A Postcard From Saturday Morning

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I only have a minute.

I must get outside and mow the yard before the thermometer gets to 100.  There is only a very small window on Saturday morning in which to do anything outside.  The window is defined on the lower end by how rude it is to fire up noisy yard equipment before 9 AM, and on the upper end by just how freaking hot it can get in Texas relatively early in the morning.

That leaves about a two hour “sweet spot” to get things done outside.

After that, all activities will be confined to things that can be done indoors.  Like, for example, recovering from mowing the yard in high heat and humidity.

It usually takes a cool shower and several hours of doing nothing to recover from sweating away about 15 to 20 percent of one’s body weight in a two hour span.  It is the only time that I actually crave a sports drink.  Mere water will not replenish one after such massive loss of moisture.

After recovering, I will confine my activities to indoor ones.  These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Staring at a computer screen for a cumulative eight to ten hours over the course of the weekend, hoping to write something worth reading
  2. Vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, etc.
  3. Leaving the house (reluctantly) to go buy essentials (food, coffee, chocolate, more books to stack onto my already towering stack of unread books, etc)
  4. Staring at the 1001 projects I have started over the years, but abandoned about 20% into them as my interest and enthusiasm waned.  I live under the constant delusion that I will finish them someday.  But that part of my brain that I never listen to knows the truth:  I will never, ever finish them.
  5. Futile attempts to declutter my office, my house, and my life (see previous bullet point).


And by the time I have done all of those things, the weekend is over and I am returning to my job on Monday morning.

How will YOU spend YOUR weekend?





  1. It was a gorgeous day here in Central Maine. It was absolutely perfect for riding in the convertible, doing a little shopping and stalking garages. You don’t stalk garages? We’re looking for ideas on what to build either this year or next.

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  2. My weekend will be spent in much the same way as yours, though our temps are probably lower than yours by about 20 degrees. I’m in the middle of editing projects, house projects, decluttering (both separately and in conjunction with house projects), writing blog posts I’ve been behind on, and wrapping up the school year for our soon-to-graduate-from-homeschooling youngest child. I have no idea how to fit it all in, but I’m looking into a way to mess with the space-time continuum. I’m also hoping to find an hour or two to work out with my younger son, who has been coaching me with free weights—working out alone in 80-degree heat holds no inspiration for me, so I’m counting on him to shame me into participation.


  3. Aww, that’s pretty bad. I guess you could do that, but go to the beach, a lake to cool off! I will also be hot during the graduation ceremony, but inside for lunch gathering afterward.


  4. What’ the best way to get a comment on a blog? End the blog with a question! My weekend will involve bike riding, reading, writing, and lawn mowing. Here in SW Minnesota, the forecast is for 75 degrees. Wonderful outdoor kind of weather! So I best get out there and enjoy it. Have a great weekend, Mr. Biff!


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