211: Earth Day, Rainy DayPosted: April 22, 2011
Earth Day here in the Bogs should be called Water Day. We woke up to find it cloudy and raining once again. Spending the extra time outdoors yesterday was a good idea. Looks like we have clouds and rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
I had hoped to have an hour or two without rain this morning. There was something I was excited about and wanted to do, but it will have to wait. Perhaps we’ll get a break in the rain later.
I did go out for my walk this morning. I was outside just long enough to meet my commitment of 30 minutes. Then the rain started a slow misty dripping combination that is difficult to explain. All you really need to know is that it was wet. And chilly. And got wetter as the rain became a steady downpour.
I spent time with the daffodils this morning. Most are starting to look a little brown and droopy now, having reached their peak. But there are a few still in their prime, looking lovely with their light coating of rain.
In honor of Earth Day (or maybe it’s part of a midlife crisis), M and I went out last night and invested in some new wheels. One vehicle for each of us. It is a vehicle we have rented on occasion while on vacation. It won’t require fill ups at the gas station or pollute the air.
Cross-country skis, it seems, were not enough. In our effort to move and stay healthy, we have invested in bicycles. We considered a tandem bike, but it wasn’t practical. M might eventually want to ride his bike to work, and I’d like to be able to go out and explore our area further than I usually get while walking (in less time) during some of my weekday outdoor adventures. We need separate bicycles for that.
By the time we got home last night after purchasing the bikes, it was too late to go out for a ride. I would have gone out this morning, but the weather was uncooperative. I don’t mind getting wet. It’s the cold along with the damp that, well, put a damper on things. I’ll wait for a good long break in the rain.
One of the exiting things about having a bike is that I’ll have new places to photograph. Walking is all well and good, but I can only go so far in a limited period of time. If I had nothing else to do, I could spend all day walking. Alas, there are chores and other responsibilities that must be taken care of on a daily basis. The bike means more mileage in less time. Cows, barns, fields, and other farm and country type things may start showing up here at the blog.
I can almost hear my city friends laughing. But I bet you’ll enjoy the cows. 🙂