Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Pushups With The Lizard


Someone doesn't want me outside today.

It's one of those days.  I was awake in time, but the conditions were wrong.  Since it is the Wet Season here in "Sunny" Florida, I can't complain...

Or can I?

We are coming up to peak wet season and due to La Niña it's been dry.  Or is it Él Niño?  ¡No puedo decir!

I've been active, according to most people's definitions.  I'm in extremely active person, and "it keeps me honest" is a good description of all of that. 

I walk more than four miles a day.  Skate two half-marathons per week.  Bike more than two hours a week.  If I don't maintain a PAI score of 300 I get a bit bored.  All in this heat.

All this is to say "On Yer Left".  "Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way."

Rhetoric aside, if I am kept indoors, I start looking for things to do.  It may not be the most pressing "thing" but I'll churn through those tasks.

Tasks like looking at the pictures I take with my feet up on the coffee table.

I had taken this picture simply because I was entertained by this little invasive Curly Tail lizard.  It watched me.  After each half hour in summer workouts, I push water.  My distance in sports, whether eight wheels or two, are limited by how much water I can carry.  I tend to stop at the same place in each workout.

Although on Skates, I use the front bumper of the Jeep to take a water stop.

In this case, I stop in a small parking lot in front of a small bar.  There's a tree there with a truck tire stack.  Old tires are used to stop people who may be turning around from knocking over the bar's sign and it seems to be working since the sign has been in place since I was a snowbird.

But like anywhere, if you have a place for a creature to hide, it's going to use it.  In the case of the tires, these Curly Tails have taken it over.

And since there's a tree in the parking lot, I have taken the spot over.  Only for a minute or four since I don't want to let my heart rate drop quite so far.

I was reminded of all of this because it's been a wet day here.  Every time I think that the rain has stopped, another leopard spot slinks over head and dumps buckets of water over everything.  I laugh, shrug, and consider what else can I do with the time.

Already made some corn muffins, I'm about to go into the kitchen and make some Coffee Brittle from a recipe I have kept on the blog over the last 14 years or so.

May as well do some cooking since there's another gully washer approaching.

But tomorrow is another day, and I'll be up at 5 AM to try to shoe horn in another workout.  You see, since it is Florida, doing an endurance workout really needs to happen before Noon.  And since the hottest week of the year is happening in the second week of August, you just have to keep plodding along.

Bring a pint of water for each half hour.  The Wildlife may not get any but you will appreciate the water stop.

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