Monday, January 15, 2018

Flower Language --- Day 6/329

Walk:  Fillmore and practicing Ciwt's 'new' computr/car again and again 
Distance: 2 miles, a little PT, Up/Down x 5

Holiday season slowly recedes; the new year gently takes its place.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Guilty Fun--- Day 6/328

Walk: T.J's
Distance: 2 miles, PT, Pedal

Vikings 29              Saints 24

So, Minnesota native Ciwt grew up watching football and still does occasionally. Part of her feels guilty about this. She knows football has terrible problems and supports all efforts to spare young athletes the violence.

But every once in a while, something unbelieveable like this happens, and the athleticism, tension and thrill of the game overrides all that guilt. 'Miracles' are fun to watch. But if (understandably) her loyal readers don't want to look at the video πŸ™ˆ,, what happens is that the Vikings win over the Saints in the last 10 seconds of a playoff game.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Obstacles, The Tutorial--- Day 6/327

Walk:  Another Presidio Hike!πŸ˜€
Distance: 3 miles, PT, Pedal

As she returns to hiking a part of Ciwt's mind is in "Be Careful" mode.  This is new for formerly intrepid Ciwt but probably normal for people recovering from injuries.

The "BC" voice is hyper aware of obstacles. There are two types : Natural, which it sizes up quickly and walks carefully around or through.
Leaves on Sidewalk

Then there are the Unnatural ones like mothers cooing over their babies as they race strollers down the street, dog walkers with multiple, unpredictable charges off leash, entire families in phalanx talking animately with each other, and, more and more often, even on Presidio hikes there is this one: 
Person completely absorbed in his cell phone
This unnatural obstacle will literally walk right into you.  It almost happened to Ciwt three times 
today.  As the last one came barreling toward her on a narrow path, she started clapping loudly just as he was about to hit her.  Luckily he heard at the last moment -  and looked up at her with disdain.  Probably because she interrupted his texting.  

Scary but apparently nothing like New York.  Ciwt has a friend there who has fairly compromised knees and back. She's terrified of going out onto the sidewalks and virtually clings to the sides of buildings as she goes along.  No need to explain:  mobs of people, walking a mile a minute, elbowing and jostling each other.  This has been so for decades, but now there are even more people and many of them are the dreaded unnatural cell phone obstacle.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Birds Still Chirp --- Day 6/326

Walk:  Presidio
Distance: 3.3 miles, PT, pedal

Today Ciwt was able to take her first official hike in the Presidio since her accident.  She loved finding someone had attached a"Love" sign to the fencing at the top of the hike in her absence.  Appropriate because the hike goes down "Lover's Lane," the path young soldiers walked from the desolate, barren, windswept Presidio into 'town,' and hopefully a waiting young girlfriend.  The town was named Yerba Buena, many years later to be known as San Francisco.

After months under 'hike arrest,' Ciwt also loved finding dirt is still soft, leaves still rustle and birds still chirp.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ring Story --- Day 6/325

Walk:  Day well spent with her tech expert on computers (office and car)
Distance: Up/Down with more skill x 3, Kind of forgot to exercise

A little of Ciwt and Susan Brooks* in front of a few of  Susan's magical little creations

So, among the other recent surprises/changes in Ciwt's life was the loss of her favorite ring.  She bought it from a Berkeley craftswoman/artist at least 25 years ago and wore it virtually every day since.  A simply designed gold band - quiet but with so much presence people would remark on it within minutes of saying hello.  Eg, she would go into a store, bank, movie theater, just about her business and someone would say "What a great ring!" or "Is there a story about that ring?" Something like that - consistently, for years.

No story except it was part of Ciwt and she was forlorn when it was gone.  (How is a mystery) . She decided to see if she could locate the artist on line.  This without optimism because staying in business is a challenge for artists everywhere and particularly Bay Artists as the cost of living, including studio prices increases nearly daily.

But there she was!!  Susan Brooks, Painter, Drawer and Hand Fabricator of jewelry!  Not only still in business but going strong and helping other artists along the way by organizing and promoting East Bay Open Studios.

And there were her rings.  Still handwrought with the 100 year old chasing tools and hammers Susan's father passed on to her when she started her jewelry career - and which give precious metals that incredible presence.

Now it's a ring story with a happy ending. Susan's art, jewelry and more studio is still in Berkeley, she is still making her traditional designs and Ciwt's ring is one of them.  So Ciwt was able to drive (her new car) to the studio, regale Susan with her ring stories, view Susan's expanded collection of creations, pat her on the back for her outstanding artistic and business skills - and buy a replacement ring which again will become part of her.  Let the comments begin.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hello, Wise Kitty --- Day 6/324

Walk:  Berkeley, TJ's, PT in Presidio. Mostly Driving to Try to understand her new/used car.  She'll               see.  Her tech guy comes tomorrow - usually to work on her home computer, but tomorrow to             help teach her her car
Distance: A few blocks, Major PT

Susan Brooks, Untitled, acrylic on wood

Busy day goes into busy evening for Ciwt so no time to tell you about this artist.  More on her  tomorrow.  Meanwhile you can find her at or Facebook.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Suppose It Didn't --- Day 6/323

Walk:  No, Lots of Phone Calls Coming and Going
Walk:  Up/Down x 2, small PT, yoga and pedaling

The wind was against them now, and Piglet’s ears streamed behind him like banners as he fought his way along, and it seemed hours before he got them into the shelter of the Hundred Acre Wood and they stood up straight again, to listen, a little nervously, to the roaring of the gale among the treetops.
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
– A.A. Milne

Monday, January 8, 2018

Whoa!! --- Day 6/322

Walk: No, Rain πŸ˜€
Distance: Just a few blocks, PT session

Laura Sumrall and her horse Wimpys winning World Freestyle Reining TitleA

Ciwt keeps trying to slow her world down.  Alas, she's not as successful as this beautiful horse and rider in their winning "Frozen" routine.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Award Season Begins --- Day 6/321

Walk: Hood
Distance: 1.6 miles, PT

Ciwt is busy eating popcorn and watching the Golden Globes.  You too?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

I, Perplexed --- Day 6/320

Walk: Kabuki Theater (I, Tonya)
Distance: 2 miles, All PT assignments

So Ciwt woke up today with great plans for learning her new car (read: computer), updating all car documents, emailing various people, fixing (as if!) her printer which has stopped printing, making an appointment with a realtor to see a property tomorrow, doing her PT and several other things.

She actually did the PT, made the appointment and a little computer stuff. Then she hit a 2018 wall.  No Callie, Perfect knee gone, Car friend gone, major financial person gone/needing to be replaced, friends with various conditions, people falling including her and now her dinner partner, Alex Trebek.  Too much change!!  Her whole being went frazzled then sort of blank.

So off to stare at the I,Tonya movie and give her saturated mind/being a chance to adjust and renew (or?).

Friday, January 5, 2018

Time Comes (2) --- Day 6/319

Walk: No; too busy test driving possible new car
Distance: A few blocks

Bye, Bye fun, peppy, stick shift car (and more). 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time Comes --- Day 6/318

Walk: Hayes Auto, TJoe's
Distance: 3.5 miles, Major PT

Followers of Ciwt know she has remained 'a teenage boy' about cars.  To the limit her budget has allowed she has bought the most fun-to-drive, German cars she could afford.  There have been several BMW's, her present Audi and even a little Porsche once upon a time.  Always with stick shift, even though it has been increasingly difficult to find since she first started driving.

Today her completely honest mechanic advised her not to put more money into her Audi; if she fixes this, she'll soon to fix that and so on. Unfortunately, he also recommended staying away from German cars.* This advice comes right when Ciwt had been doing her best to block out the fact that her knee really won't be up to pushing a clutch for at least a year πŸ˜’.

So, looks like a 'new' quality used car needs to be in Ciwt's near future.  Car search is daunting enough, but will she heed her good advice and get a non-German, automatic transmission?  If so, it will be the end of a Long era.

* He also suggested not owning a car at all.  With all the car sharing and renting companies as well as Lyft, etc., it makes sense in many ways.  But that teenage boy isn't ready to wrap her mind around that idea.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Three is an ODD number --- Day 6/317

Walk:  One of those on hold with bureaucracies days
Distance: 0, small PT by Rx and long pedal

So here it is the third day of the year and Ciwt had kind of an odd day.  Then, thinking of odd and three she remembered some paintings...

Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Lucien Freud, 1969, o/c 
Pablo Picasso, Three Dancers, 1925, o/c

Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting (three panel), 1951, o/c


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Strung Up --- Day 6/316

Walk:  A little
Distance: 9 blocks and Lots of PT
Ken Unsworth (Australia), Suspended Stone Circle II

Ciwt was busy today hanging art at her recently remodeled and repainted club.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hopeful Beginning --- Day 6/315

Walk: No, Home πŸ’–New Year's Day Stuff
Distance: 0, PT, Pedal