The day started early--at least for my wife and eldest daughter--one took the other out to Great Brook Farm for >--CC--> practice at 8:00 AM.
While my wife was out, I got some coffee roasting done--I did about three pounds, which should last a couple of weeks.
My wife tried to do an exercise video in the interregnum, but her laptop ran out of juice mid-way, so she ran out to Great Brook Farm with the dog.
When I drove out to get them all, I noticed a wet patch all the way across the road. Sure enough, though I didn't think of it at the time, my wife carried the dog across the wet patch. She was not spoiling the dog, though she does spoil the little beast, wife just didn't want the dog to get filthy and thus need a bath--which is a hassle.
After the running, we had waffles and coffee and sausage and then got ready to go out apple picking. I grew up in Washington, of all places and never went apple picking with my family--raiding the WSU orchards is another matter, Our family did go to orchards in Green Bluff for cherry and peach picking though. My wife and kids have been going apple picking most every Fall for better than a decade now, first in Vermont and now in Massachusetts.
On the way to picking, the eldest had a major gripe about where we planned to pick. It only had apples and a hay ride. The other place had all that, plus fresh cider doughnuts and animals. The problem with the other place is that last time it was a madhouse AND they were all picked-out, so we had to still go to the usual place for apples. In addition, given the driving, crowds and the time which would be spent in line waiting for the cider doughnuts, we are talking an hour and a half. We could make our own (superior) doughnuts in that amount of time. In any case, we had a good time; the dog was welcome there--even on the hayride and they still had plenty of nice apples.
Once home, I mowed the whole lawn--usually I only do one part or another at a time since it is so large. It took a whole tank of gas and then part of another to complete the task.
Next: I want to go in search for some nice steaks with bones in them, like T-bone or Porterhouse. I got steak knives around a month ago and they have been used, but not really put to the test. The test is carving small morsels of meat from little crevices around the bones.
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