The foggy dew

Uh oh, look out, it’s clouding up over the Sandias.

And boom! That’s it. Summer’s a goner.

I could feel it yesterday. The day was sunny but cool, and nobody would have sneered if I’d started my ride with arm warmers, even knee warmers. The hairy legs might have drawn a few hoots back in the day, but that was … well, back in the day.

“Yes indeed, this will do nicely,” says Miss Mia Sopaipilla.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla was inspecting the Winter Bunker on behalf of His Excellency, Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment).

Spike the Terrorist Deer has slipped inside the wire a time or two in recent days and The Leader often feels it wise to devise strategy far from the distractions of frontline combat.

Today seemed a day to boil the breakfast earlyMcCann’s Irish Oatmeal, Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea, and like that there.

Why, yes, funny you should ask, Herself is still a-roving around County Sligo with her younger sister, inspecting waterfalls and poets’ graves, quaffing pints of the black, and shooting iPhone video of a harpist playing “The Foggy Dew,” one of the tunes collected from the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792 by Edward Bunting, a 19-year-old organist from Armagh.

When I was 19 the only Harp I knew came in bottles. You don’t want to know what I was doing with me organ.

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12 Responses to “The foggy dew”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Always check the dryer before turning it on.

    I need to try McCann’s steel cut oats. I’ve been on Bob’s Red Mill thick rolled and steel cut oats for years. Jet fuel for riding.

    Herself and Herself the Younger seem to be having a good time. Nice video and really nice song. Sandy’s travel day was not so good. First flight delayed, then a dash through Hartsfield airport to catch the connecting flight. But, she made it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Air travel. Feh. Herself had to cool her heels in O’Hare for 10 hours between connections. She bought a day pass to the United big-shots lounge, where (surprise, surprise) staff was snotty to her.

      And people wonder why I loathe flying. It’s not being 30,000 feet up in the air, it’s the ground-level douchebaggery.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Yep, two days ago I was turning on the A/C after sweating like the proverbial pig post-ride and now I’m thinking seriously about turning on the damn furnace! Even wore a long-sleeve “Fat Guy” jersey yesterday with knickers!
    Tomorrow AM we have an appointment in Chicago with the Italian immigration authorities – who I hope haven’t looked online to read any of the comments I’ve made about their new minister of the interior – a Mussolini wannabee if I’ve ever heard one!

  3. mooremediaone Says:

    So I’ll admit here, that I am a big baby when summer does an about-face in September. How dare you, Sunshine! I was just getting used to red-faced and dripping sweaty rides. Autumn is so stupid! That is – until I love it more than summer. There. I feel better now.

    And yeah, I’m in that manic commute-to-office mode where mornings are getting down right cold and afternoons are a leftover summer tease.

    doug from So Cal

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Wait a minute…seasons in …..SoCal?
      I spent 30+ years there and can attest there are no such seasons there based on weather – just the calendar, which also determines how a lot of folks there dress. 75 degrees in January and they’re sportin’ down jackets and UGH boots, 75 degrees in July and they’re in tank tops and flip-flops…all while running between the air-conditioned comforts of their home and automobile.
      The real SoCal seasons are Fire, Flood, Earthquake and Riot, though they come in random order in any given year.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      In Colorado we used to have two seasons: Winter and Construction. But that’s a thing of the past now that the Arctic lakes are all farting methane.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    It was a gorgeous day for a ride up here. High is about 80 F. Light breeze. I still got home from a ride on the Rail Trail with my helmet encrusted in salt.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Please excuse me for changing the subject for a second. If any of your are going to be in SE AZ this Saturday, I will be riding the 44 mile route in the Sky Island Tour National Association for Mental Illness charity ride. Here is the link to their site. Come ride with us.

    We now return to Patrick’s regularly scheduled programming.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Air travel’s no fun, but it’s what you do when you get there that matters. For example, I can put up with a lot on a flight to Italy, one of which I will be taking just after voting in the upcoming election.
    I’ll be back in the US of A for the NAHBS show in March 2019, if Fat Nixon’s goons will let me in, that is!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Which reminds me: You folks good to go after your chat with the Italian immigration types in Chicago? Remember, when you’re picking out your new digs, I favor a king-size bed, all the better for having breakfast served there.

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