Not exercising, today, on account of the weather. The humidity is 87%, and the wind speed is 0; that makes 72°F quite uncomfortable for breathing. I do so look forward to autumn, with its cool, dry winds and cloudy skies. Although the sky is cloudy, this morning, and is to be so until the beginning of evening, I imagine that when the clouds clear away with the temperature 12 degrees higher than now, the out-of-doors will feel rather like a steam bath.
When the allergies hit, again, I ended up in bed with great fatigue, again, and missed days of exercise. Some days, I was happy to get in half an hour on the exercise bike. I’ve now worked up, again, to 2.5-4.0 miles routinely; when the weather was exceptionally good and the puppies seemed happy to remain outdoors with me, I put in 10 miles, one day, but in four or five trips to the gazebo. We are talking about getting a tread mill, perhaps, or an elliptical exercise machine of some sort. I need to exercise more muscle groups, now that my health is much improved from five years ago.
In the end, I did decide to keep the piano, rather than give it away. Clearing all of the junk out of the living room has helped. I have been practicing the piano for 10 to 20 minutes almost every day, almost all of that time devoted to warm-up exercises that slowly improve flexibility and speed. When my back has not given out, I have gone on to try some of the pieces from my J.S. Bach piano music.
At the end of July, Al and I had our eyes checked. I came away with a new prescription for eye glasses, and Al, with appointments for cataract surgery, next month. I am enjoying the new glasses. I got transition lenses for the bifocals, and I took in my reading glasses to have new lenses put into them. I now can read the ingredients lists on products in the grocery store.
Now that ragweed pollen season seems to have begun, here, I am renewing my emphasis on protein in my diet. Al went to the store to get more antihistamine tablets for me; I have not been taking them for quite a while, now, but we figured that I should have some on hand, just in case I have a bad allergy attack. I still have lots of albuterol from the 30-pack I got in … February? And a refill is available, should I need it.
The subject of diversity has once more come up on the SFPA mailing list, and as always, it makes me quite uncomfortable. In the town in which I was born and raised, my father’s home town, I went through twelve years of school as one whose voice was not heard when I spoke.
Picture from 2014
Today’s Vitals: SpO2: 93%, P: 76 bpm