There is a crispness to it and a smell that speaks of fall.
The dogs themselves have picked up on this as play time and walks have a feeling of urgency that means one thing... they are extra hyper. You could say that the instinct to run, their blueprint of what they were bred to do is coming to the surface, with the colder temperatures comes the urge to run.
"You coming mom? Lets go runnin'!!!"
And although I'm just as excited as these guys to get running again and to be standing on the back of a sled or on my skis once again I am also feeling rather sad this year.
Summers end also means my kids have both moved on and away. My baby boy has already forged his path into the big city and is loving every moment (well, almost every moment) and my girl leaves tomorrow night to return to her 'home' on the east coast.
Summers end also means it is time to say goodbye to the warm days we have (finally) been having. I've loved laying in my hammock drifting in and out of sleep while the dogs play or lay beneath me.
Although we only got out once this year the end has come to the lazy day floats down the Bow River with my bestie and the sharing of secrets.
This summer also marks the end of tiny puppies. I swear that with the colder mornings the pups have stretched their legs over night. Teenagers is what they are quickly turning into and a new fun time with them begins, but I will miss that cuddly puppy time. I know I've said this once before, but it is meant for real this time when I say... No more puppies for me!!
This ending also includes the leaving of a job while I search for and hope to get a new career re-started.
So many changes are happening that I try to hang on to the last days of summer, willing it to slow down even just a little.
However this fall does bring promise.
Promise of a great adventure with a best friend from the past as she comes to visit me from across the country for a week (oh the trouble we shall find!!)
Promise of a new job with new and old friends.
Promise of a successful and fun year sledding and skijouring my furry kids while we seek out new trails to explore.
A new season full of promise sounds like a good plan to me.
For now though, I think I shall enjoy the laid back days of summer.