An Autumn View From Sanctuary Cove

Yes, we have fall!

Clues that it’s fall here in Tucson

  • The cold water faucet has cool, not hot water.
  • We can “open up” rather than live with A/C all day.
  • Folks venture outside later than 10:00 in the morning!!
  • The phrase “it felt cool this morning” is both a wish and a reality.
  • Dog walkers discard hot weather dog booties. 
  • Dogs retire the four-legged locked position which means “No way am I walking out there today.”
  • Flip-flops are still a staple for footwear; this is Tucson, after all.  
  • Clothing choices are fall-ish, a short-sleeved top as opposed to the thinnest sleeveless one you can find. 
  • “I hot-footed it to get to the store before it closed” is a figure of speech, not a painful expedition.
  • We live near Sabino High School so the sounds of football cheers and band practice drift our way. 
  • I watch with envy as girls and boys walk, jog, and run along the roads for cross country practice.
  • On cooler evenings some fashionistas break out shawls, scarves, and long pants (albeit made of materials labeled thin, lightweight, breathable) that would induce heat exhaustion in the extreme heat of this summer.
  • The sun rises a little bit to the left of our bedroom window as the earth begins that tilt. And it sets just as brilliantly a few minutes earlier each night.

Welcome, Autumn!

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and her writing life. She retired after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. These days, in Tucson Arizona, she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, teaching about writing and the power of words, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Artists Standing Strong Together, and anywhere there’s a mic or a Zoom room.