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  1. I'm not excited about it, but I've prepared ahead of time so that I will have lots of things to keep me busy. I went back to grad school and started a diploma program that has now led to a nice full-time job in the new field. I also have several physical activities (tennis, paddling, walking and cycling) that also include social connections with dh and friends. Despite all this, I'm going to miss having a house full of dc. It's been really great to have all 4 dc home during Covid this last year. I will miss that. It's hard to shake off those wonderful years of homeschooling. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They were amazing.
  2. I'm not too optimistic for August movement as I'm visiting my parents (in their 80s and not very active anymore), then finishing my final paper for my last course. These 2 things will take up the first half of August, so I'll be free to move a lot for the second half of the month. Yay! And if my activity level goes down, my eating usually goes up. ๐Ÿ˜œ Not a good forecast, but I'll try my best to at least get out and walk as much as possible.
  3. I went for a really nice kayak paddle with a friend. We're both getting stronger at paddling, and went about twice as long at a faster pace than our last couple of paddles. Feels great! I'm playing tennis twice tomorrow as long as the weather holds, which I really hope it does. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. I got in a couple really nice paddles the last couple evenings (2 hrs each), one in my kayak and one in the canoe. Both paddling styles use different muscles, so not ALL my upper body is a little sore. ๐Ÿ˜… Dh and I are playing doubles this evening, which should work my lower body to ensure my entire body is sore. It's a good 'pain,' though. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. You are so sweet for hosting! It's a lot of work, but it will be worth it to have those visits. Hopefully your dh can help juggle the tasks.
  6. I haven't waited around for midlife to participate in 'adventuring,' rather I've just kind of kept on doing fun/exciting things all through adulthood. I'd bring the dc along as much as possible, and stay flexible as money was tight. My latest 'adventures' include: - returning to grad school then landing a full-time job in the field of study - super cool, but cuts into my recreational time ๐Ÿ˜„ - buying a canoe and kayak and exploring all the rivers in the area - buying hybrid bikes and exploring many local biking trails - moving to Colorado and who knows where after that (delayed due to Covid, but still happening)
  7. That's phenomenal! How long did it take you? My kayak is a recreation one, a little wider and heavier than a light touring. It's a Riot Edge 11' with a skeg. I can lift it on and off our little trailer by myself, which was my requirement. It's 55 lbs. There are very few kayaks available in our area now, so I was very lucky to get this. I love it! http://www.riotkayaks.com/index.php/our-kayak/day-touring/51-edge-11-skeg
  8. @Laura Corin So sorry to hear your mum isn't doing well. It's great you can be with her, and really nice that she's doing better. I just got back from a 2 hr kayak with a friend on a near-by little river. It was so relaxing, and there was a lot of wildlife to see. We saw turtles sunning themselves on logs, a cormorant bird diving down in the water fishing and a pair of blue herons. I'm loving my new kayak!!
  9. I have a kayak now!! I went for a quick paddle yesterday evening before 2 hours of tennis. Played more tennis this morning, and went for a kayak paddle with dd and our friends in their tandem kayaks this afternoon. I'm meeting a friend this evening to paddle my new kayak. My arms may fall off soon! Tomorrow I have more kayaking and tennis scheduled. If I have any arms left by that time, they should be good and muscled. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. I went for a lovely canoe paddle with 2 girl friends. We scoped out a new location recommended by a friend. It was gorgeous, and only a 15 min drive from my house. I'm definitely going there again! On another note, I'm hoping to buy a kayak today. It's been harder and harder finding a family member to canoe with me. Dh said he would canoe with me, and it was his choice to get the canoe when I really wanted a kayak all along. So hopefully I'll be paddling in my new kayak later this afternoon! I've picked one out on-line already.
  11. I'm in Canada, not the US, and within my limited social circle, the decision to vac or not is always a personal, health-related choice. On another note about making generalizations, correlation is not causation. Just because there seems to be a link between 2 things , doesn't mean that is the cause.
  12. We just got back from camping. It was wonderful to get in a good bit of canoeing everyday. The lake was gorgeous and had small areas that were very well protected from the wind, so nice and calm. I did a bunch of solo canoeing, and calm conditions are best for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  13. It's been a busy weekend getting all the gear ready for our camping trip. We haven't camped in about 6 years, and haven't even opened up the tent trailer in about 3 years. It was a little scary to open it up and see a wasp nest. ๐Ÿฅถ It was abandoned, luckily, so we just cleaned up all the papery stuff and carried on. We head out camping tomorrow for 3 days. Plan to do lots of paddling, hiking, swimming and relaxing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Dh and I played doubles tennis Friday and today, and this morning I went for a lovely canoe paddle with a friend.
  14. Yay! It's Friday, and I also have 3 days off next week. I'm so excited. I'll be biking and playing tennis this weekend, and camping and canoeing on my days off. ๐Ÿ˜„
  15. I went for a really nice canoe paddle with 2 friends; 1 canoed with me and the other had her own kayak. It was lovely! The 3 of us often walk together, but paddling together and chatting along the way is really nice, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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