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Day 48: Charisma

 Don't mind my early morning face, but look at that dark sky behind me! There was a nice breeze this morning on the trail and I felt a few raindrops. Most refreshing!

Day 48!  50 is looming!

I have all the windows open and fans blowing. I watered all of the plants. My daughter has taken up gardening and her green thumb is showing! We have tomatoes, parsley, banana peppers, celery, rosemary, pumpkins and zucchini.

Dog has been outside and is lounging near my feet.

I was afraid of the heat wave yesterday. But today, I feel strong.  Part of surviving anything is preparation.  And I am becoming quite disciplined in the art of preparation!

I told my friends last night over iced tea that I had started to worry about how I was going to continue with my exercise and healthy eating once fall term hit. And it will hit with a vengence! Piano students, rehearsals for a few school musicals, Portland Chamber Music. Plus I have a few other irons in the fire...

But then it occurred to me that...duh! This happens every year!  But what will be different this time around is that I will be prepared. I will be stronger and have more energy. So I will be able to handle the busy season!!

I am drinking a big glass of ice water. Ice water has become my friend. It is how I deal with my nightly fasting.  I used to eat recreationally and for the comfort of it all every evening. Mostly salty. Mostly popcorn. With salt.  And preferably butter, although I had switched to olive oil. Sometimes spicy seasoning. And did I mention salt? No wonder I would wake up with the face of a puffer fish!!

No more, I say!

This is the dawn of a new day!

Geesh, I think I need to hit the trail. I am sounding like a politician!

Speaking of which, I cried when I watched the video of the eulogy President Obama did for the 9 shooting victims in South Carolina. Especially when he broke out singing "Amazing Grace".  I doubt will ever have another more charismatic president. 

Today we are having family over for dinner. It is my mom's 72nd birthday, my parents 54th wedding anniversary and my son's birthday in a few days. My mom chose chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans as the menu. (My mom is from Texas, need I say more?) So as soon as I get back from the trail, potatoes are hitting the crockpot and we are prepping the steak.  Green beans will be nuked. Avoiding heating up the kitchen at all costs!!!

Happy Sunday! :)


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