Officially Fall

The leaves are turning color and falling off the trees. The weather is fristy frosty cold in the mornings. It’s dark before 7 o’clock in the evening. We’re closing the pool.

The fall colors are gorgeous, the cold mornings are invigorating, getting dark early makes for relaxing evenings to read, visit, or watch a movie. But I can’t find a positive spin to put on closing the pool.

Then again, I have to confess it is my idea to close it this week rather than waiting until the end of October…Because… It’s too much work to uncover and clean out the leaves for a quick swim. It’s too hard to close when the air is any chillier than it is right now. It’s too wasteful to run the heater keeping the pool at a comfortable 84 degrees when the air is 32 at night and 60 in the warmest part of the day. So alas, we’re saying good-bye to swimming until next April.

Whatever will we do for exercise? Rake leaves, cut fire wood, and walk the Johnstown Road. Yep, that’s what we’ll do.

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