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    Nice pics. Taking a picture of a map is the best idea ever, there is rarely a map that I visit that we don't take a picture of.

    Good luck on the plan, it looks solid. On the other hand, i own over 300 board games, I am probably the wrong person to talk to on such matters.

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      That is an impressive collection CaptainCanuck ! (Though I know there are some people out there who own ridiculously more than that.) My own collection currently consists of 12 games. I need to keep it small since I lack the space to store much more.

      When I photographed that map I was only thinking it looked interesting and would be nice to document where we had been, since the maps I'd been able to find of that park online were not very detailed. Didn't think we'd be needing to use it that day to find our way back to our cars! (In fairness, we could have found our way back to the cars without a map or GPS simply by following the sounds of traffic out to a road and then walking around the outside of the park. But neither of us wanted to do that.)

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        Wednesday, July 14 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 448


        running: 6K in 36:35 - in town

        push/pull/press/plank: nothin'

        yoga: nada


        Workout with my mother: Day 482

        Arms of Steel - Day 11
        Knee Saver
        Better Balance
        Talk to the Hand
        Hand Tendons

        Total time for w/o w. mother: 28:15

        Total workout time: 65 minutes


        Other stuff:

        6.2 km hiking

        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 561/561
        Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 247
        GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/4
        GBOT (11:00) - - 0/4


        Year 51 Goals Tracking:

        1. 358.5/1000 km running
        2. 1321.9/3000 km total distance
        3. 8 hrs. 13 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
        4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
        5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
        6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
        7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
        8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
        9. 61/100 complete bird counts
        10. bird species IDed by ear: 21/100
        11. Fluenz French: 56/150 sessions
        12. French tests: TBD
        13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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          Thursday, July 15 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 449


          running: 6K in 39:17 - in town (dragging my feet because it was hot)

          push/pull/press/plank: 17 minutes - Crow Taps (Had to get this done because I was running out of things to eat that do not have cheese in them!)

          yoga: 30:30 - Yoga with Tim - 2019 30-Day Yoga Challenge - Day 1 - I really like this guy. He gives great physical cues without trying to be cutesy or including any woo-woo nonsense. Thank you to Trbrat75 - I found this challenge through your thread.


          Workout with my mother: Day 483

          Arms & Shoulders Stretch
          60 Days of Cardio - Day 22
          Ankle Recovery
          Wrist Pain
          Hand Tendons

          Total time for w/o w. mother: 31:10

          Total workout time: 118 minutes


          Other stuff:

          6.2 km hiking
          3 minutes meditation (shavasana)

          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 562/562
          Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 248
          GOBOT (6:30) - - 3/5
          GBOT (11:00) - - 1/5


          Year 51 Goals Tracking:

          1. 364.5/1000 km running
          2. 1334.1/3000 km total distance
          3. 8 hrs. 43 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
          4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
          5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
          6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
          7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
          8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
          9. 61/100 complete bird counts
          10. bird species IDed by ear: 21/100
          11. Fluenz French: 56/150 sessions
          12. French tests: TBD
          13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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            Friday, July 16 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 450


            running: 10K in 1:02:33 - in town - taking advantage of a dip in temperature and some summer rain to boost my mileage

            push/pull/press/plank: some push-ups done as part of my yoga practice

            yoga: 33 minutes - Yoga with Tim - 2019 30-Day Yoga Challenge - Day 2

            dancing: 3 minutes - Manic Monday, courtesy of sleep_twitch 's thread


            Workout with my mother: Day 484

            1-Minute HIIT - Day 11
            Back & Core Workout
            Better Balance
            Talk to the Hand
            Hand Tendons

            Total time for w/o w. mother: 35:00

            Total workout time: 133 minutes


            Other stuff:

            6.2 km hiking
            3 minutes meditation (shavasana)

            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 563/563 including pizza with all the things!
            Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 249
            GOBOT (6:30) - - 4/6
            GBOT (11:00) - - 1/6


            Year 51 Goals Tracking:

            1. 374.5/1000 km running
            2. 1350.3/3000 km total distance
            3. 9 hrs. 19 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
            4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
            5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
            6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
            7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
            8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
            9. 61/100 complete bird counts
            10. bird species IDed by ear: 21/100
            11. Fluenz French: 57/150 sessions
            12. French tests: TBD
            13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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              Things look good to me, RD!

              Erm, I don't suppose you would know where one could find a recipe for black bean brownies do you? Asking for a friend.

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                Colin mine are based on the original DAREBEE recipe, which you can find at https://darebee.com/recipes/black-be...wnies-old.html
                (The new recipe is at https://darebee.com/recipes/black-bean-brownies.html )

                I don't have time or kitchen space or generally plan when I'm going to bake far enough in advance to cook my own beans (plus canned beans are cheap here anyhow, and I can reliably get them with no salt added), so I used canned beans. The recipe I use is this:

                1 x 540 mL can no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
                100 g quick oats
                50 g pure cocoa powder
                2 bananas, mashed
                1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond & cashew Silk with added pea protein (Silk is the brand name. Not sure if it is branded the same in the UK as here? It is a line of plant-based "milks" owned by DANONE. The one I use has pea protein added to it, so it has a similar protein level to cows' milk.)

                I mix everything together with a hand blender, pour into a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and bake for 40 minutes at 375°F.
                Once baked, I cool, slice, and refrigerate. (They are best eaten at room temperature though, I think. So I try to take them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes or so before I'm going to eat them.)

                I like them best spread with cashew nut butter. So yummy! (Also high in protein and fibre--and plant-sourced fat if you add the nut butter--so they are filling without being high in sugar.)

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                  Thank you so much, RD, I'm gonna try to check that out.

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                    Saturday, July 17 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 451


                    running: 8K in 52:42 - in town - night run--did not get started until after 11:30 PM. I was tired, but it was gloriously cool out.

                    push/pull/press/plank: 1 minute - handstand kick-ups - 5 off my left leg (my weaker side for kicking up). I got a couple of decent holds, but not with great form. Also did planks and a couple of push-ups as part of my yoga practice.

                    yoga: 32 minutes - Yoga with Tim - 2019 30-Day Yoga Challenge - Day 3


                    Workout with my mother: Day 485

                    Posture
                    30 Days of Gravity - Day 12
                    Sore Feet
                    Wrist Pain
                    Hand Tendons

                    Total time for w/o w. mother: 36:00

                    Total workout time: 122 minutes


                    Other stuff:

                    6 km hiking
                    15 minutes meditation (seated + shavasana)

                    Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 564/564
                    Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 250
                    GOBOT (6:30) - - 5/7
                    GBOT (11:00) - - 1/7


                    Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                    1. 382.5/1000 km running
                    2. 1364.3/3000 km total distance
                    3. 9 hrs. 51 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                    4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                    5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                    6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                    7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                    8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                    9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                    10. bird species IDed by ear: 21/100
                    11. Fluenz French: 57/150 sessions
                    12. French tests: TBD
                    13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                      Sunday, July 18 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 452


                      running: 6K in 37:16 - in town - early morning run less than 6 hours after completing long midnight run = not fully recovered (+ running without having had adequate sleep), but it was deliciously cool out at 6AM, and a run was not going to happen at all this day if I allowed the heat to set in before getting out there

                      push/pull/press/plank: 2 minutes - handstand push-ups

                      yoga: day off (just did restorative. see below)


                      Workout with my mother: Day 486

                      Journey Before Destination
                      Back Pain Relief
                      Ankle Recovery
                      Wrist Pain
                      Hand Tendons

                      Total time for w/o w. mother: 37:30

                      Total workout time: 77 minutes


                      Other stuff:

                      19 km hiking - just short walks with the pups in the evening after spending 8 hours in the field during the day, hiking Rondeau's Marsh Trail counting butterflies for my area's annual NABA Butterfly Count
                      10 minutes meditation (shavasana on a dock in the middle of the Rondeau Marsh)
                      10 minutes restorative yoga - to iron out the kinks in my back after a long day of photographing butterflies

                      Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 565/565
                      Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 251
                      GOBOT (6:30) - - 1/1
                      GBOT (11:00) - - 1/1


                      Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                      1. 388.5/1000 km running
                      2. 1389.3/3000 km total distance
                      3. 9 hrs. 51 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                      4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                      5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                      6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                      7. 4/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                      8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                      9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                      10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
                      11. Fluenz French: 57/150 sessions
                      12. French tests: TBD
                      13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                        Some photos from Sunday's Butterfly Count:

                        This is a Question Mark. I don't mean it's a mystery. I know what species this butterfly is. It's a Polygonia interrogationis

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                        This butterfly is named for the white markings on the ventral side of its hind wing, which resemble a question mark.

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                        (There are a few similar species of butterflies in this same genus which have the curved line but not the dot. They are known as "Commas".)


                        This is an Eyed Brown (Lethe eurydice):

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                        and this is an Appalachian Brown (Lethe appalachia):

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                        I can almost never tell the difference between these two species in the field. Even with good photographs I can be stumped. I lucked out with the first butterfly and got a clear shot of the dorsal surface of one forewing, which has larger dark spots than one would expect of an Appalachian. The butterfly in the bottom picture though? The only way I know to distinguish between Appalachian and Eyed Browns from a ventral view is to consider the dark brown line which runs across the middle of the hindwing. It forms a zig-zag pattern in Eyed Browns but is straightish or wavy in Appalachians. But that part of the wing is missing in this specimen! The specialists on iNaturalist think it's an Appalachian though.

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                          Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa):

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                          Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta):

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                          Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus):

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                          Monarch (Danaus plexippus):

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                            This was the most numerous species I saw on my butterfly count and also the smallest. It's one of the Azures (genus: Celastrina), but I cannot say for certain which species.

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                            There are two species of Azures which occur in my area: the Spring Azure (Celastrina lucia) and the Summer Azure (Celestrina neglecta), so-named because the two species were originally thought to have distinct flight seasons, with C. lucia only existing in adult form during the spring and C. neglecta only existing in adult form during the summer. But local butterfly experts inform me this is not the case and that C. lucia has a second flight season which occurs simultaneously with C. neglecta's flight season, and that the two species cannot reliably be distinguished from one another in the field. To complicate matters even further, there may or may not be a third species of azure in my area, the Cherry Gall Azure (Celestrina serotina), which nobody really knows much of anything about other than that the larva like to feed on cherry galls. Additionally, some sources label C. lucia as the Northern Azure, as there is a fourth species of azure, Celastrina ladon, which is also called a Spring Azure. Isn't taxonomy fun?

                            All the azure's, as their common names imply, have a pretty blue upperside--but one rarely gets to see it except in brief flashes while these butterflies are in flight. Azures pretty much always perch with their wings closed together, so only their white, ventral side is visible. This specimen's hind wings are not perfectly aligned, so you can see just a tiny bit of that blue colour peaking out on the right-side hindwing. It's the most blue I caught on camera of all the azure's I photographed this day!

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                              Another butterfly which refused on Sunday to pose with its dorsal side visible. This is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta):

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                              Red Admirals often do perch with their wings spread (see here for an example). But the ones I saw on Sunday were all in pretty windy conditions and so were having none of that nonsense.

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                                This is one of the Swallowtails we were discussing on Trbrat75 's thread here. This one is a Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus), which is common in Rondeau.

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