Monday, October 27, 2014
This was the most breath taking vista we saw. The bridge entrance over the falls:
View from the top:
Just was soaking in all these incredible views:
Rooty path down:
Tiny bit of sun:
My niece relaxing by edge:
In the parking lot the crows claimed the area for their own:
Were not afraid of us at all:
I had attempted a video of the falls, but kept cutting it off. So I may show the best one just to hear the noise of the falls.
Today was barely above freezing, with heavy overcast and a mix of rain and snow. Mom came over to take me shopping to Value Village and Wally World. Not a productive day. Bad sleep again left me draggy. I tried a nap after the shopping. Both stores had cement floors, always hard on the joints to walk on.
My new desktop computer's keyboard had fading little letters and was difficult to see in my dark apartment so when I was shopping at Dollarama, I spotted a keyboard with huge black letters on a yellow background! For only $3 it worked great, can even see it just by the light of the monitor! Bonus was instead of arrows, the shift and enter key had words on them, so no more confusion what they were lol.
I took back a kitchen weigh scale because when I opened it up and tried it the display was plain old Liquid Crystal Display, the black lettering on a grey background which I find difficult to see. The cover had blue numbers on a black background, so I was hoping it was LED. Bathroom scales are coming in that wonderful bright display, I wonder why kitchen ones are not? Maybe when I get my new glasses this won't be such an issue..
The cold season always brings out the worst in my disease, and I am struggling to get past the wall of pain and lethergy to get my exercising in. I could easily fall back into couch potato mode during the dark cold months which last so very long here. Okay, I am whining about the abrubt end of our Indian summer..
I am enjoying the meditation series my friend Kaligirl gave a link to. Most important issue so far was the forgiving of those who have wronged you. The poison of your past will always have a profound influence on you until you can release it and let it go and perhaps even forgive. Wishing those who wronged you well, picturing them sitting across from you was very powerful and quickly brought up those old emotions. I can see why meditation is so strongly recommended. All those with frantic, busy lives, huge stress and emotional issues need to discover this calming path.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
It was still overcast and foggy when we went to see the 2nd longest falls in Canada:
We had to go up this very narrow switchback road to get there:
There had been an avalanche here, always a risk in the mountains:
The path to get to the viewing point was gorgeous:
We were up high and surrounded by mountains with glaciers:
Closer view of one:
We stopped at the lookout over the convergence of two rivers, the Kicking Horse and Athabasca:
There was a noticeable color difference of the two rivers:
My niece tries to get a closer shot:
There was a path down, but it was very steep and trecherous:
A little bit of blue sky:
On the Icefields Parkway there were plenty of glaciers to be seen:
The one we came to see, the Athabasca Glacier:
On the other side of this glacier and mountain is the American part, called the Columbia Icefields:
Its massive but is receding very fast. On the path up they had year markers showing where it had been.
I was so pleased to be able to do 30 minutes on the elliptical, my low impact DVD and then later my first fitness class, a step one, since my arm problems began December 23. I felt really good in my new shoes, like I could have just kept going longer then the 60 minutes :-)
Unfortunately, I have gained a pound. I was way below on my calorie range (by 700!!) yesterday, but high on fat which seems to be a chronic problem when I look over my history. Any dairy I have is no fat, but the other is healthy fats from vegetable sources. You do need some fat to absorb the nutrients from your fruit and vegetables, but I do wonder how much and if I could cut back on it somehow.
I am close to being able to go home permanently. I was able to put a cover on my arm and not only shower, but shave my arm pits as well. I also was able to take off the bandage from my arm that was put on after the stitches were taken out. The one thing I could not do was cut my nails, very frustrating as they are growing fast :-( The arm still does not feel normal and I do not have full use of my fingers range of motion. It is progressing with the bending though.
Its more convenient to stay with Mom though for when I get my physiotherapy sessions, as I can just walk from her place. Mom is so nervous about my Stepdad's (he is 83) driving as she said he almost hit a pedestrian yesterday because he wasn't paying attention that the person was going to step off the curb. He is forgetful, having to ask where we are going several times. But Mom is incredibly nervous and is constantly yelling out watch that car or person even when its nothing to worry about, that they are not even close. I don't know how he deals with her constant nattering.
The wind has been ferocious meaning my apartment has been flooded with my neighbour's cigarette smoke. So anxious to get away from that, but also enjoying my independence here and my great big screen computer and high speed internet, such a difference.
I made an appointment to get my eyes checked so I could get new glasses. So sick of these ill fitting ones I can't see close up with. My eyes get tired and sore if I am on the computer or reading too much. Its the worst ones I have ever dealt with. Learned my lesson -you get what you pay for. There were all kinds of things wrong with the chain I went to -its clear the owner was in it to make a buck, not help people see. But the reason I chose them was because of the huge variety of frames. I have been scouring the regular optometrist's offices, but most don't have what I am looking for. All they have is those tiny narrow square frames and I wanted something bigger and rounder which would not only compliment my oval face better, but give me a larger reading area. My progressives now have only a tiny reading area I have to move my head to see and it takes very little movement to go blurry. I usually end up looking through just one lens. Also I wanted something more sporty, able to stand up to rough treatment, like a flex arm band, but they had none. I have gone through brush on the trails and been whacked in the face by branches when I am busy watching where my feet are going instead of my face :-P
I have been singularly unsuccessful trying to recruit rookies for my special bridge game on Tuesday that I am running. It is played simultaneously across Canada and the participants have always raved about it and wished we could hold more like it, but its only once a year. It would seem my coming home has been a waste of time in that regard :-( It will be the smallest game we have had yet. Some have already done the snowbird thing. We lose a lot of our membership to the south in the winter.
Today I will do some work at the club and relax.
Bye for now, have a restful Sunday!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
We went from:
rain as we got higher into the mountains:
We drove by an avalanche area:
We were headed for the clouds:
Steel netting for some protection against falling rocks:
Little falls were constantly streaming along the road:
Narrow gaps cut through the mountain:
We finally arrived at our destination, a lodge nestled at the highest point in the mountains.
We wanted to do a quick hike before supper so asked if there were any short trails.
This was only supposed to be 40 minutes so off into the fog (clouds)
Boards through the wettest parts:
We came upon this gorgeous lake:
The blue water was so pretty:
Easy to see the bottom:
The short hike lasted two hours, but was worth it.
Back at our room, it was totally socked in:
We walked around getting photos in the fog:
We competed trying to get the coolest picture of lights in the fog:
In the morning we headed off into the fog to see a great waterfall, and caught this train going through a tunnel:
That is enough for today.
The party last night was poorly attended, I suspect because of the afternoon game. So there was lots left over. There were various desserts and I tried them all:
An incredible chocolate creation that was so rich and incredibly good it made my teeth ache on first bite! Then a couple of tiny pieces of a pumpkin and cream pie. I had three pieces of pizza of varying size, couldn't even guess how to track them all accurately. Then there were those little Halloween chocolates I ate through the evening as it was boring with few calls and the person who was supposed to direct went home leaving me alone.
I wasn't feeling great this morning. After walking over five miles on pavement yesterday, I ached all over, especially my foot :-( But after pigging out last night, I felt I needed a good workout. I chose my favorite Zumba DVD Exhilarate and went at. I was moving my right arm fully, but when I got about 2/3 of the way through, I felt a sharp pain in my right arm muscle. It was done :-( I carried on anyway, getting into the lower body and moving my right arm sparingly. It did feel good to move again even if various body parts were complaining.
I washed up and had lunch and found that my whole arm was sore. Might have been too soon for Zumba movements even though I was trying to be careful and not make any jerky or really fast movements.
Its a great day outside, sunny and reseasonably warm for this time of the year, so I want to get out.
Enjoy your Sunday, thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
You have chronic health conditions that constantly challenge you, you are recovering from surgery that limits your exercise and you do not have total control over the food you eat.
I am living with my Mom as I recover from major arm surgery. Her husband doesn't eat fruits or vegetables and she eats very little. They are carb lovers -he eats half a loaf of bread every day and she would rather eat her buns, bagels, specialty breads and flat breads for meals rather than any fruit or veggies. They are both meat eaters and I prefer vegetarian. She allows some space in her fridge and her freezer for my food choices, but when her neighbor brought over a bountiful harvest of fresh veggies, she only kept the carrots and some squash and some potatoes, giving the rest away because it would spoil before having a chance to eat it as neither of them would eat any of it. I love some of the grains, but my favorite bun we both like a lot is a whopping 260 calories in spite of being whole wheat whole grain flax. So its been a struggle to keep my calories in check. I had limited my grains to 1 or 2 servings a day and that worked for me, but they were much lower calorie then what they have. Yet in spite of all this, I am happy to say I lost a lb since my last weigh in Sept 26. Wasn't expecting it, but I am becoming more active now, with the arm free to move now I have better balance and can safely walk and hit the trails.. We are having an Indian summer here now with temperatures in the mid teens ( 16 C, 61 F today) so I am torn between staying with Mom and having access to the trails, or going back to my apartment and having access to my gyms and beloved fitness classes. But I think enjoying hikes with the adorable Daisy and Mom will win out.
I do love my Mom and enjoy staying with her, but I do need to get back into my apartment, my life and my food. If the arm continues to progress, so I am hoping it will be soon. This month is the busiest at the club for me with special events and games and I should be here for better helping out.
To borrow and modify from a Spark friend's saying:
Life can be good even when you are constantly tired from lack of sleep and in pain, but its even better when you can get out, be fit as possible and enjoy a normal weight range. Choose your challenge. Live life to the fullest or stay home stuck in a rut.
Another BC photo (for LJCANNON):
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