cold-weather thoughts

It turned chilly here overnight, and I welcomed the chance to turn on the oven to make croutons and simmer beans on the stove for hours and generally feel good about cooking. The garden is a disaster this summer, so I'm totally ready for cold weather to sweep it all away and let us get started on preparations for next year (which of course will be vastly more successful). The only problem we had with the morning's cold was that it took the boys like ten minutes to get into shoes and socks for our morning walk—how much easier to be barefoot all day and just walk right out the door! Never mind: by 10:00 it was warm enough that we had all shed our shoes for the rest of the day. It's still summer... but fall is on the way!