Well this morning was overcast, threatening to rain. What to do? What to do?
Barney starts back to work today. The next few days will be VERY long , followed my pretty light (gee that sounds like I am advertising a feminine hygiene product!). He starts a new position at the beginning of next week. He will now be responsible for over 70 employees and ALL of the hiring and a great deal of the firing of staff- he always has had staff under him, but not this many. He should get lots of practice being bossy! Lol. Although he won’t be able to spank them, I would still bet he’ll find them easier!
So I need to exercise. Sigh- Off to the bus stop, armed with my umbrella I head- to drop off my youngest. He doesn’t need me to go, but he wants me to, so as long as I am wanted I will go. I will then proceed to walk for my exercises. I used to do this 5 days a week a few years ago. For some reason I just stopped. Now granted, starting a walking exercise routine at the end of October in
is almost a guarantee fail for me. Even though I was born in the ‘Northern’ part of my province, me and winter have a love/ hate relationship. I love how pretty it is, from inside my warm house! The HATE should be obvious. Canada
Alright, 10 year old’s MP3 player blaring ‘music’ in my ears….and I’m off! About a couple of KMs into my walk it begins to drizzle. NO problem. I’m feeling so happy, and light. I just take my Mary Poppins attitude and click open my umbrella…I literally burst out laughing. It is a good thing I was alone on the street,-the boys are usually the ones who take the umbrella’s- if it’s raining I am not going out..( Yes, yes I am made of sugar- guff as if you guys didn’t already know that! )
The umbrella looks like it has been used to beat off a pack of wild dogs! Mary Poppins couldn’t jump off the bed with this thing! I must have been quite the site walking down the street!
I walked a similar path I had taken a couple of weeks ago when I had my break down. Which one Wilma?…easy now, play nice. The sobbing episode. It was raining that day too. I didn’t bring an umbrella that day, ( although you could seriously argue I didn’t bring one today either!). I poked storm drains with my wet shoes, clearing debris from them, watching them drain. Not today! I marveled at how all the bright yellow leaves lit up the ground.
I took roads that I knew were dead ends, just because I had never been down them. It was on one of these roads, that I was almost been run over by a speeding Volvo. I would have too if I didn’t jump into the ditch on the side of the road. (I saw Distancing Dixie and Defiant Debbie laying there- I didn’t help them up). I didn’t even get angry with the driver. I mean it is a dead end, raining and all kids should be in school I guess he thought it’d be safe to drive like a maniac.
I thought how this walk a few weeks ago was all about running away from Barney. Now it is all about getting a better looking target for him to look at!*wink*
For a good portion of the middle part of my walk I didn’t even think! It was wonderful! Seriously my mind is always on overdrive. I just listened to the ‘music’ . I use quotation marks because I don’t really know if you can qualify Crazy Frog as music…If you don’t know who Crazy Frog is, don’t bother looking ‘him’ up, be grateful and move on.
Now there is this HUGE hill in my neighbourhood. People use it to train on for marathons etc.. I looked at it from the bottom. When I used to exercise, I too walked the hill up and down as exercise. Boring, but effective. This hill was about ¾ of the way into my walk. There are several streets that one can turn off of on the hill if you want to wimp out. I took a second and thought- H*ll Wilma,( seriously? I have always talked to myself, but now I’m using my blogger name?) you’ve got this! Think of all the stuff you have done in the past month, what’s a little physical burn? So up I went.
Here’s the really corny part- as I panted I thought about a lot of people in blogland. I think this started because I pasted a couple of scarecrows. The likes of which, I am convinced I will never see again without thinking of Lillie. Thankfully now I suppose, because I must have been a crow in my former life as they used to creep me out- them and nutcrackers, (I’ll save that for another time- I know you are all waiting with baited breath). Lillie and her creepy friends got me thinking about blog land. Then I thought of Lucy and her little men trick or treating. I thought of Emi and how I hoped that she was able to find her lighthouse in her fog. Cat and how her and I are the apparent pervs in blog land ! <- again THANKS Lillie! How Susie hates storms, but Minelle loves them. I thought of Blue Bird and how we are similar, LM and our husbands. Sunny in her disposition as well as her name. I wondered about how Cowgirl was doing, and what she would have said about some of my episodes.…I went on and on I thought of all of you ! It is a HUGE hill …(past an old lady, and her FANCY, useful, golf umbrella- take that old woman, mind has holes for wind resistance!)
Before I knew it I was almost at the top! I know, I know, Wilma you corn dog were you thinking that this hill is a metaphor for how everyone in blog land has helped you take difficult steps to achieve your goal ? I WAS and then as I reached the top, my heart pounding, I smelled burnt sugar…Mmmm…wait !…oh phew, it is the burnt toast smell I have to worry about!
On I went, heart pounding, music blaring…umbrella kind of just there, Happy, happy, content. Last week I took part of this walk with Barney after maintenance and I was so distant, cold- and the weather was fantastic that day. Today the weather was getting worse, but my contentment was growing. I thought of so many things that made me happy.
When I was almost home thoughts of all the kind things people have said about me over the years came into mind. I have grown accustom to only remembering snide comments that I’ve glossed over the good. I don’t take compliments very well. I guess I just don’t know how. It makes me uncomfortable. Today these words kept me warm despite the fact that I was drenched, and actually cold. I hadn’t noticed until I walked in my front door how wet and cold I really was.
Barney was out when I left. He has been dealing with my son’s school. He has been dealing with the teenage boy for the past couple of days, and I feel not only relieved by good about that. I can’t believe the amount of worry that has been removed from my body. I have made my suggestions, naturally, I AM his mother, but it is on Barney how we proceed. Time will tell, but it feels good. AND everybody is still standing…AND my cell phone has miraculously reappeared. THAT was a show down around here last night- one that I thankfully didn’t have to be a part of! Yay Barney!
Anyway, by the time I got home, Barney was home, making appointments he has been putting off. Loose ends are getting tied. I know things are going to change again, they always do, but today I am basking in the sunshine, even though it is pouring rain out!
I appreciate you all so much!
PS> My walk-- 1 hour 10 minutes, 5.14 miles or 8.27 kilometres !
I used to do 13.7 km in an hour and a half daily…some day.