outdoors

Feeling better

That mountain view

My strange knee pain that seemed to arise about when I began to use Steed flared overnight/this morning…found out it’s the genicular nerve, probably overstimulated. When you are houseguests of an MD, a diagnosis and prescription are relatively easy to obtain…. I am now sporting lidocaine patches on my “hot spots.” The game plan is to get the nerve to calm down, then proceed.

I did get a short walk in before the sun came out. Love this view of the sound and the Olympics.

Evidence of gravity working

Owl drops

I’ve been noticing these marks the last few days, and the owl observed on Sunday and heard periodically in the lantern hours (pretty sure it’s the same one) flew to right above here…so…owl evidence.

The other evidence is that these leaves are all tulip poplar leaves, so we can surmise that it’s their time to fall.

If that’s not enough, I did a long walk (for me) and a shortish walk, and also perambulated down the street to Book Club (and back)…and the (generous) fitness device is reporting 6K steps. Victory! [Ankle tired, however—not surprisingly. I took all outdoor walks with the walking poles.]

Trio for Sunday

Gravity vines

We went for a wee walk this morning, and I thought maybe I’d capture a vegetation picture for this space…

Fleur pair

…or maybe autumn fleurs.

Barred owl

Then, in the afternoon, the sharp-eyed Guru noticed a big bird swoop into the back yard…and got out the big lens…and gave me this super barred owl shot that I am passing along. Crappy light, yet lovely feather patterns, ¿no?

Fine-grained eye-poppers

Juniper against sky

One of my PT assignments this week is to walk, not terribly far, but many short excursions. I did little walks inside the house, and the Guru and I also walked around the block…and a bit more…on a lovely, sunny, autumn afternoon.

Flower bumble

The Guru says I always/often find the insects on the flowers. I think this time of the year they are busy and liable to stay on the flowers because their time is short. Can’t really say “making hay,” but along those lines.

I struggle with headlines…there’s a core of a good idea to this one, but, truly, it comes off not-quite-right.

Leaf color variation

Leaf color orangey

Some kind of oak…and a frond of mimosa.

Last week when we walked in the park I noticed the path had mostly downed sycamore leaves. Or did I notice them because they’re large?

Tomorrow might well be a good day to obtain new data.

Sunday oooot/a-boooot

Youth GA

We wandered across the piedmont in glorious sunshine headed for Athens. Our route took us through the four-corners called Youth. The Guru asked where the fountain shop (shoppe?) was. I wondered if it was down by the lake that you may be able to make out to the right of the yield sign.

Sunset sky tracks rose

By sunset we were trackside, enjoying great company, yummy BBQ and smoked cauliflower (never had it before; tais-tee!).

Also note rose in lower left; by the time we left, it was mostly closed for the night. I don’t think it altered its pace due to today’s time change.

Mundane adventures

Park view

We started the day with a chore list, mostly household “business”…but also an outside walk. We went to the Park! And walked around the (big lobe of) the lake! We examined the leaves beginning to change, exclaimed at the population of geese and ducks napping/paddling/feeding, watched a father and two young sons fishing, and discovered that the drinking fountains are already turned off.

Brussels stocks

We also needed a few grocs, and my quick tour of TJs showed that the T-giving items are mostly already stocked…several versions of stuffing, pumpkin flavored this and that, spiral-sliced hams, and…Brussels sprouts on stalks.

And…I cracked 5K on the crutch-steps! Yay!

ABG_adventure

Giant leaves ABG

Upscaling our outdoor walk, we went to the BotGarden. Crews were adding light-strands especially in the woods; we figured they’ll add far more in the coming days as the Member Preview (first night; a bargain $14 and likely to be CROWDed) isn’t until 9 November.

This winter light show is not my favorite addition to the Garden (very tacky and plastic-y and nearly everywhere you look), but I assume that it makes the organization BigBucks. The pricey after-dark tickets start at $15 for members on the cheap nights, and go up to $35 for non-members on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, including hologram glasses and a drink ticket (!!). Should you care to know.

Algal webs

We discovered the fountain basin in front of the Conservatory had been partly drained, and was being refilled with a hose. We found the algae desiccating on the drying stems of the autumn-trimmed papyrus.

It looks rather like a green version of the white, fake cobwebs festooning many houses and shops this day. Because spirits demand cobwebs, doncha know?

Autumn goddess

My big goal was getting down to see the Goddess. She’s partly stripped to her innards, and not so pretty, but I enjoyed sitting peacefully with the Guru and watching the light and shadow on the water. The jets weren’t activated….

And, yes, I’ve racked up 3K steps this day (on the favorable device)…don’t expect me to get an additional thousand tomorrow to continue the pattern of the last few days…too many appointments, etc.…and likely I’ll need a bit of a rest day…

Park time😎

Crutches n sky

We finally got my orthotics yesterday, and today we ventured out to get Vitamin D and enjoy the out-of-doors. A bit.

I was instructed on Day 1 to not be on them over three hours. Have no fear. We were out for maybe forty minutes, much of that sitting in the sun. 😎

Bridge n shadow duo

Of course, we looked over the side of the bridge, and could see where the last round of storms raised the creek, aligning the water-side grasses to point downstream. Note my leaning crutches giving me an apparent third leg-shadow….

Ticking through states

Noahs

Traffic got cloggy on the highway and we took to the city streets to work our way into and through Cincinnati. Somewhere along the way, we passed Noah’s Whiskey Beer. Pretty quiet there now, but perhaps three decades back, it had thick smoke and lots of laughter. I imagine.

Bridge KY

Soon, we crossed the Ohio, and entered Kentucky. Most of the miles, I kept my feet elevated…less stress on my hips if both were blocking the…heh…air bag.

Flag trio

We also stretched our legs with frequent stops, including a rest area where the sun was out and the flags flapped in the breeze.

Johnston statue

We also took evasive action and skirted Chattanooga, cutting through Dalton, passing by one of many statues of Confederate leaders that still stand in important locations in cities and towns, especially in the Deep South. This one honors General Joseph E. Johnston (1807–1891), and was placed in 1912 during a wave of dedication of similar statues. Reflecting on the current movement to remove such statues, I’d say that editing history is a tricky thing; also, to me, history is not an inherently kind storyteller, so any fair telling will hurt feelings, and reveal meanness and often worse.