It's been a really good day. We woke to drizzle, but it didn't dampen my spirits. I kept thinking about a blog I read last night, and the message was, "Do the next thing." Don't get bogged down by the piles of stuff to worry about, the never ending list of things to do. Just, do the next thing. So that's what this drizzling Saturday has been, one step in front of the other, no sense of urgency, just, do the next thing. Thank you Sally, http://sallysbloggingspot.blogspot.com/ (I STILL don't know how to do a link correctly!) But, I have kept this thought uppermost all day, and it's been a peaceful, and surprisingly productive, day.
Probably the highlight of the day was a surprise "skype" with our daughter, Kailyn, who is in Caen, France for the year. Our last conversation was tearful, as she was achingly homesick and hadn't made any friends yet who had similar interests. She is an unusual college girl who doesn't drink, loves history, museums, antiques, and exploring. So far, the exchange students she had met were friendly, but only wanted to party! She hung out with them at first, but was longing for a more interesting (to her) scene than a noisy pub! As we chatted, she told us of some new friends she has made, and some of the places they have visited and are planning to visit soon. It was wonderful to see her animated face, and the backdrop of her laundry hanging on a line strung across her dorm room! She is pinching her euros, and doesn't want to waste them on such mundane things such as laundry!
Today Kailyn went exploring with a few of her new friends and wrote about it on her blog, which I hope is linked correctly, here: http://ayearincaen.wordpress.com
She is new to blogging (only three posts so far!) but seems to get the idea. Write about what you know, what you're thinking and feeling, and post pictures! (she's much better at picture posting than I am!)
After we "hung up" (it was bedtime for her as they are nine hours later than we are!) I scalded a big basket of tomatoes, and made a heavenly stew with lots of fresh vegetables. While it simmered and "stewed" I read a little, caught up on email, and rested. It was "the next thing to do" for me today.
We enjoyed the stew with freshly baked cornbread, and my "next thing to do" will be to head out for our evening walk. David bought me a nice pedometer (which is amazingly accurate - we checked it with the car odometer) and I'm excited to say that we are up to 0.7 miles . . . without my cane! I have exactly one week to get myself to one mile, and as I've been adding about a tenth each day, I believe I will achieve my goal.
Next Saturday I will be "Stepping Out for Diabetes", and walking with my niece and sister in honor of my niece's husband, who died of complications with diabetes a little over two years ago. This walk has been my goal over the past month or so, and I am thrilled that I'm going to accomplish it! My physical therapist has limited me to just one mile, and made me promise to bring my cane (just in case).
It's been a lovely Saturday, due to my encounter last night with those simple little words, "Do the next thing". I haven't fretted over stuff that didn't get done, I've calmly put one foot in front of the other, and just concentrated on one thing at a time. This is new for me, and it made for a day filled with peace. What a pleasant surprise.