Friday, March 18, 2011
Today was the second week of our senior fitness class. They had about a dozen stations set up and did a kind of 'circuit training.' No equipment needed except for some resistance bands, which they supplied. This is so much better planned and organized than the diabetes class I attended a couple months ago. Each exercise is explained and demonstrated, and each has several variations, from a simplified 'chair exercise' version up to moving both arms and legs and fairly fast. No matter how old or out of shape someone is, they can still find a method that will help them improve their fitness but which they can do without risk of injury.
I suppose in some ways we don't quite belong in this group. I'm 58, Himself is 65, and the next youngest class member is 70. The age limit is supposed to be 60, but my guess is that most of the 60-65 crowd are still working so probably attend an evening session. Other criteria have to do with physical conditions. People with diabetes (now you see one reason they thought I could benefit from this class!), or who have heart disease, or have had knee or hip problems... just about any of the conditions that can be improved with more exercise are on the 'allowed' list.
The class is a mix of men and women. One man - who seems quite fit - has had a heart attack and takes all the fitness and exercise classes he can. (Good for him, sez me - he works at it and pays attention to the instructors.) There's a woman who has had a stroke; one man who's 90 (!) and who has arthritis; several of the people use canes. The attitude in this group is fantastic, and I think I get as much out of being around their infectious spirits as I do out of the exercise itself.
This morning I woke up before the alarm, had a quick breakfast, and jumped right into the cleaning / sorting / packing regimen, so this afternoon's fitness class was a welcome break. One of the instructors said 'Do you think this is hard work?' I said 'Not nearly as tough as the cleaning I was doing earlier today - this is R&R compared to that!' That's when I realized that this class is going to benefit me way beyond teaching me some useful exercises for fitness and flexibility.
When we got home I had about an hour before it was time to start supper. It was a glorious spring afternoon, warm sunshine, gentle breeze, not a cloud in the sky. So we went outside and did some sweeping and tidying up. It was so nice to get some fresh air. I don't know what the weekend forecast is, but I hope it stays like this for a couple days.
Supper, then back to packing etc. I've got one of the kids' rooms thoroughly clean now, with everything out of it, vacuumed and dusted and washed top to bottom. I've got the guest room about half done for the heavy-duty cleaning, and tomorrow morning should see it off. I've packed the last tote I bought the other day, so now I'll wait till next weekend when they go on sale before I buy a few more, but in the meantime, I've got plenty to do for other cleaning, and there's always papers to sort.
That's it. Another day where I'm tired-but-it's-a-good-tired. You all know how much I miss keeping up with your blogs and comments and even the status updates. My cyber-socializing isn't on Facebook, it's here on SP, lol. But there's brighter days coming, ain't?
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Mostly not enough of this and too much of that, lol...
'That' is the never-ending packing, tho to be honest, I might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for 'that.' I have four good-sized closets cleaned out; one stands empty, one has things flagged for eBay (anybody wanna buy a punchbowl?), and two have piles of neatly stacked (filled / labelled) totes.
When I started I had pulled things out of various places and laid it all out on the bed in the guestroom. Well, I have the bed almost cleaned off, so things are definitely getting organized. I got a flyer in the mail this afternoon and the brand of totes I prefer are on sale next week, so we will be getting more. The real problem is fitting them in the Smart car. But we managed four the other day at a go, so even if we have to make a couple trips, it's doable. Took some thinking outside the box to arrange them, however!
Took piles of magazines (Nat'l Geos and Smiths) to a local school... more things (clothes, games, some kitchen items) to the charity shop... grocery day... nice chat with my daughter... and packed 'n' cleaned 'n' cleaned 'n' packed. I can't believe this is doing much, but I see progress right in front of me so it must be working. One of you Sparklers pointed out what I'm doing is a lot like losing weight: it doesn't feel like you're achieving anything, but when you keep chipping away at it, after while you do see a difference. As WINE4GIRL and my children have said, 'How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!'
Back to this'n'that: 'this' is Sparking, and there just isn't enough time - something's got to give, and my priorities are (not by choice) elsewhere. But I'm getting there, and that in itself will earn me more time to do what I want, so it's a great carrot on a stick.
And with that, I think I'm done. Happy St Paddy's day, and goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I feel as though I've hardly sat down today. First thing this AM I had a haircut (just a trim to even up any stray bits now that it's relaxed, but it was a good opportunity to indulge in a super conditioning treatment, so I did). Early lunch, then out to get 'packing paper,' a couple more totes and a few odds 'n' ends.
Got back and packed one tote, then it was time for an appointment with a 'surveyor' who came around and checked the house, measured some rooms, etc. I gather that in the UK a surveyor is a prelude to being able to legally sell your property - that is, s/he issues a certificate as long as all the systems are as stated, that they work, whatever. Nice man, but that took the better part of two hours.
Watched one of the episodes of the 'new' Hawaii 5-0. (All right, I indulged Himself last night, so tonight he indulged me, lol.) I liked the show when I was a kid, as much for the settings as anything else. This is the same, in many ways: the stories aren't the best-written I've ever seen, but they're far from dull-as-dishwater. The cast is good. But it's the settings that really grab me. I've never been to Hawaii (it's on my bucket list), so I'm not only enjoying the scenery but it really whets my appetite to go'n'see.
Packed another tote after that (I hear you: I AM trying to pare it down - you wouldn't believe the amount of stuff I've already gotten rid of - but there's only so much I can ditch, y'know?), and now - I'm beat.
In between these highlights (!) I made lunch, supper (those of you who think Himself is a dreamy husband, take note, lol - he won't cook!), did my WiiFit exercises, my stretching exercises, and washed a load of laundry.
No Beatleband tonight. I think I've earned my rest.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I haven't got to 'J' yet, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but perhaps there's a reason the cosmos sent this across my path today.
A couple weeks ago I joined a new Spark Team called 'WeBlog.'* It ties in nicely with one of my New Year's Resolutions to post a blog daily. So far I have managed to keep that resolution; it has become important to me in a way I didn't anticipate, even when I have nothing meaningful to say.
[*I once read that the word 'blog' came about because a journalist had written of a 'web log' but neglected to add a space between the two words. Someone else, reading it, sounded it out as 'we blog' - as in conjugation: I blog, you blog, he / she / it blogs, etc., thus creating a new verb. Could be apocryphal, but it makes an appealing story, to my mind.]
The WeBlog team leader often posts ideas or questions to get us thinking, and writing. Today she posted 'Share some favorite quotes and explain why you like them.' She started that thread before 11 AM. It's now 8:30 PM (GMT). This has been wandering in and out of my thoughts nearly all day.
I told myself I don't have time to write a blog. I told myself I needed to do something more 'productive.' Well, time and productivity went out the window - and I am the happier for it. Because the following is what finally jelled in my head.
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." --Groucho Marx
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." --Abraham Lincoln
These two quotes say essentially the same thing. I like the detail and explanation of the first. The simplicity of the second makes it very portable, so I can tote it around with me.
I often have to remind myself that, yah, I DO have a choice. Sometimes I pick the poorer one, even though I know better. Sometimes the unhappy choice is almost forced upon me. But Life throws enough rainy days at us; when I can, I want to choose sunshine. By and large, I work at focusing and concentrating and making a deliberate effort to go with the 'right' choice: happiness, contentment, harmony, tranquility, the agreeable and the cheerful. In that lies power. Thinks me.
And it makes life a darned sight more pleasant, too, lol... So I'm going to go watch a program that's one of Himself's favorites, and then I will call one of my children, and then we will do Beatleband for a little while before bedtime. Believe me, there is joy in my heart this evening, and I wish the same to all of you.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Mondays are usually grocery day, but it's been pushed back till tomorrow since I still had plenty of fresh produce on hand to use up. It'll put a crimp in the rest of the week though. Eh. I'll cope, lol.
I believe I have gathered up all the photos (from the 'old' cameras, so these go back a few years) and photo-CDs. They were squirreled away all over the house, in different drawers and totes and boxes and ...well, everywhere. I threw out the blurry ones and set aside the duplicates to give to people, so everything is now in one small easily-moved-and-stored tote.
The recycling is picked up every two weeks, and I thought this was an 'on' week. Not so, sez Himself, it's NEXT week. Nutz, sez me. The bin is full to overflowing, so I'm going to ask a neighbor for some bin-space. I'll wait till the day before the next pickup to ask someone, though, as I wouldn't want to infringe on their space. So to speak.
Seems like there were a few other things, but darned if I can think of them. I don't like to wish time away, but I will be glad to be on the other side of this sorting and cleaning and organizing business: I miss doing my fun stuff. When it comes to the grasshopper and the ant, 'fraid I would be a grasshopper.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are--!
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