My bad knees and my feet are screaming a little but I'm happy to report I'm 18 miles in on the 48-mile challenge for Mission 22. We've had a lot of hot weather here which is uncommon for this time of year in Vermont. I am so glad that September weather will be here in a couple of days. I'd really like to open my screen doors again to enjoy the fresh air and turn off my A/C.
In regard to the challenge, I had to take a day of rest yesterday. My feet were hurting way too much, and I need to rest them and my left knee. It was very much needed and was able to go out this morning for a mile and then logged more steps late this afternoon.
They say that walking is good for you physically and for uplifting your mood. I have to say that mentally, it hasn't made me feel happier. It has had no impact on my overall mood. I suppose there are moments where a song is on that I pick up a little, but it has to do with the song more so than my mood.
I decided to do the 48-mile challenge and walk for my dad mostly and the servicemen whose letters were shredded by my aunt. Yes, I haven't let that go yet and suspect I won't for a little while longer. I have to work through it still. I know why I feel the way I do, that shredding of the letters was like erasing their service to their country and I have to reconcile that. Doing the challenge is my way of not forgetting their service. That serving their country does mean something.
I did not officially sign up with Mission 22 simply because in order to do so you have to go through Facebook and I'm not doing that. I don't have a FB account and not about to start one now.
Other than my aching feet and bad knees, I'm a little ahead of where I need to be with the walk. It will be tight until the end. This isn't a writing challenge, and anything can happen. I am thinking of having my friends take a picture of me when I complete the challenge, wearing either one of my Til Valhalla shirts or maybe my KITGOD shirt. I could do both and do a halfway point picture and one at the end.
I'm not one for having my picture taken but I guess I can do these. If I feel inclined to do a newsletter for Christmas, I'll have something to write about. Speaking of writing, I have no idea what I will do for this year's NaNoWriMo. I'm about 75,000 words short. I told myself I would stop when I hit 1 million words. I don't know if I have a story, I could write that could be 75,000 words. Honestly, I have no ideas for this year yet and it's bumming me out. I'm all out of ideas, I guess. I'm so close to 1 million words and yet it seems like a very daunting task. I'll figure it out.
Today's musical treat is Dinah Washington's version of "September in the Rain" which she released in 1961.