COFFEE TALK 05.19.19

Greetings and salutations on this fine Sunday morning in May! I’ve been trying to enjoy this beautiful spring weekend to its fullest. I’ve spent a lot of time reading on the deck, we visited with friends in our former neighborhood on Friday night, and last night we attended a backyard get-together with people from church where I got some much-needed education on gardening.

I have a lot of gardens to keep up with here, and they’re already getting overwhelmed by weeds. Part of my problem is, I’m not always sure what’s a weed and what’s a plant, ha! I guess I just need to dive in (or should I say dig in… #punny) and figure it out. If I pull out a healthy plant or two, it’s not the end of the world.

Our pool is open, as you can see from the picture above, and everyone has already been in but me. David and his friends went in for a quick dip a few weeks ago, and Paul and the girls were in for a while yesterday. It isn’t heated, so it’s pretty chilly at the moment (the water temp is around 72) but my family couldn’t be dissuaded. We’re having some friends over after church today, so we’ll see how brave they are.

I get a lot of questions about what I serve when I entertain, and I doubt I’ll ever write a dedicated post about it because it just isn’t that inventive, but I’ll tell you that I’m serving hamburgers and hot dogs. (I know. Hamburgers and hotdogs for summer… groundbreaking!)

In addition to that, we have asparagus to throw on the grill, and I picked up potato salad from the grocery store deli and a sesame Asian salad kit. I’ll probably put out a bag of potato chips, and I may whip up a batch of french onion dip with the Lipton’s onion soup mix and sour cream because I’m classy like that. We serve it with Frito’s Scoops — so easy and so good. It always goes in a flash.

Our guests are bringing drinks, fruit, buffalo chicken dip, and dessert. So yeah, as I said, nothing particularly original or inventive, but I like to keep things easy. If I was really ambitious, I’d whip up some deviled eggs this morning, but I’m not feeling it.

I’m not running today because I ran the past two days, and taking a day off is probably a good idea, but I think I’ll go for a walk before getting ready for church. I’m still sore from the dead lifts I did on Thursday, if you can believe it! I need to do some stretching, but I want to make sure I’m warmed up for it, and a walk should do the trick.

I appreciate the comments about exercise as we age on yesterday’s email. I know we have to adjust our expectations as we get older, and overdoing it is never a good thing, but there is a safe way to increase mileage and endurance.

Inconsistency can actually make you more prone to injury, and I’m very guilty of that — that and not stretching properly. I’ve been a lot better about stretching since living here because it takes at least 5 minutes for my shower to warm up, so I always stretch during that time.

But being consistent and gradual about increasing my mileage is my challenge. I have what you might call an all-or-nothing personality, or as my husband likes to say, She has two speeds: Stop and Go. When I get busy or overwhelmed by life or annoyed by the weather, and I tend to back off and lose my momentum.

I’m definitely not ready to let myself be satisfied with the status quo, so this summer my goal is to be very intentional about my workout regimen and make it a priority. All too often, exercise is the first thing to go when I get busy, and I’ve got to change that. Especially at this time of year with the weather being so nice and it being light out so early, I really have no excuse not to get out there.

In other words, I know what I need to do; I just need to do it.

Anyway, I share all this because I’m sure many of us are in the same boat. I hope it’s encouraging to hear that I struggle too, and if you need a little kick in the butt to put aside the excuses and get out there, consider this a firm but loving nudge.

On that note, I need to wrap this up so I can get my walk in and be to church on time. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!