Monday, May 8, 2017

Four Months, Four Days, and All is Well

May the 4th (be with you) was four months post surgery.  Too bad we weren't in Vegas...lucky number 4 for sure!  Anyway, there isn't much to report on the health front, which is good.  Pat and I are in Palm Desert for a little break from the rain. He came down ahead of me and I came a few days after returning from our awesome spa trip.  We've been walking a lot and enjoying the fact that we can be outside without coats on.

We've had some crazy weather here just as the rest of the country has, though.  There were seasonal temps when I got here (high 80s and 90s), then four or so days of highs up to 106, then a day of rain that didn't get up to 70.  Things should be going back to normal now for awhile but you never know.  There was snow in the mountains this morning, which I would have to say is extremely rare for Palm Springs in May.

I jumped back into my beloved exercise class right away and so far I've been able to keep up fine.  In addition to that, I've been going to the community center pool and swimming on the off days.  I can still swim a mile, folks, so it looks like things are on track for the Lake Wilderness Triathlon relay that I have planned to do with my sister-in-law and her husband as the rest of my team.  We're going to do the Olympic distance, which means I'll have to swim 0.9 miles in the lake, which will be a darn sight colder than the pool here in the desert.  I have my shortie wetsuit and hopefully that will be enough to keep me warmish.  We'll see....there never seems to be an end to the things I decide to challenge myself with.  😏  Keeps me from getting old!

Other than that, some knitting has been getting done.  I'm working on two shawls, All About That Brioche

and Good to the Last Drop.

Then, since that wasn't enough, I decided to start another one today since I get bored easily.  I went through my stash here and picked out some mini skeins and a nice dark skein of Plucky Feet for the main color and will cast on Russell Street.

 One of these will be my airplane knitting on the way home at the end of the month.

Yesterday was the cool and rainy day so after a nice long walk in the morning, we settled down for some time at home.  I've been working on a blanket here and up until yesterday it was too hot to work on it, since it's getting pretty big.  Yesterday was perfect to have a wool blanket on my lap!

Oh, a cool thing we saw...we were driving up to our condo the other day and saw a Sharp Shinned Hawk at the edge of the driveway getting a drink of water from the puddle that forms there from sprinkler runoff.  Photos are from the car and we didn't want to get too close, but he shows up pretty well.  He lives in one of the big trees near our place and usually makes his presence known with his squeaky call and large droppings on the patio and umbrella!