Saturday, July 7, 2012

Much needed rain

Well, the weatherman was correct today.  Thunder storm, lightning and rain.  Unfortunately, I was out walking when it started.  Parked at Fairy Lake as usual, then walked north on the trail. Was about 10 minutes from the car when it started. Only spitting, so no big deal. Went over to the car, ditched the water and grabbed the brolly.  Headed south, and part way down, the sky opened up.  Cut the walk short and headed back.

Just before the heavy rain started, I saw my first deer in I don't know how long.  It was in the long grass and was completely out of site by the time I got the camera out of my pocket.  Oh well.  Only walked for a couple of minutes after that when I decided to turn around  due to the wind and rain and head back to the car.  My shoes were so wet I felt like I was walking through a swamp.  My pants were stuck to my legs.  Totally gross feeling. Did manage to get 2 hours in though. 

Now I'm home, dry, and having my coffee.  What to do?  Go through all the crap in the unused dining room and re-arrange things? Go through one of the many boxes that have been in the basement since I moved 6 years ago?  Won't even mention the boxes in the garage. Maybe since I'm so comfy on the sofa, I can finish the first draft of the short story I had originally started with the intention of entering it in the Bloody Words contest - the deadline was May I believe.

Maybe I'll do some homework for my genealogy program.  Caught up on two weeks worth last night. Maybe not. :)

I'll decide while I'm finishing my coffee.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canada Day

Another birthday for Canada has arrived.  My home town of Aurora shares it's birthday with Canada.  Aurora was incorporated in 1888, so it will be celebrating 125 years  in 2013.  From what I've read the Town Council can't decide what to do and wants to waste a bunch of money to hire someone to plan it.  Hello!  Town volunteers will do a much better job as they actually will care.

The town started out as Machell's Corners because the first merchant to set up shop at the corner of Yonge and Wellington was Richard Machell (1804). The railway came through Aurora in 1863, and it was the childhood home of Lester Pearson, when his father was the Methodist Minister. Oh, do I smell a story there?  LOL .  Jim Carey also spent some time as a child in Aurora, and supposedly Tie Domi did as well.

The town was awarded The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership in 2008, and in 2009 received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.

I started the day off by expanding my daily walk from 2  hrs to just over 3 hrs. Tried a section of the trail in East Gwillimbury that I haven't been on before.  Will try to incorporate that into my daily walk from now on. My feet hurt for the first time. :)  Went to Walmart on the way home and bought some gel insoles.  Will see if they make a difference.  I may just have to break down and buy new runners.  The one's I have are for walking, but they are a couple of years old, so the support is probably not what it once was.

Didn't see any new critters on my walk, but did see the Canada Geese having a bath in Fairy Lake (Newmarket).