Taking Advantage of the Weekend

As I’m typing this right now, I’m sitting on my back porch in shorts and a light fleece sweater with a blanket wrapped around my legs. Now, I won’t go so far as to say that Autumn has reached Florida, but we are experience a cold snap that is supposed to drop the temperature into the low 60s tonight! After having lived in Washington all of my life, that doesn’t seem like a low nighttime temp for this time of year, but I guess it will have to do. We’ll take advantage of it over the next two days, too, because it’s supposed to be back in the 70s and 80s by the middle of the week.

Since it was cool this morning, we took the time to mow our lawn, trim some hedges, and plant a thornless blackberry plant. I also had to kill two hornet nests, and I learned a little about lawn mower maintenance. Did you know you had to change the oil in a lawn mower? How about changing the spark plug? We’ve had this mower for 3ish years, and haven’t done either. Needless to say our lawn mower doesn’t work really well at all 🙂 Oops!

On Saturday, we had an all-out feast in honor of the first UW Huskies home game of the season! We had a kick ass charcuterie plate, apples and caramel, hummus and pita, carrots, puppy chow, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, and brie en croute with local blackberry honey (which I may or may not have finished off for dinner tonight). It was a lot of food for two people, but it was perfect for two people who had spent the morning kayaking.

Which, wow! I can’t believe I had to move down to Florida to get interested in kayaking. I’ve only ever gone canoeing, which is no where near as fun. In fact, if someone told me that tandem canoeing was the highest stated cause of divorce in the country, I’d take them at their word. However, my husband and I went kayaking two weekends ago, and we’ve already decided that this will be our weekend activity. We can rent the sit-on kayaks from our military base for pretty cheap, and we can either kayak right out of the base marina or take our kayaks to a different location. It’s been so much fun so far, and I’d really like to invest in a sit-in kayak at some point so we can do this year round. We’ll see if we keep up the kayaking long term, but I’m really enjoying it and I’m hoping it will help get my arm “muscles” back into shape.

Unfortunately, it’s back to reality tomorrow! I have a ton of writing that I need to finish by the end of October, and I’m already starting to feel the pressure. Thankfully, I have football and kayaking to look forward to on the weekends, right? 🙂

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