This past weekend was a smorgasbord of festivals here in Lexington and the surrounding areas. There were so many places to go The Husband and I just opted to stay home and relax. We never get to just relax anymore it seems. Either I am sick or under-the-weather (due to the weather), or we have packed too much into the weekend to enjoy it all. Neither of us made it to Church Sunday and this coming weekend is our Church festival so The Husband and everyone else is preparing for it like busy little bees. Instead of buzzing there is the sound of work and laughter and voices calling here and there as things are put up and arranged. I won’t be seeing my husband very much this week, and it depends on my health whether or not I will be attending the festival itself. Normally I would be upset by this, but not so much this time. Me, the dogs, and turtle have our routines down and I make sure to have something different planned to do for my weekends I normally don’t do very much of during the week like watch movies and play certain video games. No, it isn’t exciting, but it is good to have something to do on a weekend where you may or may not be getting out on.
There are a couple of things keeping me busy of late besides the writing. One is Lil Dude, the Turtle Extraordinaire! You would not believe how much work there is to do in keeping a turtle, big or small, alive and close to happy. Some people have thumbed their noses at the thought of keeping a turtle because “It’s just a turtle.” I look on it as a living creature I have brought into my home and now I am responsible for keeping it alive and healthy and happy. So far, we have been doing pretty good. However, said turtle is now not wanting to eat what I am giving him so back to the Internet I have gone today and learned turtles prefer a variety of foods. Now, instead of coming straight home, The Husband has agreed to go to PetSmart and pick up a few items for Lil Dude so I can keep him happier and healthier, and fed.
The second thing keeping me busy right now is a desire to go into the winter with more movement. This means doing qi gong and tai chi more. The Husband has bought a small book at the tai chi symposium he went to and I am going through this book. I am not as diligent at it as I should be, but it is still movement. You don’t have to be on two legs to be a martial artist I am discovering. Some of the greatest tai chi masters were infirm during their youth and grew to become the greatest masters of all time. True, my youth is a little ways behind me, but if I keep going I will keep the strength I have, the movement I have, and maybe even access more. It takes time and a lot of work, but I am pleased with the things I am learning and doing. At last.
“I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul.”