Sunday, September 21, 2014

Low

Low point today.....serum sickness hit, we had a really good gig with all our songwriter buds
and I didn't make it.  I have sung with every type of lung infection that you can imagine......but this stuff leaves me unable to function.  You could say that I am rather down tonight.  I feel better physically tonight, but out of all the years I have performed, the gigs I have missed.....well, you could count them on one hand.

Goodnight, sweet dreams



Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Nutrition Class

I decided to expand my mind a little bit.....I signed up for an online course, Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle.  The first class was all facts and figures and rather depressing. It seems since the year 2000, most of us in this country are getting larger......in the south where I live, our obesity rate is at 30 percent and growing.  It seems our consumption of processed foods, high fat, high sugar and our thirst for soft drinks ( an average of 53 gallons a year, for the average person) is taking us down the rabbit hole.  Scary stuff.

Rick and I eat very little processed or fast food......about the only time I  drink soda is when the serum sickness hits and I sip ginger ale.  But as I look around when I'm shopping or out and about, I realize that we are not the norm.  Our county, is poor not only economically, but health wise......I want to do something to help.  I teach free yoga classes, I talk about food, healthy eating habits.....but honestly, most of those who come to class are already pretty healthy.

It took this country many years, and many people dying before we and our government  realized how bad tobacco was for our health.  I am not sure how long it will take, before we realize how our diet of processed foods, sodas and lack of fruits and vegetables is creating disease in our bodies and slowly killing us.  I understand that in urban areas obtaining fresh food is difficult and can be expensive.
But living in rural areas, fresh food can be grown in your back yard.   It is a hard battle, processed and fast foods are loaded with sodium, sugar and fat.......all things that appeal to our taste buds.

We have fooled ourselves into thinking we don't have time to cook, or prepare fresh wholesome food.
I encounter people every day who do not know how to cook.  If you can read, you can cook.
Our lives, and the generations to come depend on healthy diets.......yes, our life expectancy is great, but mostly because modern medicine can keep us alive.  Is that what we want? To gorge ourselves, destroy our joints, our hearts, our bodies......just so medicine can keep us alive.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Night

Mr. Serum Sickness came to call this afternoon......he had knocked faintly on my door a couple of times this week, but the meds kept him away.  I have to admit, this evening's visit has not been as
bad as those in the past.  I am tired of any of his visits......I don't wish him on anyone else......I just want him to go away forever.

But, on a better note.......my classes were good today and Jordan spent the afternoon with Rick.
When I came home this evening they were on the screen porch building cities with wooden blocks.
They had also been down to the river......and Micky D's.........I am not sure which one had the most fun, both were beaming when I walked through the door.

Wishing you all a weekend of good times.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Road Trip

Rick, my sister Pat, her daughter Jayna and I took a short road trip.  Went to Memphis, spent some time on Beale St, saw Graceland, the Peabody, and my favorite.......ate at Corky's BBQ.

It was a fun time, I needed to go someplace other than the doc and work.  I am very tired tonight, and it's good to be home......but, we had much fun.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banana Rain





We planted this banana tree 31 years ago......some years we have actually had  a small
stalk of bananas.......this past winter was so cold I figured we had lost the tree.
It is a tenacious plant.......it grew slow this summer, and no stalk of fruit......but the leaves are beautiful.....especially this morning with shimmering drops of last night’s rain catching the light.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Busy Day

A packed day........practice for our gig Sunday, vocals exercises,
 walk, laundry, cook, clean, teach classes, and start my on line nutrition class.

A long day......treatment fatigue is still dragging on, but the good news......so far, no serum sickness

A fun day.....Samantha ate lunch with us, Jordan came for a visit this evening

wow, no wonder I am ready for bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Monday, September 15, 2014

Ouch

Ok, I spent a great deal of time on the sofa the past four days since treatment.......and one of my most delightful pleasures was reading O magazine.  There is a column called Dare to Recharge, that struck a nerve with me.  Because of that column, I did much more resting and me time......I made smarter decisions and truly thought about my wellness and recovery.

I will share with you all a quote from this column, this one, slapped me in the face.

"If you don't want to burn out, stop living like you're on fire."
- a quote that Brene Brown says was a priest's advice.

I talk with my classes about stillness and self-care almost daily......I write about it almost daily.
That quote put it into perspective.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams