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A Good Long Walk and a Happy Dog

Sunday, December 01, 2013

It's strange how we get so caught up in daily living that we don't really know why we do things the way we do. This afternoon was perfect for a long walk. I took a short walk in the morning and after seeing how beautiful it was, determined to try a longer one later.

It was cloudy, so I didn't need sunglasses. It was calm, still, peaceful, perfect for reflection. It was on this walk that I realized that I got obsessed with planning winter exercise because we had a crummy November for weather. It was either windy, rainy, cold, or any combination thereof. On sunny days, it was windy and icy cold. I simply don't get a lot of satisfaction over moving around my living room right now. Some day, maybe I will. But right now, I realized on this first day of December, I'm going to keep up walking for as long as I can.

My dog was overjoyed. He was on a sniff-a-thon. At one point he had me zig-zagging back and forth across the road, checking out all sorts of exciting possibilities. Sometimes, he stopped to just listen. I followed him, listening too, to the silence. I mean there wasn't a sound. There weren't any vehicles on the road until on the way back a semi came along and the guy waved at us. I don't know what a semi was doing on these back country roads, but it surely was for the purpose of agriculture. The last 15 minutes some cars came along. Everyone waved at us except for a guy who lifted his forefinger off the steering wheel when he went by. That's good enough for me! It was deliberate and meant for us.

I should be thankful I have this opportunity to walk on the roads yet. I'm going to use it to the full. As soon as the roads get snowy and icy, there will be tons of salt to deal with. Then my dog shouldn't come along, as he won't wear boots. I tried that already. I saw something on the Today show about a wax you can put on their feet. I don't know if I want to try that. I'll just run him in our yard doing Frisbee and stuff. Then I'll finally get my walks without a dog pulling me around. My legs are getting strong enough that my knees aren't as affected by his pulling on the leash, something that he never got over even though I took him to obedience class for 7 weeks.

Sometimes, it takes some time for us to sort out what we need to keep on this weight loss journey. Mostly, for myself, it's because I don't know myself as well as I think I do, also because I get too busy to think things over. But, ironically, walking gives me the opportunity to do both!

For my vegetarian friends, I'll be making Rockin' Moroccan Stew this afternoon that I'll put over quinoa. I got the recipe from the Jazzy Vegetarian show. My husband and son will get beef stew. And I'll be baking an apple pie for the guys from apples we picked from our tree about a month ago. I'll be eating a fresh apple after I serve that to them! Here's the link for the recipe:

I also made Chinese Tofu with Mushrooms & Bok Choy, which I got from Spark Recipes. I think I'll look up the member who submitted it to thank her. I used presliced portabella mushroom caps which I cut crosswise into thirds. That made for big meaty chunks of mushroom. I used twice as much bok choy, mushrooms, and scallions. Even without rice, it really filled me up. If anyone wants help with cooking tasty tofu, let me know. I think I have it mastered after reading several books and trying several times. If you want, I'll post a short blog on it if that would be most helpful.

For my friends who love nature, my husband spotted the biggest bear he has ever seen yesterday just north of our little village. My father-in-law saw a wolf back near their garden this week. And he knows the difference between a wolf and a coyote. He was employed with the DNR for many years. My in-laws have already had bears tearing through their bird feeders just a few yards from their patio doors. (They like to get a close look at the hummingbirds. My in-laws, not the bears).

Too bad there isn't a bird emoticon. Does anyone see a bird emoticon other than a dove and a stork?

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    emoticon Great day and a wonderful way to share your colorful story. I enjoyed it. emoticon ! But I don't see a bird at all. I see a chick, a dove, and a stork just like you said. We need a bird emoticon. We need more than a few emoticons. We need a lot more. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1571 days ago
    Glad you managed to get out for your longer walk, it sounds as though both you and the dog enjoyed it.

    Bears, wolves, coyotes...the biggest wildlife we ever see is a fleeting deer!

    There's an Easter chick and a turkey emoticon...or a bear! ( only a teddy though) emoticon

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    Comment edited on: 12/2/2013 3:34:12 AM
  • JACKIE542
    Wow! So nice that you got out for 2 walks today, you and your dog really had a good time too. Is nice to bring out buddies along they do make it so enjoyable.
    I too think about many things on my walks, sometimes I walk farther when I have something on my mind. If I get upset walking is a big stress relief.
    Oh my, would not want to run into a bear or a walk, so far I have not. Some have told me to watch out for cougars.
    I have not seen any other bird emotions, sorry. Glad you had a good Sunday.
    1572 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your day with us! I enjoyed reading your blog post. My husband and I also love taking our dog for walks in the woods. He just got back from his walk with our dog and told me he saw three deer on his way. We have come across many different wild life on our day hikes through the forest and it still thrills me to see them in their natural setting.

    Have a great week!

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    1572 days ago
    Sounds like fun! I wish my cat could go on walks with me - that would be a blast!
    1572 days ago
    Great blog - I enjoyed reading this! I love tofu also and it is one of my favourite foods to have in the fridge to munch on. It is perfect in stirfrys and recently I made a little stack consisting of sliced cucumber base, slice tofu, slice cheese, avocado, dollop of plain greek yogurt on top. I ate these delights with a knife and fork (each one 2 mouthfuls). So tofu is so versatile. Yes would love to see a blog to raise awareness of how great tofu is! I must also take my dogs for a walk to the dog park. Having two of them I don't walk through the streets. One is very small and I don't trust other dogs around. I run them around the dog park until they are exhausted and then leads go on and we go for a walk around the park on the pathways. My last dog (a labrador) used to pull on the lead and I purchased a harness that goes over her nose so when she pulls she essentially pulls her own nose down. It stopped her pulling in a humane way. My little dog has a harness around her body which is almost bigger than her! LOL It is a cute show when I take them out. Thanks for the inspiration to do so. emoticon
    1572 days ago
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