It’s Sunday and I am sitting at my summer office and listening to the gentle whirrrrr of the hummingbird at the feeder to my upper left. It’s Sunday morning quiet and except for the occasional car, truck, or airplane I can hear the birds singing in the trees. Fern and Ivy laying nearby enjoying the time outside.
Friday evening, I noticed it seemed darker than normal at 8:15 PM. Early Saturday morning, I read the morning New York Times email which confirmed Friday evening’s observation, summer is waning.
Sunset in NYC on Wednesday is at 8:00pm. The sun won’t set later than 8:00pm in NYC again until May 9th, 2023.
— New York Metro Weather (@nymetrowx) August 9, 2022
Confirmation of my observation piqued my curiosity so, I researched. As it turned out, Wednesday August 9th was also the final 8 PM sunset for this summer where I live. The next 8 PM sunset won’t occur for another 274 days or until May 9th. Being curious, I researched further, here are some lasts and nexts, in case you are wondering:
- the last 7 PM sunset 9/15/2022, the next 7PM sunset, 3/17/2023
- the last 6 PM sunset 10/22/2022, the next 6PM sunset, 3/12/2023
change in daylight savings time occurs 3/11/2023
- the last 5 PM sunset 11/5/2022 at 5:41 PM but the shift away from daylight savings time makes the sunset on 11/6/2022 – 4:40 PM, the next 5PM sunset, 1/27/2023
- the earliest sunset occurs at 4:21 PM between 12/3 to 12/14/2022
If you are curious, you can research your location using the Time and Date sun calculator. There is a plethora of information: sunrise, sunset, sun angle, and more.
I am an early riser. At the height of summer, the sun rises early, and it is light before 6 AM. The sunrise has been later each day, too. Summer is waning.
Today is the seventy-third and FINAL day of my summer break. Tomorrow, I’ll be back at school to prepare to welcome new students in my room on Thursday.
It’s not all gloom. It has been a summer filled with summer travel, summer relaxation, and summer fun. I was reminded by a blogger friend this morning about is truly worth it. I have a baseball trip planned to add to my stadium total and I plan (hope) to create a post when it happens.
Tonight’s sunset occurs at 7:53. My next summer break sunset will be in 295 days on June 5th when the sun will set at 8:23 PM. In between, I’ll continue to watch the birds, enjoy baseball, moving purposefully, and make every day count in some way, big or small.
Ferris Bueller and Ecclesiastes remind of the significance of summer and time.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
With the finish of summer break brings school, fall, high school football season, crisp cool nights, and even snow. Each season brings something new and wondrous.
Today marks the finish of summer break and it is going to be an amazing day, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Tomorrow could be a million and six times better, but I’ll focus on the present. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, whether it’s the end, the start, or the middle, taking each day as it comes.
What have you noticed about summer lately? Or life in general?