Stunning and easily spotted, especially against the snow as in the photo above (copied from one of the bird conservation groups on Facebook), the Cardinal is the State bird of Virginia and several other states including MD, NC, TN, and KY…I think. Everybody loves the ubiquitous Cardinal.
I returned to the pool today after a two-week absence owing to the cold from hell. I arrived later than usual, and spent half of two classes in the water. As I have friends in both classes, this was a treat. Betty Jo is from Wisconsin, so we talked about snow. Sue has recently moved into a retirement home, and we talked about rents.
Marilla is here for the winter. She will travel to Florence in a month or so, where she owns an apartment left to her by an aunt. She and her husband visited the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art Archives Sunday (currently sponsoring an exhibit of photos and documents from the work of the *MFAA during WWII). Marilla and I talked about the new film Monuments Men, as well as the Edsel book I finished while I was ill. Marella has an autographed copy of the book in her Florence apartment, as her family’s experiences figure in Saving Italy (Edsel, 2013).
Such fun I have with these old gals (Marilla is 80), most of them former Foreign Service wives, now mostly widows. You might wonder how we get any exercise, but we do the moves and talk at the same time, we’re women you know.
“How did you find that, I hid it?” says David, as he returns from a dog walk and I whack off a chunk of his pecan nougat egg. Silly goose, he hid it on the candy shelf, next to my chocolate. I weigh my sliver of nougat and check the WW points. I’m okay, so it makes a nice treat. That’s the beauty of WW, you can eat anything, you just must count the points and stay within the guidelines. Flexibility…that’s why this diet works for me. Tonight, I am having a small boneless skinless chicken thigh cooked with carrots and diced Italian tomatoes. Still working on getting five fruits and vegetables per day.
I’ve been told by various health professionals, that one of the best things you can do as you get older, is maintain your social network. Friends, that’s what makes life worth living. The other things that contribute to a healthy and long life are good diet and exercise. After a trip to the pool, I am positively positive, must be those endorphins? Who cares if its going to snow again tonight, the sun is shining today!
Wendy and Richard in San Diego celebrating their 50th birthdays last summer.