Can’t believe what I see. The thermometer shows eighty five degrees. I love Indian summer when it is fall, but unseasonably warm. Some parts of the country enjoy this kind of climate every year without fail, but it is not typical in my area. In fact, I turned off the air conditioning unit weeks ago. I can’t imagine turning it on again and facing those hefty summer electric bills. No, I have to resort to other methods to keep cool. A ceiling fan is the perfect solution. They look great in any space as they do their job.
If you consult the old Farmer’s Almanac, you will find out more about this special time when the leaves are turning into magnificent colors or burnt orange, red and yellow; but the air has not yet developed its distinctive fall chill. It is an interim time that lasts for only a short period. It is unexpected in these parts and when it comes, everyone is giddy with joy. We have a bit more summer upon us. We know winter is around the corner and that the brisk air will soon take its toll. While I love nothing more than donning a down jacket and using a wool neck scarf, I don’t relish putting on icy cold mittens to do my outdoor chores. So, I am luxuriating in the warmth for the moment. All I need to do is buy an inexpensive Ceiling Fan Choice for a gentle cooling indoor breeze. It is easy to find them at a discount online, and you don’t need to spend hours on Facebook. Most any brand will do. My advice is to buy in the middle of the price range so you get a bargain and not a bomb.
Indian summer is a strange time in that there is no wind at all despite the time of year. The nights can still be cold and clear, however, so the ceiling fan gets turned off if you have one. The barometer is high according to the almanac. The reason is a cool polar air mass that is moving south becoming an “anticyclone” or high pressure system. Some areas experience haze and warmth with extreme swings in temperature from day to night. Most often in the northeast, for example, Indian summer is followed by a cold spell and a hard frost. Meanwhile I enjoy walking for hours or sitting on the patio reading a Kindle book. I haven’t forgotten my usual duties, of course, and a row of pumpkins sits pertly outside the front door. They stay for the duration, even after Halloween and thanksgiving. I wait until a week after winter has officially arrived. Then I replace them with pine cones in a home-made twig basket. I do like the snow and the implications of the weather, but I miss fall when it disappears and merges into the next season. Knowing it is coming again in a year keeps me in a jolly mood.