|Dripping branches and SUN|
|Fifteen or so years later|
|Dripping branches and SUN|
|Fifteen or so years later|
|John, Gene, Mel, me|
|Our Thanksgiving Day feast|
|Taken this morning by Emily Polis Gibson|
Both the sympathetic and parasympathetic responses serve a purpose. Ultimately, we are looking for balance and some degree of mastery over the nervous system, so that we see the purpose of each state and can use the practices of yoga to find a place of inner equilibrium. Yoga helps us to establish—and maintain—this balance of the two.
|Our first obstacle|
|A fern-covered fallen log|
|Mel navigating the tangle|
|The viewpoint today|
|Another angle from the viewpoint|
|Our very green forest|
|View from the treadmill|
|Lake Padden this morning|
It was just me this morning. Mel is visiting some friends in Arizona, and after checking (1) the weather forecast and (2) where the two Senior Trailblazers group were headed, I decided to just take myself around Lake Padden. I did this walk last Saturday, but it never fails to be just right. Two times around gives me more than five miles, and since today is a holiday (Veterans Day) and the kids are not in school, I knew I would have plenty of company.
When you start out at the dog park entrance, traveling clockwise, a short distance up the trail that goes around the lake, there is an enticing trail that heads up on the left. Never having taken it before, I decided to give it a go. It goes quite steeply uphill for a distance, and I did see some trees I'd never seen before.
|A natural garden stump|
The trail was muddy in spots, but the rain that is supposed to come our way this afternoon had not started yet, and it stayed dry throughout my walk. There was also little to no wind, but the skies were overcast, as you can tell from the photo below.
|Not a black and white shot, really|
Although it's really dark, I like the mood of it. For one thing, you can see how smooth the water is in the lake, and the misty low clouds also helped set the scene. As I walked, the skies did lighten up a little.
|Trees are still lovely|
I asked the mother for permission to take this photo, since it was either wait for them to leave (they weren't in any hurry) or add them in. I was struck by how glassy smooth the water had become, and how much color still remains in the trees. It was a beautiful walk and although I missed my pal, I was glad to finish while the weather remained calm. We are forecast to get several more inches of rain before it's all over.
And I do want to take a moment to thank all our veterans for their service. On the news this morning, I was reminded that this is the first Veterans Day when the United States is not at war in more than two decades. I truly wish I could wave a magic wand and put an end to all wars. I wish you and all my dear loved ones a truly serene holiday.
|One of our electric buses|
This was my first morning walk to the bus since the time changed in the middle of the night, early Sunday morning. Today, there was enough light in the sky for me to capture a picture of the all-electric bus at the stop across the street. I was also lucky enough to ride one going the opposite direction, to downtown and my coffee shop.
Before too long, all the buses we have here in Bellingham will be electric, like this one. It's much quieter to ride, and hopefully we will all be able to do our part to help reduce our carbon footprints. By the time I arrived at my departure destination on my way back home, the sun was shining brightly and raising the outdoor temperature quickly. It had been quite cold overnight, around 43°F (5.5°C), but by the time I headed for Cornwall Park, the chilly air was actually comfortable. I decided to walk my usual long version home (around three miles), through the park and down my favorite street, East Maplewood Avenue. A short street that runs between Meridian and Northwest, it's filled with lots of delightful things to see.
|Some great pumpkin carvers live here|
Over the last weeks, I have smiled many times at the funny pumpkin with the long tongue, and today I figured I'd better get a shot before these guys head for the dumpster. The sunshine caused him to be striped, but he is amusing in any light at all. Good job to the pumpkin carvers!
These two alien beings in a nearby yard caught my eye, too. Once I decided to take their picture, I realized that one of those scarecrows is actually a crow. This delightful scene also brought a smile, and capturing the last red leaves on the tree, as they vibrated in the sun, was a bonus.
We have quite a bit of rain in our future, but not right at this moment. As I look outdoors and see all the sunshine, I guess I need to somehow store the view for safekeeping. Putting them in my blog is as good a way as any, I suppose.
|Our walk today|
|Lake Whatcom when we started out|
As it turned out, we didn't, although it was definitely weather-y when we first took a look at the lake. One reason we chose this trail is that the wind was coming from the south, meaning we would be somewhat protected from the worst of the rain.
|A carpet of leaves|
In many places along this gorgeous trail, we saw lots of leaves on the ground, making a beautiful magic carpet for us to walk on. There were, as we learned, a few rocks and even the occasional puddle underneath this carpet, but we were dressed for it and took our time.
|Two fish getting frisky|
There are two bridges on this trail that cross over small streams that usually have, at this time of the year, fish returning to their spawning grounds. As we crossed one bridge, we saw these two fish, one male and one female (red arrows in upper left), doing what looked like acrobatics in the water. A park employee had just arrived and explained what we were seeing. He said that the female (the darker one) will get right up close to the male (the lighter one in back) and then she'll roll over on her side in some sort of courtship ritual. I know so little about this, but it was definitely fun to see all those fish contortions.
|The wind and rain lessened|
As we started back on the three-mile-long trail, the rain and wind had lessened quite markedly. Now, though, as I sit inside my warm apartment, it's started up again and is now looking quite inhospitable out there. I do hope that the other Trailblazers were able to get up the trail and back down before the worst of the wind and rain hit.
In any event, I am happy to have had a very nice outing, with nobody any the worse for wear. It was a great day!
|Cool Halloween latte|
Yesterday (Halloween) at the coffee shop, my new barista surprised me with this wonderful spooky skeleton in my latte. As I sipped it, the creature began to look like "The Scream" portrait by Edvard Munch. It was just the best way to begin a very fun day.
Then I called my friend Lily to see if she would like to walk around Lake Padden with me on chilly but sunny day. She accepted, and after we went once around, we drove over to Whole Foods, where before the pandemic we would sit down to a buffet breakfast. Although the foods are limited in comparison to last year, we were actually able to sit down and eat inside at our favorite pre-pandemic spot. So things are definitely getting back to normal, even if it's happening s-l-o-w-l-y.
|Four days post-op|
And then, this morning we at Avellino's were treated to a quick visit by John, only four days after his massive right-shoulder rebuild, accompanied by his daughter Peggy. She's acting as his caregiver during these first weeks until he can return to his own home. With a little help from his family and friends, he should be comfortable and able to get around indoors for the coming period. He says the shoulder hurts way more than his left shoulder did after the surgery last year, but the doctor said it was in worse shape and required more work. He cannot do much right now except sleep and eat prepared meals, but that should change by the time he gets the stitches out in a couple more weeks. In any event, it was so nice to see him getting up and around, even if it was because he needed to see his insurance agent and sign some papers.
I did wonder just how he's going to manage signing since he's right-handed. But that isn't anything I need to worry about. He had to drag his right hand up to the table with his left, in order to tap numbers into his phone, and there is no possibility of him taking off his jacket just yet. The things you don't realize you cannot do when your arm is completely out of commission. But it will get better, day by day.