Yesterday I was one of the affected bloggers due to the outage, so no entry for the day . Sure...tell me I cannot play in the sandbox !!
Last two days have been good for exercise. 45 minutes on the bike on Sunday and 30 minute walk with various and sundry other exercises yesterday. food has gone well, but my body is showing signs that Mother Nature is wrapping up a gift for me, and I will almost assuredly see a gain this week. Which makes me wonder if there is some deserving organization that would like to have my works wrapped up and delivered to them ! When you are done with babies, the whole process seems like a complete waste of time and energy- and accompanied with a lot of annoyances !
But I press on. Vacation is coming up , and I want to be mobile for it. We made reservations last night on line, and were amazed at the price difference between Gatlinburg and Wisconsin Dells. In this area the Dells is a popular vacation option because it is close, but most of the "on the strip" hotels will cost you about 175.00 per night for two, and that is before the 20 dollar a head admission fee to any of the water parks or what not. We are going to stay in Gatlinburg for 3 nights for less than the price of one night in the Dells. We are blocking out 4 days for the adventure - one day to drive down , two days to do the town and one day to drive back. 15 hour car trips are something I have not done in years ! We plan on devoting one day to The Smokey Mountain National Park and one day to the Ripley's Aquarium and a few other attractions. I want to touch a stingray and Nick wants to see the sharks. Should be a lot of fun. Even those few things are going to involve a lot of walking, and then swimming in the evenings back at the hotel, and stamina is necessary.
Yesterday we went to the woods for a walk before dinner, and I am noticing that walking is getting a little easier still. There is still a lot of stiffness when I first stand up, but once I get moving the stiffness is dissapearing and my thigh muscles are working better. The bike and the other assorted exercises are helping. The pain was gone long enough that I was able to focus on the plants growing at this time. I was reminded that in this area cincfoil, horse chestnut and elders bloom when the Solomon's seal gets it's droopy berries- right before the catnip flowers and the echinachia blooms. It's a rhythm I had forgotten !