When you tell folks you live in Florida, they think beaches and constant sunshine. They don’t think about rainy days, thunder, lightening or even cold weather.
Yes, in the northern part of Florida, we have cold weather. It’s a different kind of cold, though. It’s damp and seeps into your bones. The chill just never goes away.
Anyway, I am preparing for that cold weather when I walk my dog this winter. I made a wool hat, wool mittens and wool cowl. I may make my dog a sweater or maybe just get a sweatshirt from the Goodwill and “adjust” it to fit her.
This photo shows the completed mittens and the hat in progress.
And this shows the cowl, hat and mittens completed; all made with wool.
These should help with the cold and chill this winter.
ETA: OMG! How could I forget!?!?!?! For those of you who knit, this Baa-ble Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry. I used the graph to add the sheep to the mittens and the cowl. The mittens are basic mittens (c/o of 40 sts; US 4 needles) and the cowl uses the same number of stitches as the hat, after the increase (120 sts); only it is knit on larger needles (US 9).
The other day hubby and I went to Krystal to get lunch. He wore his Vietnam Vet baseball cap, like he does most of the time when we are out.
We ordered our food and I took out my wallet to pay, while hubby got us a table. The young lady behind the counter asked me to tell hubby “Thanks for his service to our country.” Then she asked if I knew him while he was serving in Vietnam. I told her I met him AFTER he returned.
It wasn’t until later that day that I realized how she perceived us….that little “old” couple who came in for lunch.
I laughed a bit at that thought because I don’t see myself or hubby as “old”. I’m 64 and he is 66. I am active. I walk my dog daily. I go on short hikes with my sons. We visit historical sites and wander all over those places. We visit zoos and state parks. We work in the yard.
So what I’m trying to say is Age is Relative. Granted I don’t see or hear as well as I did when I was younger. I also have Asthma and high cholesterol, but I’m not going to let those minor annoyances stop me from doing what I want to do when I want to do it.
I slacked off this past winter on my walking. So started back in on the treadmill in March, but really not exerting myself. Found out rather quickly when I took a couple of outside hikes that this year is going to be a little tough on me.
The pollen count is way higher than it has been in the past couple of years and the humidity drains your energy. My allergies are over active and I’ve had a few minor asthma flare ups.
So on one of my routine visits to my doc, he suggested I use my inhaler PRIOR to hiking and take an antihistamine. Just have to find one that doesn’t knock me out.
Anyway, I’ve been doing more walking outside, through my neighborhood. My normal walk is 1.2 miles and takes me about 30 minutes with my dog.
Today, I tried a different route. It is longer (1.6 miles and 43 minutes) and a good portion of it is uphill. WOOHOO! I made it around. I did use my inhaler prior to the walk and was only huffing and puffing on the uphill part.
Now the kicker will be to do this walk on a regular basis. Wish me luck.
5/22/2015 UPDATE: I am managing to do this walk at least 4 x a week. Already planning a new, longer route for the future.
5/28/2015 UPDATE: Walked 1.9 miles today in 39.03 minutes. WooHoo! Getting a little better.
Youngest and I went on a short hike at Arcadia Mills Archaeological Site. It is open sunup to sunset and is free to the public. (except for guided tours).
A lot has changed since we were last here. There used to be one boardwalk area, then a footpath on somewhat rough terrain and a scare the hell out of you suspension bridge over the creek. That has all been replaced with a boardwalk and steel and wood bridge over the creek. There is still a short footpath of about 1/2 mile. We trekked it all today.
This past Sunday I agreed to go on a 7+ mile hike with my youngest son. I figured with me walking on the treadmill for an hour a day and walking the dog, I would be prepared for this hike. I also figured it would take us about 3 hours max. It took us 5.5 hours…not what I expected.
I was SO WRONG!!! After about 2.5 to 3 miles, fatigue set in. I had to take frequent rest breaks. I had episodes of shortness of breath which I attributed to the heat and humidity. I drank lots of water, but still felt wiped out for the remainder of the trail.
I did manage to finish, thanks to the patience and encouragement of my son. And, yes, I am going to do the trail again….when I am better prepared. I plan to utilize shorter trails until this coming fall when I will again attempt this trail.
I did manage to get some photos of our trek. There were places with standing water that we had to either walk through or find a way around. Part of the trail passes the beach and part is a savannah like area…grasses and pine trees and no shade. There were tons of tadpoles, baby toads and adult toads along the way. And, of course, way too many gnats, mosquitoes, and no see ’ems flying around, biting and sucking blood.
ETA: Pay careful attention to your clothing. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing. I wore jeans and a t-shirt. The t-shirt was fine, but after a couple of hours the jeans felt like they weighed a 100 pounds. And use an insect repellant and a sunscreen. I did have on my Tilly hat which protected my face and neck.
Per a friend’s request I am posting a photo tutorial on a corded envelope style pillow. Making the cord is not difficult. It can be a little tricky to sew it in place, but it is not impossible. Just take your time.
First, decide on what size pillow you want to make. Then purchase or make your own pillow form.
When cutting out the squares for the pillow case, they must be one (1) inch larger than your pillow form. So if you have a 12 inch pillow form, you squares must be 13 inches.
When I cut out squares for front and back, I cut out 3 and they are all the same size. Two I use for the back of the pillow. I fold over and sew about 1/4 to 1/3 of the back pieces. You will see this in the photos.
I use 2 1/2 inch wide strips, sewn together end to end, to encase the cord. For the cord, I use cotton clothes line. It is soft and pliable and fairly easy to sew through.
Now for the photos:
Here is another corded pillow I made. This one is appliqued. The owl I drew on regular 8.5 x 11 paper and cut out the pieces. I used Steam a Seam 2 to attach the pieces and ironed them down. Then satin stitched around them.