It’s raining today. The temperature is supposed to reach the upper 70s. My computer says it’s 61 degrees outside. In February or March, we’ll welcome 61. Today, it just feels cold. It’s dark. It’s fall.
When the sun the shines in fall, all seems right with the world. On days like today, even with the upper 70s in the forecast, you know winter is the way.
It was two months ago that we parked the car — August 17, to be exact — and began our car-free experiment. Then on September 28, we gave the car to charity and are today without a car. For the most part, I’m happy that we’re car free. Our carbon footprint is smaller. We’re not turning our money over to the oil companies, OPEC, Russia or anyone else getting rich by selling gasoline (it’s sure not the individual owners of gas stations). I’d like to think we’re in some small way helping the United States become more energy independent. But that will only happen if millions of us give up our automobiles and use public transportation, bicycles, our feet.
But rainy days suck. I know we had an awful drought this summer, and rain is necessary. Still, on days like today, I just want to hibernate. I suppose I could do some housework. The dishes do need washing, as do my clothes.