Well, I think my Fitbit stats will suffer a bit this weekend. I have a lot of quilts backed up here and really need to get them cranked out. My ankle is screaming at me (sinus tarsi) but usually shuts up by the time I’m into the first mile of a walk. However, I really had a hard time getting warm after yesterday’s walk. It was 50° out there, which isn’t horribly cold, but when I got home, I ended up going into my room, fully clothed in my jeans and sweatshirt, with hand warmers in my pockets and toe warmers stuck to my socks, and got into my bed under two quilts to try and get warm. I turn into a brick of ice after exercising. We’ll probably get a much shorter walk in today, but if I get that cold, I think I’ll try a hot bath this time. I was just miserable! Anyway, the sun is actually out today, so it will be difficult to totally dis a walk, but I do have a lot of work to do!
I think I’m becoming an addict. I really have to have that buzz. No – no brain-altering (well, maybe) chemicals here, but the buzz of the Fitbit on my wrist. I went two days without this little bracelet throwing a dance party celebration on my wrist while I attended to very mundane things here at home. It felt very good to get out for a nice walk with the dog yesterday and feel that little buzz when I got to my 10,000 steps. I just wish I had had a bit more sleep the night before. I was really tired after yesterday’s walk. Also, even though it was about 52 degrees out, it was a bit foggy and damp and I could barely get warm when I got back home. Good thing I have several quilts here to warm me up. Plus, once you snuggle up on the couch with a quilt in this house, you get the bonus of three extra heating pads. Their names are Ozzie, Vince, and Sadie. I’m sure we were quite the sight, but I did eventually get warm!
Well, between calling insurance, the doctor’s office, and trying to finish this custom quilt, I have basically not moved for two days. Not only do I feel like a slug because of it, my dog looks totally depressed. I may get the quilt done tonight, and if so, we’ll be back in the saddle tomorrow. Just two feathered borders, a row of parallelograms, and a row of continuous curve to do, then I’m done! Well, not really. I made the binding and need to stitch that on too, but it won’t take too long to do that. I made the binding while I was on retreat. That seems so long ago, and it has taken me this long to get all this mess straightened out with insurance billing. At least, I hope it’s straightened out! I have to call in the morning to make sure. I’ve threatened to show them pictures of my scars if they have any questions — I would think that would be serious motivation right here. ;D
No, no voting going on here today. However, I finally got back to my Friday walks with my sister. We walk along a canal and pond near her home and, since it’s a bit over five miles for the total walk, I had no problem hitting my 10,000 steps today. In fact, I had accomplished that goal before 9:30 this morning! While it doesn’t give you a lot to strive for during the day, I have to say that it’s nice to have met your fitness goal early in the day. It frees you up to take care of so many other things. So, I should do this early thing much more often.
Well, after this morning’s downpour and gusty winds, there came a break in the clouds and some blue sky and sunshine appeared. Ozzie and I high-tailed it out the door and got in a decent walk. A little shorter than normal, but it started clouding up again and I wasn’t really in the mood to get soaked. The walk provided another break in my own personal clouds. While quilting away and thinking about the problems I’m having with being billed for past medical expenses, I began having a bit of a panic attack. Pounding chest, feeling a bit short of breath, and just feeling plain panicky and miserable. Turns out the walk was a really good cure for it all. And yes, I do know that I sometimes suffer from panic attacks, I don’t have heart disease, and I knew I was not having a heart attack. I feel a whole lot better after getting in a good walk with my buddy.
Well, it will seem so in my Fitbit stats, anyway. I had to take a break today and get a bit of house work done. Then I decided to take my dog to the dog park. If you’ve been following for very long, you know that Ozzie likes to get into the pool at the dog park and drink his water while he’s lying in it. I think it helps him cool off too. Well, there was a clean up and renovation at the dog park recently. They did some mowing, paved some spots that tended to get muddy by the entrance gates, and they threw out the pools! When we were there yesterday, Ozzie was so confused. I could tell he really did not want to drink out of the bowl, and he would just stand in the pool area and look around for the missing swimming pool. So, today, instead of just going to the dog park, we went shopping for something suitable for taking a dip at the dog park.
At this time of the year, this was no easy task, so our trip to the park, which usually takes all of an hour and a half, took about 3 hours. The tub we bought was smaller than I wanted, but it’s tough enough that the big dogs won’t poke holes in it with their claws in short order, and it’s big enough for my boy to lie down and get his drink! It’s also a great way to wash off muddy paws before leaving the park to go home.
So, this was my donation to the Alton Baker Dog Park.