By Karen Sandoval CZT on April 17, 2012
The birds didn’t even land on the ground yesterday, that’s how windy it was in Big Bend. I just noticed that the Robins are in the back yard, welcome back! Where do you hide when the wind is blowing little birds?
We have many mature trees on our property and when the wind blows like it did yesterday, I am amazed that they don't snap and break. How they bend and sway, doing the hula dance, how far they can bend without snapping. We aren’t always this lucky, we’ve had a few big trees and limbs come down in the past during wind storms.
We tried to golf on Sunday, but after 5 holes, I just gave up. I was tired of fighting the wind for the door on the golf cart, and the windshield blew off numerous times. We’re pretty lucky we didn’t break it, because every time it blew off we ran over it. Saturday we had better luck. Hubby played 18 but I quit after nine, just happy that I could break 60 after a 2 year hiatus.
It felt good to be out there again. I forgot how much I love being outside, and the surprises that nature brings us when we golf. I can still swing and hit the ball, and play double bogey golf, and that’s not so shabby for a gal who’s 55 and has had her spine fused. I don’t ever expect to be a good golfer, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I may never break 100 consistently. Some people have the golf gene, but not me.
Speaking of being 55, the other night when we were out at dinner, I caught a glimpse of my upper arm. When did these old lady arms replace my arms? Right there and then, I decided to start working out. Arms legs and my core, just being careful to avoid any weight lifting that would affect my spine. We have a weight lifting system in the basement. I’m thinking about venturing down there to check it out. I asked hubby if he’d show me how to work it and he said it was a piece of cake. I really don’t like having old lady arms!
Last Thursday, when I got to Nikki’s, she asked if I wanted to go to the park with them. Quinn could play with Jordy and Cooper, his friends from daycare. They had a blast, even little Gavin had fun. I brought my camera along and got some photos of pure glee from both boys! This kind of photography is when the zoom lens comes in handy. There are no poses, no fake smiles for the camera.
I finished reading 50 Shades of Grey last week. I don’t want to spoil it for you if you hadn’t read it yet, but let me say this. If you ever read the stories in Penthouse Forum (do they still have that magazine?), this was similar but long and drawn out. I really don’t need to read the other two books in the trilogy, I’ve had enough of Christian and Anastasia.
I still haven’t made a meal plan for the week, but this is soup week. My freezer is empty and it’s time to get cooking! I plan to make chicken and rice with spinach, and beef and bean soup.
Nikki is picking me up this morning to take the babies to their well baby check up. She’ll be here at 8:30. I don’t think she is comfortable going out alone yet with both kids. It will get a little easier for her as time passes, the boys are growing so quickly.
When I get home, I’m headed to the garden with the D300 to access tulip damage from the windstorm. I’m glad I got some photographs earlier in the week, I’m pretty suer the petals still on the stalks will be ragged from the wind.
Speaking of cameras, over the weekend, hubby told me to go ahead and put the Nikon d800 on order. It is backordered, but I’m not sure for how long. I check my email more frequently than usual... I’m just waiting for that email that says “we’ve shipped your d800”. To say I’m excited is just an understatement. He told me that I should have it because photography is my hobby. And because he loves me. :)
His birthday is on Sunday. I invited all the kids over for birthday dinner and celebration. I haven’t heard back from any of them, but I am sure they will be here. Michael turns 55! I got him all kinds of cool gifts and I’m so excited to give them to him. He has no idea what is in the gift bags and I haven’t dropped any hints.
What he does know is that Fed Ex had to redeliver one of his presents because we missed the signature on Friday. I bet he has a good guess at that one. Oh well. He’ll still be surprised at the other gifts.
Alright, I’m off to get ready for my date!