I'm confused. This is still July.
Every year crickets are a sign that late summer has arrived.
The problem is...it isn't time. This is still July. Only now are the decreasing days becoming quite evident. The weather is still warm. (at least it wasn't hot this week.)
We had an early spring. We've had an early summer. And now we are having an... early fall?
I actually started hearing crickets about two weeks ago here and there. Now there is no doubt about it.
What message are the crickets chirping? Will we also have an early winter? Will we have almost a foot of snow in October, like happened back in the "bad old days"?
Have our relatively mild (snow-wise) winters ended?
Only time will tell. But I have a sinking feeling nature is giving us a message.