02/15/13. I listened to the weather forecast last night and they predicted some overnight flurries and/or a little frozen precip, so a plan to embark on a walk never crossed my mind. Granted, I wrote earlier in the week that I intended to wait until the warmer weather and there were two or three days that would have been perfect for a Winter promenade, but unfortunately a clear and dry day in mid-Winter means I get the opportunity to get chores done by car and give the buggy a run so that pre-empted any walking. I got up at the crack of dawn today to attend to some housework and went outside to run the car as we’re getting a little snow tonight (or so they say). In the meantime, the sun was shining through the blind and I kept thinking “those *&^% weathermen got it all wrong again” but kept on dusting…dusting and grumbling. Went out to post a letter and enroute to the mailbox I cursed myself anew for listening to the weather report and not going out and walking so I could not get home fast enough to run the car and come in and put on my walking shoes since I had just slipped on a most-uncomfortable pair of loafers to run outside. Within the space of five minutes, and before I could finish returning the car to the garage, it started to flurry like crazy, that type of flurry that looks like you tipped a snow globe upside down. Walk aborted. I am hopeful, however, that since sunrise is earlier every day I will get the chance, weather permitting, to get out and get goin’ soon. I truly miss walking and feel rather cheated that the weather didn’t cooperate like last Winter plus we had a rainy and windy Fall that was also not conducive for a daily stroll. I was so eager to keep the walking regimen going strong in 2012 during the Summer months that I bought all artificial flowers for my front and side yards to give myself less flowerpot maintenance and more walking time. But walking never happened after we had drought-like conditions most of the Summer and I found myself outside every morning trying to hydrate my parched perennials and thirsty roses and keep the weeds at bay. So as I write this entry, I’m tapping my slipper-clad foot rather impatiently as the flurries have stopped…too bad I am now ensconced in the warm house and so I will await another beautiful morn to renew my walking regimen.
P.S.: Note to self – no more complaining about the snow after hearing about the near misses of asteroids and the horrific meteor damage in Russia yesterday…Yikes!