According to my blog’s stats the world is searching for apples. Everyday for a couple weeks now. This confused me, why the sudden love of everything apple? Many of these searches very specifically require fresh apples. Which confused me even more because what apple cake doesn’t use fresh apples? Obviously something was brain washing the world.
Then it clicked.
See, the ear piece kept breaking off my favorite pair of sunglasses. Enough times that I could no longer rely on it to stay attached. I headed out to buy a replacement pair — the same pair — from the same store. Only the vintage plus new store didn’t have them in stock. I had to choose something else. Under the store’s lighting I chose a pair that’s cute, but apparently not so practical. They’re kind of rose tinted.
A few days after this sunglasses shopping trip I was driving the back way through Texas plains and hills to visit friends living in Georgetown. Being easily distracted by pretty sites (which for all that Texas is not, it can be very pretty) I was looking at all the trees — at their orange and pink leaves, at the grass — softly brown. These were not familiar views.
“Wow, it’s Fall.” I softly exclaimed in amazement.
Fall was brain-washing the world. Apples, fresh apples sold in bushels at road-side stands were occupying these searchers waking dreams.
You may think that would be the end and that this would be a very autumny post. Nope. This was not the end of my realizations for the day.
The second realization was caused by my next thoughts. “The trees are so pretty this year…I can’t believe it.” I pondered squinting closer, “…we haven’t had any rain…ohhh.” Taking off the rose-tinted sunglasses I saw what was really there. What appeared as autumn foliage was really drought-dead leaves and grass. It was sad. I put the glasses back on and saw what the apple-searching world is seeing.
I’d like to take a moment to praise my title. Even though it is October it feels like we are frozen (defined as stuck) in summer. To me, here, it doesn’t feel like fall.* If it did you might have seen a ravioli filled with roasted winter squash. Or some other equally autumny dish instead of having to rely on the apple coffee cake posted nearly two years ago. Instead you will have ravioli filled with a mint and pea pesto made and frozen during Summer proper.
* Austin got a cold front! Cold front complete with a middle of the night thunderstorm and an all day rain. Waking up in the night to thunder and pounding rain I smiled and willed myself to stay awake just to listen. Though we enjoyed three days of fall this post was already written. Plus, summer is still a threat.