Clouded Over – Monthly Challenge

Today was even warmer than yesterday, 5°C which I guess you can call mild for this time of year. So my bicycle was my preferred mode of transportation for my errands of the day. In the morning I rode to my Tai Chi class (first time) and in the afternoon I prolonged my shopping ride with a detour to Nymphenburg Palace, hoping to get a picture worth posting. It is predicted to get colder again and more snow is on its way so I decided to take advantage of the relatively good weather.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

12 response to "Clouded Over – Monthly Challenge"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 18, 2019

    You captured a great photo Suzanne. And a good chilling ride!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: January 18, 2019

      Thanks, Nancy! Just following your example and dressing properly. My fingers were cold, otherwise I was fine. What kind of gloves do you wear?

      • By: NancyG Posted: January 18, 2019

        I wear ‘wind proof’ fleece mittens. I find that they keep my hands warmer than gloves as all the fingers warm each other. My mittens are the kind that fold back onto the back of the hand to expose fingers (for photos you know). I will try to post a photo of them for you to see. They are not always easy to find, but bike and ski shops sometimes carry them, The ‘real’ ski mitts will not work as they are thick and cumbersome for bike riding (and photo taking).. If it is too cold for even those, I put on a pair of rain mittens over them. That however does compromise the agile finger dexterity to shift gears etc.. OR I might resort to using the chemical hand warmer packets if I end up in real frosty cold conditions.

        • By: Suzanne Posted: January 19, 2019

          Many many thanks – brilliant information. I also commented on your later entry.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 18, 2019

    Beautiful Palace and photo — cycling days are more limited here now too.
    Agrees with Nancy, mittens are best, thin gloves in the mittens works pretty well too.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: January 19, 2019

      Thin gloves and mittens on top – I’ll have to try that since I do have both and wouldn’t need to invest once again in keeping warm!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: January 19, 2019

    How do you like the tai chi? Have you ever done yoga? Which do you prefer? I’m looking for some gentle movement/relaxation activities to do on the days I don’t ride. I’ve discovered I am really bad at meditation, so I’m looking for sort of a ‘bridging’ activity….

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 19, 2019

      I like Mat Pilates rather than yoga. A little more movement and less meditative. You can find lots of workout on YouTube.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: January 20, 2019

        Thanks, Janet. I’m actually looking for less movement and more meditation. I’m not wanting a workout but something that can ease me into meditation… as I’ve really sucked at it so far so need a bit more assistance I think!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 19, 2019

    I like my Tai Chi class so far. Depending on the style, it can be quite “meditative”, i.e. slow. I did Kung Fu for several years (Tai Chi is like a slow motion verson of Kung Fu) and I still yearn for something a little more dynamic I’m afraid. But I am trying to get into Tai Chi – I like the movements and the body control. I dabbled in it about 25 years ago when I was teaching in China and liked it a lot then. Interesting that in China they didn’t do such a slow version as what is practiced in the west.
    I’ve done a fair amount of yoga, too, and have enjoyed it as well. It’s not always as gentle as people think.
    I’m not too keen on the New Age talk that sometimes goes along with these classes, but that can be ignored. I like the body work, and if it does affect my mental state, all the better.
    See if you can do some trial classes. Much will depend on the instructor and the style being taught, of course.
    I’d love to hear if you start with either one and how you like it. Please keep me posted!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 20, 2019

      Thank you for the advice. I don’t have anywhere to take classes where I live, so I was thinking of youtube videos. I’m not looking for a workout, just something to stretch and do gentle movement that will allow me to focus my mind a bit… in hopes that this will prepare me for having another go at meditating (as this has scientific evidence behind it as a way to heal the nervous system which is what I need!). I’ll let you know how I go. Nothing is likely to start until around March though.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: January 20, 2019

    Yes, I see now that your emphasis is really on finding a bridge to meditation. I think tai chi would be great for that. I get kind of achievement oriented in yoga. I’m sure you would find plenty of youtube videos to learn the forms. And if you got the chance, maybe one session with an instructor or something would be motivating.

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