Spring is upon us, and it is glorious!
Winter is over, for the most part, besides a few chilly nights with a kiss of frost left glistening on the green grass. The weather has been wet and dewy.
I am going to fill you in on a few things going on in my life here lately. Some are new ventures and some not, just changed around a little bit.
I have started up jogging again this spring. When the ice settled in on the roads and dirt trails I stopped after a few skids on black ice. I do love jogging in cold weather but ice is non-negotiable.
My sister, Angelia, has found a new favorite spot for jogging and walking. It is a more safe, and well-measured, atmosphere for her workouts than our village.
Jogging and walking have been recommended to help her with her recovery, and doing it on the roads around the village are not only a problem for old stress-fractures, developed when she first got into jogging years ago, but traffic and animal interference are pretty much non-existent in her new favorite workout haunt, regardless of the time of day, or night, she goes.
She no longer has to deal with crossing paths with coyotes, and probably won't be running into as many snakes either, or traffic, or even (and especially) that sneaky Sasquatch! (Wink!)
Last week, I decided to tag along with her and see if I enjoyed the little track that's become her new favorite.
I've decided I DO like it, and have gone with her nearly every night since then!
It's much better than running blindly down a dark road with my little sports-lamp weighing down my head. It's also nice to not have to keep an eye out for coyotes. Some of our local friends are reporting more frequent encounters with them, and that they're becoming more aggressive. Aggressive enough that I'm planning to start packing an air-horn with me, from now on, when I head into the woods.
Also, the paved roads around the village, here in Stewartsville, are way hard on my knees, making me limit my jog time. Here, I can jog along the side of the track, where there is a small path that runs tight against the black top.
I prefer dirt trails over pavement to jog on any day.
As I make my way around the grounds I see birdhouses hanging from trees or suspended on poles. The local police drives his patrol car through, at various times, and waves while we do our run. He's always friendly.
We are surrounded by beautiful homes, glowing lights and lanterns, and even a good amount of picket fencing, broken by gates to enter or exit the park grounds adjacent to the owners properties.
At night, the whole place has a rather dreamy and somewhat ethereal setting.
Since I keep to the side of the track, where it's mostly dirt, and gravel, and sometimes a little grass, my toes get wet in the grassy spots because the dew has already settled in by the time we arrive. But, I don't mind. It's worth it.
I do have to be careful not to skid in the mud when we've had a recent rain, or trip on those tricky little fallen branches that hide in the shadows and grass.
We share the track with the bike-man, and a dog walker almost every night. Campers are on the grounds at times. The sound of flags fluttering in the wind, and the clang of the flag-chain against the pole, are quieting and calming to my soul and spirit while I make my way past.
This particular branch was catching me most every night. Snagging me. Reaching for me!
It's just in my way I guess.
I was going to break it, but figured I would leave it since it does seem to keep me on my toes. Besides that, it's not my place to go around breaking things that are not mine, just because they annoy me. I believe that will preach!
I will leave the pruning to the gardener.
This is a little bit of the happenings going on in my life. I'm trying to keep it real, and living life by the grace of God each moment I am blessed with.
I figure if I try and do my part, and press through the difficulties of fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, God will help me and heal me.
I am not limited in my spirit by this frail human body, but my spirit is refreshed in the Lord's presence.
My book, Scribble Shots, will be out before long. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
The image to the right is one of a couple of my photos that's been nominated to serve as the book cover.
I've worked hard on it, and hoping the book will be a blessing to you and yours!
Be blessed by the Lord Jesus, thank you for the read, and keep it real!
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