I have quit using the step in aerobics and stay on the floor but carry a 5 lb. weight in each hand. While we do the routine, I work my biceps and triceps. I can tell carrying the extra 10 lb. while doing aerobics is building muscle. I can tell because I felt pretty tired for the rest of the day as muscles healed. I use 8 lb. weights when we do the weight portion of the class. I was using 10 lb. weights but after missing so much for a while I had to drop back a bit. I should be ready to use 10 lb. weights again soon.
I haven't been around much because of yard and garden work. I have canned about 60 half-pints of zucchini relish which will be used as Christmas presents. It's such a good recipe. I was eating it out of the jar the first time I tasted it at the friend's house who gave me the recipe. I have now canned 56 quarts of green beans. I highly recommend the variety called "Jade" - you will have to order it from a seed catalog. It's very productive. I have canned this much from 3 rows and have given some away and there is more out there to pick. I have canned some tomatoes as well.
Our yard is on next year's Historic Centerville Garden Tour so we are trying to get as much of the mulching done this year as possible. It's a big, big job. We have gone to a farmer's place and gotten rocks to edge flower beds with - I love the look of rocks in a landscape. I have also been landscaping the dry creek bed I did last year.
I have tried to leave comments on blogs that have the word verification feature. I cannot get my comments to publish on those blogs. I have been reading and commenting occasionally. I have just been super busy. Things should calm down soon when gardening is done!
Hope all of you are well.