Sorry to all those who adore August, but I am dancing a very happy jig as we are in the last sighs of this month. The nights are noticeably shorter with cool breezes being welcomed into the house as the evenings close in and the black cloak covers the green land.
This month has had me shouting out "Oh August why do you torture me?" Many days have seen my home in darkness. The blackout blinds shut out the hot sun and the garden door is shut to stop the hot air coming through the door like an overheating oven. Thank goodness I have a regular plan for this month.
During August (my least favourite month in case you hadn't guessed), I start my autumn jobs as my way of coping. From the first day of this month I start getting the house ready for the eagerly awaited cozy nights and the comforts of home. I always start with a job I don't particularly like doing but with the good weather, or shall we say, in between showers!, my washing machine goes into overdrive with cleaning curtains, throws, winter linens, cushions, door mats... you name it, it gets washed.
Wardrobes get looked into like staring in to see if there is actually a back, or maybe could things disappear into Narnia? Teenagers!
Why do I bother ironing - really, why?!
In the garden I start collecting herbs for ice cubes to be used in the autumn and winter comfort food.
The lavender is trimmed a little to dry and use in pot pourri for restful slumber on crisp evenings.
Job upon job is planned and ticked off as I go through the month. Then before I know it, September finally knocks on the door and I welcome her with open arms.
I have a couple of extra jobs this time around though with updating my trusty laptop with Windows 10. Yes, I am a fan with only one problem in that my touchpad does not work with the upgrade, but in positive mood, I have to say that I have been trying to disable this for a while as one touch and tiles and all sorts come up as I type. Now, I can touch it at my hearts content and nothing happens. My little wireless mouse is a lot quicker than the pad so things are not so cumbersome.
Then the other job was to upgrade my phone. iPhone 6 vs Samsung S6? I went on so many sites to work out what would be best and settled on the Samsung for its camera as, after all, that is what I really want a phone for!! Handy for when I don't want to carry the big one around (my back just will not survive).
And so, with the wheat gathered in and the golden sunsets covering the fields with a warm glow it's time to say goodbye to August and welcome September... I have MISSED you!!
Do you have months such as these when you start to list the jobs to get you through? I would love to hear how you plan yours.