|Raindrops on the roses|
I walked home from the coffee shop once again through the Cornwall Park rose garden, with the hopes of seeing them covered with beautiful drops of rain that has cleared our air and given us some especially delightfully cool weather. Looking ahead at the forecast for the rest of the month, we are not likely to see temperatures reaching anything close to hot. Next month will be September, with a chance to experience some Indian Summer weather, but it is so much nicer than the heat and humidity of midsummer. We'll see. Today is perfect for someone like me.
I just watched the news that the Pfizer vaccine for Covid has been given full approval by the FDA, not just the "emergency use" status it had until today. I received the Pfizer vaccine in March, so it looks like I will be eligible for a booster shot in early November. Considering the virulence of the Delta variant, I will probably want to get it (the booster, not the variant).
I am making progress with my desire to lose a few pounds and have been counting my calories on the Lose It! app, and this morning, 12 days in, I saw a welcome number on the scales today. At this rate I'll be back to where I want to be within a month. The hard part, with any diet, is to find a way to maintain after reaching your goal weight and not just start the rollercoaster heading the other way.
But I'm optimistic. I've managed before to maintain my goal weight for more than a decade and only seemed to get derailed by the pandemic, which unfortunately doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Today starts a new mandate in Washington State to wear a mask inside. I was pleased to see this past weekend that my favorite indoor places had already started. I have seen almost everyone in the grocery store wearing a mask, and I'm glad to be living somewhere that enforces these mandates. It makes me feel so much safer. My sister who lives in Florida is not so lucky.
One of the things that drives me crazy lately is not being able to remember things very well. I had just decided I need to make a quick trip to the grocery store, but I can't remember what for. And I have all these convenient reminders available to me on my phone, but I always think I'll remember and don't record it. Sigh. Oh well.