Good Intentions

I’m always so full of good intentions.  Super plans.  My mind is a constant whirlwind of things I’d like to do/accomplish/make happen.  And therefore, me being me, I’m often disappointed.  I should learn to stop doing this to myself but after 54 years on this planet I haven’t, so I will probably be disappointed in myself for continuing for the next 54 years in the same manner.

I intended to write a blog post every day in November but clearly that hasn’t happened.  It hasn’t been my highest priority.  Or I was lacking enough commitment.  In any case, I’ll just carry on and move forward and tell you what’s been happening these days.

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago but I’ve just now taken them off the memory card.  The black swans you’ve seen on this blog before, but never so close up.  In the first photo you can see that they were adventuring nearer to people and a busy intersection in North Haarlem.  I was able to walk up very close to them before they both started hissing at me.  I’ve heard that swans are very powerful and can hurt you so when they raised their heads like this and started to hiss, I backed off.  I was only about a yard (1 meter) away.

I also took a photo of Egyptian geese.  They are very common in this area.

I wanted to also give you an idea of the building going on around here.  There might be an economic crisis going on, but affordable housing is still is short supply in the Randstad and housing is still being built.  The rows of houses in this photo in Spaarndam were finished a couple of years ago.  I think they are so cute!  I want to live in the first one on the left with the white front, looking out onto the water.  In the second photo you can see that, along with the new tall white wind turbines, there are still the old windmills here and there, and they still work.

What else have I been doing so far this month?  I made a commitment to start running again, and was doing pretty well at it.  And I went to yoga and the next day every muscle in my body was sore.  I was feeling pretty good about getting back into the exercise routine but unfortunately I have to take the next 2 weeks off.  I had a strange mole thing cut out of my left hip and have 2 stitches holding the gap together. My doctor said no sporting for 2 weeks to ensure I don’t tear it open.  I get the stitches out in 2 weeks and then I have to find my rhythm once again.

I’ve also been knitting quite a bit.  More about that tomorrow in the next post.  I promise.  It will be tomorrow.

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