It’s Sunday morning and already 43° outside. For my dog, that is the magic number that allows the wooden front door to open so she can see the great outdoors through a glass storm door. It is heaven for her. The Blizzard of 2021 has been over for a while and it makes me enjoy the sunshine even more. Spring is truly on the way.
In Oklahoma, and hopefully most of the country, the Covid-19 numbers are down. However, we lost over half a million people before that started to happen. My husband and I, as old people, have received both our vaccine shots and I even went shopping with my daughter for a while yesterday, masked up. I see a ray of hope.
It’s been over eight months since my third back surgery and I still don’t have all my strength back. My legs play out much too quickly. I had my Medicare-allotted physical therapy and walked my dog back when the weather was warm, but I sit and write too much. I gave up my gym membership last March and I’ve decided to go back now that I feel more comfortable about the virus.
I visited a different gym this week, which was touted to be much cheaper, but when they added on all the extras, fees, etc., I think I’ll join the YMCA again. I’ve been a member there for over 40 years – my membership fees probably built the west wing – and they probably miss me. I feel comfortable there and don’t get the vibe of “little old lady working out!” that I got at the place I visited. I’m not an athlete, but I’ve always worked out, except this year, and I know it will help me feel better.
When I was young, I was a swimming instructor and managed the city pool in the summer and taught classes at the Y during the winter. I loved it, but it didn’t pay very well. Then I had to go to work and make some money year-round. My family needed me. But I always kept up my Y membership. And now, I’m going back. It feels like home. I might not venture into the water, locker rooms, and showers just yet, but I will use the equipment and clean it as I go. I’m sure the sore muscles will hit me at first, but that just feels like home to me. Masochistic you say? Maybe but I think the world is getting back to normal. I hope.
I’m still writing and always will. I’m finishing up the family recipe/memory book and have plans for a new novel. I need to do more marketing on books that are out there. If you’ve read any of my books, pleased leave me a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc. Writers love reviews.
What are you reading this week?