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Sunday

Bar­be­cue grills on North­ern pa­tios are siz­zling the last of their steaks this La­bor Day. Here? Not so much. Our grills are just get­ting warmed up.

Tues­day

Af­ter a lit­tle burst of hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity, things have set­tled back into the dog-days dol­drums. We may com­plain it’s too quiet some­times, but se­cretly we are in heaven.

Thurs­day

Se­ri­ously, I drove out to Peri­win­kle, I looked left, I looked right—I saw not an­other soul.

Satur­day

It seems like a good laid-back time for some out-is­land ex­plor­ing. When was the last time we hit Cayo Costa? It will be just us and the shells.

Wed­nes­day

B and G said let’s go out to eat next week­end … in Mi­ami. The city hosts Mi­ami Spice at this time of year, high­light­ing its lo­cal restau­rants. Sig­na­ture dishes at reduced prices—sounds good.

Sunday

Long trip across the Al­ley and back, but well worth that scrump­tious ropa vieja. Oh, and the guava cheese­cake was pretty good, too.

Monday

Still think­ing about my stroll around the Wyn­wood Art District yes­ter­day. I’ve wanted to do that for so long—and it lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Thurs­day

Mu­sic is in the air again. It’s time for the an­nual Is­land Hop­per Song­writer Fest. Walk around Cap­tiva, or down­town Fort My­ers, or Fort My­ers Beach, and you’ll be treated to sounds from some of the best.

Satur­day

M was look­ing at me weird to­day as I twanged around the house. It’s that lit­tle bit of coun­try singer I have hid­den in­side me, un­leashed by my en­counter with ac­tual mu­si­cal tal­ent last night.

Monday

The No. 1 ques­tion asked of Florida tennis play­ers: How do you play in this heat? Sim­ple an­swer: “We’re crazy (for the game).” So, B, C and M, let’s go play to­day!

Wed­nes­day

Last season was a very hard one for stone crabs. Hop­ing for bet­ter this year as stone crab season gets un­der­way. Claws crossed.

Fri­day

Oh, my gosh, I’m see­ing some fa­mil­iar faces out and about—North­ern friends have come home to roost. The sea­sons are start­ing to change, from slow to crazy busy.

Sunday

In M’s fam­ily, there’s enough Ger­man blood to make Cape Coral’s Ok­to­ber­fest a re­quired trip ev­ery year. It’s time for schnitzel and a nice cold pil­sner.

Wed­nes­day

Great blue heron came in for a land­ing right over my head in the back­yard. Those long wings make a lot of noise flap­ping against the air. But what a grand bird.

Fri­day

Some­times you just have to travel “over­seas” for essentials. For ex­am­ple, have you ever tried to buy un­der­wear on this lit­tle is­land? Not hap­pen­ing.

Thurs­day

The leaves are still green and at­tached to their trees, but nonethe­less—it’s pump­kin time. Or­ange is ev­ery­where. Watch out for sweaty lit­tle gob­lins on this hot Florida Hal­loween night.

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