Nov 4, 2020 09:45PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:
The big thing with exercise is that you have to do it. I was drained and tired after finishing up a work project that was vexing me. But what did I do? I laced up my shoes, headed out the door, and went out walking especially since there was a break in the rain. It was still mid afternoon, so plenty of daylight and I put in 5 miles. Came back wet and exhilarated.
I did a getaway over the weekend to the vineyard where I am friends with the owner and helped out with things like putting the garden to sleep for the winter and punching down endless vats of grapes which is a workout in itself. I walked the vineyard and tasted grapes still on the vine which were amazingly sweet and delicious. I like them even more than the wine they produce and that is saying something.
I got to watch the moon rise twice over the Yakima Valley including Halloween's Blue Moon. I talked to Rachel (their cat) who is a major love. In between all this, I had to work on revising a market research proposal which I got up early to do. I came back with two huge squashes/marrows, one of which I have made into a lovely baked dish, peeling, deseeding, and cubing. I put all this in the baking dish and covered with a tomato-based sauce to which I had added sausage. Oh my, and I have more for this evening.
I also came back with apples that I had picked off the tree, as the orchard owner said to go ahead. Most amazing. Otherwise, I would have picked up apples from the ground as there are so many that don't make it into the boxes of apples. They were a red-purple, almost black. Amazingly tasty.
Did I mention that I got to push the vineyard owner when his lawn mower got mired in the garden? I learned how to use a pressure washer.
My next dish is a "courgette and apple" soup from one of my English cookbooks. I think you can you guess why.
In any event, I try to combine any get togethers with friends with a long walk or some outdoor activity. Then a stop for tea, wine, or beer depending on the person and time of day. I find this works well and allows for a bit of indulgence with the least amount of damage.
Because at the end of the day, I don't want my epitaph to read "she controlled her weight". - Claire