn!

[hugs]
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From:roguedemon
Date:September 23rd, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
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I've always felt the same way about autumn. I have always preferred cool weather, I love the leaves and the way the air smells. I also spent much of my life living according to an academic calendar so I still feel that autumn is the beginning of the year. And September is my birthday so it's a good time to celebrate beginnings. I hope that this is a time of renewal for you. I definitely want it to be one for me as well. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I know that you and I are as one in our love for cooler weather. Solidarity! :-)

And cheers and hugs for a good season and beyond.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
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HAPPY AUTUMN BIRTHDAY tomorrow, L! [applauds] [sends hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:September 23rd, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Even after all these years since I've left school, autumn means the new year beginning and a fresh start. Today for the first time in months we woke to cool gray skies , now brightened into streaky sunshine. Suddenly I am re-energized!

The very best of autumns to you, m'dear.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 23rd, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh, hurrah for your cool gray skies! Cheers, hugs, and good thoughts sent your way, ALH.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
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Thank you, and many good thoughts for your autumn! [hugs]

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