It was with much excitement that I got ready for bed last night. After all this time, Autumn / Winter was arriving! I knew this because my weather station on my phone had told me it was to be.
See …. Tuesday overnight low of 11ºC!! That meant I needed to put a blanket on my bed for the first time in 2015. I’ll start with a cotton blanket to begin with but I would put my quilt nearby – just in case it was needed. Winter pj’s – nah, a little too risky for this menopausal hot stuff! Now to hang my fluffy dressing gown on the back of the bedroom door. Everything was ready – I would hunt up some slippers tomorrow!
As I snuggled into bed, it wasn’t long before FurBaby was there to share the warmth. Right under my chin! She’s been slowly moving closer and closer but I hadn’t really been interested – tonight I was. She could stay. The next thing I knew, it was 6 am! Do you know how long it is since I have slept past 4 am these past few warm months? Heaps! I couldn’t believe it. I had slept, all night, without really moving! Blanket still in place, as was previously mentioned FurBaby. I lay there for a moment and took in the cold around my shoulders and considered adding the quilt. Decided against adding the warmth because today is a work day and I just may feel like staying in my cocoon – all day.
So after a few more minutes stretching in bed, I sat up and felt the cold envelop me. As my feet hit the wood floor, I cursed myself for not finding some slippers last night. My thongs would have to do, as I moved towards my snuggly dressing gown, hanging on the door, readied the night before. As I slipped it on, the familiarity and comfort felt great. My season was here – better late than never!
So I began my morning as usual, with bathroom, breakfast preparation and cat service! Though not necessarily in that order! By the time I had renewed the cat litter tray, I was already too hot and sat down to eat breakfast with a light cardigan over my summer pj’s – snuggly dressing gown thrown over the end of my bed!
Well that went well!
At first I was a little disappointed, as we only really have cooler weather for about a month or two in Queensland. During those two months, the weather is just about always clear and sunny and you usually get to strip down to short sleeves during some part of the day! I think I still miss the cold wet New Zealand Autumn / Winter’s …. but then I got thinking back to Friday, the week before. I had been kidnapped by some friends, on our day off and taken to beautiful Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. I thought about how the sound of the sea, the smell of the ocean, the sight of the clear blue sky and feel of the waves on my feet soothed my weary heart and mind. The blessing of still needing to apply sunscreen and find a shady spot to eat our picnic. The joy of sitting with my friends, still able to fully appreciate the Eye Candy as it jogged by!
Yes I love Autumn – the colours, the temperatures, the clothes, the leaves and I can find a place for these things on Pinterest and photos from the internet or family in New Zealand.
BUT I can only find the warm sunny Autumn / Winter days in Queensland! Where I can still go to the football at night in tee shirts and sandles. Where I can watch the children play in the water and swim, way after Easter. Where I can still sleep with only one cotton blanket and the windows wide open until the end of April! You know what?
There is no place I’d rather be!