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January Continues

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 Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2022 Due to sub-zero conditions, a hike with the Hiking Mates was cancelled. So of course Susan, Lyne, and I decided to hike up Hadley Mountain in sub-zero conditions. The trail was aptly described as a stream bed, so this was a hike up a frozen stream bed. We needed spikes the entire way, and even then we were slipping in spots. Fifteen hundred feet of elevation kicked my butt, but I did get to the top with lots of stops along the way. Note to self - eat more carbs pre-hike! Susan introduced us to the Hadley Tree at the top and took a few photos. I thought she was joking about the tree, but the next day we appeared on its Insta! The hike down was much easier on me and we finished the day with dinner at The Davidson's Brothers Brewpub . The fish and chips was great; the coleslaw outstanding.  The next day's forecast was to have an ice storm, and it was spot on. The house was encased in ice so I did not leave except to make my slippery way down to the mailbox

First Week 2022

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 A relatively quiet week as winter settles in. When I walk the roads around home, I usually have quite a bit of heat built up, so I can still enjoy a glass of wine in the garden before the below freezing temperatures seep into me. The crescent moon was lit up by Earth-shine so that all of it was visible. A bit of snow was falling, but it was a lovely twilight. I hiked two local preserves this week which I had never visited before: Normanskill Ravines Park and Switzkill Farm. Both were around 4 miles of woods walk, with not much elevation change, though Normanskill did have quite a few ups and downs.  The Switzkill Farm hike started off with one of the mates falling, knocking his head, and being taken off by ambulance. He's OK with just a slight concussion. We ended that hike with a lovely dinner at Maple on the Lake as a brave soul skated on the not yet frozen over lake. The Catskills barely visible in the distance.       Maple On The Lake dining room view. In between hikes, I dona

Happy New Year

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 January 1, 2022 We don't always have choices in this life, but when I am presented with one, I try for the optimistic path. Christmas was subdued by Omicron. The comedy show my friends and I looked forward to for months was postponed. The new year dawned dismal and gray. As I assessed the day and my options, one positive note was that the temperature was heading towards 50 degrees. In November I had set myself the challenge of biking every month for a year, and looking at the 10 day forecast, today seemed a perfect temperature to cross January off the list. I decided on a bike ride. After a quick yoga practice to stretch my aching back, I set off for the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail. I just didn't feel like dodging death by car on this very dark day. As I geared up at Lions Park, I realized only one jacket was needed and set off to the west toward Lock 7. A hiking trail I spied was calling so I took a short detour and a little hike in the woods.  A pretty stream tumbling down a ro

Last week of December and 2021

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Who knew that 2021 would also end up being a pandemic year? Another Christmas tainted by the Corona Virus, but more social than last year when it was just me and Glenn hunkered down at home. This year I traveled to Corning and had a normal-ish holiday with some family. I spend some lovely time with Mom and 4 of 6 siblings which was so nice.  The Connecticut family scrapped their plan to join due to 2 positives and common sense caution. I stayed for a week, cooking, running errands, taking walks, playing Scrabble and Dominoes.  Mom's Christmas gift - I painted her living room to set off her new sofa and chair.                                                 I taught her Dominoes - she won the first two rounds! Since the world seemed so drab and gray, I set out to find colors on a walk downtown.                           After a full week, I took an adventurous route home through the Chenango Valley and counties I had never visited before - Chenango, Madison, Oneida, and Otsego. I go

December Week 3

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 The Staircase Project 11-15-21 through 12 -20 -21 My staircase had been a project a year ago. I gel stained the bannisters and painted the rungs. I was pleased with the result, and looked forward to possibly doing the stairs. Forward 10 months later, and I was sitting in the reading room looking at the stairway I detested and figured today was as good a day as any. I peeled back the carpet from the bottom step and the treads looked to be in very good shape. So I ripped the carpet off the entire staircase.                           Before:                           After: All went well until I saw the landing. Particle board! My project just became complex!    The offending particle board: Several weeks of thinking, trips to the Depot and Lowe's to check out products, and lots of sanding. After my 3rd or 4th trip I found 2 mm thick, peel and stick vinyl tiling which just might work. It cost a whopping $15 so I was willing to at least try. I could always rip it out and try another p