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Sep 18, 2012

Meg Hearts This Cooler Weather in Astoria

Many of my friends have heard me moan and groan online and in person about the hot/humid weather we had in August and beginning of September. It seriously harshed my (…)

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Many of my friends have heard me moan and groan online and in person about the hot/humid weather we had in August and beginning of September. It seriously harshed my mellow. Seems like the older I get, the more I despise that kind of weather.

So this cooler and dryer weather has been a welcome change in my book. For me, it’s simply easier to exist in the world physically and go through the day. The city feels more open. My mood is noticeably better.

Things I like about this weather in Astoria:

Using my oven again. I can roast my CSA eggplants without my kitchen becoming the entrance to hell.

Comfortably walking around Astoria. Taking a walk to Bareburger (I had lunch there yesterday, yum), or across town to Sweet Afton or Il Bambino is a much pleasant activity. A walk to Astoria Park is also pretty nice these days.

Lowering my energy bill. We’re using far less a/c (usually none at all, just fans), which makes my pocketbook happy. Also, it’s quieter since we’re just using fans.

Not sweating ALL THE TIME. I am not a fan of being sweaty when I haven’t worked out or been really physically active (my ancestors lived in cooler, northwestern Europe, where it’s not crazy hot).

Bright blue skies. Can’t get enough of them.

The next thing to look forward to is the leaves changing. Here are some shots I took in years past in Astoria:

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Classic shot of the Hell Gate Bridge from Astoria Park.

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This tree is on my street.

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Changing leaves in a neighbor’s yard.

I can’t remember a time when I looked forward to fall so much. Today is supposed to be stormy, though, but hopefully not going to bring a ton of hurricane-style humidity to the area (cool rain is fine).

How about you – do you like this cooler fall-like weather? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @weheartastoria.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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