Posts Tagged ‘Walking’

It’s Been Cold Here

February 7, 2009
Mirror Lake, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  February 6, 2009.

Mirror Lake, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. February 6, 2009.

Friday brought us something we haven’t seen in a while — blue skies and warm temperatures.  It actually got up to about 55° and it is supposed to be even warmer today.  Thursday was the first day in quite some time that we didn’t have a fire in the fireplace.

I did a little maintenance in the yard, but it was still fairly wet and muddy so I soon quit.  But since it was such a beautiful day I wasn’t ready to go in, so I took a walk on the other side of the golf course, something I haven’t done in several weeks.

When I got to Mirror Lake I was surprised to see that there was still a thin covering of ice at the end away from the fountain.  You can see the geese are also all down at that end (the picture above can be enlarged by clicking on it).  I’ve only seen the lake frozen a couple of times in the five years we’ve lived here.  I didn’t even imagine that there would still be ice, but there it is.

It dropped below freezing again when the sun went down, but since it’s supposed to be warm again tomorrow I doubt there will be any ice by the afternoon.  I’ll have to admit that the sheen of ice looked pretty in the late afternoon light, but I won’t be angry if that’s the last ice I see this winter!

Paying the Price

September 16, 2008

I know I should do more walking.  I need to walk to help control both my weight and my high cholesterol.

A couple of years ago we bought pedometers in hopes that they would help motivate us to get our daily exercise.  And I must admit that I think I did fairly well —  last year I averaged almost 5 miles per day and did pretty well with both my weight and my cholesterol.

But this year has been a different.  I did pretty well until mid-Spring, but then because of discomfort from my hernia, I cut back on my walking.  Of course I didn’t do much walking after  my surgery, either.  Then it was too hot to walk.  I had all kinds of reasons not to walk, but I promised myself that I would start walking when it cooler.

Well, it got cooler yesterday and I thought I had better start walking.  I took a path across the golf course that I had easily walked last year — I thought it would be an easy way to get back into the swing of things.  But it didn’t take me long to notice that someone put more hills in the trail than there were last year.  I think they also managed to stretch it out somehow!

Needless to say, I didn’t set any speed records yesterday, but I did get a start.  I wonder how I’ll do today?