It’s astonishing how warm it’s been all Fall. Shorts and sandals in December? Yup, I’ve seen it all this past weekend where it’s been in the mid 60s for days now. I don’t think we’ve dipped below 50 in the last 2 months. You know something’s not quite right when people start complaining about how warm it is for mid-December and start wishing for snow and colder weather (did they forget the snow-tastrophe that was last winter??). My kids called this weather “dumb”. I don’t know if I’m at that point yet, but it is disconcerting. Just a little bit. Still, anything that makes the busy holiday season go a little more smoothly is welcome in my book. This weather is better for business – easier deliveries, both local and postal, and the streets are filled with shoppers. It is, however, weird to see Christmas tree stands and brownstones in the neighborhood dressed up in holiday attire with stringed lights and evergreen boughs when there are still leaves on the trees. The roses in the neighborhood are still hanging on too. There’s even a tree on the next block that I pass by everyday that is starting to get confused. It’s always the first to drop its leaves, but I saw a few blossoms in bloom on its bare branches yesterday.
The other week, we stopped by the New York Botanical Garden up in the Bronx to see the last of the leaves, but were instead blown away by the special Japanese Chrysanthemum exhibit that was on display there. The flowers were huge and lush and unlike any I’ve ever seen before. Each blossom was like a treasure, some held up delicately by wire supports. It made me want to pick up a paintbrush and paint, and believe me, that’s not something I’ve done in years.
Below are the roses that were still in bloom at the rose garden. I love finding places in the city that are quiet and empty, where you feel like the only people around. Seems quite rare, but we found one right here in this garden. It was beautiful a few weeks ago with a handful of bushes still in bloom, especially against the backdrop of Fall trees, but I’m looking forward to seeing it in full glory next summer.
You may have guessed by my absence here the last two weeks that we’re fully submerged in Holiday! Cookie! Madness! I’ll admit, it’s been kind of rough trying to balance the busy season with a full time job for the first time this year. I’m getting through it though, with a little less sleep than usual, but I’m getting through it. What I haven’t been able to reconcile is my split personality work life. I now also have an entirely new identity on the internet because of my job. But that’s a subject for a different post. Soon 😉