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Fall is here…

Somehow the months have passed by, and it’s now October. September was a very busy month, and I took an unintended blogging break. We have been here in Georgia for six months now, but it feels like so much longer. Autumn has always been my favorite season, and October, my favorite month.

It’s been such an experience to see all of the seasons changing over the past half-year. Autumn has really snuck up on me once again, and once again, I feel unprepared. The leaves are starting to change colors and fall right before my eyes, something I have never really seen before living in South Florida my whole life. When I walk to the bus stop every day with William, we find leaves of all different colors as we wait for Zachary’s bus to come. It’s so beautiful and amazing to see the seasons change.

Being here in North Georgia, where we can actually experience the season, there’s so much that we can do, compared to Florida, to make the autumn special. I don’t even know where to start!

Last year, I made a fall bucket list. Here are a few things I would like to try to do this year. Some will be fun to do with the kids, some with Adrian, and some by myself.


Visit a pumpkin patch and take photos with the boys

Enjoy a fall hike

Visit a u-pick

See the leaves change color at a GA state park

Enjoy as many pumpkin-related food items as possible… mmm!

Visit a farmer’s market

Make chili!

Visit a winery in Dahlonega with Adrian

Enjoy more bike rides in the cooler weather

Participate in Orangetheory’s “Hell Week” and earn my t-shirt! (wished I’d done it last year!)

What do you have on your to-do list for this fall?


So, I got a bike…

Inspired by several friends over the past few years, I’ve been wanting a nice road bike for a while. In the past, I had heavy bikes that were really too large for me and thus… uncomfortable to ride. I finally made the leap last week and got this absolutely gorgeous thing…

Meet my new friend, the Liv Avail 1.

I’m a little bit in love! <3

I went on a short ride in my neighborhood the first weekend I got the bike, then had my custom fit done, and what a world of a difference… yesterday I took a 16 mile ride through the Alpharetta Greenway… I saw so much beautiful scenery… flowers, trees, deer, a rabbit… and felt an amazing sense of peace with the wind in my face. I LOVED it. I’m absolutely hooked.

Next time, I’m getting out earlier and going longer. I’m so incredibly happy to have had that push from my friends to finally take the leap into cycling. It is an amazing feeling to be able to go so far and still feel so good. Running is great, but I feel like I am so limited with it, because I really don’t think I will ever truly be able to push myself for those long distance runs. But this? This is different. I can’t wait to get out again… <3

Me & my bike

JudySeptember 7, 2015 - 11:53 am

May all your adventures be happy!

How to prepare for a Hurricane in 10 Easy Steps!

I may not live in South Florida anymore, but I can still Hurricane Party with the best of them. Does it matter if we don’t actually get hurricanes in Atlanta? No… totally not an important detail. I’ll just sit in my coat closet with a bottle of wine, a bag of Tostitos, my iPhone, earbuds, and listen to music and watch movies until Spotify and Netflix finally kill my battery. Maybe if I’m REALLY quiet, the kids won’t even find me! ;)

However, the CONE OF DEATH is approaching, and you all need to be completely ready for the storm. If you want some shopping list tips for hurricane preparedness as Hurricane Erika looms in the Atlantic Ocean…. read no further, turn on some Jimmy Buffet, and bring this shopping list with you on your Target run so that you can “Hunker Down” the right way!

1. A tent. Because the lines at Home Depot start freaking EARLY. You will need to camp out for at least a day before the storm hits to ensure that you obtain your plywood, nails, 17 jugs of distilled water, and garbage bags.

Home Depot Lines Start Early © Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun

Before Hurricane Jeanne in Coral Springs, FL – 2004

2. Beer. When the power goes out and you no longer have internet access and television, you’ll need this so that you can handle dealing with the current state of your life. Plus, you’ll want to drink it right out of your dead fridge before it gets warm. Warm beer is gross.

3. Basically everything in the chips/salsa/cookie/candy aisle is entirely appropriate for a hurricane party.

4. Extra pool toys, for when your front yard turns into the new city aquatic center.

Meanwhile, in FL

5. Hot dogs. Who’s up for a BBQ during the quiet half of the eye of the storm? It’s nice and sunny outside… why ever not?!

6. Wine. When everything in your fridge is completely inedible, now is the time that you’ll want that case of wine. Hard liquor is also an appropriate option.

7. Spray paint. Everyone knows that you need to spray paint your plywood with anti-hurricane epithets after you board up your house. It’s part of the rulebook.

Image © HeraldTribune.com

Before Hurricane Frances in Port Charlotte, FL – 2005. Image © HeraldTribune.com

8. Powdered coffee, or if you’re fancy, a French press . This is a no-brainer. If I had to live without coffee for two weeks of lost power, I would LITERALLY go insane. I mean. Seriously.

9. Ice cream. Wait, what? But you know the power is going to die approximately 1/3 of the way through the storm. Once that happens, break out the ice cream (and the beer). You’ll have NO CHOICE but to eat it before it melts.

10. Backup battery chargers for your phone. Because when the neighbor’s trampoline goes bouncing down the street, you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want to miss putting that special moment on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else you can manage to post to before your phone carrier completely goes down!

Trampoline bouncing down the street during Hurricane Frances © Karen Ziemkowski | Bright Autumn Sun

During Hurricane Frances in Tamarac, FL – 2005

OK – in reality, we all know that hurricanes can be very serious events. I grew up in the age of Hurricane Andrew, and ten years ago, Wilma knocked out my power for 2 weeks and caused all kinds of damage all over my neighborhood.

Seriously, if you live in Florida, just go buy a generator and you won’t ever have to worry about any of this. You can continue eating all of your refrigerated food, drinking your cold beer, and watching Bryan Norcross on the Weather Channel as much as you please!

I hope this post gave you a good laugh, and hope that everyone stays safe! Happy Hurricane Season, folks!