You can generally know the season of the year by the contents of my car. It has been an unseasonable cool and wet summer here in Iowa. With a great deal of hope and optimism, I have driven around for the past 3 months with my fully stocked swim bag and poolside chair in the back of my vehicle just in case the occasion arose for a post-workday visit to the pool. That occasion only arose twice throughout the entire summer--what a bummer! So with some sadness, I said good-bye to summer that wasn't and cleared the sun-screen scented bag and it's contents out of my car to make room for the next seasons supplies:
Stadium blanket- check; padded stadium seats- check; emergency clothing kit (rain poncho and sweatshirt)- check.
As much as I may have missed Summer, I must say that I love, love, love Fall! Sunshine filled days and cooler evenings. Football games. Pick your own apple orchards. Corn mazes and pumpkin patches. And while I may have to take a drive up through the bluffs that line the mighty Mississippi to see vibrant tree colors, I think there is something spectacular about this region of the country during Fall. So since my car is packed with the essentials, I will look forward to this season and all it has in store.