Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunday Morning Hike

I have joined a 50+ keeping active group through Meet-Up and have been participating in some area hiking. On Sunday morning, 14 of us went around Colchester Pond.

The start of the trail

and quickly into the woods

Views of the pond were a good reason to stop for a moment or two:

I took this picture of the sun dappled trail behind me but I somehow did not think to capture the really steep sections. Maybe I was too busy watching my footsteps or trying to catch my breath

Heading back to the parking lot, the last leg of the hike:

There was a wide path through this meadow. It was a warm day, but I was not going to roll up sleeves or wear shorts (long pants tucked into socks instead) because this just screams tick habitat to me.

I am enjoying getting back into the woods even with my fears about ticks. Having a group with a leader planning these excursions is kind of nice as well.

I found this tick kit article useful but it doesn't give me a false sense of security.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fun Book

I took a friend's recommendation and read this book:

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

Now I am going to recommend it to you.

Hendrick Groen is, as he describes it, one of the inmates of an assisted living facility in Amsterdam. Out of a bit of boredom, he decides to keep a secret diary cataloging the indignities of aging and the curious ways of his peers as well as the staff and administration of the facility. He manages to catalog the joys and the wisdom and the friendships as well. In other words, the dignities of aging are also evident.

The book is funny and sad in turns. It's recognizable as life. You will know some of these people, I'll guarantee.

I noticed that there is a follow up book on the new books shelf at my local library. I look forward to reading that one soon.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Biking on the Waterfront

 An old rail trail that is now a walk/bike/skate
runs for 8 miles along Lake Champlain's waterfront in the city of Burlington.

On a very hot and hazy evening, there tends to be a breeze off the water and there is plenty of shade along the way.

And how lucky to get to see this sunset!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Smugglers' Notch

Dane and I went to Smugglers' Notch last Sunday to climb on rocks.

The start of the climb

Caves along the way

where smugglers supposedly hid goods from Canada

We went quite high:

By the end of running around on rocks Dane was tired.

Grandma, of course, was still going strong. Hahaha.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bikes and Baseball

I had more grandson time this weekend.
Friday night was spent on the bike path along the Lake Champlain waterfront. There was a music festival going on in the park so it was crowded with tourists and townies. A minor miracle was finding parking when a truck pulled out of a space right next to the bike path as I turned into the lot by the skate park -- no time wasted so the fun could begin.

Saturday was a picture perfect July day. We headed out for the Burlington Farmers' Market. The market moved from downtown this year. The venue is much larger but also out in the blazing sun. Lots of people do not like the change but personally I was quite glad not to be stepping on someone's dog every time I turned around. Dane took advantage of a great variety of peppers -- sweet to hot.


We used some of the fresh vegetables to make a pizza supper.

He was wanting to see the Lake Monsters Baseball game on Saturday night. The theme was Star Wars. (Not Star Trek. Trust me, don't make that mistake.) And there were fireworks after the end of the game. The Brooklyn Cyclones bested the Monsters, 5 to 1, but it was a fun game all the same.

Image result for Lake Monster ChampChamp, the mascot.

Yankees did not fare much better at all over the weekend.  Yankee fan Don went to Boston with his Red Sox fan son.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


A walk to see the whales' tails.

I got out the sewing machine to make him an apron for his cooking lessons.
The lake was very inviting on hot, humid days.

Grandson Dane is 12 now and he has completed the sixth grade. All the time I was teaching I always marveled at how sixth graders would start off a school year is such an angelic mode and then switch to nascent middle schoolers by June.

Probably I had just noticed a trend all those years and not ALL twelve year olds automatically lose their sweet innocence. My grandson is still sweet.

He spent the past week with me and he still wanted to do all the grandma traditions. We spent a lot of time at the park and in the lake. It was hot and humid and he is a true water sign. He can swim around for hours at a time. Fortunately he no longer needs me in the water with him the whole time.

I took him one day to the card making group I meet with and he was a trooper about that. Although he did mention on the way home, "I feel like I spent the morning with the Golden Girls. Maybe you should name yourselves that. Or how about the Glitter Gang?" He cracks me up sometimes.

Now he is into learning to cook so we spent time in the kitchen. I taught him how to make risotto and he made a lentil soup that was delicious. We made oven fried chicken and French toast too. One night we went out for Chinese food. I took him to the new Co-op store and he wanted to go back the next day to look at all the different varieties of rice in the bulk bins. He harbors a plan to completely take over his mom's kitchen. My daughter is not at all fond of cooking so I don't think she will object.

We of course took in a Lake Monsters baseball game. He is hoping to be back here so we can go on July 27 when it's a Star Wars night at the ball park. I embarrassed myself mightily when we went to the flea market and I picked out a book I thought he would like but it was Star Trek not Star Wars and then the vendor got in on giving me a big lecture about the difference.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sweating Glitter

I was looking forward to my grandson's visit this week. Well he will still arrive, just not until tomorrow. He was at camp all last week. My daughter said he needed to rest but I think she really needed more time to get laundry done.

I remember the laundry after a boy's camping trip.

So I spent the day making. I made two more shopping bags.

I put a pocket inside this one and it's lined with a heavy muslin fabric.

I made another blue one with a quilt square pocket on the outside, but Don said,
"If you're giving them away, I'll take that one." Another convert to cloth shopping bags so that's a good thing.

I have also been making some cards over the past week:

I find myself getting simpler instead of more complex with cards, cutting back on the glitter and bling.

One of my friends has a sign in her craft room: 

**I craft so much I sweat glitter.**

We have been having beautiful weather here.  I had a nearly perfect walk yesterday and it is just as nice today. I did my yoga on the deck and now it's time for another walk.  I will adjust to a different kind of activity when my grandson comes, but it will be good. More time outdoors if the weather holds.