This week, while managing a fundraising golf tournament, I had the opportunity to spend 12 hours outside. The day before, it was a typical, California day – warm, sunny, and inviting. The very next day, we had heavy mist, overcast skies, and temperatures in the 60s. It was great for the golfers, because they didn’t need to wear sunglasses to play. While I love sunny California, I sometimes forget that umbrellas are not just for keeping the sun off of our faces. They also work to keep the rain off! OK, my dear Texas and Hawaii friends, when it only rains 10 days a year, we do tend to forget about what rain can do to hair, signage, and golf registration papers in general.
This week, I will start putting away my brightly colored silk flowers and artwork, and replace them with the bright yellows, oranges, and subdued browns of autumn. Today, my daughter and I will be going to the local park to collect pinecones and leaves. We will pluck some sycamore and oak leaves off of the ground in order to make our handmade cards. Next month, after our beautiful grape vines transform to vibrant green to mottled yellow and orange, we will start to cut the vines in order to make grapevine wreaths.