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June 3 - passing the time as I melt

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Passing time as I melt into a puddle! Today was the first time I ventured out voluntarily. The other few times I have gone out, I needed to for school. This time I cautiously waited two whole days after the fitness center reopened. I called and asked how the previous two days had gone, when least crowded, and if the plans were working. I got clear information and was told the best times (almost no other people) were between 10-4. People mostly come earlier in the day of in the evening. So I donned my mask and headed out around 1:00 and did my workout and headed home. I stuck to a 20-30 minute workout and didn't linger. Time of exposure, degree of closeness, and protective face covering all carefully designed to limit my risk. There were a total of about ten people there including staff. They took my temperature and asked a series of questions and had me use hand sanitizer before letting me in. There were arrows on the floor so everything was a one way path. I was totally comfortable and plan to return tomorrow and Friday. Each time I will limit how long I stay and just do my thing and get out. The "thing" I am focusing on is the recumbent bike or the other things that work my knees and strengthen and build flexibility because I hope to have my second knee surgery soon and I know that healing is quicker if I have been working my knee.

The best thing I learned is that they plan to open the pool next Monday! Again, lots of precautions, but as long as I limit the time and social distance, I will be able to enjoy my swimming this summer.

I had Ed pick up some new masks for me as I begin venturing out more. A local church group is selling homemade masks and he also ordered some with extra filtering capacities because of a disposable filter that you place in a pocket in the mask. Variety is the spice of life.

Next week I am also swapping kitchen duties with my darling son for the summer. He has added a couple more jobs cleaning houses, mowing lawns, etc. I told him that even though he has been doing our cooking for the past 15 years or more, I DO know how to cook and he deserves a break. I told him that while I appreciate everything he does but that if he is working, it is fair while I am NOT working that I take over the kitchen (cooking AND dishes and laundry). He was hesitant because he really likes taking care of me, but I am bored and need to be useful too. LOL Most people would love to be pampered (and believe me I do) but . . . I am anxious to give him a Big thank you for everything he does for me. Since I am mostly staying at home, and I have already had the weeks of lighter duties, I am ready to switch things up a bit.

Be blessed and a blessing to others as you move through your daily life! You can make a difference. You can be a force for good or for evil - make the right choices!
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