The in between time of year

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I find figuring out what to wear this time of year challenging. Part of the day is summer and part of it is fall and some days it is cold but the next day it is warm.  It is rare that I can find something to wear that works all day. I am either too warm or not warm enough.

Next week’s weather includes some warm days and some cool days with some cold nights and some mild nights. Dress in layers but not too many layers and enjoy fall.


Fall color in St. Paul


The last day and Friday of September 2022

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. September is my favorite month.  In the beginning, we have warm summer weather and in the end, we have that just right weather that we don’t get very often.

My favorite September activities include biking, hiking, and visits to Lake Superior. This years September activities have been centered around indoor and outdoor painting. Oh well, there is always October.

Duluth Harbor
Lake Superior
Lake Superior

The $10 peck of apples for $12

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Every year during apple season I buy a peck or two of apples at the farmer’s market. I like to get a mix of less-than-perfect apples. I make applesauce and or apple butter and or apple pie filling. Last weekend I made apple sauce and canned it.

According to local apple growers, this year has been a good one for growing apples.  I’ll probably buy some more this weekend. It will be good pie-baking weather. Who knows maybe next year I’ll have to pay $15 for a $10 peck of apples.


Fresh, Minnesota-grown apples

Sparkle, sparkle

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I am in full fall cleaning mode.  I am just two windows away from having all the windows washed, inside and out which is a big job. For the first time ever I am going to share my window-washing formula.

Mix a tablespoon of washing soda (Borax) and a cup of vinegar in 2 to 2.5 gallons of warm/hot water. I use a lambs wool applicator and a squeegee.  I have a pole that I can put the squeeze on to reach the two windows that I would have to use a ladder to get at.

My window-washing formula gets windows squeaky clean. They sparkle too.

Clean windows make all the difference in the winter when it is often best to be inside looking out. Fall cleaning also includes washing curtains and dusting away the cobwebs in the corners near the ceiling. There is more but it isn’t very interesting and not all that much fun.

If you plan to put your house on the market wash the windows first.



Biking weather ahead

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. The weather is supposed to be cool this weekend which means great biking weather. The St. Paul bike classic is on Sunday. It is a fun event. I have attended several times over the years but will not be participating on Sunday. This year the event is limited to 2450 participants for safety reasons. There is no registration on the day of the event. There is plenty of biking though with trails all over the city and beyond. The trails are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Johnson Parkway-grand round
Bike trail
Bike trail – Pickeral lake
Capital city bikeway looking South