Day after Boxing Day

Black dog with white markings standing in snow at Lookout Park
Peanut walking at Lookout Park

Spent time with the Best friends, family and loved ones over Christmas. I am truly Thankful for all the Joy. I also appreciate the efforts of all to make this Christmas a special one.

Back home in Gravenhurst after driving 600 km? It’s nice to put my feet up and watch Coronation Street after taking Peanut for a walk to the park.


Shovelling the Deck! Hey I can do this!!

wood deck clear of snow

Wow!!!  Got up this morning, after shooing myself out of bed, to get the Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls in the oven, I know, took the short cut, but they are good!!!  Reheated the leftover cooked coffee made from overground coffee beans, that clogged up the coffee maker, but it tasted good, and wow!! got me moving!!  Watched Iron Man 3 – again – what a great movie, with awesome music, had to put on the surround sound for that.

Anyway, the morning tasks were to clean up the clogged pathways full of branches, fill up the woodbox, do the dishes and clear the front deck, not in any particular order.  You can’t see where the ground is – another 24 inches below the deck, but with the warmer weather 0C, the snow is coming off the steel roof,  and landing on the deck – makes for a messy icy pile to clean up.  So, rather than going to the gym – cleaned off the deck.  I can’t complain – it isn’t a huge deck – and my sweetie does the rest with the snowblower, or ATV , which was a messy job of mush today.

Afterwards enjoyed sitting and watching the chickadees and bluejays at the bird feeder, I think maybe a hot chocolate is in order!!  I am grateful for our woodstove – such a warm heat on a damp day!!

November 30, 2013

Well it was a pretty awesome day.  Our float rocked in the parade today, what a blast!!  The sun shone, everybody was happy, life is good….and I am glad we have scheduled a day of R&R tomorrow.  It has been a busy couple of days with lots of fresh air and exercise!!

The stress reduction mindfulness group therapy course I have been taking is awesome.  I had no idea how much my body was aching due to stress and how much paying attention to myself and my body would help make me feel so much better.  I have been able to reach the stage of MS? That is two letters in the alphabet.  Life is a challenge, and I am bringing me back to life, one day at a time, one moment at a time…..but I still lost my phone in my back pocket :).

I know I still have a way to go, but I no longer have the same fear, or anxiety that I had.  Being mindful, at work, at home, for children, for life, is getting a lot of press lately, and rightfully so.  Some, come by it naturally, some like me, need a good dose of learning.  I never thought I could benefit from group therapy, but the ability to see how others benefit in their daily life from learning the same simple techniques for daily living is motivational.   Whether you have lost a loved one, have a chronic illness, depression, or work stress, the course I am taking benefits all.  Dr. Bill Knight teaches this 12 week course on mindfulness, and I endorse it wholeheartedly.

Transition into Fall

When you feel like you have been run over by a Mac Truck – oops? That didn’t happen??  Maybe it was just something I ate.  Not likely, but we will give it a whirl.  I had my doubts when I got up this morning, got dressed for work, called in, said I might be a little late, finally did go in on the advice of my partner’s daughter, stuck it out for a few hours, got some stuff done, but the body and brain really, were left at home, or just were not in attendance at all.  Now, this probably won’t make a lot of sense to you.  Which is fine.  If it does make sense, that is okay too.  My MS has been pretty nice for a bit, so it is possible that it is having a hiccup.  Stress will do it, or instead of trying to fight the flu or whatever, it decides to go at my neuro pathways.

So, plan to look out the back at the sky and the trees, and probably have a nap.  Have a good one. Wenonah II and Segwun

Saturday when the hubby is working

I can easily confess to my to do list today…. oh dear, it must have self erased before you could see it!!!  Don’t worry, it is a special ap that I designed specifically for this blog only to be used on “hubby is working day”.   No point in asking me for it, it only works within specific parameters that are known to me, and unfortunately, I do not have the IT wherewithal to teach you.

Do you play Luminosity?  I started playing it, and paying the wee annual fee, because if it will help keep my neuro pathways open and circuits re routing as required, I am all for it.   Of course I need to do the same with my physical body, if you don’t use it , you lose it, even to do little exercises  do so much to help keep my strength up.

I can’t believe I knew so little about this disease, before I was dxed.  Maybe because I am deaf – dealt with cancer, (not mine) and other random diseases, I just didn’t go looking for another one, but still, such ignorance.  I have been doing alot of reading, but all it seem to tell me, is that it affects everyone differently, and has no real targetable pathway in any two individuals.  All the basics seem to apply, eat right, sleep, get exercise, sex, water, water, water, think positive thoughts, and do the best you can each day, one day at a time.  Otherwise, you are beating your head against the wall.  The phrase of I have MS, MS does not have me, is becoming more real.  Doing my daily injection is more like brushing my teeth every day.  I feel more positive.

I can do this with the support of said hubby, or partner, but I like the word hubby, so going to use it.  He has been truly awesome, every day, even when I have no patience left for this world, somehow how his own patience enables me to get my s h i t , together.

Stem cell therapy is coming along in investigation.  If they had it in Canada, and it was covered I would give it a whirl.  If it slows progression, decreases symptoms, without side affects, has to be better than a daily injection??  Although I do think attitude has a lot to do with any therapy, chemical or natural.

Back to reading!! and nap time!!Image


What do I want to do with the rest of Summer?

A friend asked me this question this morning. I don’t really know. I find when I make plans – they don’t work out. I would like to get out in the boat, I would like to go on a road trip with the Miatas of Muskoka. I also like just enjoying the sunshine, the back yard, reading, playing on here, just random activities.

I find that the plan that works best, is to be able to get up, take the morning vitamins etc., and think as if I have the energy of a superstar, and then see how it pans out.
Having to clean out my place for a tenant was hard, facing different memories, but now that I am almost done, I feel refreshed, and ready to go forward.

My partner and I are were on vacation last week, a break from work was good. The weather was fabulous. Got some stuff accomplished around the house. Focus is on the good stuff.

Today’s reality? Migraine switched from one side of my head to the other, and my brain is a little numb. I made brekky for me and my sweetie and now need to get my butt in gear. Do some more packing. Giddyup!!

Saturday August 3, 2013-Up and At ‘Em

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Don’t you love it when you wake up? Breathing is good. I have been obsessed with my day lilies, waiting for them to bloom. They are so beautiful, I think I need more of them for next year. Gardening is not my forte, but then I am still trying to figure out what exactly my forte is.
My body is sore this morning. Tingling in spine, back stiff, electrical current going on in arm, some nausea. The focus however, is that the sun is trying to shine, it is Saturday, and we just finished an awesome omelet made by my best fella. I am sitting in the morning room, watching some birds – I don’t know what kind, flying in and out of a nest they took over – even mother nature recycles.