Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today I received the news that a dear friend of mine is going to lose her husband. He is young and athletic and has suffered a massive stroke and there is nothing to be done other than to let him go. He is brain dead and is only 48 almost 49 years old. I went to high school with both of these lovely people and we all grew up here in Silver City. Kenny was a football star and Shelley was a cheerleader for the wrestling team. They are the perfect match and have two beautiful children...young adults now.
Saying goodbye is ever so difficult. Kenny...I know you will find peace and no pain. We will all meet again and watch some more ball games. Goodbye and god bless.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Deb...this one is for you.
The title addresses two statements, or excuses that drive me wild! I have never liked hearing someone say I can't. If you don't try something, how do you know? Can you not do it as well as someone else, or can you not find another way to express yourself? "I don't know why" sounds like you have no education or no means to find an answer. I guess both cases result from a lack of confidence or ability to try to better yourself. Communication is a difficult item for many people.
There are several reasons that I can not accept the statement "I can"t". If I said I can't and believed it, I would not be here! I have overcome many obstacles in my life.
At 5 I was diagnosed with A Plastic Anemia, and I kicked it's booty. In high school I was told I was too short and too slow to play sports. I was All-District in basketball, a state champion in track, and faster and stronger than most of the male athletes. I ran junior olympic track and was beaten at by 1/1000th of a second by the lady that became an olympic gold medalist in the 100 meter dash. "I can't" had nothing to do with my life!
I got married, had kids, started teaching, umpiring and coaching. I tore the meniscus in my right knee and had surgery that was more harmful than helpful. The surgeon rounded out the knee joint and the knee was unstable for 3 years and my leg shortened and eventually I tore the ankle up on the same side as a result of that surgery.
My 40's have not been too great for me. I gained weight...and a lot of it. I had a total hysterectomy and two weeks later I was told I had breast cancer. I started exercising to lose weight. I quit chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol and soda. I then tore up my ankle with what seemed like a little sprain. "I can't" still was not in my vocabulary! Surgery on the ankle allowed me to start exercising again.
I lost 80 pounds and started having a lot of pain when I was running and I found it was beginning to bother my cycling as well. I did the Tour of the Gila knowing I was about 50% in my right knee. I had the knee checked again and the meniscus was torn and there was lots of damage. I ended up having the knee rebuilt in June of last year. In November I had the left knee rebuilt. I had lots of physical therapy and spent a great deal of time in the pool. I learned to swim during this time without being able to kick! I am unable to run at this time but I have managed to lose 110 pounds, complete 2 triathlons..one with an open water swim, win two 5K walks, become a certified life guard and bike about 100 miles a week! You guessed it, "I CAN'T" is still not in my vocabulary, and if I don't know why....I ask!
Sorry this is long and somewhat of a rant.
Have a Happy, Healthy Monday.........and do away with I CAN'T!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I mentioned yesterday that I would take pictures of the Buckhorn and Opera House in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. As you can see from this picture, Pinos Altos and the Buckhorn Saloon and Cat House have been around a while. It is no longer a Cat House!
As you drive into down town Pinos Altos, this is the main street.....
This is a view of the main bar in the Buckhorn and a picture of Indian Joe, who has sat at this bar 24-7 for as long as anyone can remember. Sorry you can't see his face but he is a little "waxy" in appearance. Notice the antique cash register behind the bar and the Woman of the evening in her little opera box.
After a wonderful spinach salad with egg, goat cheese and homemade dressing, we went next door to the Opera house to buy tickets to see the Anne Egge concert. She is a local artist now in New York. She is moving back to Silver soon...building her own house. She has several CD's out and just sold some songs to the Dixie Chicks. She Rocks...in a folk western way!
Area between Saloon and Opera house and front of the Opera house:
The opera House is unbelievable and pictures do not do it justice but here we go:
These pictures of old Apache chiefs greet you when you first walk in.
Next you walk in to the main theatre and the bottom main floor seating.
The stage is small but very functional. The ceiling is wooden and hand carved:
Three magnificent chandeliers adorn the ceiling on the main floor:
There are box seats overlooking the main floor. Each of them have pictures of old ghost towns that used to be mining towns. Places like Shakespeare, Magdalena, Kelly, etc. that are all long gone, but remembered by locals and by pictures in the Opera House. We used the stage for a play that the alternative high school kids wrote and produced...a Western of course!
We had a very nice time. The food and the music was great. I arose early this morning and did the 5K for the spay and neuter program. I kicked booty and took names...(I won)! Now, content and well nourished I am going to go take a little siesta (nap).
Have a great weekend Spark People.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Class this morning went very well. I did not leave the belly dancing out after all, so we did a lot of abdominal work and stretching.
We also kicked up our heels and did a lot of water jogging, grapevines, and jump rope movements.
I entered and mailed the money for the DAM IT MAN sprint triathlon. It is in T or C New Mexico at Elephant Butte on the 24th of July. Yippee!!! I can hardly wait. Gives me something to look forward to and to train for.
Hubby invited me to dinner and music at the Buckhorn tonight. The establishment has recently been re-modeled. It is Pinos Altos, New Mexico...old mining town...and the place was the original bar and cat house. I will have pictures tomorrow, or google it!
Yes, I am on the top of the world today. I have great friends that are very supportive here at Spark People, (You know who you are) and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! The weather is great, it's payday, I have a 5k for the Spay and Neuter program tomorrow, and my son is doing a money raiser through Team Ford in Silver City, New Mexico for the Walk for the Cure--breast cancer! My son is the guy on the left holding Spanky. This is one of my daughters graduation pictures! Unbiased opinion...but I have beautiful kids!
Have a safe, healthy and happy weekend!
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