Warm Smiles on Cold Miles

bike_trailFeeling a bit under the weather after my exciting NYC audition adventure, Happily Cast into the Unknown, I rallied to join Jimmy the Eye on his run this morning. We drove to the park to have an easy 4+ miles on the bike trail. We may have gone farther but it was not clear and pretty treacherous when we got to where the one road crosses over it. Neither of us had shoes with snow studs so we opted to turn around and just add a side trail on near the end.

It was good luck that we took the side spur to Millbrook Marsh Nature center because there was a heat shield lying in the middle of the road! That will sound immensely silly to many folks but since before July 2007 we have been collecting found heat shields for our Heat Shield Sculpture Garden.heatshield1

We cheered out loud when we saw it and collected it on our way back. Jim was a real trooper to carry it back and we were glad it was not super cold nor too far to the parking lot. Unlike the 5 miles he carried the doll-baby head he found, it was only 1/2 mile back to the car.heatshield3

My throat is kind of scratchy and I am super low energy today but the heat shield find gave us both a big smile this morning. We can’t wait to take it over and add it to the dozens in the existing garden.

I added this photo after Double Bluebird joined the 100 others on Sunday. We took time to stand them upright and count them. Since 2007, they have now reached 100 heat shields. Most have names.

Upon returning home, I realized I was still not feeling 100% and decided to take Jim’s advice and get settled in to do what I normally do when I am ill, watch the 1995 BBC/A&E Pride and Prejudice all day. It was as I was wrapping up this blog, Jim pointed out a year long challenge that he suggested we take on. The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 is celebrating the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s second published novel, Pride and Prejudice. We plan to take on the Aficionada level of challenge by enjoying something every month.pride-prejudice-bicentenary-challenge-2013-x-200

Here’s the plan:
January – Pride and Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries (1995)
February – Mr. Darcy’s Daughters, by Elizabeth Aston (2003)
March – Darcy’s Story, by Janet Alymer (1996)
April – Mr Darcy’s Diary, by Amanda Grange (2006)
May – Pride and Prejudice BBC/PBS miniseries (1980)
June – Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, by Julia Barrett (1995)
July – Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, by Diana Birchall (2004)
August – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1813)
September – Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll (2004)
October – Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, by Abigail Reynolds (2010)
November – Pride & Prejudice Universal Studios film (2005)
December – Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, by Beth Pattillo (2010)


4 thoughts on “Warm Smiles on Cold Miles

  1. Another movie you could try is “Lost in Austen,” which is a comedy where a modern day girl gets taken back into Elizabeth Bennett’s household and Elizabeth to hers, and Darcy falls in love with her. She’s madly trying to correct ths story, but Elizabeth likes modern life.

      • I go back and forth between P&P and Sense & Sensibility as to which is my favorite. It really depends on my mood. I have to say that the movie with Emma Thompson is one of my favorites, in part because Alan Rickman plays someone in love instead of a bad guy for a change. Seeing him bereft when Marianne is sick is so charming and unexpected coming from him.

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