Monday, June 25, 2018

Walking It Off


Canada Goose family at one of the ponds
We've been walking miles and miles everyday. We start before 7:00 in the morning for our first mile bringing the skinny black kitty cat (who we've named Harold and now has an appreciative full belly) some kibble. He sits on the driveway and waits. There are always empty food bowls strewn about. I carry a small bag of kibble in my pocket. He gets up and walks over as soon as he sees us. I'm not sure I wrote it here, but I got to go inside the house to drop of 25 pounds of kibble we had picked up at Costco last week. There is more than a hundred pounds of kibble in there, plus a case of large Friskies wet food. Harold is old, and now he is loved. There's plenty of food for everybody.
Black-crowned Night Heron looking for fish
Then, we walk home, have tea and toast and plan another couple of miles of walking. Some days it's a trek to the co-op for something (two miles round trip). So we check our lists to see what we need.We like that we can run some errands and get in a three mile walk before noon. That's life in our small college town.
Great Blue Heron
If we don't have to go to the co-op for anything we'll take a short drive over to the marsh for a good three mile walk there. In the summer there really aren't many birds. Most of the beautiful migrators have come and gone. The locals are spending lots of time on their nests. So, we don't get to see many feathery friends. When we do, though, we are really so glad.
Black-crowned Night Heron walking in the tidal flats
We are planning to go to a march next weekend to protest our country's treatment of immigrants and their children. To say we are outraged, appalled, brokenhearted, and stunned would be an understatement. My older brother went to a detention center on Saturday with hundreds of others to protest. We must each take a stand for humanity. If not now, when?

Until then, we go walking. We're walking off the stress of these times we are living in. What are you doing for stress management these days? We'd love to know.

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  1. Walking has always been my favorite way of relieving stress; even better when accompanied by a Night Heron.

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    1. Loren-- Yes! Night Herons are the rewards for such efforts.

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  2. Since my health (breathing problems) limits my walks these days, I'm at my computer, tickling the keys, reading blogs, reading reading, and sometimes writing.

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    1. Barbara-- I hope you read stuff that both lifts your heart and keeps you informed. Lately all the bleak news makes me want to turn away and not read anything.

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  3. Walking is good for the body and soul. I always think of my dad's parents who lived in Toronto for most of their lives. They used to walk along the Don River almost every day -- several miles each day until they were both in their late 80s and moved to live next door to my parents' house in Ottawa. Don and I were also great walkers. Now, I'm more into putzing around in the garden and wandering in the woods here at my place. Soon, it will be wading in the brook to photograph insects, fish and plants. I don't pretend to know how it feels to be in the U.S. during these evil times -- I can only imagine. However, I believe that anything that gets us outdoors and thinking of the natural world - and talking to sane people -- is probably a balm for the mind. Photographing moths at night is one of my favourite ways of relaxing - the night sounds, the quiet moths resting on a sheet with the dim blue glow of the UV lamp. Yes, sounds crazy, but I've been doing it for years and it's come to be a sort of "safe place" that washes all my cares away for awhile.

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    1. bev-- Walking is such an essential part of our day I feel antsy if I don't get in at least two miles. With my bad wrist it's hard for me to do physical stuff out in the garden, so Roger has wonderful diversion keeping the place looking flowery beautiful and food productive. I keep on walking. I've never done night moth light, but it sure sounds interesting.

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  4. I can see you two walking. That image in itself is a stress reliever.

    Someday, soon I hope, we will hear the voices of those who have been separated from their parents when they speak or write about that experience. That day will come. I wonder what the separated children will tell us about how they managed the stress they experienced.

    Going all the way back to a childhood disrupted by family turmoil, walking and reading books have been the most reliable way I've found of finding some inner peace. I felt completely alone as a child. I lived in fear. These days I find relief from stress in knowing that I am not alone, that I am part of this online community as well as having a sense of community and being able to make a positive difference in small ways in the small town where I live. No loving action given to the world is futile.

    The only place I have ever seen Night Herons is in Humboldt County. I have a vivid memory from 1974 that is confirmed by this that I found on TCLOO:

    "The familiar evening sight and sound of the Black-crowned Night-Heron was captured in this description from Arthur Bent’s Life Histories of North American Marsh Birds: 'How often, in the gathering dusk of evening, have we heard its loud, choking squawk and, looking up, have seen its stocky form, dimly outlined against the gray sky and propelled by steady wing beats, as it wings its way high in the air toward its evening feeding place in some distant pond or marsh!'”

    It just occurred to me that writing is a stress reliever.

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    1. am-- I am so glad you found relief from the stress. Community and working to make a difference really makes a difference. I like the realization that writing is a stress reliever as well. I hadn't noticed, but that is so very true.

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  5. Good on you for participating in a demonstration to show that you disagree with a most despicable policy.

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    1. Red-- It feels so important to me to get out there and make our voices heard. I grieve knowing what is being done in my country.

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  6. Walking is so good for us and while giving us great sights to see, it burns off some of our anxiety over todays events.
    So glad you will be walking in protest of the treatment of immigrants. Wish there was such a march near me.

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    1. Patti-- I don't know what I would do if I couldn't burn off that stress with a good walk. I'm glad to be heading to march on Saturday. I'm thinking about making a sign. I haven't don't anything like that since the late 60s.

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  7. We walk a lot. Lately our efforts for human rights have been channeled into marching and playing in parades with our LGBTQIA band, the Rainbow City Band. We are all in this together, and the music is a blast!

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    1. isabelita-- I love your creative way of balancing the stress of the times we are living in. We are all in this together. Seriously, we are.

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  8. I've been quite tense lately with all that has been going on in the world. To combat stress I swim, bike, walk, and drink wine. I also read trashy urban fantasy where women with special powers beat the crap out of the bad guys.

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    1. Colette-- Ah yes, we drink wine with dinner every night. It does really help taking that edge off. I love the idea of women with special powers who beat the crap out of bad guys. That's a team I would join!

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  9. I understand why you get streesed over it and what they are doing is not right. The do things different here though we still get the illeagal ones who need to be tossed out as they spoilt for others who do it leagaly

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    1. Bill-- I wish everyone would find safe places to be. I wish the world were a different place. I often wish for things that will never happen.

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  10. I put the kettle on for tea. Always.

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    1. Sabine-- Ah...tea. We brew an organic English Breakfast tea every morning. What do you make?

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  11. Oh, the walking is so good! I don't do that much any more, mainly because arthritis in my low back makes it painful to walk distances. Bleah.

    Not doing all that great at stress relief, but am doing some volunteer work with a support group, watching probably too many netflix items, and re-reading favorite authors as my "settle down to sleep" routine. And, I figure if there's a time to be outraged, it's now -- so it's OK to be outraged and take what steps we can in the face of this.

    xoxo

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    1. kathy-- I'm so sorry about your lower back arthritis. I'm heading in that direction as well. A true bummer. I keep thinking that I should do some volunteer work to channel some of my outrage productively. Good idea!

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  12. I pull my reclining garden chair out under the sycamore tree and feel the breeze. I look up at the sky through the branches and leafs and listen to them rustle in the wind.

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    1. Tara-- That's the most poetic way of managing stress, my friend!

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  13. It's good to hear that the little black cat is doing well. Leah was especially pleased.

    You guys do some walking.I wish I could still run. That really cleared my mind.

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    1. Mark-- So glad you and Leah like the kitty cat follow-up. We like going over to feed Harold in the mornings. Walking works when we're out there. I think I may have to take up meditation.

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  14. Walking is EXCELLENT for stress management! I walk all the time and I know it helps me. Although today I stayed home and worked in the garden, and that helps, too. :)

    (Unfortunately, none of it is enough to entirely extinguish my outrage and despair at Trump.)

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    1. Oh, and I'm glad the kitty's life is looking up! You're a hero!

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    2. Steve-- Yes, gardening is a good thing, and so is photographing all the pretty things growing. It's true though, it does not extinguish the outrage and despair. Glad you like our Harold the kitty cat story!

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  15. stress management. i'm not managing it very well. not at all. i suppose time with my loved ones is my best stress reliever, that and going unconscious binge watching netflix. walking is much healthier. good for you going to the march.

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    1. 37paddington-- With Justice Kennedy's retirement, I have been absolutely stressed out. I don't even know what to do anymore. I think about moving out of the country, and then I wonder if that's really the answer. Bleak times, such bleak times.

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  16. Don't move! We need you! There is nothing any single one of us can do about the big picture, except each of us doing what we can. These are really stressful times -- but you know, they only win everything if we let them. We have voices, we have senators and reps, we have VOTES. Our local communities have voices in policies that crop up, and we can influence their responses.

    I hate where we are now, too. But it is the tradition of caring people to hold on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_tcZAqQUAg

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    1. kathy-- We know that moving is not the answer, and really it would change nothing. They are winning big and it is breaking my heart every freakin' day.

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  17. At our young age we really do need to keep moving. Good for the mind, good for the soul, and good for our health. I need to step it up myself.

    So nice of you two to give Harold some food and attention.

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    1. Pat-- It really is good in every way to get out there walking everyday. We're still bringing food to Harold every morning. He's a little cute crooked old man.

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