Thursday, March 24, 2011
Today I took the poll asking me who is my greatest motivator. There were all kinds of choices...friends, family, yada, yada, yada.
But not the right one.
They didn't have a box to check "WINSTEN".
Winsten is my greatest motivator. He never complains that he doesn't feel like walking, and is alway eager to go.
Even when I don't want to go, Winsten keeps at me until we are heading for the great outdoors.
Winsten doesn't think that laundry, mopping, dusting, or any other kind of housework should come before walking or getting outside.
He is a true Naturalist.
I'll be all settled in front of Flicka (my computer), ready to spread my butt even more, and in he comes. All nudges, smiles, dancing around to distract me from the computer until I finally agree to put on some walking shoes and go.
Sometimes our walks are long walks, sometimes as short as ten minutes. Once I actually get out there, I'm glad we are walking.
We walk in all kinds of weather, noticing lovely things along the way.
Winsten is just one of those forever enthusiatic adventurers, never tiring of seeing what's new in the neighborhood. He can always find something to marvel at, and that has improved my "nature vision" immensley.
Winsten is always agreeable, and always ready to get "just a few more minutes" out of me. His prodding usually works, and by the time we get back, I am refreshed and know I did the right thing by not just sending him on his way to walk alone.
Winsten and I have, as I said before, walked in all kinds of weather. We do get out in it, NO MATTER WHAT.
Example, here is what we walked through in February 2011:
It was snowing so hard that we had a "White Out", and could barely see where we were going. But we persevered, and really got into it. We only walked at first for about half an hour, and after 15 minutes could barely see our tracks. We hadn't left the general neighborhood, so we weren't concerned about finding our way back.
It really was like walking in another world, though. All still and quiet...........huge trees bending their branches in sumbission to the heavy snow.
We pretended we were in Siberia, and called out "Comrade! Where is your Dacha?", and then tried doing that goose step marching that the Russian Army does. Did your know that is really DIFFICULT to maintain?
Laughing and shaking the snow off ourselves, we were really surprised when we got in the house and it felt so HOT!! We couldn't believe the thermometer only read 68 degrees inside.
Winsten has gotten me out walking in the rain of Spring, too. Actually, once you get going and look for what's NEW in nature, it is actually kind of fun. ESPECIALLY if you sing loudly "Singin' In the Rain" and try to do some of those umbrella tricks Gene Kelly did.
He and I have seen wonderful signs of Spring. We have seen buds forming on branches, bulbs peeking out at us, and crocuses and other flowers blossoming right before our eyes.
Winsten and I walked along the pier on a rainy day. I didn't want to go at first, but he insisted long enough that I gave up, grabbed my camera, and we headed out.
It was magical walking through the rain, as he and I were the only ones around, and we had the pier to ourselves.
We have walked on the beaches in sunshine, too, and Winsten never fails to find a wonderful piece of driftwood that just HAS to go home with him.
We have marched in parades, proud to be Americans.
Because of Winsten's urgings through the seasons, I was encouraged to partake of a 5K. I wouldn't have done that had it not been for all the hours and miles he walked with me!
We have observed the beautiful blooms of summer together, admiring God's handiwork.
Winsten and I have seen the early signs of Autumn together. We have watched pear and apple trees present their bounty, and have enjoyed the lovely, haunting beauty of the season.
Late Autumn greeted us with crisp air and thoughts of gathering wood for the wood burning stove. We heard the honking of the Canada Geese as they migrated South, have been scolded by the crows in the trees and readied ourselves for the coming Holidays..
Winsten inspired me to make a Snow Queen instead of sitting around the house, grousing about the weather. It had been years since I had so much fun in the snow!
Yes, indeed. When asked who is my greatest motivator, there is no problem in an instant answer! Winsten has made sure I stay healthy, and he is my very best friend, and favorite walking partner!
Now I ask you: How could you not want to hang around a fun buddy like Winsten???
Monday, March 21, 2011
I just got back from the Doctor, and learned wonderful news.
The nerve disease in my head has NOT spread into the optical nerves, therefore, as things stand now, my vision is not in jeopardy.
I will get another "head shot" on Friday to see if they can relieve the pain from the damage. That means a big ole huge injection again, which hurts like the very devil.
But I can stand "head shots" as long as my vision is not endangered, right?
Thanks for all of you who have valiantly stood by me during this most stressful time. You guys are truly the wind beneath my wings!!
Now on to better way of living!! Woo Hoo!!!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
DH brought home a new scale. It is one like they use in the Dr. offices.
I hate it.
Here I thought I was doing so well with the old one.
I knew I was losing, because I can get in to clothes I couldn't a month ago. My inches were down, too. The number on the scale kept dropping too.
Now about this new scale.
It has a balance wheel that you use to make sure it is perfectly balanced before any weight is added to it. Then you get on it.
Weighing in today on my old scale showed that I lost a pound this week. That is a happy thing.
Then I weighed in on the new scale. Cuss, Cuss, Cuss!
It showed me weighing two pounds more than the old one showed.
Who knows what my weight really was when I first started this thing?!
I sure don't. Not after getting on the new scale today!
I have to believe this new one, because I balanced it myself perfectly before I got on it. I even tried standing differently, leaning from one side to the other, to see if it changed. My old one does that for me.
NOPE! This behemoth stayed steady, no matter what I did to change it.
So now, Sportsfans, I weigh 2 pounds MORE, even though my clothing and the tape measure assure me that I am losing.
But I guess the only thing to do is keep on with Spark, and stay with this hated new, CORRECT scale.
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!!!
Friday, March 18, 2011
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
-- Thomas Jefferson
Elections do matter. Democrats are bought and well-paid for..!
Just in case you've wondered why Obama and his friends are so supportive
of labor unions, check out the contributions.
Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors
American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees
Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
National Education Association
Service Employees International Union
Communication Workers of America
Service Employees International Union
American Federation of Teachers
United Auto Workers
Carpenters and Joiners Union
Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
Sheet Metal Workers Union
Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
Operating Engineers Union
Airline Pilots Association
International Association of Firefighters
United Transportation Workers
American Postal Workers Union
Nat'l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association
Seafarers International Union
Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.
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