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Last Week Of September

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9/26/22 I took Sunday off to recover from my fall, finding a few more scrapes and  bruises. By Monday, there was a 4 hour window of nice weather before the storms, so I set off to bike the Albany-Helderberg Trail to get a nice 22 miles in. I started from the Pearl St end so as to be heading downhill for the return trip. I was happily suprised to find an art display at the Voorheesville end and several free mini libraries along the way. This path offers lots of services (bathrooms, food, shops, tool stands) along the way along with just woods, streams, and farmland. And it is a 15 minute drive from home.     The big barn and a little library.     Voorheesville trail head gazebo.     Tree art display.     They are painted on acrylic sheets attached to the trees. They might be pandemic inspired pieces. The siorm clouds are gathering in the northwest distance. The weather was fine in the southeast. 9/29/22 Harlem Valley Rail Trail I enjoy this trail so much I decided to see if I could get

Bicycle Helmets Work

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail 9/24/22 A chilly but sunny day found me at the Orphan Farm Rd trailhead in Columbia County.  Fellow bike riders: Kathy, Rachael P, Jim C, Lori, Mary Margret, Kurt, Esther, Ron, Rich. Starting temp in the 50's which rose into the 60's but no higher. Total distance was 26.7 miles. This trail is mostly flat and paved the whole way. I guess I got too relaxed. We stopped for lunch at the Oakhurst Diner in Millerton, NY and it was warm enough to eat outside as long as we were in the sun. The ride was slower than even I like, but nice with very enjoyable company. It was about 2.5 hours riding and included a stop for ice cream! I tipped the helmet up a wee bit for the picture, but thankfully lowered it right back down an inch. I was in view of the parking lot, when I spotted a caterpillar on the trail. I stopped to pick it up and started riding with only one hand on the handlebar and one holding the caterpillar. This would have worked fine, but I spotted anothe

Wait, Summer Is Over?

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 The weekend went by so quickly. Among other things, I took Mom to visit Aunt Pat's grave to see if the headstone was installed. It was, but I could see the disappointment on Mom's face. It was really just a placque on the ground - very underwhelming. I checked the nearby plots, and could see that most of the family arrangements were similar. One upright large headstone, with subsequent family members arranged at the foot end and flush with the ground. It makes no difference to me, but to Mom's generation it's very important. I'm not sure what she plans to do about the headstone. We then stopped by the river to fly the drone and take a few pictures. Mom was fascinated by the little aircraft and that her unconventional daughter was investing good time and money into it.  Chemung River at Elmira, NY Me and Mom On Sunday, Sister 3 and 2 of her friends and niece Cassie and I went wine tasting on Keuka Lake. It was a nice day although wine tasting is a bit slower that th

The Days of Mundanity or Sublimety?

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9/14/22 Haircut, shopping, yard work, paperwork. That seems rather mundane and not noteworthy, but in between are moments of true joy. Sitting on the deck admiring the lawn and shrub trimming on a gorgeous summer day with a glass of wine. Doing yoga for the umpteenth day in a row, and noticing that I can finally flow from one posture to the next, breathe the way I'm supposed to, stretch my leg up into a lunge without assisting it there. Progress feels great. I've been saving a slab of granite from the kitchen remodel of 2012. It's been moved around the garage as I contemplate building or finding a base to make a garden table. The deck furniture I got from Sheila is lovely, but too much for the deck. What I really need is a coffee table rather than the two Ottomans. Inspiration struck on a rainy day. What if I took the cushion off one of the Ottomans and stuck the granite in as a table top? Voila! The granite slab could not have fit better if I had had it custom cut! And now