Monday, October 04, 2010
Today was not a day of rest, for sure! My neighbor is letting me use his trailer to haul all my yard waste away to the county compost site. He had left it too close to the street. I had to finagle it a bit, back up my driveway till I had enough room to back my car in without blocking traffic. Then I loaded all my bags of waste into it and what leaves I had.
An aside:- I always like to plant something new each year, last year it was tomatillos. They turned out great, growing in a large pot. This year I tried ground cherries and they are delicious nibbles the size of yesterday's Concord grapes. I nibbled them before I tackled the raspberry project.
Then it was time to cut back and prune my raspberries for the winter. I WAS able to eat about a handfull, the last of the season. I got about 2/3s done and it got too dark to see. I loaded all the trimmings on a tarp and hauled it out of my neighbor's drive and into mine. Then it was time to collect the trash and recycling and get it all to the curb for tomorrow's pickup. I cleaned out the cats' litterboxes also and added that to the trash.
I ate some dinner and then took a chunck of delicious French bread to nibble on my walk. It was full dark by then so I added my reflective gear and a small light and I was off to get my 3 miles in. I went a different direction than before, so no grapes this time. I also hoped to snag a Sunday paper along the way. The route was longer than I thought, but I did find a paper at a SuperAmerica on my way back! The walk 72 min and 62 were Vigorous according to my GWF!
The Link to tonight's walk is huge, but if you copy and paste all of it, it will get you to the map!
I will well tonight!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
I was inspired by LJCANNON's blog and alsoSIMPLELIFE4REAL's last 37 day streak on walking a minimum of 3 miles/day and other things, too.
My streak started out with, not with a bang, but the skirl of a bagpipe! I had just left the library with some new books and what to my wondering ears entered in - A BAGPIPE! Half a block later, there it was, played by a piper in a kilt, sporran, dirk and the rest of the piper gear. He was piping the start of a wedding at the neighboring Episcopal Church. I probably got in several thousand more steps as I walked back and forth listening to the music. (I probably never have mentioned before that both my maternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland to the USA in the 1st decade of the 20th century.) Hence, my love of pipe music!
Later, I stopped by my favorite split rail fence, covered with a grape vine loaded with ripe grapes, probably Concord. Minor larceny was then comitted and boy were they deeeeeeeeelicccccioooooooooous!
All in all a very good walk! I will probably be walking by that split rail fence again in the coming weeks.
Total steps for the day =13045. Aerobic minutes=72; vigorous minutes=37
Thursday, June 24, 2010
When I joined Gold's Gym in May, a big reason was the call of the swimming pool!
I do love to swim, and you would think that living near a lake would be great! But the lake level is 4 ft low and I can't get my mind/body past the vision of swimmer's ick. It's a nasty microscopic creature whose life cycle circles around duck poop, and lake snails. If there were a dock or boat in my life that enabled to get into the lake without walking on the snail ridden lake bottom, I would be OK.
As I may have mentioned before, I don't like getting water in my eyes or up my nose. For many years I have gotten around that problem by wearing my old scuba diving mask and snorkle. Alas, several years ago it finally bit the dust and started leaking unstoppably.
In the past several weeks I have looked around many large box stores and even sport's stores in hopes of finding a mask that I COULD TRY ON FOR FIT, before spending more of my limited funds. I don't need a new snorkle or swimfins, I JUST NEED A NEW MASK! Every stor carried a bundle of some sort, sealed in plastic, and with other stuff I don't want. I JUST NEED A NEW MASK!
I needed to find a scuba store, one that understood that simple need! The one that I was knew about was no longer to be found! I 'googled' a store in a nearby suburb that needed to be found off of the nearby Interstate 694, which was, naturally, down to one lane each way.
I finally got there, and saw that it was new to the location and still stocking it's shelves. No matter, They had what I wanted in a choice of 3 colors! and two sizes! Eureka! The new masks today are not made with or in the old material a black rubber like material. Back in the early days of my scuba adventures in the early 1970s, almost all the equipment came in the same color choice (like the much earlier Model T Ford) , black. I tried one on, it fit, I chose green and about $58 later, I was the proud owner of a clear silicone mask, with neon green trim that comes in it's own plastic carrying case!
It turned out that this shop was the same one, twice removed, that had previously been quite close to me. My quest was now completed!
Now all of a sudden I was nearly in tears thinking about what it had been like years ago when I was actively diving. We had two 'nearby" dive choices, fresh wate rfilled stone quarries in Pennsylvania or a 2 hour drive through the neigboring state of New Jersey, to the Atlantic Ocean. Our scuba club would charter boats to take us off shore to explore underwater ship wreckage.
I have always wanted to warm water dive. A warm water dive to me is anywhere that a wet suit is not required. (Think Jacque Coustou) I find that desire is still with me on my own 'bucket' list. Diving is a feeling of comfortable, weightless wandering underwater to look at the sealife below. Just like all of those National Geogarphic or Nature TV shows.
Now, if I could figure out how to fufill that dream on an almost$0 budget, I'm ready to go!
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