Well, 2017 started out great for walking and then quickly went downhill.
I skipped Wednesday’s walk thinking “what’s one day?” … after all, the wind was gusting at 35 mph, and, when I took the car for a spin, I saw way too many stoplights wiggling in the wind at each intersection where I was forced to stop for the light. Walking to and from the garage took a little effort, even for me at 5 feet nine inches tall and I’m no featherweight.
Then, yesterday there was a bit of snow needing my attention and oh, it was so brutally cold. I needed no encouragement to table the walk, telling myself “hey, it’s only the 5th day of the first month of the year, but maybe it’s slippery and just a little too cold” (of course I didn’t want to own up to this lame excuse, having stated a handful of days ago that mere cold would not stop this walker in her tracks, or something to that effect).
This morning, I went out with an attitude: I will go for a walk today. Yes, that’s the spirit. But twenty minutes later, after sweeping still another dusting of snow, then running the car, my fingers were numb. “I’ll just warm my hands up a little in the house and come back out and walk” was my next course of action, but, once inside, with the heat enveloping me and making me feel cozy in the cold cellarway, I stayed put.
Tomorrow, we’ll get back on track again – there will be no excuses and no frozen digits.
While I was trudging back inside, bemoaning my frozen fingertips, with my feet encased in warm woolen socks inside my heavy walking shoes, my boss was sinking his tootsies in the sand in Puerto Rico. He has already sent some beach pics where he is standing barefoot, dwarfed by a tall palm tree and basking in the 83 degree sunshine.
Bliss for Puerto Rico’s tropical weather for Robb.
Boo hiss for Michigan’s wintry weather for me … and you too, of course.
So, I’ll just have to be content to think warm thoughts, slick my lips with my Blistex Fruit Smoothies “Triple Tropical” lip balm, with the scent of fresh pineapple and melon wafting near my nostrils that help conjure up warm images on this very cold day.
An appropriate quote for this post: Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ~Carl Sagan
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