Mid-Week Ramblings

Even hormonal craziness can’t keep me from doing cartwheels over this lovely autumn weather we are having:  70’s and rain over the weekend, now lovely cool air and that angular autumn sunshine.  It is a huge relief to open the windows since the house has been closed up since April!

At the last U of A football game we went to I noticed three things:

  1.  Oddest item I have seen to date (now that we have to use clear plastic totes):  a woman had a pack of post-it notes.  Still can’t figure out why you would need post-its at a football game.
  2. Two rows in front of us a middle-aged woman’s shorts split from waist to hem, a really big tear, at the beginning of the game. Fortunately she was wearing “granny panties” and we didn’t have to see more than that and she did try and keep her t-shirt tugged down.  Still, kind of odd having to look at that the whole game.  (Of course I tried not to look but it was like a car wreck, you just couldn’t help yourself.)  Luckily she didn’t stand up too much.
  3. I saw a woman with a clipboard and she had pictures you color on it.  But she didn’t color them, just kept adding details with a black pen.  At first I thought she was designing pages for people to color but as she put in more and more details I sort of doubted it.  And the first picture she detailed said “Have a nice day bitches”.  Seemed a strange thing to do at a football game but to each his own.  And it was a nice night to sit outside and color. Or not color in her case but add doodles to a picture.
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This is what it looked like most of Saturday!

When it rains it pours.

Getting rain where I live in the desert southwest is a rare and wondrous thing.  I love rainy days but I love them best when I can enjoy them from inside the house.  I don’t like to drive in the rain here as it can be quite hazardous.  Because of the terrain there is usually a lot of ponding on the roads and some actually turn into washes when it rains hardish.  Plus most people here suck at driving in rain.  They don’t slow down or allow extra stopping distance or avoid that huge puddle which has now blinded the driver in the next lane.  And yes they will tailgate you if you slow down.

That being said now that I have the Subaru I don’t drive my Saab in the rain.  My Saab is not replaceable and I really love that car.  Plus the Subaru has more ground clearance and all wheel drive so it just makes sense to drive it in the rain.  Unless of course your husband’s truck won’t start.

It was pouring rain (rare) and an equally rare Saturday where we had to be in two different places.  So I told my husband to take the Subaru and I would take the Saab.  Only one problem, the truck is in the driveway behind the Saab in the garage.  So in the pouring rain we had to push the truck out into the street.  Ever tried to steer a truck without the power steering?  I ended up pushing because it was easier!  At least we had a tiny slope to work with.

And then when my husband got back he tried to start the truck again that afternoon and it started.  He left it parked on the street as I was still out in the Saab. That night he was going up to Phoenix to a hockey game and I told him to take the Subaru just in case. And  when he got home he went to move the truck back into the driveway, no of course it didn’t start.  So we called AAA on Sunday who confirmed it wasn’t the battery (my original diagnosis was the starter, we’ll see if I am right) and we got it towed to the shop up the street where the Saab was already scheduled to get a new tire (slow leak that has been driving me nuts, they already tried to fix it once) on Monday.

So now I am worried, things happen in threes so I take that to mean something should go wrong with the Subaru.  At least that car is under warranty.  And my husband will be driving it until the truck is fixed so hopefully if something does go wrong he is the one that will be stranded.  Wow, that was mean but really who wants to be stuck on the side of the road?

But life is good, cooler weather is here!

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Picture is from Toronto this summer, a lovely autumny orange color though.

 

 

 

Meteorological Autumn is Here!

Wow we had a busy Labor Day weekend but it was all good.  It is no secret that autumn is far and away my favorite season but I do my best to enjoy each season and holiday in it’s own time.  This weekend we managed to combine the best of summer: swimming and grilling out, with the best of autumn: apple picking and college football.

We started out with an after dinner swim on Friday night which was marvelous.  It is dark here by 7:30p and it feels so different swimming under a night sky.

On Saturday morning  I had my first bowling of the season with my once a month league and Saturday evening it was time for Wildcat Football.  Yes they lost but the marching band still rocked it!

 

Sunday we had a quiet at home day planned so we could recover from the late night. (Will the Pac-12 ever see reason and schedule for the convenience of the team and the fans?)  I did some laundry and watched the Cubs win and then we all went for a swim.  Luckily we grilled our burgers early as a rumbly thunderstorm dropped in.  So after dinner we played Sagrada and then retreated to our separate spaces to read , listen to the rain and in my case watch “Bridget Jone’s Diary”.  We got a nice amount of rain overnight, always appreciated here.

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The pie and ice cream smile!

On Monday we drove to Willcox and Apple Annie’s to pick apples, pears and peaches.  We shared some pie (apple crumb and pecan) and ice cream and enjoyed the very blue sky and a refreshing breeze.  We came home for one last swim joking about how the pool would be closed the next day.  (That idea completely confused my son.) We played with my son’s waterproof camera taking all kinds of crazy pictures and movies and had a blast.

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No autumn temps here for at least two more months, maybe longer, but mentally I am already switching gears. I washed my fall quilt today (same weight as my summer quilt just a different design) and pulled out my new orange ‘Life is Good’ t-shirt decorated with leaves that I have been saving.  The weather channel announced it is now meteorological  autumn and that is good enough for me!  Over the next two weeks I am sure I will be slowly sneaking bits of autumn into my life.

DSCN0585Yes, this is one of the silly pictures of me.

Good Bye Summer!