My friend Kim and I took our collective nine kids out for a hike on Friday on a trail only ten minutes from my home, but which I’d never previously explored. Fiala, at 2.5 was the youngest. She is a more willing hiker than Audrey, aged 5, but her legs are shorter. They tired at about the same point, halfway into the hike, which totaled about 1.5 miles, maybe a bit further.
Both Kim and I decided that we wanted to go back to the park, sometime in the near future. So, I went this morning. I’m not an early bird, by any stretch of the imagination, but I was motivated. I was up at 5:30 and on the trail at 6:00. I hiked about 3.6 miles in an hour and 20 minutes. Lots of altitude changes, but when I got back home, I checked the map,
and as best as I can tell, even though I picked the highest trail, I only gained and lost an altitude of about 500′. Felt like more than that. Like a LOT more than that. Clearly, I need to hike more. As I walked in the door at 7:30 this morning, I could smell and hear the coffee percolating, and my hubby was wielding a spatula over the stove, trying to shoo our waking children back into their bedrooms. 🙂 It made me feel good.
- I am daily checking my garden for sprouts, even though it’s only been six days since I planted it. 🙂 I’m eager. I also started some tomato seeds in homemade/improvised seed trays, and will do some more today — either tomatillo or chile pepper. The rest of my compost simply won’t be ready by the time I’m ready to plant some more, so we’ll be getting some bags of manure from Home Depot. I’m trying not to feel like a composting-failure by resorting to the home improvement store, but at least they’re only $0.85 each, so it’s not like I’ll be throwing more money at the garden than is justified. I tend to get really gung-ho about a project, drop a hundred of our non-existent dollars on it, then abandon it. I’m rather hedging my bets this time — investing as little money on the garden as possible, both so that if it fails, we’re not out a big chunk of change. Also, the less money I spend, the more profitable the garden is. I’m also trying to resist the urge to quit before I’ve even really begun, when seeing some head-high plants from a friend’s garden. A friend here in the Phoenix area. However, I won’t. I won’t quit. I have spent a lifetime of giving up on things when it appears that I won’t (or even possibly won’t) TOTALLY EXCEL, and that’s a really, really, really bad habit, which I’m ready to kick. It’s hard, though.
- I love the Body of Christ, the local church. The guy who is leading the small group I attend — actually, he’s sort of leading it, but more like mentoring another guy into leading — is going to be moving next Saturday, and mentioned something about it on Thursday. Another guy — who has only been attending for 4-5 weeks — pipes up, “I have a trailer!” and in a few minutes, the two had made plans for the Trailer Guy to help the Moving Guy move. The whole thing made me smile. I guess if you’re not part of the Body of Christ, you rent a U-Haul. 🙂 Along the same lines, my hubby is helping the daughter of a friend from church (she goes to our church, too) move today. Even though I’m sure he’ll get a sore back and a few trips to the chiropractor out of it, I’m happy that he can help… We’ve been on the recipient end of the Body of Christ SO OFTEN, and it’s right and good to reciprocate.
- Small Fiala update: She had her half-day last week. She is officially 2½. We are cautiously testing bananas this week. So far, so good. I wouldn’t even have tried bananas, but last week, she woke early, climbed up to the fruit basket on the countertop, and helped herself to a banana, with no apparent ill effects. But, some of the foods we’ve tested this year have appeared safe for a week or even two, before she absolutely exploded in a rash. That’s what happened with corn. We are only able to test one new food every 3-4 weeks or so, because it takes anywhere from one day to two weeks for a reaction to show and then an additional week or two for her to heal enough from the bad reaction to get her back to a “baseline” from which we can test another food. So far this year, she has failed carrots, corn, potatoes, and coconut (and all other palm-related foods & products). She has only had a successful trial on eggs, which have made a delightful addition to her still really, really limited diet. I’m starting to consider another trip to the allergist.
- So now, today, it’s not yet noon, and I’ve hiked 3½ miles, had eggs and coffee with my hubby, made pancakes for my children, and blogged. 🙂 Laundry, ironing, baseball, starting another tray of seeds, and preparing to lead worship in SuperChurch tomorrow will take up the rest of my day. It’s one of those days which I call to mind when I’m talking to someone I haven’t seen in a while, and they ask, “What’s new?” Well, nothing is new. Nothing at all, really. It’s not really an eventful life I lead, but it’s still a good one.