Although we've had several days of cool weather, today the thermometer on the porch is reading 80 degrees, and I'll bet in the sun it's a good 10 degrees above that. Tomorrow and next week are expected to go back to being cooler, but for now we are really enjoying this brief, Indian summer.
Yesterday I took off for the beach, since I knew it was going to be this warm. I had some holiday shopping to do in the little seaside town of Cambria, but I never get that close to the ocean without spending some toes-in-the-sand time, and it was heaven. The weather was probably in the high 70's there, the ocean was turquoise-colored (due to the lower sun angle) and about 20 feet out into the ocean, a school of dolphins was frolicking in the warm water as I walked in the sand.
I used to hate warm weather at this time of year. In my mind, fall had to look a certain way, or the entire season was ruined. But as I've gotten older, I'm more about letting things be what they will, and enjoying whatever that may happen to be.
Turquoise water and summer temperatures in fall? That is OK, as will be whatever comes after this. My fall veggies are loving the warm weather, the leaves are still turning right on schedule, and winter will be here soon enough.
Hooray for Indian Summer.