Wednesday, March 07, 2012
On Sunday, we parked at the art gallery, then went to the University bridge and over it to start at the paved path on the south side of the river. I like this part as it goes over two foot bridges over quite a steep gorge:
Mom wanted to take me over here because this is where a porcupine has been very active. There was a lot of damage to trees all over this area:
Interestingly enough, the porcupine climbed up into the tree to get the smaller branches bark and left the trunks alone, here is a close up:
This was the first time there has been any sign of activity there, strange as this pathway is very popular, with lots of people using it to commute to the University. But then again the porcupine only comes out at night anyway. But this was still a huge distance away from where we had seen activity before, so this guy has appeared out of nowhere literally.
We decided to walk all the way to the weir and over the train bridge. This was the view from the University south side of the river:
I could not see what was holding this ice floe from going over the edge!
I just love seeing this ice hanging over the edge:
The view from the train bridge:
I just love these ice formations and am surprised they came out as I had to zoom 40 X at low light:
Mom never takes the scary stairs (the metal see through steep ones that are nearer to the sidewalk), instead she takes the old wooden ones that are on the other side of the street. So she kept going along there while I went down to look at the weir from the north side and low and behold I saw the tracks of a beaver!! Unfortunately, the diffuse dull light and the soft snow tracks meant it didn't focus very well but you can get the idea of them:
Mom was so jealous of me spotting the first beaver tracks, she actually went back on her own later on that day hoping to see him come out at dusk, but didn't have any luck.
Then it was enjoying one more woodsy trail before heading home:
I had an extremely busy day, started out at 5:30 am with 30 minutes on the bike, then another 30 on the elliptical, then 45 minutes of kickboxing with weighted gloves, then did a fast walk to make it to the Probus meeting at 9:30 am where I discovered by chance they had a movie club -and that its possible I may be able to get a ride with someone. I lucked out sitting by a woman who is a huge movie fan. I am too, although in recent years I have hardly seen anything due to my surgery recoveries and inability to get anywhere. One theater is in my scooter range, so I can make it there in the summer, and as its the cheap one, I can spend all day watching four or five movies :) So I am hoping to see some movies with this group, and if the movie is good enough, sometimes they have a great discussion over it in a coffee shop after. This is a very social, outgoing group, very inclusive. As I was a bit late for the meeting, I just went automatically to the empty seats at the back, but was immediately invited up to some seats near some other people that were free.
Then it was rush back home, have lunch and back out again to the club. There was a mini blizzard happening at the time, but when the game was over, it was nice and sunny out. My mentor and I had an average game of 50%. Then I went home, dropped some stuff off then went to the mall to pick up a prescription and some carrots and bananas, staples I must always have. I barely sat down when it was time to get my income tax taken care of. Some nice collage students come to our building every year and do them for free :) I met a really nice young man and we had quite a nice chat :) Back home again, and tired as all get out and feeling every muscle ache in my body and sore feet to boot. I was supposed to get tomorrow off, but wouldn't you know it the same lady who called me to finish her game for her last time now needed me to run the whole thing. I don't mind the extra cash, but sometimes, I would just like a breather.. I wanted to be awake and rested for the Friday Club Championship game. I am playing with a very sharp player who doesn't miss much and I can't afford to be dozed out with her. I am lucky to be even getting a game with her as she is one of the top players in the club.
So I hope I can finish Sparking before midnight for a change and get to bed and get some much needed rest.
Enjoy what is left of your day and have a Terrific Thursday!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
We interrupt your regular programming to bring you a weather update!
Spring is almost here!
Soon the planters will be blooming with flowers!
The benches in the warm sunshine will be inviting you to sit a spell:
For Sunnyarizona the bench is really there, surrounded by the fencing ;))
Its quite windy here, so you might want to tie down your hat!
The view from the window is Sparktacular!
Enjoy going for a stroll through the pretty neighborhood, its just lovely and great exercise!!
There is plenty of parking!
Just LOOK at all that greenery!
Hope you enjoyed my tour through my gorgeous neighborhood! Its nearly springtime in Saskatchewan, Canada!!
So I got up early, got my exercising done, breakfast and was trying to do my dishes when the phone calls started. My first call was from the lady who normally opens the club on Tuesdays and sells the entries. She couldn't make it. Then my bridge partner called and said she couldn't get out of her driveway. The list and calls went on. Don't you just love being manager of a busy bridge club?? So I got going early to the club figuring I would set the game up, sell the entries and then go back home. I wore my running shoes as usual and only one block had snow coming up to my knees, so not bad out of five :) There was probably a record low turnout for the club in an afternoon, only four tables, so I went home and enjoyed an afternoon off.
Enjoy your evening and have a good sleep!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
At our starting point was where Mom had seen the coyote. At this point in the river, the ice went right across the river:
The coyote tracks were all over along the shoreline:
One of the places we had to get around was this storm drain and sewer outlet:
I took the daring steps across, where Mom said if I fell in she wouldn't rescue me and she used her poles to get up the steep trail around: (my way was much easier)
It was weird to see all this green growth in the clear water in the middle of winter. There was usually green stuff on the rocks underwater, but not this stuff growing stocks to the surface:
The ice was starting to break up here:
There was a fresh skiff of snow that had fallen last night, so it was easy to see what tracks were fresh:
The beaver had nibbled a bit at this tree, but didn't finish it off:
Hope your resolution is good enough to see all the tracks!
It was strange to see this water unfrozen here on the hillside:
Mom's favorite tree, the birch bark. I used to draw on it up north on our camping trips in the boreal forest :) Sorry, wouldn't allow me to upload either of my birch tree photos :(
Mom loves the gnarly old trees.
The beaver's arbour:
We would have gone further except there was nothing but ice on the trail:
Was unable to upload the bushy part of the trail photos or the gnarly trees :(
Some young turks had the energy to roll this wooden spool down from a construction site at the top of the bank, quite the effort through the steep trail bush to get it to the ice on the river, bet they don't make the same effort cleaning up their rooms!!
This was the three hour hike, will do the shorter one tomorrow.
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday all!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I got six hours of sleep with only two wake ups on Mom's comfy couch :) Was ready to start the day and go on a nice river trail hike. A small amount of fresh snow had fallen overnight and it was white and sparkling.
Mom drove us to where the wooded trail started as the paved trail to that point was too icy. It was a gorgeous day, just below freezing with no wind in the trail. We had a lovely time, spotted the coyote right off, but he was far across the other side of the river and heading quickly away from us. Too far away for a photo. We could see the tracks all over the place.
It was a nice soft walk all the way. I could sure feel I wasn't used to the hilly parts, but overall, my feet and fitness held up. My back was sore at the end of the three hours and my right hip wasn't happy, but the feet stayed fine.
Mom and I got home, had lunch then watched a three hour movie, Lovely Bones, we had both read the book by Alice Munroe, but I couldn't remember a lot of it.
Then we tried to go to the Mall, but when Mom braked hard for a light she couldn't get, she got rear ended. They pulled over into the mall lot with the young man getting out and looking at his car. He was slurring his words and repeating over and over he had hit his head against the window, and we could see the spider web on the driver's side window. He refused help, didn't want anyone here, but Mom told me to call 911 anyway. Usually, if its drivable, no one comes, but Mom was concerned this young man was impaired or injured from the head hit, but he wasn't bleeding and he seemed to be walking around fine. Eventually, a car showed up and the policeman ran the guys name and plate and asked us if the photo was him. I thought it was, but Mom wasn't sure -it wasn't a good photo. The officer said he would go talk to him. Poor Mom. She was nervous enough driving as it is. We both saw this guy coming and that he would hit us. There was no one in the lane next to us, and the guy would have had enough time to swerve and avoid us, but he just came plowing through. There was more damage the guy's small Echo two door, then ours. Our bumper had been pushed in a bit and you could see the imprint of the license plate. This is the third time its happened. Another time we were in a long car line up when the car behind us suddenly slammed into us -she admitted she was reaching for something on the floor and spilled her coffee and hit the gas :( Later on though, she wouldn't own up to that, not wanting to pay the insurance :(( Talk about bad luck!!
Then we watched another movie Skyline, and that was our day!
Good night and have a great Monday and week everyone!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Woke up and got to my exercises. Felt a lot of upper body soreness still, so didn't go to Curves Zumba :( Did all my lower body ST and 60 minutes cardio. Ate breakfast, took a long hot shower, and felt the water droplets burn on my sensitive left foot, sure don't get what is going on with that, but it was burning like crazy yesterday and was sore in my shoes, and burned last night too.. Then I caught up on some Sparking. I tried to remember everything to take for my three days at Mom's, but forgot stuff as usual, unfortunately, my peppers and sweet potatoes :( Mom has some though, so hoping for a parsnip sweet potato bake.
Mom hiked the trail she wants to take me on to make sure it was safe -there was only a couple of bad slippery spots -and she was lucky enough to spot a coyote on the ice cavorting around -a biggie! I hope my feet and back hold out long enough to make it to where she saw him -its a seven mile hike, took 2.5 hours!
Sitting back and watching some movies, unfortunately, didn't catch all of Jodie Foster's Panic Room, but will watch Artic Blast -I like disaster movies for all the action. My step dad watched a Discovery channel show on the Williams factory -he LOVES Formula 1, its all he watches on TV other than the news. It was pretty interesting on how they develop features for those cars. Other than that I read, with my right foot up as it was not feeling too good, felt like it could go into a cramp any second, hoping I can sleep with it feeling this way.
Wishing you a good night and a great Sunday!!
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