Tri Training continues

Fortunately or unfortunately, I took most of April off for hard core training.  I think you need those breaks.

Sunday I knuckled down to map out my next 12 weeks.  I’ve had to modify things a bit for Bartle & DR travels.

So what’s the difference?  In January thru March – I did my own internal schedule do this on this day.  For May thru July, I made boxes to check off.  Yup it’s done if you have a pink boxCalendar

Now go get outside and play today!!

Snowed In!!!!

Winter, the snow kind, has finally hit Kansas. It’s been cold. We’ve had a couple of bouts with ice, but measurable snow.

Today I that changed. Depending on where you are 6-14 inches. Our front yard had a solid 6. I plowed the drive way, walk and back deck and we’ll see how much we get the reset of the night.

After the plowing, the dogs had a good game of fetch with orange game decoys. They don’t get lost in the snow and you can always fine the,.

Yes, it’s good to have tired puppies!!

All that’s left is a shower and some home made Osso Bucco. Mmmmmmm


Humulus Lupulus or Hops

My neighbor is a beer dude.  At first I thought he was “frying turkey’s” in his garage.  Be careful man.  We don’t need you blowing up your house!!  “Nooooo, he assured us.  Just making a batch of home made brew”.

Last year, beer dude even planted his own Hops bushes.  These have been so much fun to watch grow.  He had them trained up the vine trellis.

This year, the little flowers were close enough that I could get a couple good pictures of the buds as they peaked through the fence.

Hops flower at chez day Hops @ chez day

Even Buck decided to try munching on the little buds.

Buck with Hops Mmmmmmm More Hops

No beer for me.  Last time I took a sip was when the Gordon Beirsch opened in Leawood.  A glass of brew and garlic fries turned my insides out.  I’ve stuck to wine ever since.

Sometimes the smells of things (like pizza) still waft over and tease that, sure, you can eat just a little.  But no.  The pain just isn’t worth it.

More From Wikipedia

Humulus lupulus (common hop or hop) is a species of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae familynative to Europe, western Asia and North America. It is a dioeciousperennialherbaceous climbing plant which sends up new shoots in early spring and dies back to a cold-hardy rhizome in autumn. Strictly speaking it is a bine rather than a vine, using its own shoots to act as supports for new growth.

The species is a main ingredient of many beers, and as such is widely cultivated for use by the brewing industry (for more information, see the main article on Hops). The fragrant flower cones (hops) impart bitterness and flavor, and also have preservative qualities.[1] The extract is antimicrobial, which makes it useful for making natural deodorant.[2] Hops also contain the potent phytoestrogen8-prenylnaringenin, that may have a relative binding affinity to estrogenreceptors.[3] Hop also contains myrcenehumulenexanthohumolmyrcenollinalooltannins, and resin.

Even Buck likes it Outside

This picture is curtesy of my husband.  Rob said Buck was acting strangely yesterday.  He was actually spending most of the day outside.  This from chicken dog who makes sure there are no big moster hawks, runs out side to pee really quickly and then darts back in. Evidently he is back out there today enjoying the sunshine before the thunderstorms hit.