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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.

Tallahassee Parks and Museums

We did go to Wakulla Springs State Park last Sunday, but it was not a very successful venture. David went along rather unwillingly, taking his paper and pen with him, not planning on swimming, not ever wearing shorts. He sat under a tree the whole time we were there. Bill’s heels were hurting him again, so he was in pain and a bit out of sorts. When we got to the park and he saw how many people were there and how many people were in the swimming area, he decided not to go swimming and sat on a park bench away from the water, sweltering in the heat. Plus the little black no see’ems bugs are out right now and they just love him, so he spent the whole time batting them away from his face.

I did get wet and yes, the water was very cold. Something like the temperature of Seneca Lake in July (and I rarely found Seneca Lake warm enough to swim in even in late August!).



Looking south on Seneca Lake, New York

I waded in to my thighs and then got splashed a bit by Kat and Miss Munchkin, which actually felt good, as it was a very hot day. Kat got in all the way and Miss Munchkin did too, although she would wade out a bit, play for a bit, and then announce “too cold” and head back to the shore. After about half an hour, we took pity on the guys and headed home. Then we girls went to the pool and enjoyed the water there!

Wakulla Springs is a lovely place, though, and I wish I had remembered my camera. It would be fun place to go to picnic and for Miss Munchkin to play on the playground and maybe even do some walking trails, when it is cooler in the fall. Plus they have glass-bottomed boat tours, which would be interesting.

Last night Kat and Miss Munchkin went to a concert at a local church, where they had a great time. Bill and I and Penny did our evening walk in Southwood and since we didn’t have the toddler in tow, we set a pretty good pace. Poor Penny was pooped when we reached the car and this morning she didn’t want to go out for her morning walk. I can’t blame her. Between the swimming and walking this week, my body is tired too!

Tonight we are going to visit the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (MOAS). Every third Thursday the museum waives the admission fees in the evening. I need a place to take Miss Munchkin occasionally when it’s too hot to be outside and she needs some new mental stimulation. So we are going to check the museum out and see if it is worthy of a membership. They have a Brogan Buddies science program for preschoolers, but I am not sure she is quite ready for that yet. We spent part of this morning matching up lower case letters (wooden puzzle pieces) to lower case letters on a sheet of paper that I printed off. We had all but five letters matched up when she lost interest and cleared all the puzzle letters off the paper.

Farm pictures

Last week I mentioned our farm when I wrote about the Southwood Walking Trails. I have been sorting through some pictures recently and ran across these two from those farm days in upstate New York.

Gibson Farms, Dundee, NY

This was taken in September 1984. You can see our mobile home. To the left of that is the airplane hangar (with the green strip behind it being the runway) and the main house is sort of between those two, in amongst the trees. Way to the left you can see the back half of Bill’s brother’s mobile home. Most of the barns are on the other side of the road; only half of the shop is visible on the extreme right, then there is the old horse barn, the milking area, and the big barns and silo.

Charles had asked about the farm picture the weekend of his wedding. It has always been a favorite of his, so I am getting a copy made for him.

And then I found this little gem, which I am sure Charles has forgotten about. I will be sending him a copy of this one, also!

Charles and the milk bulk tank

This is Charles, posing by the milk bulk tank the day before we moved to Alabama in 1995. He was quite the little farmer back then, doing his best to keep up with his Uncle Dana and big cousin Bryce. He was just a bit over five when this was taken. He truly did miss the farm when we moved, I think more than anyone else in the family.

As for Southwood and their walking trails, we have been going almost every night for the past couple of weeks. Last night we measured the distance around the lake (by car) and it was just a tad bit over two miles. The trails do not run quite the same path as the road, but they do twist and wind back and forth more, so I am sure we are getting a good two mile work out when we walk the whole distance. More than that, though, it is just a very pleasant walk and usually about ten degrees cooler than walking around outside here at our apartments.

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