Friday, July 27, 2018

Walking at the Lake

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.                                                                                                - Henry David Thoreau
       Friends, this is a picture of a lake next to the walking track by  Hartwell Dam in Georgia.  DH has been driving me here the last couple of weekends so I can walk with my hiking poles. I walk a half mile out, sit on a bench to rest and look at the lake, turn around and walk back a half mile to the parking lot. All this work so I can get in a mile walk. I love being here! 

I have to walk with hiking poles when I walk distances now.  I am trying to manage Parkinson's Disease.  I am 63 years old.  Sometimes when I am walking on the track, I get into a rhythm with my feet and my poles and I concentrate on the clacking and stepping sounds while I enjoy the beautiful blue of the water  and catch as many endorphins as I can.
You may think it would be dull to sit here with the quiet and peacefulness, but plenty of excitement finds us. 

 DH walks our dog, Sardis, and there are encounters with every walker and their dog, or dogs.  A walker with her little white poodle passed us and the dogs had to kiss Eskimo style.  So cute!  Its funny how so many people passing by want to pet our big yellow dog.  

As I was walking last weekend, a loud male voice behind me broke my rhythm with, "On the right side!" I quickly moved over to the left. Behind me was a fancy road bicycle with a young man with long skinny arms and legs and a pointed helmet that reminded me of a giant praying mantis.  He rode pass us quickly.  I was a little taken aback because I was clearly in the wrong.  I just kept walking with my hiking poles, and my sweet husband, and our sweet dog.  

DH also took his bike with him to ride across the top of the dam last weekend, and the track was really quiet warm.  There are no trees by the track so he was riding along in the sun. But the track was level and it made it easy to bike the three miles across the dam and back. 

We had a beautiful time! Next time we are going to pack a picnic lunch! Have a great day today!  Hurray for the endorphins!

Lottie  😀

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Raining and Day Lilies

Well, I'm back. Missed everyone.  Can't believe in a few days we will all be enjoying June!

These beautiful day lilies are blooming today in my side garden.  There was a little sun this morning, but then this evening we received a heavy downpour.  I love these day lilies!  They always make me so happy!

I started my morning with a trip across town to have my yearly  mammogram. 

Then, DH drove me back across town to my chair supported yoga class at the senior center.  I was trying to be good to myself today. This class has really grown from 5 to 12 people.  Great! 

On the way home, we stopped in to a thrift store I had never been in before.  Only about half the merchandise had a price on it and the half that did were too high.  I know a few thrift stores where everything is marked with a price and some of the items are treasures.  I'll stick to visiting those few in the future.

DH ate a quick lunch at home and left for his Wednesday afternoon bowling with friends.  I layed down on the couch to shut my eyes a few minutes.  I feel asleep and don't remember anything until DH came in the back door about 5 pm.  He had bowled til 3 pm and the next 2 hrs. he had worked in our back yard.

We finished the evening watching the rain out the bay windows in the den.  We almost couldn't see the house behind us.  6 out of 7 days ahead call for rain. 

"The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. "    
                                                                                                           Helen Garner


Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Bulb Planting Time

Welcome October!  I should have a picture of a pumpkin or a Jack-o-Lantern on this post, but I'm thinking about pansies today.  The temps this morning were cold out on the deck and I mentally replaced every pot of geraniums with a pot of pansies.  The picture above was from a few years ago.  I need to get started with my pansy replacing.

I read a blog post last month where the blogger suggested buying a 100 blue hyacinth bulbs to plant now for the delicious smell when they come up in the spring.  DH and I bought 2 bags (20 in all bulbs) of blue hyacinth bulbs from Lowe's.  Now we have to find the time to plant them.  I'm really excited about next spring.   We have over 100, maybe 200, golden daffodils planted in front of the house.  They just get better and better each year.

So much is happening in the world right now.  Spring bulbs seem inconsequential but we have to include beauty in our lives.  What about you?  What thing of beauty are you including in your life?