Sunday, September 16, 2018

I'm Back! Had a great staycation around Ohio!

Well... last week was planned differently, but wouldn't have changed it. We were planning on going to the Carolinas for Dawn's cousin's wedding, but with a one month old and Hurricane Florence we thought it best to stay at home instead. This allowed for some fun family time.  I already had the week off of work, so we tried to make the most of the time together. 
We started off last weekend staying inside due to all the rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon.  We had some dead grassy spots in the front yard from the summer's heat and lack of rain at our house, so Summer and I planted new grass seed.  It has already started popping up, so we need to make sure we keep up on the watering.
Monday I was able to take Summer to preschool and then went for a five mile run while she was there.  Gotta take advantage of the down time.  Evan and Dawn were resting.
Then the family went to the Columbus Zoo after preschool.  Fun time! 
Tuesday we took a trip back to my parents' house.  Lots of country cooking.  Summer was making elephant ears here. 
We got back just in time for me to join the Columbus Westside Running Club for their Tuesday evening run.  Then it was Taco Tuesday with the club and the rest of the family came to eat as well. 
Wednesday we had preschool then swimming lessons for Summer.  I stayed for family swim afterward and we worked on getting more comfortable in the water. Then, while the rest of the family was napping in the afternoon, I went out and got a new lawn mower since our mower was on the outs.
No preschool Thursday so the family went to Hocking Hills.  This photo does not do this location justice.  That rock wall behind us is at least 100 feet high.
Love going to Hocking Hills!  We also always stop at Millstone BBQ on the way back.  SO GOOD!
Friday was a chill day.  We had preschool in the morning then got stuff done around the house.  We did go out and get some Hot Chicken Takeover for lunch. 
Summer woke up early enough on Saturday for us to go for a run again with my peeps.  Great morning for a run!

The best part about the time off was that the four of us were in a routine enough that we actually got great time to spend together.  When Evan was born, 5 weeks ago, it was a little chaotic at times. This time we were more in a groove and fit in the fun excursions.
One more dry day before Florence brings us rain. Today we will start out with a dry and sunny morning with warm temps. Clouds from Florence will start moving in for the afternoon with highs in the low-mid 80s and humidity making it feel a tad sticky. Rain will start arriving from the south late this evening and continue pushing in overnight and for the day on Monday.
The track of Florence's low pressure will track north, today, through Eastern Tennessee & Eastern Kentucky. Then it will turn northwest and track along the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia later tomorrow and into Pennsylvania Tuesday. The heaviest rain will be east of that track, so Ohio will be spared from torrential rains in the Appalachian Mountains. The heaviest rains for Ohio will be to the southeast and SE Ohio could see 1-2" by Tuesday morning and little to no rain for far NW Ohio. High temps for Monday will be cooler, highs in the mid 70s, with winds 10-20 mph from the NE early in the day and switch to the NW later in the day.

High temps bounce back into the low-mid 80s for the rest of next week. Tuesday morning we will have clouds and a few lingering showers, mainly early, then some clearing later in the day. Mostly sunny skies return Wednesday and Thursday. A cold front approaches for Friday with scattered showers and storms looking likely. The front then stalls over Ohio on Saturday and that may trigger more rain. We will have to keep an eye on this because if Florence slows down or speeds up then it may adjust the timing of the next round of rain. Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael

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