{a small pat on the back…and then a wee break}

It’s been a week since I went to bed one night just not feeling quite myself and woke the next day to the hardest-hitting virus I’ve ever experienced. Eight days later I’m about 50% back.

I think we’re exposed to these super-strains all the time–personally, I’m considering instituting a  new daily practice of bathing in Purell–but a healthy immune system is designed to provide the resistance we need to stay healthy. However, stress can chip away at optimum immune defense.

Most of the short local jaunts appearing on the pages of this blog stand as evidence that I believe pursuing interests and balancing typical stress with positive endorphin-boosting activity is a must!

But then sometimes we just have a bad day!

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As much time as I spend on the freeway I have never had an emergency far from an off-ramp. This time, the tire blew, and there was nothing to do but make my way to the shoulder and try to keep calm.

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Not all stretches of freeway have this much shoulder. Although I was hyper-alert, I was able to wait for roadside assistance without feeling too vulnerable. It was still a jolt to the system, though, and the incident serves as a reminder of the stress we can’t always avoid.

That brings be back to today. I just received WordPress “congratulations” on my 5th blogging anniversary. The reminder came as a surprise and I can hardly imagine five years have passed. I’m giving myself a nice “high five,” but also thinking this is a good time for a brief blogging break.

I’m not just a flat tire. I’m the tire that blew, and I think recuperation is going to take its own sweet time. I need to focus on regaining my energy, and you can imagine how many life details have been temporarily ignored. I have plenty of responsibility waiting for me when I’m ready.

Once you start seeing my smiling face appear again you’ll know things are back on track.

I’ll leave you with a little slideshow of photos representing very recent outings I still intend to share with you later. There are clues in the photos. You’ll have to see how many of them identify the field trip destination!

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Until I make a robust return, take care of yourselves and know I will miss sharing with you. And my recommendation? Think about my suggestion of bathing in Purell!

Or you could watch your stress levels.