But I'm proud that I'm hanging in there, in spite of drawbacks.
Saturday, March 26:
Yesterday Marilyn and I decided to 'chase the sun,' and she'd heard there was sunshine in Hood River, Oregon. So we drove up the Columbia River Gorge. We actually went across the bridge at Biggs Junction and drove to Stonehenge, where it was not only sunny, but WARM!!! We parked and headed right through Stonehenge to the path that leads down to Sam Hill's grave. There's a path and it's a bit of a climb, but we really love it! And there's a big rock we like to sit on down there. I even leaned way back and let the sun beat down on me. It was wonderful.
We took the alternate path to go back up again. We were going to try a path that heads up the side, but it was pretty steep -- and we weren't sure if it actually went all the way up, or not (as we'd never done it before). We now know from looking down after we reached our car that it does go all the way, so next time we're there we'll try it again!
On the way home we went over to our local Walmart and did some shopping. We picked up one of their delicious hams to have today and some other items -- including just a little bit of Easter candy. We haven't been keeping candy in the house and don't want to get back in the habit.
We've been watching a bunch of religious movies this weekend and really enjoying them...
Sunday, March 27:
We got up and ate some chocolate bunny (grin), then I made breakfast. I fried some of the ham we bought and made some hominy to eat with it. Delicious!
I discovered an infected blister on the bottom of my left foot. It's really, really painful. Yeah, yeah, I know: It's always SOMETHING with me. I'm sure it gets annoying to always hear about this stuff. Sorry!
I guess I got the blister walking yesterday. I was wearing GOOD shoes -- my Rosie shoes, which are a good height, comfortable and water-proof. They have good traction and are great for walking. But I think it's more about the way I walk when my right hip is bothering me so much. I limp, and I suspect I compensate by using my whole left side differently than normal. Anyway, I never even noticed it yesterday at all! I didn't see it right off, this morning, either. But suddenly the foot was hurting, and there it was... I cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and alcohol, and put a bandage on it.
Marilyn went downstairs to take a nap, and I did a few things upstairs. Then I finally went in to sleep. I tried to read a bit (still reading "The Robe"), but I was SO TIRED I drifted almost immediately off to sleep. The phone woke me, and I was pretty cranky. But I eventually got over that...
Marilyn was going to go out and take a walk and leave me home. But she suggested she could drive somewhere to walk, and I could ride along in the car and maybe read a book while she walked. I went and spent more time on my foot and changed socks and shoes. It felt so much better that I was walking pretty normally.
So I suggested we go to the trail down on Sauvie Island, and that's what we did! We'd tried it last weekend, but gave up quickly. Today we took along our walking sticks (GOOD THING!!!!!!), and decided to try again.
Let's just say it was a stupid idea on my part! We should have turned around and quit early on, but didn't, so then we just felt we had to stick it out. It's a two-mile loop around a lake and most of the path was terribly muddy and slippery! It was quite different than walking it when it's only a little muddy (which we did last April), because you have to walk so carefully in order not to FALL DOWN in the mud! We were gripping our sticks like crazy and using them to keep ourselves upright. And walking in the grass on the side of the trail when we could -- but this was brush and frequently full of thorns. What a mess!
Several times we both slid and would have fallen except for our sticks. Plus we were there pretty late, so then we were racing the sun!!! The last thing we needed was to be in the woods in the dark -- especially with all that damn mud. As exhausting as it was, we both had fun, anyway. But it was sure a relief to see the car at long last! This shouldn't have taken so long, but it seemed a lot longer than two miles with the mud and darkness coming on.
We'll be back there again sometime. It's probably only around 6,000 steps or so. Anyway, Marilyn has a little over 8,000 steps for today and I have around 8,500. I'm just proud of us, I have to tell you. We stuck in there! Marilyn currently has 70,000 steps for the last seven days! Awesome! (I'm not that great. But you know what? A lot of people wouldn't have as many steps as I do if they were dealing with my flare-up and now this blister. I'm convinced of that.)
We stopped at Safeway on the way home and picked up a couple of things we needed. We were hungry and had a bite to eat when we got back. And watched some TV.
We both had mud all over our shoes and pants! And my feet got wet, I'm afraid. But I've treated and bandaged my foot again, so hopefully it's going to be okay. I'd have to have to go to the doctor with something as stupid as a blister!
We watched "The Walking Dead" and "The Talking Dead." Warning: I'm about to spoil. So quit reading if you want to!
If you haven't heard (are you never online anywhere, or what?), they very clearly show Daryl getting SHOT at the end of this episode. Of course, they supposedly showed Glenn being killed, so whatever.
My thing? They will kill who they want. They don't care what the fans think. They just kill and kill and kill. They've killed off some wonderful characters during the course of this series. And I don't believe they care. Someone said tonight that this is a zombie show, so we should expect people to die. Well, you know what? I do. I expect everybody on the entire series to die at any time. And because that's what I expect, I don't really feel that engaged with the show anymore. I'm very much WHATEVER about the whole thing. I'm most assuredly NOT emotionally engaged.
But what the hell! They killed off all my favorite characters on "Revenge"!!! So how is that any different? Modern TV shows enjoy killing off characters. It's the exact opposite of the old days on TV. It used to be that you knew a main character could NEVER die on a series.
But I suspect someday there will be a happy medium. Or maybe not. Who knows? I can remember some very emotional experiences when characters did die on shows we loved. How we (cried and cried!)
Marilyn is playing Zuma to keep me company while I blog. I like that!
I hope everyone had a nice day. Happy Easter! And I hope you all have a great week. Sleep well and pleasant dreams, friends!