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Kathryn Spira

Fall colors hold off but long pants are on

Well I have to start, everybody, by saying, “Happy October!”

As we all know, my favorite time of the year is summer where I can wear bathing suits every day and no shoes. My second favorite time of the year is autumn, which is where we are now.

I held off until September 26 before changing over to my beloved Levi’s and sadly put my bathing suits away. I must say, that even though I wore bathing suits up until the 25th, I have had to put a beach towel over my legs and slippers on my feet when I was sunning or touring the neighborhood.

I just got tired of being cold, although we had some great end-of-the-summer weather. Now I’m wearing shoes and socks along with my pants.

I want to also tell you that I love all the leaves changing in the autumn. I enclose photos Herman took of the changing of the leaves from last year of the mountains, lake and Sherman’s that we view every day. This year the changing colors are holding off with the lack of any hard frosts as yet and I am sadly seeing some browns rather than reds and yellows as I’m used to. Hopefully those colors are still to come.

I have not yet broken down to wearing long sleeved shirts as yet, I’m strictly wearing short-sleeved T-shirts and shorts when I can get away with it.

I also have not put a blanket on the bed as yet. I’m just using a beach towel as a blanket with my puppy, Oscar, snuggled behind my butt all night.

Herman has sadly beached his sailboat and trailered it into the back yard. He also is tearing down the hammock and put it and my manual wheel chair in storage from my being out in the water with it in the summer. These are all part of the changes that happen with the changing of the seasons here in the Adirondacks.

I actually have a huge selection of short-sleeved T-shirts which I don’t touch all summer since they are too warm for me then. (A quick reminder, my MS is very heat sensitive.) Even in winter, I hardly ever wear any of my turtle necks anymore, as I get warm so easily. I still have a huge supply of turtle necks, but last year’s winter was very mild and I had no need for them.

If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we may be in for a cold winter this year and I must say, in the vein of “turning lemons into lemonade,” I will look forward to wearing my turtle-necks again. But in the meantime, let’s just enjoy the fall weather.




About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site