If we run out of anything to complain about, there is always the weather. We received too much rain just a week or so ago, it was too hot for the season during September. Then when the temperature dropped 20 degrees on Saturday, Sept. 22, we were too cold. I got wet and then cold – a double complaint.
I have to say, we seem to be a people who are never content but you have to admit the weather in Northeast Arkansas is ever changing.
During the highest temperatures of the summer, I said I would not complain when the cooler weather arrived. Everyone who knows me, knows fall is my favorite time of year.
Even though during those hot days, I said I would not complain if the weather started freezing, I complained long before the freezing mark. The first day the temperatures dropped 20 degrees, I complained.
Overall, we have been fortunate compared to other parts of the country. Many places got hit with flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires.
As I have said before, we cannot control or change the weather (at least outside). Thank goodness we do have control of the thermostat inside. During the summer I like to keep the air on about 68 degrees but in the winter, 68 degrees is not warm enough. You would think 68 degrees is 68 degrees but evidently not at my house.
The season has changed and hopefully we will have some mild days before the weather turns cold. October can be mild or to the extreme hot or cold.
It is time to get out our light jackets and long-sleeved blouses. This time of year we have to dress for the weather day by day. Some days it changes all in one day. I just hope I can still fit into last year's winter attire. Sometimes I think my clothes shrink while hanging in the back of the closet for long periods of time.
Changing the subject to time. It seems we just got started on 2018 and here we are 10 months into the year. Before we turn around, we will be serving a turkey dinner, shopping on Black Friday and decorating the Christmas tree.
When I was younger, older people always told me how much faster time goes by as you age.
In my young mind I had my doubts. We all know there are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute and those numbers never change. So, why would time go by faster as we get older. I hate to say it, but the older people were correct. I can't explain it but sure enough, the older I get the faster time seems to go by.
It is like I have a birthday and then just a few weeks later, I have another one.
Time is like the weather, we can't change it. We can't turn back the clock so we just need to do our best to keep a young attitude and forget about how many years we have been celebrating birthdays.
It is important to enjoy each and every day we are given. I am going to try to do my best to find something good even on the cold, rainy days when time just flies by.
It is okay to talk about the 'good ole days' or think about wonderful things that may come about in our future, but if we are up and moving around, today is the best day of our lives no matter how many birthdays we have celebrated.
Just a reminder the annual Buffalo Island Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Manila Lions Club, will be held Saturday. Hope the weather is good, I know the chili will be.