TGIF

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My business partner was emailed an offer one of our listings on Thursday. We arranged to meet our sellers on Friday morning. We reviewed the offer and formulated a counter, which we emailed to the buyer’s agent by 10:30; we’re still waiting to hear if he received it. I left him a voice message so he knows to check his email.

Missed a bike ride, run and dog walk this afternoon. I regret that yet I don’t: I was handling business, working on a business plan, and making appointments to show homes on Sunday.

I’m very happy to call it a day.

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TGIF

TGIF.

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TGIF

My business partner was emailed an offer one of our listings on Thursday. We arranged to meet our sellers on Friday morning. We reviewed the offer and formulated a counter, which we emailed to the buyer’s agent by 10:30; we’re still waiting to hear if he received it. I left him a voice message so he knows to check his email.

Missed a bike ride, run and dog walk this afternoon. I regret that yet I don’t: I was handling business, working on a business plan, and making appointments to show homes on Sunday.

I’m very happy to call it a day.

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When life gives you oranges

debster822:

That’s our tree and our Toronto friend’s results. I have dozens and dozens of oranges still on the tree, so you bet I’m going to be making mmmmmarmalade in the near future.

Originally posted on Bread and jam and jam and bread and ginger:

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I know the jam-making risks taking over my life when I take it with me when I go away, but what else was I to do when a California friend left me alone in her home when she upped and went to work? Friend has an orange tree in her back yard, and a nearby lemon tree was dripping with fruit as we walked past with her two well-trained pups. Marmalade, anybody? With backyard naval oranges and a lemons, fresh from the tree.

Of course I’ve never made oranges with navel oranges and the internet recipes all suggested a three-day venture, peeling the rind from the oranges and then boiling that separately from the fruit before making a marmalade on Day 2 or Day 3. I didn’t have time for that one, and I didn’t see the point either. Let’s just make things up as I go along. It’s worked…

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Winter Highs and Lows

After 2-½ days our friend from Toronto left balmy NorCal for the wintery grasp of Canada. She enjoyed the spring-like conditions and was impressed by the almond orchards, with their delicately-colored blossoms and sweet, honey-like fragrance. When seen from a distance the orchards look as though they’ve been snowed upon with the palest pink snow. When the blossoms fall, that palest pink snow is on the ground. They, and the MagnoliaX soulangiana, are the first trees to flower. They are quickly followed by the Callery pears and Purple Pony Plums, both non-fruiting varieties. The Western redbuds (Cercis occidentals) are beginning to bud. I expect the cherries and apricots to follow. Judging from the bud-swell on our Babcock peach tree, that will be in full flower soon, as well.

We rode 3 times in 2 days: Tuesday afternoon we rode on the flats, through orchards, so she could get the full almond effect. Wednesday morning we met with 3 friends with whom we’ve ridden for years, and still do so, and the 6 of us did an orchard loop north and west of what we did Tuesday. It wasn’t fast; it was social and fun. We conversed among ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed that aspect.

Naturally we stopped at Steady Eddy’s and had coffee and more conversation (Chris & I shared an almond/pear bar). We took the direct way home; our friends took the long way.

Thanks to the tailwind we boogied back home; J & I made almond butter and her homemade orange marmalade (using our oranges and lemons we gleaned from a neighbor’s encroaching tree) on the Iraqi wheat berry bread I made Sunday. Talk about the #nom!

We mounted the bike racks on his Outback, loaded everything we needed, and drove to the Subaru dealer so his Outback could get its scheduled maintenance while we did the Gordon Valley Loop. The weather was just right for summer riding (I left my knee warmers on; my knees like to be warm), and J exalted in it. She loved the scenery and the rollers; a couple of climbs tested her but we all stuck together and had a blast. 47 miles and we all loved it.

Now, please bring more rain and snow, because as much as I love this balmy weather, I know we need the rain and would gladly ride the trainer if only the weather would dump rain on us.

So after 3 guests in 4 weeks, so much fun, I’m feeling a tad empty that they came, we visited/rode bikes/hung out/ ate out, and now they’re gone. Even the dogs were affected.  The time our friends were here was precious; we’re so happy they were here. We wish they lived closer so their visits were occurrences, not events. OTOH, we have destinations.

Time to bring out the calendar and schedule some visits.

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Early 2015 Musings

Every year the days and weeks blow by faster and faster. I feel as though I’m playing catch-up, although in reality I’m ahead of the game…it just doesn’t feel like it. We had no rain at all in January, a record (that no one is proud of), yet many mornings weren’t conducive to riding my bike because the fog was low and dense. I don’t trust my bike lights and high-viz jacket to keep me safe — if I can’t see to the end of my block (about 8 houses), I don’t ride. I’m not being paid so why take the risk.

When I ride it’s generally hill training or group riding. The problem is that I don’t get to follow my program regularly. And if I establish an indoor alternative, my outside rides suffer. That must be a first-world problem.

Thursday I planned to ride to my doctor’s office in Winters, so even with a time cushion I TTd to Winters, taking advantage of the tailwind. I sat in the office a bit, got my shots (flu and shingles), sat in the office again to see if I had a reaction to the shingles shot (I did not), and rode a longer way home, against a headwind.  According to Strava my moving average was 17.1 mph. I’ll take that!  Maybe, in spite of my weight gain, I’m faster than I thought.

I love the idea of riding to my doctor’s office for wellness shots. I love putting out efforts that make me hack up half a lung — I know I’m  getting more fit. Good thing I have a new inhaler; I’ll need it these next few weeks.

We took a listing 2 weeks ago that needs a lot of work, and so it isn’t shown frequently. We’re working on a price reduction but the sellers are adamant. I suspect that my rides over the next few weeks will be more of the “I need to find my Zen” ilk than “I sold a house!” kinds of ride.

The rain over the weekend was great; definitely toad-strangling. Our back yard seasonal pond filled up twice and abated shortly after the rain stopped. Today we had a cloud drama, some of which dumped rain and moved on. We walked the dogs in the evening and I realized that at 5:30 the sun still hadn’t set. I internally high-fived the lengthening days and am looking forward to much riding this week, with a friend visiting from Toronto (we’re her winter escape, how funny; many folks from this area use Cabo San Lucas as their winter escape. As if we have Toronto or Boston-style winters). The almonds, flowering pears, a few plums and now redbuds are starting to bloom. She’ll be blown away. And so will I — I never tire of nature’s seasonal shows.

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Cross-Training: It’s good for you!

So I’ve been off the road and on the trainer most of December and thus far in January. We’re having very rideable weather, despite the fog, this month, and I’ve made some anti-bike choices: Walking the dogs, riding the trainer, 1 min. plank, etc. I’m not proud of those choices except that the dogs get the outing the need, love and deserve. Last week we hit the local dog park and they had a blast.

When I put myself in their paw-protectors (which we don’t own or use) I know how I’d feel with a few back-yard outings and being confined to the house for hours on end. So every chance I get I walk them.  If I have time I ride my bike or get on the trainer; some days my time is so tight that the trainer is the variable.

Frankly, I’m tired of putting me last. 11 years ago I was at a similar spot and jumped on Team Me. The time is right to do so again. Thus the Thursday Tower Hikes and nearly-daily dog walks.

Now to find time to run…

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