Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. A Proverb
Ain’t that the truth! And I would add that good habits are often hard to get into and easy to get out of.
In September of 2019 I started the habit of going for a walk every day. Three miles was my goal and I usually accomplished it. Sometimes surpassing it by a mile. It was a bit of a push to get in the habit but I persevered and within a month I actually looked forward to the walk enjoying the scenery and the fresh air and sunshine and even the rain. Well, I didn’t walk if it was raining hard but if it was just drizzling I did.
Then summer 2020 showed up in all its glory. In South Carolina that glory is filled with sun and upper 90 degree temps…sometimes into the low 100’s. Add to those temperatures the 95% or higher humidity and it is difficult to walk several blocks let alone three miles. Even at 7:00 in the morning…or evening. So, in June I started walking a few days a week. Then in July a short, very short walk, a couple of times a week. In August I gave up and stayed home with the air conditioner on proving that good habits are easy to give up.
Then in mid-September I told myself I would get back to my daily walk of three miles. I sometimes did the three miles but most often it was more like two. October, November, and December were hit or miss. More days missed than hit.
Now we are in 2021 and I told myself it was time to get serious about walking again. Well, in the month of January I did a not so great 17 days of three mile walks. I tell myself that it rained a lot, but really no more than usual for January and rarely for the whole day. Yes, good habits once broken are hard to fix. Now it’s February. It’s a short month. If I walk just 17 days it will look better statistically than January.
Developing good habits and sticking to them is a pain in the butt!
Today my walk was wonderful. After rainy days with temperatures in the low 30’s, it was in the mid 50’s and sunny with just a hint of a breeze. Great walking weather.
While I was walking there were three hawks soaring through the skies. They looked like they were enjoying their flight like I was enjoying my walk. I tried to get some pictures but my phone camera just couldn’t do it. The hawks were too high and fast and the sky too bright. The pictures looked like beautiful skies with little specks of brown. I was bummed! It was such a joy to watch them show their stuff. Beautiful.
But I did get a picture of this pretty girl, I think she was enjoying the day, too.
“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”
Well, that’s it for today.
No more chatter from me this Tuesday.
It is still way too hot! Stays around 100*.
So another day without a walk around the neighborhood.
Walking on a treadmill just isn’t a real walk.
But I do have something for Tuesday Chatter.
I had a delivery today.
A new bed!
Didn’t need a new bed but sometimes,
well, you know…
The picture makes it look like an extra long twin but it’s a queen.
Really, what else would a Queenie sleep in?
I thought the bed would satisfy my wanting something new.
Now the armoire looks old and weary and ready for the guest room.
So, now I am saving for the really beautiful dresser that goes with the bed.
It never ends, does it?
Have you ever taken a alk around your neighborhood
and everything seemed new to you?
Just recently I was alking through my neighborhood
and everything seemed different somehow.
I have lived in this neighborhood for thirty-five years
but it all looked different and new.
Maybe because we have had some rain, cool nights
and warm days that everything looked so full and lush.
The lawns were beautiful thick green carpets.
Spring flowering trees in full bloom
and flowers everywhere.
Even the houses and apartments look fresh.
Like someone had come along and spring cleaned them.
The alk that day had a surprise for me on every block.
It was a wonderful experience; one that I have never had before.
I hope I have another such alk someday.
Needless to say, my alks are strolls in a city neighborhood
and I have no need of serious alking shoes.
I am almost certain my feet will never
be shod with afflestompers.
Today was a gorgeous day for my walk. It was in the upper 60’s and a slight breeze. Earth was showing off its Spring finery and wouldn’t you know it I didn’t have my phone with me! So no new pictures. Bummer.
This picture I took last year but the tree is still there
and it is just as beautiful this year as last.
This photo I took a week or so ago.
The azaleas were almost at their peak
and added some color to the front of
the building where I live.
After I got home I dust mopped and when I went out on the balcony to shake the mop free of cat hair there was no breeze. Yay! Perfect for spray painting my pots.Three are done and one more to do. I would have done the one more but with all the pollen I had inhaled this afternoon, I started with sneezing fits and decided I had had enough and came inside.
The month of April I join the A to Z Challenge
so the next four Tuesday Chatter’s will be focusing on the letters
I hope whatever I happen upon or think about on my walks
start with those letters so I have something to write
using those letters on their respective Tuesday.
Today on my walk I was thinking about the quote at In Other Words “Individuals entering society must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.” George Washington
There are many who think that liberty and freedom mean that they have the right to do as they please that rules and regulations are made to be challenged for any reason or for no reason. As something of a rule breaker myself I understand not liking rules but I do understand the need for them. I also understand that there are rules that are meant to be unchallenged and followed for the good of all people and that some rules are kept simply to keep life livable. I would not want to live in a place without any rules or that allowed no discussion of the rules and forbid the difference of opinion or the changing of something that proved to be unreasonable, impractical or unfair in some way. But there can be no freedom without boundaries. Ask anyone who has broken a law and is in prison. Freedom does not mean you can do whatever you want for whatever reason. I think George understood this and stated it quite well.
Besides thinking about liberty I thought about coffee. I am not or wasn’t, a coffee drinker.
Sweet iced tea and Coke is are my beverages of choice. However, I recently had a cup of Gevalia’s Mocha Latte coffee and I am hooked. I must have a cup every day. Unfortunately, not all stores sell it and those that do are often out of stock. This brought me around to thinking about how my liking something can cause it to disappear, happened with Oregon Chai Tea Latte. I love it hot or cold. I don’t like the liquid they sell just the packets of powder. Of course, it is easy to find the cartons of liquid but the packets are gone from the shelves. So sad. I know I can order the coffee and tea online but then I have to pay shipping costs and wait to get it delivered. Part of addiction is instant gratification, you know.
After all this heavy thinking while walking I came home and took a nap and woke up with a little headache. Probably because I don’t have any mocha latte coffee or chai tea latte.
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