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Coffee Talk 10.25.20

Good morning! It’s a dreary one here, but we did get a really nice mid-day break in the gloom yesterday, and I had a great run before the clouds and the wind moved back in. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for our family photos that were scheduled for this afternoon. Oh, well. You can’t win ’em all, I guess!

By the time I got out for my run yesterday, it was almost noon, and the sun had just decided to make an appearance. It suddenly turned into a gorgeous fall day, although it only lasted for about three hours.

I decided I needed a change of scenery, so I went out of my neighborhood and down one of our narrow country roads. I live in such a pretty area, it really is a shame to run circles around my neighborhood when I could be exploring different routes, but I don’t feel safe running on some of the roads around here because they are so narrow and windy.

(That is windy with a long I — although often they are windy with the short i as well.)

There wasn’t much traffic at noon on a Saturday, so it worked out okay. The leaves are at their peak here this weekend, and it was just stunning, albeit a little warm. It was right at 69 degrees when I got back to the house, which sounds lovely unless you are running in it and the sun is high in the sky.

I should have gone earlier, but oh well. I really need to start prepping my Try-On Hauls ahead of time. They take way too long to write the day I want to post them.

ANYWHO. I’m finally getting to the point where I’m no longer doing run/walk intervals, and I can just run without having to pay attention to the time. It’s so nice. I went out almost two miles, and I would have gone farther, but it was hilly, and I knew I had to get back home.

I did take a few short walking breaks, but for the most part, I ran the entire three miles. At that point, my legs were feeling a bit like jello, so I walked the rest of the way home and just enjoyed the views.

Unfortunately, the cold weather system that is hitting our area decided to move in right about the time our Oktoberfest party was scheduled to begin at 2:00. We thought we were going to get a pleasant afternoon for it, but it turned dark and windy and chilly as soon as we got there. I’m so glad I thought to throw a puffer vest in the car just before we left the house.

We were able to stay outside for the duration of the party, thanks to a bonfire that we set up when it started to get dark. It was a fun time with lots of good food, music, and games. We kept the gathering small, but it was nice to do something festive and fun on one of our last fall weekends.

It looks like the weather is finally going to turn. We’ve had some really mild days lately, but it’s only 45 degrees right now at 9AM, and it’s only going up to 50 today, with rain moving in. I’m really bummed because our family pictures were scheduled for later this afternoon.

This year was important to me because it’s our 25th wedding anniversary, David is turning 21, Caroline is turning 18, and Becca finally has her braces off. I was planning to get a picture we could frame for one of the walls in our living room.

We worked hard to find a day when all of our schedules jibed for family pictures, but whatchagonnado? Can’t control the weather. When the kids all get up, we will have to have a family meeting and find another date. If the leaves are done, so be it. Maybe we should  just wait till it’s closer to the holidays and go somewhere with a festive atmosphere.

I’m not sure that’s what I want for our living room wall, but it would be nice for our Christmas cards, I guess. We’ll see… it will work out.

I hope you’re having a good weekend, and you have a restful and relaxing Sunday!

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19 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 10.25.20

  1. Congratulations on being able to run more yesterday!  I know that is a goal that you have been working towards. Oh, how awesome your temps sound.  It’s gloomy here, as well, and we will be back in the upper 70’s and 80’s through Thursday, I believe.  And now the new tropical depression has formed and could impact our weather Wed. into Thursday.  Good luck with the decision making regarding the family photo!  Enjoy your day!

  2. Have to tell you: my order from Talbot’s came in, and I tried on the 2 items (flyaway cardigan in Chambray Heather and denim jeggings) you had styled. Perfect! I love them both, and they fit perfectly.
    Our book club is having our monthly meeting, outside around fire pit, this afternoon (probably our last one until we have to go zoom, which will be minus the food we share), and I think, “What would JoLynne wear?” Haha! I think jeans, sneakers, sweater and a puffer vest.
    Have a great day!

  3. So glad you are able to get back to your regular routine of running. My friend and I did a brisk walk last week which was nice to catch up # we talk a lot ( plus give my treadmill a break) and enjoy the beautiful colors of the leaves we both remarked just how much brighter they seem this year. We did family photos last weekend while we were all together for our sons birthday if front of a large red maple we have in the backyard. I am glad we did it then as our leaves are starting to fall somewhat and our temps this week are cooling down. Only 46 for today and staying like that for most of the week , but we have had a warm fall so far. Hopefully you get a chance for your family photos and a Christmas one does sound just as nice :)… Enjoy your day!

  4. Happy Sunday Jolynne!  I had been anxious to try “IF” that you’ve mentioned in the past. Great results as I’m two weeks in to it. I was wondering if you could please share the name of the collagen that you’ve been taking? I broke my ankle and heel back in May and am thinking the collagen couldn’t hurt with the healing. Blessings for a beautiful day! 

  5. Sorry your photo plans have been dashed by the weather. I’m loving the weather right now as I visiting my DIL in Colorado and watching a snowstorm through the window. It’s glorious after our endless summer in California where it was 90+* earlier this week. So wonderful to wear some cool weather clothes! 

  6. I have a fashion question for you…. I can’t possibly be the only woman who doesn’t like the look of short boots/skinny short pants. Do you have any suggestions for other shoes with longer pants?

  7. Traci, skinny jeans do not flatter my pear shaped body so in the winter I wear full length straight leg pants and pair them with a shootie.  The pant leg falls right over them.  

  8. We woke up to 30 degrees and frost and beautiful sunny today. Later going to the pumpkin patch with our grand daughter. This is the weather predicted for us for next week too. Highs only in the 50’s. I’ll take it as NW Oregon gets lots of rain. Not ready for snow either but love if we get surprised with a Nov snow fell. Hope you get your family pictures completed. Love hearing about your days and family. Great coffee talk. 🙂 

  9. This may sound crazy…… but it’s just good to know other peoples plans do not always fall into place as we would like.   Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone and feel like the only person whose plans fall apart….family gatherings, birthday parties, church activities…..especially during this COVID year.  Thanks for keeping it real!  

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