Now this is more like it

For all of you who are convinced that the greater Houston, Texas area cannot have simply gorgeous weather, I would like you to talk to anyone living here this that stepped outside this morning. I would like you to talk to anyone who has to spend any amount of time outside in it today. This is why we live here because we have days like today. Days like today are worth the days where the temperatures soar above 90˚ or even 100˚F because days like today are a reminder of what we have to look forward to when we are in the midst of those miserable days. Days like today are the blessings that are not to be taken for granted.

I knew the temperatures were supposed to be cooler this morning, but I was not entirely sure how much cooler as I had not had the TV or news on so far this week. When Ben travels, sitting down to watch TV is nearly impossible because I have too many other things to do between running the kids around and keeping the house from falling apart. However, before walking out the door this morning, I decided I better check.

My goodness that is a simply divine number to look at on a morning where you have had a very hard time getting out of bed. That is almost invigorating! That is a beautiful temperature–55˚F.  I almost didn’t believe it, except we have already seen 59˚ this month and it looks like we are in for another one tomorrow.

Lance was shoving all the stuff he needed back in his backpack. I am not entirely sure why he took it all out just so he could get his lunch box in there, but he did. I mentioned to him that he might want to wear his sweater and walked out to the garage, waiting for him. He did not believe me. We did not need it yesterday after all. He grabbed his sweater (a hooded, zippered sweatshirt) in hand and came out to the garage. “See it is not cold.” I just looked at him and replied, “You might want to step outside.” The garage door was open, but the garage was still warm as it does maintain its temperature nicely and I had only just opened the door. His tune changed after he stepped outside on the driveway a few feet. He ran back inside to grab his backpack.

We were on our way. Running late, but we were on our way.

We did not make it to the end of the street before Lance was saying, “I wish I had my ear muffs.” Now it is not that cold, but I have to confess that when the wind is blowing over your ears when you ride, it does feel colder than it really is. That is the worst part about riding the bike in colder weather. It is not so much the fact that it is cold, it is the extremities that are exposed and the wind blowing over them. I told Lance that we were not going back for his ear muffs. He was just going to have to tough it out today. He loves his ear muffs and helmet cover though. That reminds me that I need to get started on mine before the cold temperatures actually get here.

The best part about the cooler temperatures is that you can ride more efficiently. It is just easier. It is easier and more enjoyable.

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