This photo was taken on New Year's Day. It was the New Beginning for me and Winsten.
We (actually I) decided to set a personal challenge of walking 700 miles in 2010.
Winsten didn't have much to say about it, but he does wag his tail while we are walking. I think he is "IN" on the idea, for the most part. But some days, he lets me know that he has no intention of charging out when he could just as well curl up on the sofa with Meng Tsu and take long winter naps.
I have been known to take a few of those myself.
I set a weekly challenge for myself to walk a minimum of 8 miles per week. This week is not over, and I have completed over 10 miles so far. Good, but not good enough. 17.26 miles down, only 682.74 to go!
Today, while walking, I really focused on what was going on with my body. I started focusing on my feet, worked up to my calves, and then felt my thigh muscles working right along.
I could feel my abdomen getting a cross training workout as I swung my arms while I walked. My hips loosened up, and they felt lubricated the farther I went.
I could actually feel the muscles in my back, working in an "X" pattern.
My circulation in the arms was increased, my breathing was stronger than normal, but with rhythm of health.
My heart was beating a good cadence, getting a nice cardio workout, making my heart stronger and healthier.
This meditative walk today made me realize once more how much I want to live a very long, healthy life. It is good to know I am taking self accountability toward that.
I have let a few days go by without really doing my planned and committed workout. Instead, I have been QUILTING, QUILTING, QUILTING!
I have received two more requests for quilts for "my kids", and they always take top priority, as you guys already know.
My two new kids are two teenage sisters who live in Vancouver, B.C. I am friends with their grandmother (Wendy)who lives here in my village, and she told me their story.
Remember when Vancouver had all that rain and floods right before Christmas?
Well, this family got caught up in all that, and lost everything. They are now staying in a cabin which was donated to them by someone in Vancouver, but they still have nothing salvageable. Hence, the quilts.
I am making each of the girls twin bed size flannel "rag" quilts. One will be finished today, and then I can start sewing the other, which is already cut up and the sandwiches are together. Hopefully I will get them finished to be delivered within a week or so.
My friend, Wendy will be taking the ferry over some time this month, and I want the quilts to go with her.
You know, with all the confusion and unpleasantness going on world wide, it can be difficult to find happiness some days. I find mine in the quilt room or on our walks.
When I am planning a quilt for someone in need, all the rest of the world's problems seem to fade away, and happiness and joy begins to creep in, ever so silently.
I begin to think about the recipient of the quilt, and how much the quilt will mean when he or she gets it. I think of how many years the quilt will last, and how many miles it will travel.
I think of how very blessed I am that God has chosen to give me the talent and ability to do this as my life's Mission.
God and I just chat up a storm while these quilts are coming together. It's not really PRAYER, it is more CONVERSATIONS.
We discuss the weather, music, art, children, nature, animals..........anything that comes to mind.
The cats and Winsten usually join in with their say so, too. They all have their opinions as to what is going on, and voice them loudly.
Especially the cats. They consider themselves to be quite the color and quilt experts, and give their critique freely and often.
A lot more than quilting goes on in that room, my friends. A whole lot more. All of it good.
A great way to begin a new day!