Sunday, March 02, 2008

Don't feel much

Like so many other bloggers before me I think I’ve reached a “plateau” in my blogging. I do think about it daily, but can’t seem to find the time nor the inspiration to actually sit down at the computer to write something interesting. It’s almost as if I had no more stories to tell. It saddens me. All day I thought of topics, but today was a real lounge-day for me. I got up late, very late actually, and started my day very slowly. I felt like crap. Yesterday I sneezed so much and blew my nose so often, that today my ribs hurt. I think I broke my cold though. All that sleep was what my body needed. Did I tell you how much I love my current husband? I do. He’s such a loving and good care-giving man. One of my comfort food is Hot & Sour Soup. Since we now live walking distance from Chinatown, Hubby went for a walk this afternoon and brought me back some soup with Orange Beef (one of my favourites). He’s such a good husband. He loves me and takes care of me when I’m sick. What more can a gal ask for, really?

Here are some of the pictures we took while snow shoeing on Monday in Val-David, QC. We went to a nice place where the trails were well indicated, the weather wasn’t too cold and since it was Monday there was nobody around. We enjoyed those trails a lot; some parts were quite steep and worked the old ticker, but that’s the fun of it all.

This picture, right, was taken by Hubby on top of Mt-Condor. You can see the forzen lakes below, and some of the snow.
A nice scenic area with a little heated refuge. I went in to change. Since my surgery last year, or my “insta-pause” as Hubby calls it, I’ve been having some serious trouble finding the right clothing to wear while snowshoeing. Pre-surgery I would sweat a lot, I always did as soon as I did anything physical, but now I’m soaking wet. I’ve tried many different things, like layering, etc., to no avail. I even changed my jacket! I’m still sweating bullets. It’s making me mad because I’m starting to dislike doing anything physical because of it. Because I sweat so much I get wet and then I freeze. I’m not comfortable, and often I’ll stop on the trail to either add or remove a layer.

Hubby took this picture of me, in front of the little refuge, as I was putting my snowshoes back on. Notice the pic-nic table stucked in snow? There's been lots of snow...


Along the trail, I saw this sign, which was a good thing at this point in time. Hubby was ahead of me on the trail (behind the tree).

When I saw this little cabin, I decided that my “urge” wasn’t so urgent after all. I could hold it a little longer. I just had to take a picture of it though. It was so cute, alone, in the middle of the forest… Cute but not inviting enough for me to go in!


As we made our way back down, we saw a few walls of ice. I’ve always been fascinated with those rock walls covered with ice. As soon as we leave the city heading north, you can see that some of our roads have been carved out of the rock and in winter those rock walls are often covered with ice.

In the summer there's the possibility to do some rock-climbing there. As we walked around I had notice a "P" in a circle like a "parking" sign, but soon realised that it actually meant P as in "paroi" (rock face). Where I took this picture we could hear the sound of water running (which didn't do any good to my need to go) as some of it was melting.

I just can’t help to think how amazing it must be to see a glacier. One day I’d love to go somewhere where we can see and feel the power of ice, one day which should be soon… Because if we listen to all those reports before long there won’t be any glacier left…

But then again, this year in Québec, I don't think many of us are believing this "global warming" effect, since this is the most snow we've seen since the 70s... I just can't help to think that spring will be messy and that we'll have lots of mosquitoes in the summer...

One thing for sure, despite having a good time snowshoeing, I can't wait for the time where I'll be able to walk around in flip-flops and wear shorts! And they're still announcing more snow! Argh!

12 comments:

Marius said...

Wow! Those are some great pics. I can't say I care for cold anymore, but real Winter sure is pretty. Thanks for sharing.

I don't know if this will help, but I used to be a sweat machine myself. I stopped wearing light colored shirts since the armpit stains only took a little while to become permanent. Then I started dating a vegetarian health-nut and she got me to switch to an all natural deodorant rather than the industrial strength, but ineffective anti-perpirant I was using. Within a week the fountain ceased. Today I don't use anti-perspirant, just deodorant, and I hardly sweat at all. Then again, maybe I'm just wierd. ;-)

I know what you mean about the blogging blahs. I used to view everything through the lens of 'is this blogworthy?' I still do, but somehow a lot of it never makes it to my keyboard. I'm glad you pushed through it and shared this lovely day with us. Hopefully you'll inspire me to do so as well.

Monkey said...

I feel for you on the snow front. In WI this has been the worst winter in over 100 years. And it is sleeting as I write this.

Feel better soon.

princess slea said...

we are due for more snow too! argh! i'm SO tired of winter. maybe that is where the blogging (and everything else) blahs are coming from.

beautiful pictures but i would be camped out in front of a fire with lots of blankets on.

Ananke said...

Beautiful pictures! I hear ya about not being able to come up with good content. I've been battling that one for a while.

lizgwiz said...

It WAS shorts and flip-flop weather here this weekend. And now today we have some ice and snow. There's just no telling what will happen from one day to the next, at this time of year.

Kara said...

i didn't know people actually snow-shoed. this is fascinating. i've gone snow walking, but i doubt that can be considered a sport, because it just involves me, in regular shoes, walking in snow.

Charlie said...

Living in the desert like I do, it's great to see snow and ice. I miss it, but I just can't take the cold any more.

As far as writing content, I think we all have that problem—sometimes mine can last two weeks, at which time Kim Ayres sends me an email asking if I've died yet.

So if you don't blog every day, so what? It's better than those blogs that start out, "For the tenth day in a row I have nothing to say," and then they spend 500 words complaining.

Stinkypaw said...

marius: Thank you re. the pictures. What do you mean "maybe" you're just weird? Of course you are we know that, but that wasn't your point, right? BTW, I only sweat when I do something physical, but I'd willing to give this a try (the all natural deodorant). As for the "blahs" they are just that... blahs.

monkey: Thanks, it actually rained today and it was warmer. Go figure!

princess: Your explanation for the blah could very well be why. Thanks & I sat infront of the fireplace at the hotel, with a nice drink!

ananke: Thanks! It's the time of year! (Let's go with that, ok?)

lizgwiz: Don't rub it in, please!

kara: Snowshoeing is great for when there's lot of snow, you just don't sink in and you can also climb easier. It is a bit different than just walking, it's more like hiking...

charlie: Thank you sir. I appreciate your comment. :-)

Tammie said...

Your photos are lovely, SP -- and I know you still have lots of stories to tell. Glad you stuck it out and shared.

Did your layers have anything to do with our aversion to the loo? I know that would have deterred me!

PreppyGirl said...

I'm with ya on the snow thing. There is a LOT. Yesterday it was 60 degrees F here and, after a day of melting, there is still at least a foot on the ground on some spots. Jeesh. Today we're back down to 30 and snow. Oh well - soon enough it will be SPRING!!!!

Stinkypaw said...

tammie: Thank you! I'll try to find more things to blog about...

pg: It won't be soon enough!!

Purple Pigeon said...

ooooh, lots of lovely snow!

Thanks for bringing that snapshot of wintery goodness to me while i am snuggled up warm in a dressing gown and big socks. *evil chuckle*