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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!

  
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DASARMEHASEN 3/14/2011 2:20PM

    i feel your frustration! am glad you are seeing signs of spring though. and the fairy houses sound like such a challenge!

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MARY1313 3/13/2011 12:05AM

    I know your frustration is great at not being as active as you would like to be, especially with spring right around the corner. It will come though.

ATCHOO! It is greening up here and so many trees are in bloom, the bradford pears, the tulip trees, red bud trees, forsythia bushes, daffodils. I love every one of them even though I sneeze a lot. I don't care!

Mary



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MCGS62 3/11/2011 5:38PM

    Be careful not to paint your teeth. emoticon
I have to love the way you can still say something nice about snow --in March.


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SUNNY332 3/11/2011 11:42AM

    Be good to yourself and do what the doctor says for the best results on your healing.

Lots of parts for the roof but it will be worth it.

Hugs, Sunny

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/10/2011 9:42PM

    Great news on the Jeans! Eating healthier is a great accomplishment considering the weather, you will catch up on the exercise down the line. Good job, Victoria

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CELLOSONG 3/10/2011 9:20PM

    How exciting about not gaining much this winter! Way to go!

lol, I probably would have been one to send it back if there were too many pieces. Congrats on conquering it!

Hope you get some spring-time weather soon!

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IUHRYTR 3/10/2011 8:51PM

    I have learned during the time we've know each other that you are not a quitter and are not intimidated so I am not surprised you grabbed this project and held on tight. I'm eager to see the final project, as are many others. Spring will eventually arrive and with it our feelings of re-birth. As for the hairdryer, my Boxer and Shepherd just have to get dried when I use mine, even though they are not wet. I think it's more that they enjoy the warm air and the attention. emoticon Thanks for the laugh about Luna. What a character! -- Lou

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Struggling

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.


  
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IUHRYTR 3/10/2011 8:10PM

    It's not fun when back pain strikes. Glad you are able to still teach despite the pain and able to enjoy the beauty nature provides. -- Lou

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STARLASUE 3/10/2011 4:05PM

    ((((((Chris)))))))))

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DASARMEHASEN 3/10/2011 2:24PM

    i am so sorry to hear about your pain. *hugs* you are doing an amazing job.

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BILLTMAN 3/10/2011 7:46AM

    Hey Chris, Iím so sorry you have to endure that pain. Itís tough when you have to continue doing what you do at school and make everyone feel like youíre just fine. Thatís what dedicated people do, keep on working and smile through the pain. Although Iíve never met you in person, I can tell through your blogs and messages we have sent back and forth over the past year, that you are a special person. You are a wonderfully talented and gifted teacher of music, the finer of the fine arts. You have a special connection to your school children and they love you. I wish I could have had a teacher like you when I was in school. I wish also that I could say something or do something to take away your pain. Just know that all of us out here can hear your cry and understand your struggle with the pain. In the very least we, your SparkPeople friends, can lift you up in our prayers and give you some moral support. We love you.

Bill

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MAWRTIAN 3/10/2011 2:49AM

    Hey Chris! Hang in there! So sorry to know you are in pain!!! I for sure have SAD too, part of why it was so good to move. Last year I got and AeroGarden which has a full spectrum light which was great to have through the winter, plus I got to have yummy fresh herbs. It was reccomended to me by a friend with SAD too she loves hers and I was very happy with mine. Come visit me in the sun dear, guest room is always ready!! Leave the kids to sort themselves out ;).

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IUHRYTR 3/9/2011 11:41PM

    Hope you feel better soon Chris. It's not fun being in pain. Maybe as more beautiful flowers spring up it will help chase away the blues. emoticon -- Lou

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JABULONESTAR 3/9/2011 10:26PM

    emoticon Hugs and Prayers coming your way! I am so sorry to hear you are in pain. I am happy you have your fur kids and hubby for support. the flowers are beautiful and hopefully the warmer spring weather will help you. Hang in there! emoticon

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EGGBASKET1 3/9/2011 9:02PM

    MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU !!!THINK POSITIVE. IT SURE DOES HELP TO BLOG AND WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU ! SPRING WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT ! I DO HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME COMFORT AND DO ALL THOSE THINGS YOU LOVE TO DO. JUST STAY POSITIVE, MOTIVATED, CONSISTENT AND PERSISTENT !!! YOU CAN DO THIS ! HUGS...EGG

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WATERMELLEN 3/9/2011 8:27PM

    Soooo sorry about your pain. I do not know that many of us can put our work before our person needs for long -- and remain the kind of person who can do the work. It takes a very exceptional person to do the work you do. I only wish that I had had the kind of teacher you are, that my children had had the kind of teacher you are. But it all depends upon being the person you are!!

If the pain can't be controlled, and soon -- you are going to have some decisions ahead of you. In the interests of preserving your own sanity.

Love those snowdrops. It will be a few more weeks before I see any here, so thanks for sharing yours!!



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VALERIEMAHA 3/9/2011 3:49PM

    Ohhhhhhhhh...Chris, I HATE to hear that you're in so much pain. It's just NOT fair. You put so much goodness out. This will pass eventually. But in the meantime your quality of life is seriously compromised and I'm just SORRY to hear that.

I do hope your chiropractor and the PT exercises provide some relief and I'm so happy you have such a great support system of two-and four-legged beings!
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MEOWMAMA3 3/9/2011 11:36AM

    We are in the same boat my dear, I'm limping along on my painful knee and somehow I hurt my Achilles tendon on the same side. I struggle every day to manage 65 unruly and inattentive kids and their emotional and educational needs. They are SO NEEDY. Yesterday I had a small triumph with a child who seems depressed and wouldn't tell me anything that's bothering him. He's been coming into class daily and just laying his head down and staring at the wall. His mother is hostile and mean so she's no help. I offered to let him take his book and test home to work on and he perked right up. So, is it still a test? No, but at least he'll be doing some work. I have 2 untreated ADHD students in each of my 3 classes and they work my nerves full time. It gets harder every day, but I sit in my chair in the morning before I leave for work and put my feet up for 5 minutes of the last sips of coffee and then close my eyes and pray out loud for peace, patience, and perseverance. I'm so sorry you're aching, I know you're doing a fantastic job with your kids. At some point you really do have to take care of yourself. We can't be Superteacher all the time. Hang in there....and don't YOU let the turkeys get you down! (I gave my mom a Boynton mug with that saying on it and it was her favorite for years, finally chipped and became a pencil holder....I still have it!) :) hugs, Kim emoticon

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DOR2BFIT 3/9/2011 9:41AM

    Those flowers were a much needed message-'Chin up, Spring is coming!' Someone in our town puts a big sign up on a tree facing the road with a countdown to spring. It cheers us up, and has been written about in the town paper. I'm so sorry that you have not been able to exercise and that you are in pain. I hope you are feeling better soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/9/2011 8:44AM

    Awe - Bless your heart. I also understand about the SAD. It has been a Long winter and I am ready for it to be behind us.

Hope you have a good day and the struggles get less and less as the days go by.

Hang in there.

Sunny

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MCGS62 3/9/2011 8:35AM

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It has been a dreary winter I feel it's effects too. Marriage has been rough lately--wish I had a poodle, the cats don't like me.
".....Children ....struggle with attention difficulties and impulse control issues." We have got to meet someday-- it doesn't end with childhood. emoticon
I can tell you are a great teacher and well liked by your students. I bet if you explained to them how you feel you would be flooded by volunteers to help with any thing you need.

Here is a cherry thought-- It is ashes wednesday---Easter is coming-- I get to make custom chocolates with mom -- we didn't do this last year because of dad--I cant wait to post some pictures -- you get to see my artistic side finally-- and of course chocolate!

TAKE CARE!

jim

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PUDLECRAZY 3/9/2011 8:31AM

    Thank you for your support. I'm not drowning, but I am definitely tired, overworked, and in pain. Hurry, spring, hurry!!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/9/2011 8:19AM

    emoticon I love that you saw those beautiful snow drops- I trust they are a sign of springs return and relief ahead for you.
It is a privilege to work with those kids for sure but please try to take a little care of you too.

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CELLOSONG 3/9/2011 8:18AM

    I know what you mean--the pressure of being responsible for those precious lives for most of the day can be overwhelming at times. But do try to take care of yourself, too--if you're in the water over your head, it's sure hard to save someone else who's drowning.
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New Addiction

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. emoticon

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.





  
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LUNADRAGON 3/6/2011 7:19PM

    Sounds like a load of fun!

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KROWNEDBEAUTY 3/6/2011 5:25PM

    How sweet are you! I think I might do the same thing when my daughter is just a little older...she's only 2. But I was thinking of getting her a doll house this year for her bday and maybe i'll build one instead! How much do the kits go for?

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PONYTROT 3/6/2011 1:10PM

    I like the Fairy land theme, and think continuing/extending that with the camper would be much more fun for the granddaughters and niece for whom you said you were making the dollhouse. Let your husband do his campers to vintage condition and yours could be a dreamy one for the children's fantasy. Time enough when they are older to learn about alcohol and war and other less fun fantasies.

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CAROLIAN 3/5/2011 4:16PM

    emoticon good to keep busy roll on warmer weather and my garden emoticon

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EGGBASKET1 3/2/2011 9:29PM

    WHAT A UNIQUE ADDICTION ! I LIKE THE IDEA SOMEONE HAD ABOUT A LUXURY DOG HOUSE !!! NO MATTER WHAT, YOU MUST BE HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE !!! WOOHOO !!! HUGS...EGG

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LMB-ESQ 3/2/2011 5:21PM

    I vote for two :-)

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JABULONESTAR 3/2/2011 2:58PM

    It is so perfect! emoticon I love your addiction. I think it is so healthy and a great stress relief :) Way to go! What fun emoticon

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MARY1313 3/2/2011 10:40AM

    Love this addiction!!!!

Mary

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REDRIDINGHOOD16 3/2/2011 8:35AM

    That is an excellent addiction!

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SUNNY332 3/2/2011 8:33AM

    What a great way to handle your stress. I loved the idea of the Fairie House and can not wait to see it completed. I also love those vintage campers.

Yes, I believe there are worse addictions. Do have a Wonderful Wednesday.

Hugs, Sunny

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/2/2011 5:13AM

    I vote for Fairyland. Let Mike have his own stress relief!Besides that, fairies don't drink beer do they? I think they'd drink mead, mulled wine or maybe they make a flower nectar brew.
As for fishing poles, the fairies I know have a "no harm" policy.
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IUHRYTR 3/2/2011 12:04AM

    Such a creative outlet. Love the trailer idea. How about a luxury dog house? Barn? Airplane? Oh, the possibilities. emoticon -- Lou

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/1/2011 10:17PM

    emoticon I'd go for two!

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MCGS62 3/1/2011 9:31PM

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NANHBH 3/1/2011 9:31PM

    Well, at least it's a healthy addiction! Such detail! Love that you DH restores vintage campers. What an art - as is what you do!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2011 9:09PM

    Hedgehog Viet vets fishing, playing guitar and drinking beer? The hedgehog effects possible for the rounded trailer structure itself simply boggle the mind --!! Now there's a fantasy!!

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DOR2BFIT 3/1/2011 8:51PM

    That is adorable! emoticon emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 3/1/2011 8:49PM

    very neat.

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How Do You Spell RELIEF?

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



Luna



Stella

And how do YOU spell relief?

Feel free to share your ideas here....




  
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SUNNY332 3/1/2011 7:05PM

    Awe Honey, I am so sorry to hear you are once again having back problems. Stress does add to the tension/muscle spasms so good job on developing a plan to decrease your stressors.

What do I do to is I try to maintain some kind of schedule. DH thinks I am kind of ridged but it helps me. I am a huge list maker but don't kill myself just to mark off something on the list. I read a lot, listen to music, walk out in the woods (when the weather permits), give Ms. Mackie a good old petting (she restores my balance), gardening (woohoo - won't be long) and of course, fishing. Any time you care to go fishing, I will gladly bait your hook.

Take care and glad you are my Buddy this month.

Huggers, Sunny

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JABULONESTAR 3/1/2011 6:56PM

    Stella and Luna look amazing :) I just love their photos! I am sorry to hear about your pain but happy that you made it into the chiropractor and that you are remembering what is important for your health! I will think about my relief and share it later LOL
Feel better
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MARY1313 3/1/2011 10:56AM

    R - Reading takes me to another place
E - Eating the right foods that I know will give me more energy
L - Loving on April every chance I get. I rock her to sleep every night and sing to her. She is my best friend and the love of my life and makes me so happy!
I - Including time for just me and not spreading myself too thin.
E - Exercising, even if it's just a good long stretch helps me to focus
F - Freeing my mind of job related thoughts so that I can devote home time to home. I do this through a 15 minute meditation as soon as I get home. I turn off all phones and noise makers.

Mary

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/1/2011 10:54AM

    I love Stella's shamrock kerchief! I'm glad you finally made it to the chiropractor, the nervous system is what allows us to maintain our health. Hope you are feeling better and will continue to improve!
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HANNAHV 3/1/2011 2:45AM

    Come on find that balance/zen, you have it in your hands already - now do it, you owe it to yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCGS62 2/28/2011 9:24PM

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WATERMELLEN 2/28/2011 8:09PM

    So glad that YOU have found a way to get relief: and your chiro sounds like a gem!!

Luna and Stella are gorgeous!!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/28/2011 6:56PM

    Let's see...

R - Refrain from engaging in negativity with my housemate
E - Extend my joy quotient with more fun activities
L - Living mindfully
I - Interesting books and movies, always a welcome leisure-time activity
E - Energizing exercise to keep me healthy and happy
F - Fully engaging in life through yoga, meditation, being present
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Maha
P.S. Isn't that the same yoga center that you gifted me the class to (memories are made of this!)?

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DASARMEHASEN 2/28/2011 6:50PM

    i would put the F first. there's something about quality time with furbabies that just makes me forget everything else for a while ^_^

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Ahhhhh!

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.

Satisfying!

  
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TISHTOES 3/1/2011 3:29PM

    Fabulous. Nice to get reacquainted with an old friend.

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MEOWMAMA3 2/26/2011 2:35PM

    Flamenco music reminds me of my mother who always wore Maja perfume with the flamenco dancer on the label. I was fascinated by her when I was a little girl. My mom also played the guitar when she was a young lady. Any chance of a video blog in the future?????
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JABULONESTAR 2/25/2011 10:25PM

    emoticon Wonderful!

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NANHBH 2/25/2011 1:53PM

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Do you dance while you play?

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MARY1313 2/24/2011 11:16PM

    I know exactly the feelings you are talking about. When I play my guitar I am transported away from whatever the day has brought and I go to a place that is very soothing and beautiful!

Mary

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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2011 10:31PM

    Lovely to think of you enjoying this soul-restoring time!!

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MCGS62 2/24/2011 10:17PM

    emoticon I know it's not a flamingo but it will have to do!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/24/2011 8:55PM

    Ahhhhhhh...INDEED! "You" quiet time is so essential to balance and joy, huh! And I've found that music has a special magic about it.
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