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Walk to Rivendell... and Beyond! February 6

grammaboodawg
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Feb 6, 12:33pm

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Greetings Fellow Travellers!

Welcome to February!! :D This month is always fun in the colder US locations as we watch for a "hole in the ground" dweller... the mighty groundhog! This rotund rodent peeks out from its hidey-hole and cozy Winter hibernation to check out the weather. If it sees its own shadow... there's a lot more Winter to go. If it does NOT see its shadow... there are about 6 weeks of Winter weather before Spring welcomes it with warmer temps. In my neck of the woods, no shadow was to be seen!!!! :D



If you've ever seen the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray, you understand the profound importance of this tradition! Although, I judge the progress of Spring by 2 things: buckets are hung on the trunks of our town's Maple trees, and the odour of skunks (or unfortunates lying along the road) is everywhere!

And so... here's February! How are you faring? Do you have a goal you're working towards or just doing what you can day-by-day and enjoying the journey? I'm more of a journey-geek. I'm constantly surprised by my progress when I look at my past week's activity. And I love walking with Bilbo & Company or the Fellowship. It brings me closer to their stories and what they went through during their Quests.

Which brings us to Mirkwood! Bilbo the dwarves and I are well into this very spooky forest and doing our best to stay on the path. Many interesting sounds and smells surround us in this very dark place. "Stick together, everyone!"

So do tell on how you're doing and if you're a companion on a Middle-earth Quest :)

See you on the Road!



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CuriousG
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Feb 10, 7:04pm

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Begin to sing. Walk through a deeply cloven track between tall trees.


Not that I'm a good singer, but I like the idea of how hobbits sing when they're happy in the wild. My singing would stun a puma at 20 paces and outright kill anything smaller than a wolverine, but it's a nice fantasy to think I could have a good voice. Smile


grammaboodawg
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Feb 11, 11:33am

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We have voices of angels or rock stars or Broadway musicals... whatever we want :D *high five*



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Feb 13, 12:12pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

How are you faring this find day? :) Find day? Yep, that's what I asked! It's a good day to find yourself something to do that makes you smile or say "Ahhhh" (like ICE CREAM!), something that makes you pause and take a relaxing breath... like looking out the window at a colourful sunset (or sunrise), or some flowers in full bloom, or... you get the picture ;)

Find something that makes you stretch... like putting your dinner plates to a higher shelf to encourage movement... or a lower shelf ;) Again, you get the picture. I found I got a lot of mileage due to my bad memory. Going from room to room looking for the remote to the TV. *clicks tongue, shakes head* I apparently tend to do a bit more wandering in my old age ;) Hence, part of my Find day is finding my way through the day! But I'm having fun doing it... especially when I find the remote in the first or second room.

So how are you faring this find day? I hope part of it includes a fine walk or doing something you enjoy!!! It's okay to take a moment or two for yourself!

Meanwhile... back in the forest... Bilbo, the dwarves and I are still stumbling on that disappearing elf path! I'd like to find my way out of this part of the story ;)

See you on the Road!



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grammaboodawg
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Feb 18, 11:59am

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Not a stinky person, but the stinky critter! *rubs hands together*. Funny that it's happening during one of the few snowfalls we've had all winter. Go figure ;) Now I'm watching for the syrup buckets!




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CuriousG
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Feb 19, 3:11am

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Begin to sing. Walk through a deeply cloven track between tall trees.

So yes, I'm singing (softly) as I walk. It is raining rather than snowing today, and honestly, I'd rather walk on a snowy day, provided there's no wind. But since we don't get to order the weather around (or at least I'm not good at it), and since I prefer rain to droughts, I'll take it. All the birds are hiding in the rain, so there's no one singing but me, but when the sun's back out, I'm sure we'll join in a chorus that the Elves would be proud of. Happy walking!


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grammaboodawg
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Feb 19, 12:24pm

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and not even a bird hears him... does he still make music? ABSOLUTELY YES!!! :D Borrowing from falling trees in forests, don'tchaknow ;)

CONGRATULATIONS! Milestones are always a neat treat for our efforts. And I'm totally with you on the walking weather conditions. No wind at least, unless it's summer. Then the cooling and keeping the bugs from finding me is great! :D

Cheers, CuriousG! See you on the Road!




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grammaboodawg
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Feb 20, 12:28pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

I hope you're having a great week and are happy with your progress down our Walkers' Road. If you have a plan or a goal... May the Wind Be At Your Back! If you're following your nose and just enjoying the journey... *high five* I love your freedom and discovery!

I'm kind of a mix of both. While I am closely following the charts to mark my progress, but I tend to be wandering in many directions when it comes to gathering miles... mostly because of my short attention span ;) Sometimes I feel like one of those robot vacuums. Moving until I bump into something, then change direction till I hit something else. *sigh* But I'm really good at it! :D

Bilbo, the dwarves and I are still in Mirkwood and will be for quite a while. They're such a fun group... I'm sure the time will pass quickly *kaff*

*waves fondly* See you on the Road!




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CuriousG
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Feb 20, 10:12pm

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I'm pretty sure Gandalf's parting words to those entering Mirkwood were "No matter what you do, don't leave the path!" (or near enough without a book check). And here you go wandering off-path, no doubt blundering into Wood-Elves' feasts. But then again, maybe the Elves you're meeting are of the Gildor variety and happy to share dinner and wine, so phooey on curmudgeonly advice from Wizards.

I have reached "Road rolls up and down" as I continue toward Crickhollow, with no Black Riders or Elves in sight. My main (real-life) concern is crossing roads at intersections where idiot drivers are texting or yacking away and ignoring red lights and stop signs--I've had enough close calls of being smashed into jelly troll-style that I am extra-wary at any crossing, no matter what the walk light says.

But it's sunny and dry again, and though windy, I'm layered up, and other hardy walkers are circling the river banks and parks as I am, along with their dogs, none of whom are the Hound of Sauron, so it's nice to be out. Give us a couple months, and Yavanna will call up green shoots and crocuses to herald the spring.

Try to stick to the path when you see signs that say "Giant Spiders Ahead," Gramma, and enjoy your outings.


grammaboodawg
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Feb 21, 12:12pm

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Your description of trying to cross the Road whilst trying not to get run down (*shudders w/deep concern*) suddenly put a vision of a line of Mumaks thundering your way! Please DO be careful! Yet I'm glad you're finding some satisfaction getting to walk in the winter weather. WELL DONE!! You're so right... SOON we'll be seeing flowers peeking up through the cold ground.


I'll watch out for spiders whilst you watch out for Oliphaunts :D




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Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Feb 23, 12:11am

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I've just added up my circuit miles since the last time I reported: the holiday season took such a bite out of me/my time/my will, that I'm only now approaching Hollin. Blisters be danged, I'm finally back 'on' again! Even though my legs have gone numb and stiff in the below freezing mornings. I looove colder weather.

I'm the weirdo who doesn't. want. Spring, because we haven't had Winter yet! But I can't ignore the signs any longer: the migratory birds are arriving, critters are active, my winter flowers are are blooming, and the spring bulbs have sprouted too tall. I need to find one of those missing pedometers or get a new one, because the flower beds have GOT to be cleaned out starting Monday!


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Feb 23, 12:24am

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I get complimented for having a pretty voice, but the only singing on my walks is coming from the mp3 player or the CD player I'm toting. We get wayyy more traffic on our road than we used to, and the neighborhood is not going to catch me doing more than the occasional lip-sync!

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grammaboodawg
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Feb 23, 1:19pm

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I'm afraid my neighbours already have me pegged... so my bellowing out a tune just warns them to duck inside until I pass ;) However, the girls (cows in the pastures of 2 farms along the Road) tend to come toward the fence to have a look-see.




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Feb 23, 1:32pm

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I do have to admit the air is never cleaner and the frosty sunrise out my front window makes me stop and stare more often than not... so I hear ya on not being eager for it to go. :) *big hug* If you can't find your pedometer right away, do a guesstimate on your previous activity. OR here's the link to charts. Never let the numbers get in the way. We're all here for the halibut and the funofit :) *high five*




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Feb 23, 3:09pm

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grammaboodawg
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Feb 27, 12:23pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

BOOM! Here we are already at the end of February! TIME flies when you're on the Road! AND it flies even faster when skunk stink, goose flight and bucket hanging FINALLY happens all at once! And that's what is happening here in my world as of this past week. I mentioned before that those are the 3 big signs that Spring is a few weeks away and I can start turning my sights on outdoor projects :D Soon my treadmill mileage will be supplemented with my beloved 4-mile walk around the block out here on my country Roads. The only downside about the warmer seasons is the sun comes up a lot earlier so I have to run outside (in cloudless weather) at about 4-5am instead of 6-7am to watch the International Space Station pass overhead when its orbit properly aligns over my house. I always appreciate it when they accommodate me like that :D *waves hi*

How are you coming along on your Quest? Do you have a specific goal in mind, or are you (like me) just enjoying the ride? I do have a goal of finishing this Éowyn Challenge Chart of Bilbo & Co. going there and back again; but I love having that in the background as I just keep putting one proverbial foot in front of the other. I hope the charts/resource info I've posted help to inspire you by having traceable points to use. DO TELL how you're doing and how you're doing it :)

Meanwhile, speaking of Bilbo & Co., we're still in the forest enjoying the darkness, lostness, and hungerness... all couched in some of the most pleasant personalities you could ever finesse. Gangs of funness going on here :D

*fondly waves* See you on the Road!




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grammaboodawg
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Mar 5, 12:29pm

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Welcome Fellow Walkers!

We've finally marched into March! Around here in Michigan, we refer to it as January, February, Mud, April, May... Everyone's car/truck is covered in the stuff. Being on a dirt Road, I usually have this wonderful pattern of mud-splats that makes the paint job look more like a brown constellation. I'd wash poor hobbity (my Ford Escape), but it would just look like this by the time I got home.



Do you have mud in your world? Isn't it fun to walk in? Especially when it suddenly gets deep and sucks you shoe right off your foot when you try to step out of it making that funny little *swuup* sound. Or it builds up like platform shoes adding 2 lbs to each foot! But... I digress...

How are you coming along with your Quest? Are you experiencing great conquests against the elements... like mud? Snow? Rain? Drought? House-cleaning? (I'd rather face the mud) DO TELL!

Oh! And Bilbo, the dwarves and I had some excitement here on the trail (or lack of) in Mirkwood! We came upon a river cutting across our path and Bombur fell in *SPLASH!* So now he's sleeping soundly while we try to tote him along. What we thought was harsh going before is now a misery!

*waves fondly* See you on the Road... high and dry!! ;)




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CuriousG
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Mar 6, 11:11pm

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It's muddy in Boston too, though one must go to a park to find mud instead of wet sidewalks and streets.

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Road ahead runs fairly straight and level. Behind them it curves slightly. BLACK RIDER. Sam and Pippin hide in a hollow. Frodo behind tree by road


I must say I'm not terribly afraid, because the Black Rider, though menacing, keeps asking for something like "Bagels" or maybe "Wagons", and neither applies to me, so I merely gesture them along in the direction of Dunkin Donuts, where they can find the former.

It's been in the 40s and 50s and not too rainy, so I've covered a lot of ground. I cross paths with a lot of people walking dogs, and one puppy went Full Charm Offensive on me: "I want to be your friend!!!! I am so sweet!!! I want to be your friend!!!" I nearly melted into a pile of cuddly goo, but alas, the owner had to continue on their way eventually, and my new best friend is lost until we meet again.

Happy walking, walkers.


grammaboodawg
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Mar 6, 11:24pm

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I'm glad you had the Force with you and were quite invisible to the danger! *still giggling* Oh geez... The puppy immediately made me think of Pippin... but more frisky and heart-melting :D Isn't is amazing how that little encounter just makes the day? AWESOME! And well done on the progress! Don't get lost in the woods! *high five*




psst... can you tell I slipped out from behind the bar for a sec? Don't tell my boss! *slips back through pub back door*

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Mar 11, 1:21am

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New walker here just saying hi! *waves*

Set out from Bag End in Dec 2018 as part of recovery from a heart attack. Reached Rivendell and now have set out with the Fellowship travelling at night. Passing though empty country - rough and barren.

It's nice to get off the treadmill and back outside, though microspikes are still needed under the trees and passing by ponds gives a chill like a black rider just flew over.


grammaboodawg
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Mar 11, 10:56am

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*waves back with huge smile*

Oh geez... I'm so glad you're doing so well after a heart attack! *high five* I'm thrilled you're finding some fun following the Fellowship into the Wild! There really isn't anything better than actually getting outside and really enjoying the air, sun and activity :)

I hope it warms up in your area, soon. You're doing great already making it to Rivendell and Beyond!! *wink wink*

Welcome again... and see you on the Road!




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Mar 11, 5:20pm

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and try not to look back at Rivendell in regret as you head into rough country. Smile


grammaboodawg
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Mar 12, 1:43pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

I hope this mid-March visit finds you all healthy and very clean-handed ;) We're not the only ones travelling through this world, it seems; but you know it will all settle into place as we go there and back again :D

I'm in geekiness here as all of my Springtime indicators are all around me! I have robins and red-winged blackbirds in the yard, Canadian geese flying overhead, skunks making a run for it, and Maple trees adorned with sap-collecting buckets. OH... and it's warming up outside! Almost all the snow is gone. HOWEVER, Michigan is notorious for one last HUGE blast of snow and storm at the end of March/early April... but I really don't think it's going to happen this year. I've only had to go out and shovel snow 3 times this whole winter. Normally it's at least once a week beginning the end of December.

So how are you coming along on your journey? I hope you're all able to get out and enjoy the changing season, whether you're in the northern or southern hemisphere, we're all feeling the change... and each of them are very special and inspire celebration. Do you have plans for anything special?

Bilbo, the dwarves and I have been very busy! While a lot of "time" has passed, mileage-wise... not so much. Lots of activity in a confined area since we've been "guests" of Thranduil and the elves here in their Mirkwood realm... and caves. Bilbo found all of the locked-up dwarves, found a way to escape, found the keys, and found the way to the River where we're sailing down right now! WELL DONE, BILBO!

Have a wonderful weeks, and I'll see you on the Road!




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CuriousG
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Mar 12, 7:24pm

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in early March??? Yes. I noticed them sprouting a week ago, and today I found a street where they were in bloom. Another street had a bunch of crocuses.

I'm dreading a big freeze coming in and killing all the things budding. Fingers crossed that it won't.

Today I added a new route as I continue toward Crickhollow that takes me down to Boston Harbor. Not the right day for it: cold, windy, and cloudy, with the wind off the harbor especially cold, of course. I'm sure in warmer weather it will be a more appealing walk and destination (my route goes right past Bunker Hill's Monument, but I refrained from shooting anyone before I saw the whites of their eyes, which I considered a wonderful sign of self-control).


grammaboodawg
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Mar 12, 7:36pm

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Though not always fun ;) Flowers are awake already!? Wow! I'm with you hoping there isn't a freeze to wipe them out. I don't have anything around here yet.


I love the route you're able to take! Warmer weather will definitely be an incentive to follow it again. Have a great week... and WELL DONE!! :D




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Mar 13, 1:24am

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(my route goes right past Bunker Hill's Monument, but I refrained from shooting anyone before I saw the whites of their eyes, which I considered a wonderful sign of self-control).


Since it was Breed's Hill that was the site of the action! Tongue

I wonder if Hobbits spoke with a Bahston accent? "Meet you down by the Hahbah..."


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CuriousG
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grammaboodawg
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Mar 19, 1:11pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

As Treebeard once said, "I have just come round to see how you are faring, my lads..." There's certainly a lot going on in the world and in our neighbourhoods; but getting busy with walking, running, cleaning, and whatever mileage-maker squeeks your duck is a great way to use the TIME creatively... and safely!

I'm attacking some huge home projects that have been calling out to me for too long. I guess I can't ignore them any longer ;)

What are you doing to clock the miles on your Quest? Make sure you're doing things that give you a feeling of accomplishment (grown up version) or having a bunch of fun (gramma version)!!!

Bilbo, the dwarves and I have finally beached our barrels and then made our way to Lake-town... just in time to celebrate Bilbo's birthday... thag you very buch!

Hang in there... and I'll see you on the Road... walking 6 feet beside you ;)




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CuriousG
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Mar 19, 1:33pm

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so I hope to put in some more mileage toward Crickhollow. I'm currently at

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"And NOW to bed!" Pippin says, when BLACK RIDER is heard again (ca. 9 p.m.). ELVES arrive, RIDER leaves, and Frodo & Co. continue with Elves.


I don't normally gush over kids, but last week a man was walking toward me on the sidewalk with his toddler, who smiled and waved at me, then hid behind his dad's legs. The dad encouraged him to not be shy and to give me a high-five since I had already waved back. The kid went back & forth on the idea but decided to remain shy, and my squatting down to his level to seem less imposing for a high-five couldn't change his mind.

I bring this story up to show what a difference 10 days make. 10 days ago, it still seemed OK in a spontaneous situation to high-five a total stranger on the street. Neither party would think that now.


grammaboodawg
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Mar 20, 4:52am

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Crickhollow always makes me happy thinking of a hot bath and dinner of mushrooms! I hope the rain holds off and lets you have a welcoming walk :)

And that is such a great story that now has a twinge of sadness to it. I was smiling through the whole thing... but the concern began creeping in. Yeah... it's such a difference 10 days make.

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Mar 26, 11:30am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

We have reached the last MARCHing days of MARCH! Spring has finally arrived and those of us who are waving bye-bye to Winter are so grateful! For our Walkers who are just moving into their Fall, I hope you have a refreshing, colourful season that eases you into the change.

So many of us are now spending a LOT more time at home than usual. Are you adapting to your new schedule? Things always settle down and adjustments will become the new norm; but I hope all of you are staying healthy through these trying days. It's like playing hide n' seek with an invisible boogey-man! Hang in there! One day at a time will get us to a safe routine again :)

Are you getting some serious mileage built up? Lots of walking, cleaning *upchuck*, repairs and creativity will make the time go by faster. How are you spending your time? I'm hoping to work on some crafts I've been accumulating stones, twigs, treebark, etc. over the past 20 years. Yeah... it takes me a little while to get motivated ;) This is definitely helping! Do you have some projects going?

Bilbo, the dwarves and I have enjoyed our stay at Lake-town, but it's time for us to head for the Mountain. So we've manned some boats and packed up our supplies. We're officially on our way to the last leg of our Quest.

Take care, wash your hands, and I'll see you on the Road!!!




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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

Were you very Foolish yesterday? (April Fool's Day) I sure was! But then again, it seems to be April Fool's Day in my world EVERY day ;) I do it very well without even trying!

So now that the Northern Hemisphere is squarely into Spring, what goals do you have for building mileage? Remember, walking/running/strutting/etc. are not the only way to accumulate miles. Do you like to follow any of the Eowyn Challenge Charts? I've been hitting the yard and moving a huge mound of dirt (10 ft circle 2 ft high) from here to there, picking up winter tree debris, antiquing the outside bricks of my new chimney, and too much more for me to look at right now! Each of those will be converted to mileage. CHA-CHING! And our Fellow Walkers in the Southern Hemisphere are nesting and prepping for their Winter months. There's ALWAYS something to do in the Fall and many projects to tackle while it cold outside. Tell us about your plans!

During these days and weeks of staying home, we're given a great opportunity to tackle many projects, both constructive (cleaning, repair) to creative (crafts, gaming). It's such a unique time, I can't help but seek to distract from the worrisome and embrace the inventive/artistic.

Meanwhile, on the Road, Bilbo, the dwarves and I are making our way from the River to the Mountain. Lots of signs of the dragon devastation all around us.

See you on the Road! Stay Safe!! :D


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Apr 2, 7:36pm

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Reach area of the Marish with fields, meadows, hedges, gates, and drainage dikes.


I am seeing more walkers with masks on these days, and one person had a black scarf wrapped around their face, vaguely reminding me of a Black Rider (only without the horse and menace and other details). I read the news voraciously for a couple of hours every morning, then I go for a 60- or 90-min walk to clear my head, and the endorphins seem to hit me in 5 minutes.

I love spring and all the promise it offers (now the willows are budding out), plus I watch the swans, ducks, and geese on the nearby river, and they aren't concerned about viruses, or social distancing, or pretty much anything besides finding something to eat in the river mud (which makes me glad I didn't go to them for advice on what kinds of food to stockpile). They reminded me of this from LOTR, about animals ignoring human affairs:

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And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.


And one thing about a big fat white swan: they can't hide the fact that they're sitting on a nest of eggs, so I spotted one at a distance yesterday, meaning I should be in store for a bunch of swanlings (?) in the weeks ahead. I'm used to seeing the ducks and geese with their babies in tow, but for some reason have never seen swans with babies paddling behind them. Maybe this year.

How is your walk going?


grammaboodawg
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Apr 2, 8:28pm

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I hear crowiing from nearby farms :D [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think of that quote all the time.

The pond/lake behind my childhood home had a little island of reeds, cattails, marsh sound enough for a returning family of swans to lay their eggs each year. And they do line up behind mom/dad with the other parent following up behind them. Sometimes we'd see a little one hitching a ride on a parent's back between their slightly lifted wings. They're so beautiful, but can be very mean if you enter their territory... so beware!

I'm not out around people except for an occasional dash to the store (living in the country... no deliveries); and I'm making a set of facemasks to reflect my mood, my personality, and a bit-o-Tolkien thrown in for good measure ;) While not a perfect defense, it's a good effort toward it. I don't need them for my walks since I might see 3-4 cars drive by in the 2-4 miles I travel. My walk is coming along really well. No pains, no issues.. so it's very lovely all around!

SOOOOOO!!!! We're having Mushrooms for dinner!? *slaver slurp* I'll bring the beer barrel! WELL DONE!




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CuriousG
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Apr 3, 5:47pm

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Thanks for the swan warning [In reply to] Can't Post

They move so slowly and seem to spend their life posing for pictures, it's kinda hard to imagine them getting aggressive. But any animal parent can, of course. I've heard about geese attacking people, but the ones I see always yield the turf if they're on the park's grass, so I guess they're like Bombadil and have invisible territorial lines that only they can see and will get defensive about.

You managed social distancing years ago? Foresighted was Gramma! The rest of us are playing catch-up.

The masks sound like a good project. I've seen some circulated photos on Facebook where people are getting creative with homemade masks, like it's Halloween in the spring.

 
 

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