Trail Walk

Today I decided to take a walk on the trail and look for birds. I didn’t find any new birds but I did see some icy creeks. I thought it was beautiful.

In other news our horrible president said this about immigration: “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” Can you believe this is the leader of the free world? What a shithole racist he is. I don’t know how much more of this man I can take. Our country is so embarrassed by his words. It’s so sad. He really needs to be removed from office.

Total of 3.65 miles today.

Icy

It’s been really cold lately! Today I ran errands and on my way back over the Potomac river I noticed it was frozen. While stopped in traffic I pointed my camera to the river and snapped a picture. Not the best but you can see that it’s pretty frozen.

1.66 miles today.

Golden Globes

Last night I watched the Golden Globes. I had not seen any of the movies that won awards and many of the TV shows were new to me as well. I guess I need to catch up on TV and movies. The show itself was really good. Everyone dressed in black to show support for women who have been sexually harassed or abused by men in Hollywood. The #timesup hashtag was huge.

But the big deal from the show was Oprah. She won the Cecil B. DeMille Award. But her speech was simply amazing. She was very presidential. Everyone started tweeting Oprah2020. I did the same. I would love it if she ran for President. But I know she wouldn’t win. Our country is still too backwards to have a black female president. I still think she’s great.

I walked 1.45 miles today inside.

Winery Visit

We haven’t been to a winery in awhile. We decided to go to Delaplane Cellars today. We had wine to pick up. We tasted some nice wines and enjoyed some cheese and bread with a glass of wine afterwards. I got some nice photos with my iPhone 8 Plus. We had a really nice day.

I walked 1.71 miles when we got home today.

Time To Kill Christmas

Today was the day we took down all the Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. We had two. My husband really likes Christmas and decorating the house. When it’s finally time to take down the decorations he thinks it’s like we are killing Christmas. I remind him it will come again next year.

I didn’t go on any walks today because we spent the entire day working on the house. By the end of the day I ended up walking a total of 4.23 miles. I think that was enough exercise for me. I was dead tired by the end of today.

Our tree would not have lasted any longer. As I took the ornaments off the tree needles fell everywhere. By the time I had all the ornaments and lights off the tree, all the needles were on the floor. This is what it looked like. It had been up for almost 6 weeks so it served it’s purpose.

Snow Walk

It snowed last night. We only got about 1 inch but it was enough to get my husband out of school. I walked inside today. I walked 2.03 miles. But instead of taking yet another picture of the hallway, I stuck the camera out the kitchen window to show what it looked like today. I love how the sun is hitting the tops of the trees in the afternoon.

Bird Watching Walk

Today I walked 2.02 miles at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. I went there to go bird watching. I added 6 birds to my count for the year. I’m up to 8 birds now!

Here are the birds I saw.

#8 Wood Thrush

#7 Tufted Titmouse

#6 Golden-crowned Kinglet

#5 Pileated Woodpecker

#4 Red-bellied Woodpecker

#3 Lincoln’s Sparrow

Date Night Walk

2.76 miles today. I went so far because I counted the distance from the car to the restaurant for date night dinner. We went to 2 Amy’s for pizza. It was good! We had a nice bottle of wine can caught up on the date. It was a lovely evening.

iMac Ram Upgrade

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my new iMac. In this video I show you how to upgrade the ram on the iMac. Mine came with 8 gigs of ram. I bought 32 more gigs of ram. When finished I’ll have 40 gigs of ram. Click play to see the video.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

If you’ve been reading my blog for years, you know that I keep a bird count. I photograph, identify and post pictures of the birds I see throughout the year. Last year I only recorded 32 birds. I guess I was busy because in years past I’ve recorded way more than that. Since I’m retired now I hope to go bird watching more often and break my record. I think the most I’ve recorded is 56. I think this year will be the year I break that.

Today I started off with two favorites. It was only 19 degrees outside so I don’t think many birds were out today. Maybe on a warmer day I’ll find more birds.

#1 White-breasted Nuthatch

#2 Carolina Wren

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Each year on New Year’s Eve we have a dinner party. We invite lots of friends over and those who don’t already have plans join us for a fun meal and watching the ball drop at midnight. I’ve already set the table and my husband has been cooking all day. This post will be updated later with more pictures from the evening. I haven’t mentioned walking or exercise in the last few posts but know that I’m still exercising and getting my 30 minutes each day. The new year will begin and I’ll continue my exercise.

Here’s the table set for the evening.

We had a wonderful dinner! We were so glad we could celebrate with many of our friends.

Some didn’t make it all the way to midnight but those that stayed rang in the new year with bubbles! Happy New Year!

Yearly Wine Dinner

For the last 10 years a bunch of wine friends have gathered at our friend Susan’s house to have dinner, enjoy wine and chat about this and that. Tonight’s dinner was the 10th time we’ve done this. This time we were celebrating Susan’s retirement. Susan is the one sitting to my right in the picture. My husband cooked the main dish for the meal and others brought the sides. Susan provided the wine because she’s got an amazing wine cellar. We all had a great time!

Here my husband helps Susan select some wines for the meal.

Here we are cooking in Susan’s kitchen.

Here’s the whole group about to enjoy the meal.

He’s Home!

Today my husband came back from his trip to New Orleans to spend time with his parents. We went out to dinner instead of cooking. He’s going to be doing a lot of cooking over the next two days so he wanted and easy evening. It’s good to have him home again!

Wanna Buy A Chair?

So this leather chair has to go. It’s in the way of my art area and in front of the wine rack. So today I put it up for sale on our building website. Right away I got 4 emails from people asking about it. It didn’t sell by the end of today so here’s hoping it will sell soon. I want it out of the way. I’ve had it for more than 10 years but it’s time to let it go.

Doing Some Art

On Saturday I set up my art area in the office. I have storage bins for all the things I need. I have a big table on wheels for the area to actually do art. Today I spent the majority of the day creating art. I’m selling 4 pieces of eBay. I haven’t done that since the crash of 2008. No one bought artwork back then. Anyway, instead of walking today, I did art. However, I did go a total of 3.20 miles just moving around today. So even though I’m not carving out a specific time to exercise, I am walking around pretty far in just my daily movements.

Merry Christmas!

I got up this morning and took a picture of the sunrise. It was cold but the sun was out. It was a really nice day. I didn’t go for a walk though. I figured I could take a few days off. It was another day of watching Christmas movies and laying on the couch. I did talk with my husband on the phone. He told me about his time with his family. He was having a good time. He told me how to make the hot chocolate that he makes for me. I was able to duplicate the process and make myself a cup!

Christmas Eve

I did not go on a walk today but my overall miles for the day was 3.92. That was just walking around doing the things I was doing. Since it was Christmas Eve today, I decided to have pizza and watch Christmas movies. I watched Christmas In Connecticut among others. It was a nice relaxing day.

No Walk Needed

Today I did not take a walk. After dropping my husband off at the airport (he’s spending the holidays with his parents in New Orleans) I got to work changing the office into an art area. I put together shelves and an art table with wheels. I moved other furniture around, moved the TV and cable stuff and got things organized. I’m missing a few more fabric drawers for the shelves but this is basically what it looks like. I worked so hard I got 113 minutes of exercise and finished the day with 2.71 miles of walking. Because of all that, I didn’t go on a separate walk today.

National Mall Walk

Today I met my friend Sean at the National Mall for a walk. We walked 2.18 miles on the mall but I walked to and from the metro so my total miles today was 5.19. WOW! I did such a good job. I got 73 minutes of exercise according to the Apple Watch. It was a really good day!

On another note, the republican tax scam passed today and Trump will sign it soon. It is a disastrous tax plan. While we will see tax cuts in the beginning, most people will have their taxes rise in the next 10 years. This will also add 1.5 trillion to the deficit. I am just sick with this administration. Everyday he does something to ruin this country. And we’re all going to pay for it in the future. 😞

Laundry Room Walk

I walked 2.12 miles today. I started in the basement and decided to take a picture of the laundry room. The weather actually got a little warmer today. It got up to 56 degrees. But when I went to walk it got really dark and cloudy so I decided to stay indoors yet again. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be different.

Concert Walk

Today I only walked .55 miles. This is because we were so busy doing other things that I got all my exercise in without having to do a specific workout. We went to the Joy of Christmas concert at the National Cathedral. We then went to dinner at Cafe Deluxe. The concert was wonderful and we had a great time. Here we are at the concert.

Hallway Pictures

After a long string of low distance walks, I decided to do a long one today. I walked 2.84 miles today. So close to 3! And since I have completed the door decoration posts, I’m back to posting pictures from the hallway. I’ll try to be more creative in the future.

Our Door Decoration

Only 1.56 miles today but I had already done a lot of other active projects that helped me close the exercise ring so I wasn’t too concerned about distance today. Here is our door decoration for this year. This concludes the door decoration posts for this year.

Door Decoration 11

I DID get back to walking today. I walked 2.17 miles today. I even broke an exercise record on my Apple Watch. I exercised for 63 minutes…and that means my heart rate got above the normal rate for 63 minutes. Here is another ugly door decoration. It’s bad because it’s on top of another door decoration they have on their door all the time.

No Walking

Today I got lazy again and didn’t walk. We did go out to date night dinner at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown. We had a lovely evening. We even went out for another glass of wine after dinner at Cafe Milano. SO I’ll get back to walking tomorrow.

Door Decoration 10

2.07 miles today. I feel better about getting over 2 miles today. If it were only warmer and I could walk outside. I mean I could walk outside but I don’t like walking in the cold. And it’s going to be even colder tomorrow. It’s supposed to be in the teens when we get up tomorrow. Yikes! I’ll stick to walking inside. I saw this ugly door decoration on today’s walk.

Snow Walk

It snowed today. We got about 2 inches. We decided to take a walk. We only walked .71 miles today. It got really cold and we didn’t like the wind hitting our faces so we gave up. But I got a few pictures. We decided to make Christmas cookies instead.