Friday, June 24, 2011
The link below is a short video of the floods we had today. The water ran right through our house - it was quite a deluge.
Here's a news article from today; it appears likely we'll have more flooding possible again today.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I am having a tough time. It is wonderful having time to spend with my brother, sister, and niece, and yet, going through our parents' belongings, deciding what to keep, what to sell, what to donate, and what to toss out has not gotten any easier with the passing of time. I really miss my parents, and it is hard work making these decisions because there is so much history here and because of the art work. It just makes me sad.
In the midst of all of this, we got news from a young friend of the family who adored our parents. She is a cancer survivor and she is always thinking of the needs of others. Recently, she was awarded the honor of naming a puppy that will be trained as a seeing eye dog. She named the puppy Geneva, in honor of our parents, Gene and Neva. Today at my lowest emotional point, I received these photos of little Geneva, seeing eye dog in training. She really lightened up my mood. Our parents adored dogs, and also were the first to promote independence for people who live with conditions that might hold them back from being independent. They would be thrilled with little Geneva and feel honored to have her named for them. These pictures really brightened my day!
Geneva Seeing Eye Dog in Training
My sister, niece, and I went for a three mile hike around the lake this afternoon, much needed exercise after our 11 hour trip in the car yesterday. We are looking forward to a trip to the Museum of Natural History, where my sibs and I all enjoyed hours of exploration. I think my niece will love it! And also a trip to Philly to visit with our aging aunt who is battling cancer.
Great to have time with my sibs, and to have some quality time with my niece, who is my roommate for the time we are staying in the family home.
It is amazing how much she has grown. The picture below is of her collecting eggs with me at home before leaving for NY. She is almost as big as I am!
How time does fly!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Poodle Doodle Camp is officially over. Daisy's mom came to pick her up today and Stella has been moping all day. I know she is missing her buddy.
I have been working on cleaning the house, organizing the guest rooms. One had become the repository for all of my crafting projects and materials, plus my ironing. The other room has been where my son's kitty has been staying this week. I forgot to mention I've had Kitty Camp this week as well. I wish I was able to accomplish more, but I wasn't.
Acupuncture yesterday and yoga class today. Between the acupuncture treatments, my 4 walks each day, and yoga (both in class and home practice) my hip and back are starting to feel so much stronger and healthier. The pain has decreased to barely there and my range of motion is improving.
Guitar classes are going very well. Technique that had eluded me is really coming together and my speed is increasing.
Tomorrow my sister and niece arrive from Alaska, and on Sunday we will go to see The Lion King. Then off to NY.
I don't know if my guitar will be able to fit in my car's truck once our luggage is in there. While my car has great trunk room for a hybrid, it still is a relatively small trunk. I would love to be able to continue to work on my lessons while I am in NY. I do have some hand coordination exercises I can do, and some palmas rhythms to practice, so I may have to be satisfied with that.
Went to get some new jeans before the trip. I hate shopping and prefer to buy on line, but some things just need to be tried on. Jeans are cut in so many different ways and the styles change so I was stuck trying them on. I was happy to find that all of the core exercises I have been doing have been helping to whittle my middle, so I ended up with a smaller size.
Wishing all of my Spark friends a wonderful weekend.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Stella's BFF, Daisy, is spending the week with us. It has been fun for Daisy, Stella, and me.
Daisy was a very bad house guest last summer when she stayed with us. Her hunting instincts got the better of her and she attacked one of the young chickens; my favorite chicken, in fact - Eleanor. I didn't think Eleanor would survive, she was badly plucked, she could not stand up on her own, and she was in shock. I put her in a soft bed of straw with food and water near by, and sprayed Rescue Remedy in her mouth every couple of hours. Gradually, over a week's period, she recovered and actually was up and walking, although with a limp. By this time, a year later, Eleanor is fully recovered, and seemingly untraumatized by the attack.
However, I do NOT want a repeat of that episode, so instead of just letting the dogs out to play, I am taking them on a leash up the hill and then letting them romp as we walk through the meadows and woods. It is fun to watch them running and wrestling, tearing around after each other playing chase and hide and seek. We have been going on 4 good walks a day - great for all of us! Doggy Camp has had me playing with, hiking with, keeping up with the poodle and the doodle. We are all getting fit!
I have missed yoga class twice, once because of taking my car back to the dealership and once because yesterday was street fair day and I did not want to fight the traffic or crowds in town. But I have been faithfully doing my own yoga practice daily. I love going to class because I don't have to think about my routine and because I enjoy the instructor and my classmates. I also love home practice because I can move at my own pace and luxuriate in any pose I move into.
My other main exercise has been practicing my guitar. I am still so pumped about having found such a wonderful teacher I can hardly stand myself. I love my guitar and I love Fernando. Practice sessions have been so productive, it is hard to put my instrument down. This is why I could not wait for summer; I have had time to get in a minimum of 2 hours of practice time in a day.
Several special things are coming up this week. Tomorrow I have an appointment to get my hair somethinged. I don't know what I want to have done, although I do know I have been enjoying having it longer. Maybe I'll just get a trim. Thursday is a double bonus day, a follow-up acupuncture appointment and my flamenco class. Then on Friday, my sister and niece are flying in from Alaska. I cannot wait to see them! The three of us will take a road trip to NY to work on our family home there and to visit my brother and his new wife. My niece is growing up so fast ~ I am so glad to get to have an extended period of time to visit with her.
A couple of follow-ups on past blogs:
My car is now working properly. It needed a system upgrade (sheesh!) and a wire had come loose in the microphone. My car and I are now communicating very nicely.
I have gotten three more bags of clothes, blankets, purses, shoes, etc. off to Goodwill. It feels great to pass things that I am not using on to someone who may really need them. Organizing is going very well.
Friday, June 10, 2011
This has been a trying week for me between my new car not working correctly, the Ford dealership not being very professional about it, and being harassed by an emotionally unbalanced person in an unrelated situation.
On the other hand, these things make it clear that life is good in so many ways. I have a car to be worried about and my life, unlike that of the person who has targeted me for her anger, is not tormented by mental demons. Checking in with all that I have to be grateful about has once again pulled me out of being angry and frustrated and helped me focus on the things that really matter in the bigger picture. The support from my friends here also helped keep things in perspective.
I missed yoga today due to having to get my car back to the dealer, but used Mike's truck to drive to my second class with my new guitar teacher. When I called to schedule classes with him, the time he had available was his last class in the evening. Little did either of us know how perfect this would be, as we are both having so much fun with my lesson that both sessions have run overtime. In fact, my half hour class has stretched out to an hour each time. I am SO glad I found this teacher! He really knows flamenco, and can break down some of the techniques I am having trouble with into smaller movements that I can build on.
Today, the rose that my sister ordered for me for my birthday last year, opened into its first bloom. It is very pretty and fragrant. I have not been able to grow roses for many years because of the abundance of Japanese beetles. Now it's Chicken Girls to the rescue! Since I got them last year, there has been a serious reduction in those shiny little banes of my existence. I think they eat their grubs before they develop into beetles. You go, Chicken Girls!
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