I haven’t talked much about my health stuff lately but that’s coming in the next few weeks, along with a whole new endeavor that I’m in the works of planning. But, the recent trip to the doctor has made me try to be a little more active to try to stay mostly healthy. The BCPF and I did what I’ve talked about a few times, we picked a neighborhood and walked it, looking at the architecture, enjoying each other’s company and trying to be healthy.
Because we were getting our hair cut, we decided to return to a neighborhood that we’ve been to before: West End. We like that it’s hilly and gives a little bit of a challenge. We took a different route than the last time and ended up on “the long way around.” We parked at Grace Court and went down Summit to Broad to West End Blvd and around to Glade and touched on the West Highlands (that’s a different day) at Hawthorne and
walked by Brunson school. Then, it came. “The Hill.” From where Business 40 and First Street meet, we hit that hill. I was already having a few bouts of tightness in my back but that moved to my legs as well as my back and that made it hard, but I trod on, heavily breathing and wheezing, but I didn’t give up. I’ll admit that by the time I got to the intersection of First, Fourth and West End, I had to sit for a minute. We then walked up Burke to Brookstown and back to Grace Court. We sat on a bench awaiting time to show up for the hair appointment. We spent twenty minutes watching five squirrels play on a tree and along came this hawk that sat up there watching the squirrels and then two crows came up and hung out within a few branches of the hawk, constantly cawing in its face. It seemed unphased, though, just pecking under its wings and taking its raptor talon and scratching its face. We were hoping to see it swoop and take something away, but it didn’t happen. Oh well. It was still great to see.
So I’m proud of myself for walking and, as you’ll see, I plan on doing it again and again. The BCPF says she’s proud, too.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha