Sunday, October 27, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicles #4

Snowfall at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

(Lakeshore Chronicles #4)

Snowfall at Willow LakeInternational lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most--the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. There Sophie discovers the surprising rewards of small-town life--including an unexpected passion for Noah Shepherd, the local veterinarian.

I breezed right through this one and I'm on to #5. I like how her stories just grab another person from the town and tie them into the whole picture while helping you see a different side of someone.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicales #3

With her daughter grown and flown, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure. She's waited a long time for dating, travel and chasing dreams. But just as she's beginning to enjoy being on her own, she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy, owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his own.

I only read a little on my trip. Some on the destination flight and a little before bed each night. I think I ready most of it before I left. The return flight was a good one and I did a lot of reading. Finished it the next day and immediately started the next one.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pittsburgh. Sand Hill Berry Farm.

Today we went to the Sand Hill Berry Farm.and walked around a little. Timmy was out in the field but Gunther was eager to say hello. My brother called him and he came running across the pen for his treat. I have never seen a sheep react that way. Pretty funny. He was very sweet.

I also learned that I still had a few cards left in the Greendance Winery store. I had sold them a few two years ago. I guess it's time to replenish! Pretty exciting to see them there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pittsburgh. Incline

When my brother takes you to the city he will sometimes drop you off at the bottom of the incline which I found out a few years ago was considered public transportation and is only $2.50 for a ride. Here's a pic of the incline and a view of Pittsburgh from inside. Once you get to the top you can walk along the street on Mt. Washington to see several different angles. It was kind of a gloomy day and I have plenty of pics of the city. I did try to get one of the big rubber ducky but it didn't work out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pittsburgh. Fallingwater

Today we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. The tickets were purchased in advance since I found out several years ago that you can't just show up.

This angle shows the stairs coming down from the main living area that suspend right over the river. It would be so nice to sit there with my feet in the water. There was also a pool off of the guest house that was naturally filling with spring water. Nice.

The house was really neat but the individual rooms were too small and dark for me. It was meant to draw you to the outside through the windows and patios. I loved all the windows and the natural aspects of it. You were not allowed to take pictures while inside the house. 

I took this picture from the observation area after the tour. We were lucky enough to be in the second to last tour and so that the majority of the visitors were already gone. Beautiful. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pittsburgh. ICV Trail

I can't remember whether we walked this on Saturday or Sunday. It's the same Indian Creek Valley Trail but in the other direction. The pizza place was not the intended destination but it became quite urgent that I stop by... On the way back, there were loud roars and zebras. Notice the Living Treasures Animal Park. I didn't realize it was right there. I still like the other part of the trail better for some reason. Either way, it's a great perk. Total estimated miles walked 3.2 according to Google Maps. Hey! That was a 5k.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pittsburgh. ICV Trail

Yesterday I arrived in Pittsburgh. We went straight to Fiori's for my hoagie and then to the Giant Eagle for my water and doughnut before heading on to Champion.
This morning we went for a run/walk from point A to B and back which is approximately 2.4 miles total. We forgot to look at the time but I'm guessing it took us (me) just under an hour to complete. My goal is to do at least one 5K. I don't even care if it's official, just so that I can run/walk one in under an hour. Baby steps. It didn't stop there though, my PT (brother) also made me do an upper body workout and stretching.

Today was a lazy day for me (after the workout) and I'm totally okay with that. I found a bicycle in the basement and pumped up the tires. Tomorrow I'll go for a ride.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Re-fashion. Dirty Jeans

Earlier this year I joined Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle and found out I was a Type 3. It is based on my natural energy and I can appreciate that. I dove in head first and changed my wardrobe since it sucked anyway. I hated getting dressed because I was terrible at putting outfits together and nothing felt right or matched right. Then I found out that using the color card solved all that. I love it. I admit I still need practice, especially with the lighter colors but it makes life so much easier!

Among the many "instructional" videos they have for my type to help distinguish between the other types there is one that talks about jeans. Each type wears and looks best in a different type. Mine wears "dirty" jeans and that's fine because I love them and luckily I can pretty much dye any pair I want to make them work.

Since I was dyeing several pairs of jeans I doubled the recipe (provided by DYT in the Type 3 section under resources). I used 2 boxes (powder) of RIT Tan, 2-1/2 tsp RIT Golden Yellow and 1 tsp RIT Dark Brown. I use the washing machine since I have an old one and I don't care about it's appearance. According to the box instructions you do a HOT/COLD cycle and so I filled the washer, got the jeans wet, threw them in a bucket, mixed the dye in the machine and then added the jeans. You want a long cycle so with an old washer I set the timer and reset the machine a few times so that I wouldn't lose the dye in a rinse cycle. Then I hung them on the line. I'll re-wash them all together later in case there is any dye left to rinse. Meanwhile, I'll wear them because I'm T3 and as far as I'm concerned, there's no point in re-washing them before I wear them.