Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    Autumn is our favorite, too.

    Earlier in the week, I had my personal first moment of autumn when I heard the furnace kick on for the first time since last spring. Last night I had to get extra blankets from the other room to make up for Jaybird’s absence (despite all three cats being on the bed).

    One of the things I love about Colorado is that we basically have mostly-autumn from late September through February. The odd winter week, the odd summer day, but mostly autumn. It’s my favorite thing about the climate here.

    I’ll be spending this weekend running all Jaybird’s errands, doing both of our chores, and not doing a single social thing until late Sunday night (woo! Outlander date!). After all the trainees I’ve been training, and the social events related to the library opening I’ve been attending, a weekend alone operating on my own schedule sounds like heaven.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    The things I look forward to the most:

    Trading out the summer shirts for the hoodies
    Getting the green blanket out of summer storage and putting it back on the bed
    Swapping out the linen sheets for the flannel sheets
    Busting out the Crock Pot
    Being too cold and putting on another layer rather than being too hot and being unable to, either because I am in public or because I am in private and doing such would require a cheese graterReport

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    Autumn and Spring are the only decent seasons in the Mid Atlantic. Winder is cold and dreary, and Summer is oppressively hot and humid.

    Fall is for Renaissance Festivals, a craft show, visiting wineries, and “cold weather booze”: martinis, scotch, and rich red wines. And since the weather is better and there are no mosquitoes-grilling.

    And going to the range.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to Damon says:

      North Atlantic is the same except cut out spring (endless fog and rain) and add hordes of blood sucking insects to summer. I know why the Vikings didn’t colonize North America: They landed in the North east, got one look at the winter, spring and summer and used the brief window of Autumn to flee back home in terror.Report

      • Avatar Maribou in reply to North says:

        @north Hmmm, that’s what the continent-bound experience, but not all of us. PEI is only hot and humid for 2 weeks (normally end July/start August but they move around), and it only endlessly fog/rains from February to the start of April. (Proper, lovely spring from mid-April to early June.) And Newfoundland and Cape Breton are both darn near frigid all the time except in high summer.

        Agreed about the blood-sucking insects though!Report

        • Avatar North in reply to Maribou says:

          Well yes, PEI is the vacation spot of the Maritimes. If the Vikings had found PEI instead of Newfoundland then the continent would be called North Ragnaria, we’d all be living in the United States of Ragnaria and eating Lutefisk on holidays!Report

        • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou says:

          Now I am homesick for PEI and want to go spend 2 October weeks there again like I did last year. Cottage on the coast, water still warm enough to wade in though swimming would not have been a good plan, wind in the pines and wonderful warm-for-fall crisp sunny days with wonderfully chilly nights. Couple of good storms too, only lasting a day or so each, which I loved, though Jaybird’s mom was NOT impressed with the way the cottage swayed (it was on posts).Report

          • Avatar North in reply to Maribou says:

            I was actually in Nova Scotia for a week at the beginning of September. The weather was spectacular, I visited the Valley, Liverpool and my Island. It was pleasant but massively nostalgic. Everything on Ironbound is still there from when I was a child except the people, it’s just slowly crumbling away.

            And then I went to the Blueberry Festival in Maplewood-Parkdale and feasted on German food and all was okay.Report

  4. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    Autumn is my favorite, too, but looks like we’re not going to get it for a while – after a statistically cooler August, it’s back to July like temperatures here.

    I have no idea what I’m going to do this weekend. Too hot to enjoy cooking fall foods, too hot to enjoy going out and doing things. And I’m just burnt to a crisp from pushing too hard so I don’t know.Report

  5. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Autumn hit us this week; rainy, drizzly. A nice change. Starting to think about the holidays, what to do in the new house (once we finally move in…)

    This weekend is going to be getting the new range hood taken care of, and if there is enough time running new phone/data lines.Report

  6. Avatar James K says:

    Without straying into Politics too much, the election will be filling much of my attention this weekend. I voted earlier int he week, but I will be watching the coverage tomorrow night, and my team at work will be having a morning tea to discuss the result son Monday, so I’ll be baking something for that too.Report

  7. Avatar Jason says:

    Chile festival this weekend. I have grading to do, a wedding to go to, and we’ll probably spend a good chunk of Sunday peeling and bagging green chiles.Report

  8. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    The 30th approaches. Will JB be back and recuperated enough to get a tour of the fencing tournament at the Air Force Academy? Do we do it without him? Anyone else that should be invited?Report