The warm weather has been sticking around for an abnormally long time. I'm not complaining; I don't much care for the cold weather, and the boys have had a lovely time during extended summer. Tuesday it poured off and on all afternoon, and I thought surely autumn had arrived, but it was nice again on Wednesday. Thursday the sky opened up, and we had 3" of rain. Friday was no prize, either, until about 5PM. I went out and took this picture around 6, as the sun was getting ready to set; I liked the streaks of sun on the lawn. Now, we're just waiting for the leaves to turn colors, which should start happening after a couple of cold nights. More pictures of the backyard to come, especially for my Calvert friend Paula in Oregon, when the leaves start to turn.
I'm a tea drinker, and the cooler weather has caused me to start drinking some flavored teas. They don't necessarily have a strong flavor, but the aromas which fill the kitchen are wonderful. The hot cinnamon spice tea from Harney & Sons smells like "atomic fireballs", and has a somewhat spicy flavor. I always liked fireballs as a child. Nowadays, if I want to eat a fireball, I need to break it with a hammer so I won't break my teeth, so this tea stops me from being tempted. The other tea, which came from alltea.com, is apple spice tea. Again, only a subtle flavor, but it smells like fall, almost like cooking apples. Funny how a couple of 50 degree days changes your mindset. Time to move the long sleeved clothes to the front of the closet!