When Ani left this morning, I looked at my blackberry at my bedside. The usual email notifications, one more pink ribbon bracelet sale (thank you!), and a "comment" on my blog post from my dear friend in Japan telling me basically to get off the couch....or even think about selling the couch...but basically a call to get up and out and get moving. So I'm lying in bed reading this...and another comment came in. This time on Facebook, from my friend Sandra. Another word of encouragement.
So I didn't roll over and go back to sleep. I didn't wait for Ani's text saying she got to the hospital. I washed my face, brushed my teeth, put on my clothes and laced up my shoes. And off I went. I have to tell you, it was beautiful out. The air was cool and scented with jasmine that's blooming all over my neighborhood. And according to mapmyrun.com my first morning walk totaled 1.13 miles! Yay me. Tomorrow I will go further!
I was trying to take in, with fresh eyes, some of the sites and goings on around me. Here's some of what I saw:
A grandma sweeping the curb while her grandson waited with his backpack for his ride to school
The fog hugging the foothills
Some beautifully manicured yards
Some very dead and not so beautiful yards...yellowed from no water? water shortage? or just lack of care?
Cactus blooming at curbside in a very unsuspecting rock garden
A car with a C-clamp clamped to its hood to hold it down while driving!
A jasmine-scented corridor where about 50 feet of my walk was permeated with this beautiful fragrance
A really old dog on his walk with his not-so-old owner
A neighbor's fence made entirely of nautical spools? Round and wooden. Very cool.
Dewdrops on roses
The white mulberry tree on the corner is starting to blossom/make berries
Crazy, vining morning glories
Pomegranate trees blooming!
And I took a few pictures...just so you believe I was there. : )
Thank you everyone for your encouragement and prayers! I am on the road to feeling better everyday! I get by with a little help from my friends!