Thursday, September 13, 2012
Nope, this isn't a blog about procrastination. I really am looking forward to tomorrow's walk! My 11 year old dog Molly and I enjoy going for long walks. We try to take scenic walks if we can. She will last 4 miles if she knows where we are or only about 3 if we are going somewhere new (since she has no idea when it will be over).
For the past week we have had a small dog staying with us. Mo isn't up to our long walks, so we've had to be content with doing the 1.6 mile walk around the neighborhood. He knows the route, but still hasn't figured out that we aren't allowed to stop and sniff every tree, so sometimes walks can be a bit of a struggle. He goes home tonight so tomorrow we can once again get back to our routine.
I try not to get too frustrated. After all, we all have our routines sidelined at times due to weather, illness, injury, or just busy schedules that can't be ignored, and at those times we have to do our best to have a plan B ready. Regretfully, I haven't done so well on the plan B part this week.
Tomorrow it's back to walking along the bike trails and lakes. Away from the car noises. Lots of birds, squirrels, rabbits, and even an occasional deer. There are also walking paths off the bike path that we may someday decide to explore through the woods. We may even go a bit further down to another street which has very little traffic, tall old oak trees, and is so quiet and peaceful as well. Wish I had pictures of this to share. Molly loves the lake walk, as there is a point along the lake where she goes in every time and lays down in the shallow water. She really looks forward to that. We see ducks, geese, fish, water lilies, lots of prairie plants and flowers, and even a blue heron that likes to hang out on the lake.
The squirrels are busy gathering the acorns on the ground, the ducklings and goslings are now full grown.
As we meander along the bike paths, they run along the huge power lines between the yards. I get to see other people's back yards and come away with some ideas to try in my own backyard. Then it's back home again, relaxed and refreshed after this peaceful respite, and ready to tackle whatever else needs to get done.