Saturday, April 25, 2020

BUBBLES to the Rescue

THIS was the highlight of the day. I didn't get many pictures...but after a month (or longer?) of not being near the, we spent a few minutes playing..... 

During my walk I discovered Arielle needed a few things from our home...I suggested I drop them off. I told her I'd bring GG and even if we couldn't BE with Benny we'd enjoy seeing him. GG would like to get out of the house.  

NOW....our governor is allowing gatherings of less than 20....if you can maintain 6 feet distance and wear masks if you are inside. We've all talked and we know the kids (and GG)  are simply not going to be able to do that inside...but OUTSIDE....we decided it would be worth a try. I told Arielle I'd bring bubbles. She had a chair for GG...Papa (Michael) decided to come too,  and off we went. 

My heart nearly burst when we pulled up. Bella and Gideon spotted us. I wasn't sure Bre would want them to be in the yard with us there….but we waved and texted her what we were doing. We planned to go visit, through the glass,  if they didn't come over. 

Benny RAN for us as we got out of the car. He ran right up to me, stopped about 6 feet away and waved! What a sweetie. He calls the germs "bad guys" and didn't want them to get us...we contented ourselves with waves, games and blowing kisses. 

The bubbles were a hit! 

Bella, Gideon, Annie, and Bre DID join us. 

I filled the dinosaur with bubbles thinking it was a bubble gun. ::snort:: It is a squirt gun. Gideon was not impressed at all...and we certainly didn't want to squirt soap at each other. 

About this time the kids called with the sad news they couldn't get anything from DQ  without a car. We met them, got treats, and took them to a spot with a view to eat. We stopped at the little airport on the way home for Dad to see the small planes he likes to watch. 

It was a good outing. GG was getting tired of being at home...I think he can make it another week now....he gave up a nap to go with us. LOL

Michael spent the afternoon working on some projects. I'll get photos tomorrow....

I pruned a few bushes... It was a good spring day....


I got up and Dad was still sleeping. Alex and Stacia were working on school. No one else was moving...I putzed around for an hour...the mountains were calling...and I wanted to be sure to get my miles in so that I wasn't derailed by pop-up family fun. 

It was a beautiful morning. I slowed my pace to grab a few shots. I didn't run into moose, I did have a couple of biggish dog friends join me for bits of time...I did not run into the tush sniffing pit bull. 🐾 I avoid that route at all costs these days. LOL 

THIS is my favorite view of the walk. It takes my breath away. Well - there is one spot a bit further where I can see three mountain ranges at once....but I love this one. This is also when I have to decide if I am turning back home, or committed to at least 5 miles of walk. 😊 I vary the route but any way I go, except straight back, will require at least 5 miles.

I personally think any veggies grown in such a beautiful spot will NATURALLY taste better than store bought! Don't you think? 

I dread the final 3/4 mile push up hill to home....but I DO so love turning back and seeing where I've walked...knowing the rest of the way home will all be downhill. πŸ½πŸ˜…πŸ½

The house was still quiet when I got home. I moved a bale of straw to the chicken yard. I hoped they would have fun with it...and they have. I plan to get some treats to hide in it for I just threw some scratch around and on top of it.

My goal this week was to walk 20 miles. That was 6 miles more than the previous week. I did it! I had blisters from Saturday and had to baby my feet a bit....but I got it done! My pace is picking was 18 minutes today so maybe that will go down again next week.

I'm not sure I'll keep walking every week. I only got one elliptical workout in this week...and I notice the difference in weight loss....but I do enjoy being outside.  Reaching a walking goal helps me focus on what I CAN control in this season, and on this weight loss journey. It gives me lots of meditating, praying, praising time....AND I check in with friends too. It DOES take me an hour and 40 minutes to walk 5 miles.

I'm not sure if my goal will be 20 miles again in the upcoming week or if I'll try to up the mileage.

The other big goal met this week is that Alex and Stacia finished their work for the year. or 98% of their work - enough that I'm fine giving them grades and have work samples for them.

Sure enough - the kids decided to go celebrate the end of the school year at WALK to town....and invited me on a 9 mile walk.....but I knew better. LOL  We ended up picking them up as they discovered they couldn't get food at DQ without a car. LOL