Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Notebooks
(October 10, 1842):
A long while, indeed, since my last date. But the weather has been generally sunny and pleasant, though often very cold; and I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. My chief amusement has been boating up and down the river.
Today is a sunny and pleasant autumn day, and I've been chained to a desk since early this morning. Most of the day has thus been wasted, but a few hours of autumnal sunshine remain. I have no boat, but I can walk to the Mississippi River in half an hour, and so off I go.