Lake House

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a lake house? I don’t have one, but I have a friend who does. Isn’t the view from her deck beautiful? She invited a few of the people she knows who are participating in Women Swimmin’ for an easy practice swim in Cayuga Lake.

I can’t believe that in just 40 days, I’ll be swimming the 1.2 miles across Cayuga Lake. Unfortunately, I was late to today’s swim because I had to take Walter to the vet for his annual exam, but I did get to swim a little bit. I’m very grateful to have the practice. I can swim over a mile in the pool, but the lake is different – and so much harder! With the currents and lack of visibility, I was worn out even going a short distance. It was also strange to feel the weeds floating around.

If you don’t know, Women Swimmin’ is a 300-women swim across Cayuga Lake to raise money for HospiCare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. I need sponsors in my fundraising efforts, so please visit my fundraising page or let me know if you are more comfortable with providing a check!

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In Search of Venus Transit

I didn’t plan my Venus Transit viewing very well. Nearing sunset, I ran into the front yard and realized that with all the lush trees, I couldn’t see the sun at all. I decided to strike out to find a viewing location. The mall’s parking lot seemed to be the best choice, but I couldn’t figure out how to get my quickly assembled pinhole camera to work. (I didn’t think of taking a picture at that time.)

I had given up and was on the way back home when I saw a few people in a field by the side of the road. One of the spectators showed me the pictures he took on his camera… maybe there was a dot indicating Venus. Maybe not. I decided to go to Purity for some Chicago Soy Temptation Cookie Dough Ice Cream and to enjoy the sunset.

sunset

sunset

On a side note, my mother emailed me to ask, “Do you remember when you would identify Venus in the night sky?” I don’t even remember knowing how to identify Venus. I wonder where I learned it and when I forgot.