Just Keep Walking update

Tomorrow the 30th marks 4 years and 6 months of walking every.single.day.

I went out at 5:45 am alone as B is in Chico working. The stars were lovely.

By the time 6:15 rolled around the sky was lightening up and it was pre-dawn.

I need new walking shoes but still haven’t ordered them. My North Face shoes are 2 years old in January. I was reading another blogger about the “Walking STore”, and how they take a computerized image of your feet and then recommend after that.  I may consider this as my orthotics in my shoes are 4 years old and I’m sure not doing anything.   The’Walking Store’ shoes are quite expensive but it’s probably worth it. Especially when you have foot problems like I do.

We’ll see.

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Walking in Tahoe at dawn.

 

Simple Sunday

A cool day after the rain but sunny.

We were out walking by 5:30 ( or 6:30) Daylight savings time. It wasn’t completely dark. Our other regular usually doesn’t walk on Sundays so we had the park to ourselves and the geese and ducks. But sort of as expected the regular 7am crowd showed up at 6 am. Tomorrow will be interesting to see who’s there.

Then it was the Kitchen Zone this week, so I wiped all the cabinets, top of the refrigerator and did the windows and stove hood. All I need to do is mop the floor tomorrow.

We had pumpkin pancakes for breakfast with some bacon and veggie sausage and scrambled eggs. Quite yummy really.

Then it was on to the gym and Target.  I needed to get twinkly lights. I only got 2 packs because they weren’t on sale. Plus cat food, of course. PLus a couple of large Xmas bags to put gifts in. I decided this would be a good way to just have the simple gifts in a bag for each person. We’ll see how that goes.

I came home and got the pork roast in the Lodge to cook for a few hours and made homemade mac and cheese and I just finished the salad. I’m guessing were eating a little earlier tonight than usual.IMG_0386.jpg

Here’s a cute picture of Rocky and Ollie( the cat)!!

Simple Sunday

We walked just a tad bit later this morning @ 6:30. It was predawn and a nice rosy color.

I went to the gym and picked a few things at Safeway(cat food)!!  I loaded the thrift store in my old van and I’ll take that tomorrow. It’s always good when you’re decluttering to get the stuff out of your house.  It doesn’t help to have bags lurking or boxes and also, try not to let it sit in your car for 3 months. Better to be done with it.

Tomorrow I have my labs which I will anxiously wait for the results. I’ll know by Thursday how it all is. Sometimes, I feel a little more tired but who knows it may be just age catching up to me. Then I have to drop a check off at AAA for our house insurance.

I may go to Home Depot as I need some of those plastic things you put under plants. We’re moving some of the outside plants into the sunroom so I need to protect the table.

Flylady zone is the bedroom and I already washed the windows and tidied the closet some. I might organize my canning jars as I have them stored in there.

  • I have just a few more things to get for Christmas and it’s done. This will be a very minimalistic Christmas.  I like using the 4 themes of:
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read
  • Something you need
  • Something you want

Of course, within reason. Gift cards will play a big part. I have the reading covered with some eBay purchases of Easton press books. Clothes are mostly jammies, needs will be gas gift cards, wants, still TBD.

Dinner is Sunday Supper of spaghetti with meat sauce/marinara, salad, and I might make bread sticks.( I have some dough left from pizza).

 

Simple Sunday

We had a nice walk this morning. The park was empty when we got there but then 10 minutes later quite a few cars were showing up. On Sundays, we get there a little later as we stay in bed just a few minutes more. So it was 6:20 about. Sunrise is 6:45 now and gaining a minute a day. This coming Friday is the equinox and my husbands birthday. A Virgo on the cusp.

We’re planning an overnight at a place in the Sierras.

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Not at Lake Tahoe but to the NE. It’s a place that is designed in the Frank Llyod Wright style so I’m interested to see it. Mostly, I think, people golf there but I know there are some walking trails too. It’s quite expensive but B bought this as a Groupon like 2 years ago so we need to use it.

Today is a gym day. Then I need just a few things from the store. I thought I’d make some homemade brownies but I need some dutch cocoa.  PLus I need cream and lemons.

Dinner is a quiche (I think). We have a ton of eggs to use so that seems logical.

We’re also going to do another garbage run as we have a huge pile(again) of stuff from around the yard. There are the poles from the old pool and a used tarp and the old doors that we replaced. So, after we get back from town we’ll go do that. It’s at the end of the road we live on so pretty convenient.

Fall is in the air and last night we had our first fire in the firepit. It was cozy and I had made a delicious curried lentil soup. A great recipe and a keeper.

 

Simple Sunday

Our Sunday walk started out lovely. Quiet in the park ,nobody there but us until…..

Maybe I’m a magnet for weird things. So we’re walking on our second round near the tennis courts. We round the corner and a car pulls up to the far end of the parking lot. As we were walking the 3 ducks that are left ( from the Hobbles crowd) were right there by the path so we stopped and said Hi. So this guy opens his car door and out shoots a dog and it runs straight at the poor ducks. I turn around and yell, Put your dog on a leash, this is a leash law park.  The guy goes ballistic, yelling and screaming at me. That I should just leave the park, get out of here and on and on. It was really unnerving. So I say again, just put your dog on a leash. By this time the dog had run across the field somewhere. He continues to be crazy yelling. I say I’m going to call the sheriff and he goes ballistic. Go ahead, do that, here take a picture and on and on. So as we started down the path by the play structure, I call 911 and say this is not an emergency but I don’t have the sheriffs number for urgent call. So I tell her what is happening and she says she’ll send a sheriff. Well, we did one one round, walked as far away as we could from the guy who seemed to just be sitting in his car. He then walked over somewhere I presume to try and find his dog which was still off leash.  Geez, I was a little freaked out because I do walk alone often and in the dark sometimes.  I’m definitely bringing pepper spray tomorrow. But it was so over the top. I mean are people going crazy.  It was so belligerent and weird.

Anyway, we never saw the sheriff so…

Today is a gym day, and I got my oil changed.

I did the bathroom zone already( an advantage of having only one teeny tiny bathroom) and 2 loads of laundry( it’s sheet day).

This afternoon I’m going to put a chicken to roast. It’s warm out but it shouldn’t be too hot to use the oven.

 

 

the week ahead….

Our temperatures look nice for the week. Low 90’s. It actually cooled off last night and our walk this morning was nice.

We are on day 67 of year 5. There have been a lot of people walking at 6 am. I guess because of how hot it has been. So it’ll be nice if a few drop away. As the weeks go on, it does get down to the maybe 6 of us that walk every morning. And when the weather turns we’re usually out there alone or maybe the one other very dedicated walker.

This should be a mellow week with B gone in LA, my daughter won’t be working every day, and my son, just in and out as usual. I have one appt Wednesday and that’s it. Tomorrow I’m taking food to the food bank and then to 2 different thrift stores. One will be the Cancer thrift store as my daughter has a few higher quality things she wants to go there.  Then a drop off at good will.

Next week we start our 2 weeks in Tahoe. We all won’t be there at the same time but they’ll be some overlap. We’re not paying for a house sitter this time so we need one of us here to put chickens away and feed and love the cats.

I got thru the Kitchen zone pretty easily and even vacuumed. So tidied and I’m getting a load of laundry done.

One of the things minimalism has done for me recently is actually not taking something away but adding. I’ve been adding houseplants here and there for a touch of green.  I’m really enjoying it. I’m sure I’ll lose a few like the maiden hair fern which seems quite temperamental. I’ve moved it into the bathroom as it like humidity but not sure if it’ll make it.  It’s been a nice added touch.

Dinner is cheese ravioli ( I think). It’s pasta Monday so….