Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#38

Treatment #38.......the first one that Rick has not been with me.......he's in California with the new job.
My niece Samantha took me to treatment today.......she and Jordan are spending the night tonight.
They cooked dinner for me, and since tomorrow is Jordan's birthday.......they baked a blue cake.
Nothing like blue birthday cake with yellow frosting......we're talking Smurf blue and Happy Face yellow.

The treatment room was quiet today, my friend Louis is doing much better so he didn't make an appearance today........things were just not the same without Louis and Rick.  One of my nurses, Justin is getting married in a couple of weeks so we spent a great deal of time talking about the wedding.......he is so excited......he will be a great husband.

Ordinary is good on treatment day and that thank goodness that is how today has been.  Just typical fever and headache and fatigue.  It will be an early bedtime tonight, Sam and Jordan have gone to bed, I can hear them reading to each other.......I wish they would spend the night more often.
It is hump day, so I hope that if there has been any bumps in your road, they were small.

Goodnight, Sweedreams

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Night Thoughts

really wonderful classes today, these times remind me of why I love teaching yoga so very much.
An empty house tonight......Rick is out of town......very quiet, even the dogs are quiet.
Tomorrow is treatment.
Today is the 24th anniversary of my dad's death.......I miss him.
Goodnight, sweet dreams

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Prayer

A prayer for everyone tonight........

May all beings be free from suffering
May all beings be at peace
May all beings be healed
May all beings be happy
May all beings be at peace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Night Thoughts

A beautiful Sunday morning, clear blue skies, then the clouds moved in, then the rain.......a valuable lesson......enjoy those blue skies, they might look as though they are here to stay.......but, you never know.

This is treatment week and it will be the first time in three years that Rick won't be going with me......his new job is taking him to California this week.  Glad for him, sad for me.  My sister Pat is going with me and Sam and Jordan will spend the night with me on Wednesday.......all good company......but I will miss the Rickster.

This is the last week of January........already, time is slipping by......the first month of 2015 almost gone.  I hope this last week of the month is a good one for all of you.......remember it will be spring in the blink of an eye.

Birthday Game

Happy Birthday Jordan!  For his birthday party, he asked his  mom to have it at the Alabama/Auburn basketball game tonight.  Like his mom, he loves round ball.  So, Jordan celebrated his birthday and Bama's win with about 15,000 fans........it was a fun time.
Samantha, Rick, Jordan and me of course, in our selfie with our game faces on.  Roll Tide!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Change

Last Friday, at the beach, blue skies, sunshine, temps in the 60's.
Today, at home, temps in the 40's, has been raining since yesterday, and talk of snow and ice tonight.  WOW.......

As always.......life is change.
Hope your weekend is full of good times......and just remember, change is always around the corner.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mindfulness

A lesson in mindfulness today........we pride ourselves in multi-tasking, but honestly our pride should come from our ability to focus on one thing at a time.  How many times do we drive with no awareness of our trip, we eat with no awareness of the food in our mouths,  we talk with friends and run lists through our brains about what we are going to do tomorrow.

The next time you wash dishes, or sweep your floors or fold laundry......be aware of each movement, aware of the dish, the sensation of the water, the temperature of the water........notice the bristles of the broom, the movement of the sweep, the texture of the floor......feel the clothing as you fold, notice the softness, the colors, the fresh clean smell.  Mindfulness is calming, soothing, tension releasing.....a way to increase awareness in our lives as well as those around us.

If you commute to work tomorrow, take notice.......do you pass by houses, a school, trees, water?
When you talk with someone......take the time to give them your attention, all of it, not just part of it.
If you do a mundane task.....notice each step, take pride in doing it well, let it relax your mind.
Spend a few short minutes a day practicing mindfulness......you will see a difference in your stress levels.