Active transportation is one way to incorporate more physical activity into your daily life, but it is not the only means of active living. Despite a distinct lack of bicycling over the past few days, our lives have not lacked for activity.
The cool, wet March weather has Matthew a bit behind where he’d like to be with planting, so on Saturday, I joined Matthew at the garden. We planted over forty pounds of potatoes (ten different varieties) and transplanted more of the onion seedlings. When the sun came out mid-morning, we enjoyed unexpectedly lovely weather, lifting spirits and prompting fun outfits:
Someone knows how to garden in style: coat, leggings, and rain boots, sans pants, of course. He grabbed the lantern in case we decided to work into the dark (we didn’t, but it has been known to happen).
We fueled our efforts with leftovers of colcannon, a dish consisting of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale (I used a mix of red cabbage and Swiss chard). The potatoes were leftover from our potato taste test the previous weekend — some of the purple color is the cabbage, but we are also growing a variety of ridiculously dark purple potatoes.
We went from fifties, sunny, and no pants on Saturday to over a foot of snow on Sunday. The winter weather prompted us to alter our Sunday brunch plans. A mile into our eleven mile drive to UCity, on a very snow- and ice-covered main road, we opted to turn back — not worth it. With the car safely parked again, we headed out on foot to a new neighborhood coffee shop — walkable wins again!
In addition to gardening, PLAY is also a form of active living, great for kids and adults alike. Today’s slightly warmer temperatures and sunshine were perfect for playing in the still-abundant snow.
While Gabriel tramped around the back yard (in pants), I brought this guy to life, complete with squash stem mouth:
I scaled back the size of his midsection when I couldn’t lift my initial creation.
After our exertions, we headed inside to warm up and refuel with dinner leftovers: farinata with carmelized onions (the onions make cheese unnecessary); couscous with Swiss chard, toasted almonds, and sundried tomatoes; and roasted sweet potatoes.
Have examples of how you’ve incorporated physical activity into your life over the past few days? Please share!