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Wow, heavy duty winds came blow'in through, up to 60 MPH, and wrecked my sail shades and gazebo that I had just gotten reset the weekend before! How nice. My gazebo is a mess. Not even sure if it's worth trying to salvage it but I'll get a good idea today if it's at all possible. Ergggg! Keeps me on my toes though. Tippy toes in this case. Wish me luck.
My sis called me this last week and offered to send me our yard guy to spruce up the yard (dirt) for the party as her contribution to the festivities. Yippppeeeee! I love it when she does that. I'm still gonna work back there 'cuz I'm sure some will come back and I'll need to be working on the inside of the house & cooking the week of the party. It also won't hurt to continue burning up the kcals working the back & front yards.
My seedlings are still doing beautifully. I think it might've been weeds that I thought were tomato seedlings 'cuz now there's some little guys comin' up in the same spot. So maybe I didn't drown'em after all.
Putney got his rabies shot this week. They told me he's a little overweight, like mother like dog I guess. We're workin' on it people, so just back off. Just kidding. Looks like we're both on portion control.
As I was writing this weeks blog/newsletter I heard we lost not 1 but 2 icons. I wish them peace and all the love they can hold. I'm leaving the next part as I wrote it originally. I followed it with the 2nd one.
The world lost an icon this last week. I am speaking of Annette Funicello. A very brave woman who suffered MS, a cause I'm pretty passionate about, with grace and dignity.
This disease is such an evil disease. It's so hard to diagnose in people because it can attack in so many different ways. It's never the same in each case. One of my all-time favorite comedians also suffered from this horrible nightmare as well, Richard Pryor.
While in S.F. and working at USF, I met a woman with MS when she came to 1 of my deep water classes. We spoke for awhile and she told me how difficult it was to exercise at certain times and it got me thinking about it. I began to do some research on the disease by contacting the MS Society in the Bay Area. Imagine my surprise when they sent me a couple of exercise videos along with the information & research and I was on the cover and in the videos.
Kinda cool. I'd been hired to perform in a series of videos by
an aquatic equipment company a year or so earlier. Anyways, it gave me the info I needed to go to my boss at USF and ask if I could add a class specifically designed around accommodating people with MS. She said yes and I taught a fabulous group of people for 5 years, until I left "the city." That was, by far, the hardest class for me to leave.
MS strikes the nervous system and it can affect the eyesight or the legs or breathing. You just never know. Sometimes they can go into remission and then without warning they get struck down again. That's why its so hard to diagnose. But taking these folks into slightly deeper water, the properties of the water can effectively increase their strength.
Here come Newton's Laws again. When they would move a good limb through the water, the other limb would just naturally react. Just try moving only 1 leg and you'll see that the other will respond. Of course I had floation belts on them and we had so much fun. I watched some of these very courageous people go from wheelchairs to canes and/or canes to walking free. They felt so free in the water. It was a common occurance for me to cry at some point during the classes. One woman in my class published a photo Journal of her struggles with this disease and having a baby.
The book is titled Seeds of Light, Images Of Healing, by Angelina Hekking. Actually, Angelina Margaretha Antoinetta Hekking. Every time I go through this book I burst into tears. It's an amazing pictorial of her joy and pain while living with MS.
Tai Chi was another form of movement/exercise well suited for those with MS. People with MS said they were much more able to work in the mornings before 11:00am. Heat is a huge issue as that is part of the problem with MS, the heat causing the nerve endings to fry and mis-fire. Granted this is being simply put but it gets the point across. I hope.
The thing with MS is this, the muscles aren't dead, they're atrophied because the signals don't get there. From the brain to the muscles. So, these forms of movement, Aquatics and Tai Chi, cause the atrophied muscles to move in response to other actions thus helping to strengthen the muscles.
Our second loss being the amazingly brilliant comic genius of Jonathon Winters. His humor and wit that inspired so many other comedians, passed away. He could make you cry from laughing so hard and was incredibly quick witted. He was a master at improvisation and mimicry (?) The characters he came up with, along with the facial expressions, were absolutely hysterical. Thank you for your brilliance and the laughter you caused to erupt in me and the many others who got to watch you perform. RIP.
Now for something a little more light-hearted.
This week I up'ed the weight on a couple of my exercises and my quads were killing me the rest of the week. OMG! You can check out my leg workout on the workout page. Remember to check with your physician to make sure you should be doing this kind of workout. Always refer to your physician.
I made a meat sauce yesterday for pasta. Yummy. I'll need to take some in to my friend R. I left her some when she house/pet sat for me one time. Yes, I also left her some pasta but when I got home the only thing gone, and I mean gone, was the sauce! She just ate the sauce! I love her. She has been asking me to make some more ever since so, now that I have she will get some. Yes, I posted the recipe. I added a strange ingredient. Wasn't sure how it would taste but, turns out it's still yummy! Enjoy it and your week.