While LA is baking in record heat, the blogosphere is all atwitter about the coming (and arrival -- depending on the location of the writer) of autumn.
Though I'm sure the weather will change relatively quickly, right now it feels like autumn will never arrive. And, of course, we don't get real autumn in LA anyway. More of a crispness in the air and a slight chill, but few of the warm-colored leaves and truly blustery days you see in so much of the country. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful time of year here, and it signals the coming of Thanksgiving, my favorite cooking occasion, and the imminent arrival of ski season.
But when you're busy fanning yourself to avoid turning on the air conditioning for fear of crashing the power grid (I'm not exaggerating), all of those autumnal red and orange hues just make me feel even warmer. Or everyone talking about hot toddies and apple cider? Please. What I really want is a pina colada, some watermelon and a nice-looking fella to spritz me with water. (My husband Mark is of course the nicest-looking, in my estimation, but I don't expect him to just stand there and spritz me.)
My feet start sweating just looking at this...
But I don't reject autumn completely, because it's my favorite season after winter (and winter is only my favorite because of skiing, not because I particularly enjoy being cold), and I'm more than a little envious of all those bloggers out there writing about how they can feel fall coming. Humbug.
But here are some fall-like motifs that I can get behind without raising my body temperature. Many feature just hints of those tell-tale reds and oranges, and some feature the shapes of fall and winter without those typical warming colors. (Cold squash soup, anyone??)
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