Photo courtesy of Susan McMullan Eden, who owns a farm near Simpsonville.
One of the favorite pastimes for people in Kentucky is to talk about the weather; i.e. complain about the weather. It's too hot, or too cold, or too windy, or too humid, or too ... well, you get the picture.
But during these past few weeks, as summer winds down, our weather has been nothing short of spectacular. Nearly every day, blue skies and puffy clouds have given way to slightly crisp summer nights.
For the past month or so, most my Facebook friends have been trying to outdo Farmers' Almanac and predict how bad this winter will be. The consensus seems to be — drum roll, please — cold and snowy! Pardon me, but isn't it pretty much cold and snowy every winter? Somewhere, a part-time prognosticator will have predict a hot and muggy winter for me to pay attention.
And yes, in the winter I'll complain that's it's too darned cold and I can't wait for spring, just as I complained about the heat this summer. And the rain. Wow. That was a lot of rain. We should have shipped some out West.
I used to dread snowy weather simply because I drove a small, two-wheel drive pickup. Suffice to say those trucks were less than stellar on slick roads. I now get around in a Jeep. Aside from the fact that I sacrificed some gas money, I couldn't be happier. That thing could climb a tree, I'm sure. In the words of Tara Shaver, BOTS!
The only downside to snow is makeup days. We bus drivers don't like it when the school year spills over into June. But we do what we have to (while complaining, of course).
So, before we bellyache about Kentucky skipping the fall season and going directly to winter, we should remember these past few weeks of sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.
Writer James Mulcahy
spent 35 years as a newspaper journalist at small and large papers. He is currently a freelance photographer/writer/graphics designer, and he drives a school bus.