September 3, 2016, Prescott- How does one go about a fine day, with a cash shortage until Wednesday? Well, I made sure there was plenty of food in the house, with a brief visit to the wonderful Prescott Farmers’ Market. A long-standing pile of recycling was divvied-up, among its various recipients. A large pile of laundry found cleanliness. I also paid off overdue bills from summer, the last period I will ever be without a steady flow of cash. Of course, there will be a short few days of adjustment, as different ones present their charges, between now and the 7th. That means one more windfall for the bank, but no matter- it’ll be the last such one. I will tell them not to spend it all in one place. After the 7th of September, all’s well again.
My word is the most important thing. I will go to the greatest of lengths to keep a promise. That has meant other forms of deprivation, (social and with regard to time). It all pays off in the end, when others keep their word to me. I have, in any case, resolved to never again repeat the reneging on a promise, such as we had to execute in March, 2010. Six months from this coming Saturday, my atonement from that broken promise will be complete.
Tonight found me at Planet Fitness, with a nearly empty exercise area. It’s helping greatly; the belly that was getting ample over the summer is again shrinking steadily. Of course, my return to regular hiking will also keep things in check, as will a renewed sense of portion control and no longer giving in to others pushing desserts on me, so that they themselves don’t feel guilty about indulging. We could all do better, in that regard.
Tomorrow, I will enjoy two gatherings with friends, but then will come a climb up Juniper Mesa, and my first night hike in a couple of years.