Monday, November 9, 2009

Ocean City MD October 17-24

We ended up having almost perfect weather for this time of year - sunny and warm for most of the days we were there. The townhouse was as promised, directly on the beach - heard the waves all night which I love. We had a small deck off our bedroom and woke every morning to sunrise over the ocean. Unbelievably relaxing and soothing. I do love the ocean.

And so did the dogs! Mom and Bill had a great time with them - even took them for a walk.

Now I can't decide if we should go to Maine for 2 weeks next spring, or try to do 2 weeks in OC in October. Oh, the decisions!
Here's what it looked like.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tyler and Charli

I can't believe Charli will be 1 on 11/11. Time flies so quickly.

ADA Walk

Step Out for Diabetes was last Saturday. Raised $325 so not too shabby. Great day for a walk until the downpour at the very end but it was warm so still OK. Copped a new BS monitor that I love - tiny, tiny blood sample.

St George Festival Sat 10/10

Went out to the festival last night with Maniek and Maria, Chris and his two kids, and Maniek's friend from Poland. Don't know about the rest of them but my food was fabulous - a grilled porgy.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

thursday 5 AM

September and December seem to be BD month in this family. We have Ryan, Cousin Peter and Aunt Callie now and then in December so many!! Aunt Marian, Bill, Tyler, Maniek, Maria and soon the newest little Schoen! Good thing we do one big bash for the whole crew.

Charlie will be one November 11 and I can hardly believe it. Annie's babysitting on Saturday so I'm going up with her - hopefully I'll get some good pix to post here.

Started tracking my walks as of 9/18 using MotionX-GPS and it's a fantastic application for iPhone - makes the entire phone worth having. The FB application that keeps a log of your tracks is a little buggy, though - most of my tracks disappeared but they're working on finding out why. Here's last night's walk - straight out 320 and back.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another rainy day

Feeling punky and sick today; not sure if it's asthma, allergies, a cold or just fatigue from M's ordeal last week still stressing me out. But regardless of what happens I will get in my walk today. Made a commitment to myself and I will see it through.

I joined a challenge on WW called hiking the AT - it's a virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail based on actual outdoor miles you log in walking, running or biking. It will be interesting to see how I get along. Starting in Georgia and doing north. Since starting walking again Thursday I've gotten in 12.93 miles, so that's only an average of 2.16 per day. Think I'll have to step it up a bit!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday September 21 2009

Lots of activity on Facebook including finding Bill! Too funny to see all these people FBing away - whoda thunk it?

Gorgeous day yesterday - walked both dogs on the V leash over to Mom and Bill's then back. Nice walk, 2.82 miles in 56 minutes. Lots of hills! Even the dogs were tired after, and they're little troopers.
Maniek's nose is healing well although it's so hard for him to breathe right now. Sees the doc on Thursday so maybe he'll get some relief then.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weight Watchers Redux

Last week I was reaching for a cotton pad in a glass jar in my bathroom (I know, sounds like TMI but it's not) and my hand got stuck in the jar. So I opened my fist and took it out of the jar. The experience made me think of a documentary I saw once about finding water in an arid area, I think in Africa, using monkeys. It's done by putting something attractive in a jar with a small mouth. The monkey reaches in, closes its fist over the treat, then can't pull its hand back out. Monkeys apparently won't let go once they have something tasty, even though it traps them. Eventually the monkey gets thirsty and seeks out water - the trapper follows and voila. I can't remember if they released the monkey eventually but I hope so. Trapped by greed and the inability to let go would be a horrible way to die.

It struck me that I am like the monkey with its hand stuck in the jar. This made me think about being fat, spending too much money, grabbing everything there is to have and never letting go. I want it all, even though having it has trapped me in a fat body, in poor health, in debt, in dissatisfaction. So I decided that I need to open my hand and let go of all the things I think I want and only take the things I truly need. Sounds so simple, but I know it will be a struggle.

My friend at work inspired me to join WW again - she did and is having great success. I'm hoping that this time around I will learn to enjoy having just a little bit and that I can apply that to other areas of my life. Eat less, buy less, want less, but treat myself better. The only things I'll be having more of are exercising and taking care of my family and myself. We'll see.

Maniek's Nose

So, he finally had the operation and hopefully will be able to breathe, and get rid of the sleep apnea problem. I'm happy! He's in a bit of pain right now, but we see the doc again tomorrow and the packing comes out, so it might feel a little better.

On a related note, during the pre-admission testing it was discovered that he has a problem with his heart. He goes for a nuclear stress test in three weeks, then a follow-up with the cardiologist. I am so thankful that he decided to have this surgery so they found and can fix his heart/sporadic HBP now. Would have sucked if he hadn't known about it and something bad had happened.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday May 21 - Coming down to the wire

Weather-wise, this was the best day yet.  Sunny, somewhere in the 80s and then later a cool breeze that made the day even better.  

Up early (for vacation, anyway) and off to buy water, return a movie, then stopped in Cadillac Mountain Sports then over to Eagle Lake Loop and Trail.  We headed south down the West Carriage road then detoured up over Conner’s Nubble for fantastic views and back down to the carriage road then over a short stretch of the Jordan Pond Carry Trail back to Eagle Lake Trail -- which considering the state of the trail, the number of bugs and the sheer irritation of it all I wish we hadn’t, but it wasn’t too long until we came back out to the carriage road.  

It was a beautiful walk back around the lake via the carriage road, breezy and sunny and the lake certainly is gorgeous.  Lots of bikers on the path.  Back to the cabin early for soup, decided to call it a day - everybody is pooped!  5.4 miles, 3.25 hours.

Wednesday May 20

Started the day by visiting the Lilac Lily (fantastic yarn and stitching shop in SW Harbor) where I bought a couple of Acadian cross stitches and something for Annie's extremely belated BD.  Then off to Jordan Pond and South Bubble Trail 4 miles about 3 hours.  It was a very cool day and overcast to start but the path around Jordan Pond was easy.....UNTIL we got to the South Bubble Trail and decided to go up and have a look. I'll post the video as soon as I get home - first time I was scared but got over it. M is an excellent person to have with you on these hikes - really knows his stuff and has complete confidence from years of experience - not to mention the balance and agility of a mountain goat. 

It was a steep ascent over boulders and large rocks, once again, a so-called moderate climb. Maniek hoisted the Scotties over the really steep parts, we climbed (only one grip in one rock) and up we went. And once again, well worth the climb for the unreal views. Fortunately we came back down the other side much more easily and back onto Jordan Pond Trail and out. Sun came out and it got warmer; first night we didn’t build a fire at the cabin.  Ate our second round of lobsters and corn from Down East (1.5 for me, 2 and 1.5 for M).  M watched the Wrestler - said it was sad. Slept like babies.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday May 19 Hadlock Ponds and Lobster

Today we trekked around Lower and Upper Hadlock Ponds - 3.8 miles, took us about 3 1/4 hours.  We shot a lot of footage with the new camcorder (love it love it love it) that I'll try to edit and post tomorrow - the area was truly beautiful and a great, easy walk except for all the danged roots underfoot and extremely poor trail markings.  But I shouldn't complain because it was such a clear sunny day and gorgeous scenery.  

After, we went directly to Down East Lobster that Dotty told us was the best place, and bought two gigundo creatures that we brought home and devoured.  I think we're going back tomorrow.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scotties Playing 6AM

Mavri was having a fine time by herself, and then Aspri told her off and attacked.

Views from the cabin

Looking across Somes Sound to Bald Peak, Parkman and Norumbega mountains in Acadia National Park and the side and back of the cabin.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

And one more

More scotties in the cabin

A man and his dog.

And speaking of chipmunks

This trip we've seen some wonderful wildlife, from the biggest deer I've ever imagined, to chipmunks, brownish squirrels, and the most amazing little hummingbird who comes and hovers outside our picture window every day.  We thought we were seeing things until I looked into it and in fact hummingbirds do come through this area every year.  The one we see is a rufous hummingbird, but this image doesn't do him justice.  He has a brilliant red head and to see him hanging in the air is just a treat. 

Now if only a moose would wander by.....

Friday morning May 16

We mostly just hung around the cabin Friday - Maniek sat outside carving, and I sat inside cleaning up some bills and other junk that shouldn't have anything to do with a vacation, but there you go.  After breakfast


cooked by an amazing man in an even more amazing costume, we had a visitor

who showed us the true meaning of "chipmunk cheek".

Friday, May 15, 2009

From Bald Peak to Parkman

Mavri lead the way.

Looking back the way we came.

Thurs May 15 Bald Peak and Parkman Mountain

Another so-called moderate climb (when I get my hands on whoever wrote this guidebook...) which really was great, lots of climbing but then up to Bald Peak, which is what we see from the window of our cabin, and Parkman right next to it. It was a tad windy up there.
We took some pixs across the Sound to the cabin for perspective. You can almost see the circle I drew around the cabin.

Bald Peak Trail up and Parkman Mountain Trail down - 2.7 miles which took us 3 hours because we took our time. It was windy as all get out up there!! But sunny until we got back to the bottom and turned colder then, so we called it a day.

Mavri in the cabin

Early May Birthdays - Echo Lake

Birthday Boy. Not bad for 52.

Birthday Dogs. May 10. And looking great for 3!

Wed May 13 HBD Maniek!!!

For his birthday, Maniek got the gift of an absolutely gorgeous day. Sunny, warm, perfect for hiking. We took our time getting ready and then went to Echo Lake to start our hike around 11:30.

In the guidebook, it said that it was a moderate hike with gorgeous views, so up the hill we went.

I want to know who's idea of moderate includes 4 iron rung ladders?

Maniek hoisted the dogs up to me and when I tell you it was worth every bit of effort, believe me! We looked down on Echo Lake and were stunned.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 12 Tuesday Ship Harbor

I read that this area would be deadly for ships and in fact gets its name from a wreck that occurred here. The scotties don't seem all that interested in history, just the view. Well, one of them does, anyway.

May 12 Tuesday Wonderland - Seawall Area

Not only squirrels climb trees in Wonderland...

May 11 5 something AM sunrise from the cabin

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Seawall entrance to Acadia

Yesterday was chilly and rainy off and on so we took a little ride down 102 to Southwest Harbor where we found the source of all things lobster - namely, Beal's. We priced out those little beauties and will be buying some to boil up here at the cabin today or tomorrow. The prices are absurd - wish we could buy dozens and dozens and take them home.

After SW Harbor we ventured on down 102 to Bass Harbor, which lead us into the Seawall area, and this is what it looked like:

But these pix don't do it justice. Nothing prepared us for this: driving through the forest with occasional glimpses of the sea, only to come around a bend and have a sweeping view of the shoreline. It was tremendous.

Today is sunny and gorgeous so we're heading back down there to walk the Wonderland and Ship Harbor Trails, and then check out the Bass Harbor lighthouse. If it's still not raining, we'll come back up here and walk the Beach Cliff Trail off Echo Lake - from the trail maps it looks like the views would be gorgeous.

Why it's called Quarry Edge

It looks a little like a friendly face, don't you think?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lazy Monday morning

Like the title says.........

It was an interesting trip up here

We intended to leave around 4AM Saturday but what with working so late and being tired (did I mention we didn't pack until Friday night) we slept until 7AM, fooled around packing and whatnot and finally left at 10:15. We knew it would take about 12 hours because we stop frequently to stretch canine and human legs and we did get here at about 10:30 PM. But! The rain the last three hours - looking back now it's comical but at the time between the heavy fog and sheets of rain, there was almost no visibility - truly, it was hideous.

But here are the notes of joy - as we arrived on the island, the rain stopped, so we were able to unload everything rain free and easily, and, when we woke Saturday morning, the sun was blazing into our windows, it was warm and beautiful! Ok, it started raining again shortly thereafter, but I'm taking both occurrences as signs of how wonderful the next two weeks will be.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

...and with boats

M's fascination with rocks

It's like deja vu all over again

Back in our little cabin on Mount Desert Island - the time (and stress) between last October and now seems to have disappeared. I told M this morning that I think we are meant to be here some day. The Sound, the mountains, the weather...there's just something about it. And the scotties love love love it here. I think the climate suits them - hunting for small animals, standing against the breeze - if it wasn't so cute it would really be comical (note to self: look up latitude of Scotland - are we close?).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Here we go again!

I missed blogging - somehow lost the time to do it. But we're headed back to Acadia May 9, so I want to get back in the swing of things.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Why can't we all just get along?

As the reporter on this story says, there is a lesson here for all of us.

I've been lazy lately and have lots to catch up with. Meanwhile, Happy New Year to all. Enjoy the video.