About the time I started purchasing my own clothes, I realized that Easter was the last. I would buy a cute little sleeveless number, and almost every Easter the same thing happened. A final cold front. I would end up shivering in my sleeveless dress. It didn't take too many years for me to realize I needed to buy a dress that had a sweater or jacket with it just in case.
As a gardener, that still sticks in my mind. As tempting as it always is to start planting in the spring, I try to wait until after Easter, because I know we will usually have a cold front some time around that date.
Halloween is the first. You guessed it. It's usually the first cold front of the year around here. No matter what costume I had picked out for Halloween, I tried to ignore the 80 degree days that lingered on as though summer would never end. Because on Halloween night, I was usually shivering again, until I learned to be prepared.
As a gardener, learning to be prepared for the first cold front means getting the bed mulched, saying goodbye to the tender plants, and protecting the vegetable plants. All of which I have not completed. Oops! I need to get prepared!
For Halloween, being prepared eventually became simple. I had two favorite costumes. One was a nun costume. Cheaply made, it was loose enough to be able to pile on the layers underneath. Plus it was versatile. A quick change of head dress, and a few minor accessory changes, and I could change from a nun to a witch. The second favorite costume was a white lab coat, picked up for $3. A bit of gel in my hair transformed me into a mad scientist. But the white lab coat wasn't too versatile, and it eventually became "paint clothes".
I no longer have a need to dress up on Halloween. We live far enough out that we don't get any trick-or-treaters. But with my DIY spirit, I am always in need of "paint clothes", and there is always at least one outfit in my closet with that purpose. Of course, I have many (many!) more "gardening clothes"!
So, now you know the significance of Halloween and Easter. At least here, Easter is (usually) the last, and Halloween is (usually) the first. As far as cold fronts go.
My sisters live where the first cold front shows up around Labor Day. Brrrrr!!! What about you? When will you expect your first cold front?