The habit of writing seems to be lost on me of late! The thought of writing pops up at regular intervals but the action seems absent. Lately, if there is a structure to anything in my life - I seem to resist it! Regardless, I am here now, so update time.
COVID-19 VACCINATION update
I am within a week of being fully vaccinated - meaning that I will soon pass the 2 week waiting period after the 2nd shot. I won’t be barred from seeing my family anymore (specifically my dearest grand daughter.) FREEDOM! But I have been fortunate in this pandemic. No illness and little to no reaction to either shot. But I will continue mask wearing and social distancing until we are closer to herd immunity ... because that is the sensible, logical and the “adult” thing to do - until we ALL can be free!!
I spent time thinking about my diet - not for weight loss but mostly for health. I finally settled on a mostly Mediterranean diet. But it isn’t really ‘mediterranean' if you aren’t being semi compliant! In the end I settled on listening to my body’s needs! And what is needs are smaller meals, more veggies, less meat, lower carbs and no 'no-nos!’ That is as much limitation as I am willing to do.
I miss walking. Walking "my way." And during this pandemic, any kind of walking has been scarce. I refuse to blame the pandemic. Nothing has kept me from going outside and walking during these months. Nothing but myself and one small deterrent.
What is most satisfying about walking is the solitary time, walking by myself. Setting my own pace, viewing the scenery, thinking about things - mind drifting, no socialization or expectations. But my husband also needs to walk and due to is disabiity, he cannot walk alone. Oh I know there are blind folks who can do absolutely everything independently, but those kind of people are very rare when you lose vision as a senior. That means when I walk (with him) I am "on duty." I have to be on alert the whole time to make sure the obsticals are announced or avoided, always checking our pace since he has exactly one speed - fast - but he doesn’t have the heart and lung capacity for that speed any more. His mind drifts, he forgets to “listen” to the messages his cane gives him. I know it sounds (and feels) a little selfish to want to have some alone time on my walks. But the only fix for this is to find time for 2 walks a day. Working on this.
CLEANING OUT update
I joined a blog event last fall called Making Space. But as I suspected, I found the discipline of blogging about it hard. I enjoy reading the posts of others, but I am happy to clean out on my own when the spirit moves me.
My current decluttering has focused on exercise tapes and cook books.
I get absolutely NO satisfaction out of exercising indoors. If I am forced to exercise inside, I prefer to have a list of exercises that I can do while I watch some sort of distracting TV. And yet I had a shelf and a half of exercise disks - each one I thought would be “the one” that helped me get in shape indoors. I am down to about 5 disks. Big declutter there.
I hardly ever crack open a cookbook. Same logic - I buy the book thinking this is “the one” that will help me enjoy cooking. I will make wonderful tasty things from that book. Never! When I want a new recipe, I just hop on my computer and print something out. I have several loose leaf binders of recipes I have pulled from the internet that I use when menu building. I have donated a great number of cookbooks, and now I am in the process of cannibalizing a few - pulling out any recipes I made that were good, but never repeated because ... well ... hardly ever crack open a cookbook.
Funny, I never thought I would get rid of exercise tapes and favorite cookbooks. And here I doing both.
KNITTING AND CROCHETING update
Scarf - my only knitting project right now. Finger weight yarn and it will take a long time finish because ...
... I started an Annie’s Club project called Plumberry Sampler Afghan in crochet.
I am enjoying working on this - it is a great crochet learning project. And the yarn they use for this is wonderful stuff. Acrylic, but hard to tell without the label.
Queen blanket, also crochet, is well underway. This is the most satisfying project I am working on at present. No pictures to share yet but the finished object should look something like this.
Here she is behind my recliner. And if you look close, Milo is in the recliner. Guess she felt the coast was clear if he was asleep.
Next month it will be the first anniversary of her adoption. She has come sooo far since that skinny frightened and distrustful cat came to live with us. Change is hard for her. Not everyone could give her the time and distance she needed to adjust. I kind of feel like she was just meant to be with us. We love her so much and she has shown in her own way that those feelings are returned.
I think I hit all the topics. Until next time ...