Midweek Random Tidbits

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Had lesson #2 today. When setting up next week, Mini said that would be the first of July. Seriously, June is essentially gone and that would mean this year is half over. Even though every day is kind of the same and they all start to run together, this year seems to be flying by.

So we back over the Waltz again. If there was time, she wanted to do some Quickstep but we spent the whole lesson on the Waltz. I wanted to nail down some of the details of the few steps that are giving me some problems. Ended up breaking a couple of times so I could write some notes which really helped rather than waiting until the end and trying to capture the main points.

Didn’t get a chance to talk to Z as she was on a lesson. OwnerGuy was working with the other two instructors so I have not informed them of my plans. I did tell Mini of my decision. It isn’t really a big deal but I just need to let them know that I’ll be sticking with my one lesson per week for a bit. If the Silver III stuff happens eventually, so be it. If it doesn’t, then it wasn’t meant to be.

For ‘rona reasons, Mini is limiting her time at the studio to one day a week and I’m really the only one of her students that needs to dance with her because nobody else really knows the standard dances that well. So she still wears a mask and we have no contact lessons. I told her I was fine with that. At some point, we’ll get back to actual dancing but I’m still able to learn some things with the non contact stuff and it is good to be actually dancing again.

Not my picture – just to give you a reference

One thing that is always fun to watch is when the baby birds come out. Shown above are a group of Pileated Woodpeckers which we have around the house. The photo doesn’t really give size but they are about the size of a crow – maybe a bit smaller. Normally, they make all kinds of noise before hitting a feeder but there is a juvenile now learning the ropes so they are silent. I was eating breakfast and glanced out at the feeder and there they were.

It is really kind of funny to see the baby sitting and squawking for food while the adult is pecking away like crazy on the cylinders we put out. Then she lands next to him and shoves it down his throat. Got a nice video I shared. Saw a red bellied woodpecker doing the same. I don’t know how long it takes the young ones to figure out how to use the feeders – it doesn’t seem that hard because it isn’t like you have to go hunting for food.

I do worry a bit about whether they get too dependent on the feeders as an easy food source. I’m just assuming the adults are showing the offspring other food sources since they aren’t at the feeders all day. Watching the birds is a nice way to relax – except when the starlings or squirrels try to take over the feeders.

I still have not yet ventured back to the gym. I think I plan to wait until we hit whatever the next stage is in the opening process. I’m actually doing fine working out at home even with my limited amount of equipment. I think I need to find a kettle bell somewhere – since there are some things I could do with that.

I do want to get back to the gym eventually. I can’t really duplicate all the pieces of equipment they have so I see some benefits in doing that. I don’t know if I’d go as often though. Maybe just pick some things that I can’t do at home and focus on those. I’m kind of enjoying just heading downstairs when I want to work out. Sure beats having to drive somewhere and then I don’t have to deal with the locker room.

Well that’s all I’ve got for now. I will say this. When the days run together, it is harder to find stuff to write about. I really just need this pandemic to end just to have some different things to do.

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