A Little Something

You know, in the interest of providing some continuity of posts (as infrequent as that may be lately) I’ll hang some blog space on the good looks of my grandson.

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Lil buddy-Holiday Park

This photo was taken at Christmas. We were staying in a timeshare near Kelowna with my sister and her family and we also had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with Madden for a couple of those days. One of the afternoons we strolled around the complex and I delighted in the wonderment he showed with his surroundings. He never ceases to provide me with either humour or entertainment with his antics. It’s really quite amazing what these little creatures can do to us.

Only a Week, Away…..

We are on the road again and are once more spending some time bonding with Madden, as his folks spend a few days away. It’s good for them, good for us, and we think good for Madden. I hope he thinks so too. At his age it’s hard to tell.

He and I have walked every day, rain or shine, and I literally mean ‘rain’ or shine. Yesterday we were 2 for 2, started out dry and ending wet. He didn’t seem to mind however, he was spending most of his time in the stroller, covered with a blanket and snug as a bug in a rug. All the really hard work fell to me.

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Today was another wet one. The go-gen was long but not as fruitful. Again he missed out on the chance to actually walk, everything was wet and there were puddles everywhere. Neither of us planned far enough ahead, although at least this time I brought an umbrella.

The last little while the words “go-gen”, or “go-agin” (go again) are synonymous with heading out into the wild blue yonder for another walk. He’s said the words himself (or a semblance of them) a couple times but mostly it seems to be part of the adult’s repertoire, asking Madden if he wants to go-gen. Seems like a dumb question as he bolts for the door like a bullet from a gun. Tell him to get his hat and shoes and he easily complies. Many days he goes for his gear before we even pose the question, he knows the drill and has the go-gen times nailed down. Let him down and his angst is apparent, loudly.

We’ll head home tomorrow and perhaps even bring him for the ride. His Mom will follow the next day, coming for the long weekend and she’ll join my sister and her family as they visit. It should be an action packed weekend.

Stay tuned.

A Welcome Addition

I walked again today, the first in a number of weeks. My stroll took me along my usual path, paralleling my street but far enough off that the street noises are minimized or not heard and the only real sounds are those of happy birds and other natives.

I was a touch disappointed however and it wasn’t with the chorus of the fauna but with the current state of the path. Since my last visit the grasses and weeds, even the shrubbery, has grown to an extent that portions of the route were at least partially obscured. Not to fear however, I had my trusty pruners on hand and performed some basic clearing and route housekeeping.

I was happy however to find two benches installed, at points in the path where a short rest might be appreciated. I don’t know who to thank but thanks ARE in order. I just may take advantage of their space in the near future.

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A Welcome Addition

I walked again today, the first in a number of weeks. My stroll took me along my usual path, paralleling my street but far enough off that the street noises are minimized or not heard and the only real sounds are those of happy birds and other natives.

I was a touch disappointed however and it wasn’t with the chorus of the fauna but with the current state of the path. Since my last visit the grasses and weeds, even the shrubbery, has grown to an extent that portions of the route were at least partially obscured. Not to fear however, I had my trusty pruners on hand and performed some basic clearing and route housekeeping.

I was happy however to find two benches installed, at points in the path where a short rest might be appreciated. I don’t know who to thank but thanks ARE in order. I just may take advantage of their space in the near future.

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What’s My Train of Thought?

My morning walk the other day was blessed with a new occurrence, I’m out in nature and I met the train. I guess I didn’t really ‘meet’ the train, I was strolling along the path and the train came along. That’s probably not completely true either, I wasn’t ‘strolling’ but actively forging along the path, marching at a brisk pace. Regardless, I was there, the train was there. No surprise I guess as the path is beside the tracks.

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Normally all I encounter is solitude and birds, and that’s just how I like it. Take this morning for example, I stopped for a coffee at my latest fave and pondered, sit inside or out? Out is nice, the sun is shining and the air is fresh, but the seating area is on the sidewalk adjacent to parking and the street noises of the nearby road are becoming more active and bordering on annoying to me. While it’s not completely quiet in the shop it’s music that’s dominant and not the whooshing of tires and constant traffic sounds. Inside it is.

I’ll be forging onward soon, back to the quiet of ‘the path’ and away from the activity of man. Somehow I feel more at home there. My thoughts will wander and my train of thought may move from locomotives and lean toward Madden.

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What, No Sun This Morning?

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Ok, I’m cheating. This shot wasn’t taken ‘this’ morning, but it was taken ‘in the morning’. I took it about a week ago and the morning was not unlike today’s, grey and overcast, cool and breezy, a good day to be indoors.

It’s different than a number of more recent mornings, days where the sun is in full bloom as soon as it peaks over the horizon. Or mornings, like below, where even though the sun’s full glory is not known immediately it’s evident you will witness it soon.

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Now, isn’t there a larger sense of optimism in the lower shot?

But regardless of the sun, whether it’s in or out, I must walk. It needs to become part of my routine, and shortly I may do it on my bike. It’s all uphill but sometimes our days are like that.

I went all out today walking from Maureen’s school back to our home. I’m estimating about 6.5 k or thereabouts. I have stopped for coffee to break up the trek but I’ll be on my way shortly, as soon as I’m done talking to you.

Here’s a couple more shots, as the others were, taken with my phone. Also as this is written. Hope you enjoy!

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