Since beginning my blog earlier this year, I feel that I have made many new friends, even though I have not personally met any of you. I really appreciate all the things that you have shared with me and taught me. However at this point, my grandkids are getting older, and we seem to be getting busier and busier. I thought that I would be able to keep up with posting better than I have been, but that is not the case, and if I can’t do a good job, I don’t want to do it. Therefore, I may drop in once in a while, but will not be posting regularly.
Currently, Jez has agreed to take over the WWE challenge, but he will not be able to start until November 11. Please check out his blog at https://jezbraithwaite.blog/ and support him as you have supported me.
I am waiting to hear back from someone about taking over the BOTD challenge. I would like to find someone to take over this challenge also; so if you are interested, please let me know in case that person decides that they can’t do it.
Usually I check my email to see the likes, comments, approvals, etc. on my blog. Starting today, almost every email I go into is saying suspicious activity and so I don’t go any further. I will try to see what I can do through reader. But if I happen to miss anyone, please forgive me. I’ll give it a few days and see what happens. Maybe it will stop as abruptly as it started.
I’m back from our latest trip a little earlier than expected. We had a nice time, but we spent lots of time in rainy weather and many pictures were taken through the bug-covered windshield of the car. I will try to clean them up a little and share some of them with you. We did stop for several hours twice, once in Lincoln, Nebraska and once in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. But before I share pictures with you, I will try to catch up on all the posts that you shared with us while I was gone.
I have just returned from a one week trip to my daughter’s house. I was able to bring the computer with me, and therefore, I could more or less keep up with all the posts and responses. However, upon my return, I found out that I will be going out of town with one of my other daughters until October 3. I have prescheduled the posts for the Water Water Everywhere Challenge and also for the Bird of the Day Challenge until I return. On this trip, I can’t take my computer. Therefore, I will only be able to respond on my phone. The problem is that I have problems reading the small screen, so I am not sure that I will be able to keep up.
On my return, I will get caught up as fast as I can. Hopefully, I will have enough time to join in on some of the other challenges before I leave again in mid October.
I hate to exercise. Yes, I know it is good for me and that I should be doing it at least three times a week, but I can always find something else that I would rather do. We used to ride our bikes almost everyday, except weekends, and I really liked doing that. But for the last two years, it seemed like the weather wouldn’t cooperate. It would rain further into the summer than usual, and then the temperatures would soar into the hundreds. Well this summer was no different. Another excuse that we used was that they are building a trail directly behind my house. They have been working on it for over three years, and it’s still not completely opened. But yesterday, three of my grandsons came over to cut our grass and help in the garden. They spent the night here so they could get an early start. What we hadn’t planned was my son saying that they were training for the sports that they played, soccer and baseball, and that they would need to run. The oldest ran while the middle grandson cut the backyard. I was not going to run, after all, I didn’t want to end up in the ER, because I haven’t run since I was a kid, but I decided to ride my bike alongside him while he ran. He ran for two miles without as much as breaking a sweat while holding a conversation with me the whole time! Then he started cutting the rest of the yard, and the other two younger boys ran a mile with me on the bike following them. They were both tired but did a great job of running. That is when I realized how much I missed our daily rides. So last Friday, we got up and decided to ride. We rode on the right of way to where the new trail branches off to the lake. We took that branch and rode around part of the lake, turned around and came home on the same route. However, because the right of way is on an incline, we decided to take the new trail to about 1/4 mile past our house where we can easily get up the hill and ride in the alley back to our house. By the time we did all of that we had ridden 5.4 miles, not too bad for two old folks.
I made two observations on the ride. First, there were more egrets out sunning themselves than I ever remember seeing before. Second, dragonflies were everywhere. I was so excited to see them. I could hardly look anywhere without seeing them flying all around.
Thankfully, the weather has cooled a little, although we weren’t able to ride on Monday because my granddaughter spent a few days with us. We will ride two days this week. Today we rode 5.7 miles on the new trail. It was nice because there was more shade than the route we usually take. We had to go around several barricades because the whole trail is not officially opened, but other people were going around them, and the workers were not saying anything to them; so, we went around them also. The only disadvantage is that we are not riding directly around the lake, and we can’t see all the wildlife. There are several routes that we can take so we will be able to see the lake on some rides.
Saturday, my son called about mid-morning. He asked if we wanted tickets to the musical at Fair Park Music Hall which was “Fiddler on the Roof.” The day before we both got the second shingles shot, and apparently we were having a reaction to it because we were both very achy. Luckily, we decided to go to the musical anyway. It was wonderful.
When I was first dating, way back when, I went to the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” on one of my first dates. So it brought back lots of memories. This film is one of my all-timed favorites. It has no sex, very little violence (no one actually gets killed), and has a terrific plot which is loosely based on history, and it is a musical. The world could use more entertainment like this.
I’m curious if anyone else feels like I do. Please respond by leaving comments below.
To begin with, I am a 65+ year old grandmother of twelve wonderful grandchildren. And yes, I definitely feel that my body is not exactly in the shape it was when I was a teenager. It’s harder to do things, and I get tired much easier than when I was younger. But that little feeling inside of me, you know the voice that some call your conscience, it still feels like I’m a teenager. Maybe that’s where the old saying about being young at heart came from?
My question is: Do you feel the same way or not? Will that part of me ever feel like I’ve grown up?
I always enjoy getting to go places, but coming home is also quite special. Getting away helps me to appreciate all the blessings that I have back home. Our trip was a lot of fun! We enjoyed the beach and fishing with my son and his family. At other times, we just did some things on our own. Thankfully, we had a safe trip and now we need to catch up on things around the house. I really appreciate everyone who continued to post to the BOTD challenge and to all of you who commented I will try to get to all of them sometimes soon. But starting tomorrow, I will be back on track and show and tell you about the trip.
For the next seven days, I will be gone on a trip with five of my grandchildren. I have posts scheduled for the entire time, although I may not have internet service so I won’t be responding to comments until I get home. When I do get home, it may take me a while; or I may just have to start up from that day, if there are too many. Please continue stopping by even if I can’t link up to the FOTD challenge, the pictures will still show up, including BOTD pics. I can’t wait till I get back to tell you all about the trip. I am looking forward to hearing from you when I get back. Stay safe!!
I just wanted to thank everyone for stopping by and joining in the BOTD challenge. Also, thank you Cee for adding my challenge to your list. I’m out of town right now but should be home tonight. I will try to catch up on all comments by tomorrow. We are taking two of our grandkids to the Johnson Space Center. Have a great day!