Oscar Wilde once said that, and I feel like it is so true.  One day it’s sunny and warm, and the next it has turned into fall.

It’s kind of a bummer.

I’ll admit it; I’ve been a little down in the dumps lately. Maybe it’s the fact that summer is almost over and winter will be here before we know it.

Don’t get me wrong; I love the fall. It’s my favorite season, and I love most everything about it. Crisp mornings, cooler nights, falling and changing leaves, and comfy sweaters.

I love curling up on my couch wrapped in a blanket eating chili or some other fantastic warm comfort food.

But I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. It happens to the best of us at times.  Some days my kid drives me absolutely bonkers. Other days my husband irritates me or makes me mad (to be fair, I know I do the same to him on occasion.)

I have days where I feel unappreciated, undervalued and taken advantage of. Days where I feel like nothing can go quite right.

The important thing is how you let those bad days affect you. Your attitude can make all the difference between a good and a bad day.

So this morning I woke up and decided that I wasn’t going to be in a bad mood anymore. The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and it got me excited about the changing season. I picked up some coffee for myself and a couple co-workers, listened to some upbeat, happy music, and started thinking about all the fun stuff autumn has to offer; especially in the White Lake area.

A fabulous way to say “see you next year, summer” is the annual Labor Day community walk. It’s not nearly as famous as the Mackinac Bridge walk, but it’s much closer to home and not as high up in the air. Our walk begins at 10am on the east end of Spring St in Montague (behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods.)

Lewis Farm Market and Petting Zoo is also full of family fun beginning September 1st. Actually, they are always full of fun when they are open, but September 1st marks the day that their corn maze opens for the remainder of their season. Check out their website for more information.

And of course, who can forget White Lake’s annual Pumpkin fest and the famous pumpkin roll down Dowling hill? This year, the festivities will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10am-4pm. Besides the pumpkin roll, there will be pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin seed spitting contests, hay rides, baked goods, arts and crafts and so much more.

There are so many other fabulous activities and events; too many to list. Check out White Lake Chamber of Commerce’s calendar of events for a more complete list.

With all of this fun and excitement brewing, it’s hard to be in a bad mood. Someone once said, “a fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye” I’m sad to see it go, but I’m eager to see what this fall brings.


*Disclaimer: Depression is a real and serious illness and should never be joked about or treated lightly. My bad mood and funk was no more than me just having a bad day. If you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, please talk to a professional.