This morning, while eating my cereal, I heard a blue jay squawking outside my window. It's a sound that reminds me of autumn for some reason. It came to me that it's August 1st, and only about a month of summer is left. When I was a kid, August was a sad month. Change was a'coming. The light in August is different. It has a golden hue to it and the shadows are longer. The trees look shabbier, since they're now covered in a layer of dust. By the end of the month, the wind will have changed and the nights will be cooler. August meant shopping for school supplies and ads on tv for fall clothes. No more staying up late, no more sleeping in. I still feel a little maudlin about August. This year I'll be shopping for school supplies for someone else for the first time. That's a little sad, but exciting too.
Still, it's only the beginning of August. There's still lots of time for picnics, swimming, bonfires on the beach and melty marshmallows. I look forward to picking blueberries and the start of the harvest: corn, tomatoes, and other good stuff.
Besides a birthday, a wedding and a long weekend to look forward to, I have a lot of things I'd like to accomplish in August:
- Catch up on my reading, I'm way behind.
- Catch up with my reading challenges.
- Do a little writing.
- Review my First Look pick, Lauchlin of the Bad Heart by D.R. MacDonald. I'm a bit nervous about this because I hated the main character in Cape Breton Road and it ruined the great writing for me. But I'm going to be open minded.
- Organize my photos for scrapbooking.
- Finish painting trim and touch up dented paint on walls.
What are your plans for August?