Memories of Kat

It was one year ago today since we lost our precious Kat to congenital heart failure. It has been an eventful year, but she is always in our hearts and often in our thoughts. RIP little girl. ๐Ÿ’ž

Kat – King Charles Cavalier 2013 – 2022

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Follow up ๐Ÿ˜

I have a few random notes to put out there today.

First off, I had a follow up appointment at Ambulatory Care for my broken arm this morning. Everything is healing in place! I do not have to wear my sling indoors anymore! Dr. S. gave me a couple of more exercises to do to regain use of my arm. I go back in two weeks and I think that is when I start therapy. ๐Ÿค—

Slingless!

Meanwhile our mild 2023 weather is holding for another week! Temperatures are in Celsius, but they are hanging around the freezing/melting point (32 degrees F) and we have sunshine!

There should be a ‘LIKE’ button on The Weather Network for weeks like this in February – in Saskatchewan. ๐Ÿ’

One last bit… This post by ‘A Brave Soul’ came up on my Facebook feed yesterday and I thought it was pretty cool. ๐Ÿ‘

Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

Man Down

Last Monday, Dwight from our Volley fitness group suggested that we each commit toย  focussing on one aspect of our fitness journey for each week.ย  It was a great idea, and one we eagerly embraced.

For myself, I committed to getting more fresh air last week and to “giving it my all” while engaging in my workouts (or doing anything ๐Ÿค—) this week. And… continuing to get a good dose of fresh air each day.ย  ๐ŸŒž

It was going great!ย  Then yesterday, Dan and I decided to get my fresh air by taking Molly to the neighbourhood dog park.ย  Great idea, poor execution.

While, Molly raced around the open field with a littleย  Shiba Inu, Dan and I chatted with his human.ย ย  And I took my eye of the ball – or rather the balls of fur racing around us. The little dog ran between us, with Molly right behind. I never saw what hit me. I went flying and landed face down on the frozen ground.

Fortunately, I was bundled up for winter and I didn’t hit the ground face first. But, I did twist my left arm going down and managed to pull something in my shoulder in the process. I got up, none the worse for wear, except for the excruciating pain in my left arm and shoulder.

The pain is still there and as excruciating as ever. Nothing is broken, and the shoulder is not dislocated. I don’t even have a bruise or much swelling. But there is no denying the pain.

There is no way that I am heading out on the snow and ice to get my fresh air today. Nor am I doing any Zumba or lifting any weights.

But despite the pain, I am staying on track

– By keeping a positive mindset. This is just a set back, not the end of my fitness journey.

– By moving (as much as I can). Every movement causes pain, but walking around, moving on my Yoga ball, and gentle side to side motion is doable. Anything to keep the circulation going and the adrenaline pumping – even a little bit.

– By showing my body some love and patience with Aspirin, CBD cream, a warm Epsom salt bath, and some cozy pjs.

– By exercising my mind (reading a good book and playing a mind game on my phone).

– By skipping the pity party and accepting the challenge. There’s nothing like a good challenge to help us dig deep and find out what we are really made of. ๐Ÿ˜

So, that’s where I am at today. Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

I just love this little candle Dan gave me for Christmas. It is filled with Black Onyx for Strength and Healing. It will be burning tonight. ๐Ÿ’ž

January in Saskatchewan

I was just out getting a bit of fresh air with Molly so I took a few photos to share.ย  Our temperatures are pretty doable for January but we have enough snow, ice, and frost to last the season.

Welcome to our world of snow and ice for the next few months. Keep those photos of flowers and sunshine coming! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿค—

Merry Christmas โ˜ƒ๏ธ

We had a very nice supper last night with granddaughter Genie and her fiance Alec. We had a great visit and exchanged the perfect gifts for all. ๐Ÿ‘

Today it is just a nice quiet day for Dan, Molly and I. There is nothing like a fresh blanket of snow to make for a peaceful Christmas Day.

Our ‘blanket’ took out our front walk last night.
I am about half way to the city sidewalk while Dan works on the side and back walks.

We are home. We are warm, safe, and well fed. We are thinking of all those trying to move by plane, train, or automobile this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ’“

Merry Christmas to all! Wishing you and yours a safe and joyful day. – Anne & Dan, and Molly

Molly Update & More

Molly is coming along nicely following her surgery on Monday.

Our temperature ranged from -25 to -30 Celsius today so we took a pass on our walk. Yesterday, our favourite human Genie came by and we went for a major hike across the ball diamonds through snow 1 – 2 feet high in places. The snow was in hard packed drifts and there were plenty of footprints which made it challenging to get through at places. The trip back, via the pathway through Regent Park was considerably easier. All in all, a good outing.

Today, I figured Molly and I could use a break. I sorted through kitchen cupboards and did an inventory of baking supplies. Despite still being on painkillers and sedatives and wearing that gigantic collar, Molly has kept herself busy all day just being Molly.

And… just because this seems like a day when people could use a smile, here is a picture that granddaughter Maddy did yesterday. For a twelve year old with no professional training, I think her work is amazing – and it is just so darn Maddy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Keep warm, stay safe, and have a great rest of the day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

November 3rd – Rasa Pura

Still on the topic of mental and emotional well being and those that I turn to for inspiration, today my blog is highlighting Rasa Pura.

Rasa is a life coach and yoga teacher who posts guided meditations on You Tube.ย ย  She isย  very new age, and I have to admit my personal beliefs do not totally mesh with hers, but her voice is SO soothing and her message is always SO positive, that I love listening to her meditations.

The guided meditation that I have been using regularly for the past few weeks is the positive affirmationย ย  “I Am” video above.ย ย ย ย  My favourite line in the entire video comes at the end of the introduction “Energy flows where attention goes”.ย 

I know that line embodies the truth because I have seen it – for better or worse – time and time again!ย  I have seen it in others and I recognize it in myself.ย ย  By repeating a negative thought ten times, I can convince myself that I am cold, tired,ย  sickly, angry, sad,ย  or miserable.ย ย  By repeating, a positive thought, I can convince myself that I am the total opposite.ย  Either mindset ultimately determines what I do and how I do it.

I have been listening to this particular video every dayย  for a few weeks now (and have been working with positive affirmations for years).ย ย ย  Is my life perfect?ย  No, but my mindset is definitely better and improving all the time.ย ย  I am generally more peaceful and happy and when I do have to deal with life’s rough moments, I am able to do so and move on – and back to a better place.ย ย 

And my life is improving – my health is definitely better and I am more fit than ever, I am better at managing our finances and they are in better shape than ever – despite retiring and taking a significant cut in income, and overall my relationships are healthier.ย ย  It is absolutely worth the time and effort that I have invested in learning to watch where I allow my “attention to go”.

And I am grateful to Rasa Pura for posting her guided meditations.ย  Theyย  help me to keep my attention on the quality of life that I want and on the path to health and wellness – physically, mentally, and emotionally.ย ย  Thank you, Rasa.ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š

Take care and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒž

June 23rd

This year is just flying by! Hopefully the days and weeks will slow down a bit now and we can enjoy summer for a while.

There’s not much happening so far today, but I have a few photos to share.

Lapdog ๐Ÿ˜› – I can’t imagine what it will be like when she doubles in size and sits on us.
Peppers and tomatoes are coming along but need a shot of lightning โšกand some rain!
I love these Petunias and I am amazed that I started them from seed. This is a Petunia year!
Molly – just digging a hole. Another hole!
I love chives in bloom! So pretty. ๐Ÿ’ž

That is it for today. It isn’t going to be a warm one here, so I had better get on with a bit of yardwork before it gets too uncomfortable. Take care a have a great day. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’ž

Molly’s First Road Trip

It was a long weekend for those of us in Canada. Some of us quietly celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday. We, on the other hand, took our three month old giant puppy on her first road trip to visit son Dan and his family, a few hours north of Regina.

Molly did great on the trip. She slept or watched the world go by.
Once at Dan and Amanda’s, Molly met Baccardi and Cornelius.
She also met Gabby and Cason. Unfortunately, seven year old Lucas wasn’t home, but she spent time with Gabby when she was home from work and she went HARD with Cason. They wore each other out more than a few times.
Molly checking out a few of the MANY flowers that Amanda and I planted.
While Cason took a spin in his SUV.

Except for a few accidents and minor incidents, Molly did way better than I could have hoped. We even stayed over Sunday to experience one of Dan and Amanda’s bi-weekly patio parties for their friends. There were at least twelve adults, just as many kids, and one extra ‘Dixie’ dog and Molly was pretty well maintained – well enough that we could sit back and enjoy Dan’s smoked brisket and pork ribs and Amanda’s baked beans, barbecued chicken, and macaroni salad – plus all the extras. Those two know how to dish up some amazing food. We were fed well ALL this weekend, as we always are when we visit.

All in all, it was a great weekend, and it was really great to learn that Molly is indeed travel worthy as pups go. ๐Ÿค—

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Take care and have a great day!๐Ÿ’ž