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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mom settling in

Mom is finding her comfort level at home with us now.  She has been planting flowers and weeding the garden bed but the best part of having her with us is she cooks some great meals.  We've been doing kitchen stuff together and that's been good for her.  In the evenings she watches Idol, Desperate Housewives and a few other shows.  I am not much of a TV watcher these days, preferring to read instead or cook while she is watching her shows.  So what I am saying is that we've finding our own space to do the things we like to do without feeling that we have to entertain each other.  Today she's gone on a day trip to Warroad, Minnesota. She looks forward to the trips as she gets to meet some of her friends.  I hope that in the Fall, she'll get involved in other seniors' activities that will also keep her busy.

It's been such a cloudy and rainy week for us in Manitoba.  Some of you may know that the province has been contending with a lot of overland flooding - very severe in some areas but fortunately for us in Winnipeg, it has not adversely affected us.  But for those of you who lived in Guyana, you know that after the floods, the mosquitoes are plentiful.  Well, we are now getting ready for a huge infestation of the little beasts.  They have just started but they are expected to get much worse.  Sunita said that for the first time since she moved there more than 11 years ago, there are mosquitoes and they come in clouds.  That's the norm for Winnipeg. You'd think we live in a tropical jungle. The land is flat prairie so water has nowhere to drain so its the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

My neighbour has a sump pump that is very active all year so now there is a big, soggy pool of water at the front of our house and his that can't drain because he's added a whole bunch of bark to his shrubs and it's blocking the water drainage.  I will need a canoe soon (a slight exaggeration) but the spot looks very messy especially since he ran his lawn mower over it and there are now muddy tire tracks everywhere on his lawn.  Don't you just love neighbours?  To be fair, he is a good neighbour so I should be lucky - this time.  The first neighbour in that house was apparently an exhibitionist but I only found out after she left.  Imagine that - in a nice quiet suburban neighbourhood, right next door, I am living right next to an exhibitionist. 

This afternoon I am going to pick up some plants and bulbs I bought from Sahana's school as her fundraiser.  Last year I did the same but forgot that I bought them so I bought some more the week before they were to be delivered so I had about 28 tomato plants and about 50 pounds of tomatoes by the time the summer was over.  This year, I made a note of it in my calendar so I wouldn't forget.  With the wet and soggy ground, I don't know when they'll actually get into the ground.  I bought some yellow canna lilies so those should be pretty when they grow.  Last year we had so many red canna lily bulbs that multiplied, that we gave away about half of them and still we have too many.  If you want some, give me a call and you can come and pick them up before I put them in the compost bin. 

Happy Tuesday,
 sandra

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hot Yoga-too hot!

For those of you still following my blog, I have just emerged from my month-long combat with paperwork, both at work and at home.  Having spent almost three weeks away from work in April, May was a challenge.

I had my first ever session of hot yoga yesterday and it was HOT, HOT, HOT!  I was okay for the fist 15 minutes but then again, I was lying on the mat and the class hadn't even started yet!  The class started at 10:30am and I was fine for the fist several poses (all standing ), then about 15 minutes into the workout, I could feel my had going dizzy and my eyes got wobbly. I thought about carrying on but that lasted for about 5 seconds before I told myself that it's better to sit down than fall down.  So I sat on my mat and after a minute, I was still dizzy so I lay on the mat on my back and I could fell myself feeling better.  So I got up and did some of the poses again before having to lie down again from the wave of dizziness.  And talk about sweating - or should I say "glistening."  When my girls were young, I used to tell them that girls and women don't sweat.  They glisten.  So I was glistening like crazy!

After 30 minutes of standing poses, the instructor then switched to sitting poses which was a lot more tolerable - at least I didn't feel like fainting.  I got through those poses with some degree of ease but I can't say that I thought my stretches were any more better than not being in a furnace-like room.  I was surprised when she said the class was over because that part wasn't as bad as the first part but then I may have gotten somewhat acclimatized with the heat.
I laid there for about 5 minutes and it was a cool feeling to step out into the room temperature area.  My hair looked like I had just taken a shower and had not dried my hair and of course I had no comb to fix it.  Sharm and I left a few minutes later and the early morning coolness in the air when I left home was suddenly refreshing with no coat and only my exercise clothes on.

A nice cool shower at home was just what I needed to complete the experience.  I have to say that I tried it but do I love it?  NO!  The instructor did say that the room was hotter than it usually is and the poses were intermediate and advanced so I was pleased that I actually stayed for the whole class.  My pleasure dissipated this morning when I talked to Sharm and she said her boss was surprised that I would even do the class because hot yoga is for young people.  I don't even know how to interpret that.  I thought yoga was for everyone and doing it in an overheated room is no more youthful than doing it in a room-temperature room.  And is he implying that I am old? Apparently he is a couple of years younger than me so I don't know what that means. Thanks Gar.  I'll have to invite you to join me on my half marathon walks.  

I'm glad that I didn't know the room was unusually hot, or that the poses were more difficult or that hot yoga was only for young people (whatever that means).  I felt a sense of accomplishment because I have heard that hot yoga is either something you love or something you dislike.  I don't love it at all but I can't say after one class that I dislike it.  So guess what?  I am going back for two more classes - Wed. and Friday - and then I'll decide whether this is something that I would do again. 

 I have tried to keep up with my training for my walk but I am not feeling as prepared as I want to be.  The plantar fasciitis is still quite a bother but I tell myself that if Dad had to deal with 2 major cancer surgeries and 42 sessions of radiation over the course of 5 years, then a 21k walk with an aching foot is tolerable if it means that the money I raise will go toward funding much needed research.  I am up to $1251 of my $2000 goal and I have 12 days to raise another $750.  Can I do it? Not without your help so share the challenge website with friends and family. In case you forgot, here it is: 

have a great week
sandra