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Time To Break Out The Ark?? Soggy Bottom Hike Photos!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Its been raining since LAST weekend when my sister came in. Two days ago we missed a record rain fall by 1 mm!! Woke up to snow blanketing the ground yesterday, but it turned to rain and got washed away. I think Darling Daisy is growing webbed feet!!
The trails on the 'sunny' (What's that?) side of the river were just beginning to dry up, but are now a quagmire:

One thing we saw was massive tree cuttings all over -the beaver are awake and voracious!

They were even feeding on trees they don't normally touch like this diamond willow:

Even the birds were hunkered down against the cold winds:

Close up of pelicans and comorants :

One good thing about the beaver mowing down all the trees -the wood chips make nice trail cover :P

It took Mom and I 95 minutes to hike the trails home from the Farmer's Market, 6 km.
Unfortunately, there is no beaver sign near where we live :( So not likely going to score some photos of them.
I confess to getting a little stir crazy. We go out shopping and are trying to hike the wooded trails but they are really getting waterlogged. Both Mom and I don't like walking on paved paths, we really feel it in our joints. Spikes are useless in slick mud :P
I have been off my diet, as far as boredom snacking goes. I eat a ton of fruit and veggies as my main meals so that doesn't leave me healthy snack options. For some strange reason I always crave salty snacks even though I have never used salt in my meals (told a long time ago as a child it was bad for my RA) My Mom and I have been getting on each other's nerves. Me wanting to do more around the house, she won't let me. She has even started doing the dishes again even though she was allowing me to do that much.
I miss my bridge club activities and work and being at home with my high speed internet and big screen desktop computer. This internet is the slowest available, my Stepdad is a tightwad even though he is loaded. He recently had to buy a water softener system to replace the one that broke down -he got a steal of a deal, but is running into trouble trying to install it. He has been welding and all kinds of things but not having much luck getting it going. Been at it for four days now -probably a professional would have gotten it going in a couple of hours. Naturally between that frustration and trying to fix up the bathroom to Mom's exacting standards - no white sealer, has to be clear, and a very small amount thinly applied so there is no beading or excess. Topping it off with him suffering a cold and Mom's frustration with cleaning up after him and being in pain with bad arthritis in her hands, she has been flying off the handle lately. I really feel like I have tripled her workload and would just like to get back home in my peace and quiet! Having had my right arm in a cast since Dec 23 has given me lots of practice getting by one handed, even when only two fingers work on that hand!
You guys lift me up with your well wishes and goodies, and I thank you for making my dark dreary days a little brighter! You are the best!
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1BEACHWALKER 4/28/2014 10:08PM

    Oh, I forgot loved the pics of the birds! Don't see many white pelicans around here...love them!!! Hope those trails dry up soon!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/28/2014 10:05PM

    Those hikes help with stress, so I'm glad you're able to get out and enjoy yourself. Hang in there. Hugs.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/28/2014 5:22PM

    Your pictures are AWESOME and tell a story by themselves!!! Thank you so much for sharing them and for being such a super inspiration to me and many others!!!
Wish I could come and stay with you at your home where you would be comfortable and have everything you need including your faster internet.
Sure hope your weather clears up soon with lots of sunshine so you and your mom can enjoy your walks as you get out and about on your hikes.
How much longer do you have to have the cast before the doctor checks it again? Prayers for complete healing for you.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KALIGIRL 4/28/2014 8:28AM

    Not easy for any of you - hope the surgery is successful this time!

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DDOORN 4/27/2014 10:09PM

    It's always a good day when one can get outdoors! It was sorta cool & overcast here so I made the best of it and cooked up some big batches of food for the week ahead.

Don

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JANISMKW 4/27/2014 9:16PM

    Thanks for sharing your pix! Nice of the beavers to clear the trails for you!

DH and I were walking and he thought he saw a beaver swimming; it got closer and turned out to be a water rat or muskrat.

It has been a long, cold winter and you have been a long time without your arm and your own place. The rain doesn't help the RA either, right? You are such an inspiration! I hope you get that cast off soon and your arm will be nicely mended, if in need of strengthening.
emoticon Praying for you daily.

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EFFIEANNIE 4/27/2014 8:14PM

    I know how frustrating it must be living with your Mom. It seems like it strains both her and you, but sometimes it is necessary. Be patient, hopefully it won't be much longer until you can go home. I'm sure things will improve when the weather improves.

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CATIATM 4/27/2014 3:50PM

    How funny - I just watched that Steve Carrell movie about the arc yesterday.

I'm sorry you're feeling frustrated. I don't know about the salty snacks. I didn't grow up with salt, but when I started taking certain medications, it affected my sense of taste, and I do prefer saltier food now.

emoticon I'm sorry you're feeling low. You inspire me every day, and I'm so glad we're on this journey together.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/27/2014 2:41PM

    Loved your blog and your pictures! I now appreciate our funky weather!

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JUNEAU2010 4/27/2014 11:45AM

    emoticon I hope things improve soon! emoticon

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MARUKI52 4/27/2014 10:37AM

    I think you are amazing doing the hikes that you do but I am sorry that the weather has not been good for you. Loved your pictures. Here in the UK we don't have beavers in the natural world, you can see them in zoos sometimes. They are amazing creatures and I'd love to see a wild one. I'm not sure they are always welcome though, are they, what with building their dams etc?

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KANOE10 4/27/2014 10:11AM

    I loved your pictures..but boy is it wel. I can understand your need for your own space. How much longer are you staying? Hugs to you. It is not easy sharing space and chores with two other people. I would miss high speed internet also. I bet you have become skilled at one hand operations.


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ROCKPORT9 4/27/2014 10:01AM

    You take amazing and challenging hikes! You and your mom keep going even with challenges. I understand your need for your own space, own quiet time. Sending hugs, Laurel emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 4/27/2014 9:40AM

    Thanks for posting the pics. I always enjoy looking at them. Hope winter and the wet end soon, it would help you to get outside and enjoy it more. Your dsf is like a lot of people, doing things themselves, when they could afford to hire it done. That's the reason he has money.

Every time we have a few drops of rain here, the wind blows forever to dry it out. It's just Murphy's law.

Sleep tight and heal.

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CELEST 4/27/2014 8:59AM

    As always your picture blogs make me want to get up and go with you.
Regarding your wanting salty snacks...I have a book called Super Foods...and there is a section devoted to what one craves and the reasons why. This book says salty snack cravings are stress and as I read further in your blog, you said it when you mentioned that you and your mom are irritating one another....so there you go, mystery solved. emoticon
I cant wait to see your summer photo's also when that happens.

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LEXIE63 4/27/2014 4:05AM

    Nice pics. :-)

The one hand thing is something I'm getting a taste of at the moment. It is amazing how many every day things become a challenge when you can't use one hand. Tara helped me cook yesterday. There was a lot of "You hold while I chop" going on. Good job she trusts me. LOL

She wore swimming goggles to save her from the onion fumes.

I don't know how long I'll have an immobile left wrist - depends on the next x-rays, I guess. I shall think of you whenever a challenge arises.

"Now... what would Linda do?"
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Hugs,
Lex xxx

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123ELAINE456 4/27/2014 1:53AM

  We have had cold, wet, windy and rain all week long. So I know how you feel. Where is the Warm Sunshine??????? This soon will past. Love the Photos . You will be able to go back home as soon as your cast is off and you can manage on your own. The time will go by fast. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care. Elaine.

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/27/2014 1:38AM

    I'll bet you can do a lot with one hand! Hang tough, this will pass.



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DIDMIS 4/26/2014 11:18PM

    Linda you are so good at pictures. I have a tough time with them. Love you.
Did you notice I got 50 points today for our maintenance team. I couldn't believe I got 142 team points.

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CRYSTALJEM 4/26/2014 11:17PM

    Linda I had to smile because you always make my day brighter. The weather really has been grey and wet although you have definitely had it worse than us.

Your ability to adapt and make the best of everything is inspiring as always. Enjoy the rest of your wkend.

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 4/26/2014 11:15PM

    We are only paying back a very SMALL portion of what we have received from you over the years! Wish we could do more!!!

HUGS!!!

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