Sunday signage, wind, and flurriesPosted: January 20, 2013
Maybe it’s just me, but… doesn’t this make you wonder what kind of youth they were hunting?
Voiceless it cries,
~ J. R. R. Tolkien, a riddle from The Hobbit
We had wild winds here in the Bogs last night. The winds were so noisy that I got very little sleep. What sleep I did get was peppered with nightmares. At one point I woke up thinking the nightmares belonged to someone else, and had been carried in by the wind. It was a bizarre night.
Around 5:00 am I gave up on sleep, deciding to read or watch television or anything rather than lie there listening to the grumbles, mutters, howls, and shrieks of the wind. I stumbled across this Power Yoga program on television. I’m so glad I did although I think my abs will be grumbling, muttering, howling, and shrieking tomorrow. The episode I watched and participated in involved 26 minutes of boat pose done in a variety of ways. I’m already feeling it.
A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.
~ George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Today’s walk was brief. The wind has not abated (28 mph with gusts up to 40+ mph), and the temperature has been dropping like a stone all day. The clouds have spit out a few snow flurries here and there. We’re not expected to get much snow here in the secondary snow belt. Those who live north and east might get a good dusting or more tonight.
Here’s a look at today’s sky:
In other news…
Marianne has been reading and reviewing the book Clean — Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger, M.D. You can read her latest post here. Dana and her husband have been on an elimination diet. You can read about their experiences here. What does that have to do with me or the Bogs? Well, it has nothing to do with the Bogs. As for me, I bought the book “Clean” and I’m planning to give at least the elimination diet a try. The actual Clean plan might be beyond me right now for the simple reason that it involves juicing and making raw soups that need to be blended well.
I do own a juicer, but find juicing to be a time consuming business. My cheap, little juicer requires a lot of prepping of the veggies and fruit going into it, and clean up is not a breeze. I also think juicing is a waste of a lot of good stuff (the fiber, for instance). I’d much rather throw the whole food in into a blender and puree it. Unfortunately, my blender doesn’t puree well.
I have decided I would like to purchase a Vitamix. A Vitamix would come in handy for more than just an elimination diet. There are all kinds of things you can do with a Vitamix, including make your own nut butters. There is one slight problem. Owning a Vitamix would involve a large (for me) sum of money.
That’s where Susan comes in. She’s come up with a brilliant scheme to entice her to exercise while saving money for something that is important to her. My motives are much more selfish (sorry, kids!), but maybe not. A healthy me (and a healthy M) might be a great gift for my children and grandchildren. It could mean the difference between living on our own and moving in with them. ;)
I’m going to start paying myself for exercise. $3.00 for a Breathless Body workout. $3.00 for a Muscle Max workout. $1.00 for every mile I walk, hike, jog, bike, swim, etc. At that rate, it might take a while to save up for the Vitamix, but I should be in great shape by the time I get there.
Well, that’s about all from the Bogs for today except for one more item on the agenda. The winner of a free copy of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is Lynn. Congratulations, Lynn! I hope you enjoy the book, and that you get as much out of it as I did. A big thank you to everyone who commented and participated in the giveaway.
Thanks for dropping in. Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.