Curing My Withdrawals

Today makes three weeks since my surgery.  Three weeks without much activity.  Three weeks of being pretty bored if I'm honest.

Last weekend was hot.  Very hot.  On Saturday I was booked solid with activities I probably shouldn't have been participating in.  On Sunday I was overwhelmed with chores.  I'm supposed to be resting, but I'm so over resting.  It was 95F/35C in our backyard Sunday afternoon.  I'm not allowed to swim yet.  I'm not even allowed to go for walks yet.  

I couldn't stand it.

At 4:00 in the afternoon I drove down to the beach.  I thought it couldn't hurt just to look at the ocean, right?  I was having withdrawals.  I never go three weeks without the ocean.

I needed this:

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I ended up taking a long, but very leisurely, walk down the beach.  If my doc asks, let's just pretend I did nothing except sit on the beach.  He would not approve.  It made me deliriously happy to get a little beach time.

The beach was crowded because it was so hot.  I walked in the opposite direction from the crowds.  I also walked a very long way.

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I'm still alive, and I feel much better for it, so I really think it was okay.  Doctors are always overly cautious.  My walk on the beach renewed my soul.  It's like a physical need for me.  I'm really not happy (or sane) without the surf and the sand.

I guess that's what happens if you grow up here.

It felt great to have my toes in the sand.  I like to walk right along the edge of the water so my feet get wet.

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The lifeguards were busy keeping everybody safe.  I walked so far, I eventually got to an area where there weren't any lifeguards on duty.

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The waves were pretty big and there was a strong undertow to the current.  I'm not allowed to swim yet so I just enjoyed my walk, the smell of the salt air, and the crashing of the waves.

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Eventually I got back to the more populated areas.  The tourists have arrived for summer and they're full of questions for the lifeguards.  Some of the lifeguards drive up and down the beach helping tourists people out.

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It's always easy to spot the tourists.  They're obscenely sunburned by the end of the day.  We're glad to help out visitors, but I admit we chuckle a little too.

Signs like this one aren't up for the locals.  Signs like this are up to help out the people visiting on vacations.

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We already know where we're supposed to swim.

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You'd think it's pretty obvious, but apparently not.  

© Twenty Four At Heart

63 Responses to “Curing My Withdrawals”

  1. sometimessophia

    I agree that the ocean’s good for your soul. Calming. Restorative. It’s great to hear that you’re feeling well enough to countermand doctor’s orders… 🙂
    Love the sign. Swim? Duh. Actually, we have rip tides around here. It’s good that swim areas are posted. Tourists need all the help they can get.

  2. sometimessophia

    I agree that the ocean’s good for your soul. Calming. Restorative. It’s great to hear that you’re feeling well enough to countermand doctor’s orders… 🙂
    Love the sign. Swim? Duh. Actually, we have rip tides around here. It’s good that swim areas are posted. Tourists need all the help they can get.

  3. sometimessophia

    I agree that the ocean’s good for your soul. Calming. Restorative. It’s great to hear that you’re feeling well enough to countermand doctor’s orders… 🙂
    Love the sign. Swim? Duh. Actually, we have rip tides around here. It’s good that swim areas are posted. Tourists need all the help they can get.

  4. Kathy

    I miss the beach. I can’t wait to go “home” in August and get to go to Cape Cod and get my beach fix in. A giant lake is a good substitute in a pinch, but it doesn’t smell the same. The sand isn’t the same. Thanks for the pictures and yay! that you’re feeling good enough to walk it!

  5. Kathy

    I miss the beach. I can’t wait to go “home” in August and get to go to Cape Cod and get my beach fix in. A giant lake is a good substitute in a pinch, but it doesn’t smell the same. The sand isn’t the same. Thanks for the pictures and yay! that you’re feeling good enough to walk it!

  6. Kathy

    I miss the beach. I can’t wait to go “home” in August and get to go to Cape Cod and get my beach fix in. A giant lake is a good substitute in a pinch, but it doesn’t smell the same. The sand isn’t the same. Thanks for the pictures and yay! that you’re feeling good enough to walk it!

  7. stoneskin

    You’re doctor asked me to report any transgressions but I’m gonna let these go…
    I live by the sea and a walk along the beach is bettered by nothing.

  8. stoneskin

    You’re doctor asked me to report any transgressions but I’m gonna let these go…
    I live by the sea and a walk along the beach is bettered by nothing.

  9. stoneskin

    You’re doctor asked me to report any transgressions but I’m gonna let these go…
    I live by the sea and a walk along the beach is bettered by nothing.

  10. Alan

    Aaaahhh…the REAL reason you live where you live. After Friday’s post, I wasn’t sure… LOL

  11. Alan

    Aaaahhh…the REAL reason you live where you live. After Friday’s post, I wasn’t sure… LOL

  12. Alan

    Aaaahhh…the REAL reason you live where you live. After Friday’s post, I wasn’t sure… LOL

  13. Lori

    I envy these walks of yours. Walking on the sand and water is so peaceful to me and so good for the soul. Since I don’t live near any ocean here in Minnesota, I settle for the lake. Don’t get to it often enough either. Glad you got this time and felt good afterwards!

  14. Lori

    I envy these walks of yours. Walking on the sand and water is so peaceful to me and so good for the soul. Since I don’t live near any ocean here in Minnesota, I settle for the lake. Don’t get to it often enough either. Glad you got this time and felt good afterwards!

  15. Lori

    I envy these walks of yours. Walking on the sand and water is so peaceful to me and so good for the soul. Since I don’t live near any ocean here in Minnesota, I settle for the lake. Don’t get to it often enough either. Glad you got this time and felt good afterwards!

  16. Donna in VA

    The beach should be considered a “cure-all” medicine and prescribed frequently. It certainly makes me feel better. As much as this area annoys me sometimes, I can’t imagine leaving my 15 minute jaunt to the beach.

  17. Donna in VA

    The beach should be considered a “cure-all” medicine and prescribed frequently. It certainly makes me feel better. As much as this area annoys me sometimes, I can’t imagine leaving my 15 minute jaunt to the beach.

  18. Donna in VA

    The beach should be considered a “cure-all” medicine and prescribed frequently. It certainly makes me feel better. As much as this area annoys me sometimes, I can’t imagine leaving my 15 minute jaunt to the beach.

  19. Maureen at IslandRoar

    I know exactly what you mean; living by the ocean myself, it becomes a part of you. It’s relaxing, almost healing. The smell of the salt and the sound of the waves. I even stop by routinely during the winter when it’s pretty rough out here.
    And you’re right; doctors can be too cautious. You know your body and how you feel. Look at how much good it did you!
    Glad you were up for such a big walk. You (and hopefully your nipples) are obviously well on your way back to “normal.”

  20. Maureen at IslandRoar

    I know exactly what you mean; living by the ocean myself, it becomes a part of you. It’s relaxing, almost healing. The smell of the salt and the sound of the waves. I even stop by routinely during the winter when it’s pretty rough out here.
    And you’re right; doctors can be too cautious. You know your body and how you feel. Look at how much good it did you!
    Glad you were up for such a big walk. You (and hopefully your nipples) are obviously well on your way back to “normal.”

  21. Maureen at IslandRoar

    I know exactly what you mean; living by the ocean myself, it becomes a part of you. It’s relaxing, almost healing. The smell of the salt and the sound of the waves. I even stop by routinely during the winter when it’s pretty rough out here.
    And you’re right; doctors can be too cautious. You know your body and how you feel. Look at how much good it did you!
    Glad you were up for such a big walk. You (and hopefully your nipples) are obviously well on your way back to “normal.”

  22. Jan

    Doctors – ptooi! What do they know?
    Do what makes you feel better. I’m glad you did.

  23. Jan

    Doctors – ptooi! What do they know?
    Do what makes you feel better. I’m glad you did.

  24. Jan

    Doctors – ptooi! What do they know?
    Do what makes you feel better. I’m glad you did.

  25. Kelly

    Ha ha! Love the SWIM sign with the arrow. Glad you got some beach time. Jealous!

  26. Kelly

    Ha ha! Love the SWIM sign with the arrow. Glad you got some beach time. Jealous!

  27. Kelly

    Ha ha! Love the SWIM sign with the arrow. Glad you got some beach time. Jealous!

  28. Julie @ Angry Julie Monday

    Thanks for inspiring me, S. I need to go run the SC Beach Trail tomorrow. It’s been 3 weeks since I have.
    Soon enough, you will be swimming…it’s all worth it.

  29. Julie @ Angry Julie Monday

    Thanks for inspiring me, S. I need to go run the SC Beach Trail tomorrow. It’s been 3 weeks since I have.
    Soon enough, you will be swimming…it’s all worth it.

  30. Julie @ Angry Julie Monday

    Thanks for inspiring me, S. I need to go run the SC Beach Trail tomorrow. It’s been 3 weeks since I have.
    Soon enough, you will be swimming…it’s all worth it.

  31. Julia Ferguson Andriessen

    locals interpretation of “swim” sign. Leave us lifeguards alone. :]
    Yea..I’m with you put me in the mts and after awhile I will go batty. I am an ocean girl. Truly bliss

  32. Julia Ferguson Andriessen

    locals interpretation of “swim” sign. Leave us lifeguards alone. :]
    Yea..I’m with you put me in the mts and after awhile I will go batty. I am an ocean girl. Truly bliss

  33. Julia Ferguson Andriessen

    locals interpretation of “swim” sign. Leave us lifeguards alone. :]
    Yea..I’m with you put me in the mts and after awhile I will go batty. I am an ocean girl. Truly bliss

  34. The Queen of Chaos

    I grew up on the Beach, and while I love living in Portland and can’t imagine living anywhere else (heck, been here well over 20 yrs now), if I had the chance to move back to a Coast, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I miss that smell and sound…and the feelings…. sooo relaxing.

  35. The Queen of Chaos

    I grew up on the Beach, and while I love living in Portland and can’t imagine living anywhere else (heck, been here well over 20 yrs now), if I had the chance to move back to a Coast, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I miss that smell and sound…and the feelings…. sooo relaxing.

  36. The Queen of Chaos

    I grew up on the Beach, and while I love living in Portland and can’t imagine living anywhere else (heck, been here well over 20 yrs now), if I had the chance to move back to a Coast, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I miss that smell and sound…and the feelings…. sooo relaxing.

  37. Smart Mouth Broad

    Isn’t it wonderful that no matter how hot it is, if you stick your toes in the water, it will cool you off. Thanks for taking us on your walk.

  38. Smart Mouth Broad

    Isn’t it wonderful that no matter how hot it is, if you stick your toes in the water, it will cool you off. Thanks for taking us on your walk.

  39. Smart Mouth Broad

    Isn’t it wonderful that no matter how hot it is, if you stick your toes in the water, it will cool you off. Thanks for taking us on your walk.

  40. Jason

    I’m so glad you have this place to go to to tame that savage beast!

  41. Jason

    I’m so glad you have this place to go to to tame that savage beast!

  42. Jason

    I’m so glad you have this place to go to to tame that savage beast!

  43. Life with Kaishon

    I would love to come to your pretty beach! I would definitely get sun burned though. I wear tons of sun screen and still, I burn like a lobster!
    I hope you continue to heal!

  44. Life with Kaishon

    I would love to come to your pretty beach! I would definitely get sun burned though. I wear tons of sun screen and still, I burn like a lobster!
    I hope you continue to heal!

  45. Life with Kaishon

    I would love to come to your pretty beach! I would definitely get sun burned though. I wear tons of sun screen and still, I burn like a lobster!
    I hope you continue to heal!

  46. Midlife Slices

    I’m not a beach person but have to admit that the beaches in Kauai spoke to my soul and I felt a renewal. That quickly faded after I got back to the “real world” of everyday life. Glad you got to take a soul renewing walk and I hope you get to resume all your regular activities soon. It was 95 degrees here today and our weather people were calling it a “cold front”. Ha!

  47. Midlife Slices

    I’m not a beach person but have to admit that the beaches in Kauai spoke to my soul and I felt a renewal. That quickly faded after I got back to the “real world” of everyday life. Glad you got to take a soul renewing walk and I hope you get to resume all your regular activities soon. It was 95 degrees here today and our weather people were calling it a “cold front”. Ha!

  48. Midlife Slices

    I’m not a beach person but have to admit that the beaches in Kauai spoke to my soul and I felt a renewal. That quickly faded after I got back to the “real world” of everyday life. Glad you got to take a soul renewing walk and I hope you get to resume all your regular activities soon. It was 95 degrees here today and our weather people were calling it a “cold front”. Ha!

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