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Archive for December 19th, 2006


Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

I am on a new kick, one I hope will stay stuck. I am walking every day. Now, being the woman I am, sometimes I think I don’t have enough time to walk. So I have given myself permission to some days only walk around the block, which takes 5 minutes. I have now walked 3 or 4 days in a row.

On the best days, of course, April and little Isabel come over from across the street and we walk together. Those walks are slower most of the time, but sometimes they include running, skipping or hopping on two feet at a time. Sometimes they include walking while carrying a 2-1/2 year old child. I figure walking slowly with a 35 pound “sack of potatoes” in your arms counts at least as much as walking fast without her. I’d much rather snuggle the kid… any time.

I am lucky because it has been particularly nice weather this week. It is mostly in the 40’s F, enough above freezing to be pleasant… and the sun has been out more than usual. One day it was just under freezing and a little windy, so I wore my full-length lined wool coat (a man’s dress coat I picked up at a resale shop for $30 or so about a year ago, not colorful as I would like but warm enough to be forgiven for it’s grayness). The wool with a quilted lining blocks all wind and goes down almost to my ankles. It is a great walking coat for brisk weather, I think.

I have always liked walking. I must say though, that I have never particularly loved the “great outdoors.” I like to be out, preferably on the porch, only when it is nice weather. That is not particularly often around here for about 3/4 of the year. However, there have been years when I walked outside even in knee-deep snow (this was several decades ago, but I remember).

The Norwegians have a saying that translates something like “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” I do have great boots and a great coat and alpaca winter accessories, wool longjohns and legwarmers, whatever I’ll need. I just need to get into the habit of walking. It’s a bit hard because I don’t have a very regular schedule and it will take a while to get this down to a habit. However, if I can learn to cook every food I eat, I can more easily learn to walk once a day!

What else is up? I’m knitting like a fiend, Brian and I are practicing a bit more in preparation for our New Year’s Eve gig at the El Azteco in Lansing (near MLK and Saginaw), and I’m trying to catch up on all the computer work I need to do. It seems I’ll never remember everything I must do, but I keep plugging.