Archive for December, 2017

Rhodo bud!

Rhodo bud

I futzed around getting ready for my walk. I checked the temp and thought sunny and low 40s, hmm, I’ll try my long-sleeved inner layer with a t-shirt top. Then I stepped outside. Ooops. My visual inspection didn’t identify the wind.

I slipped back indoors and added my fleece.

Smart move. It really didn’t feel very warm until I’d been striding for a while and was on a stretch where buildings and topography blocked the wind. Then, I had to drop the fleece off my shoulders!

And despite our recent bud-nipping temps (and the S), this rhododendron (in a sheltered location) is pushing out new, healthy buds!

Decatur outing

Reading frog

Working through our errands we found this huge verdigris-covered frog reading a tale.

Decatur Celebration Gary Price

And this joyful statue in Decatur’s public square/plaza. It’s called “Celebration” and is by Gary Price.

In B&W

Cookie dino

Is the dino a defender and intimidator? Is that why it was chosen to be a cookie-jar character?

Venetian shadow

Winter shadows…. These images are not quite real B&W, but there’s a lot of B&W essence…maybe I’m influenced by the snow day we had recently…and that’s why these were attractive today. When the colors are back in MaNachur-land.

Covered vs cute

Oregano snow

This morning the oregano was partly covered by the S, but this afternoon, not so much. Temps are up(ish) now, but will be dropping a bit again later in the week.

Coffeepot birdhouse

I spotted this and thought it was an artsy coffeepot birdhouse. But I’m human. A bird might think this is an architectural abomination, and flit on to another location for nesting.

Blue skies

Verge decoration

Sunny today, but cool enough that shady places kept their snow accumulations. Places like our yard. And driveway. The Guru kept after the driveway, and now it’s wet and not icy. And overnight temps are not predicted to go below freezing.

I did get out for a fine walk, not especially ambitious, but a good one. Sometimes with seasonal decorations.

Anniversary Boxing Day

Prosecco pair flutes

In the shadow of yesterday’s celebration…

Lion king snowdude

…we returned to routine. Repeating our route, we found a carrot-nosed snow-dude (created after yesterday’s walk) surviving Mr Sun’s best efforts. Wearing a lion-hat…?

Snow day

Drone pilot

Snow continued off and on since before dark yesterday, and that is mighty unusual in these parts. We got moving earlier than most people, with the full light, but in the still-quiet while most people, I imagine, were still enjoying their morning hot-drinks.

Drone snow view

The pilot took Droney up after the snow stopped about 10am and began to melt, and this is the neighborhood.

Fireplug house steps

And this is a neighbor-house, with snow-etched steps and a wreath on a red window-door. Couldn’t pass up a picture.

Twenty-eight years ago it snowed, too, but not this much. I know that because today is the Guru’s and my anniv.🥂🤩🏺🍓

My HR experience begins

Walking on snowy sidewalks

The meteorologists all said it would snow today—days ago. I didn’t quite believe them. They were right; I was skeptical/wrong.

Rose a snowze

However, the mail-dude did get through this morning, and brought my new device. I’ve been wanting something I liked better than my aging fitbit (which seems to wildly undercount my steps these days), and my SIL suggested a cool, tasteful Nokia watch-fitness device. I discovered Nokia would release a new version that also would monitor heart-rate (the Steel HR), and I figured that would be the model for me!

Snow outdoor loveseat

I had to wait some time for it to be released, then ordered it when they finally accepted pre-orders in mid-November…for delivery in “early December,” which I figured was code for about the 14th. I was wrong. Nokia sent an email on the morning of the 5th, saying that my order was shipped. Over on the USPS tracking, they indicated only that a shipping label had been created that morning. That night, though, my package was at a USPS facility. It trickled down over the succeeding days, to be delivered this morning! And I got it set up! Time to walk! Even though the snow was coming down in big wet flakes, we set off. At my slow speed, it wasn’t slick; lucky me!

I was just upstairs, and the white outdoors and on the balcony reflected the light (despite the overcast), reminding me about night snow-light. Meanwhile, the heat’s going and we are toasty warm, with plenty of goodies in the larder. We are good!

Victory Victoria

Coneflower maybe

We’re enmeshed in semi-binge-watching two very different Westerns—Longmire (set in the present), and Godless (set in 1884?—1880s, anyway). Neither have anything much to do with flowers.

I’m posting a flower picture, however, since I went on a walk today and momentarily stopped to photo it…and there were so many months when I had no walks and no walk-photos.

The flower picture is just my little victory. 😎 Plus, I like the rosemary in the background.

Hot seat

Wet ginkgo leaves

BTW, the ginkgo leaves are now grounded and the ginkgo trees are bare. Ginkgo Day was yesterday? The day before? I failed to register it….)

This morning when we left for my PT appointment, we deemed it cold enough for…butt warmers! The Prius engineers promote the butt and steering-wheel warmers because they use less energy than warming the cabin air.

PT Mike had me do some new-to-me exercises that emphasized balance (which of course requires strength), rather than simple strengthening. I felt like I made a good showing, with room for improvement. In fact, I felt confident enough to take the wheel when we left! I have no doubt I could have driven sooner, but today, one day before the first anniversary of our Prius Prime purchase, seemed propitious. And we do propitious.

The warmth of recent days is gone, yes, and rain has set in. I still managed a half-hour walk in the early afternoon….