I took the day off, which I don't normally do, but it gave me a chance to sleep in a little. Then we went for a drive up to Apple Hill. It was a quick trip, since we had to be back in time to pick up our son from school, but we saw crafts (and resisted buying anything) and ate fresh apple fritters. I didn't try to buy Gravensteins there. My daughter brought me an entire box back from a trip in late August, and thanks to Google I now know the reason I so rarely find any during our fall trips is that these apples ripen early in July/August. I'm not really dialed into apple season during the summer!
I still have about 5 Gravensteins left, as I've been eating them slowly for the past 6-7 weeks. What a bonanza!
Late in the afternoon, I went for a long bike ride on the nearby bike path. Temps were in the low 70s, so it even felt like fall. Lots of nice, crispy leaves to bike over, and (surprise!) I was reminded again that cross country training really picks up in October. Three different high schools train along the trail, and it gets to be kind of a zoo sometimes. Still less dangerous than those darn squirrels, though.
Lots of phone calls from family, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and multiple Khachaturian CDs and the Shostakovich piano concertos. Very nice all around!
Thank you, one and all, for being part of it with me, and helping to make it special. :)