Well, it has been 8 days since I’ve blogged. Yes, as I stated before I do not have a project yet, but indeed I have been busy.
On Aug. 5 I rode a 47-mile bike ride for the Pan Mass Challenge and raised $1800.00 for cancer research. It was hot, hilly, and I rode alone…no one to converse with. True, I had trained for this many days, in the heat and humidity….but it was still hard. Compared to the ‘regular’ Pan Mass Challenge (a 190 mile ride over two days) 47 is tiny, a drop in the bucket….but it is enough of a challenge for me!
Actually, although I love to bike, I am tentative on a bike. I do not like charging down hills anymore such as I used to when I was younger….I am careful and try to avoid bumps and falling….
Also, my husband and I took a little trip to Philadelphia, primarily to see an exhibit at the National Constitution Center called “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen”. The exhibit was terrific, informative, and really brought to life the artistry of Bruce. And, since I ‘discovered’ Bruce in 1974, and have followed him ever since, the history was exciting to me.
We also did some sightseeing.
At the hotel pool, I was excited to get in and swim. However, what a shock…I haven’t been swimming for nine years, having received a diagnosis of asthma, two shoulder replacements (including surgically removing my left rotator cuff), and a seizure disorder….my asthma made it difficult to breathe and made my heart race, and I could barely lift my arms out of the water in a crawl. So I did my ‘baby’ laps, checking my heart rate, and decided I would not let those challenges stop me from swimming. Even though I can no longer swim strong laps, I still love the pool and ocean and love to swim. I will find a way to continue!
Finally, I photographed several of my cards and sent copies to the owner of Magpie, a craft consignment store in Davis Square. Since the Stebbins Gallery is now closed, I’d like to find another way to sell my cards.
Tomorrow, I will attend the 25th annual Lowell Quilt Festival…although it makes me nervous. Every year that I have attended I have returned home discouraged because I am so far from having the talent to make quits of such beauty. Tomorrow, I hope to become inspired. Gotta get going on another project!.