I made coconut macaroons today; I was worried they wouldn’t hold up because they were very crumbly when I was forming them but they turned out just fine.
I’d say our winery tour was a success!
We caught a glimpse of the ongoing controlled burn (“prescribed fire operations”) at Banff National Park.
Yesterday the furnace started blowing cold air into the house; after checking the thermostat batteries and the gas supply to the house I rang for professional help. The technician came in due course and I left him to his business, resisting the urge to run over when I heard him say “Oh, that’s interesting”. He called me over a couple of minutes later to explain he’d found the problem (something he’d never seen before) - a bird had managed to make its way into the air intake and then right into the furnace. I was pretty relieved that he took care of the bird removal for me - he even took the bag he put it in out with him.
Dan and I were in Edmonton for a few days last week and I took the opportunity to go for a run in the river valley. I’ve been wanting to try out the trail system ever since we ran the Night Race last year but I don’t really like driving for an hour to go for a run and Dan hasn’t shown much enthusiasm for the idea when I’ve floated it.
I’m glad I went though; I love how descending the steps alongside the Mac takes you into a different place, where you can hear the birds and the leaves rustling in the wind and the smell of downtown traffic fumes isn’t overwhelming. The terrain is varied as is the surface underfoot and even though I would have sworn at the time that the hills were out to get me, in retrospect I really rather enjoyed them.
I saw large packs of women cycling on everything from road bikes to tri bikes to mountain bikes and that made me want to drive my bike out as well.
Happy birthday to my mother :-) (and hi Rebecca, we can see you!)
I had a good run today; I wasn’t too hot, I wasn’t too cold, nothing was hurting (much) and I was smiling on the inside. It’s been a while since I had a good run so I went further than I intended to and now, several hours later, I feel like I want to lace up and head out again.
Saturday afternoon: the perfect time to sit in the sun and practice tying knots.