June 23-June 30th 2017
Originally I had planned an evening out with my co-workers in Buffalo NY to see a band I was not to familiar with New Kids on The Block. (I was a little older when these guys made it to the pop charts.) When approached about the event I was all for it (6 months ago) but as the day approached and I found we were not planning on staying over night (Its like 2 plus hours ride back home.) I decided that if someone else would enjoy my ticket it was theirs. The ticket was quickly claimed.
It was also a big weekend for some friends of mine. Carol and Renee both had birthdays and Tyler (Carol's oldest.) Graduated. I had planned to do my daily walk, finish up work and head to Carol's for Tyler's celebration instead. Work did not permit me to get my walk in. I was BUSY all day. Bummer
I am still working towards the goal of taking a daily walk.
I did make it to Tyler's graduation where after wishing both the Grad and his mother well! I proceeded to eat....YEP!!! (And I had lost five pounds over the week.) I ate pizza, wings and pasta...add a few Coors to the mix and there were those five pounds I lost during the week.
The party was nice. I haven't seen Carol in a while and I have known Tyler since birth. I also got to see some old friends that I have not seen in some time. Stacey and Serena. I also got to see Mike who I haven't seen in a REAL long time.
After the Graduation Party I made it to Renee's where she was celebrating her birthday with the entire family on her husbands side. Besides Carmen I was the only non-related person there. It was great fun as I grew up with most of these people and great to see everyone.
The rest of the weekend was spent working on the house. Mark and I pulled the deck apart and I washed down the floating platform. We had discussed replacing the entire deck or perhaps do concrete, After taking down the side rails...the hole back yard changed. They were really just affecting the view of the feature of the yard...the pool. We have decided to clean the existing deck and stain/weather proof. Much cheaper then a new deck. I am loving the new look. We also spend several hours both cleaning and swimming in the pool. Mark actually got in and did some swimming twice. My son did too. Below is my pool in all of its perfection. Spotless.
We also did some much needed yard work. The one tree in my yard that I do not cruse at had at least 8 baby trees growing around it. They had been there quite some time. We cut those back and did some weeding. Mark removed a fern bush that was partially dead and now an eye sore after removing the deck rails. Gavin and I did some much needed weeding in the front and timed back a few branches on the trees. I really cannot believe how bad these things had become over the years. Guess we really need to stay up on it,
Despite a low key go nowhere weekend.. it did go by fast and soon it was Monday again. How does this happen?
On Monday I made sure I got my walk in and as I was located near Clark Reservation State Park after my appointment I decided to take on this quite fascinating geological natural beauty.
Once I completed the trail and I was back to the parking lot I found I had a few more minutes so I walked along the walkway to the pavilion. This offered better views of the water below.
I headed back, did a quick look in the nature center, that appeared to be closed but was open as a staff member was painting. Ok...next time. Then I was off to my next appointment.
The winds picked up and I felt a few light drops on my head, and decided I should walk back. Much quicker this time and even quicker past the not so nice ducks.
Tuesday I had two appointments out in the morning and two in the afternoon. I was able to squeeze in a walk at yet another Erie Canal park. mid day. Although the skies looked like rain, and the forecast had predicted showers maybe even T-showers. I was surprised to see the area parking lot filled. Apparently this is a popular place. I found a lot of dog walkers were strolling along with paved pathway leading along the canal. This was a first for me, but as I continued to walk I realized that the trail leads to another parking area where I have walked before. I believe this area is called Cedar Creak. The trail I took begins in Dewitt near Town Hall.
The beginning of the trail is quite nice. A stone bridge leads to the straight away of the trail and right next to it is this concrete structure.
The trail opens up to the canal. Perhaps one of the largest areas in diameter then some of the other areas. It resembles more like a lake then a canal.
Wednesday...was a no walk day. (Of course it was the only day we had 100% no rain) I was scheduled for an all day training. I discussed walking around the area of my job for part of our break, but instead I caught up on work I was missing while in the training. (Priorities)
Despite the sun, it was to cold to swim and since the forecast predicts at least the next 7 days of rain in some form or another, I rushed home to stain the deck....The pool looks the best it has in forever....come summer come.
My day Thursday was completely filled with day two of in house training. I still do not understand how a day of simply sitting in a classroom makes me sooo tired. I got home made dinner and was out! Day done! Nope I didn't do my walk, go to the gym or do anything....BLAH!!!
One more day this week...so far I am 2/4 can Friday be a win?
Friday....turned out to be busier then I had expected we HAD RAIN....big flood the streets in moments rain. No walking on Friday...Weekend looks busy too. Guess I will have to see what July brings.