Wednesday, September 07, 2011
"Nobody can bring you peace but yourself."~Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my favorite authors! He was an amazing man, way ahead of his time. He even believed in space travel and the possibility of life on other planets...
Another of his ideas: "The world belongs to the energetic..."
I'm getting there... I have been taking my B12 for only 5 days now, and I can FEEL the difference! About time, huh? LOL
I have PT in a little bit, and I'm actually kind of looking forward to it... kind of... lol
I'll be back!...
Monday, September 05, 2011
Happy Labor Day, everyone!
It doesn't FEEL like a day off... the only day off I really have anymore is one I set for myself, SUNDAY... when I don't do a regular workout. I do everything else, the heavy cleaning, running errands, etc. Just no workouts and no physical therapy. Otherwise it's six days a week of the same ol' thing... sort of. LOL
Doctor appointments, PT, necessary shopping and phone calls... no wonder it gets hard to tell the days apart! LOL It DOES make the time go by pretty quickly...
Last night I called my sister. Seems I wasn't informed of a few things because they all were a bit busy... my step Mom was in the hospital last week. Apparently, she is now suffering from one of the heart issues that has been plaguing my Dad the last several years: fibrillation issues. So for now she's on Kumadin and something to slow down her heart rate...
And my aunt--the one with pernicious anemia--was in the ER a few days ago because she was having trouble breathing. She has just been diagnosed with the same problem my grandmother had: congestive heart failure. The doctors have put HER on a diuretic... Of course, she's my mother's older sister by a couple of years (the oldest died a few years ago) and Mom would have been 81 this year...
I guess age is catching up with all of them. Just like me? Hm. LOL
We all have our own little set of challenges. Mom always said it isn't what happens, it's how you deal with it... and other than having to tweak things, we just keep on keeping on. LOL
With all it's ups and downs--and SIDEWAYS-- Life is STILL GOOD! LOL
Sunday, September 04, 2011
This quote came across my desk this morning...
"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. "~Steven Wright
We are the ones controlling our destiny. Every step we take is something we decided on... so if we want to get to a specific destination or goal, it is how we spend our time that makes the difference in whether or not we get there.
Pretty profound, that... made me think of my current situation, with the physical therapy for neuropathy issues... how often I need the reminder to PAY ATTENTION to where my feet are going! LOL
Thanks to the higher levels of activity that have become necessary for this to work, I am dealing with an increased level of discomfort--and outright PAIN-- but I will keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if it means I have to slow down a bit... because I'm heading in a good direction! LOL
...and I've lost another two pounds! How about THAT! *giggle*
It applies to more than just the physical things, too. ANY goal, you have to take steps to reach...
Life is an interesting journey, and I'm enjoying living it "on purpose" instead of wandering and being pulled willy-nilly in every direction the wind blows... Life makes more sense when there is something to work toward!
I'm glad I have my SP friends with me on this journey... Makes it FUN, too! LOL
Be well, dear ones!
This is the kind of stuff that grows in the outlying areas of town... LOVE it!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go." ~Margaret Walker
Interesting quote I came across this morning. Friends seem to be a given for most people... even criminals and creeps find friends here and there! LOL But MANNERS?
I don't know what happened to even the concept any more... I like that the people on SP are primarily kind and thoughtful. It is sure different out in the real world sometimes...
I was so pleased when a young man dressed in chains and torn jeans, with tats and spiked hair, held the door for me the other day. It was such a pleasant surprise, especially since not five minutes earlier, some man in a suit and tie had just brushed by and knocked a book out of my hand--and didn't even pause!
I'm thinking that young man in chains took more time working on HIMSELF than that man in the suit... he was his own best friend, and knew how he himself wants to be treated. The man in the suit is losing out every day, chasing an image that doesn't reflect who he is. Maybe he doesn't even know who that is. He looked like a carbon copy of some CPA ad or something. Blah.
Inside, the boy had more to give than that grown man ever will.
He's his own best friend, that boy. He's learning to be a good person, as well as a creative and confident and expressive individual. He's not afraid to acknowledge his own innate kindness...
I remember when I was that way, and wonder when I lost the connection. Was it when I listened to someone else's opinion of who I am? Was it because I wanted to belong to something bigger than me and gave up me to do it? That whole thing about losing ones' self to find ones' self? HUMBUG! LOL You can't lose something if you don't have it in the first place!
That doesn't mean you can't explore who you are by sharing yourself with others. I am a staunch believer in the connection between love and service--but I believe that I have to love myself first to have any service to give! I call it enlightened selfishness. It doesn't mean that I'm more important than any one else...
It means that I am JUST AS important. And if I don't learn and recognize my own needs--and how to take care of them--how will I ever understand what someone else's needs are? How could I possibly give them what they need?
It's funny where a simple line of words can carry you.
...and words are so important. How we talk to ourselves affects how we treat others. The shy and the bullies of the world have the same issue. They lack confidence in their own value. They talk down about themselves, and pass along the lack that creates in everything they do.
They need a best friend who sees them for all their good qualities--and that best friend is best found in a mirror!
I'm going to look around and stop concentrating on my faults--and concentrate on my strengths, my good qualities, instead. I'm going to treat EVERYONE with courtesy and kindness... including ME!
I've said this before, and I'll undoubtedly say it again...
I'm going to give myself the best gift ever (like SP! LOL)
I'm going to be my own BEST FRIEND--FOREVER! LOL
Be well, dear friends!
Me, YEARS ago, laughing at my friend behind the camera. We were goofing off in the lakefront park in Tukwila/Renton WA area...
Monday, August 29, 2011
I had my "Neuropathy balance evaluation" last Friday, and the "homework" I was given actually contains exercises that I'd already been doing--but I had difficulty with some of the others. Go figure! LOL Might be due in part to the fact that my fibromyalgia is flaring up for some reason...
Today I have my first actual therapy session. Should be interesting... and I'll talk to the therapist about maybe modifying the exercises I'm having trouble with as to form details, AND the number of repetitions. I'll see what he says.
As for the walking experiment... a success! YAY! LOL I CAN do the walking at a faster pace. It's harder, and I can't do ALL the walks at that pace--yet--but just knowing that this is a direction that WORKS gives me hope that it will buy me the time I'm looking for!...
AND, I finished one project this weekend, though I do still have the clean-up to take care of... I FINALLY got the wicker lampshade painted, the hooks hung, the on/off switch wired into the cord... and yes, my swag lamp now proudly hangs over my dining table, AND... it WORKS! LOL It even lights the other side of my living room, so I won't need to buy another lamp for that! YAY! LOL
On top of that, I made bread yesterday. From scratch. Yum! It gave my hand a real workout, and doesn't have the preservatives in it that are hard on my kidneys... only problem is, I make REALLY GOOD bread! Not bragging, seriously, just making a point that it's SO hard to resist homemade bread, fresh and still warm from the oven...oooh. SOOO hard! LOL
I'm making a sandwich with it to take to my therapy sessions. Yep, plural, and back to back, my balance thing first and then the hand again. That hand is a tad bit swollen this morning... like I said, the bread was a good workout! LOL THAT should be interesting, too... LOL
Have to go get ready, and I want to do at least a FEW emails before I leave... so
Bye for now!...
Isis, on the prowl!... LOL
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