Hello dear Spark Friends. I've been MIA for awhile. I just don't know where the time goes. Every day I have so many "to do's" on my Spark Coach and most days there are boxes left unchecked. What I love about this, however, is that I can add tasks to repeat like once a week, or every Tuesday and Thursday, or even certain tasks that I want to do every day. This helps me immensely to remember things. I've even started adding "Call _____" if I have something important to ask or a birthday wish to make. Before I started adding these types of important reminders, I have found myself getting to the end of the day and then realizing that it's just too late!
Well, it seems winter has arrived and a bit early for my liking. Daisy and I were unable to walk on Monday & Tuesday, the wind chill was just too cold. Yesterday once the snow stopped we went out and it was really hard for me because the roads were already icy. So today I was prepared. It took me 15 minutes to get ready while Daisy looked on patiently. First my socks so my long underwear can go over them. After the long underwear, the knee brace. My real knee has been giving me a lot of trouble ever since my husband was ill and I neglected my own needs. My fault entirely, there were plenty of times that I could have done a workout! Then I took the inserts OUT of my boots - my planter fascitis has reared it's ugly head. Yesterday's walk was very painful, today's was better. I put the ice cleats on the bottoms of my boots next, and then put them on and laced them up.
Daisy is easy - she just needs to put her head through the harness. Now it's time for the upper body. The sweatshirt with the hood and holes in the sleeves for my thumbs. The jacket next. Make sure I have treats in the pockets. Put on my gloves over the sweatshirt sleeves and finally my hat. Seriously, the getting ready part is almost as long as the walk. But today's walk was much better. The sun is shining and that always makes things nicer. The wind was strong though so we took the short loop which used to take 25 - 28 minutes depending on how much Daisy has to stop and smell. Today's walk took 34 minutes! But we walked and she is now resting happily.
In October we went out to Roanoke to visit my daughter's family. My grandchildren have grown up so much since I saw them a year ago. We have made this drive many times over the last 13 years - it usually takes us between 20 & 21 hours total (which includes the time change). This time it took 24 hours - there was road construction EVERYWHERE. A few times the lanes were so tight that Tom had to drive over the rumble strips which totally scared little Daisy. Every time it happened she crawled into the front seat to sit in my lap, shaking like crazy. Thankfully the drive back was a Sunday/Monday and the road construction was a whole lot less.
Here are some photos of my family:
Faith will be 13 in a month - hard to believe!
Jamie who is 6 loved playing with Daisy. The two boys were waiting for us each day as we arrived and spent so much of their days playing with Daisy.
Reese who just turned 9 was also a big fan of Daisy. In this photo she's a bit worn out because she didn't get her usual 12 naps in each day.
We visited the Roanoke Star - been to Roanoke at least a dozen times but never went to the main attraction.
The whole family - Rachelle & Dan with the three kiddos
And just because I couldn't resist, here is little Jake the day I was taking care of him. He does love his cereal!
I hope each and every one of you is having a great day today! I'm off to have lunch.