This photo of a railroad sign is, I think, the first “old” photo I’m posting for the micro.blog photo challenge. I remember taking it—I used the camera flash, even though it was a sunny day, to get the sign to “pop” a bit. 📷 #mbfeb
I don’t play around with b&w photography much, but this subject seemed to lend itself to this treatment. (This could qualify for either the “above” or the “contrast” prompt for 📷 #mbfeb )
Early to Baxter’s for lunch with the Thursday breakfast folks, I’m pleased to find they have the Blind Pig U of IPA on tap.
These guys came up back in mid-January, and I guess are just going to hide here until spring arrives. 📷 #mbfeb
I walked to lunch today, and paused along the way to take pictures of some of the lichens I saw.
There were only a few species represented (I assume, based purely on superficial appearance, which my brother tells me is not actually a good way to identify lichens).
I also saw this handsome moss along the way:
Someone on Twitter was just mentioning that the fact of their easy visibility in winter is one of the best things about lichens.
I’ve got the 3 Floyds Zombie Dust pale ale, while @jackieLbrewer is drinking the Surly Rocket Surgery hazy ale (extreme clarity notwithstanding). @sevensaints after our OLLI class.
I’m going to be providing an introduction to Tai Chi at the Tolono Public Library next week. If you’ve any interest in Tai Chi or the class I teach at the Savoy Rec Center, come check it out: February 4th, 2020 9:00 AM.
A wonderfully useful tool. How walkable/busable is your address? https://app.traveltimeplatform.com/
Jackie and I went out for a walk this morning, as we do. The double-digit negative windchill seemed to offer a bit in the way of bragging rights, even if it wasn’t nearly as cold as a year ago.
I’ve got a bit more in the way of clothing choices this year, having bought a bunch of cold weather gear for winter running, but I didn’t use much of the new stuff.
I wore my Alaska pipeline coat, of course. Under that I wore my Dale of Norway sweater that Barbara bought on her last trip to Antarctica. Under that I wore a silk mock-T base layer. For my lower body I wore my flannel-lined jeans, which were just the right weight by themselves. (I’ve got a pair of fleece-lined khakis a size larger, big enough to wear tights or something under, for when it’s really, really cold, but I didn’t need them today.) I wore silk sock liners under my usual wool/silk-blend socks, under my new waterproof Lems boulder boots. (I’m very pleased with these boots so far. All the minimal/barefoot features I want, waterproof, and warm enough for the bitter cold.)
The one imperfect thing about the Alaska pipeline coat is that the hood is hugely oversized (I assume so that it can go over a hardhat) and tends to slump down over my face, obstructing my vision. So to keep my head warm I wore the Khyber pass hat that Jackie made me. (If you remember the war in Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance forces wore the same sort of hat. Very versatile—roll it up and it covers the top of your head to keep the sun off. Roll it down and you’ve got a thick wool hat you can pull down over your ears.)
All of that, except the bolder boots, was pretty much what I was wearing a year ago in the picture above, but this year I had one novel item: I wore a buff over my neck and the lower half of my face. It’s just a thin layer of microfiber, but over my beard it was dramatically warmer than just the uncovered beard. I’ve had buffs for years, but I mostly wear them in hot weather (to keep the sun off my neck), so I think of them as cooling rather than warming. It was amazing to find how much of a difference it made just to put a layer over my beard.
After Steven suggested that hanging out near a fireplace would help with SAD I hunted all over Champaign-Urbana, but somehow it never occurred to me that there’s a fireplace right in the Winfield Village community room!