Check engine lights on
Walked with canes
For their health
Beside Amsterdam canals
Invisible among tourists
Watched ducks avoid
Proliferation of canal boats
Was that good luck?
Or, did it take skill?
It’s sprinkling rain, warm and humid. Unusual for early January.
Today was my best post-Christmas workout–so far. I’m working off the figgy pudding and other gastronomical delights, that seem to have attached themselves to various parts of my physique.
New Years resolutions are not my forte. Too many of them were broken over the years–including home exercise equipment that ended up on the front lawn with “free” signs attached.
Going to the gym, is however, something continued for over two years. Why? I don’t naturally like to exercise, but feel better afterward.
Tethered steeds–ready to roll
Some fancy, some not
Upper and lower
In different directions
Refreshing warm humid
Breezes, blew from the east
Suddenly a rabbit darted
From a thicket–caused
Pathway covered with the
Usual collection of road-killed
Frogs and toads–an expired
Armadillo lay at roadside
The boathouse across
The bay perfectly illuminated
In morning sunlight
Distant thunder rumbled
Possibility of sudden downpours
The pace increased with
Renewed sense of urgency
I’m a rambling kind of guy today–about anything and everything. Sometimes I wonder; where have all the free spirits gone? Are they busy taking themselves too seriously? Thumping melons in the market; exaggerating for effect; throwing stones in glass houses–like they know they shouldn’t; then complaining when rains come in.
Trips off the beaten path, I happen to relish. It’s a risk/reward thing–sometimes there are few rewards. But, they make me happy. Sometimes compliments do fall like rain. And, if they’re genuine, are delightful.
My blog has been heavy with bird posts–as of late. I’m not an ornithologist–just love nature. I’m blessed to reside in beautiful surroundings.
Some dear friends will be stopping by to visit next week. I’m looking forward to it. There may be a brief lull in blog posts to participate in new adventures. Who knows–it could lead to new post ideas?
It’s a complete turnaround for me–to improve general fitness with thrice weekly trips to my local YMCA. This time, it’s not been a post-holiday guilt trip, over by February. I feel better–whether I look better is open to debate.
A few days ago, I mentioned going to the gym to a friend. His response–he’d gone in the past with some success. What he couldn’t deal with, were people taking up time on machines, talking and not exercising.
That was one example of bad behavior. In my opinion, it was more about control (lack of control). My friend was a manager before retirement–accustomed to giving orders and having them followed. It doesn’t always work that way in the real world. I’m trying to control my own behavior–that’s not easy, either.
If I’m lucky enough to live that long; I’m going to be as full of life, as the folks performing in this fictitious talent show; for the residents of Mayfair Assisted Living Center. I’ve recently stepped way out of my comfort zone and joined the local YMCA. My first impressions were–it’s mostly old folks here. Maybe, It should be renamed the O-M-C-A?
A few sessions later–I’ve changed my mind. Sure, there were oldsters, using walkers to go around the jogging track. But, they were making efforts to do something; make their lives better. And, by golly, one nice lady, was proud that she was 87. Her mind was sharp–she could tell young whippersnappers, like me a thing or two. She’s been there–every time I’ve been there.
SPRING CONCERT & TALENT SHOW
MAYFAIR ASSISTED LIVING CENTER
Friday & Saturday: March 29th & 21st
4:30–7:30 in the cafeteria
FEATURING: Our own talented performers
- Jerome & The Whippersnappers
- Twirpy & The Dingbats
- Two Hot Tomatoes
- Larry & The Pacemakers
- Melon Collie & The Babes
- The Duke of Pearls
- The Old Spice Girls
- The Liver Spots
WITH AMAZING MUSICAL RENDITIONS OF:
“No, I’m Not Dead” “Who Did You Say You Were?” “Pass Me More Butter” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” “I’m In the Mood For Love–And You’re Simply Pretending You Can’t Hear Me” “Where You Lead, I Can’t Follow” “Just Pretend I Love You” “Getting Up in the Middle of the Night” “Broken Hips and Ruby Lips” “Say It Again–Louder” “It’s All New To Me” “If I Don’t Remember–Just Remember This” “Everybody’s Shouting At Me” “Angina In Carolina” “Doc–Stop Playing With My Heart” “Aching Pains and Golden Needles” “I’m Doing Fine–I’m Not So Sure About Him” “Wild Thing, You Make My Ears Ring” “Thankful For What I’ve Got”
FREE JUICE BAR & COOKIES
“TWIRPY” SEZ–BE THERE–OR BE SQUARE!!!!