Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Slow Down, Look Around and Enjoy

I've been hiking pretty regularly over the last two weeks, and have seen the progress of how things change day by day.  I've posted some pictures of fungi and didn't realize they were the same plant, just different after a few days growth.

I took this picture on a Sunday:

Monday, the following day I came across the same fungi.  Only now it looked like this:

This is not the exact same plant, but this is what it looks like after a little more growth.  So pretty in all 3 stages.
Here is another, "do you see what I see?" picture.
Joggers/runners and those just not paying attention miss so much.  Sometimes being the fastest isn't the best.  Stop, listen and look around.Can you see them now?  There are two.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Second Looks From the Forest

All was good with my visit to the doctor.  Blood pressure was good and all of the results of the blood tests were good too.  The only bad thing was my doctor informed me that he is retiring from private practice next month.  He will continue to practice but will be part of a large company in Indiana.  I am sure it is difficult to be in private practice these days with all of the government stuff involved.  I will miss my doctor, he genuinely cared about his patients.  He even asked for a hug.  I am bummed, but made my next sixth month checkup appointment with the nurse practitioner who I've seen in the past when my doctor was not available.

I think the hiking has really helped me get the blood pressure back to where it belongs.  While I was waiting for my knee replacement surgery and afterwards while I was recuperating, my blood pressure was a bit on the high side...probably from no exercise.

So, Finn and I are determined to keep that blood pressure in check.  Here are a few shots from a recent hike.

Do you see what I see?

Can't quite see it?  Here is a closer view.
I love seeing the Great Blue Heron.  They always look so out of place here in Ohio.  I think of these types of birds only in costal areas.

I took this next picture because of the fungi growing on the tree.  After a second look, I liked the way you can see by the leaves the going of summer and the coming of fall.  Green leaves mixed with the brown fallen leaves.

Here is a closer look of the fungi.  What a magnificent specimen!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Road Less Traveled

I've been trying to hike as much as I can and get in the best shape possible for tomorrow is my 6th month checkup at the doctor.  I know you can't cram exercise and good eating habits into a week and hope for fantastic results, but it's a good excuse to get moving again.  I hate going to the doctor.

Yesterday, Finn and I did our usual two times around on Kingfisher Trail.  The weather here has turned into very nice cool fall days which brings out all of the part time hikers.  Part timers you never see in the heat of summer or in the cold of winter, so they will be gone soon.

On our hike yesterday, Finn and I passed two young mothers walking 3 children around the 3 to 4 year age range, and carrying an infant.  Though I'm always happy to see children getting out and enjoying nature, they were very noisy. Lots of squealing.

They were walking so slow, when Finn and I turned around to walk the trail in reverse, we caught up to them again.   That's really slow walking...because Finn and I are pretty slow.  There is a path that runs between the lower and upper portion of the trail, so Finn and I decided to take the path to avoid the squeals of the children...and I'm glad we did!

Finn is on alert...he spotted something!

Don't know if you can see it, but there is a deer up ahead!  There were actually two, but one had already walked into the cover of trees.  Finn and I stood there for a long time until the deer moved away on his own.  I'm sure they moved up higher on the trail to get away from the squealing kids as well.  Thanks kids!  It was a treat seeing the deer!

Here is a cropped picture, so you can see the deer better.

We also saw some pretty fungi.  I like the ring that runs around the outside, so pretty!

In this one, you can see a tiny strawberry on the left too.

Sometimes, the road less traveled is the best!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Catching up...all things outdoors.

I'm still catching up on my outdoor pictures.  Here are a few shots of my last hike on a nature trail...about a week ago.  Pretty little odds and ends. In some ways, I like these better than flowers.  I have taken a few more hikes since then, but mostly on paved trails due to wet weather.

 This one looks like a heart to me.

And lastly, from yesterday, our kids always go to one of our state parks for a Halloween Campout.  It's always a lot of fun, and I usually drive up to spend some time on Saturday with them.  I didn't get a chance to take a lot of pictures, so here are two.

This one is my youngest granddaughter, Emmi.  She is nine, and I am lucky to spend pretty much time with her every week.  She's always such a delight to be around...always in a good mood and has so much energy.
The young lady on the right (dressed as Grumpy Bear...my favorite Care Bear) is my granddaughter Inez.  She is my oldest granddaughter and is in college.  Now that she's all grown up I don't see her as often, but I used to watch her pretty often when she was little.  She is still very sweet, quiet, and very smart.  Normally, I would post my grandkids pictures on facebook, but I'm not sure if she'd be OK with me posting this picture.  I think it's cute, but maybe she wouldn't.  The young lady next to her is Inez's good friend Janee (or Pokeman)!

Friday, September 23, 2016

How Did I Get So Busy?

I've been a bit remiss lately as far as my blog goes, but I've been busier than usual.  Not including my Sunday trip to church each week, I now find myself at church 2 or 3 times a week!  How did that happen?  I don't claim to be overly religious, but I've found some very interesting and fulfilling things to get involved with at church.

Every Monday evening, I attended a group called Early Christian Writings, which is exactly what the title says.  We are a very laid back ground of about 20 or so who have been delving into the history of the early church.  Our moderator is very knowledgeable and a load of laughs to boot....which always makes it fun.  We also enjoy some coffee and sweet treats too.

Every other Tuesday evening, I attend a Bible Study group, which is lead by the same person.  Most of the people from the Monday group also attend Bible Study, plus about 10 more.  Again, we have coffee and treats.We are all learning so much!! 

On Wednesday evenings, I find myself at my son's church.  His wife is thinking of becoming Catholic and she asked me to be her sponsor.  I was thrilled!  This is a weekly endeavor that ends on Holy Saturday...in April.  RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) not only meets on Wednesdays, but in November we will also begin to attend church together on Sundays. 

Our son, who lives in Florida, was recently in town for a week, so I was busy trying to keep up with his schedule as he was always in and out of the house.

Sedona, the cat, is doing much better now.  She hasn't thrown up for quite some time.  She's getting easier to give her her daily pill, which is wonderful.  I usually just wait until she hops up on my lap, and then grab the pill which is on the nearby end table.  She doesn't fight me any more, so I just let her pick the time.

Our microwave died (which we bought in May).  Panic, panic, panic!  How do I operate without a microwave!!!????  We are being refunded our cost through the manufacturer....Oster, in case you're wondering.  We've already replaced it....Herb can always find a "deal" at Lowe's, where he works.

I have been on a few hikes and am sharing a few pictures from two weeks ago when I hiked at Fernald Nature Preserve.  No pets allowed, so I hiked solo.

All kinds of pretty little things!

And a few of the pond and boardwalk.  Love the cattails.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sometimes the Art is in the Architecture

There are so many paintings etc. that I really like at the Art Museum.  Every time I go I promise myself I won't take too many pictures of my favorites, but I tend to take a lot any way.  Here are a few of my favorites from our recent visit.

This is a "Cincinnati" painting, with the Tyler Davidson fountain in the left of the picture.  I like looking at all the facial expressions, the activity and clothing of the people.

When I look at this next painting, I think of the little girls who perhaps posed for this painting.  How their faces and expressions are still here for all to see.  I love to look into their eyes and wonder what they were thinking.

This is a painting of St Thomas of Villanueva Dividing His Clothes Among Beggar Boys.
For some reason, I seem to be drawn to the sad, or dark paintings.  I kind of get lost in them.

I thought these three pieces were beautiful and interesting.  I really like the way the one on the right seems to be floating.  How did they get that bowl in the center of the sphere?  The piece in the back is made up of beautiful colors and designs.  I also like the architecture of the Museum showing in the background.

Of course art museums are filled with beautiful paintings, historical artifacts, pottery and sculptures.  Sometimes, the art museum itself is a work of art, and I wonder how many people are so focused on the "art" on display that they totally  miss the architecture that surrounds it.  Here are a few of my shots.  I wanted to get more, but the museum got crowded and was difficult to get clear shots without people passing in front.

This is a shot of the main entrance with the Rio delle Torreselle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly
And, of course, I couldn't go without taking a picture of some stained glass. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Little Color Along the Way

I'm back to hiking again with my little dog Finn and have taken a few pictures along the way.  They are nothing spectacular, but just a little color along the way.  These three are from the nature trails that I hike.

This next beauty is from the paved trail we walked.  We walked the paved trail after two days of heavy rains, we knew the nature trails would be muddy.

Although these are not actually flowers, they are just as beautiful.  I like the moss and the greenery surrounding them.

I found this pretty little orange and white moth sitting on the door of my daughter's house.  I had never seen one before...I guess I just don't pay enough attention.  My husband said, he's seen these before...oh who believes him anyway!  Haha! My granddaughter thought he was pretty!