Around here the autumn colors are fading on the trees, most are bare except some lagging oak and maple trees. In one day, my two oaks dropped a ton of leaves on the driveway - I love it. We do not rake leaves here, the property is too big, my husband rides the tractor and blows them into the woods as best as possible.
I've been diligently attacking a long list of tasks and errands this week. So much so, I am feeling in control, confident and quite pleased with myself. I don't know about you, but I try to do all the tasks in the morning if possible. If I'm babysitting, I try to do a few after work on my way home. Working a few days a week and going to the gym has made me more efficient. Go figure!
I've hit the sweet spot of balancing my time.
Earlier this week, I celebrated my one year anniversary of going to the gym! I remember clearly the anxiety and dread every time I went to my personal training session when I started and that dread lasted at least three months. I felt like everyone was watching my ineptitude. I felt frumpy and weak. I knew not a single soul there. Change is difficult for me, and new places are more so.
Today, I know so many people by name, saying 'hellos' and 'how are yous', commenting on inconsequential stuff (I love mindless chatter with a stranger). I don't even think about anyone watching me. Best of all, I enjoy walking in a climate controlled environment on a treadmill reading my Kindle which is excellent for my arthritis. So in a way, I'm glad my back was an issue last year to bring me to a new community of 'friends' and a feeling of belonging.
Today I'm celebrating finally capturing a photo of that bird's nest in my cherry tree after many tries over and over the past few weeks. The funny thing is the photo is with the iphone....oh well.
My knitting progress has been fierce - the piggy mitts are almost finished. They are adorable! Tonight I'll be making some eyes and snout dots.
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