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A Long Pants Morning

Fall is definitely in the air. For the first time in five months (since the end of last April), I decided to wear long pants when I dressed to walk the dog this morning. The last two or three mornings I have noticed a definite change in the morning air. Even though the temp is still around 70 – 72 at 8 a.m. (the time I usually walk Penny), it has been cooler overnight and you can feel that lingering coolness. But also the breeze is out of the north rather than the south and the sun doesn’t feel quite as hot. All in all, it’s definitely that time of year where you have to change clothes two or three times a day in order to be comfortable. But I am ready for fall. I love the warmth of summer, but dragging around a toddler and all her paraphernalia when it is 95 degrees can be something of a test in patience.

If you are wondering about my prolonged absence from blogging, let’s just say I’ve been suffering from a serious case of life burnout. Things are improving. I am having more good days than bad days the last week or so, but it’s been a long August and September. I will be writing more about burnout on my LeapingFromTheBox Blog shortly, if you care to read about the gory details. Hopefully I am on my way back to blogging more regularly.

I have been keeping busy even though I wasn’t blogging:

  • I have listed and sold numerous items on my E-bay store and still have more items to go (both to list and sell).
  • I have updated my Alabama Church Schools section on my website.
  • I have been working at updating more Homeschool Elists and Support Groups pages, along with adding Amazon books to those pages. Check out how Utah looks! As my Amazon sales increase, I am further motivated to continue adding more books to my pages.
  • We’ve been fighting fleas here for the past few weeks. Bombs, sprays, vacuuming, and shampooing the carpets, upholstery, etc. have all been a part of the fight. I think we may be winning the war. I hope.

Remember Hurricane Fay? Well, we ended up with over 15 inches within 48 hours, which caused a lot of flooding locally. Dozens of streets and roads throughout the city and outlying counties were closed for many days, some over a week, due to flooding. A couple of sections of I-10 were closed down due to parts of the road washing away and sink holes. Our lovely Southwood Nature Trail where we walk Penny every evening was so flooded that it was almost two weeks before we could walk all the way around the lake.

This bridge at the upper end of the lake, near the playground

(as always, click on the individual picture if you wish to view it full size):

was totally covered with water from Hurricane Fay:



This is the opposite side of the bridge from the first picture. Notice the copper covers on the posts in the very center of the picture and the top of the garbage can on the other side of those posts? And those are kayaks in the second picture. With the possibility of snakes and floating masses of fire ants, I am not sure a kayak is where I would have wanted to be, but it was the only way to get around the lake at that time.

Southwood Walking Trails

Recently we have taken to loading up the family into the van, dog included, and driving the five minutes to Southwood. It has the loveliest walking trails …

… and a nice shaded playground for Miss Munchkin to play on. She loves the slides and climbing and a chance to play with other children.

Penny (the dog) loves the open spaces, other dogs and animals, and cooler walking area.

Bill and I like the scenic (and shaded) walking trails.

There are geese and other birds and squirrels everywhere, along with signs of other wildlife, such as armadillos.

It is almost like taking a stroll through the back lanes of our farm years ago, only with Spanish Moss hanging from the trees!

Memorial Day and Stuff

Monday was Memorial Day and we celebrated in fine American fashion. We drove three hours round trip to the beach and back (St. George Island), consuming a fair amount of gas in our van. And on the way home we spent too much and ate too much at a most delicious seafood restaurant. All in all, it was quite a lovely day. The surf was a little high at the beach, but the day was low 80s, low humidity, and perfectly lovely. I wish I had remembered to take my camera, but here is a picture of the same beach last summer.

St. George Island State Park

My apologies for not writing any posts here the last five weeks or so. We have had a lot of life changes going on that have taken a bit of time to adjust to. But I think we are finally getting into a routine of sorts and hopefully I will have more online time again to keep up with my blogs and websites. In late April Kat and Miss Munchkin moved in with us. Kat has enrolled at Tallahassee Community College and is working full-time, so I now have Miss Munchkin to watch all day long. She is one busy little girl! And then in early May Charles moved back to north Alabama. So we have been adjusting to increasing the household and then, within two weeks, decreasing the household. We have heard from Charles a few times and from what he says, things are going well. We hope the move is a good one for him and will help him get his life headed in the direction he wants and needs.

So, keep watch here and I will make the effort to post more frequently, I promise!

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