I used the Avonex pen!

I just used the Avonex pen for the first time! Way cool!!! Been doing shots for a long time. Avonex the whole time, started when you had to mix it yourself and tap the bubbles out of the syringe, to the prefilled syringe and now the pen. Push the button and you’re done! Love it!!
Namaste-
Sarah

Namaste

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quick morning check in

Blueman greeted me on the deck this morning! He must have wanted me to know that they are back and have built another nest. He knows that the kitchen looks onto the deck and made sure I knew that they were back.
We’ll check in later this weekend.
Namaste-
S.

Namaste

new adventures

Call it adventure, call it courage, call it aging I don’t know what to call it.  I am doing things these days that I would NEVER have thought to do in the past.  This morning I passed out cards at our neighborhood pool to stir up some interest in a yoga class while the Moms are waiting for swim and dive team practice.  Walking up to complete strangers and introducing myself would never have happened in the past.  Thursday I may just go up and set up a class and see what happens!!

I think I actually owe this new-found courage to yoga.  I have something I want to share with everyone and let them know how wonderful it has been for me!  When one woman said “I can’t do yoga” I told her I had been diagnosed with MS 20 years ago and can’t is no longer in my vocabulary!  Yes I am on disability, yes I have problems remembering sometimes, yes some days my strength fails me but I still CAN!

It’s a beautiful day and I am meeting some friends for lunch then I am upholstering a chair with a friend because we CAN!  We started yesterday and amazed ourselves at the progress.  It’s an old chair of my Mom’s that has found a new home and purpose in my yoga studio.  Maybe I’ll share pics when we are done.

Speaking of pics…I couldn’t get the pics of my Friday morning friends to post in but if you look at all my pics they are there.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.  I am!!!

Today’s Gatha:

I aim to make every action serve the goal of helping others.  Even eating can have this motivation: I eat to maintain strength, prolong my life, and be better able to help others.  I am always mindful of my motivations.

Namaste-
Sarah

 

 

There are no coincidences!

A very wise friend has to constantly remind me of that.  Yesterday I had a reminder of how true it is.

My day was filled with activity yesterday.  It started with a visit with my “Friday Morning Friends” at the Sr. living apartment complex.  (pics to follow), followed by a stop at not 1 but TWO malls.  Who knew they closed the store I needed to visit at the first mall.  and oh yeah it was HOT!!!!!

Yes I have said in the past the heat doesn’t bother me but yesterday was TOO HOTT! That and I had on the wrong sandals for a long trek thru an outside mall. Does anyone else have a problem keeping flip flops on their feet?  These are the cutest sandals and a good brand name but I kept feeling like I was either going to fling them into the next county or simply leave them behind.  Happy thought is that I was shopping for leather flip flops for my husband so while I was at it I got a pair for myself too and put the “cute” shoes in the bag. Will save those when I am not going to be walking so much.

After that I was able to stop for a short rest and something to eat at home.  Then I went to hang out with my 2 favorite young ladies that I like to call “twinkle” and “sparkle.”

As you know normally Friday night is wine and cook something new night with a girlfriend or 2 at my house.  Last night we were going to undertake gazapacho due to the intense heat of the last few days.  I was up for it but knew it was bodering on too much for one day.  I am sad to report my friend got sick so Friday night was cancelled.  THERE is my lesson in “there are no coincedences.”  Although I am so very sorry my friend got sick, it is a good thing I was able to just hang out with my hubby last night and take it easy.  Gazpacho can wait til next week and we already have to recipe!

Going to take it easy today.  Yoga and maybe a trip to the pool.  A storm last night cooled things off.

Please look at my photos for some pics of my Friday Morning Friends.

Today’s Gatha:

I must stop, calm down and rest to heal.  I cultivate receptivity and acceptance.  I work to create the right conditions for healing by acknwledging my suffering, exploring it, then letting go.

Namaste-

Sarah

HELLOOOOOOO!!!!!

That’s how a young lady that visits frequently enters a room.  Always so happy.  Maybe I will adapt that!

Over the next few weeks you will hear alot about a significant birthday coming up.  I posted something yesterday about turning 50!  Yep that’s me.  July 17 is the day-the party in the backyard is the weekend before.  Now we are getting the house ready for what I hope to be a big crowd!!  We are flying my son in for one last “mommy and me” visit before he gets married in August.  What a busy summer.  Keep us in your thoughts as we try to keep up with everything we need to accomplish and work some rest in as well.

Speaking of rest.  We took it easy yesterday.  Lots of sports on T.V. NASCAR, golf and basketball.  I enjoy the racing and golf but not the pro basketball so much.  I was raised on the ACC and college sports are still my thing.  So thankful for a Husband that answers my questions about the other 2 as I continue to learn about them.  I suppose the TV execs plan Father’s Day full of sports!  Speaking of Father’s Day I finally got my Dad on a phone in HIS room.  It works, I just think the ringer is turned off. So good to talk to him on a Sunday again.  Hopefully the phone saga is over.

Getting some things checked off the list today.  Trying to upload a fun “baby picture” of me.  Look forward to THAT!!!

Today’s Gatha:

May I fully be present in preparing for this celebration, cultivating generosity, gratitude, and kindness for even the smallest joys and wonders.  Conditional happiness dependent upon a specific circumstance always leads to suffering.  This celebration is a source of happiness it I use it to practice being in the present moment.

Namaste-
Sarah

 

just a quick “blog by”

That’s like drive by only on a blog.  Thanks for checking on me yesterday ya’ll.  I’m fine.  Just used the blog as a bit? of an option to vent.

Today is an exciting day.  I have 2 young ladies coming over to help me bake their Mom a birthday cake.  Maybe some pics later.  No details now as it’s a surprise!!

I just posted a picture of my Dad in honor of Father’s Day.  So thankful he’s always a happy guy! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there in case I don’t get back to blog before Sunday.

I promised you a gatha so I’ll get that and I think I’ll get some prep work out of the way for the cake. Like separating the eggs maybe.  Oops..there’s a hint but not much of one.

Today’s Gatha:

May I be fully present for this celebration, cultivating generosity, gratitude, and kindness.  I also know that I must cultivate these things even for the smallest joys and wonders.   This celebration is a source of happiness and I will use it to practice being in the present moment.

Namaste-

Sarah

Happy Jack

Happy Jack

My Dad recently. He is always smiling

Image

Warning-this turns into a rant!!

Except that I am so tired I couldn’t manage to sit at the desk and type. This is a quick note from my blackberry while I rest in bed.
Don’t know why I’m so worn out, I think it’s because I didn’t have much on my “to-do” list and so I spent the day going up and down the stairs because I had nothing to do!!!
Tomorrow will be better, the day is planned and I will rest tomorrow evening.
Why does managing this thing called MS have to be so hard? I am trying NOT to be a control freak but it seems that control is required!!! :-p
No gatha for today-the book is downstairs- here’s your IOU!!
Namaste-
Sarah

Namaste

time to check in….

What a great day!  Spent a couple of hours at the pool.  2 hours are my limit even with something to read I get bored and it’s time to head home.  Getting my usual summer brown.  Wish I could keep the color year round.  (naturally,  nothing but good old mother nature gets me this brown, I feel and look so healthy.)  Read some more of my Yin book today.  What an interesting “science” – more and more I love what I am learing about this style of yoga.

After that it was usual Sunday stuff, laundry etc.  Still trying to get my Dad to answer his phone.  After all the effort to get a phone back in his room he either isn’t hearing it ring or is NEVER in his room.  Will call the Nurses station tomorrow and see if I can get some help.

Tonight should be a quiet one.  Not much planned.  Not sure what the week brings other than the usual.  Hope I can get back to meeting with some of my regular yoga folks.  Miss you guys!  Got some new things for us to try.  Everyone feel better soon.  I’m ready when you are.

I have stopped taking a prescription that I have read can contribute to or worsen the leg twitching I have been experiencing.  Like I’ve said before…no specific names here but the leg so far seems to have settled down and I don’t seem to miss the extra medication.  Maybe I can get off everything except my MS medicine.  That I am not willing to change without the help of my neurologist.

Speaking of which..I see my Doctor on Friday.  Look forward to that report next weekend.  I plan to have a list of things to talk about with him.  Always have a list for your Doctors…make the most of your appointment time!

Today’s Gatha:

To achieve happiness, I must see that the one important time is now.  The present moment is all I have.  The happiness I seek will come from deep kindness and respect for all beings and all life.  I am aware of what is appropriate, skillful, timely and true.

Namaste-
Sarah

my inspirational reading for today

What is purity of heart? A heart full of tranquility, full of peace. Having a steady mind, a balanced mind, is what you call purity of heart. Being well-balanced between the dualities: the ups and downs, the pleasure and pain, the profit and loss. If your heart is pure and steady, you can see God reflected in that steady heart.
-Sri Swami Satchidananda

Namaste

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