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Libraries, dresses, deer, rain and a rainbow.

This past weekend, I attended a meeting in the ‘Carnegie Building’, in the town where I grew up.  The building was the public library when I was a little girl.  I was sooo upset when they built the new, big modern library and closed this one.  That was years and years ago, when I had to ride my tricycle 10 miles uphill both ways, to get to the library.

(Image source.)Carnegie Library Lawrence

This was my first time in the building since it was the library.  These days, it is a meeting and reception venue.

After the meeting, I shopped the lovely downtown, just one street over from the library.  I stopped in a cool vintage clothing store, and came home with two great finds.  This madras dress will be excellent for bicycling.  I had to take up the hem about 3 inches so it won’t look dowdy with my proportions.

Before–with the new hemline marked with the ironMadras vintage dress-w

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I wish I could wear the longer length.  But I’m not tall enough, and nothing will change that.

And then this totally awesome gem!    Vintage dress green & daisies

It needs no alteration…, as long as I don’t gain a single ounce.

On getting home that night, I did a run/walk on my 3.5 mile loop.

There was a rain shower in the distance.Rain cloud-w

Deer in my favorite cultivated field.Deer1-arrows
The six deer were hanging out at the edge of the field, but they headed into the trees when they saw me.Deer2

And then as I approached home, a rainbow.Rainbow

Some days are this good.

July = hot

We are in the hot part of the summer.  Yard work is hot, miserable drudgery, but bicycling has been delightful, thanks to my awesome new 7-speed cruiser bike.  (Should have switched to this style of bike ages ago, but more on that later.)

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Bike path trestle view

Indoors, I’m chipping away at a couple of sewing projects.  This is one of the Liberty prints I acquired last month.  Was it last month already that I was in London?  I’m dying to go back for another visit.

Liberty dress project

Juneathon ’15 wrap up

It wasn’t feasible for me to post Juneathon updates from June 18 on, but boy did I get a lot of exercise.  It was the usual activity associated with travel–lots of walking; lots of stairs; lots of carrying luggage.  When I got home and weighed myself, I had lost 3+ pounds.  So, aside from my inability to update my fitness log daily, I’m pronouncing Juneathon ’15 a success.  Now to keep up the progress as we head into the incredibly hot and muggy weeks of July.  So far I’ve done two bicycle commutes.

Shameless Brighton Beach foot selfie.Brighton foot selfie-w

My trip was 10 super-enjoyable days in England and Amsterdam.  Finally toured Westminster Abbey, and then went back for Sunday church service the next day.  Wow.  What an incredible place.

And, I finally shopped at Liberty of London.  Wow again!  I bought two pieces of their famous cotton prints.  I’m going to attempt to make a summer dress out of each.

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Juneathon from here on…

This is where my Juneathon updates and my fitness routine become more sporadic.  Duty and fun have intervened.  There will be daily fitness activities, but not consistent reporting.  But did I say that fun has intervened?  Yesss!

Juneathon ’15, day 15 & 16

Day 15 was a Monday in every sense.  My gosh I had no energy whatsoever as I tried to get my work done.  But for Juneathon, I managed to get in a total mile walk, to and from my transit stops.  Because how else do you get to and from the transit stops?

Day 16 was better for fitness.  It was gorgeous, so I commuted to work on my bicycle, then across downtown to a meeting after work, then home after the meeting, for a total of 10.5 miles.  The great thing about June is that it is still light out until after 9pm.  Bicycling is still an option at that hour.

Juneathon ’15, days 12 & 13

Okay, where the heck did the weekend go?  For my Juneathon report–Saturday, day 12, I bicycled to the store for groceries.  Yesterday (Sunday) on day 13, I did a 1.2 mile run on my regular neighborhood loop.

The rest of my weekend I was consumed with preparing for an upcoming trip.  Holy moly it takes a lot of time to prepare to be gone.  It will be ten days away, with only carry-on luggage.  Yikes.  I’ve never been forced to pack so light.  It is a learning process.  I’m determined to succeed.

Part of my travel preparation was to finish sewing a skirt with poppies on it.  Today was Flag Day in the US, so dedicating myself to finishing the poppy skirt was my acknowledgment of the meaning of the day.  My plan is to wear it in the UK for Armed Forces Day.  Which means making sure it will fit in my carry on luggage.  Eeek.  Poppy Skirt

Juneathon ’15, day 11

Yesterday’s Juneathon activity was a 1.7 mile run…to drop off a bill payment and back home.  While I don’t enjoy paying bills, I do love combining errands with fitness.

Juneathon ’15, day 10

My Juneathon report for yesterday consists of general walking and some stretches, to break up the long spells of sitting at my desk.  [Insert frown here.]  I also shopped for a multi-speed cruiser bike at a discount store, but didn’t buy.  I want fenders on the wheels, but that makes some of the models rattle like a tin can.  Trying to avoid getting a noisy one, while not spending more than necessary.

Juneathon ’15, day 9

Day 9 was unusually busy for me, so my Juneathon activity was limited to 15 minutes of yoga stretches in the morning, and then two awesome, fierce 15-minute rounds of laser tag.  I was wiped out from the night before when Brit Floyd was in town.

They brought me to tears with their version of this one.  It seemed to take on a whole new level of urgency when performed live.

“On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away.”

Juneathon ’15, day 8

Feeling quite good for a Monday morning, I started off with 15 minutes of yoga stretches, and then bicycled to the office.  At the end of the work day I bicycled back home, for a 10-mile total round trip.  It was sunny and felt hot and summery, even though it is technically still Spring for another 10+ days.  I met more bikers than normal on the path this morning, which made it an even more pleasant ride.

Yesterday, we had a bicyclist struck and killed in our state by a pickup, and a beloved restaurant owner also tragically taken from our community.  On things that aren’t right according to our mortal standards.