VerdurePosted: April 22, 2012
- greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
- green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
- freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.From Dictionary.com
The long, almost-blogless, weekend was wonderful. I did so many things that I don’t know where to start. Perhaps the best place to start is with what I did not do.
I did not give in to the temptation to blog. There were quite a few times when I wanted to share what I’d seen or done. The Addams Family (the musical), for instance, was a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend it. Now that it’s four days or so after the fact, I don’t really want to write about it so I’ll leave it at that.
The most interesting thing about the temptation to blog was that it served as a reminder of why I began (and continued) blogging in the first place. The purpose, which really hasn’t changed, was to record our various adventures in life.
There are times, however, when I don’t feel up to putting together a stellar (heh) blog post on our latest hike or trip or whatever it is M and I happen to be doing. I think I may have solved that problem with the decision to blog privately when all I want to do is quickly record where I’ve been or what I’ve been doing. No pressure to perform, so to speak, or to put together something that will make sense to others.
Early on Friday I saw my doc (for a long-scheduled appointment), prompting me to make some changes that I’ve been working towards for a while. I make a little headway and then I do a little backslide, and well, I’m getting where I need to be, but it would be nice if I could stay on track for a while. I’ve set up a 100-day challenge for myself in hopes that by the end of the 100 days I will be well established in my lifestyle changes.
When I finished at the doc’s, I went to see something I have never seen before: A heronry or heron rookery. What an amazing sight! It’s located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (on West Bath Road, in case you’re nearby and want to visit). There are 140 nests this year, up from previous years. My photos are not good at all (the light at that time of day — near noon — was not ideal and the distance was a bit much for my camera’s capabilities).
One of the unusual things about this rookery is that it is located alongside a very busy road with a lot of traffic. The herons don’t seem to mind the traffic or the people who come to gawk at them.
Following the visit to the rookery, I had a picnic lunch and then went for a 3+ mile hike. It was a very warm day, and it didn’t take long to work up a sweat. I’ll tell you more about the hike (with pictures, of course) soon.
On Friday evening, M the Younger, his wife, and their doggy companion Bo arrived for a weekend visit. M the Younger helped M out with quite a bit of work over the weekend, including installing shelves and cabinets in our “library” (a spare bedroom we converted, more or less, into a library with a futon available for overnight guests), and mowing the meadows with a brush hog. It seemed odd to be mowing down brush, grasses, and trees on Earth Day weekend, but mowing the meadows every few years seems to keep them healthier.
The photos in the collage above are not exactly taken from the same angle, but you can see how bare it looks without the long grasses, trees, etc. surrounding the pond (in the front and on the left). Everything will grow back fairly quickly, once again providing both food and shelter for some of the small critters around here.
M and M the Younger also brought out the boats and the swim platform, getting us ready for warmer days ahead. We must have been tempting Mother Nature by getting them out so early in the season as the weather turned quite chilly with snow in the forecast for tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night. The much-needed rain arrived on Friday night and has continued off and on since then. The newly planted trees (hemlocks and sequoia) are very happy about that.
Well, I think that pretty well sums things up. In between the hiking and visiting, I did spend some time reading, walking, writing in my journal, and just plain old relaxing. I will be busy over the next 5-6 weeks, getting myself in shape for our vacation (as part of my 100-day challenge). I’d like to be at least 10 pounds down by the time we leave for Maine and the Eastern Canadian Provinces, as well as capable of long hikes.
Thank you for stopping by and getting caught up with me here in the Bogs. I hope you had a happy and relaxing weekend, doing at least some of the things you love to do. 🙂