Friday, July 25, 2014

I thought of Ghandi today...

...not that I know him well.
 
Or, indeed...
 
...to be truthful.
 
Not that I know him at all.
 
But.
 
At the recommendation of several of my doctors, I have begun trying to regain my strength and endurance.
 
Today, I met with a trainer.
 
At a gym.
 
Gulp.
 
I was a wee bit afeared.
 
But I sucked it up.
 
And only said, "You want me to what?" three times.
 
It wasn't really bad.
 
It was just something very different.
 
I liked the trainer.
 
She made a lot of sense...
 
But as we wrapped up our one hour session I remembered the quote...
 
And I said to her...
 
"Do you know this quote?"
 
...
 
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
 
She said, "Hmmm.   I don't think I know that quote.   Or maybe I've read it but I just don't remember."
 
She did, though, remember to give me a printout of all the things I'm supposed to do at home each and every day.
 
Hmmm.
 
Good old Mahatma Gandhi.
 
And even though my trainer was NOT impressed with his philosophy...
 
At the end of the day I'm certain strength training will not be the end of me.
 
It will be the beginning of me...
 
Stronger.
 
and with more endurance.
 
My goal for next week with the trainer is to only say, "You want me to what?" two times.
 
Because,
 
I.
 
Jenny Matlock.
 
Have an indomitable will to get better! 
 
Wishing you a weekend that is stronger with more endurance...
 
Or at least the will to resist such things!

 
(PS.   This is soooo not my arm.   Even though I embarked on a 10 day 'get rid of your bat wing' program 11 days ago, they are still with me.  Drats!)


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Like a bridge over troubled waters...

...I will lay me down.

I know times are tough still for so many of us.

This morning, though, I got an e-mail from a blog-friend who told me of another blog-friend in dire need of some assistance.

Here's a link to the cause if you are able to help in any way.

Blog friends have come through for me, personally, in so many ways as I've journeyed through my life for the past several years.

I just wanted to share this in case you are able to contribute to this lovely woman and her family.

Hugs and Happy Thursday.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter J


Good morning class. Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday!

Today we will be juggling the letter:


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.

I'm finishing up visiting your I's right now!

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please jump up and post your letter "J" now!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

I is for I SPY...

I spy...
 
With my little eye...
 
And attempt to wink

by a little guy...
 
 
...wiggly worms collected
 
oh me.  Oh my.
 
 
 and

...three Grandlittles at Paris Disney
 
under a raining sky...
 
 
This 'I spy' post is linked to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter I.   For other interesting reads, just click here.
 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Hi day! It's Friday!

...and I almost forgot to post a post today.
 
BUT!
 
It's not my fault.
 
It's Mr. Jenny's fault.
 
Because.
 
Well.
 
If you don't mind my candor.
 
We're.
 
Ummm.
 
Fighting.
 
Grrrrr.
 
And it's hot.
 
And I might be a tiny bit cranky today...
 
Which might have made me forget the dratted reminder from the purple post-it note on my computer.
 
 
However.
 
All this...
 
It's Mr. Jenny's fault.
 
We were both going to go to pick up my parents from the airport but at the last minute I decided to stay home.
 
Alone.
 
And while Mr. Jenny was gone, I rushed around like a mad woman and cleaned the house...
 
and even swept and mopped the floors.
 
And even though I didn't get to the vacuuming part of the house cleaning, I was still sweating like a menopausal woman wearing wool and a turtleneck at a July afternoon wedding in Phoenix.



Hmmm.
 
How was that for a labored metaphor?
 
But you get my meaning?
 
Anyway.
 
Mr. Jenny  walked into the house and said, "What are you doing?   The floors are my job?"
 
And I said, "I wanted to surprise you!"
 
And he said, "Why did you do that?   The floors are my job and what's wrong with your hair?  It looks...umm...dark."
 
And I said, "It IS DARK!   It's dark because I'm all sweaty because I was trying to surprise you!"
 
And he said, "But the floors are my job."
 
And I said, "Well, d'oh!  I know the floors are your job!  I did it to surprise you!"
 
And he said, "But the floors are my job!"
 
And I said, "You're welcome?   How about saying you're welcome!   How about saying that was a good surprise!"
 
And then I huffed off.
 
To sulk in my office.
 
And that's when I realized today is Friday.
 
And I forgot to write a post.
 
So luckily this momentous thing happened to me today that I could share.
 
...
 
...
 
 
And even though Mr. Jenny wouldn't say it, I will!
 
You're welcome!
 
Sigh.
 
Have a good weekend.
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter I



Good morning class. Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday!

Today we will be improvising about the letter:



Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.

Just letting you know that I'm surely, but slowly, catching up!   Just starting H's on Wednesday morning.   

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please inspire us with your letter "I" post now!
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Hey! Who put this post-it on my computer?

Seriously?
 
Seriously!!!!
 
Argggh.

What was I thinking when I wrote  this:

 
Back to the semi-discipline of writing.
 
Harder than I thought.

And why didn't I nag myself into ten minutes?

Or even 7 minutes and thirty seconds?

Geez-o-man!

...

...
 
I guess I've turned inward a little more than I realized in this whole journey through chron-ICK!
 
Turning outward seems to be a lot more intense.
 
Swimming against the tide of self-isolation is hard.
 
I hope it tones some of my flabby body parts.
 
I've heard swimming is good for that.
 
Anyway.
 
So.
 
Ummm...
 
Tuesday afternoon I was sitting in the cool orange chair that looks out over the pool.  I was admiring a table I painted some years ago.
 
I've held onto it as a reminder of how steady my painting hand used to be.

 
I've also held onto it because I like orange.
 
And I still like 'tattoo' painted furniture.  I wrote about a cool dresser I painted here.
 
 I sold that dresser.  
 
Not sure why I did that because I really liked it.
 
However.
 
This was an ugly table I found at a garage sale for a few bucks. 
 
It languished in the garage for a long time until one day I got out my paints and transformed it.
 
I'm feeling a lot like this table these days.
 
Sometimes I'm not sure what paint I need to use to make myself feel like myself again.
 
I feel.
 
Okay.
 
I feel.
 
Better than I did.
 
I found a great neuro doctor who said, "Why don't we just give this testing a break and see if I can just help with the symptoms for now?"
 
I wanted to kiss her.
 
I wanted to 'tattoo' paint some furniture for her.
 
...
 
I didn't do either thing. 
 
I'm thoughtless but she was brilliant.
 
We tried some different medications and found a balance that keeps the pain mostly away.
 
Mr. Jenny likes that.
 
He didn't really care for the whole 'screaming in pain' wife thing.
 
He didn't say that.
 
I just sensed it.
 
And I see how relieved he is that I'm not begging him to go find me morphine every night.
 
Which.
 
by the way...
 
He never actually did.
 
Geez.
 
O.
 
Man.
 
So that's what I'm doing for now.
 
I'm good with it.
 
You can only be poked and prodded for so long.
 
You can only be treated like a pained-out lab rat for a certain length of time before you protest.
 
I protested.
 
And how lucky I was to find an 'ologist' who would actually listen to me.
 
And.
 
Hey!!!!
 
Guess what?
 
I'm at almost thirty minutes.
 
I know!
 
Can you believe it?
 
I have a lot more to write.
 
Like about our trip to Idaho and my wicked food poisoning (who doesn't love a story about that) and Mr. Jenny's trip to the hospital over Father's Day weekend and stuff about our Grandlittles in Ireland and a story about a weird thing that happened to me and another story about a weird thing that happened to me...
 
AND...
 
Lots and lots and lots more to write.
 
I'm thinking the purple post-it note is working.
 
Or perhaps it's only the 'or else' warning.
 
Whatever it is...
 
I'll be back on Friday.
 
And in the meantime...
 
Feel free to say geez-o-man!
 
And feel free to spray paint any ugly furniture you have laying around!

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