Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Seven years with these fine women

After our short walk, before snacks
It was seven years ago yesterday when I made my first walk with the ladies. Although we usually meet on Saturday mornings at 8:00am, on the first day of the new year we meet at Lake Padden and go once (or twice sometimes) around the lake before sharing goodies with each other. It's a great way to start things off right.

That first year, I stayed to watch the Polar Bears take their plunge into the frigid icy water. I wrote about it here, if you want to see what some crazy people do to ring in the new year. For a few years after that, I considered taking the plunge myself, but I never did. Now I don't even think about it. Times do change and even old skydivers sometimes starting getting sensible in their old age.
Frosty bench with goodies
Cindy always brings coffee and hot chocolate for afterwards, and several of us bring leftover food from the holidays. Peggy also brought a basket of knitted pot holders for us to take home. I've got several of them from other years; they are the brightly colored items at the far end of the frosty bench. It was a lovely way to begin our New Years Day. Let's hear it for a wonderful, sparkly brand new year!
:-)

16 comments:

  1. Yay for 2018, May it be everything we hope for...

    Your year is off to a great start, Jan.

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  2. Sounds like a terrific way to start the year, especially with people you really like.

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  3. What a fun supportive group!

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  4. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful group of women to walk with each week (and on the new year!) Your post made me smile. :)

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  5. That was much more fun than just going for a walk!

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  6. It is good that joined this group even if some of them are fast walkers! :)

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  7. Here's to yet another year of walking with those ladies!

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  8. It sounds, and looks, like a FABULOUS start to the year.

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  9. Exciting and oh so fun to look forward to the eighth year!

    I watched the new year plunge in the Gulf with a 37° temp here. Not me. I am a wuss!

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  10. Walking, chatting, and snacking. What is not to love? You have a great group going. Enjoy the wealth.

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  11. What a wonderful tradition. Although cold to be eating outside--LOL! You have really made a lot of good friends there. Here's to the next year!! :)

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  12. I wouldn't take the Polar Plunge, either. LOL.

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  13. Can't even imagine why people do the New Year plunge. I would definitely die from a heart attack. Your walking group sounds wonderful.

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  14. How nice that you have so many shared memories with your friends. The snacks look very tempting and so do the flasks full of hot drinks.

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  15. DJan ... all this time I knew you weren't THAT crazy!

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  16. This is so wonderful! It's not just the walk, but the camaraderie. I think a polar bear plunge would give me a heart attack.

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