Friday, March 16, 2018

Almost Normal

I love normal or some semblance of it.  Not quite 100% but so much better this evening.

I hope your Friday has been a good one. March is whizzing by.  Next Friday will be my birthday, wow the years go fast.

Corned beef and cabbage are on the menu at the Watson house tomorrow.  It's our tradition. 
Maybe I can talk Rick into doing a jig.

Ready for a cup of hot tea and early bed.  Be kind tomorrow to everyone you meet.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

48 Hours

I have been home two days with a Meniere's flare.  The usual stuff, migraine, vertigo and vomiting.
I miss teaching.  I miss doing my normal day to day stuff.  I miss my normal. I have been reading about supporting Meniere's using the science of Neuroplasticity.  I think I might be on to something.

There is a great deal of material about managing Vestibular Disorders with not only traditional medicine but also using non-traditional techniques as well.  Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, diet, walking, plenty of water and fruits and veggies.  All things that I do and teach, I am about to up my game.

I am typical of so many who deal with Meniere's, I want answers ( yesterday) I want immediate relief,  and I want it to go away forever.  I am learning that with two chronic diseases ( menieres and primary immune deficiency ) in my life, there are no easy answers, and for my particular two, no cures.  I am stronger this evening, more stable and I had a meal this afternoon with no issues.  My biggest lesson I am learning, be here now.  It is what I teach daily, but with chronic disease I am reminded almost by the minute all I have is now.  I can't waste time and energy thinking about what if, or I wish, or why not. 

I know that so many who read this blog deal with much greater issues in their lives.  But support of those who love you, knowledge about what ever is going on, and the willingness to live in the moment can change your life for the better.  My worst moments are when I worry about tomorrow, when I fret because I have to ask for help.  Learning to ask for help has been my greatest block.  I was raised by an independent mother and have always had so much pride in my independence, but asking for help is not a weakness.  It is a way to let those around you, know you value them, that you appreciate all they do.  It is a way to remind yourself, you are loved.

Enjoy your Friday.  My wish is that I can return to my classes tomorrow,  but I will listen to my body and do what is best for me.

Don't forget to be kind.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Our Hands

A quote for the day.

"Life is raw material.  We are artisans.  We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness.
It is in our hands."   - Cathy Better

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Working where I work, I teach students from many different places and cultures.  It is fascinating.
Our differences.  Our thoughts, beliefs and even our feelings can be so different and unique.
Then there are also things to be considered such as extremely high IQs, incredibly gifted and talented.

Speaking with a couple of my students today, I was reminded of how truly different we all are.
When you think of all the different people in America and then start to think about all the different people in the world it is staggering.  I personally find our differences inspiring and refreshing.  Why would you want to live in a world where everyone was the same, had the same beliefs, thought the same way, ate the same food, dressed the same.  I find no pleasure in that at all.

I think when you meet someone different if you choose not to judge but take some time to talk, to interact you realize not only the differences but also the similarities.  We humans have the same basic needs, a roof, food, education, to feel safe and to be loved and to practice whatever religious beliefs we might possess, we want our families safe and we want good health.  All pretty basic stuff.

Tomorrow is hump day.  Remember to treat those around you the way you would like to be treated.

Monday, March 12, 2018

How You React

Today's quote for my classes.  I think it is a good one.

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

-Charles Swindoll

Sunday, March 11, 2018

CD Time

We spent the afternoon with our friend Fred.  He is our friend, family, sound guy, recording producer, co  -worker, etc.   We are getting ready for our next cd.  Today was doing the hard stuff, figuring out songs, instrumentation, ( no title for cd yet) getting sound levels, but next time the fun begins.  We record.  I read today that Joan Baez had just released a new cd.  She is 77 and getting ready for her final tour.  She gives me hope, I am 65.  :)

When we did our last cd, we did not do a very good job capturing moments in the studio with pictures.  We are going to to remedy that this time.

Mondays seem to come faster and faster, is it just me?  And did you realize that March is almost half gone and that we lost and hour today?

Be kind tomorrow, everyone needs a bit of kindness.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Birthdays

Rick's sister Mary Lois did a cook-out this evening for those in her family/friend circle who have birthdays in March.  That included myself, her daughter and a friend's son.  She planned this before the weather forecasters said we would have a monsoon.  She grilled in the pouring rain and baked two chocolate cakes!  Everything was really good. 

March is full of birthdays, my great nephew Jared's was today.  His mom's was on the 6th, a friend's was also on the 6th.  My nephew James celebrated his on the 8th, my sister Pat's is on the 15 and mine will be on the 23 and I could go on.  Lots of March babies.

It is still raining and now the fog has moved in.  Glad to be home, safe and dry.
Enjoy your Sunday tomorrow.  May you feel peace, celebrate joy and know kindness.