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Yay! Walking Again!

9 Jun

Well, I went to Norway, and I played my flute in the raggedy little band and we marched up and down the streets of two tiny little Norwegian towns. The big deal for me was that my son was playing the trombone and my grandson was playing cornet.

The bad part was that all of us came down with the flu shortly after my cornet-playing grandson had his confirmation, and so we didn’t go for beautiful walks in the Norwegian mountains. Instead we sat in the living room and watched movies. We watched the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings on three separate days. And I read many many books.

The march took place between the flu and the stomach stuff I developed later, so it was one of the few days I actually felt good enough to do it. Sick on the airplane, though I made it home all right, only to come down with another cold.

So now I am finally more or less healthy and ready for walking, but oh, how I hate the heat! I walked from 7:30 to 8:30 this morning in an increase of almost ten degrees F. So next time I MUST get out there sooner. And NOT wear my straw hat because the sun comes right through it.

But I felt pretty good, and only turned around because it was hot and I was about to head into an unremitting stretch of pure sunshine. I walked about half – maybe a little more – of my former normal distance with no problems. I just need to get up earlier and get out there while the hot sun is just peeking over the horizon.


A Walk is a Walk is a Walk

2 May

I started with the intention of doing a 3 mile hike on this day before I fly off to Norway, but it was simply TOO HOT! Shortly after I got to the bridge… MAYBE half a mile from the house, I realized that I might actually give out from the heat, and turned around and came home.

I had hoped to use the time to get my mind off of worrying about all the what-ifs, and that worked – all I could think about was how miserable I was and whether my water would hold out.

I love how the ground is now dotted with tiny specks of green under the trees, and all the flowers that are blooming. I will probably miss the trilliums, but I guess it is worth it.

I expect to have some lovely and scenic walks in Norway. I will take lots of pictures and will surely try to keep up the blog when possible. I am getting better at putting pictures up, I just need to do it more often.

Another New Spot

29 Apr

Still trying to figure out how best to accommodate my energy level. It seems I become fairly LOW energy after I’ve done the hill. So to honor that, I walked along a very straight path in town, a railroad grade heading out of town, and it was lovely but my knees were hurting and my pedometer fell off shortly after I started so I had no idea how far I’d walked. I am SO glad I paid the extra dollar for the clip thingy so that even if it comes off, it still dangles from the clip.

I was surprised at the different kinds of wildflowers I saw on this path – things I had thought only grew farther south, like Dogtooth Violets and Bloodroot.   Also as the path is between the lake and the highway and open to 4-wheelers, there is a LOT of garbage along the way.

I need to do the hill one more time before I fly off to Norway, but not sure when I can sandwich it in.

Mount Everest!

4 Apr

Or so it seems to me – I have finally reached my goal of walking all the way to the top of Maple Hill. I need to figure out how to put pictures here and show a picture of my Mt. Everest. I feel like I should have invited friends over and had a party. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow night. My knees hurt more coming down the steep part, but up was slower. I found a rock at the top that I could sit on, and sat there for a few minutes glorying in my personal summit. Surprisingly, after I was all the way back down, I was walking a pretty good clip (for me) and the entire walk only took 15 minutes longer than usual.

And some of that was taken up by talking to a neighbor, the lady with the dogs. I was so glad to meet her and get to know her dogs’ names and pet them etc etc. I will be much less afraid going past her house now.

And I have bought a ticket for Norway, so I don’t know if I’ll be blogging from there or not. I’d have to lug my laptop through multiple airports along with my flute and my camera. Decisions, decisions.

To Go or Not to Go

1 Apr

I spent a major time on this walk debating the issue. My son wants me to come to Norway for his son’s (my grandson’s) Coming of Age ceremony on May 5th, and then stay for their National Holiday on the 17th. These are both really BIG DEALS there, the coming of age thing is when the child receives his National Costume, called a Bunad, and they are all very colorful and take an amazing amount of work, usually by the parent.

The problem is I was just there for Christmas and I don’t have a lot of money, but I am really seriously thinking of doing it. My son played trombone in high school and as far as I know hasn’t played it since, but he is renting one to play in the band for the parade on the 17th. My grandson plays the trumpet, and my son suggested that I come and bring my flute. Now I ask you, WHO could pass up an opportunity to march up and down the hills of this tiny town in the fjords of Norway playing the flute with my son and my grandson playing brass? It’s just a small band, no more than ten people. I am sorely tempted to just buy the ticket and damn the torpedoes.

The walk went well. I notice now that even when my legs and my back hurt, I still can just keep walking and definitely have more stamina. But the BEER when I come home tastes really good.