Sunday, February 17, 2013
I did something to my lower back moving heavy boxes for an attorney at work yesterday. By late in the afternoon I was coping with bouts of pain flowing into my left leg and making it feel as if my knee was going to give out. Pain in my back woke me several times last night and has kept me relatively inactive today. I tried to do my exercise video today, but couldn't do it for the pain. I'm doing my crunches and straight leg raises tonight, the best correcting action for this type of problem, but should have done them for the first time last night or earlier today. Now I'm paying in pain for not doing it sooner.
I get so frustrated when my body fights back, refuses to do what I want. Getting older and having your body fight your intentions is frustrating. I have no patience with these physical issues and resent having to cope with the unpleasant symptoms and the days I have to wait for it to resolve. Now I'm done whining and will go do the exercises and try to get some sleep.
Monday, November 26, 2012
I am appalled and disgusted at the behavior of my fellow citizens (I hesitate to use the word humans - connotes a higher being than what I saw on the news reports) bashing each other and grabbing at things on THANKSGIVING NIGHT and Black Friday. What the heck is wrong with people that they buy into all this commercialization garbage?
I am saddened to see people acting as they were on TV. There is something so inherently wrong with adults willing to demean themselves and fight like 3 year olds over the chance to buy some item. Every year I find it harder and harder to go shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas because the vast majority of the people in stores are pushy and grabby and downright RUDE. My Christmas spirit gets more severely diminished the more
I am surrounded by greedy, grabby, crass and unmannerly dolts. I turn into a variation of the Grinch just watching New Reports of Black Friday.
I frequently make donations to charities as the gifts, except for the children. People actually appreciate that you donate and they can see the good the donation contributes to. If I see something I know a certain person would absolutely enjoy, I'll probably get it for them, but not just because I feel I MUST BUY things. Most of us and all my close friends and family have more than we need already. If I have the choice between spending on something just to have a gift and donating to a charity in a person's name, I'll make the donation. Am I alone in this thought process or are there others out there who feel similarly?
ADDENDUM: Various things I use as alternatives to gifts:
Buy a pair of goats (on-line) for people in Africa
Donate to the local Rescue Mission that feeds and provides shelters for the homeless
Donate to the Salvation Army, which does a lot of good and doesn't pay their
staff ridiculous amounts
Donate to St. Walburga's Convent in Colorado, because the nuns do so many
wonderful things with virtually nothing. (They were the inspiration for
the movie LILIES OF THE FIELD with Sidney Poitier)
Donate to Father Woody's Haven of Hope, which provides homeless men a
place to shower, get a shave and a haircut and do laundry at no cost to them.
Volunteer on Christmas or Thanksgiving to serve meals to the homeless. If
anything will teach you be grateful for what you have, that definitely will do it.
There's an on-line Wildlife Fund you can "adopt" animals through. I have done
that and they send a certificate of adoption and small stuffed versions of the
wild animals you donate to help - wolves, whales, lynx, tigers, elephants, frogs,
These are just a few of my favorite things . . . .
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I've gotten things in order, modified my exercise, have all the ingredients for my contributions to Thanksgiving Dinner and know how I'll be dividing my plate into much more substantial servings of vegetables and less of the "other" side dishes. No worries. It is all good and I can have a bite or two of everything. So can you, as long as you keep it to a bite or two. Don't suffer or feel deprived, but don't over-do either.
A Blessed Thanksgiving to us all.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
My heart is heavy for all those that nasty storm has impacted. My childhood memories are on the New Jersey shore, where I grew up. My first everything is there, on the beaches, the rivers, the sailing, fishing, sunrises and sunsets over the sea. My first loves, first kisses, learning to swim, to drive, Easter Sunday on the boardwalk after church, saltwater taffy from Criterion which was then on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Sea Bright was where we hung out, learned to surf (sort of) played flag football and went to dances at the beach clubs. ALL GONE! Rockaway in New York and Coney Island, Staten Island with its charming neighborhoods and the fabulous Staten Island Ferry so horribly damaged.
I pray for a rapid recovery and I grew up there, so I know the strength of will of those people. But these are hard times beyond what any of them or us anticipated as the storm rolled in. Please send your most positive thoughts and any prayers you have to help those in need. If you can donate to the cause, do that as well. We ARE all in this life together and we need to be willing to help out when there is tragedy and need. God Bless everyone. May there be a rainbow after this storm
Friday, October 19, 2012
Yes - the weather grows cooler and the daylight diminishes and soon it will be necessary to do more of my exercise inside. What am I doing to work toward that and to prepare for 2013?
This weekend I will make a definite effort to re-arrange some furniture and create appropriate spaces inside the house to accommodate me working out more to DVDs in the living room.
I am going to commit to tracking more thoroughly - every day, and see if I can make that work over the next several weeks.
I am starting on an overall "PLAN" for myself to include daily commitments to accomplish certain specified things.
More to be revealed as I get it figured out.
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