So, I guess the question is, what have I been doing lately? Well, several things. Some more fun than others, but I was happy to find that my dentist appointment went very well on Wednesday. They said I was taking good care of my teeth and they would see me in November. Yay! I'm good with that. Ha!
I've continued my walking journey and have moved to the outside part of the time. We're in storm season here in Central Texas right now. May is usually a stormy month for us. Rain, thunderstorms, even hail and tornadoes. And then there is the flash flooding that accompanies those things. Some days I walk outside and some days not.
I did come to realize that even though my legs and lower body strength is good from all the walking and some hiking, my upper body has lost not only weight but muscle mass. I never thought of myself as particularly strong. However, my age (61) and losing a lot of weight have taken a toll on my arms and shoulders. I had heard about a very affordable and good yoga class at a local rec center from a friend at church. I took the one free class offered, loved it, and have signed up for more. I've now been to several classes of Gentle Flow Yoga and it's going to be very good for me. I talked about it at my Weight Watchers meeting a couple of times and two of my friends there have also joined and another has been to her free class. We hope she comes back. I've done yoga in the past and it was good for me mentally. This time it will be good both mentally and physically. I go Tuesday and Thursday mornings and can also attend another class late Sunday afternoons if it works out.
Some have wondered about what I've been reading. Well, I have been reading and listening to audios, but maybe not as much as usual. I've listened to a few books that were rereads - always a fun thing for me. I've listened to a lot of music during my walking as well and a few podcasts. Right now, I'm working on reading a couple of books for the afternoon book group that I attend most of the time. I had to miss May's mystery book group meeting because of our Colorado trip and I'll also have to miss June's meeting. It's good for the group to fend for themselves now and then without me and I have a fabulous substitute by the name of Gayle. Her blog is It's a Mystery! You should visit Gayle. They discussed Memory Man by David Baldacci and had a good time.
God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright for discussion in a couple of weeks. I've been very glad to read this book as Nan had gifted me a copy last year when she came to Austin for a trip. I've done a read/listen and enjoyed it very much. I haven't agreed completely with all the author says, but I think any person who has lived in Texas for a long time or is a native Texan will recognize and nod their heads at many aspects of this non-fiction book. I look forward to the discussion. Many of the regular members of the group are not from this area originally and many have not lived here very long. Should be a 'vivid' time. Ha!
The Power by Naomi Alderman. I'm going to do a read/listen of that one as well. And I may just move right on into it because we have a busy early June. We'll see how it goes. I'll try to relate some of the discussions of both of these books if I can. Another group that I attend very sporadically is discussing The Dry by Jane Harper next week. I've already read it as well as Force of Nature, the next book in the author's series. Not sure I'll make that meeting, but I might try.
I'm going to attempt to get some posts written about our Colorado visit for next week. Maybe 3 or 4 of them. We shall see. Those will have pictures. I also would like to show you a couple of bookstores that I visited (well, a local one that I haven't made it to yet, but it's very new - plan to visit in the next few days).
Hope you all have a nice weekend and I'll see you soon! And my plan for the blog here in upcoming days is to come and go as I have time. I'll comment on your posts as I can and check them out event if I don't comment.