It was right before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

Well, that’s not exactly right, because I had been stirring for hours. I was wrapping presents, trying to think of the meals I would be preparing, figuring out what I needed to buy yet, when I should be cooking, cleaning or doing whatever it is I should be doing before the big event.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear? sweats...getting ready to go on the treadmill!

“You’ve got to be kidding, right?” I questioned.

“What?” He responded. “I’m doing the exercising you so much emphasized I need.”

“Well, I’ve got some exercise for you,” I leveled, “How about hanging the rest of the Christmas lights outside?”

“I’ll do my two miles, and then I’ll do your bidding,” he offered with a dismissing air.

“The Packers will be on then,” I responded. “And then I’ve lost you for three hours. None of which will be productive on your part.”

“We’ve got enough lights to give you lots of exercise. You can climb up the ladder, and go down the ladder. You can reach high with your arms, and then low with your arms. Maybe after you’re done, you could walk around the whole house twice, and fix anything you see.”


Dennis has been focused on more exercise, and that’s a good thing. But, it only happens on his timeframe...when we have so many other things we need to accomplish. If I were a psychologist, I’d say this ‘avoidance’ behavior was on purpose.

Who’s going to argue with someone trying to get fit?

I am! There’s plenty of ways he can get fit. How about mopping the whole house? Scrubbing the showers would give those abs a workout! Dusting high places and sweeping for cobwebs could get those quads working!

“You obviously don’t have the Christmas spirit, Dix.”

“Oh, but I do, I’ll put on the carols when you’re fixing the closet doors.”