While I’ve been missing from the group for the last 4+ weeks I have been exercising. Not as much as I would like but at least the new semester did not derail me completely.
Because Sam has decided to work from home two days a week I am walking from campus to home rather than asking Sam to come pick me up. It is a 2.5 mile walk through a quiet residential area followed by a bike/walking path before arriving at my neighborhood that has no sidewalks. I would very much prefer to live where there are sidewalks but our house is otherwise great. I’ll have to change my route if I continue to walk after it begins to snow because snow is not removed from the bike path. My guess is that the walk will be extended at least 0.5 to 0.75 miles. I continue to garden each weekend – except I took last weekend off so I could finish quilting a quilt that we will be used to raise money to help the daughter of my Department’s facilities coordinator (he takes care of all of our labs). His daughter was in a severe car accident a few months ago and our lousy medical coverage in the United States has left him with unpaid bills. Here’s my exercise list:
8/23 (first day of classes) 5 flights of stairs (stairs);
8/24 walk 1.6 miles, stairs;
8/25 walk 1.9 miles, stairs;
8/26 walk 2.5 miles, stairs;
8/27 (5+ hours of classes – first day of student labs) stairs;
8/28-29 gardening 4 hours;
8/30 walk 2 miles, stairs;
9/1 walking 2.5 miles, stairs;
9/3 walk 4 miles, stairs;
9/4-5 gardening 5 hours,
9/10 walk 2.5 miles, stairs;
9/13 walk 2.5 miles, stairs;
9/15 walk 2.5 miles, stairs;
9/16 walk 1.5 miles, stairs, over 10,000 steps!
My walk from campus is very pretty. I’m taking pictures and will post more later as we get fall colors. Right now everything is still green with little hints of fall colors. The goldenrod is blooming and is quite pretty with its yellow flowers. The bees make wonderful honey from goldenrod and I’m looking forward to getting some of this honey from my bees. We already have harvested close to 1,000 pounds of honey from the spring flow!
The first picture is my building on campus and the second one is the administration building for the College of Agricultural Sciences where I have to go to submit my grants. The next photo is a pretty garden that I pass and the last two are along the bike/walking path.