Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm baaaack...

This time of year I get very, very homesick for the East Coast.  I miss the seasons; endless summer gets old when your AC bill is a gazillion dollars month after month.  I miss the leaves changing.  I miss the look of New England towns in fall.  I miss the crisp bite in the air when you need a jacket in the morning.  I miss Honeycrisp apples.  I miss sweaters. I miss warm snuggles under the heavy winter blankets.  I contemplate buying pants at back to school sales, then put them back because we won't need them until January.

Last year we went home for Christmas, and I was feeling extremely homesick at the time.  We touched down at Newark airport in 57 mph winds.  It was 19 degrees when we walked outside.  The entire week we were home it did not go above 31 degrees.  A few afternoons we were desperate enough to take the kids to the park for an hour, and we couldn't feel our toes afterwards.  When we returned to California, it was 68 degrees and sunny.  I turned to the Mister and said, "you know, this place ain't so bad."

I appreciate California in January.  September, not so much.

I was lucky enough last weekend to have a quick trip to south Jersey by myself.  I got to hang out with my sisters, see a large number of family members, and see a bunch of friends.  Going to New Jersey is bittersweet; I love to see everyone but it gives me an ache in my heart that I don't live there anymore.  And as much as I miss my friends and family in NJ, I missed my kiddos while I was away more, so it was nice to come home.

I also sometimes think to myself that I should just stop traveling, because I SWEAR every time I have a trip planned, I end up taking one of my children to the ER the night before I leave.  This time it was Greg with a broken wrist.

He fell off a play structure at school.  Its a small break and he will only be in a cast for three weeks, and he claims it is not painful, so that is a good thing, I guess?

In other news, Linda at Calling It Home is having another One Room Challenge, and this time there will be a linky party where you too can participate! It starts Wednesday October 2nd.  My favorite blogs are ones where real people do real time decorating, so I am excited to see what other people come up with.

I hope to get back to regular blogging too. What are you up to?  Wearing a winter coat already?  Gorging yourself on a regular and steady supply of Honeycrisp apples?

Oh! I need a new blog header. (I need a whole blog overhaul, but for the moment I am looking to buy just a blog header.) Can you recommend anyone? 


  1. Lisa, you know I'm a proud SoCal native, but yes: September sucks, and has me yearning for sweaters and chilly air, too. Add in actually missing family, and I can only imagine how bittersweet your trip was. (Btw: I live only 90 minutes from my hometown, and I STILL get homesick/convinced to move back every time I visit.)

    But I disagree about the pants; I think it gets chilly enough by late Oct. (Although there will still be warm/hot days then, too.) "Chilly" of course, being a relative term. ;)

  2. I bought Honeycrisp apples this week and ate them allllllll by myself. It's not jacket weather yet, but I shut off the AC last week & have been reveling in "windows open" weather.


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