After the blistering summer heat we've had for the past three months, it sure feels good to be having these cool mornings lately.

After the blistering summer heat we've had for the past three months, it sure feels good to be having these cool mornings lately. I know I've greatly enjoyed sitting on the back porch drinking my morning coffee while the girls roam around the yard trying to see whose been in their yard since they were out last. Sure the temperature still hits the 90s during the day, but compared to the 100 degree temps we've been having, 90 feels like a cold front moved in. And the girls are loving the cool mornings. They get so frisky while they are outside and just have a blast running and playing with each other. During the extreme heat, they didn't want to be outside much, even in the early mornings. Now, I have trouble getting them back in so I can head off to work. The cool mornings also make me think of the fall, which is my favorite time of the year. It's a mixture of the changing color of the leaves, the cooler weather, and the anticipation of the approaching holidays that make me love this time of year. Plus a lot of my fondest memories growing up took place in the fall. Going apple picking, fall festivals, trick or treating on Halloween, going to the local football games, all these wonderful things happen in the fall. And call me a nerd, but I also loved going back to school. Back in my day, school started after Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end to summer, so your mind went into school mode. You got to see friends you may not have seen during the summer, hear about wonderful summer vacations, go back to school shopping (my all time favorite shopping season), just more fun than you could shake a stick at. Since I'm no longer in school nor do I have children to take back to school shopping, that fun activity has dropped from my to-do list; but I still get excited when I see the back to school ads on television, because it means fall can't be far behind. And with fall, cooler temperatures come back to the daytime as well, which means my husband and I can sit out in the back yard in the evenings talking while the girls play. Sitting outside with my husband is another favorite activity, one we can only do in the fall and the spring. To me, this is our us time. A time when we can talk about the day's events and enjoy each other's company while the sun sets and the day comes to an end. And I really miss our time outside. While sitting outside you can hear the neighbor children playing, birds, singing, and sometimes the activities over at the park and ball fields. It just feels like we are connected to the rest of the world yet in our own private world at the same time. As August quickly fades into September, I get a little more excited. The fall is almost here! (Lorie Mink of Pangburn is the Editor for The Sun-Times. Her column appears here each Friday. Email her at