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!


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.



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.

Quotation of the Day

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.” 

~Cyrano de Bergerac