What heals and centers You?
Mon, Oct 1 - 8.44 km
Tues, Oct 2 - 0.74 km
Wed, Oct 3 - 4.22 km
Thurs, Oct 4 - 0.59 km
Fri, Oct 5 - 2.51 km
Sat, Oct 6- 10.08 km
Sun, Oct 7 - 1.8 km
Monday, October 1st - During lunch I accompanied a couple of co-workers for a quick 30 minute walk through the forested paths near work, but I didn't feel truly calm until I set foot into the Grove on my own in the evening.
I cannot tell you how much The Grove means to me. It's changed so much since I was a child, but it is still just as important to me. From being introduced to it as a kid, and walking through it with my family, to now walking through it with Mom, or Sneakers, or just myself.
The trees have taken a beating through the elements and a lot of the old White Pines are having a hard time. I walk through the Grove and can pin point exactly where I am as there are different scenes. There is the tightly knit Pine Grove with the reed grass that reminds me of bamboo. There is the main path where the trees tower over you as you walk under them.
There are the Trilliums that grow in spring, and the mushrooms that grow in summer and fall. There is the field filled with milkweed and young birch, where the birds love to chirp and the monarchs flew in numbers this past year that I haven't seen in a long time. There is the Sumac path which is thinning now and is vivid with red. It is by far the BEST place in Arnprior, and one of the reasons I like to call it home. My evening walk of 6 kilometers started in the Grove, as usual. and continued up through town.
Tuesday, October 2nd - I didn't walk too much today, as it was rather busy at work and in the afternoon when I picked up Matthew and Sneakers from work, I noticed Sneakers was urinating blood. I decided to stay home and keep an eye on him throughout the evening and therefor worked on a personal project. I crafted my own watercolour sketchbook from one of my Uncle's old English books from school in 1968. It will now become my Ireland travel book and I will be bringing this with me, along with a little pocket watercolour set an awesome co-worker is lending me. Here is my trial title page getting used to them.
Wednesday, October 3rd - Today Sneakers had a vets appointment in the afternoon. We made it to town early and I knew he knew something was up. I took him for a little stroll around the park to work off some nerves (mostly mine) and then took him to the vets. After his check-up, and other "maintenance" from a urine sample collected it was determined that he has a bladder infection. he is on meds leading up to my vacation and then will need another sample test done to determine if it's cleared.... oh and he is on a diet! His max calorie count a day is 165!!! And here I am complaining about 1300 calories! Ha!
Thursday, October 4th - A zero day. I took down my little fundraising thermometer page I had up in my workstation at work. I reflected on it and all the work that I did to get to this point, along with all the generosity friends, family and complete strangers have shown me. Some of these people who helped support me who I had never met before, I know consider a friend. In the evening I went to bed early after watching Netflix for a while. Oh yes, and I worked on a page in my personal sketchbook journal.
Friday, October 5th - My manager let us out of work early, and so we decided to do our weekend shopping tonight. After walking through the crowd of shoppers (it felt like the end of the world) we came home and relaxed. I started making some grapevine wreaths from the backyard - I have an idea, but that's all I am saying! (You will find out what I am doing with them next week!)
Saturday, October 6th - I've been looking forward to this day for a while. Mid-Summer I signed up for a course that would take place on this day and it was called "Discover the Fun with Fungi" guided by Richard Aaron. Located at the High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a place I had been eager to hike through again since last September. I had a great time. It was a chilly day and at times I wished I had dressed warmer, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I learned a lot! From slime molds to hunters hearts to the excitement we witness when Richard discovered a species of Fungi he had never come across before but knew of. It was pretty cool. There was a big group too. Afterwards when we congregated at the starting point, mom and I opted to continue back out on the trail to hike up to the Old Oak Tree. Setting out on White Pine Way, we took the left trail called Wolf Trail. We stayed on this one up until North Wind Trail to see the Old Oak Tree. This is where it got interesting. A tree had fallen on the path and we lost sight of the markers and ended up getting a little lost, for only about 10 minutes. We saw a clearing in the general direction we needed to go and thankfully saw a sign showing "Bear Rump Clearing" and were able to find ourselves on the map again... unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention to the plants I was walking through and got COVERED in tiny burrs! I took a lot of photo's from the day and I'm attaching a slideshow below that you can look through.
Sunday, October 7th - Today Mom, Matt and I went to the Needham Pumpkin Patch on Country Rd 29 on the way to Pakenham. It was fun. Who knew you could spend so much on Pumpkins? :)
We looked in the market building and I was so tempted to try out walking through that corn maze but we didn't have time. Matt and I wanted to decorate our front yard a bit before Mom and I headed up to my sister's for family dinner.
- 26 weeks Smoke-free. Can you believe it? A half year! Go me !!!!!!!!!!!!
- 21 days until my hike with Team Diabetes at Wicklow Mountain !!!!!!
- 13 days until my friend and I get on a plane & we leave for Ireland !!!!!
- The next blog will the last weekly blog until I get back from Ireland !!!
(I will create a blog the week I return to talk about my experience, but that will be the last one !!!!!)
Feel Free to still donate to Diabetes Canada through one of my fellow members.
Sandra Sofalvi / Rachel Secours / Harry Flint / Robert Muir / Erin & Warren
Just look them up on the website.
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See you next week!
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.