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What a perfect word for today: focus. There are new things to focus on and some old friends that hang around daily, such as my morning workout. Today was Curves as I am alternating between the Curves workout and my Couch to 5k training at the gym. Walks usually come in the evening but today I had the pleasure of taking Charlie on a short walk through the park too! Have you ever noticed how dogs are so good at living in the moment and totally focusing on whatever they are doing, even if that means sleeping or staring in the distance? Charlie focuses on every smell and sound on our walk and he takes his time, walking slowly, enjoying the moment. He is a great teacher!
I started off the day with my glass of water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and came back from Curves and made a bowl of oatmeal (with a little Almond Milk), coffee and strange as it sounds, I grabbed a slice of smoked organic turkey for my protein. I took my vitamins, including a pro-biotic, and felt great!
I had two doctors appointments and got my vision checked. It is strange that as I age, I find that I am repeating my mother’s life. She always had multiple doctors appointments and went prepared for a few hours of waiting in various areas of Kaiser. Today I followed in her foot steps, bringing my lunch bag with extra water, almonds and a green apple. I am focusing on being prepared and it worked. My mom was a smart lady! I used to think her habits were a bit silly, but now I realize how wise she was.
A Few Habits of my mothers:
Two drawers for socks ( white socks and black socks)
Reading the paper every morning
Watching the Tony Awards
Sending interesting articles to her children
Always bringing a water bottle with her Why is it that we think our mother’s habits are silly until we are their age?
New prescriptions, new medications to read about and new glasses ordered, I stopped at Whole Foods Market on the way home to pick up a few items on the B-Well shopping list that I hadn’t found the day before. Now I am completely “stocked” for the week.
I came home, made a quick lunch of salad and grilled chicken and then proceeded to swim and float in the pool, it is summer after all and I must have a little fun and relaxation. I am finishing up a fun mystery book: The Writing Class, by Jincy Willett and taking care of a few odds and ends.
So, my pictures, are lacking because Charlie, my dog, is terrified of the camera. At first we just thought it was the flash, but now if he sees the camera, he wants to run out of the room. I will work on this, I promise, but honestly my meals have not been that exciting yet. On the positive side, I am feeling great with plenty of energy and not too hungry or filled with cravings. I do have a challenge tonight because we are going to see Toy Story 3 and I will need a big bottle of water to keep me from temptation. 19 days to go! Focus!
It is pouring today, and I don’t mean just pouring in California terms, but actual buckets of rain pouring down causing trees to fall and rivers to form in the streets. The water is trickling down the beams in the living room and waterfalling down the fireplace. As I got ready to venture out for an early appointment, I prepared by covering my cast with my Seal-Tight giant protector, wearing my mother’s calf-length London Fog raincoat and a cute knit cap that my daughter’s friend made for me, I looked like a taller version of my mother albeit with a gimpy leg. My husband Gary said, “Your mom is still taking care of you.” and I realized that it is true, for as much as I resented her constant over-preparedness I have now come to appreciate it. As Mark Twain said, “The older I get the smarter my father seems to get.” In my case, it is my mother’s wisdom that I now cherish.
Hopefully it won’t take my own daughters quite as long to realize that I too have some words of wisdom to impart and each of them, in their own way are beginning to realize that. So in the tradition of the many notes and reminders I leave my family, here is a short list of rainy day musings:
1. Dress for the rain. You really will feel better if you stay dry.
2. Make your bed every morning. You will feel like you are beginning your day and will be happy to come home to a neat room.
3. Clean up as you go and absolutely before you go to bed. No one really likes to wake up to a mess and it won’t look better in the morning.
4. Take time to spend with those you love (including pets) because the memories will stay with you forever.
5. Listen more, talk less.
6. Expect the best but prepare for the worst, and that includes rain, earthquakes, fires and other impending disasters. Oy!
Some of these I learned from my mother, and others are things I have learned from my own experience. Wisdom can be compiled and gathered from many sources, but mothers are stronger than we look and know more than we are given credit for.