Another beautiful morning in St. Albert. Whenever I start a walk, a memory or two of mom pops into my head. By the way, the little snippet of artwork at the top of this blog is a part of one of her paintings. She walked every day with a friend and/or her dog – Maggie. Maggie was a cross between a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Black Labrador Retriever, and she had a disease that disfigured her face as a puppy, which is how my parents ended up keeping her.
She was a large dog, and I remember my mother struggling at times to keep her under control, particularly as they left for their walk. Eventually, mom used a harness so that it became easier to walk Maggie.
This morning as I walked down Woodlands Road, I met Pickles. Pickles also had a harness on. He appeared to be a cross perhaps between a Sheep Dog of some sort and a German Shepherd. Pickles was super sweet and his expressive eyes gazed into mine as he nuzzled my hand. I thanked the owner for letting me pet Pickles, and then moved on.
Took a right down Willoughby Road and added the first crescent into my walk. A left on Waverly out to Sir Winston Churchill. Found a bench and sat to rest my back. Down Sir Winston Churchill to take a left on Sturgeon Road. As I walked in front of the gardening centre on the corner, there, I caught a rather large whiff of manure….good motivation to pick up the pace! I decided to walk through the Botanic Garden and proceeded down the path behind it. As the path wandered back a bit further away from the road, the sounds were delicious to my ears. My mother would have loved this walk – she would have loved St. Albert, actually, as there is a bit of a small-town feel to it. The scenery would have inspired some beautiful paintings out of her I am sure.
There are some baseball diamonds along the way, and on the path behind them, I met Finnegan – a brownish Husky, and Samantha (Sam for short) – a German Shephard / Black Labrador Retriever mix. Both were very friendly, and I found out Samantha was 17 years old! Incredible age to achieve for any kind of a Lab, and she still looked youthful to me….
I did my two minutes of jogging and then paused again to rest my back before proceeding up Boudreau Boulevard. Then I hauled myself up the hill to Sir Winston Churchill and headed towards Woodlands Road. One more rest and I headed home. My legs felt better today – not quite as much clicking in the knees. But I need to strengthen my core or my knees are going to have trouble.
Thank you, Lord, for a great walk!