Greetings and Happy Labor (Labour) Day to all who are celebrating!
I’m pet-sitting this weekend–two labs and two kittehs–and taking advantage of proximity to the Greenline Bike Trail to enjoy a weekend on wheels. Or I was, until Tropical Storm Lee rolled into town today.
You have to be careful about stopping on the Greenline, because you might get run over, but I did manage to grab a couple of snapshots:
The Greenline is a path system created from an abandoned rail line, part of the “rails-to-trails” movement sweeping the country. It looks nice and secluded, but it’s located smack dab in the middle of urban sprawl. In the city proper, it crosses only 6 or 7 streets, I think, which is really nice for someone who’s used to riding with a stop light or stop sign every few blocks. I was zipping along nicely, and get this–I actually passed about a dozen riders! Not walkers, riders!
And yes, if you’re wondering, I did count these three in my pass tally as well as the two I passed yesterday. But give me a break, I waited to pass until they were safely across the street and jogger Dad got them riding in single file again. I have to say, they were actually riding at a pretty good pace, considering their size. They’ll be passing me soon enough!
Photos of the Greenline wouldn’t be complete without a shot of kudzu, an invasive vine that lines a good portion of the path. Heck, it lines a good portion of the southern U.S. My great-uncle used to say, “Give it an inch, and it’ll take 30 acres.” It’s pretty, but it destroys everything in its path. (I have no idea why the photo turned out all fish-eye–maybe I stopped too long and the kudzu was about to get me. Glad I got out in time!)
After about 7 or so miles, I stopped by the house to check on the dogs and to get fresh water, and while I was there, the rain started. Bummers. (The dogs thought so, too. We’d been enjoying a nice game of Cammy-throws-the-tennis-ball-100-times-for-Jasmine-Lab.)
So, I was forced to get off my bike and go shopping. First, to Sears to look at dishwashers, and then to Garden Ridge. Do you have those where you live? They’re great big home decor/craft/mish-mash stores. Sometimes you find some good bargains, sometimes not. Today was a “not”, but I did see some interesting things.
These were kind of scary to me, for some reason. The statues of various animals, in costume, picking their noses were downright terrifying. Too terrifying for a photo. These guys weren’t so bad, though:
As I was standing there, I was a tiny bit tempted to try on one of those suits. I’m pretty sure I could fit into one of them. But that had Lucy & Ethel Moment written all over it, and I had no Ethel to help me get out of the suit. Or the store.
Having just spent three days dodging pine cones on the bike trails and surface streets (and mostly successfully), I couldn’t figure out why anyone would pay $4.99 for a bag of them. And then I got a whiff and realized that these are scented pine cones. I don’t know what scent, exactly, something floral. Because, you know, pine cones don’t come naturally infused with scent. Go figure.
Y’all know I frequently take road trips and have for years. In all that time, it never occurred to me that there was a specific piece of luggage I could use to pack my bras. I’ve been using the wadded-up-tight-and-tucked-in-a-corner-of-the-suitcase method of packing, which I thought worked well, but it appears I’ve been missing out!
Wow! I could be making ginormous donuts right this very minute! According to DailyMile, I’ve worked off 35 (almost 36) donuts, which would mean I could eat this entire jumbo donut and have regular donuts to spare!
There were dozens of other really cool products like these–snerk!–but I didn’t have time to dally for more pictures. One thing Garden Ridge is good for is to remind you that time is whizzing by. That’s why they not only have aisles and aisles of these decorations available in early September….
…but they are also rapidly getting these aisles set up as well:
I’m guessing they’ll get the Valentine’s Day displays set up around Thanksgiving.
All kidding aside, I saw one thing at the store that I thought was quite nice:
As befits Garden Ridge, it was printed on the side of a suitcase, but I thought the sentiment was wonderful so I forgive them.
Okay, that’s not all I’ve been doing, but the cats are waiting for me to kennel the dogs so they can have free run of the house.
We’ve got more rain forecast for the next few days, but I’m hoping for a dry morning tomorrow so I can take another bike ride.
What are you doing this weekend?