Monday, August 14, 2017

Uphill Downhill Monday

Happy Monday! Another weekend gone, another week ahead. And so it goes...

It was a better than expected one, as far as the weather goes. On Saturday, I sat out on the patio for awhile, vegging out and reading.  Gradually, a storm happened, and at first, I sat outside and watched it rain for the first time since childhood. It thundered. When it became chilly, and the wind started, I decided it was time for me to retreat, and just as I did so, there was a tremendous thunderclap.

Yesterday, Mom and I strolled through the borough, and met a couple sweet dogs. We also gazed at the grassy lot that had been the elementary school we'd attended years ago, and noticed all the mushrooms that have sprouted here and there because of all the rain. I don't remember seeing mushrooms around here before, but then, I can't remember such a rainy time, either...

This morning, I rode my bike around the neighborhood for half an hour. It looked like it was going to be a wimpy workout, but actually, if I use my brakes to slow the downhill coast before pedaling up these little inclines, it actually turns out to feel like interval training. It caused me to break a sweat and breathe hard, so it was worth the time. I have an unspecified soreness in my foot, and whatever it is, the answer is to stop pounding for awhile. I needed a change, anyway; jogging laps was getting boring and I was uninspired. (The traffic around here is too scary to wander very far. Really. It's either drive somewhere else first, or--join the army doing laps.)

For some reason, I feel a little silly. Oh, well. It's probably congenital. 

So, the solar eclipse is happening one week from now! And around these parts, we should see the maximum effect around 2:30pm. I work in a place that is basically all windows, so perhaps I should go to Lowe's and get some shades, if they are not already sold out....Evidently, there will be another eclipse seven (7) years from now, and we will actually be in the right place! Something to look forward to...


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday of Mondays

Today must be the coolest day I can remember experiencing in August. And it's raining.

That is in the forefront. In the background, which in this case means all around, everywhere, is the fact that my brother has now been gone as long as he was here. Twenty-six years. I am thankful that my younger, out of town sister is visiting, at home with Mom today. Twenty-six much has happened. I remember where I was, for that first somber anniversary. Was that really twenty-five years ago?

The internet, Bill Clinton, the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, the 2004 Tsunami, Barack Obama, social media, cell phones...there's probably something huge and glaring I'm not even thinking of.

I am thinking of Kevin. Quite often, actually. Today is a day that must be acknowledged.

Let the week begin.