Getting back in the saddle

September has been pretty crazy for me. The temperatures were way too hot a week ago – upper 90s. And then one of our forest fires got worse and the smoke rolled in. This smoke was dropping ash, too. So it was too hot to run plus the air quality was poor. As a result, I was feeling a little lethargic and not motivated to write.

But weather is ever changing in Colorado. On Monday night the temps dropped and by Tuesday we were over 60 degrees cooler with a dusting of snow on the ground. It picked up again in the late afternoon and we probably got no more than an inch. In the mountains it was a different story. Some areas had close to 2 feet. I follow a Facebook page of people who are hiking the Colorado Trail (I didn’t but my brother did). I was very concerned about folks on the trail. It sounds like most had been tracking the storm and took a few days off in mountain towns. A couple tapped out. Clearly some were not prepared for the quick change of weather.

As for me, I went running yesterday. I enjoy running in cool weather. It was 36 degrees and I loved it. The weather is gradually warming again but hopefully no more 90 degree days.

I have found that I have been more productive, too. I got some returns taken care of at Lowes, new wiper blades for my car, and today I’m going to look into new tires. I also got my flu shot taken care of.

It’s important for me to stay busy. We had had a trip planned for Spain in late September. That’s not happening, of course, so it’s a little depressing. I also keep seeing old travel pics in my memory feed on Facebook. However, we do have a trip planned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October. It’s not Spain, but it is a vacation, so I am looking forward to it.

I just have to keep busy! One day I look forward to going to Europe again. One day . . .

Happy Friday or Saturday or whatever day it is

I can’t keep track of the days anymore. For some reason I thought it was a Saturday today. Normally I have pretty quiet mornings during the summer while I drink my coffee on the patio. I listen to the birds and plan out my day in relative peace and quiet, except for my dog barking at the occasional runner/cyclist/walker. But today was busy with small prop planes.

We live near Rocky Mountain Regional Airport. It used to be a fairly small airport when we moved here, but they’ve expanded the runways and with lower fuel prices, the flight schools are doing well. Usually on weekends it’s quite busy with a lot of touch-and-goes. That’s a procedure that student pilots make where they do a quick landing and take off again. They circle our town, even though the airport has noise abatement guidelines asking to avoid residential areas as much as possible.

So today I didn’t have my usual quiet morning. I did enjoy watching the baby robins. They’re like teenagers now. They’re as big as their parents but still have spots on their breast. They wait on the fence while their mom goes and forages for worms. Then they come and make a lot of noise and demand to be fed. Not much different than humans, I guess you could say!

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Baby Robin begging for more food!