I have so many mixed thoughts (not mixed up, not confusion) today, all scrambled within in me, many related to the other and some related to nothing; it is difficult to translate into words. So, I will wait until I have them sorted to say anything at all, of substance.
I will say this: I see words written that people are stressed being locked inside. No one has locked you inside (in most cases anyway, unless you are in fact ill). If you are staying home, as you should, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on your deck, your patio, or porch…….and yard. Get some sunshine. It’s good for health, and that includes mental health.
I am not going to turn this into a long post on the topic of taking things for granted. Lets just say it can include most things in our daily lives. I am not just speaking of material things or essentials. Yes I even took that gallon of chocolate milk for granted, that I can not now find. Making it now with plain (and nothing is plain anymore) milk and choc. syrup. Not for myself, for the most part, but for my grandchildren. Three of my grandchildren will be coming over two or three times a week at least until the 6 year old goes back to school. Daycare was is a scary option for my daughter ……… THE NURSE. Their dad works in IT for hospitals keeping the computers running. Thank God they both have jobs yet.
I have learned or have been reminded that just walking outside, breathing fresh air has been taken for granted. I don’t usually enjoy going grocery shopping, still don’t, especially now but it was just good to go somewhere outside the confines of these walls. No, I am not taking my home for granted. Thankful! The next time I go fishing (in a few days I hope) will be beautiful, out in the great outdoors, all alone. I’ll share the lake or river bank, but will find my own secluded spot. Nice. Thank you lord for all I have and all I have taken for granted.
The above photo is from the Club Fitness location in St. Peters, Missouri, of which I am a member. The photo above was not taken during this virus season. It is empty because it is late at night, it’s the lower half of the gym and no one is using in this moment. It is not empty because of the virus. I guarantee you there are people using the upper half or it’s like 3:00 AM. This gym is always busy.
A public gym like this could most certainly be a breeding ground for the coronavirus, or the flu, or the common cold for that matter.
I use this gym 5-6 days a week. I go from anywhere between 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I have no set time……….. but usually use between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. During those hours it is quite busy. I have continued to go during this virus hysteria. To be honest, I think it is one of the safest, healthiest places for me to go right now. Why? They have hand cleaning /sanitizing stations located throughout the gym. There is a stand just feet away from most areas of the gym. Because the “vast” majority of the members using the gym are healthy, health and fitness types they take precautions. People using the gym equipment (which is pretty much everybody) are habitually wiping down the equipment after they use it. If we are not sure the previous user of a piece of equipment wiped it down, we’ll wipe it down ourselves before we use it. The members are very good at keeping it clean. Also, the Club Fitness staff are constantly wiping down counters, mopping the floors, keeping the sanitizing stands full of wipes and cleaning the equipment. At any and every moment someone from the staff is cleaning something in the facility. The cleaning and sanitizing NEVER ends. It has been this way from day one of my membership, which is about 1-1/2 years now.
I don’t see people that look ill using the gym. Never have. I know some of the older members have underlying health issues and they use the gym to improve their health, build stamina and strength. But, you don’t see people sneezing or going into cough hacking frenzies. Members are staying home if they are ill. I am sure people with slight colds still show up, but, they are wiping down, keeping their distance.
As I said in the beginning, if I want to get out of the house, the gym is a good place to go. If it stops raining any day now I’ll get outdoors more. I’ll take a walk/run in the park, some fishing and golf. The great outdoors with some sunshine is the place to be. Gets some vitamin C in you!
Okay, if you read this blog often you probably know I went Trout fishing yesterday. Yes I caught one. Just one, a pretty one. It tasted good last night too. I only saw one other guy catch any (3), everyone else was getting blanked. I hadn’t gone Trout fishing in many years, I normally fish for Bass, Bluegill or Catfish. I enjoyed yesterday. It was relaxing. I was a bit disappointed the Trout I caught didn’t put up more of a fight. I have the fever so, I am going back this morning!
Right now it is raining in the St. Charles, Missouri area. Supposed to rain pretty hard this afternoon. They say Trout are active in the rain. We’ll see! I debated for a moment whether I should go due to the rain. I have fishing rain gear. The logical side of me won, if you aren’t going to fish in the rain why buy rain gear? Its settled, I am off!
No it is not me in the photo above. I wish it were! 🙂
Yes, as soon as I finish this post (7:25 AM CT) I am going Trout fishing. Heading to Busch Wildlife Conservation in Weldon Springs, Missouri. I have not been trout fishing in years. I am looking forward to making a few cast on a mild day in the heart of a Missouri winter. Today’s high will be 55 degrees. Perfect! Will take a rain coat just in case, afternoon showers predicted. You never know in Missouri.
Not even liberal/Left Democrats can ruin a day on the lake.