Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Recap: Who turned up the heat?

Good Monday morning to you! At the moment, I am enjoying the air conditioning at my office. Shhh, don't tell anyone that I'm also blogging.

We're in the middle of a heat wave here in the Northland. Today's high is 89. Oofdah! When you don't have A/C...that's hot. Thankfully we're supposedly getting rain tomorrow that will cool things down by about 10 degrees.

So this weekend, we stayed outside as much as possible. It's actually cooler out there with the breeze then it is in the house. We also took full advantage of our backyard pool, and the lake.

Our homemade waterpark, complete with a "beach", aka an outdoor rug.
Sunday we went up to McCarthy's Beach. We got there around 11:30, but it wasn't very busy yet so we had prime pick of the spots. I took this picture from my towel. The water was pretty warm, and it was hot enough at 88 degrees to get all the way in! Also, Emily started to do some swimming! She's finally learning how to do a doggy paddle. Hooray Emily!

Catching minnows.
On Saturday, we also got our bikes down from the garage rafters. Since I'm mid-injury (or whatever we're calling the issue with my leg), I decided to start biking as cross training.

It needed a bath. 
I mean, I paid a lot of money for this thing...I might as well use it, right? I actually took it out this morning for a test spin. 5 miles in 22 minutes, averaging 13mph. Not speed lightning, but ok for my first time out. Actually, any faster kind of scares me. It's getting darker in the mornings, so I wrapped my headlamp around the handle bars for some extra light. That worked pretty well! Hopefully this is the first of many good rides.

Emily wanted to get in on the action, so she pumped up her bike tires. She doesn't really like riding on her bike yet. It's a "balance" bike, which teaches them to balance on the 2 wheels without training wheels. She's still learning. 

Sunday morning I went on a short, slow, 3 mile jog to test out my leg. It went really well. Almost no pain at all, just a twinge over my shin for one step near the end of mile 2. It was a little achy throughout the day, but this is typical. No pain while I run, some soreness/ache afterward. So...we're still waiting it out. It is feeling much, much better today though!

When I came home, Travis had a pot of freshly ground coffee going. I accidentally told him to buy the "big" bag, which is whole beans instead of grounds. So he also bought a grinder. And now we're addicted.

C'est la vie.

How was your weekend? Are you a fan of bike riding?


  1. 89 is really hot when you don't have air conditioning! But okay, it's been over 100 here for the last few weeks, and air conditioning or no, it's blazing. I wish we had a beach close!

    1. Ugh! There is no doubt that we would have AC if we had temps even near 100. That is just too hot!

  2. Yikes, stay cool, friend!
    I'm so glad your first bike ride was a success! And that you got in a good little test run with minimal pain. Hope your road to recovery is short!

    1. Thanks! I bought a speedometer thingy (very technical term here) for my bike yesterday. This is getting serious!

  3. Your daughter is adorable in these pics! Love the makeshift water park in the backyard!