I just paid the bills for December. I'll walk them to the mail box in a bit. It's gray and chilly outside, with lingering fog. But I'll get out for my exercise walk this afternoon. I think we'll go see a movie tonight before returning home to watch the Space Needle fireworks on TV and welcome in the New Year.
Tom is off working on more projects at Jill's house. The hot tub is almost in running order after a month of tinkering. Tom, his sister and an neighbor worked on it yesterday while Jill and the kids got the outdoor storage shed erected. A while ago Jill reported in that the furnace doesn't work. Tom has her checking the oil level. Tom just texted me that the tank is empty, and just now I got a message that the oil company will have a truck there this afternoon. One thing after another.
Where was I during all of this? I'm working on me. Last February I posted here that I would be continuing to work on my health through exercise and weight control. I am a few pounds heavier that I was that February day, and those are pounds I don't want. I walked 4.5 miles yesterday and did all of my physical therapy exercises. I am back to recording everything I eat and telling myself I don't even like those cookies sitting there on the counter, left over from Christmas. It's a lie, but it's helping.
I also spent quite a bit of time scheduling appointments and getting my 2014 planning calendar filled out. My back surgery is January 31, and I had a phone appointment to go over the preparation for that. I need lab tests, an EKG, a pre-op physical, a visit to the hospital for more blood work, a date to schedule my post-op visit with the surgeon, and cut off dates for taking NSAIDS and finally, food. I am also due for my every-two-years echo cardiogram for that aortic valve thingy that I forget about most of the time. And I want to lose a few more pounds because I will not be getting much exercise during the three months after surgery.
And so Project Me is back in full force.
Tomorrow the new year begins. In many ways it will just be a continuation of the old year. I will spend the day taking down Christmas decorations. I'm ready. Then I want to do a thorough house cleaning and reordering. I have been losing things, and I want to find them!
And each day there will be walking and exercising and trying to eat more healthily.
And there will be more projects at Jill's house. We can count on that!
Happy New Year, everyone. Stay well and happy.