Confessions of a Street Walker – Part 49

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last seven years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

Last fall I encountered a private organization that would not give me permission to walk on their streets. To be fair, they didn’t have to – private means private – and the good clothing-optional people at the Ponderosa Nature Resort did not need to allow me to wander on their roads on a chilly November morning. It was a tad disappointing as the sign out front said ‘Visitors Welcome’ but I completely understood. I will confess that being granted permission might have caused me some participatory conflict. No one on the planet needs to see my assets displayed in such a manner – especially in November.

I use Map My Walk to keep track of each walk and then City Strides compiles all of the walks onto a global map. Recently, thirty streets were added to my list of Incomplete Streets in (greater) Hamilton by the City Strides people. I had already walked in that area and determined that the streets were all located on another private property. Cedars Campground is located on country roads near the Flamboro Speedway.

I gave them a telephone call to see if it would be ok for me to trod my be-sneakered feet upon their roadways. After a nice chat with Missy and a quick permission waiver signed, I was granted access to their streets. A lovely campground indeed. I encountered only friendly people who waved from their porches or chatted for a minute while I walked hither and yon. What a beautiful community.

I left a ladybug there to frolic at the campground.

I made a tictoc video while there: tictocing about my walking project – Episode 21. I can’t figure out how to embed it here. Grr.

I walked according to the streets on Map My Walk.
Some of them were not listed but I walked on them anyway.
According to City Strides, I missed a few streets.

It is Pride Month and, while I am not quick to march in parades (I love Jesus but don’t know that I would be marching in a Jesus parade either), I did walk through this wonderful Gay & Lesbian Campground wearing purple remembering Andrew Jacob.

Sometimes it is easy to feel like there are places where you might not belong.

But at Cedars, I felt very welcome.

Thanks, Cedars, you folks are AWESOME. Hopefully, I can drop in again sometime to wander my feet over those last few streets.

New Years Resolution – May 2022

My brother and I made a New Year Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month. ‘Together’ became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we both watch the same movie and then get together on Google Meet to talk about it.

The movie this month was Jeff’s pick, and he chose the tearjerker Terms of Endearment.

I had never seen it, but I thought they did justice to the story. It was an interesting look at family dynamics. A family that was a tad dysfunctional but was able to muddle through life. Not quite a happy ending, but it was wrapped up well, even if it was not in a pretty bow. Apparently, there was a sequel which I would like to watch one day as I felt like I got to meet some interesting characters.

It did very well at the Oscars

Best Picture
James L. Brooks
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Shirley MacLaine
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jack Nicholson
Best Director
James L. Brooks
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
James L. Brooks

Our review – which really isn’t an actual proper review, but we have fun anyhow. Near the end, my internet went down. Just how will Jeff manage to entertain you all without someone to talk to?

Until next month.

Confessions of a Street Walker – Part 48

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last seven years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

When spring had finally sprung, it was so nice to see the roadside flowers blooming again. They make such a colourful contribution to the landscape. I fancy myself somewhat knowledgeable about some wildflower names, but I am also stumped occasionally. Here are some flora and a couple of faunas.

the first flower that I spotted was Coltsfoot
the second flower was Bloodroot and one week later
I believe this one is Myrtle or Great Periwinkle
Trout Lily perhaps or Dogs Tooth Violet

I see different flowers if I am along a country roadside or if I am on a trail. A couple of weeks ago, when on a trail, I managed to pick up a hitchhiker.

I noticed it while I was driving home. It was sitting on my pant leg and so while merging onto the 403, I confess that I was also folding this little guy up into the material of my pants so it would not escape. Oy. I found two last year and now one so far this year. I was not rolling around in the grass or traipsing through a field. It hadn’t attached itself to my skin, so that was good. Icky.

Grape Hyacinth
an out-of-focus Horsetail
Marsh Marigold
Wild Strawberry
Garlic Mustard perhaps
it looks like Dandelion but it was too soon
I believe it is the Coltsfoot
a Dandelion and a friendly Bumblebee
he was friendly because he let me take his picture
looks like some Wild Violets and a Dandelion
I think this is also Coltsfoot

And just in case you think I only look down at the flowers and never look up…

Until next time.

Confessions of a Street Walker – part 47

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last seven years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

When the sidewalks were clearer I made my way to Waterdown where I traipsed my way across a fast-growing town. Waterdown is burgeoning. There is an old section of town and new streets popping up faster than I can walk on them. I now have most of Waterdown trod upon but will go back to finish a couple of streets this summer.

I have started tictoc-ing about my walking project. I am not very good at it but it has been fun. Lots of stories to tell about Waterdown. One is a little bit embarrassing. I had mentioned on TikTok that sometimes my back gives me grief and sometimes it is when I walk. Sometimes it is just when I am standing chopping vegetables and other times it’s when I walk 9 miles. I find that lying on a flat surface for a few minutes really helps. I have tried to figure out why – maybe it’s my shoes, or maybe I should stretch better. It just might be that hauling a plump 60-year-old carcass across sidewalks and streets will cause muscles to complain. On one of my walks through Waterdown, I dearly wanted to lie down. The sidewalks were mostly dry and I thought if I could just lie flat on something hard that the pain would abate. Now opportunities for lying down during walks do not always make themselves available. I don’t want someone driving by to be alarmed to see someone lying flat on the sidewalk. I don’t want anyone to call 911 and have an ambulance scream up to me while I try to flatten out my back.

I saw a lady scrapping with a shovel at some of the snow in her driveway. Our conversation:

Me to her: “I am wondering if it would be ok to lie down on your sidewalk.”

Her to me: “Umm, you want to lie down on my sidewalk?”

“Yes, Everything is ok but my back is bugging me a bit and if I could lie flat that might help.”

“Sure, do you need any help?”

“No, I am good.”

With that, I laid down on a very cold sidewalk and yabbled away with a lady who had to have thought I was a tad odd. It was a lovely chat and I got up after a few minutes and continued my walk back to my car.

I have found Waterdown full of really nice people. I hardly ever stop chatting to snap a picture but once in a while, I do.

so enjoyed chatting with these fellow walkers
on Flanders Road – I was inspired by them

Lots of little libraries around and places where people share painted rocks but there was also a great pottery place that has free pottery to take out front.

scored a creamer

Last fall I saw one house that had set up a ‘free to pick’ sign next to its prolific flower bed.

I have now headed out to the country roads and am enjoying them immensely.

so far

New Years Resolution – April 2022

My brother and I made a New Years Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month. ‘Together’ became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we both watch the same movie and then get together on Google Meet to talk about it.

This month was my pick and I chose Cold Turkey. The movie poster really sums up the plot.

Cold Turkey is 1971 film that was produced and directed by the great Norman Lear who also had screenplay credit. There were lots of recognizable stars from 1970s TV. Jean Stapleton who had starred in Norman Lear’s brilliant TV series All in the Family played the mayor’s wife in Cold Turkey and she also played a secretary in last month’s movie, Klute. Tons of cliches and it was way too over-the-top but I did find a few themes that I appreciated.

Jeff was less impressed than I was. I felt that the movie was trying to tell us something deeper than its first impression and that maybe what we think we want or need is not always what is best for us. It reminded me that we may run around acting like idiots but we need to learn to live with each other. That was true when the movie was made and it is truer than ever today. Jeff’s turn of a 1980’s movie next month.

New Years Resolution – March 2022

My brother and I made a New Years Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month. ‘Together’ became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we both watch the same movie and then get together on Google Meet to talk about it.

After deciding to watch 1960’s movies this year we have pivoted and will now watch two months of decades in ascending order re: March and April will be 1970’s and so on.

This month Jeff chose the 1971 movie Klute.

interesting to see the different movie posters

It starred Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Fonda won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a call girl. Fairly suspenseful, it was pretty good.

Sometimes other reviewers say it better than I can. This is from the brilliant Roger Ebert:

The girl’s name is Bree, and the movie should probably be titled Bree instead of “Klute,” because the Fonda character is at the center. John Klute (played by Donald Sutherland) is a policeman who has come to New York, free-lance, to try to settle a missing persons case. It appears that the missing man may still be alive, and may be the source of obscene letters and telephone calls Bree has been receiving. Bree initially refuses to talk to Klute, but she eventually does confide in him, mostly because she’s frightened by midnight prowlers and wants his protection. The film examines their somewhat strange relationship, and at the same time functions on another level as a somewhat awkward thriller.

Our review is below.

We rambled, of course. Some current event discussion and a little family therapy. See you next month.

Confessions of a Street Walker – part 46

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last seven years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.

Long time – no post. I have been walking throughout the winter, but for January a large number of my 10 miles per week, were covered by walking up and down our driveway, due to snow and ice-covered sidewalks. Up and down and up and down. I confess that it was quite monotonous.

Tried some GPS word walking. It is not as easy as it looks.

it was supposed to say ‘love’

When the sidewalks got a little clearer I was able to walk around closer to home and really enjoyed walking downtown.

a bridge on Locke Street which lives up to its name -it reminds me of the bridge we saw in Cologne when we were in Europe
words to discover on the sidewalk
Sometimes I get a chance to chat with the nicest people.

I started recording little snippets of my walks and posting them to TicTok. Quite a learning curve for me to walk and talk at the same time. I confess that I am, by no means, a good videographer but I am having fun with it.

The rest of the winter I spent walking in Waterdown. More about that next time.

so far – boy is Flamborough ever huge – lots of miles to cover yet

Mystery Solved – Give Me a Ring Sometime

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

Like the woman in the parable of Luke 15, I know what it is like to be looking for a lost item. Things come and go around here. Some quite unfathomably as a matter of fact. Some things we find again and others are lost forever.

Martin has never liked wearing his wedding ring. It always cut into his finger and he never felt safe wearing it at work so he would only wear it on special occasions. Then one day it disappeared. We know he had it in October of 2000. We are pretty sure he lost it sometime before 2004. We searched when we realized it was missing but there was no sign of it and we came to the conclusion that it had been lost forever. Martin always said he didn’t need to wear a ring because he has a particular hangdog look that would easily prove to anyone that he is a whipped husband. 😆

In 2009 we got a new washing machine and set it up in our basement where it merrily washed our clothes – our mentionables as well as our unmentionables since then. Earlier this month we noticed there was some water pooling under the machine. Martin investigated by moving the machine away from the wall. Under the machine sat a discomforting amount of cobwebs and dust and unidentifiable flotsam and jetsam of the life of a middle aged couple. Martin then spied a ring under the machine that has not been moved since 2009. Yes, you guessed it. It was his wedding ring. Wow.

It must have been sitting in a shirt or pants pocket since before 2004 and then fell out and rolled under the machine when I was doing the laundry sometime after 2009.

Rejoice with us for that which was lost is now found.

New Years Resolution – February 2022

My brother and I made a New Years Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month.‘Together’ became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we both watch the same movie and then get together on Google Meet to talk about it. This year we are planning to watch movies from the 1960’s – the decade that both of us were born in.

This month it was my choice and I picked The Entertainer.

Like last month’s choice, it had been nominated for Best Picture but did not win. Dr. Strangelove lost to My Fair Lady (in 1965) and The Entertainer lost to The Apartment in 1961. I did not know much about the movie but wanted to watch something with Laurence Olivier in it because I hadn’t recalled ever seeing any of his movies.

Our video review is below. We rambled a bit (big surprise). Enjoy.

New Years Resolution – January 2022

My brother and I made a New Years Resolution to watch a movie ‘together’ each month.‘Together became difficult to do once co-vid restrictions were imposed and then he moved to another province. So now we both watch the same movie and then get together on Google Meet to talk about it. This year we are planning to watch movies from the 1960’s – the decade that both of us were born in.

Jeff had the first choice and he picked Dr. Strangelove. An iconic slice of the 1960’s.

We recorded our conversation about the movie and then rambled on and on and on.

My pick is next month. Looking forward to it.