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Thursday, November 12, 2020

I enjoyed our string of lovely weather and got out for a couple of bike rides over the weekend before our weather started to turn rainy and chilly. These rides were significant because for a mixture of reasons I have been skittish about riding my bike ever since my mystery head bonk back in April this year. One of the reasons has been a little PTSD. So this recent string of record-breaking warm, sunny days had me pushing myself to reclaim this same bicycle path I had taken back in April...TWICE!

During my first outing I was treated to viewing the launch of a hot air balloon at our local park:

This felt very much like a good omen, as though I was meant to be here on my bike at this time, very liberating!

Later in my ride I had the pleasure of witnessing a parasail soaring overhead as well! My thought was, "well if this person can take on the oh-so-daunting challenge of flying around in such a gizmo, the LEAST I can do is savor the day on my much safer bicycle!" You'll never catch me up in one of those parasails...WOW!

On returning to Binghamton I was treated to a familiar skyline of the setting sun on the Chenango river with a friendly squadron of Canadian geese crossing the bicycle path:

Monday I had the pleasure of a client cancellation that freed me up for a second ride along the same loop on our last day of unprecedented warmth and sunny skies, finding still some color to savor:

I'm very busy with my private practice as a social worker offering support and counseling via telehealth services. There is much distress out there and I feel good doing my part to alleviate this in any way that I can. The trick being to balance my work time and "me" time!

Today I hope to finish clearing out the old, dying tomato plants in my veggie garden and planting my winter hardy cover crop, Austrian Winter Pea....which does double duty: offers me some fresh greens to add to my salads throughout the winter and nourishes my garden soil with nitrogen after I spade it over in February in preparation for my March planting.

I've been firmly maintaining my weight between 210-218 with my weekly fasts that vary from 40-60 hours with lots of fresh fruits & veggies and minimal sugar & flour among my food choices.

It's going to be a challenging winter season, having canceled all travel plans to visit our extended family in the mid-west, but we are doing our best to maintain our safety during these virus-challenged times!

Be well & stay safe everyone!

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    174 days ago
    Hi Don,

    Have you had a successful crop planting those peas this late? I'm interested in trying this myself.

    Vinny C.
    178 days ago
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    178 days ago
    I'm happy to hear that you're back in the saddle!
    You still have leaves on the trees and you grow food in your garden in the winter?! WOW!! Amazing.
    I too have been enjoying the mild November temperatures in the woods doing lots of hiking. Last week I did a 3 hour hike of 11 km.

    178 days ago
    Yippee! I know what you mean about feeling better out on your bike. While dealing with isolation anxiety, I find it a spin on my bicycle never fails to help at least a little. You sound like you’re doing great!
    178 days ago
    So glad to hear you have managed to start overlaying your traumatic memory with beautiful memories of the same track. Yes your job is very important during these trying times. I wish we had serious social workers here.
    178 days ago
    Glad you got on the bike again. Hurray.

    As for your work, that's good you are able to help. Indeed, there are many stressed people out there. I'd say it's warranted! 2020 . . . one for the books!

    Stay safe, stay well.
    179 days ago
    Nice pics and post.
    179 days ago
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    179 days ago
    Nice to read your blog and celebrate your return to biking. Your reaction to your April head injury is absolutely understandable but good to get out and enjoy the last beautiful days of late fall now . . . I've been enjoying it too!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog and the reference to the hyperpalatable food book which I checked out!!

    The recent political news is encouraging -- I had stopped blogging with the current atmosphere on social media posts. But haven't lost my conviction that American people are good, kind and decent -- as epitomized in the election result.

    Virtue exists only in action. Now to enact those values again.
    179 days ago
    always nice to see you
    179 days ago
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