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Fridays With Frost

Ah, Friday, how I have missed you.

Tonight I sit with a drink by my side, my knitting at the ready, a movie picked out, and my house all to myself. For some that would be depressing, but for me, its a perfect Friday night. šŸ™‚

…and now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Into My Own

One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.

I should not be withheld but that some day
into their vastness I should steal away,
Fearless of ever finding open land,
or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.

I do not see why I should e’er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew–
Only more sure of all I thought was true.Ā 

Robert Frost

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First Time Fun or Startle Yourself Silly?

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Well, it’s not a very good picture, but this is me shooting a 357 Magnum. The first thing that I learned about this gun was that one can also use 38 Special ammunition and it has a little less kick. So I shot it once with the .357s and then several times with the .38s. By several I mean that 4 of us went through a hundred of the .38s.

It was a big day for me as I have never used a gun before…ever. So it was my first day going to a gun shop, a gun range, and then actually shooting a gun. But that was not the end, no, I also shot a .22 rifle and a 9mm. We went to a friend’s house (strangely, no, we didn’t shoot at the range) where they have a target, just so that I could try out a few different weapons.

For any gun enthusiast out there I beg your patience with my terminology as I have only a beginner’s knowledge of what I’m talking about here. šŸ™‚

At any rate, I wish that I had been able to get the video to upload correctly because I do have a really great video of my step-daughter (15) shooting this gun and then screaming as soon as it went off. She was awesome. When we first got there, she was adamant that she was too scared to try, the guns were too loud for her. I assured her that I was pretty scared too, and I was going to do it. Eventually, they brought out the bb gun and my friend’s 8-year-old son shot it. So she decided to try that. From there it was pretty easy for her to transition to the .22 rifle. Neither of these was too frightening for her. At long last she wanted to try out the “big gun.” She shot it once and screamed, it was so funny, I thought that would be the end of it, but brave girl that she is, she tried it once more. I was really pretty proud of her. I mean, I was absolutely terrified when she was shooting that something bad would happen, but when it was done I was totally proud of how well she did.

Through all of this, I must say that I was almost as freaked out as she was when we got there. I listened patiently as my friend explained how to hold the gun and warned me about the slide on the 9mm. Then I took aim, held my breath and still closed my eyes when that gun went off. Funny right? Hilarious actually, for about the first hour that loud bang startled me every time. Luckily by hour two I was getting used to it and could fire off the full chamber in fairly quick succession…yanno, with my eyes open. šŸ™‚

I felt pretty good too, when I fired off 12 rounds (yes I had to reload) from the 357 and 11 of them made the target (a six inchĀ circumference). While we used theĀ silhouetteĀ for the 9mm and I hit it 15 out of 17. Not bad considering the 9mm recoiled in an unpredictable pattern and fired much faster.

All in all a very interesting day.

Gratuitous Baby Pictures ;)

Just because I can…

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…and so that my grand daughter (4) doesn’t feel left out…

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She told me today (about the new baby): “I need to hug him!”

Me: “You can hug him.”

K: “Yay!!! Yay!!!”

Me: “You have to be easy because he’s just a little baby.”

K: “I careful. Easy, easy, easy. ‘Cause he’s little.”

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Maybe I’ll remember to get pictures of my hike tomorrow, since I completely forgot to take my camera to the park with the grand daughter. Blah!

January Hiking

As strange as it may seem, when the weather turned cold I found myself craving a good hike. Mind you I haven’t done as much hiking in the last year as I would have liked, but I made a start. So choosing a trail is big deal. Too hard and you worry that you may get stuck out in the woods sick or unable to go on. Not hard enough, then no challenge. Finally a hike that appeared to be just my speed. My friend and I went today to hike at the Jefferson Memorial Forest. This time we went with a group that took the Yost ridge trail from the Welcome Center to the Blue/Mitchel Hill Lake trail. The group added a little detour to get a full 3.5 miles.

Here is the lake…

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…and some scenery on the way…

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Above is an overlook where we stopped for a “halfway” break. Random guys arm, as everyone was taking photos from here.

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Today was actually a great day for a winter hike with temps between 36F and 43F and proper dress we were quite comfortable. The rain held off until after we finished the hike and had a light dinner so I couldn’t ask for better.

My friend, Stephanie, and I found the trail to be quite a challenge, but more serious hikers were way ahead of us. With an overall climb of 704 ft over the 3.5 miles of trail, I feel like we did pretty good. In fact the trail leader seemed pleasantly surprised that we finished the hike and weren’t too far behind. Although next time I think we won’t go with a group. I feel like we held them up a bit and although they were incredibly nice and never complained, I felt a little guilty about it. My friend isĀ definitively obese and I myself walk the line on that one, plus I still have a bit of a cough left over from being sick a few weeks ago, so the trail leader’s concern was obvious right from the start. Yet, again I say…we made it and under two hours too (the goal is 90 minutes, we were over by 20). šŸ™‚

So next Sunday, same trail, just Stephanie and me. By spring we should be in pretty good shape.

 

Look What I Can Do.

Okay, so it’s probably not really that exciting, but I did finish a project yesterday. That’s pretty exciting for me. I joined a fun little group on Ravelry, Calling All Crocheters. I received my pattern a week ago, and I actually managed to finish my project pretty quickly. E L Brimmed Hat. Cute, huh?

16 Days to Camp NaNo & 12 to Ravellenic Games 2012!!!

Hope everyone has a good week!

Memorial Day

I hope everyone has gotten to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. Sadly, I had to work today, but that didn’t keep me from having a great time over the weekend. My cousin, his wife and dadĀ had a huge cookout in Brandenburg (read middle of nowhere). They went all out this year. They’ve put in a pool and a 175 ft slip n’ slide. My cousin and my uncle own adjoining properties in the country and the amount of land they have, for non-farmers at least, is pretty impressive. Needless to say the kids ran wild until they ran out of energy and the grown ups alternated between the shade and the air conditioning. Although some of us did brave the pool with the kids. Even though I didn’t want to get in with all of those small children in the pool, I was really glad I did. It was a great way to cool down, and I stayed cool after I got out.

In other news…several of my poor plants still need to be put in. In the last week, I still haven’t managed to get much done, but I just keep tending everything. This has beenĀ  the hottest week so far this year (96 degrees yesterday), so everything has to be watered. The tomatoes have held up better than I thought they would and need to be staked now as some of them are getting too top-heavy.

Happy Gardening!

Hiking Season Has Begun In Kentucky

…but sadly I am very out of shape. I went on my first hike of the year last Sunday. I went out to Taylorsville Lake State park with a wonderful group of ladies the Trail Dames of Kentucky, whom I had found through MeetUp. A friend, my sister and I all went. It was a nice beginner hike. The pace was fair and there were some hills, but nothing too steep or long. So then I got the hiking bug and joined anotherĀ MeetUp hiking group, and RSVP’dĀ for a hike today. This one was at the Jefferson Memorial Forest. A place that I went to numerous times when my children were young, but had not hiked very many of the paths. There were nearly 30 people present for the hike including my friend and I, and just after 2:00 pm. we started out on the Siltstone Trail. About 15 minutes in, I was wondering just how high we were going to climb. MyĀ legs ached, my lungs were burning, and I was already sweating (in my defense it was 80 degrees and sunny). No pain, no gain right? So my friend and I persevered. What else can you do? We pushed forward, and every time I thought I might catch my breath we went upwards again. All along knowing that I couldn’t even consider loosing my footing because to the right ofĀ the narrow pathĀ was nothing but a long drop off. Finally we began to move downward again, but I could see that ahead, just a short distance, the trail led upwards again. Feeling sick, I told the sweep that I needed to stop for a minute. Wonderful folks really, the entire group stopped so that I could catch my breath, and try to get over my nausea. After just a minute though we pushed on, mostly because I didn’t want to hold up the group any longer, they would have waited. Finally, we came to a trail intersection with a covered seating area, and it was at this point (only 45 minutes into the hike), that I began to think that I was not going to make it. The trail intersected at a wheelchair accessible (paved) trail that I knew led back to the lake and our waiting vehicle. I approached my friend about bailing out, and two other women mentioned that they might be ready for some easier terrain as well. The group’s organizer pointed out that we were nearly to the end of our planned hike, and the other two ladies decided to continue. Still feeling sick, though, I was not so easy to appease. I inquired as to just how much further we had, and I didn’t really hear the answer because he pointed to the trail going up a really steep incline, and I did not need to know anymore. My friend and I bailed. Though we did very much enjoyed the relaxed pace and no climbing on our return path.

Lesson: I am super out of shape. I used to do this stuff all the time and loved it. Sadly, a few years of low intensity hiking and 2 years with none at all due to an injury have taken their toll.

I will return to do the Siltstone Trail. I will not be beaten, but for now I will concede to needing to work up to that one. Meanwhile, my friend and I are still very excited about hiking, and will continue to do so as the year progresses.

Happy Trails šŸ˜€