Say­ing farewell to the sum­mer sea­son

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Opinion - Carol Weimer

La­bor Day will be here next Mon­day and an­other mile­stone in time will erode. It seems when you think about it this ends the won­der­ful lazy days of sum­mer.

It’s a melan­choly type of hol­i­day (at least it seems to be for me). We know that fall is a few days down the cal­en­dar. School will be­gin and all the care­free days of sum­mer are gone. We tell our­selves there are still a few sum­mer days left, but we know that the sands in the hour­glass have about reached the bot­tom and it won’t be long be­fore we will be closed in the house and we will be in it. How­ever I’m not one to pre­dict any­thing, but with the cool days and nights in this month that is not re­ally nor­mal for Au­gust, I can’t help but won­der if we won’t have much warmer tem­per­a­tures in Septem­ber and still an ex­ten­sion of sum­mer. Time will tell.

We know that with Septem­ber, we be­gin to look ahead to a brighter out­look on the hol­i­day on Mon­day. It is one of the last of sum­mer, but it still gives us a lot more time for cook­outs and pic­nics. For some it is a fam­ily get to­gether be­fore the kids will leave for col­lege if they haven’t al­ready or per­haps in some fam­i­lies the get-to­gether came a lit­tle early be­cause of the early en­trance in col­lege. But if the fam­ily (all of it) will have one last big cook­out for this year be­cause of the sea­son and also be­cause it is that one last long sum­mer week­end.

It will also be the time for think­ing about clos­ing up the sum­mer camp, once again a thought that al­ways makes you feel sad be­cause that is your sum­mer hide­away and a place where you can re­lax and have fun. You still have many warm week­ends but the chil­dren are all tied up with school projects and it’s just not the same.

There are a few week­ends left to get some of those sum­mer projects which you started in the spring think­ing you would have them all wrapped up dur­ing the long sum­mer and guess what? They aren’t com­pleted yet, bet­ter get busy. I’m wrap­ping mine up. I still have my back door steps to paint and I’m won­der­ing, what kind of paint do I use on ce­ment? When I painted them a cou­ple years ago I used some oil based paint and it has flaked off. Was it the wrong paint (which I have been told is wrong) or was it the rock salt dur­ing the icy times in win­ter? I have been told both, so I will have to ask some­one who knows in the paint depart­ment.

Back in the olden days (not many do it any­more) my grand­mother used to start her fall house clean­ing the day af­ter La­bor Day. To­day women don’t even do spring house­clean­ing any­more. Per­haps it’s be­cause times changed and we now have much more mod­ern equip­ment for this task, bet­ter ma­te­ri­als in the house that stay clean longer and wipe off eas­ier that don’t need at­ten­tion as in for­mer days...we live in a much eas­ier way of life with newer im­prove­ments that sci­en­tists cre­ated to help in do­ing all sorts of things to help save time. When asked why women don’t do ma­jor clean­ing to­day, they just re­ply, “it gets done when the room is done over up­dat­ing it.” Good an­swer!

En­joy our last hol­i­day week­end for sum­mer 2017, re­lax, pray for good weather. Haven’t we been blessed the past cou­ple of weeks with beau­ti­ful week­ends?

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