Howdy! You made it! Today is July 7, 2022. Here in the USA, we celebrated our 245th anniversary of the date that the nation first declared independence from Great Britian. For me, I am proud to be a citizen of this land despite the current events. However, I am disgusted with the choices the Supreme Court has made and all the horrifying gun violence that has been plaguing America. Things suck right now, I know, I have been living in the country for 52 years and can’t think of a place I would rather be than here. Truthfully, I have never been a fan of the 4th of July, but it is not for the reasons that you may be thinking. For me, holidays like this meant I had to spend time with my family at gatherings where men acted stupid after a few drinks, and I was supposed to laugh or not be so sensitive. Anyhow, even with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I still am proud to be an American. The greatest thing about this country for me is the fact that I, you, we, have the right to have an opinion. We have the right to post all of our thoughts on social media, even the ones that only sound good in your head. We also have the right to vote and protest and make our voices heard without fear of death or imprisonment. So, I mention voting, because this is where you and I come in. We have choices, you know, we can be complacent and look the other way or complain about the state of our world and still do nothing. We can protest, we can organize campaigns, and we can decide who we want to represent us at the table in DC. Right now, many of us are angry about the reversal of Roe v. Wade, so use that anger for good. Donate to an organization that is helping women and children in the states that have oppressive reproductive laws. Organize clothing and food drives for these women in these oppressed states, as they will need much more help than their own states will give them. Study and investigate the records of politicians that are vying for our votes and tax dollars. In my opinion, way too many people view us Americans like game pieces. Us! Them! Red! Blue! I still laugh thinking about the term ANTIFA. Why? My sons had to explain it to me as I knew nothing about this thing or movement. My middle son said, he thought people that said they were fighting against ANTIFA sounded idiotic. I remember him saying, “It stands for Anti-Fascism. The president sounds like a moron every time he says he is fighting it. He must be a fascist.” My son was 16 at the time and thought to myself, “out of the mouth of babes….” Really, I was impressed. Anyhow, that is my rant for the moment. Hopefully, next year at this time, things are different and our world and the flag that I still am proud to wave, never has to be lowered for another senseless gun tragedy.
As I mentioned, the July 4th holiday just passed. Even though I am not into celebrating at holiday parties, but I still love watching fireworks. They are not just for this day only, right? We headed to Coachella to watch the Spotlight 29 Casino fireworks show. Usually, we watch the Agua Caliente fireworks, but I wanted to do something different this year.
When we pulled into the parking structure, I could see people on the top level looking over. Hubby headed to upper-level parking, but we were only able to park on level three. We climbed the stairs to the top floor and headed to where we saw other people gathering. Almost made it there before we were stopped. The tribal police told us we had to exit and watch from somewhere else as they did not want anyone using the top floor to shoot at the festivities below. Yikes! This is what life has come to. Really, I wanted to go to the carnival and concerts they were having but I live with constant anxiety and crowds, lately, make my heart race and hands sweat. We ended up going back to the third level where we had parked and sat in the back of the car till the fireworks started. It was fun as we watched from that area with others. Here are some of the highlights.
I have been working on me lately and trying to keep up with routines that I have established in the past few months. It has been almost three and a half years since the surgery for Cauda Equina Syndrome. Walking and pain have gotten easier. Most days, I start exercising in front of the TV as I watch the news or My 600 Pound Life. I bought a cheap step counting watch so that I would not need to carry my phone everywhere. I noticed that I was actually walking almost 3 miles a day before noon. This is with my half hour of walking in place in the living room and then walking Jenny. I noticed that because I have issues with my memory, often will walk upstairs to get something and then have to walk back down because I forgot what I went up there to get. This may happen 10 times in a day. Any movement is good movement, right? So, even on my rest days, where I was not adding in extra walking, I was still logging the 10k steps per day. Now, I have new goal to walk an extra 5k steps or approximately to my daily routine. Also, I swim daily, except for Hubby’s days off. I know I have only lost twenty pounds, but I sure have noticed the difference in how my clothes feel and how I feel. Honestly, I feel a little more confident with my appearance and am not scared to wear shorts or tank tops.
Well, it is time to get on with my day. The pool is calling, and I am looking forward to feeling the air temperature water as I kick back and forth working out my legs for a half hour. Wherever in the world you are, dear reader, thank you for visiting. Wherever you may be going today, I hope you make it there safely. Hugs.