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Funny how I started poking around online for “Equinox pictures” and all of my search results pulled up the car! Hadn’t even heard of it before!
Ahhhh, the Equinox. One of those turning points in our calendar where summer slips away for good. I do love fall and the changing rhythm of our seasons but I also get a little whiney when summer goes poof.
Know those great days where you feel like you’ve had a whole weekend in one day? When you don’t really have any specific plans and the day just spontaneously unfolds into its own deliciousness? That was yesterday – Saturday. And today just feels like a fabulous bonus day. A day for laundry. Blogging. Seahawks football. A workout and some grocery shopping and food prep for the week. Yep, that’s about enough for one day.
Yesterday was filled with late summer sunshine and that crispy feeling in the air where you can just feel Fall is right around the corner. J and I spent the day over in his neck of the woods. We were planning to go to a concert which was a fundraiser to save one of the old theaters in town, but we both were craving time outdoors – we weren’t in the mood to sit indoors, as fun as it would have been and for a good cause.
So, we grabbed a late lunch at the Buzz Inn restaurant at Harvey Field in Snohomish. Damn, what a glorious day it was! Nothing like relaxing outdoors (in mid September) in the warm sunshine and just watching small planes take off and land. Not a care or a thought in the world. And there’s a skydiving center right there at the airport so every so often the sky would suddenly fill up with skydivers landing in the field.
Now, skydiving is probably not going on my Bucket List anytime soon, but it sure looks fun…and watching the skydivers float by, glide in and land was relaxing. That probably sounds a little odd but it was.
Then we drove to the Stocker Farms farmers market to poke around. So much amazing, bountiful fruits and veggies…and local honey! I couldn’t resist and picked up a small jar. Oh, and a cucumber too.
Hmmmm, I’m trying to get more adventurous with veggies and incorporating them more regularly into my meals. There was so much beautiful squash, plums, apples and on and on at the farmers market – I just didn’t know where to begin. I knew I needed a cucumber to chop up for my salads to bring to work, but beyond that my mind was blank. Oh well, it’s a start! Eating more veggies is one of the things we’re practicing in the Lean Eating for Women program I’m about 7 weeks into. On the subject of eating local, one of our program coaches quipped, “buying tomatoes flown in from Peru makes about as much sense as flying there to crap them out.” Too funny…and point taken. When I’m at the grocery store I’m going to pay more attention to where the food comes from! And maybe start shopping at a farmers market for fruits and veggies!
I look outside today and it’s like someone turned off a light switch. It’s grey, cloudy and starting to rain. It’s days like this where I can close my eyes, smile and remember the warm, sunny days and wonderful summer memories.