Taking some time off from blogging was a nice break, but summer is almost over and it's time to get back into a productive routine.
This past summer had its highlights and not-so-highlights. With the hot and sunny weather I spent a lot of time out doors. Heidi and I got out of town a few times; I was cycling up to 2 1/2 hours a day and working out at the gym for another 1 - 2 hours at least 4 days a week. My energy levels increased and my mental health was very good.
Halfway through July I began coughing and it got progressively worse. At first I thought it was just a response to allergies and ignored it as much as possible. The cough got worse and severely interfered with my sleep at night. Heidi asked me several times when I was going to get it checked out by our doctorbut I expected the coughing and congestion to get better on its own and just made do. One day I noticed I was coughing up a few little flecks of blood. Now I was starting to get concerned. I was only getting 3 hours of interrupted sleep each night, my chest felt congested all the time, the least bit of physical exertion had me wheezing, I had less and less energy, and my mood began to slide down. With the downward slide in my mood my ability to concentrate also deteriorated and I got very little work done on my family history project and did next to no writing. Time to visit the doc.
Apparently, I had (have) bronchitis. I've gone through a round of antibiotics and the coughing has diminished significantly. Last night I actually had about 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I still have fits of coughing but they are considerably less frequent and severe. Hopefully the cough and congestion will soon be completely gone.
So it's time! Labour Day is a week away, back to school specials are rampant (so many of them are a joke - some of the goods and services being promoted as back to school specials have absolutely nothing to do with getting ready for school), and signs of fresh starts on structured activities can be seen all around. I too need to get back to a more productive routine. I've got to get back to regular daily routines such as spending time with God (meditation, reading & prayer), exercise, writing (including blogging), research, domestic chores, etc. (I haven't been to my "office" since early June - will they still recognize me?)
Blogging today is a start. I'll also work on putting together a daily schedule today and get back at the stuff I haven't done in far too long.
Time to get busy!
"Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of time that God has given us each day."
~~~ Billy Graham