Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Thought of the Day

 
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.  Beautiful people do not just happen.
 
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Roundup

Hard to believe, isn't it?  An entire week has passed by in the flash of an eye.  It's been a quiet week for me.   It's been up and down with weather, starting with a beautiful Monday, then a rainy Tuesday, and finally a steady flow of more than one day of springlike weather.  In fact, it's going to be summer weather today, 85 degrees and sultry, so at this point, I am pretty sure I am going to pack my bag and head to the park.  

On Monday I had an experience with synchronicity.  I guess that's what you can say it was.  The previous Monday I had left later, but ended up making it just as dance was starting, and despite back problems, I couldn't stop myself from joining in.  Told myself that I would only do what I could, but then once I started, I just HAD to do every dance.  Paid for it the next day, too.  Pain was back in full force.

So this week I decided to leave the house even later.  It worked, too.  Got there 20 minutes before meditation was about to begin and sat down on one of the benches in the hallway to wait for dance class to be over.  Then it hit me.  No music.  What?  Surely Cynthia had not given them that long of a break.   She's a go, go, go facilitator which is why I love her.  Turns out that dance class had been canceled at the last minute.  Cynthia had called in sick, the ONE time she has called out in a year, and they could not get a replacement in time.  Had I gone earlier, I would have ended up waiting for an hour before meditation begins.

Tuesday I stayed in.  The sun was shining brightly when I got up, but by 10 am the clouds had taken over, and it was obvious the rain was coming.  Wednesday I decided to take off from class.  We have no classes next week so I decided to take this extra day for my back.  When I return in June I want to be able to put my all into it without worrying about kind of damage I will do. 

Got two new crystals this week. Really do have to stay away from the Wednesday evening flash sales.  Definitely going to make a conscious effort this week.  I mean like, where do I put them all.  You wouldn't believe how many I have.  They just look so pretty and I have such hopes in using them, that I cannot resist. 

Flourite slab.  Helps align and balance the upper chakras.  Use for focus, clairity, and positive energy.


Indigo Gabbro palmstone.  Works to bring balance to every area.  Enhances energy work and intuitive abilities.  Inspires focus and mental clarity. 

Made a nice chicken salad for Wednesday.  Just didn't feel much like a hot dinner.  I make lots of use of that Purdue cooked chicken breasts and always keep on hand.  Served it with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers drenched in the Sesame Ginger dressing I love so much. 
Purdue grilled chicken strips, diced some celery and red onion, added a dollop of mayonnaise, and sprinkled in some black pepper and curry powder.

Last night we had grilled chicken and yucca with red onions.  I love yucca and it is a very good anti-inflammatory.  My mother-in-law had terrible arthritis in her knees.  She was 86 then, and it all seemed hopeless.  Then, I turned her on to yucca.  However, one cannot eat enough of it, so to get a therapeutic dosage, I take two yucca capsules every day.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Changes throughout the years.  You can see that by the 4th grade I was already taking care of myself, getting myself ready for school. Notice the sloppiness of my hair. This was when mom really became distant, when she took on her second life working during the day and spending evenings with her boyfriend, leaving me home with my alcoholic dad.  If only we could have a do over!  (Sigh)  If only mom had been a mom.  Perhaps my life would not have been filled with so much turmoil.  Perhaps I would have grown up with some self-esteem and not made so many poor choices in life.  And then again, perhaps I would have made the same choices.

When I look at these pictures, I get very emotional.  All these years I though mom hated me, but all these years she kept this one private picture album in her drawer for over 40 years so no one would see it.  Until she left home for the hospice for the last leg of her journey.  Then she brought it out for all to see, leaving it on her bed. 

Four years old

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Ninth Grade
High School

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wordless Wednesday--Sleeping Ancestral Spirits

Old Settlers Burial Ground in Massachusetts.  Burial site of my 10th great grandfather, John Prescott, founder of Lancaster, MA.  Sleeping or not?   The orb says not.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Living with Chronic Pain

Tuesday morning.  No classes today.  Plan on taking it very easy.  Just trying to heal.  Went to meditation and arts and crafts yesterday, and as much as that music was calling out to me, I did not participate in dance. This back pain is lingering on and on and on.  It's been a few years since it lasted this long....and both sides to boot.   I had an old hairline fracture of the lower spine, and arthritis set in.  As the doctor said, "Your lower back is riddled with arthritis.  And it is only going to get worse"  Just what I didn't want to hear....although I already knew.  I've been suffering off and on for many years now.

It's kind of funny the way it happened.  I may be a city girl now, but I was a country girl until I turned 26.  I was about 19 when I went night fishing for carp with a group of friends.  It had been fairly quiet up until I felt a strong tug on my line.  Strong wasn't the word for it.  I was actually having quite a struggle.  My friends offered to help, but I wanted to reel this one in by myself.  Then it happened.  My feet slipped out from under me, and I fell onto a pile of rocks.  Never had I felt such stabbing pain.  I lay there as my friends reeled in a 25 pound snapping turtle.   

I was taken to the ER and later released.  "Badly bruised back" was the way they put it.  It wasn't until 30 years later when a hospital in New York did Xrays and discovered that I had actually suffered a hairline fracture back then.  Ironically, the Xrays showed I had had back surgery at some time in my life.  You can imagine how I felt when 5 doctors come to examine my back.  Scary moment.  And all confirmed back surgery I never had, but no scar.  A past life maybe?

My carpal tunnel is also acting up, more thanks to yoga.  We had to turn our chairs backward, lay our palms on the seat, and do our stretching exercises that way.  No wonder my body fell apart.  Some of us just can't do yoga.  Have a feeling the strain in my quadricepts is due to yoga as well.  But, in all fairness, I cannot put all the blame on yoga.  I've been living with pain for years now.  Fibromyalgia and osteaoarthritis have been taking turns kicking my butt, but, by golly, I never let them win.  Never give up.

I don't take any prescription meds and only alternate Aleve with Tylenol Arthritis and Copper Fixx cream.  It works great and best part it doesn't have that pain cream smell.  I also use a heating pad, hot shower on my back, simple exercise, and walking.  In alternatives I take Turmeric, Vitamin D3, Krill oil, pro- and pre-biotics, and Yucca pills.  I was taking Glucosamine, but when I discovered it can elevate blood pressure, I stopped taking them. 

With that being said, I wanted to tell you about a book I have been reading.  It's awesome, and once I start reading, I couldn't put it down.  In fact, I was so engrossed in reading that I almost missed my stop the other day.  Glanced up just in time.  

Karen Duffy is a model, actress, and a writer.  In 1995, she  was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, the growth of inflammatory cells that form lumps in different parts of the body. Duffy's brain and spinal cord were affected, leaving her partially paralyzed. In this book she describes dealing with her ongoing incurable disease and constant pain by using humor and acceptance of her condition to cope. During the start of the book she says "pain that changes you" when you realize that pain is not going away, and you're just going to have to live with it.  I have come to that realization.  I kept hoping that one day I'd get up pain free, but that's just not going to happen, and I have to live with.  I think I've done a pretty darned good job of it.

Duffy says that one thing she has found helpful to herself and  recommends highly to others living with chronic pain is to give. Whenever your own condition allows it, helping others   will give back to you in such a way that it will feed your soul as nothing else can. She also talks about the importance of getting up and moving, walking as much as your body will allow, daily if at all possible,but at least three times a week if you can't do daily.

This book is an inspiration.  If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain and illness, you owe it to yourself or to them to purchase a copy to help you or them feel like they are not alone.  Using a sense of humor, she makes this delicate subject a very enjoyable read.  And very inspirational.  

A few quotes from the book.

"Be the best person you can be because this is what transforms a sufferer into an endurer".  Powerful words for sure.

“Pain is intensified from trying to control the uncontrollable. Acceptance and resilience have made me stronger.” 

"The disease that's keeping you holed up in the house began in your past, but your future is yours, so start moving in the present."

"Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water."  It's a struggle, yes.  I really hate to complain, so when people ask how I am feeling, I tell them I feel okay despite the fact that inside I am hurting.

"It's a mistake to do nothing just because you can only do a little.”

"The only way to reverse the problems caused by all the sitting is to get up off your keister and get moving"

“When things are easy, you miss the chance to learn how tough you are.”

And one I find especially meaningful:

"The ability to walk without pain is a gift that we don’t have anymore. Being able to walk with pain and not give up is a superpower. It's hard. But no one said being a superhero was easy”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday This and That

Good morning.  Another week begins.  Are we ready for it?  Not sure if I am, but, I'll give it a try. Definitely not ready for dancing or the stretching of qigong yet, but I am going to attend meditation and arts and crafts today.  I love being involved in creative activities, and this class was just what I needed to get back into it.

Cloudy skies on Friday, but at least the rain held off until long after I was home from the monthly chapter meeting.  So glad I went.  It was very interesting.  A speaker from the Department of Finance was there offering information on a program that freezes your rent.  Then, we had a speaker who educated us on the balance issues that effect many of us senior citizens.  It was a very timely presentation as I have been experiencing some balance issues lately.  Afterwards, an awesomely healthy lunch of salad and flatbread was served.

Received this email on Friday: 

Hello:

We doubled charged you for your last order due to AVS mismatch error on our system. A refund process was initiated but could not be completed due to a n error in your billing information.We strongly advise you should resolve the problem to complete the refund process. Your credit card company or card-issuing bank will return the funds to your account, typically within 2-3 business days. If you have questions regarding when the funds will be released back into your account please follow up with your bank or credit card company. 

They then provided me with a response key which I immediately forwarded to Amazon.  Wasn't going to fall for this.  Amazon's response was:

Hi Mary,

This is Tim with Amazon's Customer Protection Review Team. Thank you for forwarding the email to us.

The e-mail message you received wasn't from Amazon.com. For your protection, do not respond to it, and do not open any attachments or click any links it contains.

Any time that you receive a suspicious email, you can contact us at stop-spoofing@amazon.com and attach a copy of the message in question.


I swear, these scammers will try anything.  And the sad part is, there are many out there who would fall for this and give them the info the requested.   

Saturday was a rainy day.  Stayed in and didn't do anything.  Just didn't have any motivation, but I did cook us a delicious meal.  
Chicken Cacciatore served with linguini and salad.  Pigged out maybe a bit too much, but I expected to, and I am not beating myself up about it.  I enjoy Italian food.  Heck, I enjoy food period, but Italian?  There is just something so special about it.

Sunday I went to the early mass and then headed to the fruit stand to stock up on salad stuff and fruit for the week. 
Took this picture at church yesterday.  These guys were awesome, but the shame of the matter is that they have to be there to protect us in the first place.  Church used to be a safe place.  

Purchased at the fruit stand.  Could not resists buying a small gelato.   They are so darned good.

Have a great day.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Selections

Welcome to fairyland.  I love angels, mermaids, and fairies, and have been collecting each for a few years now.  Thought today I would share some of my fairyland stuff with you. 

A little fantasy fairy garden purchased through Etsy.  It sits on a leather round with a bed of tiny leaves.  It has a bead and flower table, a pod shell serving as a bench, a sunflower in the blue vase, a blue gazing ball, and a little blue bird.  So precious.
Fairies garden pond. 
Forgot where and when I got this little toadstool fairy house.
My little sleeping gnome.
Tinkerbell
Fixed up a little fairy garden surrounding some herbs I planted.  Needless to say, the herbs did not do well.  I've had a real problem growing herbs.
Three house mini fairy village purchased through Etsy. 
One of my little fairylands that I set up with some of my larger items.
Little fairy and a goose.
 A little fairy garden I put together.

 Little welcome bears.
My little lighthouse.  I usually use this with my mermaid/ocean scenes.
Isn't this cute?  Mushroom cottage and people and friendly snail friend in a white ceramic pedestal dish.