Of course, that meant the farther south I got on my return – the more color I left behind.
That doesn’t matter – all I could think about on my drive home was enjoying TODAY and perhaps getting out there and stretching my legs for an “around the neighborhood” walk.
My hip pain has diminished --- Physical therapy has helped tremendously, and I am religiously doing the exercises that help balance my muscle function to hopefully keep things more mobile and free from pain. It’s been a year of frustration as my body, which rarely fails me, has constantly reminded me that-- no, I am no spring chicken any longer, and the things I used to do without thinking, become things I do with GREAT thinking and some limitation.
I think the most important thing is to keep doing what you CAN do, at whatever level that is.
This afternoon – it was once around the neighborhood! I delighted in the warmth of the October sunshine, stopping to linger at the bridge that crosses the creek that borders my back yard. There isn’t much water in it right now, but when it rains hard, this little creek becomes a river.
I looked up through the trees, watching dappled sunlight filter through leaves of yellow-green. Soon these trees will lose their canopy of foliage, leaving only bare limbs behind through the winter. But for today, the sun is warm on my shoulders and I walk on --- my ear buds in my ears, my music playing as soundtrack to this beautiful afternoon.
Up a hill, down a hill. Fallen leaves gather in the grass at the sides of the road. Smells of Autumn on the air. There are a few flowers still struggling to display the last of their colorful summer splendor. Here and there marigolds and mums survive, showing forth a valiant effort on their part. Soon they will be gone too ----and we’ll find ourselves eagerly waiting for spring and their re-emergence.
This is home for me ---but I’m glad I took the chance to come home for even one short day before heading out again tomorrow!
I’m going to sew a bit before dinner --- and this evening, watch for QuiltCam about 9pm Eastern.
See you then!