Adios, summer

The backyard maple catches a bit of late-day light.

Ordinarily we don’t expect much when flipping to the next page in the calendar, any more than we do when crossing a state line, unless we’re driving a hot car wearing the wrong plates with an old enemy bound and gagged in the trunk next to a suitcase full of cash, cocaine, and at least one unregistered firearm while the underage runaway in the passenger seat passes us a fat spliff soaked in hash oil, pulls off her tube top, and asks if she can pretty please have a pull on our fifth of Jameson.

Float like a hummingbird, sting like a bee.

But it rained a good deal of the first day of September, and we opened most of the windows at El Rancho Pendejo to let the cool breeze blow through, and that sort of felt like the end of summer to me.

I rearranged my office for no good reason, playing a selection of weather-appropriate Irish tunes on the stereo, while Herself vacuumed the house.

Today I vacuumed the lawn, which is more fun, because you can do it outside in the fresh air and there is no stopping to empty the bag, because our lawn is a cannibal and enjoys eating its own clippings.

The two-tailed swallowtail is the state butterfly of Arizona and the largest swallowtail in western North America.

After chores we poured ourselves a couple of cold beverages and sprawled on the patio for a spell, listening to some Miles Davis, enjoying some more of that cool breeze, and watching a pair of hummingbirds battle each other and the bees for a short snort from the feeder as a pacifist two-tailed swallowtail stealthily worked a bush along the back wall.

Tomorrow is Labor Day, and labor we shall not. Something in a bike ride, I think, clad in red.

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20 Responses to “Adios, summer”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Still 100 degrees here. We’re busy saving our pennies to build in Salida. Good news is that I’m flying to Barcelona in a couple of weeks to ride bikes in Girona! Hope I do not melt before then. We’ve had 51 days over 100 this year, the 3rd hottest summer ever…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      O, man, you’ve had it worse than us, and our summer seemed plenty hot to me. I’m over the weather extremes. Too bad the weather extremes aren’t over themselves.

      Got your Girona trip all mapped out? My old colleague Andrew Hood lives in Léon and knows Spain backwards and forwards, if you’d like me to tug on his coat for a few recommendations about where to eat, drink and ride.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Let me know how it works out with the underage runaway. Somehow I think Herself would probably be clipping something besides the lawn. But then again, you have the unregistered firearm in the trunk…

    We had 11.5 lbs of grapes from the arbor to turn into jams, more stuff to harvest from the raised beds, and to top it off, the lazy susan full of cast iron pots broke loose from its moorings. Damn 60 year old homes. I had to rebuild the wood trim, take the newly formed kinks out of the swivel hinges, and put the whole thing back together. Eventually there was time for a short bike ride.

    Sure does seem like fall is coming on fast. Summer has been weird, so maybe it is time to move on.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Fake news, m’man, fake news. I just write ’em, I don’t live ’em.

      You guys getting some of this rain up there? Good for the vegetation, bad for the trails. Happily, I have a bike or two or three with fenders. Herb has seen them and can vouch for my veracity on this matter.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Skunked on rain the last couple days. I got in a couple mountainbike rides on the La Tierra trails and those were good. One road ride on the local Tesuque loop. Sighted in the new rifle with some nice match ammo. Lots of Honeydoos.

        Life is good.

      • Herb from Michigan Says:

        Let it hereby be known to all that I vouch for the worldly existence of said bicycles with fenders. And a good many without them. All in fine riding condition I might add.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    A wee bit of a run-on sentence there in/comprising the first paragraph, eh PO’G? Or perhaps an amalgamation of several furtive dreams? Annyhooooo….an appropriate opening to a reminiscence of many sorts……including Summer 2018.

    Looking ahead, we’re hoping for more moisture/snow this winter here in Colorado…..and elsewhere throughout the West I suspect. I’ve found conflicting forecasts. What else is new?

    Congrats, Sharon, on building in Salida! What a great town! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, it’s fun to run off at the fingers every now and then, JD. A shorter version of the lede came to me as I was riding and I hung all the bells and whistles on it after I sat down at the Mac.

      The weather is looking a little sketchy this morning, so I may have to grab my exercise sooner rather than later. Happily, I don’t need fenders for a trail run.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    We had similar weather here yesterday, with a high of 82 for today. Life in the high desert, heh? How about this morning? Fog!
    Looks like the RX100 did that butterfly justice. Beauty!

    “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana”
    Groucho Marx

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Fog? Where in the hell did that come from? Sounds like a scary movie. Don’t go down into the basement.

      That’s a beautiful butterfly, hey? I don’t know how many of them we have around here, but he/they visit us frequently. Meanwhile, the hummingbirds are losing the Battle of the Feeder to the bees. I guess if bees were the size of St. Bernard dogs we’d run from them too.

      Come to think of it, bees are the size of bees and we run from them anyway.

  5. psobrien Says:

    Perhaps another weather change is happening. Went to the BBC website today. On the whole first page there wasn’t a single mention of our “ugly american” wannabe oligarch.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Forecast on the soon-to-be-frozen (but not before we escape, we hope) plains of Iowa has been for rain followed by more rain, but so far it’s just been cloudy and muggy. We went out for a short ride midday before celebrating the holiday (the one everyone else seems to celebrate on May 1) with some fried chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, watermelon and beer. Sadly, it seems Labor Day is heading in the direction of a wake for organized labor unions in the USA more than a celebration?

  7. Hurben Says:

    As we say down under, “Giday Spring”

  8. ryansubike Says:

    I am in denial about summer ending, helped by the usual beautiful Septembers we get in the PNW but kids are heading back to school, the air felt crisp on Sunday and a once hopeful Mariner baseball season is stumbling to a close so I guess I am going to have to pack up the shorts and sandals eventually…sigh

  9. Dale Says:

    I must take exception to “Adios Summer”. Summer is all over us in the mid-atlantic. Middle nineties, high humidity, and a totally shit time to ride a bike unless you are a committed Fred. For me it is a time to stay in the garage (with 3 fans on) and fix all of the things I promised my wife I would get to in April.

    I just hope summer doesn’t last until November.

    • B Lester Says:

      Well you have the luxury of a small amount of smugness. Here in Janesville Wi, the humidity and the discomfort are painfully palpable. Of course in the stoic midwest, we have an out. It’s called February, when we have our noses pressed to the window, and we fondly remember breathing air that is hotter than our body temperature.

  10. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    We crept back into the upper 80s/low 90s here yesterday afternoon, just as I had to drive across town for an appointment. But it started raining after dinner. So I guess we have something of a smorgasbord going on here, weatherwise.

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