It is hard to believe that only a week ago I was in the hospital. What a juxtaposition and contrasting times seven days can bring. I feel much better these days and am enjoying a simple, direct way of life. I get up early every morning, make breakfast, and then head out for my daily hike. I hiked an additional three miles this morning making for another nine mile day.
This afternoon found me down at the train tracks reading a book. I have picked Tolstoy’s War and Peace back up again and I am going to try to slog through it once more. I found it hard to concentrate though to read as many a train passed and caught my attention. I longed to hop aboard a slow freight and see where I ended up at the end of the day. I would love to have been perched upon the stoop of a hopper car riding into that big rail yard in Atlanta following adventure at every step. I have hopped freights before in my younger days and may just take an adventure soon. Wanderlust is really overtaking me these days. It didn’t help that it was just an absolutely gorgeous, spring like day today.
My father called me around lunch time to meet him at Rodger’s Barbeque to set up my tab. I now have a running tab at the restaurant and can eat lunch everyday free of charge. The restaurant will bill my father monthly depending on what I eat everyday. Today’s meal was turkey and dressing, candied sweet potatoes, turnip greens with ham hocks, cornbread, banana pudding, and sweet tea. It was delicious. I very much look forward to having a southern style meal cooked for me everyday. My father is a swell man for doing such a thing for me and paying for it. Maybe, I will gain some weight as is his reason for doing this. He worries I don’t get three squares a day. I usually do pretty well in making sure I eat three good meals a day with lots of nutritious food such as fruit. I am currently hooked on Granny Smith apples and bananas.
I trudged home from the tracks with a smile on my face this afternoon. All was right in my world for the day. I did long for a cigarette, but resisted the urge. Today marks day nine without a cigarette. I was such a heavy smoker since the age of sixteen that is it still hard to believe that I am smoke free these days. I actually don’t miss it all that much. It is nice not having cigarettes dictate to me what I do with my day. It is also nice to take my long hikes everyday without having to stop every few miles to fumble for my pack of cigarettes and to light up. I still have a nagging cough though and have coughed up my fair share of phlegm. Hopefully, in a few weeks this shall pass.
I am still struggling with insomnia despite taking a sleep aid prescribed by my doctor. This morning found me awake well before 3 AM and I just got on up and left Carolyn to fend for herself. She has no trouble sleeping for twelve hours at a time. My natural circadian rhythms are all amiss. Luckily, I haven’t felt all that tired and have caught a few cat naps during the day of a few minutes here and there. I am hoping I will sleep tonight though. I would love to melt into my warm covers only to awake at the dawning of a new sun. These dark nights and short days tend to get to me. I don’t relish being nocturnal these days.
Evening arrived and found me parked out at the end of spring road to watch the sunset. I stood next to my car as I poured myself a mug of coffee from the thermos I had prepared. I watched as the sun disappeared below the horizon to end the light of another day. I am so lucky to have the time to enjoy such slow days and such time consuming experiences. The world truly is my playground most days when I am feeling well. I take such pleasure in the natural beauty of this Earth we live upon. I wish I could end each day with a glorious sunset like I did today.
Well, let me quit rambling. I just felt like writing tonight and capturing my day in words. I realize these types of long winded posts are death knells for the readership of a blog. I hope you will allow my indulgence in such a post tonight. I have written far too much for just one blog post and must quit. Good night and may the winds of good fortune blow your way as another day dawns tomorrow.