Interrupting My Reflecting…

…because of the glorious sunshine!

Dear and I headed out in the sunshine for a walk on the Burke Gilman Trail. This trail runs along Lake Washington.

The seagulls and ducks were excited because someone had thrown some bread on the end of the dock.

This bird is not a seagull or a duck and a lot larger. Couldn’t identify what it is. It didn’t have a white head like a bald eagle.

We walked off the trail to check out this small preserve.

I believe Lake Washington is the 2nd largest lake in the state of Washington.

It was windy enough to make waves on the lake.

Our walk and this day was just ducky! Everyone we encountered was smiling and expressing jubilation over the wonderful sunshine.

Hope your week has been just ducky, too.

Walking the Dog…

…is not my usual vocation.

16864153_10212279336806855_7755786201313029668_nBoth Dan and Jamie were at work on Thursday and when the temperature got above 20 degrees Rayna and I went for a walk so I could see the lay of the land.

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Looking back at our kids new home on 20 acres.

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If you look down through the trees you can just see the main road below with the stand of mailboxes.

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Here’s a zooming in shot of the mailboxes on the opposite side of the road. From the house to the mailboxes is about 1 mile taking the drive. If you want to slide down the hill I suppose you could shave off some distance.

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Looking back at the second switchback.

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Continuing on to the first switchback. Getting closer to the mailboxes.

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We stopped at the first switchback instead of going all the way to the street and headed back uphill for home.

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Uphill all the way back home.

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Coming back up to the second switchback.

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Looking back before we head into the trees.

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Almost there. We can see the house up through the trees.

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Welcome home. The thing about walking a dog on gravelly roads that were covered in snow and ice but are now muddy in the melt is their paws and fur get real dirty. I had to do a little coaxing to get Rayna to lay down so I could wash off her paws and fur before coming into the house. A little paw bath contraption in a mud room would be a nice addition to a home in these parts.

On Thursday I had no problems getting my steps in. Today is a busy day at this new to our kids house. Later today I’m invited to go for the ultrasound to see how Addy is growing in the womb. That will be a first for me. The painting of the nursery is almost done. Today Dear is painting a stripe. Yesterday he painted the upper color and different color on the lower part of the wall. Today is the stripe in between those two colors which is a third color. Yes, once it’s all done I’ll show you. The dresser drawer fronts got painted and the little toy truck that Dan’s Dzeda built for him when he was one is getting a fresh coat of paint (3 colors).

I’m going to be scarce on the internet for the rest of our time here. Tomorrow is an open house here and there will be a nice flood of friends and family in and out so my computer will be packed away. Thanks for visiting. I’ll get caught up when I’m back in my corner of the world.

Walking Mosaics

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The Sammamish River trail is an easy river walk on a mostly level surface. We had a few obstacles because of recent weather.

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Our Juanita Bay walk was clear and easy as was our next walk on the Centennial Trail.

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Our walk at St. Edward State Park was more of a hike and one where you needed to watch your step.

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On this winter day walk we had to dodge mud from recent rains and you always have to watch out for roots.

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Linking up with Maggie at Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday.

Here in the U.S.A. Monday is President’s Day, a federal holiday. Banks and Post Offices and schools are closed.  This is a busy week coming up for us with a visit to the Tax Man, the hair dresser and we are facing a winter drive across the Cascade Mountain range. Here’s hoping and praying that our travels will be safe with no swerving or slipping and sliding! Also hoping the IRS is kind to our pocket book. I have full confidence in my hairdresser so no worries with that appointment. What are you facing this week?

InSPIREd Sunday

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Saint Edward Seminary (sometimes “Saint Edward’s Seminary”) was an institution for developing Catholic priests in the US state of Washington. Dedicated to Saint Edward the Confessor and located in the city of Kenmore, it operated for 46 years before closing in 1976. The seminary and most of its grounds now constitute Saint Edward State Park. The seminary was located on a 366 acres (148 ha; 0.572 sq mi) property purchased in the late 1920s. Building plans were scaled back in 1929 due to the Great Depression. In 1931, the seminary opened as a minor seminary; it became a major (college level) seminary in 1935. In 1958, Saint Thomas the Apostle Seminary opened as a major seminary on 50 acres of the site and St. Edward continued as a minor seminary. The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle closed St. Edward in 1976 and sold it to the State of Washington in 1977. It became Saint Edward State Park in 1978.

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On Tuesday Dear and I drove to St. Edward State Park to hike the North trail. There are several trails that take you down to the shores of Lake Washington. After getting down to Lake Washington we hiked the Seminary trail back up to the parking lot.

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st-edward-046This is the Royal Arms of St. Edward the Confessor. I zoomed in on the bell tower to get a closer look. There are plans in the making for restoring the Seminary into a hotel.

I’ll add one photo from the North Trail that we hiked, too.

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 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

I’m linking up to InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally.

We are having a nice low key weekend. Some light rain has returned. No great walks today. I did clean out my closet with a few bags filled to go to Goodwill. Feels good to reassess the things that are cluttering my closet and thus my mind. Hope all is well in your corner. Do you get a long weekend?

Walking Five…

…not the walking dead.

16682032_10212157387638202_2520519484868074218_nLast Friday Dear and I ventured out to the Sammamish River Trail for a walk. We walked until the raindrops were hitting us in the face. With our walk by the end of the day my fitbit registered 13,858 steps. Here’s a trail photo.

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16649305_10212166315861402_813630701497825657_nSaturday morning we walked on boardwalks and walkways at Juanita Bay Park. At the end of this day I had 13,372 steps. Here’s a photo from Juanita Bay.

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16711954_10212184236749413_1190845926328543452_nOn Monday we walked part of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish. It was sunny. I registered 13,113 steps by the end of the day.

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16711502_10212191317206420_6096085571225722153_nOn Tuesday we walk/hiked the North Trail at St. Edward State park. It was more of a huff and puff walk. By the end of Tuesday I had 12,130. I thought I should have gotten double credit in steps for this hike.

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16641117_10212201011208764_6983734263527860830_nOn Wednesday the rains returned with a vengeance so we ventured out from home when there was a slight break in the precipitation. Hoodies up! At the end of Wednesday I registered 12,614 steps.

I’m hoping to keep up with over 10,000 steps every day. I’m also hoping to drop a few pounds. This will be a slow process as I’m not counting calories just increasing my activity. Time will tell if this might work long term for controlling weight gain.

1. Thankful that Dear and I can walk in safe places. 2. Thankful we can still move in this way. We have aches and pains but not debilitating. 3. Thankful for the beauty of God’s creation that we see on our walks. 4. Thankful for some sunshiny days between the rainy days. 5. Thankful for time together to talk and to laugh and to see new things none of which drain the pocketbook.

Linking up to Five on Friday with Amy at Love Made My Home and Friday’s Fave Five with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

Sunlit Sunday

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I was so pleased to be able to have a couple walks this week with a little bit of sunshine. We are seeing more and more signs that Spring is coming. It’s always so encouraging to see these signs!

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One of the yards we pass on our walks is this well manicured one. The little older gal who lives here tends it well and soon there will be lots of tulips and other blooms to enjoy. The daffodils are coming up all over our region.

I’m linking up with My Little Home and Garden for Sunlit Sunday!

It was a semi productive week at this old house. It was one of those weeks where you get odd things done that aren’t weekly things and because of that it throws the weekly things out the window. Today it was a wonderful cold sunny day so we got our walk in and I pruned the pear tree!  Hopefully this coming week I’ll get caught up with the routine stuff!

Hope you have a beautiful sunlit Sunday!

Mid September Walk…

Yesterday I was sitting reading blogs and visiting Pom Pom’s Ponderings and she said ” I’ve decided to walk more and do it in the morning before it gets too warm. ” I left a comment about the fact that I should be walking but was sitting and then low and behold, I got up, put on my walking shoes and made it around my circuit before the rains came! I’ve been talking and talking about making exercise more of a daily thing. I was happy to have gotten off my duff and here’s some things that I saw.

Look at all these ducks in this neighbor’s back yard! I’m glad they haven’t chosen my yard for squatting!

Across the path they squat regularly at this home, too.

My route is not long. I read recently that walking just 25 minutes a day will add 14 years to your heart life. Or something like that. My walk around the bend and up the hill and along the busy road and down the steep descent to home takes me about 30 minutes. Of course it take a little longer if I stop and smell the roses take the photos!

On the home stretch I enjoyed this view of “this old house” through a couple of our neighbor’s landscaping.

It really has come a long way these last few years. A new roof and new siding really make a difference. We hired a company to do the roof but Dear did all the siding himself. He’s a keeper! Our house is the oldest house in the neighborhood by many years!

That huge maple behind our house and in another neighbor’s yard will keep us busy this fall raking leaves! We talked to the neighbor about getting an Arborist out to check the tree to see what it’s condition is. We wouldn’t want it coming down on our house or anyone’s house for that matter. Our recent wind storm is what motivated us to ask.

This new hydrangea I planted this year is still pink and getting it’s fallish tint. I’m curious to see if it will come up pink next year or if it will change to blue or purple like our other hydrangea did in our soil.

I’m headed up to get my walking shoes on again and see if I can beat the rain. We are moving right along through September. What’s new in your neck of the woods?