Archive for February, 2010

Blooming in Beaufort

One reader’s comment on my last post made me want to share more blooms with you.  Yes, we have blooms in Beaufort!  This is largely because there are a lot of sasanquas around.  In most parts of the country these plants bloom in the fall, but they are full of blooms in the winter here.  Our autumns are a bit like summer. 

My daughter took these photos yesterday when the whole family went on a ride.  It was a great day for it and it is always easier to make yourself exercise when family does it with you. 

After the ride we came home and were spurred to exercise further when my daughter initiated the “home Olympics” with the help of the Wii. I found out that I’m the worst runner in the family. (Still wondering how I managed to fall down so many times on screen while still standing up…) But hoola-hooping — I owned it!

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Something Beautiful

It rained here all morning (again) but the sky was blue and beautiful by the time my children were out of school.  Maybe that is why my daughter noticed the tree full of pink blooms on our way home. “Can we get a tree like that?” she asked.

We were moving too fast for me to see what kind of tree it was, but I resolved to check it out from the vantage point of a bike rider later.  Of course I should have known that it would be the “loveliest of trees”.  As beautiful as this cherry tree was from a car window, its gorgeous blossoms looked even more beautiful against sky.

And it was a particularly nice ride because I somehow convinced my teenaged son, whose birthday is TODAY to go with me.  (Of course the PE department at his school had my back.  He has to fill out a weekly exercise log!)

There is always something beautiful to see on the bike route.  I’m over halfway through the proposed timeline for this blog and every time I roll back into my driveway, I am still glad that I made the effort to roll out of it to begin with.

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I’m back finally and forever… or at least until the end of the school year, as promised.

So…. January has rolled right by with very little pedaling from me.  I did a week long residency the second week of January, came home with a rotten cold which lasted most of the third week, and then went back to finish the residency for the fourth week.  But now I am home.  And the bike, of course, was still waiting in the shed.  Since ignoring a waiting bike isn’t what I promised to blog about, I resumed my bike riding routine today even though I have to honestly say that I’ve been wondering why I thought I could write about biking for something like 180 days.

But at least today while pedaling I was hit with inspiration for the title of my professional blog!  The Hot Pink bike route is my training blog.  And I’ve learned tons.  But I want and need to start a writing-related blog.  I haven’t been able to come up with a concept that hasn’t been done or a title.  

Biking is great for thinking, and today the concept for the new blog all came together.  So I peddaled home as fast as I could to try to claim the blog title.

But alas, the title was claimed in 2006 by someone who has NEVER MADE A POST!  Come one WordPress!  Boot the deadbeats!  Gimme my long-sought URL!

Okay, at this point you are wondering how these ramblings relate to biking.  I will tell you: Biking is good for thinking! 

I guess I will have to bike again tomorrow and hope that a new title hits me.

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