Birthday, staying home
Monday, March 23, 2020
Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. It was very low-key, because of coronavirus. Normally I go out to eat with friends, and usually also have a small birthday party. Yesterday, I enjoyed phone calls and video calls from all my family and friends. And I enjoyed opening birthday cards. And I enjoyed a slice of cake and a glass of wine with my dinner. (I had saved up my WW points to allow for these treats)
I am on my 10th day of staying home except for essential errands. That was following the guidelines from our governor. They will be issuing stricter orders today, because too many people ignored the guidelines. All state parks are closed as of today. Most beaches closed in order to prevent spring break parties as occurred in Florida.
I am staying fairly busy and I am fairly content. But I need to increase my activity level. My usual activities usually include hiking, going to the gym, and exercise classes. The last two are closed. And hiking opportunities are very limited due to restrictions or crowding ( and in my case, attempts to avoid tree pollen).
So today I am making a commitment to amp up my exercise. I am committed to doing aerobic exercise for a minimum of a half hour at least five times a week. I am committed to doing strength training at least three times a week. And I am committed to doing yoga or other stretching at least four times a week.
Here are a couple of photos from home.
Yesterday, I saw butterflies and lizards in my yard. The forsythia has started to bloom.
We have had some lovely sunsets.
The river is high enough that from my front porch I can see it in the canyon below.
The deer have been visiting.
I hope all of you are staying well, and you are keeping as busy as possible during these more restricted times. Stay strong, and keep sparking