Setting the Table…

Tomorrow would have been my Granny’s birthday…she was born in 1895…and married on her birthday in 1914…she died shortly after her birthday in 1992…

She was a wise woman…and often shared her wisdom with me…and…even though I generally rolled my eyes and tried not to giggle…I usually listened…

One of her best pieces of advice was…

If you can’t be the tablecloth…don’t be the dishrag…

At the time…she was referring to relationships…and…although she never explained further…I knew what she meant

Today…Bertha…is expanding that advice…to far more than what not to do in the backseat of a parked car…rather…she is telling me…that…Granny…in her wisdom…was teaching me…to always…respect…myself…and…put forth my best effort…whether I am at work…or play…with another…or alone…

Then…she says…I will always be…a tablecloth…

Jane

PS…thank you Granny…not sure I’m a tablecloth…but…I’m a pretty good placemat…

A Strong Routine…

I did it…I completed the first two weeks of my strength training program…three workouts a week…getting to the gym at three-thirty in the morning…being the first one there…but…interestingly…not the only one…who knew…other people come to the gym early in the morning…usually by about four…

It’s becoming a comforting routine…I know…I get into my little routines so easily…but…honestly…I am enjoying this one…I like the way I feel after I’m finished…stronger…and…not just my muscles…it’s the feeling that comes from accomplishing something that I’ve decided to do…something that challenges me…that I’m…well…proud of…

I can tell that I’ve gained some strength…and…flexibility…although…my knees still creak and groan when I do squats and lunges…and I have to be very careful how I do them…I’m doing them…

And…I’m still using what I would call…baby weights…but…I am using them…and I know…in a few weeks…I’ll be moving on to…toddler weights

Bertha…says these workouts…are a lot like my life…little efforts…done consistently…lead to big results…next…she says we’ll work on my checkbook…

Hmmm…

Jane