Sunday, September 20, 2009
Yesterday was such a special kayaking outing with ORIGAMIFREAK and her local kayaking club, which I'm about to join...! Joined up with everyone on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, not too far from Geneva. The weather was spectacular, clear blue sunny skies & mid/upper-60's.
We first had lessons in recovering if one has fallen out of their kayak and our teachers were amazing in their abilities to roll over in their kayaks, staying right in their seats. I was beside one who was so quick I had looked away, heard a splash and she was already upright and soaking wet from her rollover!
Then we kayaked down the lake and back for a round trip of about 8 miles. The return was against the tide which, whew!, was quite the challenge! I learned how much more effort it takes to paddle a short kayak (10 footer) than a longer one. However one of the kayak club members was kind enough to loan me an extra one of his, which I truly appreciated!
Kayaking really engages quite a wide range of muscles...they all told me ALL about it today...lol!
Today was clean up the garden day...bagged up our blighted tomato plants... :-( And cleared out other stuff, getting the gardens ready for next spring. Still have some red peppers, cauliflower and summer squash coming....hoping the frost will leave them alone! Then I got my handsaw and started lopping off LOTS of lower branches on our trees which were either dead or in the way. We are INUNDATED with maple saplings everywhere so hacked them down too. Working the saw (no power saw for me!) was a great upper body workout! It was another beautiful day today and great to be out and enjoying it while sprucing up the property as well!
My first strategy in striving toward ONEderland:
Striking out the nuts!
I'm nutty for NUTS!! And I have developed a bad habit of keeping a big jar of them in the car with me for munching on my way back and forth to work. Yes, I *know* nuts are good for you, but not when one overdoes them like *I* do...!
So I'm pulling the plug altogether on nuts for now and may attempt to re-introduce them later in a more controlled manner.
Hope everyone out there had as fulfilling and SPARKING a weekend as I did!
Now let's get a super week under way tomorrow! :-)