Autumn Frost!

autumn leavesI’ve been trying to re-synch my clock to a more normal daylight cycle. All my life I’ve been a “night crawler.” My very first official job involved a retail position, but we worked outdoors. I noticed how, no matter how tired I was, once the sun fell, I got a fresh breath of wind. And even at my advanced age, staying up all night is easy (and so is napping all afternoon).

My (ex-)wife used to say I must have vampire blood in me. It’s true I do like to bite necks, but so far I have drawn only moans, no blood. It may be more that I’ve always identified with the idea, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Life is filled with so many interesting things, who wants to waste time sleeping? And for all my life, five hours seems to do me just fine.

But the point here is that I’ve been trying to become more of a day person.

So when I got out of bed at the bright and early time of nine-oh-something (which is pretty early for me now that I’m retired and regard neither clocks nor calendars), I looked out my window to see a frosty lawn!

frosty lawn

 As I have said here many times, fall is — hands down — my favorite time of year. The cooler weather gets rid of summer’s humidity and bugs (Minnesota provides lots of both throughout the summer). And, honestly, I’d rather be in -20 degree winter than in 90° summer with 90% humidity.  You can dress for cold; there’s not much you can do with 90 & 90 except hide in the air conditioning.

In any event, seeing what was outside, I threw on some clothes, grabbed my camera and took an early (early for me) morning walk. I hadn’t planned to post today — I’m working on something special for tomorrow — but I just had to share (or at least document for myself, this being a web-log.)

frosty roof

Now the wait begins to see how winter approaches. I have three specific yardsticks I apply:

  1. Will it snow (and stick) before Halloween?
  2. Will it be a White Thanksgiving?
  3. Will it be a White Christmas?

That first one usually bodes a long winter. Many of us remember the awful Halloween blizzard of 19-ought-91. Trick and Treaters were pounded that night, and it snowed for three days! Some degree of melting created conditions of snow-covered ice on roads and sidewalks, and for that entire winter, ice lurked beneath the snow.

The view out my window on Christmas Day, 2011!

The view out my window on Christmas Day, 2011!

When I was a child, the last two questions were almost always answered with a resounding, “Yes!” I can’t recall ever not having a White Christmas back then.

But global warming (which, yes, Virginia, is totally, actually, honest-to-god really real) has changed all that, and several times in the last few years, both those questions got Nope answers.

Not that I’m utterly opposed to mild brown winters. They do screw up the leaves turning, and things look dead and ugly all winter, and you can’t build snow persons or have snowball fights,  but — hey — at least there are no bugs!

I’ve got some errands to run, and then I’ll probably have to take a nap because I got up so stinkin’ early, but take note: Jack Frost was here!

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The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

19 responses to “Autumn Frost!

  • Hariod Brawn

    I’m a crepuscular type myself W.S.; though I’m damned if 5 hours is sufficient for me. I don’t mind wasting time sleeping, there’s not that much of a distinction between sleep and awake except we’re a bit stiller and memory is switched off for the most part. [Come on, fight back at me W.S.] And yes, (early) autumn is easily the best time of year.

    Fangs for the post.

    Hariod.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Oh, I don’t know how much fight I have in me, Hariod, especially today. (When you read tomorrow’s post — which you may find touches you personally — you’ll see why I’m in a non-aggra mellow mood.) The only thing about sleep is that I can’t watch TV or YouTube, read books, take a walk, write posts, drink beer or eat pizza. That’s enough difference for me right there! 😀

      And who doesn’t love crepes… :\

      • Hariod Brawn

        Huh, a laid-back wyrdo who can’t even dream up some dough balls and Stella Artois – what kind of pancake-loving vampire are you! 🙄

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Waffles, my good man! I’m totally all about the waffles! With real maple syrup (or wild, raw honey).

        I’ll see your Stella and raise you (a glass of) Xingu! Mmmmm, yummy! 🙂

      • Hariod Brawn

        I always thought you Yanks knew nothing about beer, but that Brazilian stuff looks worth a try – hopefully it’s better quality than their footie.

        I’ll see what’s available once my cellar empties of Innis & Gunn.

        Looking forward to tomorrow’s waffles. 😉

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Well, now that Prohibition is a distant memory (what were we thinking on that one), us Yanks are — in point of fact — making some of the best beers in the world. And with beer making on the decline in Germany, well, all the more reason “We’re Number One!” XD

        We’ve even got some places that age in oak barrels, too. My beer expert buddy really likes Bourbon County Stout, which is aged in used bourbon casks! Pretty yummy stuff!!

        Granted, masses of people drink masses of tasteless, insipid mass-produced horse piss, but some of us (and our numbers are growing) know and love real beer!

      • Hariod Brawn

        Yeah, though as with your footie, are you being taught by those Germans though?

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Oh, aye! We owe, not only our beer expertise, but our successful rockets in space program to those Germans!

        But, you know, students are supposed to surpass their teachers!

      • Wyrd Smythe

        BTW: As to the footie, we’re over World Cup Fever and don’t have to give it another thought for four years. Some have claimed — for at least twenty years now — that what the rest of the entire world calls “football” will take over as the number one sport here, but so far it remains something our kids play in school. When it comes to balls and feet, we’re still devoted to “1st down and ten!”

  • dianasschwenk

    and Smitty today it’s 20c/68f in Calgary and sunny! Enjoy your day!
    Diana xo

  • Doobster418

    “I got out of bed at the bright and early time of nine-oh-something, which is pretty early for me….” Hmm. If I get out of bed at six-oh-something, that is pretty late for me. This morning was 5:25. I am definitely not a night crawler.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I only keep those hours when I go fishing and want to get a jump on the walleye. Usually the only time I see sunrise is after staying up all night! The thing I’ve always wondered is if that’s somehow built in and hard to change, or if it’s all a matter of habit. There were times in life I was an early riser, but it seems that left to my own devices, it’s late (really late) to bed and late getting up.

      Have you ever been other than an early riser? (I think in a previous life I might have been a drum riser. [rimshot] o_O )

      • Doobster418

        When I was younger, I was a world-class late sleeper. On weekends, if I had no plans, I could sleep all the way through to the afternoon without batting an eye — literally. Then, as I got older, I found that I could be more productive in the early morning hours — work-wise, and so I started getting up early and going to be relatively early as well (usually before midnight). And now I am often wide awake before dawn…not that I want to be, but I just am. Sigh.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        That’s an excellent point (about being productive in the morning); I’ve found the same thing myself, and I try to do a lot of my blog writing after waking up (sometimes foregoing breakfast, even). I also was like you in my youth (I think it’s classic teen behavior) — could easily sleep until noon or later!

        And now it’s nap time… as I came out of the bank (my last errand), I noticed a Ruby Tuesday’s across the way and thought, “Man, I haven’t had a restaurant cheeseburger in ages. Plus I haven’t had lunch yet.” They make a damn fine cheeseburger, outstanding onion rings (a major weakness of mine) and the salad bar was fresh. Consider the “spot” well hit!

  • reocochran

    I had parents who could stay up past midnight and still do their jobs, getting up at 5 or 6 am. but once retired, they loved sleeping in past 11! My kids, while visiting would tiptoe around, my having taught them where to find the cereal and milk, coloring books and puzzles. I also would whisper, “Never wake a sleeping lion!” My Dad was never mean nor unkind, but quite grumpy before his shower and coffee. I wish I could sleep in more often, but my inner clock wakes me around 5 or 6 am. even though I shut the t.v. off at 11 and read another 1/2 hour. Occasionally though, much to my chagrin, I will doze off 10 minutes before a show ends, while I scramble the next day trying to locate someone who can tell me the ending or ask if they DVR’d it!

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Well your parents probably needed the sleep after all those short nights! Sometimes I feel like I’m catching up on sleep I missed during life — there have been days when I find myself taking long naps, then puttering around for an hour or so, and then taking another nap! You’d think sleeping would be impossible that night, but usually it’s no problem. Catching up or just getting old — who knows!

      I dated (and even married a) woman who seemed to always fall asleep while we were watching some movie (and then, yeah, I’d have to explain what happened the next day). Of course, a woman falling asleep in your arms is hardly the worst thing in the world. 🙂

      You and Doobster (in the comments above) share an early morning mode. For you I have (purely in jest, just kidding, totally not serious) an old quote: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a [person] healthy, wealthy and wise! (And also totally boring!!)” XD XD XD

  • ~ Sadie ~

    Night crawler – never heard that one – 😉 I’ve always used the term night owl, and have been all my life! Have lived on about 5 hours of sleep a night for many years, but when I got laid off last year, since I haven’t found another job yet, I find I can sleep until at least 9, & sometimes until after 10:00 a.m. Having said that, I am usually up until about 2 a.m., sometimes later. I almost always write at night, too – not sure why . . .

    Anyway, guess I am catching up on my sleep (though they say you never do!), at least until I find a job. LOVE the fall, too – though we started the day with a high of 82, but a cool front blew in today & now it’s in the 60s – YAY!!

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Whoa, you’re right, “night owl” is the usual term, isn’t it. I suppose “night crawler” comes from having gotten into fishing here in Minnesnowta. (Night crawlers are worms that come out at night; you go out with a flashlight and find them in your lawn. They make great bait!)

      Being down, as one would be when unemployed, often leads to needing more sleep. It restores the mind as well as the body, and while I can do okay on five hours, I can tell a difference when I get eight. And I’ve heard the same thing about not being able to catch up on sleep, but I’ve never understood it or seen an explanation. Makes me wonder if it’s actually true or just one of those things.

      Work modes are very particular to the individual. I’ve found I’m better at writing in the morning, but computer programming (both a former career and a hobby) is more an all-hours-of-the-night kind of thing. No way could I write all night, but I’ve seen dawn in my window while coding lots of times!

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