this weekend my husband and i ventured north to arrowhead provincial park for our first cross country ski experience (in our adult lives).
we packed WAY too many items of clothing, lots of water and not enough snacks (in my opinion) 😉
you should see how my husband packs. it’s like an episode of portlandia over here!
we got up to the park around 2. got our gear in the nick of time. once we left the little park office there was a line up out the door!
found our “easy” trail, found the port-a-potty, and got on our way.
holy hell cross country skiing is not a natural way of moving. i felt uncoordinated and awkward for the first hour. i had built up a sweat in no time and i thought my hip flexors might explode at any moment. after a quick pit stop to de-layer and grab the water we were on our way once again. it was a peaceful day, just a little bit of snow floating through the sky and the smell of pine was everwhere.
after two “easy” trails we headed to town for dinner. we decided on a small pub style restaurant. after being disappointed that the ploughman’s lunch was off the menu for the winter season i settled on the smoked duck salad. i hadn’t had duck before and am not a big fan of “smoked” flavour but all in all it was a nice salad. i can’t compare duck to anything else i’ve had and i’m not going to try here.
during dinner i realized my husband was soaked through all his clothes with sweat! oh my god. even his coat was soaked through! we definitely need to invest in some proper clothing if we’re to continue with this cross country ski thing this season. i don’t how he lived through that. just looking at him i was cold and uncomfortable. i am the biggest complainer, i would have had a fit immediately hahah.
after my husband gracefully got changed in the car (HA) we grabbed a hot chocolate and headed back to the park for for a night time skate. the first “fire & ice” skate of the season. there is a stretch of camping roads that they flood and turn into a skating track in the winter months. this night in particular they had tiki torches lighting up the route.
it was hockey day in canada (i didn’t know this until we got home and watched the end of the hockey game). we had packed our hockey jerseys. me in blue (leafs) and the hubby in red (canadiens). local news was there filming for the 11 o’clock news. we watched later that night and we didn’t make the cut. jerkstores.
this beautiful little wreath is headed somewhere a little closer to home today. on it’s way to Pamela in Huntsville, ON. still such a thrill to sell my creations. but don’t worry, i can make you another one whenever you’re ready 😉
this is my theme for the year.
i am going to try new things and try to do more of the old things i once loved.
i always think “there isn’t enough time” or “i won’t be good it anymore” or “why even bother” or “what if it’s a waste of time, money, etc, etc”…
to never try, is to never know and i plan on doing more finding out this year.
~ i want to try to make more boy items for my etsy shop starting with custom initials
~ i want to try and do more of the outdoor winter sports i used to love so much – downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating
~ i want to change my career (THIS IS THE BIG ONE FOLKS) i want to try making going back to school a possibility
~ i want to try and get good a indian cuisine
~ i want to try and master the art of bread making
~ i want to try and learn how to use a sewing machine
~ i want to try and read 10 books this year (probably more, but i think 10 is pretty reasonable to commit to). My first book will be “the strange incident of the dog in the night” as i have SOOOO many recommendations i just kinda feel like an idiot since i haven’t read it yet
~ i want to try and attend 5 gift shows or farmer’s market events this year with my Gosh Yarn It! items https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoshYarnItWreaths
10″ straw wreath
twine– felt pom poms light purple, dark purple, light pink, strawberry, hot pink, white – felt heart accent – glitter accents in red, lavender and white
10″ straw wreath
red and cream gingham ribbon – woven ribbon accent– felt flowers in bright red, light blue, cream, white – burlap – sage green, pea green, moss green leaf accents