2021-06-01

It feels like Monday, mostly because I never got around to posting yesterday. No one seemed to notice…

It was a fantastic looong weekend for me. On Friday and Saturday I spent time at home working in and around WLF. Things in the farm are looking okay, and now that it’s June 1st I need to make a final push to get this year’s summer crop going. My potato harvesting continues to underwhelm; I think I gave them soil which was too rich in nutrition and created wonderful plants that don’t generate tubers. πŸ™

On Saturday I found out that my across-the-street neighbors, who were my inspiration for WLF, are moving; they are escaping the city to move near Asheville.

On Sunday Bonnie and I drove up to Dawson Forest to wander around the trails up there with Davey, Deposit, and Oops. The hike was a non-technical wander through the woods, not a whole lot of interesting scenery, but a comfortable eight miles were covered. Post-hike we visited NoFo brewing in Dawsonville. After a long day out Bonnie and I returned to the ITP Estate, ate some food and drank more beers while sitting around a small fire.

Yesterday was a whirlwind front-loaded day. Early in the morning I joined Bonnie in watering a friend’s plants before we tried out the doughnut shop in Summerhill called Hero Doughnuts. πŸ˜‹ From the Braves’ old stadium we drove to the shadow of the new one to join Davey and a larger group, this one included Barb, on another hike. This hike was mostly paved path/street and shorter than Sunday’s. After the hike we ate lunch at a place called Mambo, which had good Italian food (think “pizza”). A much-needed nap was taken before attending my 22nd hash analversary Moonlite trail which started at Oakland Cemetery and ending at the new DAS BBQ on Memorial. Note to Gentle Reader: don’t take vegetarians to DAS BBQ, unless you are trying to starve them.

It’s back to a “normal” day for me today, I’ll be laboring for The Man for eight hours and then spend the rest of the day/night puttering in WLF and relaxing.

Hope things are happy and healthy in your world.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 181.8 pounds (+0.6 from last week’s weigh-in); time to get back at it…

May Summary

05/01 – ?, V, hashing πŸ˜€
05/02 – ?, V, walking πŸ˜€
05/03 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/04 – 180.2, V, nothing 😒
05/05 – ?, V, yard work πŸ˜€
05/06 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/07 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/08 – ?, V, hiking 😁
05/09 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/10 – ?, V, walking 😁
05/11 – 180.2, V, yard work πŸ™‚
05/12 – ?, V, nothing 😐
05/13 – ?, V, yard work 😁
05/14 – ?, V, yard work πŸ™‚
05/15 – ?, V, walking πŸ™‚
05/16 – ?, V, cycling πŸ™„
05/17 – ?, V, walking, yard work πŸ™‚
05/18 – 179.4, V, yard work 😁
05/19 – ?, M, nothing 😒
05/20 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/21 – ?, V, yard work 😐
05/22 – ?, V, walking, yard work 😁
05/23 – ?, V, hashing 😁
05/24 – ?, V, hashing 😁
05/25 – 181.2, V, nothing 😒
05/26 – ?, V, walking πŸ˜€
05/27 – ?, V, nothing 😒
05/28 – ?, V, yard work πŸ˜€
05/29 – ?, V, walking 😁
05/30 – ?, V, hiking 😁
05/31 – ?, M, hiking, hashing 😁

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34 Responses to 2021-06-01

  1. Bonnie says:

    Saturday I went to Banana Licker’s lake house and spent the day on his (large) boat with 12 others. After a lunch cookout we boated around Lake Lanier and anchored in a cove for some floating. Another cookout was had for dinner and I was the first to leave around 8pm as I needed to get home to feed the cats and I preferred to drive while it was light out anyway.

    Today I have lots of chores to accomplish before the husband returns home from his trip. 😁

  2. WLF watering and inspection done. All is looking (small) okay, except for the two blackberry cuttings I made and am trying to root.

    Time to play paid employee…

  3. Haha, I forgot to type in the actual weight recorded today — 181.8 pounds.

  4. Steve says:

    I did go looking for a blog yesterday, but you failed. And happy analversary! I think that means this Saturday is mine?

    There was some bicycle riding, motorcycle riding, tractor riding (mowing), puttering on the motorcycle to try and figure how to mount the new lights I bought (LED strobes to use at races).

    Yesterday, after our respective rides, we joined some hunt friends at the pool at Bear Creek. Not thinking, I failed to completely cover myself appropriately in sunscreen and am paying the price today. Odd places like the tops of my feet and my right chest are quite crimson. In the evening, the hunt had a low country boil and we ate and drank to excess. It was a good time!

    -FP

    • Failed indeed.

      Yep, Saturday is yours. The trail will probably be in Newnan, though at the moment the weather is going to piss on everyone’s parades this weekend.

      You are about the same tanning stock as I am, so I can only imagine your pain…

      • Steve says:

        Wow.. in my backyard and I have to work! Damnit.

        Rather than using a lotion, Debbie had one of those high priced aerosols. And it was windy. And I didn’t rub it in. Whine, whine , whine. Ouch.

        • Barb says:

          Swim shirt.
          Allan swears by his now.
          Won’t help the tops of your feet, but……
          I noticed some long sleeved swimsuits on some kids when we were in AZ, that was interesting.

        • Agreed on the swim shirt. I used to wear one, well my version of one, to hide my malformities, but now I just wear one as a form of sunscreen.

  5. ITP Lurker says:

    523 cycling miles in May. Tis the season again! About 1/3 of the miles were facilitated by the Silver Comet Trail. One 75 mile ride from my house, also an 88 mile ride on Sunday from Florence Road to Cedartown and back. Cedartown is 10 miles from the state line, and had I been on my new bike I would have gone for it. I got five extra bonus miles because my friend left her Camelbak water bottle at the Knucklehead Cafe in Rockmart, where we’d stopped off for lunch. She realized it 2.5 miles down the trail. She rode on toward the car while I rode back to retrieve it and then catch up to her 15 miles later. Once I caught up with her I rode up behind her and bellowed “On your left!”, she almost jumped out of her skin. I think almost everyone that ride the SCT has been yelled at that way, but I was only making a prank. Also many jokes were made about Ma White’s Bottom, if you’re familiar with that part of the trail. I would have made it a century, but this was my friend’s longest ride yet, and I didn’t want to push the envelope too much. The weather was glorious though, that’s why what was planned as a 50 mile ride morphed into 80+. If you haven’t been on the Silver Comet beyond Rockmart, you’re missing some of the best parts. Regardless, I’m feeling well prepared for the Georgia 400 Century on June 27. And hey, I only have to ride 400 miles in June, because the Century will get me over 500. Light month! πŸ™‚

  6. Bob says:

    I saw your IG photo Paulie, your hands look like farmers hands. WLF is good for you.

    BRAG starts this weekend, hope the forecasted rains hold off a bit.

  7. Steve says:

    Outstanding work, Lurker! I haven’t had a 500 mile month in…. most of forever!

    Small worlds, indeed.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thanks, Steve. Goal is to keep that pace going through August, hopefully September. Much harder to pull off when the days start shortening.

  8. Ugh, just had to concede that garlic crop failed. It looked promising awhile ago, but today the stalks were covered in tiny black bugs – Google says black aphids – and when I pulled one plant I discovered that they haven’t been growing the way I hoped. Oh well, live and learn…

    • To add insult to the situation there was a lady bug on my house near the kitchen door. She’s supposed to be out there eating the bugs!

    • Barb says:

      I need to remember to plant some garlic this fall & see what happens.

      Decided to go ride at Sope Creek with Dean, pull into the parking lot and the bug guy calls. β€œWhere are you?”. Luckily it’s only 10 minutes back home. Allan is riding while I watch the guy spray the house. I’ll go ride once he’s done. (Which is now). Maybe now the boys will have to ride more.

    • “Luckily” today is yard waste day, yesterday being a holiday, so I was able to ditch the garlic immediately. No sense even considering composting plants riddled with insects.

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