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    Outside Dining In March

    It was the 8th of March and the sun was shining brightly.  It was mild for March, about forty degrees.  It actually had been beautiful all week.  I go to Physical Therapy on Monday and Wednesday mornings and I have to say I’ve had a past of canceling on sunny days.  My Physical Therapist, Robin, got pretty serious with me last summer.

    The bottom line was this: stop canceling and show up or lose my time space there.  I go in at 10:30 am and am only there about an hour.  So I don’t lose that much sun.  Which brings me back to my original thought.  But first let me tell you that when to PT on Monday the 6th of March, Robin was already chiding me about not canceling for  Wednesday.  And let me tell you this.  Terry would never allow me to skip PT.

    So I’m back home Wednesday the 8th by about 12:45 pm. Terry and I actually had to make a pit stop at Price Chopper in Johnstown to get some supplies.  I talked Terry in to going in without me so I could wait out in the sunshine.  I make quite a display of myself sunning in whatever parking lot I’m at.  People no longer give me weird looks, and often I’ll get a comment on how nice the sunshine is.

    Once I was back at the house, I had Terry unload me on the front deck for optimum sun.  I even had Herman tape my favorite soap opera, “All My Children” so I could skip watching it and enjoy the sunshine. 

    So Terry asks me, “Are we dining in or out?”  She then began to laugh and said “I know you are staying outside.”  My response was a great big grin.  After I told her what I wanted to eat for lunch I remarked on how great it was that the wind wasn’t blowing.  Terry’s like, “Shhh, don’t jinx it.” 

    So this particular day Herman decided to get sick.  I kept trying to coax him outside, but to no avail.  I’m happy to tell you I spent the entire afternoon outdoors.  I had a hot pocket for lunch, but there’s something about the fresh air that really livens up my appetite. 

    I followed lunch with 2 chocolate chip cookies, and THEN I had an order of guacamole and chips.  Terry’s like, “Where you hiding this food?”  She was wondering if I had a hollow leg! 

    So here’s to kicking off great weather.  Let’s hope the rest of this month and May are wonderful.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com