Sunday, August 15, 2010
Well, I guess one gets what one deserves. I knew that I shouldn't have been walking around in flip flops all summer, but I did it anyway. I've felt the difference (no support) in my knees. Took Mr. Puppy (an 85 lb., 11 yr. old black lab who still thinks with a puppy's brain) for his walk and when another pooch came out to check him over, he got all excited and managed to slam into the front of my (GOOD) knee and hyper-extend it. Today, I'm forced into having to basically sit with my leg up, icing the swelling and doing just simple things from my chair. NOT the way I like to spend a Sunday, but at least I'm getting a lot of other mundane stuff done like sorting, laundry folding, required reading for school and lesson planning. Am hoping that behaving myself today will get me back to something closer to normaiity tomorrow! And yes, I put the flip flops away and put on some walking athletic shoes.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I have to say that I love fresh beginnings. Whether it's a new day to get in sufficient exercise, eat healthier, do what you are passionate about doing, starting a new school year with the kids, it excites me. I am so deeply grateful for every opportunity to be better at something than you were yesterday or last month or last year.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Well, actually, it's much more real depression than simply being "blue." It has been a very difficult late autumn and winter. Even early spring was still so hard. I lost 5 people in my life, 3 of whom were far too young. I began to just absorb a sinking feeling until I began to feel almost paralyzed. It was hard to see the reason for much of anything. I had lost my ability to feel happy.
I began to drag myself to the Y for workouts and lap swimming. It seems that following those sessions of good physical exercise, my spirits lifted for a bit. Slowly, but surely, things are beginning to feel OK again - even though a dear childhood friend was buried last week following a brief, but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Talking to her sisters and brother helped.
In an effort to have something physical and creative to do for the summer ahead, I am planning raised garden beds so that I can grow our own organic veggies. I've always wanted to do that, but the soil here is horrific. It's pretty much ledge under us so we have what feels like a quarter inch of soil. Well, if you can't dig down, build up! It's a lot like life. There are ways of reaching your dreams if you really want to and some times, you have to improvise and build up rather than dig down.
So there you have it. Depression is lifting, spring is here, and I am taking the little steps I need to take to have what I want in the near future. My next blog will likely be all about the raised garden beds and that whole journey. I wonder if there might be others who do raised gardens who might be able to offer advice. We shall see!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
There's something so cathartic and healthy about spring cleaning (once I get past the sneezing and sniffling from dust allergens!) I began with the sewing room. I love sewing, quilting, and paper crafting, but come on! I had pieces of material (sizable pieces of felt, for example) left over from sewing Halloween costumes for my kids who are now ages 29 and 25! Did I need to hang on to it? Or could I use some breathing room in there? It took up considerable physical space (picture a footlocker sized and shaped plastic trunk!)
I began there and gathered up materials of all kinds that I donated to school for use in the after school program. There are always little children who love making doll clothes from felt or creating something imaginative and wonderful.
Continuing along sorting, organizing, donating and with every bag that landed by the door and into the hallway, I was lighter - lighter in spirit and lighter in "stuff" that was just no longer part of me. My sewing room is coming along so nicely and I'm having a wonderful time reliving memories as I toss and package things up to donate.
Now, I'm doing a good bit of physical work, too, mind you! There's a lot of bend and stretch, tug and lug going on. My body is happy and my spirits are as well. Top it off with healthy meals, nutritional snacks, and the occasional 15 minute break and it makes for a great weekend inside while we are experiencing wind swept heavy rain with hurricane force winds all weekend outside!
So try it! You'll like it!
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