Thursday, October 31, 2013

Best laid plans of mice and men......

We had a wonderful "staycation" this fall.
We spent most of our time driving to watch our granddaughter's events that my husband usually misses while he's working, Elementary recreation league soccer and Middle school cross country meets. Such fun!
We got caught up on some things we needed to like: an eye exam for new contacts & glasses, flu shots and a shingles vaccine, quite a few projects around our yard were completed and but mostly we just goofed off.
My pretty new glasses, stylin' since I'm almost 60 ;-)

The last week of our staycation I managed to get a cold. So most of the outdoor activities we'd hoped to do were cancelled, and then after my husband went back to work he came down with a cold. I was feeling badly because I thought I'd given him mine but no it was a different strain, more of a chest cold than mine was. I know because I got it from him. 

I was anxiously looking forward to getting back to my routine and my hiking, but my plans to get back to hiking with the Senior Trailblazers have been delayed till I can get over these silly colds.

Happy Halloween!

Watch out for those ghosts and goblins today!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bagley lakes for a fall picnic

The fall colors are here and we decided to head to the hills for a fall color drive and picnic. The colors were beautiful on the drive up to Mt. Baker, but it looks like they won't be there for long.
We took a nice walk around Bagley lakes and a bit up toward Herman saddle. A truly gorgeous day, I couldn't help but take a second look back as we were leaving, knowing it would be awhile till we would be hiking here again.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy -

panorama click to enlarge

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wettest September day on record

Or as I call it the day I killed my iPhone 4.
I was out running on this record setting rainy day. Click here to read the Komo news story of the record setting day.

It was pretty cloudy when I was getting ready for my days run & I casually thought before I headed out the door hmmm....should I put my iPhone in a ziplock bag? (I use the exercise tracking app endomondo on all my workouts.) Then I ignored the little voice in my head & headed out the door. It really poured while I was running. I had my phone in my pocket & when I got home water actually poured out of my phone. I quickly put it in uncooked rice to dry it out but alas, it was dead.

Luckily my phone contract had run out so I was eligible for an upgrade & I had recently backed it up on iTunes, so nothing was lost. 

 I now own an iPhone 5S which I love, but I'm not happy with how quickly the battery drains down with the ios7 update. I did some quick researching and found all the battery wasters to shut off in the settings & bought a Mophie case. I got one that adds 120% battery charge to my phone. Now I should have battery to last on my long runs, hikes, bike rides etc. & I bought a dry sleeve to carry my iPhone in when the weather is WET!

It was a VERY expensive lesson I learned on that day my iPhone died.

If you remember the tune & you want to sing along with me, insert the words "the day Kim's iPhone died" where the lyrics to the song American pie says "the day the music died" 
If you aren't familiar with it or just want to hear it one more time here it is on YouTube -

All together now - 
American pie by Don McLean
Verse 1A long long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So, bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Verse 2
Did you write the Book of Love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Do you believe in rock n' roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow
Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm & blues
I was a lonely, teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singin'

Verse 3 
Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
But that's not how it used to be
When the Jester sang for the King and Queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
In a voice that came from you and me
Oh, and while the King was looking down
The Jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singin'


Verse 4 

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the Jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the Sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died
We started singing

Verse 5 
Oh, and there we were, all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack, be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devils only friend
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell
And as flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died
He was singing


Verse 6

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singin'


Bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levy
But the levy was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die

They were singin'
Bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levy
But the levy was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die

oh well life goes on, it was only a phone after all. :-)