Sunday, January 4, 2015

Yoga: There is an ap,for that

I sometimes make it to a yoga class in Seward, held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Mary, the instructor, is quite good, and I always enjoy the class a lot. It doesn't work with my schedule to go but once a week for most of the year. January, however, is a month when I can attend both meeting times. I will make the effort to go!
Last week I found an ap for iPad called "Simply Yoga" and I have tried it twice. I think the instruction is good, and I even receive a daily reminder to practice. When I did the tree pose this morning I was pretty wobbly. The ap told me that the tree pose will sharpen my mental focus--I was just hoping that it improves my balance.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Balance

I have noticed that many people who write blogs pick a word or a theme in early January as they are contemplating the new year. So, I have decide to follow suit and pick a word, and it is BALANCE.
I feel out of balance quite frequently, so it is something I think I should think about, and work on.
One way to physically work on balance is to exercise, to practice yoga, and I do need to do this before I start falling over on a regular basis instead of just catching myself as I begin to topple over. I believe I know what to do, but I have not taken time to do it. I have yoga videos, I know the class schedule for the local teacher, and I have an ap for that. I think to be consistent I will have to schedule a daily time for practicing yoga, and I am pretty sure that time will have to be in the morning after my first cup of coffe. That way I can have a second cup of coffe to look forward to as a reward.
The other kinds of balance may be trickier to figure out. I think it best to get one thing in balance and then the others will fall into place.

Monday, November 19, 2012

In LaRibera

We are vacationing in LaRibera where it is warm and windy today. The weather has been nice and it is a great break for us from the Nebraska fall/winter. Hurricane Paul and a few other rainstorms went through the area earlier in the fall, breaking the drought that has been going for 4 or 5 years. The scenery on the drive down was very green and lush. Baja Trip 2012 is a link to our pictures. I hope to update them, but I am using Smokey's computer and am not always sure what will work and what will not.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Clubhouse? Sanctuary?

In the spring of this year Dave started talking about building a clubhouse for/with our grandchildren. They all seemed to think the idea was great, so he went ahead and converted the donkey shed into a clubhouse. Sam and Austin (and I) helped to build it, but Dave did 99% of the work. We thought we would get all the grand kids involved but it never seemed to work out when our granddaughters were here. It was either too hot, or they were dressed up for a special occasion or whatever. Sam and Austin pretty much lost interest, although Sam did help paint. 
Well, now the clubhouse is finished. Maybe it is because the month of July was so dang hot, I don't know, but for whatever reason no one really went to the clubhouse. I found 2 folding lawn chairs at a garage sale and put them in the clubhouse. 
The other night Dave and I each took a glass of wine up to the clubhouse. We decided we might change the name to The Sanctuary and keep it as a place to sit on a cool, quiet evening with a glass of wine, or maybe a spot to enjoy an early morning coffee. 
Sam and Austin spent Saturday night at our house, so on Sunday morning I took my cup of coffee to the Clubhouse./Sanctuary and was soon joined by both boys. They are starting to think about using it now, and Sam would really like to have a sleepover in the Clubhouse.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shop Hopping

I surely do not need any more fabric, but I bought my shop hop bag and off I went today, the first day of the Nebraska Independent Fabric Stores shop hop. (April 19-29). I came home with more fabric. My favorite store of the day was I (heart) Sewing in Fremont. Bright, cheery, lots of samples. Of course, I have loyalty to our own Cosmic Cow The Udder Store and the original Cosmic Cow stores, my first and last stops of the day. I also stopped in Shelby at Karen's Kollectibles which was not part of shop hop, but I was driving by, it was raining hard, what can I say? I bought some fabric at Claus and Paus, but that store needs better lighting! I could not see very well in there. That was in Columbus and I also shopped at Sew What in Columbus. A pretty good day :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hallelejah!

At the Seward United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, the tradition is to have a sing-a-long of the Hallelujah Chorus. The choir has practiced it and they invite anyone present to come up front and sing it with them. It is really so cool! I do not go sing, but I love to listen. When I was taking piano lessons so many years ago I could play Handel's Messiah the Hallelujah Chorus really well. I nailed it. Not any more, so, inspired by listening to it last Sunday, I have played it five out of the last six days. It is starting to sound better. I am going to keep playing it until I can nail it again.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Create

I have been in a "creative slump" for a while. Since I have been doing yoga I have been expecting the slump to lift--yoga is supposed to support creativity. But, it has not happened. I am good at starting projects and I suppose that shows some creativity, but I am not so good at completion. I start at project--knitting, sewing, whatever--and then when it becomes boring, or at least not as interesting, I leave it, hoping to come back and finish it later. I think I have been giving up too soon. I have not let myself really learn anything. I follow a pattern, or the directions, but I don't do anything truly creative. I need to put more time and thoughtfulness into what I do.