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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

I've been thinking about writing this post all week. I just read over the last post I wrote, and in some ways, nothing much has changed. But, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. I'm maintaining a steady weight (right around 190) and some really nice things have happened around the house. Work is slowly beginning to pick up ::she says with great hope::

Since May (my last post), I've had weeks during which I managed to exercise most days, and weeks where it felt like I was an immovable blob. Work has been roughly the same: a few busy days or weeks here and there, but plenty of time to reevaluate my business and what I'm doing.

We got some really nice French doors installed in what will eventually be our bedroom (our house is a slow motion work in progress, that will never be finished), and I painted and rearranged our living room and my office space. It's roomier now (thanks in large part to a massive decluttering effort) and generally more pleasant.

My partner and I also built some raised beds for growing veggies. I've always had a sprawling flower garden, but I wanted a pretty little kitchen garden that I could walk out to and gather tomatoes and fresh herbs. I love my gardens and am planning to expand them significantly. I even bought some stuff to grow over the winter.

We also found out that my younger daughter is expecting a baby. It's a boy and he will join us in December. That was a big surprise for everyone. She's always been adamant that she didn't want children. But, she's an adult, extremely responsible, and settled in both a lovely house and career she enjoys. I no doubt she will do a fine job as a mama, and we are pleased to have another kid to play with and spoil.

One of the most difficult things about the pandemic has been that we didn't get to see our granddaughter Eliza very often. Her parents can't isolate in the way we have been -- they have different jobs and responsibilities -- so her mom mom didn't feel safe letting her come near us. Eventually, Mom Mom got tested and Eliza got to spend the night. We decided the risk was worth it, because that child is simply delightful. She's stayed with us a couple of times since then.

This week I'm trying to build my exercise habit back up. I finally figured out where to best fit it into my schedule, and have done to workouts so far -- I'm planning one for Friday as well. It occurred to me that I could fairly easily recreate the workouts I was doing at the gym here, and it shouldn't cost too much.

I found a TRX kit on eBay for about $50 (less than one month at the YMCA), and I'm very seriously considering buying a stationary bike so I can do Les Mills RPM classes at home. If I find a barbell and a few weights, and a step, on Ebay or FB marketplace I could also do BodyPump classes at home pretty easily. A monthly subscription to Les Mills is $12 I think, so not terribly pricey -- that would give me the spin and weights classes I enjoyed so much.

I was doing RPM twice a week at the Y, and BodyPump once, and TRX once. It felt like a good balance of strength and cardio. I was also occasionally doing a yoga class, and that's something I'm trying to do at home as well, but with less success. I don't know why it's so tough for me to stick with yoga. It always feels good.

Anyway, everything is basically holding steady here. Lots of gardening and home improvement, and way more cooking than I've ever done before (that's been true since my partner had open heart surgery in 2018), and generally managing.

I hope that you are doing okay as well. Here are a few images from our summer.





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  • SPEDED2
    What a cutie! Nice raised garden bed. Thanks for sharing!
    264 days ago
  • KIMCAR08
    Sounds like a great workout plan. Beautiful pictures. Today is national dog day. Enjoy your day. Have a wonderful Wednesday.👍😊
    265 days ago
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