I don't know where all of you are from; but here in Ohio, the leaves are already starting to change colors. We went from lush green surroundings to the yellows and red hues of fall in a matter of hours, really. Just a week ago we were breaking records in the heat index and now we have dropped well over 30 degrees for our high temperatures, during the days. What a difference a day or two can make. As I am composing this commentary piece; the weather has deteriorated to the point that I can't see more than a mile or so, out of my window. It's kind of a shock to me because two days ago we had the beautiful white puffy "Simpson" clouds and bright blue skies.
That brings me to my next topic, clothing. I just looked in my closet and realized that I only have five different pairs of shorts and a drawer full of t-shirts. This has all caught me by surprise. The forecasters have be telling us that we were going to have "one more heat spell" before fall would be upon us. Being somewhat of an optimist, I listened to them and decided that I could put off shopping for my winter wardrobe until mid-September. How can I be shopping for cold-weather clothing when I haven't even looked in my sock drawer for half a year?
I have been running around barefoot for well over 5 months now. Heck; my sandals are just getting broken in. Now I have to put them away and start wearing more appropriate clothing for my current surroundings. I'm sure that there is going to be an adjustment period; but with this early fall, I'm going to have to "get over it" and make the best of it. What I am trying to say is; it's time to go shopping for fall and winter wear. In the past; I've been able to just throw a long-sleeved shirt right under my summer tops and keep going. Of course; that's because I was a "California Girl".
This side of the country is nothing like "Sunny California". I'm pretty sure that I can't get away with simply layering what I have in my closet. I've heard that the winters are pretty brutal out here. If it's anything like it was when I was living in Denver; it's going to be a wild ride. Instead of procrastinating any longer; I decided to take on the challenge, head on. For the past couple of days I have been shopping for a lot of my new attire online at places like the Ellos Website. There are so many beautiful sweaters and coats to choose from that I don't know where to start. There is even a line of winter menswear that is all available right at your fingertips. They make it really easy to put together, what I think, is a pretty stylish wardrobe. Of course; I am by no means a "Fashionista". I'm more of a practical shopper. But there are those times when you just have to go ahead and treat yourself to some really soft, plush, comfy pullover sweaters, thick warm socks and a functional but fantastic looking winter coat.
When I was growing up in California I used to wear (what these folks here call) a "light weather jacket". They could have fooled me. I was sweating buckets as a kid. My mom would send us to school with our jackets (even though it was a balmy 54 degrees out). This action on my mother's part would result in my ending up carrying a jacket that I really didn't need, around with me from class to class; then trudging it home at the end of the day. Now we all know that my mom meant well. I got it; but she was a little bit over protective with regards to my comfort and well-being.
The funny thing (or not so funny to Jenna) is that when I became a mom, I did the exact same thing to my daughter. I kind of wrote it off to the training I had received in my younger days. I simply just repeated what my own mother had done, before me. I persisted in barking at my own daughter "Don't forget your jacket!" as we bustled out of the front door and into the van, heading off to school. And just as it was, way back in my days, I'm pretty sure that the California weather hadn't changed much. The mornings were still somewhere in the mid-50's to low-60's. But to my defense; to Californians that's freezing, really.