Wednesday, June 06, 2012
The first day Mom and I did something together was the most important. We wished to finally scatter our beloved Bendix's ashes to allow him his final resting place in the off leash park that he loved to run in. Angus had to smash the urn with a hammer to open it, so here Mom carefully takes the pieces apart:
Mom heads off to scatter his ashes and Sparks would not let me load those photos.
Mom went home while I walked alone, doing a spirit walk with Bendix on a final goodbye in his happy hunting grounds. I started off with the first lower trail we used the most:
I could easily imagine him freight training through the bush chasing anything from rabbits to deer. We would end up calling or whistling for him after a time. Then, suddenly and very quietly, he would appear on the trail in front of or behind us, 'What, were you calling me?
I think he liked startling us and running up behind us zipping by soundlessly, as he did that quite often.
The end of the trail looks out over this storm drain outlet:
Using 40 X zoom, I managed to get a photo of the duck sitting on the very far stone where it empties into the river
Then I decided to do the toughest trail we never went on last time because Mom got dizzy and had to quit:
Stopped to admire some flowers along the way:
And the yellow:
This was a very tough, steep trail, winding up and around the embankment with lots of rocks in it:
The view that high was incredible: To the left is the sandbar Bendix used to dig on, will visit it on the way back:
Its really hard to show the steepness of this trail in only 2 dimensions, but just loved the rocks:
One more rock shot:
The end or start of the High Roller trail depending on which way you are coming from:
Then it was back down to a more normal trail:
Then it was to Bendix's digging beach:
Thanks to the river running very high last year, this beach hugely expanded and was three times the size then when Bendix romped here. We had fun telling him here it is, then he would power dig down as far as he could, driving his face in the sand trying to sniff out what ever 'it' was. Worked every time, he was a strong dog and could dig a big hole in no time at all..
I walked along it as far as it extended:
I then went home and spent a quiet day, reflecting on how wonderful we had Bendix for 12 years and all the joys he gave us. There is nothing like having a dog. Loyal to then end no matter how much pain or hurt, they will always be there for you. It was sad to say goodbye, but he was suffering from cancer that took out his strong legs :( So the vet came to the house and gave him his final shots, and he just curled peacefully up, closed his eyes and passed away. Even though this was a year ago, it still hurts to realize this was the end of an era for us. We will never again enjoy the companionship of a dog as I live in an apartment and Mom and Angus feel they are too old to look after another dog. To all those fortunate to have a dog, enjoy every moment with your precious one!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Started my morning off with some high energy Zumba -I just love this enthusiastic, go getter of an instructor -the really great news is she will have a regular class Thursday nights! She hasn't signed a contract yet, but hoping. I was worried what I would do when all my classes were cancelled at Lakewood Civic Center for the summer. This will be one fun replacement!!
Then it was time for kickboxing, and we were getting warmed up and then started running forwards and backwards. On the backwards, I caught my heel and went slamming on down on my back with my head bouncing off the floor. It made such a loud noise, several people nearest to me rushed to my aid! But it didn't even hurt, and certainly didn't make me dizzy or anything. I was lucky that floor is so springy. I do have a knot on there now, which is sore, but no other ill effect. I continued my workout without a break and put lots of energy and speed into it. She was really working us with speed drills. I was seriously sweating by the end, but happily, not once did I get out of breath :)
The it was home and shower and have lunch and start packing. Four blissful days at Mom's. Unfortunately, the reason I have four is my poor regular bridge partner on the first and third Tuesdays is still in hospital (week three) and has been diagnosed with cancer in the spine and will begin chemo soon. The blessing is they are keeping her pain free, but the drugs are making her incoherent :(
Thought I would share some photos of my birthday:
The first thing we did was put in the Russian Blue potatoes:
Later Mr. Bunny came by with birthday wishes:
That purple bike has an amazing story. Mom and I, on a hike, looked out over a bridge and saw an old mustang bike thrown down in the ravine. It was very dense with fallen trees and thick bushes. As my very first bike was a mustang, I thought it would be neat if we could rescue it. In spite of the trecherous steep slope with lots of detrious around, somehow Mom, on her own, dragged it up the hill and brought it three miles up hills and trails home! That is my remarkable Mom -never say die! She gifted me with several other gifts -pure merino wool socks from Cabela's, also a camouflage flashlight, a pair of Lululemon yoga pants to match my hoodie she gave me -in charcoal color -got compliments for looking good in them even from the young people -all that working out is paying off ;) My sister-in-law said you have no butt!! LOL.
In the evening Chase (who just had Lasik surgery and needed to wear those protective glasses) and James play classic card games -War and Go Fish if you can believe it!!
The candles lit had different color flames but you can't really tell in this photo:
My sister gave me this amazing wooden puzzle:
The woman who created the design, Sue Coccia had a Great Grandmother who was Native American, that and her love of animals influenced her art and love of totems. My sister paid me a compliment:
"I figured you should have the grizzly totem, the way you face life's challenges head on and don't let anything stand in your way." Nice!
The pieces are amazing, smells like wood smoke and are carved into various figures:
There are 471 pieces and it will be really fun putting them together:
It was a wonderful quiet evening with my relatives -with no TV as Chase was told not to read or watch any for three days -a real treat not to have it blaring and distracting in the background!!
Hope you all have a wonderful evening!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
1. Live life each day like it could be your last! (accidents happen!)
2. Start your day doing something you love -it gets the ball rolling for a positive day!
3. Don't worry about the future -you can't predict it.
4. Practice forgiveness -holding a grudge just builds anxiety and ulcers.
5. Declutter -the unessential junk in your life prevents you from seeing clearly.
6. To improve your performance stop thinking about it, it will come when you are ready.
7. Laugh every day, it really is the best medicine
8. See the world through a child's eyes -never lose that wonderment -its an amazing world!
9. Take a risk -do something you never have done before -it challenges you to improve.
10. Step out side the box -do something unexpected.
11. Spend a part of your day quietly -away from the electronics, everything -destress, relax, meditate, connect with a higher power what ever it takes to totally be free of worry.
12. Accept that life isn't a bowl of cherries and move on.
13. Face problems head on, they aren't going away.
14. Honesty really is the best policy -not only with loved ones and friends but with YOURSELF!
15. Be a good listener -sometimes that is all one needs..
16. Maintain your perspective are your troubles really world ending?
17. Keep a journal or blog -it keeps you accountable and illustrates the track you are on.
18. Forget the past -its done and over, and crying over it won't change anything.
19, To make the most of time, lose track of it. Get it done, and stop watching the clock!
20. Do the nastiest chore first, get it over with and the rest will come easier.
21. Exercise in the morning before the excuses and life builds up during the day.
22. You don't know everything. Forgive yourself for being wrong and learn from mistakes.
23. Love yourself -you are worth it and deserve respect.
24. No deprivation -you can have anything you want in moderation.
25. Connect with nature -getting somewhere green and quiet is very calming.
26. Volunteer -make a difference, makes you feel good too.
27. Pay it forward -help a stranger, the world needs more kindness.
28. Cherish your parents -they may die before you get a chance to say you love them
29. You are never too busy for a hug.
30. That which doesn't kill you will make you stronger.
31. There is always something you can do even if you are disabled.
32. Pain really does ease up when you exercise more.
33. Make a living will -if you don't want to be resuscitated then make sure everyone knows it.
34. Save a life -donate blood or be an organ donor.
35. The sun will also rise again tomorrow.
36. Never be afraid to ask. Its not about looking stupid, just learning and saving trial and error.
37. Elderly people are full of wisdom, cherish them, don't ignore them.
38. Eat 9-13 servings of freggies a day -low calories and not much room for anything else :)
39. If its in the house, you will eat it -make it a junk free zone.
40. Start small, gradually work your way up, its the best way to form a habit.
41. Set a regular bedtime and never deviate -sleep is SO important.
42. Be active throughout the day -it makes coping with chronic pain easier as you stay loose.
43. A bad diagnosis isn't the end, its a new beginning of a new chapter of life.
44. Smile -it brightens everyone's day.
45. Never be too proud to ask for help -there is no reason to suffer in silence.
46. Be knowledgeable and informed about your health issues -YOU lead your health care team! Never be afraid to get a second opinion.
47. Learn from your mistakes and become stronger. NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!
48. Strength training is important it helps prevent osteoporosis.
49. Walk more instead of riding around -you see more and can enjoy the neighbour's yards :)
50. Do one fun thing everyday -ENJOY LIFE! You only have one shot at it!
Happy 50th to me!
Peace, Live Long and Prosper!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Started out my morning 'resting' in, may have gotten four hours sleep, good for me, with the usual wake ups. Then it was breakfast and slathering the Volteran on like it was lotion, and off to Zumba and kickboxing! Enjoyed myself and even the ride there and back wasn't so bad. Then I went to the grocery store to pick a pepper and get my Humira. Then it was back home to put the Humira in the fridge and back out again to a specialty confectionery that sells splints. I got one for my left hand, wrist and thumb. Its stiffer then I would like, wanted something a bit more flexible, but its great support. Not sure if its too stiff for me to exercise in though :( I can't grip anything with it..Then a shower and picking out a nice outfit for the evening. It was a small turnout for our Awards Night, with only 18.5. But they were really happy with how well the steaks were done and tasted. The guys doing the cooking were experts -they took a giant beef tenderloin and managed to slice it all up to get their steaks at a much better cost then buying them already cut!
I enjoyed my baked beans, 1/2 a baked potato with real butter, ceasar salad and Costco buttercream icing cake -there was white and chocolate, so big sinner that I am, had both, and corner pieces to boot. Total damage for the day 4200 calories!! Looks like there will be more workouts in my future -some of those awesome threesomes ;)
Its been a fairly quiet game and I feel bloated like a stuffed turkey. I should know better. Oh well. I don't sleep well anyway. Doubt this will all be digested by the time its bedtime. I ate 142 fat grams for the day, that will slow everything down :P
I hope you all did better with your long weekend holiday!!!
Have a Super Sunday!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I woke up too early as usual, went to sleep for an hour more, but got up and took my Fosomax. I would have been up early enough to go to the bootcamp class, but after the three classes yesterday, I gave my head a shake, what was I thinking. I needed some recovery time. So I took my medicine, Sparked, had breakfast, Sparked some more, then went right back to bed and woke up in time for lunch preparations. I could feel my muscles today in certain moves, but was quite happy the left arm wasn't any worse. Then off to bridge where my partner and I came second. Then it was back home and I just had time to change and get ready for a Step II class. I had a little difficulty understanding and hearing this instructor properly. Then I finally figured out why. Instead of calling out each upcoming move clearly, she was condensing them into sort of one word. But after seeing the routine a couple of times, I did figure it out. It was run at a fast speed so I could understand why it was done this way. It does keep you guessing when the various instructors all do different steps and patterns..
Tomorrow morning its Zumba and kickboxing, then running the Awards Night at the club.
Enjoy your weekend!
Get An Email Alert Each Time _LINDA Posts