Thursday, June 22nd 2017

I’m back from Texas.

Man, oh man, was it HOT in Texas!

I had a great visit with my youngest son while I was there.

I really missed my animal friends though.

Fred’s giant paw rests on my foot.  This is his affectionate way of “paw holding” with me.

My Texas-Schedule was nonstop and I was exhausted (in a good way) by the time I got on the plane to head back to Orange County.

After returning home, I came down with a *cold* courtesy of the man who sneezed and coughed all over me nonstop on my flight.

Why am I always seated by The Sick Guy on flights?

I’ve been getting caught up from my trip via my laundry room, the grocery store, etc.

I also went to my second private yoga lesson.

I’m not really doing yoga the way other people do yoga.

I guess you’d say I’m doing pre-yoga … sort of like pre-kindergarten, but different.

The very simplest of things are terrifically difficult for me.

For instance, imagine being all fours like a baby about to crawl – simple, right?

Well, no … because my arm can’t bear weight for more than a millisecond.

But, I’m delighted to be making attempts.

I’m thrilled with every single tiny micro-improvement.

I appreciate it all in a way a “normal” person probably never could.

After my lessons, I come home and wrap my arm in ice and keep my fingers crossed my arm doesn’t:

  1.  Fall off
  2.  Become inflamed and angry at my efforts.

So far, my arm has only been sort of angry.

I think the positives – eventually (hopefully!!) gaining some strength and function – outweigh the pain factor.

I force myself to stay focused on all the teeny-tiny positive improvements to prevent me from feeling like a failure for *all the things I cannot do.*

My instructor is perfect for me – knowledgeable about making many needed modifications, and very encouraging.

She said she is “honored” to work with me and finds me inspirational.


I’m SO grateful she’s willing to help me when others were not.

Isn’t it funny how to some people I’m a complication and not worth the trouble –

And to others, I’m an inspiration and they feel rewarded by helping me along this journey?

A person’s outlook and approach is really everything in life, isn’t it?

Lots of other stuff has been going on, too …

Hopefully, I’ll get a couple posts up next week!

3 Responses to “Thursday, June 22nd 2017”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    I knew you would find the right Yoga instructor! You are an inspiration.

  2. Michelle

    So glad you kept looking for the right instructor.

    Also, I saw a sticker on a car the other day and thought of you “Owned by a Newfoundland”! There was a lovely “”Frank” colored dog in the back seat of said car. 🙂


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