I hope everyone made it safely through the storm with minimal damage and clean up to endure. My sister lost power and got some water in the basement, but thankfully "Grampy Jim" (Mother's hubby) came to the rescue, as he does, with a generator to get the pumps working. They will be airing and cleaning up the mess this morning. But the are all safe and for that I am thankful.
Our effects from Irene were actually beneficial, which I feel sort of guilty about. The storm was so widespread that as it passed well east of us on Saturday it stirred the air up and sucked away the smoggy, horrible August in Atlanta atmosphere and brought in new, fresh air. The sky yesterday was so bright blue, not like the usual late August blanket of ick we have. It was actually fresh out this morning, which was wonderful because....*drumroll*
Tally and I went on our first walk since I hurt my back. And it was just great. Princess Pointy Toes did not pull too much and I was able to keep a very good pace. We hit it for a full 75 minutes, only stopping to say hi to Bud Man, the yellow lab who is hot for Tally and to visit briefly with neighbors who just got Kiwi, a clumsy and skittish Great Dane who is the same age as Tally but 3 times her size. Tally was very interested in Kiwi, but Kiwi was about as scared as could be, bless her giant feet!
After the walk, I came back and did some yard work. I got the blower out and blew all the leaves and pine straw that fell in Saturday's wind, organized the deck furniture and got all the cushions back out. Cooler mornings are coming, perfect for having coffee outside. It's amazing at how much one takes activity for granted and it shocked me at how much I missed it.
I had been gradually increasing my activity since last week, with my first day back at work on Tuesday morning, spent the day cleaning, mopping and waxing all day Wednesday, spent all day shopping with Donna on Thursday and food shopped and did lots of food prep before spending all weekend at work. So the walk was just the next natural step and I'm looking at returning to Zumba tomorrow after dropping Tally at doggie day care.
Despite being disappointed that I've gained quite a few pounds (about 15!!!) for the first time in a goodly while I feel hopeful. It's like the old new Andra has returned and that things are looking up. Now that my mobility is back and my eating has been really good (lots of veggies, fruit, protein, limited grains, sugar and no wheat) I should see things start moving back in the right direction.
I have some new recipes to share and I need to get back in the habit of snapping pics of my food. I'll start rolling those out soon, it's been a bit weird getting used to using the PC that is upstairs when I was so used to using the laptop in the kitchen. I miss my laptop, but alas, she is FUBAR. We just need to pull all the files off of it and send it to the computer graveyard.
That's all for now. I have to get started on the laundry and get to tidying up. I hope your Monday turns out to be a beautiful day. Drop me a note and let me know how you are doing?