Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Another beautiful day in Columbus, Ohio

The sky is blue, air is crisp, and I walked for 1/2 hour (about 2 miles) around the condo grounds. I heard on the radio that 38 million will be traveling this 4 day holiday week-end. We'll drive about 2 miles to our daughter's home. I need to poke around in the pantry so I can take a sack of food to church tomorrow. I forgot to pick anything up.

Who else has Thanksgiving Day services at church tomorrow?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Now's the time to walk!

If you live in the United States, we're moving into the Big Calorie Season--with non-stop eating from Thanksgiving week right through the football games on New Year's Day. We'll make those New Year's Resolutions much easier if we walk now!

That's my thinking anyway. When the weather is gray and cold, the resolve slips. But this week, we've had 3 or 4 sunny, mild days, some with showers intermitantly, so I've walked 2-4 miles. Yesterday was the HUGE Ohio State vs. Michigan football game (1100 members of the media in town), and while the rest of Columbus watched, I walked. Not too many people were outside.

Do we need a new 50 day resolve?

I have a new blog! This one is called Growth Industry. When I set up the title, I didn't realize that it also starts out "grow thin" although one of my first entries is about weight loss. This one is for people 50 and over and how they are meeting the challenges of this phase--new career, leisure time, grandchildren, health, retirement, being a care-giver, relationships, etc. I'm looking for a few good writers who might want to contribute a topic. I'll link back to your regular blog. Drop me an e-mail if you are interested. nbruce32 at medscape dot com.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Wow I still have legs...

I walked propery today for the first time in a while heading for the beach again- my favourite place to walk. It was strange to see the water empty of boats and bouys as they are all out for the winter. A good walk and even though the wind was cold my legs apprecitaed it!PHOTOS ON MY BLOG

Monday, October 16, 2006

still walking

but not really that much.

Yesterday though a friend wanted to borrow our car after lunch so I handed over the keys at church and walked home. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day - but a very cold wind.

This morning the temperature is only 2C (that's about 34-5 F) brrrr ... winter can't be far away but I don't even want to think about it.

There's a photo of a fantastic leaf over at enjoy!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Back from Illinois

We left for Illinois a week ago and got back Thursday evening. I did some walking on the days that the weather was good, 3 miles in Oregon, where we were staying and 3 miles in Mt. Morris at the park with a high school friend. Wednesday turned cold and rainy so I didn't get out.

While it was still dark this morning I went out with my book on CD, "Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian. I had it with me in the car, but with the road noise and the distractions of the fall color, I think I missed a lot. This time of morning I couldn't see anything but porch lights, so I paid closer attention.

Anyone else walking? biking? hiking?

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Serious now

We got back from California last Sunday. You can almost see the change between Californians and Ohions while you're waiting at the airport gate for the return trip! I walked 3 miles each Monday-Wednesday, rained on Thursday, about a mile Friday and two miles today. I've listed my food triggers at my Thursday Thirteen so I can keep them in mind and avoid them.

girl's day

the men were away today - so it was girls' day for DD and I today.

We'd planned shopping and that meant taking the bus into town. Only we missed it (by a hair!!!) so had to walk about 1km more to catch a differt one. This happened twice! (Can you believe it? - we couldn't!)

That, plus all the walking around town means for some tired ladies this evening!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Week of Walks

Time and the seasons are flying by. Work is still at best a challenge and at worst a big intrusion on my personal life and inner calm - which is why this walking journey is so important. Now in to work an hour early and off at regular time will have me home in time to walk/run or walk /contemplate for at least three miles. Weekends will be AM walks.

Yesterday I saw the blue heron carefully perched in the water at the canal. I slowed a bit so as not to startle him, then continued for another 2 blocks or so and headed back, again carefully walking past his perch. It worked - he stayed the whole time. I went about two more blocks and then saw him gliding over the water.

What treasures to watch and hear during my daily trek. Even with problem solving during these walks - I can see, hear, and feel God's Grace and Love and thank Him for all He has given.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
haven't been blogging much ... real life caught me ... but today I went mushrooming in the forest ...

I've been walking too - probably not a mile a day - but something anyway and yesterday I cycled which was great.

We're having an unseasonally warm autumn - the leaves are only just starting to change and fall - and it's good to be alive. 'nuff said!

Stop and Go and Eat

We're in California for a week and I could be walking or swimming, but I'm not. Just the usual walking while sight seeing. Today we're going on an architectural tour that we've set up through a private tour company. But mainly I'm walking from the house to the car, from the car, to the restaurant, and then back to the car, so I'll have a lot of remediation to do when I get home.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Muddy shoes

Yesterday I got in only the 2nd mile I've walked since Labor Day! I've been recovering from a cold, but could have gone out if it weren't for repair going on in the condo area. Finally, yesterday morning about 7:45 I thought I'd get out before the smelly trucks arrived, but as I opened the door they pulled up.So I hiked through the wet grass and mud to the Lutheran church next door and walked in their peaceful parking lot before the mommies arrived to drop off the pre-schoolers.

I think the mud has dried, but I'll have quite a clean up.

Early, Early Saturday AM

Could not sleep, so will write some.

With the sun rising later, walks during the week are at 2 miles and on weekends, back to 3+ miles. Have been able to get the 2 miles in most days.

This AM was very quiet. I miss doing the mile on the canal bike path because the early morning sounds are so peaceful along the path, but I can do that mile or two on Saturday and Sunday. As I walk down my country road, I notice the corn and beans beginning to turn for harvest - about 3 more weeks, I think. I'm watching for deer in the fields and even in my yard (munching on apples). The squirrels are scurrying around, hiding their winter feasts.

These gentle walks are good for me to sometimes mull over a problem at work and still be able to pleasure what the Lord has given.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Greetings from Ohio

The weather has been wonderful, and I'm envious if you are out walking, running, biking or swimming. I'm inside with a cold so I've hardly put one foot in front of the other except to go out and get my coffee in the morning and come back home. Maybe next week I'll catch up with you all.

Monday, September 04, 2006

swimming a mile

I went swimming today -right after school. And it was great. Indoor pool (the outdoor ones are closed now unfortunately as autumn's round the corner)

I swam 1km in 27 minutes
and then 200 m (freestyle) - so probably not quite a mile but still fun!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

walking and loving it

Been out and about for the past few days. The weather is unseasonally warm with occasional showers - so picking the right moment is good

Today I walked the dog to the flower shop, then cycled to a party with my teenagers, after which DD and I walked the dog. The nights are closing in ... so it was already dark - the air was clear and fresh and we really enjoyed our stroll

September Haze

The second of September: Have walked each day this last week at least 2 - 3 miles unless rain came down.

Wednesday AM, traveled back to house (mile and 1/2) with a wee kitten about three weeks old. He was sitting soaking wet in the middle of the canal bike path, at the interstate overpass. I call him Survivor - he is used to being in a house. Have an ad in the newspaper and called the local vet and police to see if anyone will claim him. If not, will fatten him up and take to our local pet store that is really good about adoptions or call our local animal aid society. With 3 kit kats inside and 6 neighborhood cats that make the rounds in the neighborhood for hand outs, I really need to find Survivor a home.

This AM walk was just right, meeting acquaintances along the way. The flowers are still blooming and saw some beautiful sun flowers with the goldfinches flittering about.

Supposed to rain tomorrow through Tuesday. Monday we are doing a fun run/walk so hopefully we won't need umbrellas.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Walking during the last week

This is the final week of the season at Lakeside, where we have our summer home on Lake Erie. This morning I walked about 2 miles before 7 a.m. There is a strong wind out of the northeast, so there was a lot of exciting wave action walking along the lakefront. The coffee shop is closed for a few days (not enough people), so I was waiting for a small luncheon place to open at 7:30. Yesterday I also got in 2 miles. Sunday and Monday--nothing. But Saturday I walked to the antique sale twice, so although that was more of a stroll, I think I got in 2 miles. After a really hot, but pleasant summer, it is now cool and rainy with a real hint of fall. Some of the cottages have already been closed up for the winter and look quite sad. The rains from Ernesto should be here by the week-end.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Rainy Days

Rained much this last week, but was able to walk and do a little running and speedwalking, all but today. Drizzly so went to work early.

Tomorrow AM - up and at 'em early so I can enjoy the quiet AM. The Blue Heron is usually near the banks of the canal, I love to see him glide over the water. Am looking forward to the walk and the pretties of late summer.

Friday, August 25, 2006

walking - one of the joys of life

sorry, I haven't been home for weeks but I have been walking and swimming and today I get out my bike again.

In Tallinn I walked about 2km everyday (sometimes more) -except Tuesday this week when it rained cats and dogs so I stayed inside ALL day.

It's good to be home again, and today I'll walk the dog too which will be GREAT!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday Working up to Four Miles

Today I decided time to up the ante - 3 and 1/4 miles. Two walk/runs yet this year, both 5K's. A little nudge, saw one of my law enforcement acquaintance (does the 10K and marathon for the same days) who asked if I was going to do my usual run/walks. My friend and I are, but we have both been lax on the running side. I've only missed the rainy AMs, but must hop to it and get my act together with a little running and speed walking.

This AM was foggy and muggy, but at 70 degrees, it was not bad. While I was walking along the fenceline, I spied lots of gold finches flitting about the blue and white cornflowers. Down in town, one house has magic lilies all around a tree and the house where my uncle and aunt once lived is alive with flowers.

Even though we've had some good rains this year, the canal seems low - my fisherman neighbor told me that was because there hadn't been as much rain north of the Quad Cities ( my area of Illinois, right off Interstate 80, along the Mississippi). Still, I saw a big turtle out in the middle and some fish feeding by the banks.

On the way home, I marveled at the height of the corn. Then home and off to the office for the afternoon.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Skirting the issue along Lake Erie

I've been walking in cotton skirts I bought a Wal-Mart to stay cool while I walk. Tiered and swingy, like when I was in high school. Four miles yesterday, and one today, but I'm going back out. Wednesday evening we ate at friends' home, so I tossed that in as a mile to make about 3 for Wednesday. Summer is winding down. I picked up a green maple leaf today speckled with red, and the books at the Methodist store (in Lakeside) are 25% off for end of the season bargains. Although schools have started for the fall in some Ohio towns, there are still plenty of children here this week. My husband helped with the Kids Sail Wednesday and 91 children lined up for it. On our walk yesterday, my husband noticed a retired Methodist minister we know from church and stopped to chat (he was sitting on a park bench reading by the lake) He liked his cap. Today he bought one just like it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday AM Walk

Took a couple hours off from work this AM. Up early and walking since rain was predicted. My usual route and furry friends, as well as meeting an acquaintance who lives near the canal. He has a big garden, mine is very little (3 tomato plants and 1 green pepper). He gave me some tomatoes and cucumbers. Then off again to the turnaround and home.

Out in the yard for about 2 hours, then on to work. Hrs haven't changed and people's tempers are short - but I have coming home to look forward to so I go through the day with a grin.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Still in Illinois and Wlking

Time quickly has passed. What with 60 hour work weeks and babysitting a litter of newborn kittens and their Mom - a stray, I was still able to walk at least two miles a day unless it was pouring rain. (I am a member of two local animal aid societies so Mama Cat and her babies are now at a safe place waiting for adoption.)
Thursday, I walked with my friend about three miles, then about a third of the way we stopped at the Dairy Queen for a chocolate cone. Friday was a fast two miles and today was three miles with a few stops to chat with neighbors and pet my Malamute friend while staying a safe distance from Harley - a minature poodle with a nipping habit. Did not see the blue heron - walked too late this AM. This afternoon, off to work and tomorrow afternoon - yard work and garage cleaning. The only thing sane about my days are these walks and knowing that God is watching over to keep me safe until the days at work quiet down and I have at least a partial backup for my position.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Trying to catch up

on my walking. I did about 2 miles today around the condo grounds (I'm back in Columbus to pick up my cat). I've really gotten out of shape since returning from Europe. Back to Lakeside tomorrow, so hope the weather holds.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Catching a break and a breeze

Thunderstorms yesterday cooled things down here in northern Ohio yesterday, so this morning I was able to walk in 67 degrees along the lakefront. I'm down to 1 or 2 miles a day--it's just not been healthy to walk. I've been wearing only skirts and dresses--so much cooler!

Sea Walks again

Just got back from a holiday on the coast, lots of walking for me to watch the sailing exploits of my family
here, .... and here...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

What - August Already

Just finished up at work and taking some time to greet you all. Hot weather is here, walks are early in the AM. I see some acquaintances fishing each day and meet my bicycling neighbor somewhere along the route. Met the two dachshund pups today - their tails wag so hard, they wiggle their whole bodies. Today, the blue heron was "sailing" low across the canal and many turtles were dilly dallying in the water while the sun came up over the trees. Do like these walks - makes my day start much better. Joy to all!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Home from Finland and Russia

I must thank you all for letting me walk with you this spring and summer. It really helped to have 3-5 miles a day for several months before going to Finland and Russia. Now, nothing prepared the ankles and calves for cobblestone streets, but I was certainly in better shape than I would have been.

I'm blogging about my trip at Collecting my thoughts, with the prefix "Trip Tale." Then our more recent (ended yesterday) Frank Lloyd Wright tour of Ohio and Indiana is prefixed "FLW tour."

I'm pooped. It is so hot in Ohio (about 105 F heat index) that the cat won't even sit on the porch and watch the squirrels--in fact, I don't see any--maybe they think it is too hot to come out of the trees.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Sea Front walking

I have walked a lot this week, watching my family sail... see more here

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Prep Time for the Week

Two miles this A.M. before church. Not too hot- saw my Malamute friend, Moose.
I do so like the little town I grew up near. Some of the older houses have day lilies and old fashioned phlox blooming in their yards.
By the canal are these huge leaved trees with seed pods hanging from the branches. Saw a couple of turtles and one muskrat taking a swim.
Will try for another mile later today, after I finish doing some weeding and trimming along the patio (the rain and hot weather has really helped the weeds and "volunteer" mulberry and elm trees to flourish).

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Sabbath walking

sorry for double post

pic here

Sabbath walking

Went on what hubby called a wee walk this afternoon. Turned out to be 6km and I slipped over just as we were getting back to the carpark -on the flat - into some mud. Yuk!

I've never been to those woods before - and it was lovely. We started from the pets' cemetery and walked up to a look out point. Nice view though mainly pinetree forest. We did get lost for about 3 minutes (missed the path) but the bonus was finding some very tasty ripe blueberries, so I munched while hubby and dog got their bearings.

The not-so-wonderful side of the hike was that for some unknown-to-me-now reason I'd thought it was cool out so had put on autumn trousers. It was warm out -and very humid- and I felt as if I were wearing a giant nappy (diaper!) for much of the walk -gross! And to make matters worse I got bitten by something (maybe when I fell) and by the time we got home (20-25 mins in the car) my arm had swollen. Antihistamine and hydrocortisone ointment did their trick and now my arm is fine again, but it wasn't fun at the time.

Aching a bit now (the uphills weren't that steep but I'm out of practice) but glad we had time together. Just hubby and me, oh and the dog!

Saturday Time

Am still walking. Aiming for the two to three miles each day. I'm seeing a second batch of baby bunnies along the canal - so many sizes of rabbits, nibbling on the clover.
It has been really hot and humid for the last week and a half. With walking early, the morning walks were cooler and many days there was an slight fog. Yesterday we had much needed rain from 10AM till early evening.
This AM was wonderful walking. I met my neighbor on his bike so we journeyed together. Tomorrow AM I hope to be on my daily journey just before sunrise.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

on yer bike

went cycling today. About 6km in total. and it felt good. Also walked around the cathedral area and the market square. an amble not a brisk walk but fun!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


just back from the new-wine (Christian) summer event. Our cabin was close to the youth tent (wonderful praise and worship wafted over to us when they were practicing during the afternoon break!)

I didn't walk as much as I'd hoped. But it was lovely.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Where did the Week Go?

Oh, I've been walking each day - early in the AM. The weather has turned dry with showers and storms around us but not much in way of rain in my neighborhood. I did three miles this AM, bound and determined to accomplish my walk and enjoy the route. It is not beastly hot then and the bicycle route along the canal has many surprises if you keep your eyes open. This is the second time I have seen a Blue Heron in the last week. Without a sound, he glided down from the sky and across the canal.

I am keeping my word about life work balance, but work has presented some major challenges. Less funding, layoffs, and temporarily losing my assistant due to illness in the family all have added to my work hours. So my walks are close to home and are keeping me sane.

Monday, July 10, 2006

a mile or two in town

walked with TS across the market square twice, and once with DD - all shopping but with one and then the other. In case the maths is bothering you ... the first time I didn't walk across the square at all- but rather walked from the school (where I'd parked) to the dive shop where I met TS and then together we went down to the square.

I'm not keen on pavement bashing - and was tired when I got back to the car. But it was nice to be in town for once. Still HOT and we had a terrifically noisy thunder storm at about 5pm - and a flash flood. Finland isn't really in the tropics, though at the moment it feels like it.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Nothing special ...

...except I'm walking without pain agian. Very nice.

The swelling is down, and I'm able to walk further, longer.

So, tomorrow I'll walk to get the mail (about 1/2 mile round trip, up and down the hill) and rejoice!

hot hike

we went for a real hike today. The air was a bit fresher (we'd had a storm last night) but still HOT and no clouds in the sky.

I should have been more alert when hubby asked "are you in shape to do the whole loop" - it was MILES. I came home shattered and took a very long nap -such a deep sleep that I didn't hear the phone, arrival (and departure) of in-laws or anything else.

The view from the top of the crag was lovely and we had a simple picnic too (water, and tunafish and apple sandwiches) but it was HOT!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

summer hiking

summer hiking
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
It's really too hot to hike (around 30C - 80F) but we went for a long walk (3 hrs) in the forest today. It was by the sea so there was a slight breeze which felt good on sweaty skin, and also kept away the mosquitoes.

I am wearing hiking boots, but luckily the dog wanted to pose for this photo too, so I still look 'almost' cool.

PS: there's another photo taken today over at my blog if you are interested.

the cross

the cross
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
This photo is taken from the railway bridge. We cycled that way a day or two ago. If you look closely you can see a white cross. It's where the original church of the city was long ago.

One of my favourite walks is by the river - just a little to the right of the cross (around the bend) - I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I've been walking

I really have--about 4-5 miles a day. We leave Saturday for Finland. Don't know if I'll have a connection.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Today we walked to the top of the hill ... maybe two football fields, not so far, but straight up. We ate under the sunset, talked to the wild turkeys and then watched hundreds of different fireworks all over the valley for a couple of hours.

We laughed, we were rested and we hiked back down again in the pitch black for ice cream.

Any better way to finish a walk? I think not.

getting into stride

I walked again today. Not far but I walked at lunchtime.

Today a slightly different route - and saw an amazing sight - a wall of roses. Now to understand the impact of this you have to know that roses don't grow well in Finland. I'm not sure why - but these are magnificent. I'll try to walk that way tomorrow with our camera (if I remember).

On the way home we cut through little forest park. I get such a kick from seeing Mindy excitedly scampering around off lead.

A little later I cycled into town - to meet a friend for "let's celebrate its my holiday" drink at koulu - a school turned pub/restaurant. We sat in the school yard - watched toddlers play in the sandbox, students play mini golf and sipped locally brewed beer and cider. School wasn't like that when I was young.

getting into stride

I walked again today. Not far but I walked at lunchtime.

Today a slightly different route - and saw an amazing sight - a wall of roses. Now to understand the impact of this you have to know that roses don't grow well in Finland. I'm not sure why - but these are magnificent. I'll try to walk that way tomorrow with our camera (if I remember).

On the way home we cut through little forest park. I get such a kick from seeing Mindy excitedly scampering around off lead.

A little later I cycled into town - to meet a friend for "let's celebrate its my holiday" drink at koulu - a school turned pub/restaurant. We sat in the school yard - watched toddlers play in the sandbox, students play mini golf and sipped locally brewed beer and cider. School wasn't like that when I was young.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Even not having posted since June 25, I still am doing the journey. Some days a mile, some days more.

Today was the local Firecracker Run / Walk - both a 10K and a 5K. We did the 5K, about 3.2 miles. Weather was excellent for walking - I did some running, but walking is more my style this year. Of course what keeps me going is the reward at the end - bagels, bananas, oranges, grapes, cookies. They have bands playing along the route - gospel, blues, rock and roll, blue grass. The local running club volunteers and police make sure we are all walking and running safe. Then home to work on the yard, cleaning, and some data entry for the office. I'll sit out on the front porch and watch the fireworks tonight.

This week is busy with budget revisions and cost cutting, so I will definitely be enjoying my journeys early in the morning.

Today ... I will walk

Today, I will walk.

So what .. you may say. I walk every day. What is so significant about that statement?

See, here's the thing. Walking hurts. For me. Not the "I don't want to get up and go outside and exercise kind of hurt. It's the "life isn't fair, I hate physical pain, this is stupid" kind of hurt. And it was sudden. 4 days ago, wham. Life happened. And walking hurts.

I miss outdoors, I miss quiet time in my head while I walk. I miss talking with God while I soak in all things around me. I. Miss. Walking.

So, today I will walk in the mountains, through the trees and look at the river. And celebrate that I can. In pain. But, I can.

And I will thank God for the fact that I can.

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two days in a row ...

woke up with such joy this morning. God is amazing!

I went to give DD a cuddle and said "You want to walk your dog or empty the dishwasher this morning?" She chose the dishwasher (!) which meant I got to walk the dog. And I loved it.

I took her to little forest park near here and let her run loose as I ambled through. It's been a favourite place of mine since she was a puppy (two years ago) and I found that it's a place where I can 'tune in' to God's presence more easily. Funnily I haven't been there for a while - so it was SO GOOD to be there today.

Probably walked about a mile (a little more) but at a very leisurely pace. It is hot here - even at 8am in the morning - and I love it.

Monday, July 03, 2006

taking time

to smell the flowers.

Today was the first morning I've got to walk the dog in ages - DD went off to spend the night in our friends' sailing boat, so I walked our little evangelist early-ish this morning before it got too hot.

And loved it.

Yesterday I cycled to church and back. Not a lot but something and it was good to get out and about.

I realised that in the summer it's not possible to have a routine - but I'm trying to get back into walking a little each day (with or without the dog) and I've been trying to tackle the weeds in the garden (a little!) It's looking better for some attention, but unfortunately I also have to study this week so there's not that much time free. Sad isn't it?

be blessed

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Late evening walk

I walked on the beach late this evening, =it was wonderfully cool after a long hot day...
see more photos here

Thursday, June 29, 2006

bowing in the wind

bowing in the wind
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
If you are wondering about the title - my friend Elina wrote a wonderful worship song about 18 months ago - about us bowing before God. I was reminded of this when I saw the grass and flowers worshipping today.

DD and I went on a long ramble on a nature trail not far from here. Mindy - the evangelist - was off lead and came flying back at one ponit having disturbed a swan and her cygnets! But we had a lovely (long-ish) hike.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Four miles for sure

I don't have a pedometer, but guessing by my time, I'm figuring 4 miles yesterday. I walk along the lakefront, then choose a side street through town for the return to the cottage.

I don't know these ladies, but I thought they looked like they were having a great time on vehicles quite popular with the kids around here. That's Lake Erie behind them. I asked for permission to post this on my blog, and they said yes, and then, "What's a blog?"

more fraudish feelings

haven't been walking for a while - not even with the dog - DD's doing that.

I did go cycling on Sunday - and it was lovely. Planned to go yesterday too - but the first rain in weeks. Also raining today but not as heavily. The garden looks lovely.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More light

This picture was taken this evening the sky was wonderful, it started out cool this morning, but by the time we got out for a walk it was warm. I have been struggling to get out and walk recently, pressure of life and all that...
Fresh resolve!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Lakeside at Night

My husband is trying out his new camera. We walked down to the lakefront last evening so he could try out the night settings.

Sort of misty, but this is Put-in-Bay (island in Lake Erie with a monument from the War of 1812) with the view finder

These are all the old timers (some who might have been here as teen-agers) sitting on the pavilion waiting to see a lovely sunset.

and they weren't disappointed

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Walking in Thought

Walked in early afternoon, weather was glorious. I really must become a bit more competitive with myself. I have been procrastinating with stepping up the pace in these walks and finishing the planting for 2 weeks. But... for today, I will just take things at my current pace.

I was greeted with many hello barks from one of the many puppy friends I have made on these walks. And around the bend, an orange striped tom cat comes to have his ears scratched. It is just after dinner, so everyone must be resting. I meet some bicyclists on the Canal path. The water is rippling, whether it is from the breeze or the critters underwater - not sure.

I'm now looking at my wild yard - mowers will be here this week. I haven't accomplished much more than 9 days ago. So, will work on one section later this afternoon.

The joys of exercise

I've never felt like this, no matter how regularly or successfully I've exercised, but here's what Live, Love Laugh, a Christian who works in a police department says about it:

"Percentage of Americans who own running shoes but don't run: 87% [Norma's in that group]

Today, I will leave work, meet up with my husband and go for a two mile walk. This is a time for me to reflect, to pray, to listen. By the time I get finished, I am so invigorated I feel like I could take on anything. I started this routine to lose some weight, but also to relieve stress. I then I go for a swim just for the pure enjoyment of it.

I challenge my friends and family to get into a regular exercise routine. American Health is quoted as saying, "Regular exercise toughens the mind as well as the body. After working out three times a week for six months, one group was found to be 20% fitter. Bonus: they also scored 70% better in a test of complex decision making."

Saturday, June 24, 2006

playing with the light...

walking on the beach this evening doing some photography and playing with the light

Summer Saturday

Friday: Missed Walking - early to and late from work and too tired for the treadmill.

Saturday: Out early - It is to be a wonderful morning and early afternoon. With that thought, I am up to my usual routes and then down to the bicycle path by the Canal. The turtles were sunning themselves on the logs, but scooted into the water as I passed, then up again to sun themselves.

Saw the rabbit family - the babies are growing up really fast. They were breakfasting on purple clover. A young, young squirrel was having the time of his life running up and down the trees.

Thought about my plan for the day. A little yard work this AM and since it is supposed to rain this afternoon, I'll head to the office for a couple of hours.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday AM: Raining cats and dogs on and off all day. But when I got home, it had quit so I'm walking. Just two miles today, but need to get back to my AM schedule. As I walked down my road I noticed that west side of the ditch has at least three big patches of poison ivy - I'll make sure to steer clear, do not know if I am susceptible. The air was still humid but it was not too hot. The daisies and cornflowers are agian blooming after being mowed once. The farmer neighbor is spraying weeds in the soy bean field. Lots of giant rag weed coming up. Went down to the canal and back. On my way back, I see the fireflies (lightening bugs - we call em here in Illinois) have come back to provide some entertainment.

Thursday AM: Not so early today - dentist appointment first, rained from 5:30AM til 10:00AM. Just as I returned home, the rain stopped - I decided to walk the two miles. The sun was coming from behind some clouds and shone on a Robin, really highlighting his red breast. The gold finches and swallows were flitting about. That's good - not so many mosquitoes as a result. The humidity was down and the air smelled so fresh. I could smell many of the flowers that were blooming and enjoyed watching the clouds break away as I walked. Turned around at the canal and then back home to prepare for work.

not much to report (again!)

it's been hot here - too hot for walks - though DD and I have walked to the store and walked the dog (a little)

Now we're off sailing for a couple of days - so no walking there ... but it will be outside a lot at least.

It seems that ordinary time is the time for improvising and doing lots of other activities ... but I've missed the regularity of walking ... so hoping to get back into the study in the morning / walk at lunchtime routine from Monday on. We're planning a cycling trip to Naantali (about 20 km one way) with a friend one evening next week too.

Let's see :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Back to walking- all asignments completed and the poppies were in flower more pictures here .

Already Tuesday

This has been a busy three days.

Sunday - Outside and walking and enjoying! God's Little Creatures are very busy these days - saw many rabbits and their babies and lots of squirrels. The flowers are beautiful, but we again need rain. I still have trays of flowers to plant and bushes to put in - so as I walk, I'm planning the planting areas. I know this week will be treadmill until Wednesday AM. Then maybe I can do at least 2 miles again outside.

Monday - Late at work so it was the treadmill. "Blue" kit cat likes to attack the ramp and then jump on for a little ride. Managed 15 minutes.

Tuesday - Working again late so treadmill inside tonight. Can hardly wait until tomorrow AM to be outside and enjoy my route along the canal and all the lowers and fauna. Aldso must finish the planting of the annuals.

Here I am--walking around the NORC

We live in a condo complex--prettiest place we've ever lived. I've been walking 2-3 miles a day with my radio or "Team of Rivals" a book on CD. After today's walk, I came back and got the camera.

At our door--probably need more sun to really bloom

Our magnolia blooms quite late, but smells wonderful

A number of the neighbors were also out for a walk. I liked their hats.

A NORC is a "naturally occurring retirement complex" a term for a housing area where there are few children, but it is by choice, not design.

where is everyone?

I just got back from camp and expected to see LOTS of posts ... where are you all and how is the walking.

I didn't walk much at the camp. From the main house where the kitchen and our room was, to the big house where the toilets were, to the sauna where DD was staying and to the lake. I swam almost everyday though.

It's hot here. I walked the dog to the supermarket with DD this evening. Still hot (25C) after 7pm. We bought (expensive - 6 € / kg) strawberries and walked home. the dog dragged her heels.

I'm looking at the garden and thinking it needs a lot of attention too but I'm tired after cooking for 40 for 6 days.

Be blessed

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Slow Start This Week

Sunday - Tuesday: Dreaded Treadmill
Wednesday - Back to Outside: usual path
Thursday - Friday: Now I'm cookin'

Saturday AM:
After a week of not knowing when to walk/jog since I still am planting flowers, I have now decided early AM is my favorite time to do the routes. As I walk this AM - no running or jogging - my weekend journeys will be to reflect and look around, I am planning my week. Doing much better with the flowers than the last two years, just a few annuals left and then 12 bushes to plant.

It was so peaceful this morning - the birds were in wonderful harmony and the sun was just coming up. As I walked by the canal, I saw a muskrat gliding along and heard several bull frogs. The fish were not leaping, but could still see some just under the surface. As I passed by a turtle catching his breakfast, I must have startled him as he swam away.

Back to the house, and enjoying the roses that are blooming.
Then as I open the door, I almost had a visitor - a tree toad. What a find that would have been for the three kit cats!

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Not much walking- too much sitting in front of the computer- I am going to make up for it though!

Monday, June 12, 2006

back on track

walked today. twice.
First at 11ish with DD and the dog over by the river in Halinen. Glorious day - the sun is shining and it's hot (for Finland) about 22C at that point.

then after cooking we wandered down to the local store. Left my watch to be repaired (strapclasp broke in Canada) got my driving sunglasses fixed (they fell apart at the cottage yesterday)and then bought strawberries.

Back home - lying in the garden with a book and a dish of strawberries. it doesn't get much better than this

and I walked too.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Soggy Saturday

A whole week of walks, ending with Race for the Cure. My walks this week averaged two miles, with today's being just over three miles. Today's walk is special - best friend is a second year breast cancer survivor. My other walks for the week have been the usual route through the little town and then along the Canal. I have started to do some running and am doing more speed walking. My routes now will vary because I will be adding "around the blocks" to add 2 miles to my route by the end of July.

Today we finished the route and were just walking to the parking lot when we heard the roll of thunder. Rain poured down for about an hour, then let up. After rained off and on. With the weather the way it was, I went shopping for flower odds and ends to finish up the flower beds. Off on Monday, so tomorrow afternoon and Monday will be planting time, then weeding / trimming, and snipping off the dead flowers so more blooms will come.

Friday, June 09, 2006

A week of walking

Although I haven't been running a total, I'm averaging 2 miles a day--some days more. So I'm at about 97 miles since Easter (I'm still calling it an Easter walk). Last week-end we were at the lake house getting ready for the Methodists who roll in tomorrow for their conference (Lakeside, OH which was featured on CBS Sunday morning show last week).
The weather was so fabulous, the lake looked like it had white ants on it--I'm surprised the sailboats weren't running into each other. This is my husband sitting on a bench with friends/clients (he is an architect and designed their cottage and they've become friends). The posts you see are not a fence, but are for holding the sunfish sailboats which will appear when the regular summer crowd shows up.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Still walking inside

Oklahoma City is in the middle of yet more heat and drought--so Perky Fitness Chick and I are becoming morning walk buddies. Her chatter isn't too grating, and I'm rotating the DVDs so that I haven't memorized her lines--too much.

What is pleasant (although not under the heading of walking) are evening swims Husband and I are trying to work in at least once a week in the complex pool. Usually by the time we go we have the place to ourselves and can splash and dog paddle however we want to.

I bought a bright pink kickboard for motivation. It helps.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Five Tramps in Mud Time

With husband, daughter and the two dogs, I struck out for Posh Neighboring Town Community Park today, a new destination for us. I didn't quite make it to 50 miles over the past 50 days, but I will not let that discourage me from continuing! We walked a little over a mile through muddy woods and fields. The weather changed from rainy to sunny to rainy again during our walk. Molly enjoyed lying down in a stream three times. We didn't mind because it was beautifully clean, or seemed so. But on the way back to the car, she did the same thing in a muddy puddle. Not so beautifully clean. And The Princess and I each came close to losing a shoe. It was straight to the shower for me when we arrived home damp, muddy and happily tired!

walked but not much

Sunday down to the waterfront (Lake Ontario) for lunch after church.
Saturday: Unionville parade and high street in the teeming rain
Friday: Around the mall in the drizzle. (walked miles!)
Thursday: Down the main street and then to Highway 7 for dinner. Lovely.

Now at the airport - will walk miles of walkways at aiports over the next 24 hours.

Home this time tomorrow.

Walking a mile a day. Thank you God for this place, space and fellowship. Amen

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Great Fiftieth Day

And so the Fifty Days have passed with much enjoyed. I do think these walks have tuned me in to the world more and have opened up my eyes, ears, and feelings to what God has given me.

Early walk this Morning to enjoy This Fiftieth Day. All the birds were chirping and singing. The squirrels were enjoying an early morning run and the turtles and fish were having a splash party. The sky was so blue that it seemed not to end and the few clouds that sailed by were like fluffs of cotton.

A sad ending as I had to bury one of the outside cats - run over sometime last night. His two siblings sat by as I dug in the soft ground and placed the box in the space prepared and covered the grave with dirt, then placed three large rocks atop so the grave couldn't be dug out.

Now to prepare for the upcoming week.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Three Spring Morning Walks

Time is flying by. I have managed to do the eary morning walks all week. Each morning I have met new characters along the way, a white toy poodle named Harley ( for Harley Davidson Motorcycles) -such a ferocious bundle of fur, he really just wanted to get acquainted, a family of bunnies - mama and 4 babies, and a loveable orange tiger cat.

The mornings are just cool enough for the fish to still be doing splashing and jumping in the canal. That should last about one more week, my fisherman friend told me they were still spawning.

The walks through town provide a great look at different flowering plants. Of course I have to stop and take notice.

On my way back, I kept my eyes open for the turtle, but haven't seen since Wednesday AM.

Today I did my three miles. I need to set a faster pace - Race for the Cure next Saturday - 5k (just a little over 3 miles). So this next week, I will be doing speed walking and some running. Now to the office for a couple of hours and then home to yardwork.

Friday, June 02, 2006

quiet stroll and brisk walk

Yesterday evening we went for a quiet stroll into the little centre of Unionville, and the touristy type shops ... then a brisk walk (about a mile each way) to a restaurant for dinner.

Today we walked around the mall. Does that count?

I stopped off at Laura Petites and bought a great pair of trousers on sale (great reduction!) and 2 tops. Wish we had stores like that in Finland. Still need to shorten them somewhat, but they fit nicely and I'm happy.

A multitasker exercises

I saw a guy jogging near by. . . talking on his cell phone. . . while pushing a baby stoller. . . with two toddlers aboard.

I walked another mile last evening when it cooled down between thunder storms. Now I have 80.5 miles since Easter. We're going back to the lake today--hope to get some more long walks in. And BTW, not a pound has fled. In the "old" days I would have been 10 lbs lighter and firmer.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Around town

It has been rainig again, and really cold, but Jaonne (youngest daughter) and I went shopping, we walked around Kings Lynn looking for a suitable birthday present for her older sister. Found two nice tops and a bracelet.

Cards for 22 yr old daughters are so hard to find!
Easily coverd a couple of miles.

Count before I lose track

I had 69 miles as of Saturday. Let me figure--2 miles on Sunday. Then 3 miles on Monday, 1.5 at the Lake and 1.5 at home in Columbus walking in the evening when it cooled down a bit (It's been in the high 80s and low 90s here--very unusual.) Tuesday only about 1.5, and Wednesday about the same because of the heat. So I think that puts me at 77 miles since Easter. Today I'm doing the mail run for the church, so if it's not too hot I'll step out a bit.
I start here for the pick-up

take the mail here, pick up a box and return

Update: I walked a mile after the mail run, picking a shady north south street and another 1.5 in the afternoon. For me, spliting up the walk time works best. 79.5 miles since Easter.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

And Now it Is Wednesday

Four Mornings - Four Great Walks

I've been able to walk every morning, a little different turn in my paths each day. It was early summer Sunday and Monday with 90+ temperatures, but with walking early in the morning, it was a little cooler. I have been seeing roses and lovely annuals throughout my walks.

The fish are still jumping and I saw a big snapping turtle in the canal. Little did I know that I would be rescuing a snapping turtle from the road yesterday. That is not part of the walking, but it was such an experience - I had to use the snow shovel to carry him to the brush by the ditch, with him snapping at the snow shovel all the way. And then this morning, there he was on top of a sand embankment by the road. I think he was digging himself into the sand. He was nowhere to be found tonight.

On the walks, the birds are singing so beautifully. As I walked this morning, I thought about the dear brown thrasher who sings at 4AM just outside my window. I wonder if he is the gggggggg.....grandchild of one of our summer boarders from the 1960's. I wake up thanking the Lord for such a lovely alarm ring.

by the water in Ottawa

by the water in Ottawa
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
just to prove I am up and about in Canada, here's a quick view from the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. We walked miles that day.

Today I walked about a mile and a half. To James' day care and then to the store and back. I bought myself a new top but the trousers I liked looked like a clown on me. They stayed on the shelf.

Yesterday I walked only a very little as the friend I spent the day with is a cancer surviver and not walking well right now cos of a knee injury (prayer appreciated) We did walk a short way in one park by the waterfront in Cornwall, Ontario which was lovely. Then we sat in the shade of a huge tree and prayed together.

Tomorrow I take the train back down towards Toronto so no walking as far as I know. It's been hot here recently so nicest to walk in the early morning or late evening. In Finland it never matters that much!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Today I walked in the rain, 2 muddy miles...I walked in between taxi runs... thanks twins...
It is cold and wet and horrible- who truned the calander back??? And my drier has died!

Monday, May 29, 2006

the beach...

I love the beach- I love the sound of the wanes crashing on the shore; I love the sense of being alone at one with the created world and with God at the same time... this shot really caught my imagination yesterday evening- I call it hopefuless
to see more photos from my weekends wanderings follow this link.

walking in Ontario

Friday we walked a lot in Kingston though we did at least take one bus from the day care right passed down town, and then walked all the way home, but in stages. It was a bit of an overcast day, so hoping that the sun there is now will hold until Weds when we'll next go down to the lake front.

Saturday we went to Ganonoque and the thousand islands tour. A short wander around the town before the boat left and then later a walk on a farm. Saw some great hopping frogs and a mallard, but the Canadian goose and her babies had gone off for a swimming / flying lesson. Lots of bugs including a few mosquitoes so we cut this walk a bit short.

Sunday we walked to Alice's church and back. About 25 mins each way.

Today I walked Alice's four year old to the daycare. About a mile (or less) return trip I guess.

Tonight I take the train up to Cornwall, and meet with a friend (Anglican priest) coming back tomorrow evening. I don't think we'll be doing much walking then, more talking over lunch and coffee etc. I'm not a coffee drinker but last week I drank a Tim Horton's French Vanilla capucchino and seriously liked it. The slippery slope I think.

Be blessed

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Late Saturday Morn

So much for my plans - I'm really procrastinating and did not accomplish as much as I had hoped to yesterday. We have developed a unseasonally hot weekend.

I walked later than usual, so the temp was 88 degrees ( I don't listen to the heat index) and the humidity was up. The southern breeze helped some, but this is the warmest time I have walked this year. The roadside was mowed for the weekend, creating the smell of fresh cut hay. The birdsong was coming from the woods across the road. Along the way, the cattle were in the small pasture. It looked like three calves were playing "King of the Hill" on a mound of dirt.

Down through town there was not much activity and along the canal it was very quiet. Saw lots of dragonflies and some Monarch butterflies flitting along the bank. Even the fish were quiet. Since this is a Holiday weekend, I just took my time and enjoyed this day of summerlike weather.

Back along my road, I stepped up my stride, since I really need to get down to brass tacks with my yardwork.

A new view for my walks

Many residents have planted iris along the lakefront walk where rocks were brought in about 10 years ago to protect the shore line.

There is a quarry in Marblehead--freighter is docked to pick up a load.

69 miles since Easter

Friday, May 26, 2006

we walked miles!

We went to Ottawa yesterday. What a lovely town. I do have photos but still haven't figured to get them from my camera /laptop to anyone elses so I can access flickr. So you'll just have to take my word that we had a fabulous day. We walked from the bus-station to the parliament, and did the self-guided walking tour. Fabulous buildings and landscape too.

We had lunch (yummy Indian)in the main pedestrian street (apparently the first in Canada!) and then walked to the Rideau canal (connecting Kingston to Ottawa) and the locks. I have a thing about canals. We even went on a canal holiday for our honeymoon. (grin)

We were in Ottawa for 8 hours and walked almost all the time, as well as to the bus-station and back, so a lot of miles!!! in sunshine and with a grin on my face the whole day. (Oh we found a great Christian bookstore too - and I was so restrained it hurt)

Today I'm back in Kingston and we've walked a fair bit with a brisk 40 minute walk to look forward to after this. I'm in need of a holiday. Yikes! This is my holiday.
Weather a bit rainy today, but the forecast is good for tomorrow. Hope they are right as we're doing a 3 h boat trip to the thousand islands.

pics to come, one of these days!
Be blessed

PS Alice has posted some pics here

On the Trail

Although I have been absent from the blog, I have been walking most days. Today we had a lovely tramp through the woods at Posh Neighboring Town Nature Preserve. Molly Dog has been sick, but felt perky enough finally for a real walk this morning. Of course she had to lie down in whatever puddle of water she could find to cool off along the way, so we have a dirty dog on our hands. But the walk was worth it! Ladyslippers and lilies of the valley were in evidence. In a muddy spot we found the track of what may have been a moose, since it was awfully large for a deer. The woods smelled wonderful. We took some connector trails that were new to me, and I even felt inspired to do a little running.

This walking has been great. Cathy, thanks again for starting this supportive community.

6 Days of Walks

Here I am - catching up again. Walked my usual routes since Sunday. Today added a mile, since I have a long weekend. Spent most of the walks focusing on responsibilities at work, but still enjoyed the scenery. Today, this walk was just for me to enjoy what beauty was all around me.

I must say, the Yellow Rose of Texas rosebush has never been in such bloom. I almost lost it in 1999 when the mowers kept cutting it off and I was too busy to realize what was happening. Salvaged the yellow beauty by covering with boxes for 2 years. Now it is growing full force.

My walk this AM met with a bevy of irises blooming, all colors. In some yards there were the usual purple, yellow, and lavendar. In other yards were rainbow hues of all sizes.

Had to stop and pet my Malamute friend, Moose. He's such a big baby and loves to have is stomach rubbed.

Then down to the canal. Early enough this AM to hear the fish splashing and surfacing for food. I think the Mayflies are out and although they usually aren't found during the day, it is shady enough by the canal for them to still be around in the early morning hours.

Back to the house. Have lots of planting, weeding, and yardwork to accomplish.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

We're at Lake Erie

under a tornado watch. I got in 2 miles yesterday walking around our condo area. Now we're at our summer home in Lakeside, Oh, which is a gated summer community founded by the Methodists about 130 years ago. I walked around and because of our exceptionally warm Spring, everything is further along.

One of the neighbors is getting a new foundation

This started out as a renovation of a disaster, but I think it fell down and they started over. Same footprint, though. They try to save the 19th c. homes if they can, but because they were summer homes, they weren't well-built.

66 miles and watching the sky.

A break in the storms

I have been walking today... up and down the garden behing the lawn mower, and then up and down the paths to sweep them clear... Moses has been rollin in the sun enjoying the warmth.... Why are cats so much more sensible than humans. More storms and high winds forecast for tomorrow. Am I mad???

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

some great walking

but I can't download the photos. sorry.

Today we walked around my friend's neighbourhood in Kingston, Ontario, walking home via a meadow and seeing baby birds going solo.

Tomorrow we head off to Ottawa for the day with a brisk walk to the bus station in the morning, and then pavement bashing all day. Fun.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More stormy weather

Still dodging the storms... but the skies have been spectacular especially down on the beach...

65 miles so far... still walking

Greeted by a neighbor

On my afternoon walk today, I was greeting by a friendly neighbor, wagging his tail. Also had a morning walk.

63 miles since Easter

Monday, May 22, 2006

out and about in Canada

Friday. I walked and RAN miles of airline corridors and made my connection in Heathrow, London. What's more my bags did too, but they weren't hot and sweaty when they arrived!

Saturday. I went with Erin (Biscotti Brain) on a walk in a place called Marcy's woods, which lead down to Lake Erie. Fabulous!

Sunday (that's yesterday I think!) we visited Niagara Falls and then walked around a bit (mostly window shopping up and down the main St -so I'm not sure that counts) in Niagara on the Lake. We didn't get out of the car in Niagara as it was drizzling and there was a cold wind howling, but those Falls are amazing. I was here about four years ago now and they ministered to me then, and again now. The power of those Falls is NOTHING compared to God's love.

Some pics coming from Canada soon. (I hope!)
But wanted to drop by and give you all a big ((((hug)))) and say I am walking and I am happy! (grin)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pick up sticks

Remember that game? I'm picking up big sticks as I walk the condo grounds. Then I pile them discreetly next to our bushes waiting for the ground crew to show up. Today I got about 3 miles on separate walks. It rained in the morning, but was beautifully sunny by noon. Cookies at the church meeting sort of threw a wrench into the plan, however.

61 miles since Easter.

2 weeks til Feast of the Pentecost

Two Weeks until the Feast of the Pentecost - and Ordinary Time begins. Any suggestions as to what we will call the blog then and what the goal will be? Who wants to do the Math?
Dismally behind in walking.... I have excuses, but excuses don't cut it.
Off to church now.

Wind and rain...

After the beautiful weather last week I have been battling with wind and rain this week. They call the wind that blows from the North sea a lazy wind, because it goes through rather than round you....
I managed a couple of walks in the wind dashing out between storms, not the best weather for enjoying a walk, but the skies were spectacular, I tried to capture the sense of movement in the clouds...
And today more wind and rain and I have a cold, so I'm staying indoors and looking after myself...

Finally to 4

Yesterday I went out 3 different times so I figure I totalled about 4 miles. Sunny but a little cool. I'm taking the book on tape, but not enjoying it much. I never read her vampire books, but I have a feeling her fans will probably not accept this one.

58 miles since Easter

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Early start this morning. I'm hoping the farmer neighbor doesn't mow the side of the road before tomorrow. I'm headed into the office today, but want to dig up a part of the daisy when I get home this evening.

It was great walking weather - cool, but sunny. As I walked down the road, I heard the baby birds rustling in the ditch along the road - frogs, baby rabbits, baby wrens, maybe even meadowlarks. Could not see what was there, grass was so long. Hope all the critters will survive a mowing.

Walking by the canal, I heard a lot of splashing. The bank was pretty steep and without my glasses, I had to wait until the splashing got closer. At first I thought it was beavers. Then I saw some dorsal fins - in my head, I could hear the theme song from "Jaws". There were several rings of splashing. I then thought there were also snakes or eels because I could see a beastie zigzagging in the water. Finally I saw a couple of fish heads. There were at least 6 schools of fish feeding - probably carp. But it did add to the excitement of the walk.

Back home, the iris are starting to bud and will soon be blooming.

This really is truly a lovely way to start the day!

Friday, May 19, 2006

5 days of Walks

Busy week - Monday through Friday:

I walked each day in the early morning - normal route, but plan longer walks this weekend.

Rain has made everything including the weeds grow so fast. Each morning I start out by looking at the wild columbine along the patio.

This morning my "Yellow Rose of Texas" is budding out - it is supposed to bloom first week of June. I walk past my bramble rose bushes, check out the daylilies and the poison ivy. Need to get to that within the next two weeks.

Down the road I see that the corn is doing well - hope that we have a good mix of rain and sun to make that corn grow tall. The dandelions are starting their second batch of blooms and there is a big wild white daisy bush just full of flowers. I think tomorrow, I'll see if I can dig a section up and plant by the roses. I'll have to check to see if the blue cornflowers are along the road.

My walks through town shows me my friend's ice plants are blooming. The canal path is alive with all kinds of "critters" and "birds". Love their songs and chatters.

This week my walks have kept me in tune with my plan of a better life / work balance.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday walks

Two walks today with my book on tape--finished about 3 chapters or 2 miles I'm guessing. In one neighborhood I passed a white pick-up truck with the signage, "The Weed Lady," and sure enough it was a woman landscaper/gardener with a male helper.

54 miles since Easter.

Gardening (yard work)

I haven't walked today, but have dashed our in between storms to weed our garden... last summer it got really neglected due to Chris's stay in hospital, and all the weeds seeded themselves, a bit of rain and warm weather and its a jungle. I have removed bag loads of weeds and grasses, so no walking just digging and weeding and sweeping, decided that two hours of that added up to a mile in kind!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Sunshine peeking through

We've just finished a downpour here in Columbus, but other parts of the day were semi-sunny and warm, so I got in 3 miles in 2 separate walks. I took another audiobook out of the library today hoping to find something good for walks. I've never read an Anne Rice book, but I got her Christ the Lord, read by Josh Heine. PW says the reading is bland, but I think that's OK for walking, don't you? If the weather holds, maybe I'll get it finished before it is due.

52 miles since Easter. Do I have to leave the group or can I keep going?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Three miles today

I slipped outside three different times, and twice actually found some sunshine. The last time after dinner I saw a deer across the ravine watching me. She was lovely, but I could see how easily they can destroy greenery as I watched her eating the tender branches on the small trees. My neighbor's white azalea is still blooming--I think it's been more than 2 weeks.

Now I'm up to 49 miles.


I have been walking through poppy fields.. they are just beginning to flower.. I love poppies! So although it was cloudy and rain threatened it was a joy to walk today.
Yesterday I walked IN the city.

I had some paperwork (blah!) to do at school so drove there. When I was done I walked o the market square (10 mins max) and had a fine time looking (not buying) and taking picures. Then to Forex to get $ and back through the 'mall'

I can't remember I've done this and while it's hardly fast walking I did walk for the best part of an hour. Stopping at one shop to try on a top, which I didn't buy.

When I got home I had a terrific walk with the dog. About 20 mins. The weather LOOKS warm and sunny but it's been so windy that the real temperature was only about 6C (brrrr!!) I was glad to have my coat on.

Today LOOKS better but I haven't actually been outside. Thanks to the internet though I can tell you

Temperature: 8.2 °C (46.8 °F)
Dew-point: -4.2 °C (24.5 °F)
Relative Humidity: 41 %
Wind: 8.6 m/s from West-Northwest (19.24 mph)
(Wind chill: 2.0 °C 35.6 °F)
Solar Power: 621 W/m² (800-1000 W/m² is a sunny day)
Barometric Pressure: 1016.8 hPa (30.05 inHg)
Total Rainfall today:
(ie since 00:00 GMT) 0.0 mm (0.00 in)

so again COLDER than it looks 2 C!!! Yikes. Glad I looked!)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Brief break in the weather

We've had a system of rain stalled over us, but this morning it was clear sky and sunshine, so I walked from the supermarket to the small specialty store and back to the car. But it was much closer than I'd judged, so when I got home I walked another 10 minutes.

Now I've walked 46 miles since Easter--but the weight isn't budging. Must be the chocolate peanut butter pie recipe I'm perfecting.

Same route..

I walked the same route again today, it has been wonderful watching the season unfold, it was warm today even though it was raining, a few poppies have started to come out, they are such beautiful flowers. It is doing my soul good to get out into the fresh air everyday... I am considering it as a spiritual discipline...

down by the river

down by the river
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
walked and cycled yesterday (Sunday)
It looks sunny and warm, but it was so windy that the windchill factor brought the temperature down to 4.5C and I froze :(

This pic is taken from the steps of the cathedral towards the river. As you can see spring has come (at last) and very fast at that.

it's weird though the daffodils are just coming (those that survived) and yet the oak trees (usually the last to wake up) also have leaves on them.

This definitely is my fav time of the year.

Walked 2 miles today (to church and back) and then cycled about 3 miles in total.

Not bad at all for a busy Sunday

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I walked anyway...

Well it was so beautiful when I dropped Jon off to rehearse today that I walked anyway...I went down to the rivers at Denver Sluice. A picture describes it better than I can...

Family Weekend

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Busy days and the weather just was not cooperating for spring. Dreaded treadmill on Friday and this AM. I know I won't melt in the rain but I settled for a mile each morning. Visits with brother - Tom and sister-in-law - Sue (Lincoln, NE) and niece - Kristin (St. Paul, MN). Kristin stayed with me and played with terror kitcat Blue so much, he's been sleeping all day.

Yesterday A.M. there was a break in the rain, so I set off on my ususal route. Just past the driveway, I saw a pair of bluebirds flying back towards my yard. Such a beautiful sight and what a lovely song.

Kept up a good pace. Saw the geese and the ducks - lots of honking and quacking. Not much else to see - must be everyone slept in. At the canal - did another block, then turned around. The weather has been so wet that the grass along the road has not been cut. As I turned into the driveway, I was greeted by about six gold finches flitting from the oak tree to some iris that are just starting to bud.

I'm going to try for a short walk tonight (Sunday) if the weather clears some.

Walking and cycling

This week has not been too good for covering the miles, so I went mad on Friday with another 10+ mile bike ride and then a walk on the beach both Friday (amazing experience) and Saturday evenings.

Fridays weather was beautiful, hot and sunny, Saturday it was cold and windy but the beach was dramatic and awesome. Not sure I will get out to walk today, I am a bit stiff from Friday and also very busy with two services and a concert!

feeling such a fraud

walking the 40 miles in 40 days in lent was great, but somehow I feel I've failed badly in Pentecost. Ironically the weather's been lovely whereas in lent it was ghastly.

I know I had an op etc etc but still.

Thursday was the last day I walked and I enjoyed it. I also cycled then.
There was no real excuse on Friday. yes I'm immersed in my thesis ... but still ... sigh. Yesterday was 'too windy' What? to walk! Give me a break. (and yes I was stuck rather heavily into my thesis again)

anyway today I'm out and about again. Walking to church in 30 mins time (it's about 1 mile) then mothers' day lunch at MILs and walking home again. I'll (probably) cycle down to the cathedral this afternoon too.

and the good news is that next week I go to Canada. The first weekend involves some walking and the following week a lot more (as my friend doesn't have a car and I won't have a bike)

so watch this space.

Today is a new day and I rejoice :)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Missed a day

We had a potluck last night at our home for one of our pastors and wife who are returning to the mission field, so that and the rainy weather kept me inside and I didn't walk at all. However, I got in two walks today. For the second one I walked through a different condo complex and came home so grateful for ours with the wide open spaces, vistas, creeks and trees. In the morning my shoes picked up a little mud and I had to vacuum a bit--my rugs were probably in shock--twice in one week.

45 miles since Easter.

Soggy Saturday

When last we met, I had walked in the neighborhood of 21.5 miles since Easter. My work week was horrendously busy. I was away from home for 11 or 12 hours each day, Monday through Thursday, with a break on Wednesday afternoon to go to a baseball game with my daughter's school. We walked home from the stadium, and that was a mile! On Thursday, I squeezed in a walk in the neighborhood with husband and dogs, and that is another mile. Then on Friday, we walked a mile in off-and-on rain at our favorite Nature Preserve, where I did some jogging along with the walking on a trail of about a mile. This puts me at 24.5 miles. We are now at 27 days since Easter, so I am a little behind where I had hoped to be at this point. The torrential rain here today does not suggest I will improve my total in a meaningful way, but we will certainly get out and walk despite the weather. I don't know what the coming week will bring. I will be in Atlanta at the Festival of Homiletics. I'm hoping the hotel has a treadmill or something I can use and try to keep up with the rest of you in my modest way.

Blessings to all our walkers,

P.S. It looks like the hotel has some minimal exercise facilities, so I will try out the treadmill!

Saturday morning

It seems like it has been forever since I have posted. This week has been busy with a performance and school and IEPs (school stuff), a church supper, and RAIN. Today is lovely....LOVELY with a low in the 50s and a high to reach eightyish --- and low humidity - this is MY kind of weather!

Norma is way ahead of the pack unless someone just hasn't posted their total. Mine is dismal at this point, but I promise to make a difference today.

I also have news to post, but won't quite yet. It's exciting!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Watching the seasons change...

Walking today and pondering on so many things, I took the camera out and captured some great shots. It has been a glorius day here, no need for a jacket, my first t-shirt day of the year!

I measured my regular route, it is just over 2 miles.

Ohio Spring has returned

Now this is more like it. Gray, rainy, blustery and in the 50s. But yesterday I took two walks (2 miles), and got one mile in today before the rain started. I'm able to walk faster and longer than when I started. Helsinki, here I come. (Our July trip)

43 miles since Easter.

Thursday Jaunt

Up and at em early today - Cold unMay weather is predicted for later and for the weekend. Before my walk I took down the hanging baskets and wind chimes since there was a wind advisory for this afternoon.

Down the road I start, treated to early morning sounds and to the smell of fresh cut grass. I look over to the field - and I'm seeing the corn sprouting.

We've had some locally heavy rain here that washed away some seed, but this field looks good. Down through town and to the bicycle path,the back home to get ready for work. Some days off through Monday. So I will be digging in the dirt Monday, planting shrubs, roses, and lily bulbs. May eyes are always bigger than my arms, but I wanted to replace what i lost last year. Hopefully this year I will be a better steward to my garden.

out and about again

walked the dog at midday, about 40 mins. It was lovely. Spring is well advanced, and we've had what can only be called a miraculous heat wave in early May. I'm loving it.

A little later on I got out my bike and cycled down to the cathedral area (about a mile) and ate ice cream by the river. Cycled home too ofcourse. It's definitely 'being outside weather' and I'm loving it.

Cambridge walking

I hadn't planned on walking far yesterday due to time constraints but ended up diong so anyway, I needed to be in Cambridge for a lecture it took 1hr 30 mins to get in for what should be a 40 min. journey... then I had to park about a mile away because the town was so busy! It was a great evening for a walk and I felt better for it so I'm not complaining...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Foggy Wednesday

We had rain last night and with the warmer humid air, I walked out into a sea of fog. It was starting to lift as I crossed the road into town. Very quiet - again too early for activity. I walked a little ways along the canal to see if I could find the geese family nest. No luck.

These last two mornings have me thinking over some work responsibilities, but that is okay. The quietness gives me a chance to plan different approaches to some prickly problems. I am halfway home and now have a Plan A and a Plan B.

As I walked up the front walk, the two older kit cats are sitting in the front window waiting for a pet and a treat. Blue was waiting his turn for a special little run around the houses before I left for work.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Monday and Tuesday Mornings

It seems I need to take a break at night to write of my day's journey. Then I wouldn't need to be catching up. These last two days have been good walking weather. Yesterday I took my usual route down through town and to the bicycle path. Not very eventful, too early- everyone was half asleep, even the birds. It was very quiet and peaceful, my thoughts went to my work and so I went through the day's schedule and what was needed for the agency's board meeting. So much for life balance.

This morning was cloudy and looking like it would rain any minute. I have many white lilies of the valley out my front door and by the driveway, there are some pink ones. They smell so yummy.

I took another route through town to the Canal. The geese were by the water - have not been able to find a nest, but it must be close by because these two do not venture too far away.

This is a two miler round trip so I head back to get ready for work.

Walking the old haunts

I had a hair appointment this morning at 11:30, so I drove to the park in our old neighborhood and walked for about 40 minutes. This is the area where I used to push the babies (now 37 and 38) in the stroller with the rumble seat. In a few weeks the pool will be filled with screaming and happy children. Something new in the park I hadn't seen was a gift from the high school class of 1949 for their 50th of "historic trees." Seedlings are grown from trees in historical areas, like where Abraham Lincoln was born, or a famous battle, and planted elsewhere. I walked around and looked at the markers. It's a nice idea for a class gift.

40 miles since Easter

Evening walk

I threw myself out of the house this evening after a busy day, I just wanted to sit and do nothing but knew the exercise would do me good, I had spent an hour in the garden weeding- and there are still more... the walk was lovely, though the promised sunset just turned into a red ball that disapeared into the mist over the fens.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Monday walk

I walked a mile at the park today with my Planets book on CD. Frankly, it just doesn't set the right mood for walking. I mean, all the gaseous vapors, and hot temperatures, and Greek gods. I think Mozart hits a better pace, so I may return it to the library. Our spring weather continues to hold--I may even get a second walk. Even the school bus drivers who park there and wait, got out and were walking.

If you're over 50, you might enjoy my little story Whistle stop potluck.

38 miles since Easter

spring in Turku

spring in Turku
Originally uploaded by see-through faith.
I took some pictures of buds a few days ago but they weren't really in focus. Less than one week later, this is the sycamore tree in our garden. (well a bit of it)

it was + 24C today (mid 70s) in Turku, in Finland in early May.

I'm off to sit in the garden with my book but wanted to share this with you.

I cycled to my meeting rather than walking (was a bit late but still took it easy cos of hte stitches) this evening i'll walk the dog in the cool of the day. Now at 5.30pm it's still +22C


Weekend Walks

We had two lovely walks this weekend, and by "we" I mean I was out with my husband and our dogs. On Saturday morning, we walked about a mile at the Trolley Park, now a quiet and lovely place for a walk. All the buildings are gone, leaving behind a riverside path, some modest hills and an unfortunate view, from one end, of the city's recycling center with its mountains of discarded items. But aside from that last, which is only visible from one small section, it's a very nice place to walk.
Sunday afternoon, we went to Mackworth Island, where the trail of 1.25 miles encircles the island. Molly and Sam have to be on the leash, and this means I sometimes have to jog to keep up with the pace! Good for me, right?

checking in from Finland

I walked this morning and was back home by 8am. Nothing terribly unusual about that, although it's fair to say that DD usually takes the dog for her early morning walk. Today she overslept so I said I could do it. No problem.

What was unusual was this:

Temperature: 14.2 °C (57.6 °F)
Dew-point: 7.0 °C (44.6 °F)
Relative Humidity: 62 %
Wind: 0.4 m/s from East (0.89 mph)
(Wind chill: 14.2 °C 57.6 °F)
Solar Power: 291 W/m² (800-1000 W/m² is a sunny day)
Barometric Pressure: 1031.2 hPa (30.47 inHg)
Total Rainfall today:
(ie since 00:00 GMT)
0.0 mm (0.00 in)

14C before 8am, in early May, in Finland!

Our house is sticky warm even though all the windows are open as well as the patio door. I love it. I was made for this kind of weather (grin)

Walking was lovely too. I walk about 3/4 mile. The birds were singing, the buds aren't tiny any more but opening rapidly and the light was beautiful.

I walk again later today to a meeting at 10am. It's so good to be out and about again! See you later!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Weekend wanderings

Across the fields...

I've been away at a study weekend at All Hallows, Ditchingham, Norfolk with ERMC. it is set in beautiful countryside... I managed a walk on Saturday afternoon.