Finishing with a smile

July is almost finished. It’s been a very wet and cold July here with twice the average amount of rainfall. I’ve been kept off the bike not only by weather but also by a lot of pain. I can’t breathe deeply or my diaphragm seems to squish things that hurt. So no biking at the moment. However, the guys and I have got out for a few short hikes in some of the local nature reserves on the few sunny days, and we thought these couple of faces were worth posting.

The feature photo also includes a waterfall – something that is very seasonal here! I like the eyes (one has a pupil) with the eyebrows. If you squint hard enough, you’ll also see a green patch of grass toward the centre-bottom that could be a tiny, oval-shaped mouth.

The face below has screws for eyes and a smile above the lettering. Ancient, awesome frog on top of the post is just a bonus.

Now, challenge rules said you had to show a picture of your bike or your feet. So please see video below of me joyfully sloshing through muddy grass. We have so few times that the ground is squishy here that you’ll never hear me complaining about a soggy hike in the sun. Turn the sound up to hear the sloshy steps.

I also find it funny that next month is a food challenge. Every meal for the past three months has been a food challenge for me! My relationship with it is fairly fraught at the moment. I’ve lost 10 pounds since the beginning of May since I can only eat small amounts of food and have zero appetite. Initial scans have come back unremarkable and I have to wait until 23 August for an initial consultation with a surgeon. Bleeccchhh. I’m doubling down on the veggies and introducing a bunch of l-glutamine and slippery elm bark in the meantime.

However, I did find some future food up close today while out for a gentle hike. So it’s not for credit since it’s not quite August, but it was too good to pass up. See video below and I’ll see you in August!

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

14 response to "Finishing with a smile"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 30, 2021

    Well done on being the first in the food challenge, sad to look at those cute calves as food. We’ve also had almost record rainfall here too, those cold fronts keep coming. It’s really cramping my cycling addiction.
    Wishing you good health.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 1, 2021

      We’ve had a wet winter, but yours has been wetter. We’ve not set any records. But winter can be so good for riding – nice temps, no flies, no magpies, no sunburn – so it’s disappointing when it’s rainy, I agree. Magpie season has now begun, too.

      Those young steers didn’t have much to worry about in me. I very rarely eat beef. Now, the kangaroos on the other hand… I eat them once or twice a fortnight. I did see plenty of them, too, but not close enough for a good photo.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 30, 2021

    Great find in that smiley face ;’-). And you join Rich in being ahead of the game. He has not yet posted his finds, so I suppose he too is waiting for the official starting gun on August 1.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 1, 2021

      Given the state of my digestive system, I didn’t see that I’d be doing much fooding and riding soon, so thought best just to whack it onto that post, even though it would be early and not for credit.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

    I saw every bit of that face with eyebrows above the John Lennon glasses and v-shaped mouth in the grass.

    Squish, squish, squoosh, squish, squoosh, squoosh. Your video reminded me of the squeek, squeek, squeek, squeek video Storm Chaser Greg made while walking on fresh snow on a cold winter’s day.

    https://youtu.be/8XTqYttGmvY

    And remember that LCD Soundsystem song about Daft Punk playing at their house I posted as being one of my biggest ear worms of all time. I sent that same live video to my son and he responded with another LCD Soundsystem video. I knew the song, but I hadn’t seen the video and it reminded me of you. (I have my doubts about whether this video was authorized by Sesame Street.) I hope it’s not blocked in Australia. If it is, try to find “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.”

    https://youtu.be/-eohHwsplvY

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

      P.S. The cow video was cool. I would have run to the hills when they took slightly aggressive action. That’s exactly what I did when I encountered a bunch of them while biking in the open grazing hills of eastern Montana.

      • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

        Hey Emily, something weird seems to be going on with the comments, particularly if you’ve attached something from YouTube. You might have to approve certain comments before they are visible here. That happened to me on your comment in which you posted the Tony the Tiger video. Right now, I can’t see the original comment I posted. It includes a couple of YouTube videos just for you.

        • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 30, 2021

          I retain a shred of Lord High Administrator power, so I approved your comment. Not sure what kind of voodoo juju mojo WordPress magic makes those hang up.

          • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2021

            Thank you lord.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: August 1, 2021

        Cattle are incredibly common to encounter while out on the bike (farmers graze them on the roadsides). In the regional parks, they graze them in the non-sensitive ecosystem areas to keep the grass and fire risk down. So I come across them a lot. Young steers like in the video don’t bother me much, they’ll always scoot, particularly if you raise your arms and voice. However, anything bigger than me with testicles, and any mother of any size with offspring… I give all of them a wide berth!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 1, 2021

      Thanks for sharing the Kermit video – that’s great! There are a few out there that are really well-done edits of Sesame St video to various songs. A couple heavy metal ones are hilarious. And there are some great Kermit puppet ones, and some disturbing ones, too. Don’t google Sad Kermit Elliot Smith.

      I remember Storm Chaser Greg’s snow video – the squeaky snow reminded me of some squeaky sand beaches here. But I think squishy is going to be as close to snow squeaky as I’m going to get. Plenty of snow in the mountains here at the moment, but too expensive to go up there and the snow here is rarely dry enough snow to be squeaky!

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2021

    Very big smile here too — the videos are great.
    Hope you get back to cycling soon!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 1, 2021

      Thanks, Rich. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for August. You are in a rich food-producing area!

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