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After two winters when we simply couldn't afford a gym, I have been looking forward to finding a gym this year. It's definitely time-- getting dark early, and often too nasty out for my taste-- so I was intending to call Planet Fitness today and arrange for a tour. First, though, I had to take the hubby to his eye appointment.

We were a few minutes early to the office, which is amazingly close to home, so I told him I wanted to drive the length of the strip mall and see if there was any place where I could get my hair cut during his appointment. There was only an expensive-looking salon, so no luck-- but there was a gym I'd never noticed. We went to his appointment, but in the waiting room I pulled out my phone and looked up the gym. Lots of interesting details, so I walked down.

I'm not even sure what I said when I walked in, but the response was a cheery "Would you like a tour? Let's go! I'm Billy!" So tour we did, and I loved it. All the usual equipment, clean and looking well maintained, not too busy, and my guide knew every person by name. And there's an actual gymnasium (I love to shoot baskets) and a track, and a sauna, and it's 24 hours during the week. All about the same price as Planet Fitness, and more convenient; I signed right up!

And then I took a walk outdoors, because natural sunlight still beats indoor exercise. But I'll go there tomorrow!
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Yesterday's liturgical readings were a rather disturbing set-- full of the wrath of God, doom and gloom. Six years ago (liturgically) Pastor Kim read "As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" and finished with a remarkably perky "This is the Good News of Jesus Christ!" Left me wondering if she had just mentally edited out that final verse.

My new church uses all the readings, rather than just the one being preached, so a lay reader went through the reading from Zephaniah: "I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the LORD, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath; in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth." Then he paused for a moment, and quietly said "Whoa!" Much more sensible! And after the Gospel he quite solemnly said "The Word of God" for the response.

So....

Nov. 17th, 2014 07:06 am
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I am typing this in my daughter's new home. What an odd feeling! She'll turn 30 in 2 weeks, and except for 2 years of college and a short internship she's nearly always been with me. We know it's time and we're both ready, but it's still odd. I'm mostly happy-- I love her apartment and feel good about her being here, and I'm really glad she'll still be close. And I am so glad to separate the feuding cats, and to not have to gear my schedule so closely to hers (especially during the insomniac's bedtime routine). But there are still moments of sadness.
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Large pic behind the cut because you just can't appreciate the full glory if it's smaller. (Parts are written in standard English; upside down on the page, read from the bottom up; mirror image; Spanish; French; and finishing in English again.) Y'all might like to know that the writer is in her late 60s at least, and just as delightful as she sounds.

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Nov. 11th, 2014 09:21 pm
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Scene from yesterday's walk.

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"Dear Mr. David,
I love you and being better might be good. I am sorry you are sick. I don't like it when my eye hurts. Why do you need to lie on your bed on your tummy for a couple of days? To feel better, you should read a good book because you are sick. I would be happy to lend you Per and the Dala Horse. I like that book with the trolls. Gt well soon. I miss you at church.

Your friend,
Madeleine."

(Madeleine is, I think, barely three. Clearly one of her parents transcribed, but it is personally illustrated.)

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Nov. 1st, 2014 10:56 pm
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Hmm, almost no real content since October 6. Two weeks of that, there was little report, and for the last week there was too much.

My husband had an eye exam a couple of weeks ago and got new glasses, but when they came the computer glasses just weren't working for him, so he went back for a recheck. They were indeed the wrong prescription, but he also mentioned feeling like one part of his vision in one eye was blurry, and he was occasionally seeing little flashes of light, just in the last few days.

That got him an emergency ophthalmologist appointment, first thing the next day.... and then emergency surgery the day after, which was Thursday, for a torn retina. It's a bad detachment, in a bad spot, so he got both a buckle and the longer-acting kind of gas bubble, if you happen to know anything about such things. And now he has to spend several WEEKS with his face parallel to the floor as much as possible. We rented a chair and a bunch of special pillows to help him but it's crazy uncomfortable and frustrating, of course. And then there are 4 different kinds of eyedrops, multiple times daily. We're just now surfacing from the initial panic and starting to figure out what's next. That probably involves working half days for a while, mostly from home.

In the meantime Laura found an apartment to sublet, and got possession Friday... and now David can't help move anything. Whee? It's a great apartment, closer to her work, very safe and quiet. And she has a picture window in her bedroom looking out on forest just a few feet away (and no back patios or doors). I'm jealous!

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Oct. 27th, 2014 09:42 pm
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Bald eagle. It's such a pleasure to see one unexpectedly.

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Erie Canal

Oct. 20th, 2014 10:56 pm
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Cohoes Falls, and amazing autumn color.

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Power lines made it impossible to photograph the color on the hills... but they have a beauty of their own, sometimes.

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Fall color along the old canal.

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While walking along they old Champlain Canal towpath today, I came to a spot that looked like someone had swept a broom across the trail.

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Oct. 14th, 2014 09:05 pm
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Squirrel!

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Oct. 11th, 2014 07:38 pm
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Up close and personal with a heron (30 feet, maybe?).

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There's a fungus among us.

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I walked along the old Champlain Canal today, and was astonished to see a total of 9 green backed herons.

Trivia-- this is the canal on which the protagonist of Twelve Years a Slave worked, and I was walking about 10 miles from his home.

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Sep. 24th, 2014 09:34 pm
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Oh look, there are barns in New York!

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Still here

Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:02 pm
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One of the good things about life right now is having both time and emotional energy to take better care of myself. Motivation, too, as I bargained with my doctor to redo blood work in 4 months.

Partly because of a friend's comments, I bought a Fitbit last week. I *love* it. I've always been motivated by tracking exercise, and this makes it nearly effortless-- just wear it, and check the numbers. It does have its frustrations, though. Yesterday I commented on its morning greeting as I put it on... and two hours later, it was gone. Attempts to sync told me it was somewhere in my bedroom, but all three of us searched the room, to no avail. Then this morning I put on a pair of jeans I hadn't worn since Saturday, and there it was, loosely clipped to a pocket. The clip is actually tight, but the whole thing is sticky, and once before it had traded garments somehow. I can only guess that I picked up those jeans to hang them on a hook, and brushed them against the 'bit, and it jumped. Ordering a keychain with carabiner tonight instead of the clip!

I'm also biking again, as of this week. Last summer I was so stressed that I barely got on the bike, and earlier this summer I had terrible cramps after my first ride and got freaked out about it. But my doctor had some suggestions about the cramps, and easy access to a bike trail was a real temptation. Two weeks ago I started pedaling around the neighborhood for just a few minutes at a time. Then I took a three mile ride on the trail, nearly all downhill (hubby picked me up at the end). Then it was a four mile loop, and then... yesterday I rode 7.5 miles, and the same again today but with more hills. It feels wonderful! (And if I clip the fitbit to my shoe it still counts as steps.)
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