248: First boat ride of the season

Relaxing on the pedal boat

I took my first pedal boat ride of the season yesterday afternoon.  I pedaled around the pond a few times, took a few photos, then I put my feet up and drifted for a while, enjoying the sunshine and the breeze.

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New shoes and a Camelbak

(069:  My feet hanging out by the pond.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

I’ve been doing my part to help stimulate the economy lately.  I bought another pair of new shoes, this time for wearing in the boat.  My old boat shoes were looking pretty gross after accidentally stepping into the pond (instead of the boat) a few times.

I was thinking this photo (above) might be my new avatar.  Those striped socks are getting a little old.  A change in footwear occasionally might be a good thing.

My new hydration/day pack arrived yesterday.  I ordered a Camelbak Day-Star.  After looking at a lot of different hydration packs and reviews of them I finally decided on the Camelbak Day-Star because 1) it got excellent reviews, and 2) one of those glowing reviews involved a short woman who raved about how wonderfully it fit.  I’m not extremely short but short enough that sometimes backpacks just don’t fit comfortably.

I wore the Day-Star around the house for a little while and it fits wonderfully well.  I’m impressed.  Now I have to fill up the bladder and throw a few things into the storage pockets to see how I do carrying around 2 liters of water and supplies for a day hike.  I’ve been working on getting in good shape for our trip to Colorado and that includes being able to carry my own stuff.

(Sunday’s sunset.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

That’s about it from the Bogs for now.  I’m off to turn a big bag of fresh basil into a batch of pesto, make a salad with a bunch of lettuces and other veggies, and then work on a zucchini-tomato gratin that I got a recipe for over the weekend (from Vegetarian Times).

We’ll be eating well.  🙂

The house

(040:  Saturday evening on the pond.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say:  the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.

~ Gaston Bachelard

I took this photo on Saturday evening while M and I were pedalling around the pond in the pedal boat at sunset.  It was a lovely evening, some of which I caught in photos.  My camera battery died when we got to the best part of the sunset which was just as well.  It allowed me to enjoy the sunset instead of framing it through the view finder.  (A little trivia:  My camera has an LCD screen but I rarely use it as I find it awkward.)

As many of you know, M and I painted the back of the house in sunset colors.  I like this photo because the colors we drew from as our inspiration are there in the clouds and the reflections in the water.  It was on an evening such as this, while out on the pond in the pedal boat, that we decided to add that touch of whimsy to the house.

I should have the wedding day post up later today.  I’ll be out in the garden, ruthlessly pulling weeds no matter how pretty the flowers happen to be, and will work on finishing up the post when I take breaks from being ruthless.