Thursday, March 10, 2011
Snowing! While I love the look of snow covered ground, I am soooo ready for green grass and the soft green tint of new buds on trees. It's coming. I know. But I am so restless for it.
I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment this afternoon, and he also gave me some supplements to help with healing my ligaments. It will be at least 6 weeks before my hip heals - that is unless I re-injure it by lifting or twisting. Since I am used to being an active person, it is frustrating to have so many restrictions on my activities. I really do need to get my act together and get back to swimming.
Although my exercise has not been what I would like, my diet has been great and I have gained the least amount of 'winter' weight than I have for many years. This is the first time I remember that I did not have to wear my 'winter' jeans. Happy, happy!
Work on my Fairy House project has been slow, but it has been relaxing to do a little work on it each evening. When I opened the box and saw how many pieces were needed to make the roof, I almost packed it back up and returned it; but that would have gone against my macho grain, so I didn't give in to that urge. Instead I labeled, sanded, and primed each piece and put the pieces in plastic bags labeled with which roof section the pieces belonged to.
This evening, I finally finished putting together both the roof and the dormer, and love how it is looking. I am glad I wasn't too easily intimidated. Part of the satisfaction is about the problem solving that went into it.
I had to laugh at myself this morning. My hair dryer blew out, so I ended up drying my hair with Stella's dryer instead. As I dried my hair with the dog hair dryer, i was further entertained by the paintbrushes tucked into my toothbrush holder to keep them away from the maniacal toothbrush predator, Luna the Kitten. Eccentric? Well... of course!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I've been fighting off a general malaise recently. There are several things going on.
My sacrum and iliac have separated again and I have been in terrible pain, 24/7. I can't really take anything strong enough to relieve it and still function as a teacher or for that matter, a human being. So I have chosen function over pain relief. As a result of this return of my old injury, I have neither gotten the exercise or sound sleep that I need. I am seeing my chiropractor and doing my PT exercises, plus am back to weight and movement restrictions.
Work continues to be very difficult. I have a class of individually fabulous children, but many of them struggle with attention difficulties and impulse control issues. Every day is a challenge to keep everyone on target and to make sure each child in my group gets the quality time and the love they need. I meet this challenge every day, but return home just wanting to curl up in a ball of silence and solitude. I am thankful for an understanding hubby, a poodle, and my kitten, who all give me unconditional love even though I am totally spent by the time I come home.
This has also been a particularly gray and sunless winter and I know I am affected by SAD.
I AM doing what I can to relieve stress, but sometimes it is just too much to effectively handle. I do put my work before my person needs. I don't know how not to when the emotional and intellectual lives of children are what I am responsible for. I cannot cut back on that. No way!
One little bright spot:
I was greeted with the first flowers I have seen this season - little snow drops by my parking place at school.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
My new stress buster since January has been building a dollhouse for my granddaughters and niece to play with (and add on to) when they are visiting. Well, actually, it is a fairy house.
Why is it stress busting? I think because it is totally different from what I do all day and it takes a lot of focus, concentration, and creative interpretation, in much the same way playing an instrument does. Since this is a new thing for me to do, it involves quite a bit of problem solving. But each step of the way, as I figure out what to do next and how to do it, is very gratifying.
I am nowhere near done, in fact I am only partially done with the interior and just now figuring out the roof. So what do I do?
I order another kit. Crazy! Already starting to plan ahead for my next project.
You see, I found this kit for a vintage camper. I couldn't resist it. My DH loves to restore vintage campers. About 1 1/2 years ago, he got this 1953 vintage camper - in terrible condition.
He totally stripped it out, and restored it staying faithful to its time period and design, with the exception of adding solar power to its energy source.
They are remarkably similar, especially if I cut out a back door and don't put in the middle window.
So while I am working on the fairy house, my mind is working around the next project and the next dilemma.
Mike loves to take the camper to the Vietnam Veteran's reunion, fishing, and to blues festivals. Now I need to decide: do I want to make a replica of his darling restored camper complete with Viet vets, guitars, fishing poles, and yes... beer? Or do I want to go with my own flights of fantasy? Ever living in Fantasyland, I see a cozy getaway for the Hedgehog family.
I may need to make two...
Well, I can think of worse addictions than guitars and building projects. For one thing, I can't mindlessly eat while doing either, and for another, they are both a combination of energizing and relaxing. And right now in my life, that's just what the doctor ordered.
Monday, February 28, 2011
My Spark friends who already know me know that I have some pretty extreme back problems resulting from an old injury. Over the last few weeks I have had a huge flare-up of back and sciatic pain that keeps me up at night and makes it hard to get motivated to move in the morning. I was so discouraged this past weekend that I was feeling teary; not my usual emotional state.
I finally got to my chiropractor this afternoon. When he found out that I have been suffering for a few weeks he asked, "Don't you have a phone?" I told him I have a phone, but I don't have a life. Honestly, sometimes the work week takes everything I have in both hours and energy. I told him I think stress has as much to do with this painful flare-up as anything else.
He maintains, and I tend to agree, that stress is a basic cause of all disease. And think about it, what is disease? Dis-ease. We are out of sync with our hormones, our psyches, our spirits - and our bodies react accordingly.
Time for me to reevaluate and return to a focus on the 'ease' of life, actively seeking out those things which combat stress. Just for fun, I made up a list of my stress busters.. the way I spell relief.
R-Relaxation, yoga, and meditation
E-Eliminate extra work
L-Leave the job at work
I-Instruments are instrumental
E-Enjoy a pleasant hobby
F-Fur baby quality time
Some of my stress busters:
Yup, I'm in there! Yay, yoga!
I don't know quite how to show leaving work at work... but my walks and photography always transport me away from the stresses of work.
My sweet little Weber
Progress on the Fairy House
And how do YOU spell relief?
Feel free to share your ideas here....
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I was really needing an evening of quiet solitude this evening... a little special time when I could bask in a no-stress zone. I realized what was calling to me was my sweet flamenco guitar. She's been tucked away for a number of months while I have been more focused on my steel string and my bass guitar. As I warmed up with scales, I wondered why I have neglected my flamenco for so long. Flamenco music speaks to my soul. And this guitar! I love the way it sounds, the way it feels, and the way it smells... a special woody warmth.
I am very happy playing my guitar counts for cardio, too. The best kind of activity for this evening... exercise for the body and nourishment for the soul.
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