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!!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
After another sleepless night, I got up and started drinking my water when I realized I had to take the fosovance and be still for an hour. So I did that and realized I was running late for my exercises. I did most of the cardio and then had my breakfast and finished them up after. I didn't want a late breakfast as it gets too close to lunch that I must start early in order to make it to the club in time. I came 3rd out of 17 tables, so not bad. Enjoyed the warmer walk home, but was surprised to see the melting of the little bit of snow we had.
I was really sore today, could feel muscle aches all over. So I came home and rested up with some online games. Then I got down to cleaning. Vacuumed first, then had supper and did my dishes when the foot cramps hit :( This time it was on my right foot, in the ball, but didn't go up my leg like the left one does. I do get all my nutrients. I have a banana every day among my tons of other fruits and veggies, but I also take a multivitamin and extra calcium with Vit D because of the osteo. It must be what Leah said -'trigger toe. I was getting these so bad, I had to wear rigid plastic ankle foot orthotics that strapped up to my knee and were uncomfortable and hot, but they happened at night in bed only. But when I had the major foot surgery eight years ago that fused all my toes except the big ones and took out the bones that were pinching in the ball of my foot, I discovered I no longer got these cramps. I am really hating to think they are back again and I will have to wear those orthotics again :( But the cramps haven't been nocturnal like before, they just seem to come out of nowhere at any time.
I am hoping I will feel good enough to take the Curves Zumba tomorrow morning. As I am free the next three days, I would really like to go to Mom's. The weather is turning mild, just below freezing and she has been really hiking the trails, saying they are not icy as the shelter from the trees prevents the melting. Would love to get on the trails again, its been such a long time!!!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!
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