Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bike Computer

Heading north on the Cheat Lake trail
Yesterday we went to Cheat Lake and had a great bike ride. We don't get out on them as often as I'd like but we are trying to do so more and the beautiful weather has been helping. Another thing that is helping is the new bike computer Julian bought. We got it for $15 at Walmart. When mounted to the bike, a magnet on a wheel spoke transmits to a sensor which times how long it takes between magnet pulses. This means we know how fast we are going and our average speed over time. We tried to average 10 mph which is about as best as we can do for the long haul. We snuck in a few good miles before the sun went down. My, how nice.

Monday, August 20, 2012

End of Summer update

Gosh. I called this "end of Summer update." It is an accurate depiction of my life as it is the first day of classes, so summer is officially (if not  'officially-per-the-normal-calendar-or-the-weather') over AND I have no brain cells left to think up a better title.

Our summer had 12 weekends in it. We were not around 6 weekends and had house guests 6 weekends,  3 weekends were spent at home like normal people. The reason the math doesn't work out is because some weekends had both travel/work and house guests. We had really wonderful visits with all, might I be sure to say.

Thanks to some crazed house cleaning here in the homestretch, I am actually ending this busy season with a relatively nice house, thanks to said house guests and the accountability they provide to keep life tidy and do long over due chores. I got so much help from Julian there, and I am thankful for my newly added storage solutions and his time and effort.

I'm so ready for a nap. Even Julian, who is "anti-nap" has been napping if he can catch one here or there. This semester was supposed to be the first one we could all relax and have a bit more down time but suddenly he's found more responsibility on his plate, which is good in the long term but not much fun in the short term.

My travel schedule is booked through Christmas, and there are even dates carved out in March. I'm heading to Ohio tonight for a work trip and will return late tomorrow. I hope to take some stitching of one sort or another to work on in the down time.

Soon I want to update the blog with our late season harvests, some canning I've done, and my joy over winning a Kindle. It would be fun to add pictures of our family visits but now I realize we didn't really take any. Oops.


This is from Mark 6 - I think it is interesting that Jesus and the apostles sought out quiet rest before He performed one of the most notable acts of his ministry, the feeding of the five thousand.

30  The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.  
31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
32  And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.