Do you ever suffer with insomnia?  I have in the past.  When I use to clean our church, I would go in at 2:00 in the morning and work until 8:00 or 9:00.  Then I would come home and take a one or two hour nap and get up and go about my day.  I did that for about ten years.  I really messed up , my sleep schedule.

I have always liked the middle of  the night when it is quiet and I can read or watch tv or knit or quilt without interruption.  But right now, I want to sleep a full night and usually I have, but for the past couple of nights I have awakened a couple of hours after I have gone to sleep and I toss and turn.  So I come downstairs and check Facebook, mail and the news on my computer and have the tv on in the background.  I like the ID channel where they solve murders.

The reason I have been waking up is because the muscles in my feet and legs are screaming with pain.  I could hardly get my knees to unbend without terrible pain.  The reason for this is that I have taken up walking with a vengeance now.  I am trying to walk at least three miles a day and am working for five or six.   When I am up and walking around, my legs don’t hurt at all.  If I could sleep standing up, maybe things would be better.

So, here I am at 12:49 a.m. typing on my computer whining about my aches and pains.  I am sure that’s why you come here to read about my complaints.  But I am determined to walk as much every day as I have time for.  It takes me about an hour to walk four miles.   Belle or Molly walk with me.  On Thanksgiving day I am walking a 5K with family members before our big meal of the day.  It sounds like fun.  It’s for a food bank in our city and price of entering is five cans of food and ten dollars for a shirt.  I love walking in 5Ks.  There is a feeling of  being in something together with others and having people walking with you that gives you the incentive to continue.

I could never run a 5K.  Sometimes Molly wants to run when I am walking her and she drags me running behind her, but it jars my bones.  I ran a little in my youth, but never liked it much. I also use to jump hurdles, but I’m not getting this behind over any hurdles ever again!  Both my sons have run in marathons and I admire them for doing so, but I could never do that.  We just had a big marathon in our city that involved a train across the tracks when runners were going over the railroad crossing  There was a big brouhaha and people are angry with the train officials who had said the train would not run during the marathon.  Marathon runners are serious about it and anything that ruins their time makes them a little upset and I don’t blame them after putting in all that training.

I am hoping I am not starting a marathon of sleepless nights.  I am reading the book Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill.  It was shown on PBS with Judi Dench as a main character a couple of years ago.   Maybe I’ll go back to bed and read myself to sleep.  Hope you are not reading this at 1:00 in the morning unless you are on the other side of the world and it is daytime there right now.

Good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.  Bye.

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