Courageous, Inspiring, Hopeful

Courageous, Inspiring, Hopeful

I just finished my 16th book for the year. In previous posts I’ve shared that I made a commitment to read as many books as I could in 2017. Well, the 16th was a doozy! It is one of those books I started reading a while ago and for some reason couldn’t get in to, the first time. I don’t have any idea why and now I’m embarrassed to admit that. However I went back and picked it up again. BOY! I’m glad I did.

We live in a Country where education is taken for granted. Our children fuss about HAVING to go to school, never realizing what a privilege it is. I was that child too. I did not like school. I went because I had to but never realized or appreciated the opportunity I was receiving. I have an AA degree and never chose to educate myself further. I don’t regret that, but my eyes have been opened to what a struggle it is in other places to even hope for the chance of a partial education.

Thanks for that Malala!

An outstanding book of inspiration, courage and hope. What admiration I have for people (a 15 year old female) who will stand up for what they believe in, no matter what the cost! Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sexes and ages.

“We human beings don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I have found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one”… Malala

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book! Educate yourself.

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Fabulous Fall

Fabulous Fall

I anticipate fall every year with so much excitement. Perhaps it is due to a need for a break from the summer heat. Definitely, the colors are lovely. The Pumpkin Spice everything has become amusing, just to see what they will “Pumpkin Up” this year. For me Fall ties with Spring as my favorite season.

Here is the deal. If the kids have to go back to school (in the fall) early in August, then we can begin the fall “season” in August as well. At least that is where I am. It won’t get cool in Las Vegas until October, but I don’t want to wait that long. Seasons and decorating are so much better when you have time. So yesterday I ordered some fun stuff from Pottery Barn.

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When I first saw the pumpkin plates I loved them but didn’t order them right away. You know when you go back and re-think something and find it is on SALE, that it is meant to be. So I ordered the plates for myself and the scull decanter for our daughter.

Slowly I will transform unto fall because I love the season and want to celebrate it a while before Thanksgiving. Since the Christmas tree was still handy from my “Christmas in July” adventure, I will decorate a Halloween Tree this year. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet…so stay tuned!

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Fall… colorful leaves, cooler weather, Pumpkin Spice, and the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas! It’s a wonderful time!

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seeing Light…thankful!

seeing Light…thankful!

A couple days ago I blogged about my frozen shoulder return and my discouragement over it. Expressing concerns on social media allows one to realize that others have experienced the same. Thanks to everyone who responded and told me about your experience. It truly helped knowing others have also been through it.

Today I have a new attitude, a thankful heart and feel so grateful for the good health that I take for granted too often.

I have had 3 miserable nights. I couldn’t sleep in my bed, (couldn’t lie down), have experienced some of the worst pain I can ever remember and have been in tears more than once. On Monday morning I called the Orthopedic Doc that I saw 18 mo. ago and by God’s grace, was able to get in and see him today.

He took x-rays, compared them to the previous ones and gave me a cortisone shot. The shot was not at all painful and I’m encouraged it is going to help a great deal. He gave me some simple exercises to start tomorrow and some helpful advise. Man, Doctors are such a  blessing.

Sometimes we need a little (or HUGE) reminder about how good our life is. We realize when something goes wrong, how grateful we should be when we are well. For me, that is often. I really do experience great health and I am more thankful today, for the reminder of how good I usually feel.

I am confident that my follow-up visit in 2 weeks will find me starting the road to recovery with a better attitude because I am thankful for the great health I normally experience.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS- with a grateful heart!

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frozen shoulder frustration

frozen shoulder frustration

About a year ago I went to see an Orthopedic Doctor for my right shoulder. It wasn’t working. I had lost so much range of motion and it hurt in certain positions. I was to the point where I was compensating for it all the time. I was worried I needed another shoulder surgery.

Happily, the Doctor told me it was a frozen shoulder and with P. T. and patience I should be able to regain the use of it without surgery! GREAT NEWS! It was doing SO GREAT. I had almost complete range of motion regained, I wasn’t afraid to use it and it wasn’t painful anymore. Until…

This week I decided to kick up my weight workouts. I’m focusing on my arms for my 60th birthday and want to get my guns back. So last week I put in 2 really tough workouts, one day on biceps and 2 days later on triceps. I was SORE, but felt great. NO SHOULDER problems. I walked on Saturday morning, and then had company arrive. We went out to dinner last night and I noticed my shoulder was sore??? weird…by bedtime I was in EXTREME PAIN. I mean ready for the ER pain. I couldn’t get comfortable, I couldn’t raise my arm AT ALL and basically couldn’t use my arm. WHAT THE HECK?      WHYYYYYYYY???? (insert lots of crying and frustration)

I took two ibuprofen (if you know me, you know this meant I was in pain)! I put an icy/hot patch on it AND used my heating pad. It was bad. You know how when you are in a lot of pain, you squirm? I was squirming! I couldn’t lay down so I slept in my recliner. By sleep, I mean, I didn’t sleep, but the pain did subside by this morning. However I can’t use my arm and I can’t believe how discouraged I am.

This is how far I can lift my arm and it is painful to do so. You can see how my shoulder is up…trying to compensate, which is exactly where I was a year ago! The thought of starting all over again has me discouraged, to say the least.

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My sister in law is here and was telling me she had a frozen shoulder also and the Doctor told her it would eventually go away. She said hers has. So I can hope for the best, but still feel like I have a long road ahead and am so frustrated!

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I have my finger covering the area that is so very sore and where the pain seems to come from. If anyone out there is a genius in shoulder issues, or frozen shoulder, I would LOVE to hear what you think. Thanks for allowing me to vent!

I mostly started blogging because my stories tend to be long and I felt like this was a better place than on face book to chat it up! I Love all my readers so much.

Happy Sunday night! If you are starting school tomorrow in any capacity, student, teaching, or student teaching, I wish you a year filled with students who want to learn, and teachers who love to teach. I guess (in a sense) I’m starting shoulder school, again.

Blessings on a successful school year.

“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time criticize others.             Roy T. Bennett

 

 

 

 

the “biggest looser” reality

the “biggest looser” reality

I have been reading lately how the “biggest looser” contestants are gaining their weight back. This is not shocking considering they change their diet so drastically, workout ridiculously hard, and are coached and counseled for a short intense amount of time, in hopes of the win, cash prize and lots of attention.

I am so opposed to this show and any similar process to encourage weight loss. It’s unfair and unhealthy!

I want people to WANT to be healthy. If you are struggling with loosing weight, PLEASE don’t get the idea that this is the way to do it. You must decide you are going to make exercise a part of your DAILY life and you must make good food choices. It takes both, all the time, everyday, forever. There is no, “I’ve lost all my weight and now I can eat whatever I want”. It doesn’t work that way, unfortunately.

It is deceiving also that some people “look” so healthy because they are skinny, but are actually in really bad shape. It could be mental problems, smoking, or a number of other things allowing them to be thin. In the same way I’ve seen heavy people able to dance and do the splits and “keep up” even though they are overweight.

JUST TAKE IT DAY BY DAY, nothing crazy at first. Start out by walking 30 min. per day. Then start to walk faster and increase your time as you begin to get stronger. There are so many websites for exercise suggestions if you don’t belong to a gym. One of my favorites is to refer back to good ‘ol Jack LaLanne’s ideas. I remember watching his show as a kid. He was never in a gym, fit and healthy as ever. His story is interesting if you google it. Just don’t be discouraged because you had an unhealthy meal, or day, or month, or summer. There is no “starting over” when you are always striving to do your best. If you ate crappy today, eat better tomorrow. Try to make exercise a HABIT. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. You may need to walk 21 days in a row to get into the habit. Hopefully soon it will kick in that you need it, more than it needs you. Exercise reduces stress, helps you sleep, keeps you flexible, keeps you moving…there are so many benefits. It’s magical, once it is a HABIT.

Once you begin to feel better you won’t want to go back. I have so many little tricks to share. This is my passion and I need to try and be encouraging more often because I wish good health for everyone. STOP trying to be “skinny” or “get down to a certain weight”. STOP beating yourself up!

Just START and see where it goes.

 

 

nostalgia

nostalgia

Yesterday I enjoyed many kids “back to school pictures”…remember when school started AFTER Labor Day?

We are constantly astounded at how time flies…remember when we couldn’t wait until the Friday night dance and thought time stood still?

My birthday is in mid October. It used to always be cold by then. Now- a- days that can still be a warm time of the year, depending on where you are, I suppose. But the climate has definitely changed since we were little.

Remember when you hardly knew about someone dying? Maybe a grandpa or great-grandma that you didn’t see too often? Now it seems like good people are constantly dying, some of them way too young.

It seems as though when we are young, we can’t wait to “grow up” and when we do, time moves too quickly, we loose people we love too often, our patience decreases and our stress increases. We have less time, even though we may be retired. We squeeze too much into a day and that is getting worse with the younger generation! Yesterday I read a face book post about a young mother who did 5 errands with her little one BEFORE books and a bedtime show! When I read it I thought to myself, that is a weeks worth of fun and activities!

Why do we need to do so much? Why are we now programed to watch TV while looking through our phone and perhaps another activity?

This is a Glenda theory, but are kids these days more active and “high strung” because they are constantly being stimulated? They run from place to place, rushed to nap, back up to run some more, activities, mommy’s errands, computers, IPads, 2 year olds knowing how to work an iPhone better than the 55 year old who was holding it?

TV, group play dates, gymnastics, ballet, soccer, swimming, (all this before they are 5), run, run, run…

I MISS the days when we had quiet time at home with our kids. I miss simple birthday parties that consisted of cake, gifts and pin the tale on the donkey.

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I miss bridal showers that consisted of cake, gifts, and a nice flower arrangement in the center of the table. I miss bachelor and bachelorette parties where you stayed home with your friends and drank too much and it didn’t cost any more than the price of the booze and some food! I miss kids making up silly games and playing with ONLY what they could find at home. Remember our kids playing in the Tupperware shelf with more joy than any toy could ever bring them. I miss SIMPLE thinking about kids and what they need. They don’t need much!

I’m feeling a little nostalgic today! Remembering good, slower paced days. Take a moment to slow down today. Relax, enjoy, look around, and smell the roses! May your day be beautiful and stress reduced because you wanted it to be.

Happy Thursday.

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The number 13

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The number 13 has great meaning in our life. After our son was killed in Iraq the high school he attended retired his football number and jersey. The ceremony was 6 months after his death, on 9-11-09.

Whenever number 13 pops up, (grocery items, show seats, stairs in our house, hotel room numbers, I attribute it to Daniel reaching out to us!

Sunday we were in the area of Daniels grave for a few hours and I haven’t been there in quite a while so I decided to go visit.

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It was so quiet and peaceful and I was snapping a few pictures. You know when you accidentally shoot a series of pictures because the button just holds and when you go to delete the pictures it will tell you how many (mistake pictures) you are deleting. Sunday I deleted 13!

I believe whenever the number 13 pops up it is my son saying hi, and letting me know he is okay and he misses us too! It’s how I survive the monumental loss!

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It was a lovely visit Daniel. Thanks for letting me know you were present with me! I miss you every single day! 8 years 5 months, today.