More Time

The Logical Heart Knows Best

Ahhhh, today has been a lovely productive one. Peace returned, no more grouchy pants feels good. Maybe it’s because I got my walk in first thing, it sets the stage for the day, puts me in an elevated mood, jump starts me. I take another walk before I blog too. I’m focusing on my health yet I tried to talk myself out of the walk tonight, “You just had a bath, now you’re gonna get all sweaty,” lol. I then visualized how good it will feel when I’m more fit, all of the energy I’ll have, the more activity I get, the quicker it’ll happen. I asked myself, do you really want to be healthy or not? Talked myself back into it, omg. I’m always happy I did it afterwards, so why do I try to wiggle my way out? Silly human psychology, it’s a constant effort.

I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep up this daily blogging either. I think it’s because others are also doing it too and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I gave up. It feels good to accomplish goals and develop new habits. I’m becoming more disciplined which will help me in every aspect of life. I’ll increase my ability to get things done. It will become easier for me. And I’ll have a daily writing habit established and can build upon it.

I drew in my little sketchpad this week too, it was fun! I didn’t use an eraser, I wanted it to be a playful, quick drawing that I didn’t fuss over. I’m going to research colored pencils, get some and experiment. I haven’t used them very much in the past. I’ve used charcoal, pencils, pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. I don’t like oil paint because it’s stinky.

I planted some basil on the balcony and added some white mums, I ventured out to Trader Joe’s last night and scored. The plants on the balcony are happy and cheery, I haven’t killed them yet, lol. I sat in the sun there writing this afternoon, doing sections of all the books I’m reading that have exercises in them. The tall stack of books and notebooks has me feeling like I’m a student doing homework. I love that feeling, I always enjoyed learning, that’s part of the reason why it took me so long to graduate college because I took a lot of classes just for fun.

I also splurged on the Numi Jasmine tea I love, I’d missed it. They don’t sell it at the grocery store we frequent, so when I saw it last night I treated myself. Scored again. There was also some baba ganoush in containers like hummus, so I got some to try, yum.

It was nice to go to different stores, maybe that helped with my irritability? Next week I will go hiking in Deer Creek Canyon like I’ve been planning, maybe it’ll help my mood, having changes of scenery. I’ve been limiting my walks to the nearby hill and going back and forth along the trails there to avoid too many people. And I shop at the same grocery store every week too. Otherwise, I’ve stayed home.

They opened the pool and the fitness center here at the complex this week. If we want to use them we have to sign up in time slots and they’re restricting the number of people and have removed the seating around the pool. I won’t be going, it isn’t worth the risk to me.

I’ve been seeing deer frequently this week, they’re so beautiful, peaceful and gentle. They were near our complex, I was surprised. When I came back from grocery shopping they were crossing the road at the pedestrian crosswalk. The car beside me was honking at them, I was afraid they were going to bolt into the cars coming from the other direction, but they made it safely.

On my walk this morning there was a huge bumblebee and I was taking pics of it, following it from flower to flower, it flew away and when I stood up I saw people were walking up the trail behind me, I’d hoped they weren’t waiting for me to go, lol. Oops! The meadow on the hill is growing taller, I hope they let it grow like last year, it gets so beautiful with all of the grasses and flowers.

I want to drive up into the mountains to see the wildflowers this year, but I wonder how scary the drive is? Mount Evans is nearby and everyone says we need to go, but scary road, yikes! I guess I could try and turn back if it’s too much. I will google how to get used to driving in the mountains and see if I can acclimate myself.

They’re doing curbside checkouts at the library and you make an appointment to pick up your books. I wonder if the workers are okay with that? I think I’ll stick to audiobooks and Ebooks for now.

The breakfast buffet at the hotel is still closed, so I’m still on unemployment for now. The hotel has a skeleton crew and the capacity is still low, not many guests.

More time left for me to enjoy enriching activities and to get healthy, energetic, more creative, and finish projects. I’m so thankful for this opportunity. I’m loving this life from the balcony, in “Paris,” lol.

Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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