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Oh, Deer!

Subtitled: Interrupted Run. This morning I started to run at least 34 minutes, to fulfill the penultimate day of my 34 day challenge for diabetes awareness. It did not go well.

I started out in the dark, as I like to do, wearing my road guard vest, along with leggings, long sleeves, and gloves. Things were fine for the first three or four minutes, then I saw a young deer in a yard up ahead of me.

“Hello, deer,” I said but stupidly did not stop. Of course the deer ran way across the road.

And there were cars coming in both directions! One was far enough away, but the other had to slam on his brakes, which he (or she) fortunately did. I saw the deer make it up into another yard and away. The car paused for a minute or two, no doubt making sure of the same thing.

You would think I would be relieved the poor deer had escaped death, but apparently that is how my mind works. I was traumatized by the thought of what might have happened and the knowledge that it would have been my fault. In my defense, I am having a very emotional time these days, for various reasons with which I will not burden you at this time. Additionally, I have long suffered from depression and anxiety.

Be all that as it may, I started having the worst attack of vocal chord dysfunction (VCD) that I have had in a long time. VCD, in case you did not know, is a breathing problem in which muscles in one’s throat tighten in a most uncomfortable fashion. It sounds like an asthma attack, and it feels pretty awful.

So there I stood on the sidewalk, gasping for breath and making the most hideous noises. How I longed for somebody to stop and say, “Are you all right?” Then they would have said something like, “Calm down, it’s all right. Everything is fine.” I kept saying that to myself, but I didn’t believe me. For heavens’ sake, the deer did NOT get hit! What the hell, me?

Eventually I got my breathing under control, but I still wanted to cry. I tried to start running again, but my body did not want to, even less did my mind. Finally I started to walk back home, feeling really stupid but trying to be gentle with myself.

Then I saw the skunk.

This is the second time I have encountered a skunk while walking in the early morning. The first time, the animal was in a stance, legs spread out, hunkered down, looking like he meant business (although it was dark, so perhaps I exaggerate his air of intimidation). This one was just standing there. I sprinted across the street, and he moseyed on in the other direction.

So that was pretty funny. I walked back to my house, took off my road guard vest and put on my sweatshirt, picked up my water bottle, and proceeded to continue my walk till the desired 34 minutes was accomplished.

Diabetes is a serious problem for many. And exercise is a good idea for everybody! I am not nominating anybody, but I am encouraging all my friends and family to challenge themselves! Even if you don’t do the full 34 minutes or days, do some exercise and make a post about it! Let’s all encourage each other to be a little healthier!

34 Days, 34 Minutes of physical activity for the 34 MILLION diagnosed with Diabetes in the USA.Let’s bring awareness to this issue that plagues our nation.According to the CDC, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes and of those, 90-95% have been diagnosed as type2. “You May be able to manage diabetes with healthy eating and being physically active.”

RULES:*Once nominated, your 34 days begin the following day.*Post a “selfie” of your post workout sweat everyday for 34 days*please nominate a friend you think will FOLLOW THROUGH with this challenge. WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO HELP SPREAD THE AWARENESS.*HAVE FUN, work on you for the next 34 days for 34 minutes!!!! BE CREATIVE!!!

A Serendipitous Shopping Trip

Looks like Christmas already!

I have NOT started my Christmas shopping yet. Well, maybe I have. This morning when I was scrolling down Facebook (you can judge me for that; I am trying to cut down), I saw that Kayla Marie’s would be open for walk-ins. Yay!

Kayla Marie’s recently announced that the store would no longer have regular hours but would be available by appointment or online. This was sad news for me and other impulse shoppers. When I saw they would be open today, I immediately made a plan to go. For one reason, I knew it would make a good blog post.

Ah, my first love: Halloween!

I love looking at all the beautiful decorations and gifts, many of them hand made by Kayla Marie herself. I also enjoyed a chat with Kayla. We lamented the loss of craft fairs, where she previously did a lot of business. Perhaps these events will return before too long.

Christmas will help me get over my post-Halloween let-down.

In the meantime, we all do the best we can. People can watch Kayla Marie Creations’ Facebook page for chance openings like today. You can make an appointment to visit the store in person, or you can shop online through her Facebook page. You can also join the private group Kayla Marie Creations VIP. For more information visit the Facebook page or call 315-360-0058.

About Politics

I was too depressed to make a blog post last night. I thought of making a post about that but was halted by the thought, “My mother will read this!” I do not want her to worry. I know, she will read those too sentences. But I felt I should mention that this post is late and why.

One reason I am quite depressed is the same reason many people are depressed: politics. I try to stay off politics in this blog. For one reason, I try to be upbeat, a booster for the area, as my subheading says, a “totally fun blog.” Politics is rarely fun.

The main reason I dislike talking about politics, and this is perhaps a cowardly reason, is that people who disagree with me will express their opinions, often in a hurtful, disparaging way. Because of my depression, I am likely to interpret arguments as disparaging and hurtful even if they are not meant that way, but these days many people feel free to insult and belittle those that disagree with them.

I am no hand at argument. I cannot think of the right thing to say till well after I have responded, even when I have had time to think about it in the first place. Usually I never come up with the right words. The other side always wins, and my side of the argument is poorly represented. So by expressing my opinion, I am not changing hearts and minds but merely giving the other side a forum for express their opinion.

This raises a couple of thoughts in my mind. First: Isn’t that the point of the First Amendment? Robust argument? Everybody gets a chance to talk? By expressing all ideas we will eventually arrive at the best ideas? This is, of course, the ideal. And I think many in this country have lost sight of that ideal. Many people do not listen to arguments with thought, looking for the truth or what part they might agree with. They are just waiting their turn to talk (if they do not interrupt).

Second, and this is another depressing one: Maybe I always lose the argument because my opinions are wrong. SAY IT AIN’T SO!!! In the first place, I do not believe my opinions are wrong, because they are well thought out, based on by own observation and experience and education. Additionally, my opinions are shared by many people who I respect. There may be places where I could modify my opinions or seek compromise on what I think is he best think to do. I must bear this in mind when I read others’ opinions. That is a timely reminder for me.

I am feeling less depressed as I type this (with ten fingers on the laptop this time, by the way). Just Writing often helps, of course. Additionally, I feel happy to have expressed myself. And if anybody wants to argue my points in the comments, feel free. I know none of my regular readers would express themselves in a hurtful, disparaging way, even if that is the point of the First Amendment.

Pedestrian Post with a Patriotic Purpose

I begin my journey

I walked up to Herkimer College to vote this afternoon. I counted it as my 34 (or more) minutes for diabetes awareness. Additionally, I took some pictures along the way for a blog post. Who says I can’t multi-task? (OK, I am usually the one to say it.)

I think they are miniature sunflowers.

I took a picture of these flowers, because they brightened my day.

It seems steeper in person.

I ran up this hill just the other day. I like walking up hills, although you can get too much of a good thing.

When they said “Do Not Enter,” did they mean me?

I walked up the back way, which is not as steep. The road is open to authorized vehicles only, but I think it is OK for pedestrians. And, as regular readers know, I love to enter when it says not to.

A lovely fall path.
Once again, it seems steeper in person than in the picture.

I had the idea that Early Voting was in the building right at the top of the back way. I soon found I was wrong.

Apparently I did not research the matter sufficiently.

It had only taken me about 20 minutes to walk thus far, so I was happy to continue my walk.

This was about halfway between the other building and my destination.

When I reached the gym, I worried I had overshot my target.

Rats!

I quickly saw some others signs which told me where to go. While I was taking a picture of this sign, a lady called to me from her car window that I was supposed to go around the back.

This way, Cindy!
Dis is de place.
And just in case I missed it.

There were no lines, no waiting in the gym. When I came out, a couple was trying to take a selfie by the sign. I said that was a good idea; I should do that. The lady offered to take my picture, then asked me to take theirs.

Yes, I look silly. Did you expect less?

I walked a different way back, by the dormitories. I paused to take a couple more pictures.

The view would be prettier on a sunny day.
I used the handrail, in case the wood was slippery when wet.

It took me just over an hour altogether. The beauty part was that I did not get rained on. It had been raining most of the day and began again shortly after I got home.

I was delighted to have discharged my civic duty for the year, and I encourage all my readers to do the same, if you have not already done so.

Two on Main Street in Ilion

Trying to return to my Mohawk Valley roots, I offer a shout-out to a local business, Lombardo’s II in Ilion, NY. Full disclosure: I do not know where Lombardo’s I is. However, I greatly enjoy the Ilion location.

A good place to eat and drink!

We sat at the little booths in the bar area, and ordered wine and food.

Kim drank white.
I drank red.

We had a wonderful time and ate far too much. We both took leftovers home.

On the way home, we stopped by Ilion Wine and Spirits, because I had no wine at my house and wanted some.

LLombardo’s Pizza Plus is locared at 154 E. Main St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-894-7111. Ilion Wine and Spirits is at 10 W, Main St.

Is This a Frankenpost?

I need a new approach to blogging, but today is not going to be it. Today will be a common or garden Slacker Saturday Post. I have often been offered the good advice of don’t post every day; post when you have something to say. It is, as I say, good advice, but quite frankly, Homey don’t play dat. I have to try my best to post every day.

“Not post every day? Back off, Satan!”

Since that first paragraph was so long, I thought to add a picture. This is Peter Cushing, fighting vampires. I have been enjoying several Hammer Horror films featuring Cushing. He is fine, yes.

Another Hammer icon.

Here is Christopher Lee, as one of the vampires Cushing was chasing. Last night was Dracula, tonight was Frankenstein. Alas, I do not have any pictures of Hammer Frankenstein. Other Frankensteins, I have a few.

Here’s one!
And there is always FrankenTREE!

I am not sure where the above picture of Frankenstein is from, but Frankentree is in my front yard. When I am back on my laptop, I will look for pictures of Hammer Frankenstein. In the meantime, Happy Saturday and stay monstrous!

Feeling VERY Lame

Hello, and welcome to another Lame Post Friday. Today was perhaps our last warm day of the year. I was able to enjoy it somewhat. Making this blog post, I am afraid, may be less enjoyable. The only stylus I can find does not work well. It is like typing with only six or seven fingers and not realizing which letters you missed till later. And autocorrect does NOT help.

Well, those last few sentences went fairly well, as I abandoned the stylus for my finger.

Same view, different day.

I sat outside the End Zone Pub and Grub to enjoy a draft beet earlier this evening. The picture is from a previous visit. I thought of snapping a few shots on my walk down, but I have happily taken many foliage pictures this year. How many do I need?

I love it!

Here is one of the pictures I am so happy to have taken. Oh dear. This might not be the best of blog posts. I have talked about fall colors a lot this year. On the other hand, it is Lame Post Friday. Why not repeat myself? Additionally, some readers may have missed some of my fall foliage posts. I think I will throw in a couple more pictures and call it a day.

A very recent shot.

Well, I meant to add two more shots, but WordPress will not show me everything I thought I had in my Media Library. May I just mention once again that I HATE the new WordPress editor? And yet, I cannot complain, because I am on the free plan. Oh, I fear my blogging days are numbered!

A Honey of a Bakery

A good place for treats.

I was delighted when I saw on Facebook this morning that Honey Brook Hobies in Ilion, NY was opening again. I made immediate plans to go get a treat for Steven and me.

I got there shortly after they opened at ten. I took a picture of the front for my blog post before going in. Then as I walked in a a lady outside called after me that I had left my car door open, should she close it for me?

“Oh, my God, I’m so stupid! Thank you!” Sometimes they really shouldn’t let me out of the house.

Yum!

I got us each a chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate covered pretzel rod. I ate my pretzel rod as I drove away, I confess sheepishly.

Love the elephant.

I took a couple more pictures before I left.

Love Always is a good sentiment.

Honey Brook Hobbies is located at 4 East Main St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-272-6210. They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. They also do special orders.

Don’t Run, Walk!

I walked instead of running for my 34 minutes for diabetes (see previous post). I brought my cell phone to take pictures. It seemed about to rain, and I figured the phone was easier stashed in my pocket for protection.

Love the bright trees against the dark sky.

I walked towards the dark clouds. I questioned the wisdom of my choice but could not resist a grey sky.

Another view.

I walked down German Street, going the way I most often run. My only plan was to keep going for 34 minutes, taking pictures along the way.

I have always admired this horsy.
I could have just kept taking pictures.

I rationalized taking so many pictures with the thought that some might not come out. It was getting darker out. Full disclosure: I used all I took.

Approaching Lou Ambers Drive.

I debated whether I wanted to cross German Street. In the meantime, I admired the old brick building.

I zoomed in on the building.

I decided I would cross German and go up Lou Ambers Drive to take a picture of the hill up to Herkimer College. I didn’t have a fall view of it.

Where I ran earlier this week.

I continued over into the residential area, another favorite running place of mine. I soon came to the exit of the parking lot for Valley Health. Regular readers know, I love to enter where it says not to.

I can never resist being a rebel.

It was continuing to get darker, and starting to rain. As I approached the building, I thought I saw some fall decorations but was not sure till I got up close.

So cute!
He invited me to have a seat.

Crossing back over German, I walked toward the high school for some pictures of the stream.

I like the rocks.
Another view.
I have a thing for dead trees.
I took this one on the other side of the little bridge.

As I continued my walk, it started to rain in earnest. It was too dark to take any more pictures anyways. I enjoyed my walk. I only have nine more days of my 34!

I Wanted to Save a Life

Today is going to be a Tired Tuesday Post, because I feel quite terrible. I gave blood today for the first time in at least a few years. I just have not wanted to feel awful if I could avoid it.

In my defense, I often have other responsibilities: rehearsals for plays or murder mysteries, training for runs… OK, those are my main things. Additionally, I often suffer from migraines, vertigo, and other ailments.

Oh, just listen to me whine and make excuses! I mean, don’t listen to me. don’t mind me at all. Let’s just call this a Blogger’s Sick Day and drive on. However, in the interests in offering some entertainment, I append my silly selfie taken after this morning’s run. I ran well before I gave blood.

I DO look silly, don’t I?

I’m sure I will feel better tomorrow. I will certainly try to make a better blog post.