Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

.... except for in the house.

We had our first snow of the season today, and it made me want to put up my tree so badly... but I can't. 

You see, I decided on a new theme a little late this year; I bought some sweet ornaments online... and am now waiting for them to arrive.  

But all is not lost... I realized I never got around to posting the pics from last year.  So, instead of spending tonight playing Christmas songs, decorating a tree and finally having somewhere to place presents already purchased, I decided to share images from last year's adorable tree with all of you.  

This will (one hopes) tide me over for the next week or so until my new ornaments arrive and I can get decorating for this season.  Don't worry, I promise I will get the new images up as soon as possible, and not make you wait a year after the fact to see the results.

I hope you enjoy our "Winter Wonderland"... it was actually just tossed together from random ornaments I had on hand.  It wasn't until I was about halfway done that I realized I did have a theme going on... and a cute one at that!  

I had thought to just do the tree again this year, but once the Muse of Inspiration strikes you just have to act on it! In the meantime... enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

From the iPod - Uplift

I was directed to a couple of new songs this week from my dear friend Mindy.  These two songs have been heavily played since they were added to my iPod.  I thought maybe you might enjoy them as well.

David Archuleta "Glorious" from the "Meet the Mormons" soundtrack.  I LOVE this song... the message is so uplifting and the music swells and just carries you along with it.  There is a free download of the song available here  that is totally worth taking advantage of. 

I love Tenth Avenue North, but I stopped paying attention to new music coming out these last couple of years, so I missed finding out they had a new album last year.  While the song is beautiful and powerful on its own, the video really brings the message home.

Thanks Mindy for sharing such wonderful music with me!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

From the iPod - Break So Easy

New song in heavy rotation on my iPod.  Hope you enjoy!

Late in the summer children run without clothes
Chill of the winter not far down the road

And in the windows are silhouettes of husbands and wives
Watching in silence till the evening arrives

And there all around insects scream in the trees
The promise of rain can be heard on the breeze

Oh Lord,Oh lord we break so easy
Oh Lord,Oh lord we shatter like glass

The headlights glow and the sky will soon be black
The freeway riders are rolling, heading back
Heading back home

A dark haired woman is driving the roads
Breathing deeply she don't mind being alone

I spend my nights in the reservoir
Saying prayers for the passing cars

Friday, May 2, 2014

Life is still good, in spite of it all..... a health update

Wow, time flies when you are busy, doesn't it?

It seems like my life hasn't stopped for breath since I took over as office manager here at work last December.  Days are good, but certainly filled with not only ordering, sending out bills and paying them, payroll, phones, the slow progression of getting the office cleaned up and looking nice, and the hardest job of all, keeping track of my local handyman who has a tendency to slip off when you aren't looking!  I was glad when the boss agreed I could hire an assistant (ie: Miya!)  She is learning the ropes as she goes, but has certainly taken a load off of my shoulders so I can focus on the more important aspects of the job.

Lucie, Miya and I started a beginners yoga class last month, and I have been LOVING IT, except for every time I have to get on my knees.  For those who aren't in the know, before we moved back to Washington my knees were beginning to bother me.  Lots of inflammation, pain to the touch below the kneecap, hobbling around sometimes like an old lady.... really not fun.

I even bought a thicker yoga mat to help offset the pain in class, which helped at first even though I was miles slower than anyone else in getting down to the floor and hauling my butt back up off of it afterwards.  Sadly, this last week's session was, literally, hell.  I had to modify stuff and couldn't do any lunges or what I call our "knee poses".  I had decided the day before that enough was enough and had scheduled an appointment with my doctor to see if a shot in the knees would help, as I assumed it was just a case of big-girl arthritis setting in.

Good thing too.

Wednesday I went in and, after the initial exam was told I'd need x-rays so the doctor could see what was going on.. Unfortunately, the clinic's x-ray machine wasn't lining up properly so I did my shuffle over to the adjoining hospital (thank goodness for small town hospitals that aren't miles and miles long!) where I posed for a really nice radiologist.  She laughed at my jokes about capturing my "good side" as I posed for her images, which lightened the mood a lot and made it fun.  Then it was a hobble back over the doctor's office to look at what was sent.

I must say, I have GORGEOUS knees.... oh yeah, oh yeah.  I'd show them to you, but I didn't think to ask for a pdf until after I left. Besides, I can't show you because its my naked skeleton and I don't do nudies!  But I have no problem showing you someone else's kneecap as a reference, so here it is (hey, they put it online for anyone to see!):

Isn't it lovely and ethereal?  Seriously, I really do want to ask my doctor for a copy of my knee shot the next time I am in so I can frame it.  Yes, I know, I am odd... deal with it.

Turns out I do have mild arthritis (its called age kids!) and I still have plenty of space between my bones, so the shot was out.  Its patellar tendinitis, which doesn't really surprise me, since I have tendinitis in several other parts of my body.  I usually always have inflammation somewhere, so I tend to take ibuprofen a lot.

Well, the doc has put me on a steroid pill for 5 days to help kick it down, and prescribed an expensive anti-inflammatory cream to rub on the legs... honestly, even a partial relief of pain would be worth the cost (insurance wouldn't cover it, but I am willing to pay a bit out of pocket in order to nip this in the bud and get my body back on track).  I also bought two Ace bandages to wrap under the kneecap to help support the tendon and you wouldn't believe how much THAT little maneuver has helped to alleviate my pain. Wish I would have thought of that one sooner!

My doctor, as thrilled as she was that I was doing yoga, has put me on a restriction right now... nothing on the knees, no lunges.... nothing that will irritate my condition.  I had to beg to be allowed to go to class and do the bits that I COULD handle, especially once I told her there was only 3 more classes left to this session. Thank goodness the instructor is offering the class again in the fall so I can go through it again once I have this issue under control.

I have also been warned away from stairs, which I am doing to the best of my ability, but I had to admit to her that I live on the second level of our apartment complex.  Richard has been a dear though ever since my knees started bothering me by doing multiple trips up the stairs to bring in groceries so I don't have to go up and down carrying stuff in (really, I wound up with one of the sweetest guys ever!)  Luckily there are only a couple of steps here in the office.

I have two sessions of physical therapy scheduled and then a follow-up with the doctor in 3 weeks, which makes me even happier that Miya is doing as well as she is so I know that the office is being left in good hands while I am running around getting all this done!

I did get a phone call from the doc later Wednesday afternoon though.... of course her first words were "I don't want you to panic".  Uh, okay.  It turns out there is a shadow on the x-ray for my right knee (the worst of the two) so she wants to get me scheduled for a contrast MRI.   It may be nothing, but there may be a mass... odds are if there is something its benign (thank goodness cancer doesn't run in my genetic line).  Heck, I have ovarian cysts all the time and those are benign and harmless (except when they rupture.. ouch!) so I see nothing to get worked up over.

No, I am not scared, nor really worried about it.  I guess some people must freak out at this point because Sue repeated the "don't panic/don't be alarmed/don't be scared" mantra numerous times during the call.  I see no reason to worry until we know there is something to worry about.... and after that what's the point of worrying when you need to focus on rectifying the situation?  We'll see what they have to say in a few weeks time and then address the issue once we know where we stand.

I guess I should thank Obamacare.  This would really be expensive if I didn't have some sort of insurance doesn't make me like the rest of his "work" in the White House, but I really do appreciate the insurance coverage since I can't get coverage on my own.

So what am I doing in the meantime?  Well, there is a local Renaissance Fair in town that opens after yoga tomorrow (and the Farmers Market is opening this weekend!) so I plan to have a little fun, and then go home and clean my house.... you know, typical Saturday stuff.  And, if I am lucky, I can rope Richard into helping to clear up my crafting office.

You know, since I can't handle any of the heavy lifting and all....  well, I can, but no one tell him that!  ;D

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.... my love to you all.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

From the iPod... The Devlins

Wow, time flies, doesn't it?  I've been meaning to post here for awhile now, but I thought I would first do a  "from the iPod" post for two reasons.

1.  Its a fast way to get a post out there that still means something, and will tide you over until I can gather the thoughts in my head for a more intensive post.

2.  I love music and love finding new things to listen to and share with others.  In this case however , its the sharing of a band that I have loved for years.

The Devlins hit the mainstream back in 1993 with the album "Drift" and opened for Sarah McLachlan on her "Building a Mystery" tour.  I caught the show in Seattle and loved what I heard so much that I bought the CD the next morning.  As great of a performer as Sarah is, The Devlins stole the show that night.

Despite great reviews in Rolling Stone, it was a long 4 years until their next album, "Waiting" was released due to the band being cut from their label.  In order to convince the label Netwerk to sign the band, Sarah  used the album as prelude music on the first Lillith Fair tour.  While it was great to hear the new album, it was hard to wait for what seemed likes ages to finally get my hands on it.

It took 5 years before "Consent" would be released in 2002, followed by "Waves" in 2004.  2009 saw the lead singer, Colin Devlin, release a solo album that was well worth the wait.  The band still performs both together and with Colin's solo concerts, and I just learned that a new album by the band is scheduled to come out later this year... happy days!

So here is a couple of songs from each of their albums... I hope that you like it.  Oh, and if you are only going to give one song a chance, drop to the bottom of the list and listen to "Emelia"...

"Almost Made You Smile (live)" from the album "Drift".  

"Someone To Talk To" from the album "Drift"

"Alone in the Dark" from the album "Drift"

"Waiting" from the album "Waiting"

"Years Could Go By" from the album "Waiting"

"Static in the Flow"  from the album "Consent"

"There is a Light" from the album "Consent"

"Don't Let It Break Your Heart" from the album "Waves"

"Waves" from the album "Waves"

"The Heart Won't Be Denied" Colin Devlin, from the solo album "Democracy of One"

"Emelia" Colin Devlin, from the solo album "Democracy of One"