Lakeview got hit with fall weather this week and I for one couldn’t be more excited. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, the fall weather or the fact that my parents bailed me out and sent all my “winter” clothes so I would be somewhat prepared for what’s to come.
When I moved here, I neglected to bring anything winter related with me except for a bunch of beanies. Not to worry, I had my priorities straight and made sure I had plenty of food with me for the drive.
We never had a fall in Texas. Our fall for as long as I can remember, was temperatures dropping from the 90’s to the 80’s. It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago, temperatures here were in the 90’s. I laugh at everyone back home now, because we’re sitting in the 50’s and their temperatures are still hitting 95 degrees. I’m sure they’ll get the last laugh, in about a month or two from now when we’re covered with snow and I’m outside shoveling snow and possibly ice from my windshield.
Before moving to Texas, my parents both lived in Minnesota and Minnesota winters are brutal. My dad would tell me stories about how he would have to get up every morning and shovel snow, in and around his apartment and his old car just to be able to get to work. I of course, would sit back and make jokes but looking back, I kind of regret doing that now because it’ll be his turn to laugh and make fun of me as payback if we have a brutal winter.
Fall is just the kickoff for what’s to come. Sitting at home, while a fire roars in the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, or cider, or something warm is ideal. Football is in full swing, the World Series is on and of course pretty soon it gets to be Thanksgiving and Christmas.
It feels like just yesterday that we were writing and getting ready for the Fair and now we’re less than 100 days until Christmas.
Hopefully in addition to the cooler weather, this fall brings with it some rain. It’s sad to see how much of this beautiful county that we live in be affected by not only wildfires, but also the droughts that summer brought. My car could use a good wash too, since I feel like everyday brings with it a new section of dirt.
But I think the most important part of Fall to me is the family aspect. Summer is hard, because everyone is on the go, working and doing various activities. But Fall and heading into winter is a great time to be around family and reconnect. A lot of activities slow down because frankly it’s too cold. But take the time this fall, take an evening and take the family out to eat, or if there’s no wintery precipitation, go for a drive up the mountain. When my dad was here visiting late last month, that’s what we did. Went out for dinner and took a drive up the mountain, just talked, shared a few laughs and reconnected.
Trust me, I know what it’s like to be busy but just taking say 30 minutes to an hour, just to check in, no technology to distract does wonders and you won’t regret it.
— Michael Acosta