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Today in My History

2001:  Blowing in the Wind
2002:  It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
2003:  Clams,,,and SUGAR?
2004:  Sweatin' with the Mayor
2005Yes, but you DON'T Go

2006:  The Reservoir
2007I Broke My Mother's Chair
2008:  Going Into Hiding

2009:  
Circle the Herd
2010:  The Obsessive Writer


Bitter Hack
Updated: 2/2
The Wizard of Oz
reasons to be pretty


Books Read in 2011
 
Updated: 2/6
"Leaving Home"


Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 1/22/11)


VIDEO OF THE DAY/WEEK


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Take a Walk, Feb 4


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Airy Persiflage

My Compassion Kids (new 2/7)

Postcrossing Postcards (new 2/3)


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A WALK IN THE WOODS

8 February 2011

With the warmer weather, I've finally started a program that I expected to start last fall.  (You have to know, by now, that anything that involves "exercise" or "movement" is going to take me a long time to buy into!)

I bought a new camera to take to China. The excuse I gave was that it would get me out doing some walking as I learned how to use the camera.

That didn't happen.  Weather was cooperative and it was either rainy or very cold and by the time it warmed up, I conveniently "forgot" about my plans.

But it did last week.  It was the first warmish day in a long time and I decided it was a good day to start the program.  That was the day when I forgot the SD card for the camera, which won't work without one, and then turned into Inspector Clouseau when I came home to get a replacement.

The plan is that I will walk 3 days a week, when the weather is favorable (realizing that technically there is still another month and a half of winter) and put in a bit of time on the treadmill the other days.  Maybe.  :)

Today I went for a walk at the UCD Arboretum and got a chance to start bonding with my camera.  There are a lot of mom and pop mallards roaming around the place.  In another month, they will probably be trailing little guys behind them.

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I walked through the Australia section and over the arched bridge and down the other side to the redwood grove.

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It's nice and cool there, though as redwood trees go (and grow), these guys are only little babies.

I went down to Spafford lake, which we used to call "the duck pond."  Lots of fowl around there.

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(do you suppose this is what they call a ducks bed?)

I sat and watched the ducks and (I guess) terns at the edge of Putah Creek, perhaps drying their wings...or maybe just catching a cool breeze.

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I walked up through campus and past several of the Robert Arneson egghead statues.

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By the time I got back to the car, I had been walking for an hour, with a couple of stops (less than 5 minutes each) to check out the photos I'd been taking.   By the time I got home, everything ached, but that's to be expected when for so long my longest walk has been to the refrigerator.  Aches and pains aside, I enjoyed myself.

It was really a nice day and I hope to do it again later this week.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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On the banks of Putah Creek

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