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Happy New Year – Back To A Routine

Vacations and a change of pace can be good.  But I have found that usually after too much change of pace and out of regular schedule, I am more than ready to get back to the way things should be.  An actual regular routine, including and not limited to:

1) Exercise.  I am not a fanatic – but I do see the value in being mobile and keeping active – especially as I am getting older.   I’ve had a few too many injuries because of a stiff back or neck, and know that I could have reduced the recovery time, and maybe even the root of the injury (or at lease lessened recovery time) had I been more active and limber.

Today I do some dance/aerobic exercises almost every morning for about twenty minutes.  Jane Fonda has some great workouts on youtube.com for those of us who are aging but still want to stay fit.  Among my favorites are: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Latin Dance Workout and this one: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Funk Dance Workout. She also has weight training videos and I would encourage you to try them – they are really fun! On alternate days I do a weight training workout for about 20 minutes to strengthen my upper body and core.

2) Eat Good Food.  Just less of it.  Count calories and you’ll be surprised how they add up.  Have an app like “Lose-It” for your mobile device and log in everything you eat daily.  This works.  “They” actually are right when they say, “move more, eat less”.  Both Greg and I have lost over 25 pounds since August and are still working on it (especially after the holiday foods).

3) Live A Thankful Life.  A grateful, thankful life reduces stress.  It is the only way to live.  Be generous in both words and deeds.  Help those around you – lift another up in spirit.  Count your blessings, smile every day and LAUGH out loud!

And if you are an animal person – get a dog or cat for companionship and to love on.  They will keep you young, and remove the focus from yourself.  They will get you outside and make you smile and laugh every day.  Their love is unconditional and does not disappear.  They are always ready to love on you 🙂

I am glad to be back to a solid routine of daily work to keep me busy, exercise and food to keep me strong and healthy and my doggies to bring joy to every day stress.  And I wish the same for all of you.

Happy New Year – may this new year be a blessed one!

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A New Normal

Over the last couple of months I have been aware of something odd.  I have not been able to bite down normally – molar touching molar.  I have had to move my jaw in a backward motion first – then bite down.  I had braces for about a year, almost 5 years ago and somehow – I think this “positioning” for my jaw just seemed normal to me.  When I say I became aware of it just in the last couple of months  – this has to be just coincidence, because nothing in my mouth was bothering me.  It was normal.

A third molar.

A third molar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, the last couple of days a crown in my mouth has been bothering me.  I am not sure just what exactly was bothering me – only that it was quite sensitive.  Especially when I swallowed.  It was great timing too – because this morning I had an appointment for a teeth cleaning.  If something should go wrong in your mouth – it works great when it coincides with a regular appointment.

I need to add to this story that in packing boxes and doing extra “stuff” I somehow managed to tweak my back in the process.  And by tweak – I mean muscle spasms and the works.  This pain made it difficult to find a comfortable position for sleeping last night – and so there I was with ice on my back my feet elevated and a sore crown in my mouth.

So this morning with a back wrap around my waist secured tight, and with a little difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle for my cleaning appointment – I went inside to a friendly and accommodating dental staff.  Every person helpful and  intent on helping me find the cause of my sensitive tooth and careful about my sore back.  (Just a side note – if you need a great dentist and live in the Renton area – look up Steve C. Yang, DDS.  He and his staff are amazing.)  Dr. Yang wiggled and probed and no matter what he did he could not find anything wrong with the crown.  I was definitely feeling it when he wiggled the crown – but there was nothing visibly wrong.  I was starting to think the pain was all in my head (or back) and even told him!  But he laughed and said, “No – I think maybe your bite is a little off” And with that  he set about to adjust it.  As he was doing so, I told him about the curious normal way that I had to bite down (or not bite down as the case was).  He said that was not normal and began a series of biting down tests to mark where my teeth were abnormally hitting.  This took careful evaluation and then the area was marked and expertly polished down.  Within a couple of minutes my “locked” jaw was released – and a new normal took effect.  I was actually able to rock my bite from side to side – something I had never been able to do!  And there is no odd “popping” sound.  Amazingly enough – it is in that simple little adjustment – where pain or a pain-free existence can take place.

I pondered these things while having my teeth cleaned – and then again while I went in search of a chiropractor to help me with my icky back.  I learned that many a chiropractor office (including my own) are closed on Tuesday!

The nice man we found to help me was able to bring my back to a new normal – at least it should be after much ibuprofen and ice!  I will tell you that it gives me much empathy for those who live with chronic back pain as their normal!  

Back pain – at least the lower back, has never been an issue for me.  But it becoming more that way as I become older.  The tiniest things can set it off – a mere twisting wrong, or even turning over wrong in bed!  I must keep this area strong so that the new normal for me is NOT lower back pain!!  No more tooth pain – and soon NO MORE BACK PAIN!

What about you?  Have you even had a minor adjustment that shook your world and gave you a new normal?  I pray that your adjustment is relatively painless – and does not include a crown or your lower back 🙂

God Bless

God Made A Dog

The other day my friend Linda sent this to me.  It is so good I just had to share it with all you dog lovers out there!

God Bless!

That’s The Way Love Goes

English: Lindsey Buckingham With Fleetwood Mac...

English: Lindsey Buckingham With Fleetwood Mac on March 3, 2009 in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center. Photo by Matt Becker, melodicrockconcerts@gmail.com Use without citation is prohibited by law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those of you who have an appreciation of 70’s music will remember Fleetwood Mac.  One of the members, Lindsey Buckingham is still making music today.  I was listening to this little gem on Spotify while doing some writing yesterday and wanted to share it with you.

Enjoy and God Bless


“That’s The Way Love Goes”

By Lindsey Buckingham

I’d like to take your pain away
Away, away, away
I’d like to take your shame away
Away, away, away

I lie alone and watch you sleep
I’d reach for you but I might weep
If you should tell me I must keep
Away, away, away

In the dungeon couldn’t believe it no
Took a look and then saw your secret
Oh, oh, oh
That’s the way that love goes
It goes, it goes.
In the dungeon couldn’t believe it no
I took a look and then I saw your secret
Oh, oh, oh
That’s the way that love goes
It goes, it goes.

I’d like to take your pain away
Away, away, away
Behind your shade the color’s fade
Away, away, away

The diamond falls, the hand is dealt
Upon the shrine where we once knelt
Oh how I wish this veil could melt
Away away away

In the dungeon couldn’t believe it no
Took a look and then I saw your secret
Oh, oh, oh
That’s the way that love goes
It goes, it goes,
In the dungeon couldn’t believe it no
I took a look and then I saw your secret
Well, oh, oh, oh
That’s the way that love goes
It goes it goes

In the dungeon couldn’t believe it no
I took a look and then I saw your secret
Well, oh, oh, oh
That’s the way that love goes
It goes, it goes.

It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It goes, it goes, it goes

I’d like to take your pain away
Away, away, away
I’d like to take your shame away
Away, away, away

Developing A Thirst

The last few days our Bichon Frise puppy has exhibited some strange symptoms causing us concern.  Yesterday we finally took her to get checked by our Vet.  They kept her all day in an attempt to get a urine sample to determine if her symptoms were a result of a bladder or urinary tract infection.  She had a lot of trouble giving them a little sample and they even had to give her a pack of water put under her skin on her back to help.  Finally at almost the end of the day – she peed!

me and daisy

We have noticed that Daisy does not like to drink water.  She does not seem thirsty most of the time.  We have tried several different types of bowls, ceramic, plastic and finally stainless steel – we were told this is by far the best choice for them.  She is afraid of stainless steel.  We don’t know why.  Maybe it’s because she can see her refection?  Maybe it’s because her tag from her collar makes a clanging sound?  It’s a mystery.

Then we adopt Dexter – a 6 month old male Shih-Poo.  Dexter is a true Alpha male and will take over any and all food, toys and water bowls.  If Daisy was freaked out about drinking water before – she REALLY is now!

So finding out that our pup is suffering from a severe dehydration problem and was suggested that we put many water bowls around the house – we are doing just that – adding a third to Greg’s office upstairs where she likes to hangout and sleep during the day.

I know that I myself do not drink enough water.  After reading the following article posted below – I found that lack of water can be the cause for many of our ailments including migraines!  I remember hearing years ago, “Have a headache?  Drink a glass of water”.  I don’t always do it.  I’m afraid I don’t feel very thirsty and usually have to force myself to drink.  I don’t have trouble with tea or coffee – but plain water is difficult for me.  However I have disciplined myself to only drink water when going out to eat and sip on that instead of soda or other drinks.  Because it’s better for me – and let’s face it – it’s cheaper too!

I need to drink more water.  I need to develop a thirst.  Water.  Life giving water.  Sounds like something I’ve heard several times over many years –  Jesus referring to himself as Living Water.  Isn’t it interesting that He would refer to Himself as something so basic – and yet in its simplicity has the power to give life?  It’s a great physical and spiritual lesson.  Drinking more water will not only help us to live in this physical body but feed and nourish our spiritual selves as well!

Help me Lord to drink your water and take this lesson learning to develop a thirst for things that have to do with you as I seek your face and listen to your voice.

Enjoy the following website and information on water – you will be amazed!   Benefits of Water

God Bless

 

Getting Older – not fun.

I am at Valley Medical today while Greg has a procedure. Nothing is wrong – it is called “getting older” and having the doctor recommend routine tests are normal as precautions against anything really bad. These “procedures” are not for the faint hearted. I should know – last week one of “those” gave me a wicked migraine. It was Greg’s turn today. After seeing how I weathered it last week – he was not too thrilled to have it done. But such is life and we are both thankful and grateful to be healthy in spite of these interruptions to our routine.


I am situated in the cafeteria with a venti-size Starbucks latte on my table. It is called “sugar mama” and has white chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla. Very good. I only got lost down the endless “rat’s maze” corridors in the bowels (no pun intended) of the hospital. After finding myself heading straight for the “sleep study” area I knew I had taken a wrong turn somewhere. But some very nice people in little blue scrubs showed me the way. I found the cafeteria on the first try and had a nice breakfast sandwich from a corner table, able to observe life here in the hospital.

The first thing I noticed – everyone on break is STARVING! They head straight to the breakfast bar where biscuits, gravy, sausage and bacon is the standard fare. Others were ordering french toast – but I ordered a breakfast sandwich and they made it just the way I like it – bacon, pepper jack cheese and mushrooms. Everyone in blue is very helpful and unusually chatty and happy. It is nice to be in this atmosphere. I sit in the coffee bar section and am surrounded by pleasant chatter from the barista’s and other “blue” people, enjoying their break.

This is everything you hope a medical facility will be – when you have to be here. And though we would have chosen to do something entirely different with our time – if the doctor says, “do it!” we do – and the staff both here and at the medical building are wonderful.

The sun is shining – the world looks bright and inviting as I sip my coffee and write. I am extremely grateful for the blessing of health, and am aware of the many around me who are not so fortunate. It has been a tough year for many of my friends and my thoughts and prayers continue to be with them all the time. We are praying for a better year – many good reports of healing, health and God’s faithfulness as we stand on the thresh-hold of another New Year.

God Bless

I Just Want You To Be Happy.

English: 1882 photo of Lillian Russell in the ...

English: 1882 photo of Lillian Russell in the Bijou Opera House production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience Português: A cantora Lillian Russell, na ópera Patience, em 1882 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This sentence has always troubled me.  I have heard it off and on when I was growing up.  And today in movies and television programs – there it is again.  Usually from parents talking to their children.  Usually after a “talk” about what they should or shouldn’t be doing.  The sentence “I just want you to be happy” is a disclaimer to any and all unpleasant topics and issues.

But what does it really mean?

I heard it yet again in a movie I was watching – and turned to Greg who was standing in the kitchen and said, “HA!  There it is again!  Those words.”  It is not the first time I’ve turned to Greg after hearing something like this – nor will it be the last.  This phrase seems to be one that is heard over and over again.

What does ‘being happy’ have to do with real life?  What exactly is the state of ‘happiness’ anyway?  Is there a quick pass and free ticket to that place just because someone wishes it for me?  “Well, since you put it that way – I guess I will be happy”  It doesn’t work that way.

Happy is a neutral place found by those who have felt the opposite once or twice in their lives.  Somewhere where pain is absent but easily remembered.  Where struggle and frustration gave birth to break through and hurt and determination yielded fruit.

I can no more wish that place on my children or anyone else without knowing what true happiness means – and what it takes to get there.  I believe you can’t get to happy without the ‘unhappy’ and all the rest first.  I know the journey to get there is worth it.  But I have also lived longer, tried more things and know what works with people and circumstances and what does not.  I am striving to live in that place of  ‘peace with all men’ and will do anything to remain there – in that place that is eternally ‘drama free’.  But that takes experience and just plain hard work.

A better thing to say to others is this:

I want you to be healthy.  Health requires good choices for your body and mind.  To be aware of what influences affect and pull you in ways not good for you.  To know your limits.  To fulfill your purpose.  To develop those God-given gifts and talents.  To move by God’s leading and always hear His voice.

And if you just must reference that word ‘happy’ – then I would say this instead:

I want you to always choose to be happy.  That in itself is a loaded statement.  You mean we can actually choose to be happy?  Even in negative circumstances?  Even when life is crashing down all around?  Even when I have no money for that next bill?  Even when someone has said negative things – ruined my reputation and tried to steal my joy?  Even when illness comes to stay?  Even when no one understands?

Yes.

It is in just those such things that eventually bring a kind of ‘happy’ – but it is deeper.  It is more like joy.  For in those trials and adversity – something happens to us.  We depend and lean more on God.  We get to know and understand His mercies and kindness.  Patience and perseverance are developed in us in an intangible way.  

Psalm 3:3 says:

But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

When He is the one protecting and providing a shield around me and my circumstances, I can look at things differently.  I can lift my head.  I can choose to put on joy.

Won’t you choose to be happy?  Allow Him to walk beside you through those stormy times of life.  And He will lift your head.  The next time someone says to you, “I just want you to be happy” come back with this statement:  “I will choose health and choose to be happy no matter what my circumstances”.  You will be empowered by this statement of faith.  And in your faith – you will find happy.

God Bless

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