We just returned from Taking Harvey on his morning walk. It’s not a big walk, only about 10 minutes, and I’m guesstimating about a quarter mile, but it’s a good routine and start to the morning. Yesterday, after our morning walk, we all loaded into the car and went for a long drive exploring various back and side roads we’ve never been down. In our travels, we found a very small but pleasant waterfront park, not too terribly far from our home, that looked quite inviting, so we parked and took Harvey for a stroll along the waterfront park. It was quite the pleasant random excursion
I started walking Harvey in the morning four days ago for several reasons:
Harvey rarely gets out of the house and his primary stomping ground is our home and a large backyard, which is plenty large for him to run around in. But he is a dog and of course loves getting to walk around the neighborhood with so many more exciting smells and sites.
I need to up my exercise as I continue to recover and was eager to walk somewhere other than around my house and yard.
I want to develop the routine of getting exercise every day again, even if I’m starting out very small.
I have spent the better part of the last year and a half being somewhat immobile for a variety of reasons, and I promised myself once I could get up and around and out of the house freely again I would take full advantage of it.
We actually have a very beautiful neighborhood and it is a pleasant, peaceful walk.
With the recent atmosphere in the country, I thought it might be more prudent to be more visible rather than less visible in our neighborhood. I am optimistically hoping people seeing two guys walking their cute little dog around the neighborhood will make us look and seem harmless and safe to anyone in our neighborhood who might harbor some irrational fear that a couple of scary Homos are living next-door or across the street. (Because nothing is less threatening than a couple of old gray portly bears dressed in superhero T-shirts slowly walking an adorable tiny black dog.) While we have been fortunate enough to never have any known issues with any of our neighbors, if we can acclimate more neighbors to the sight of us, it my preemptively dilute any negative feelings developing toward or about us. And hey, if we just happen to interact with and or meet neighbors we’ve never met before, that’s a bonus.
It’s a good way to start the morning instead of plopping on the couch and watching TV which we have been doing for far too long. While I can use my poor health as an excuse for the greater part of that, I can no longer hide behind any inability to be and get more active. What was the point of going through all this and getting better if I wasn’t going to do better?
Summer is the season of shirtless fellas, so if they’re just happens to be burly men working on a roof or in the yard sans top, we wouldn’t be upset or offended at the sight of them in anyway. For the record, we have never seen such a sight in our neighborhood for the last 10 years we have lived here, save for one single day when we we’re driving through our neighborhood as we occasionally do, just for the heck of it, and drove by a yard with a backyard in ground pool, populated by at least four very attractive fit men in bathing suits. We have driven by the house a million times since then and have never seen such a thing again. I think it may have been a Mirage from the heat. Also, we had to stop driving by the house, as we think people might’ve thought we were casing it ha ha ha. On an unrelated note, I have asked Santa for a drone for Christmas. *smirk*
We are all now back at the house for the day. Jeffrey will be off to his monthly massage in a few minutes, and Harvey and I will remain home snuggled together in the cool embrace of central air while I read comics or peruse the various social medias for funny pet videos and various Memes. At least until my “have to do something productive” gene kicks in and I start rearranging the silverware, one of the few items in the weight range I’m currently allowed to lift.
Stay safe all, and thanks for stopping by.