Exercise, swing dancing, and cold in the Heart of Dixie.

This year, one of the things that I purposed to do was to spend more time exercising. I knew I wanted to pick back up running, which I’ve now been doing since January 1st, but I also knew I would need to do some sort of muscle toning as well. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do exactly, but a friend of mine who lives in Montana suggested something she had found on Pinterest, called planking. Planking, my friends, is more difficult than it sounds. I didn’t realize my lack of muscles until I started four days ago! My friend and I are exercise accountability partners now, and it has been nice to know there is someone else exercising with you. It’s a lot harder to put it off if you know someone is checking to be sure you did it! =] I’m thankful for the Lord’s provision for this area in my life, and I look forward to seeing what milestones my friend and I cross as we work through this challenge. =]

In the meantime, the running is beginning to get easier. Except when it is cold. REALLY cold. We have a few days of single digit temperatures down here in the sunny south, and it was so VeRy *COLD* for this southern gal! I kept up the running anyways, but I know the neighbors must have thought I had lost my marbles, especially when it started flurrying on me! =] I have found that my ski band is my new best friend, because as long as my ears stay warm, the cold is tolerable, even for running.

And you really can’t beat the view from down there at the goat shed and lake.

Yes, that IS a HUGE ice chunk floating on the lake!!

Another new and exciting development is that we began attending dance classes this past week. The first class and the next one coming up are for swing dancing, which has been a lot of fun. A lot of the songs we were dancing to are favorites of mine anyway, since that is the genre of music I listen to the most! =] Dancing is definitely not my specialty. I’m thankful that my partners were really patient, because it takes a while for me to “get it”, LOL! =]

I would have never pictured me doing this at this time last year. Dancing is something that I hadn’t really been comfortable with, up until the ball that my brother and I attended last year. My mama encouraged me to go to that, as she thought it would be good for me. She was right. =] I’m so glad she encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone and try something new, because dancing has become one of my new favorite things. I’m definitely looking forward to the next class!

Oh, and random fact #450785: If they play the songs “Stupid Cupid” or “In The Mood” during your swing dancing class, said songs will be stuck in your head for the rest of the week. =]

And then there has been my favorite happening of this week thus far. My birthday cowboy boots finally arrived at the local western wear store!!!

These are my first real pair of cowboy boots. I had purchased an inexpensive pair last year from Target that I wore so much, I wore them out. I actually ended up injuring my left foot because I was wearing the worn-out boots, and was limping for a few weeks in March. Not pleasant, but I *so* loved those boots. =] I’m very excited to have a real-deal, all-leather pair now! They’ve pretty much not left my feet since I got them home, and I would have worn them home from the store, except that it was pouring rain and I didn’t want to mess them up. It was a perfect way to start the new year, y’all. =]

What else have we been doing?

Well, the home construction is continuing on. We have nearly finished building our big resource closet in the basement, and our dear contractor has almost finished all of the exterior work to be done on our house, so we will, the Lord willing, be starting our new kitchen, dining room and family room next week. It’s hard to believe it is so close to getting that started!

One of my special projects this past week has been running the wet saw for the tile. Mama marks the tile and then I cut them, so we have a system going. This is the finished resource closet floor:

And I’ve been on vacuum cleaner repair. =]

The Lord has been gracious to us, and faithful as always. I’m so very thankful for the ways He shows His hand at work during the everyday happenings. =]

‘Till next time, my dear friend. <3 ~Miss C

One thought on “Exercise, swing dancing, and cold in the Heart of Dixie.

  1. Pretty pictures!! :-) That cold weather was quite shocking! I’m glad it’s a bit milder now. I sometimes can’t believe I was born in Oregon, I act like such a southerner now. :-)

    The dancing sounds so fun! I’d love to learn swing dancing, I only know some old country dances like the Virginia Reel. :-)

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