5 days ago
Monday, January 13, 2014
I want to take a minute to thank each of you so very much for all your kind and helpful comments regarding my wounded wing. Your sound advice, which I have taken to heart, made great sense but your caring helped so much more to take the sting out of a really painful event. There is a lot of power in sympathy. I am MUCH better thank you.
My shoulder still hurts but I no longer elicit cat scaring outbursts when I try to use it. You see, the beauty of living alone is that you don't have to appear brave. No silent grimaces and low moans required. You can let "AAARRRG" rip loud and proud when pain hits. Minnie could care less about any so called bravery though I am sure she would have appreciated a little notice. I often scared the crap out of her with the suddenness of my outbursts.
Well thankfully, Minnie is safe now as the pain is more annoying than outburst worthy. Range of motion is hugely improved and gentle exercise has been started. Thank you again for all your kind comments, caring and for realizing that I could still see the humor in all of this. Again I say, you are the best.
Now for the post I had ready for today.
CSI CRIME SCENE--GROSS ALERT
What do you do when you wake up to a crime scene and discover you are the victim? Last week, that is what happened to me. I awoke feeling OK but with a runny nose. So I grabbed a Kleenex, blew and was stunned to see the tissue covered in blood. I jumped out of bed and I was alarmed to see my pillow had met the same fate while I slept. Holy crap, what had happened? Is he still in the house??
Luckily it was not a who but a what that left me bloodied. I figured out that
the really dry air from the furnace heat necessary to survive single digit temps had really dried out my nose to the point that bleeds were inevitable. Guess that rules out Arizona for me. Give me humidity any time.
I broke out a forgotten humidifier to moisturize my inside air. Ahh, much better but I also discovered a neat side effect to humidity. It not only makes you hotter in the summer but it does the same in winter. I am now much warmer at the same temperature setting which allows me to lower the thermostat. Considering my propane has jumped up $.60 a gallon since the start of the season, this is great news. If you don't use a humidifier all ready, think about it. It has health and financial benefits.
EXERCISING BETWEEN YOUR EARS
Anyone in the age range of 50-100 , can relate that the memory will slip a tad. Words that use to be recalled easily, now sit silently on the tip of my tongue and make me work hard to recall them.
I was finding this to be a progressive condition and decided to fight as best as I could. I exercise my body (well I try to) so why not my brain. Ginnie
at Goldendaze Ginnie, mentioned a while back about doing crossword puzzles to keep the brain agile. I have never worked crosswords except maybe the super easy pop culture ones. My dad was a whiz who always did even the very difficult ones in ink--the sign of a very confident sort. He kind of intimidated me.
For kicks a couple of weeks ago, I Googled crossword and discovered AARP's freebie versions.There is no sign up required and so far I have gotten zero spam. I started on the easy versions to learn how to think "crossword". It really is a different way of thinking and you must get used to it as you have to think on more than one level.
Anyway, I am now addicted to the games and can only say my word recall when speaking is 100% better. I am feeling much sharper and my senior moments are becoming much more scarce. Am feeling almost pre 60'ish these days.
These are the links for the two levels of puzzles. Crossword Easy. and Crossword Expert. No pencils or erasers needed. Happy mind flexing.
Hope my lessons learned the hard way are helpful.
at 5:31 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti