Friday, June 19, 2009

Memories of Plant Woman

My week went really well up until tonight.
Some volunteer work I am involved with left me feeling frazzled.
I came on the computer to unwind.
I tried to think of something to put my mind in a better space.
Then I remembered "Plant Woman".
I took these photos last summer at Opryland Resort while I was there at a Quilt Show.
Here she is on stilts and covered with ivy.

Here she is with one leg up.
Her guard is the lady on the right.
She stayed nearby where ever she gracefully moved to.

I feel like climbing the walls sometimes also.
Especially tonight.

This woman had to be a gymnast or dancer or ballerina.
She moved about so gracefully and stood so poised.

I can't even walk in high heels anymore.

Anybody seen my guard?

Let me provide you with a little shade mam.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thought Provoking Movies


I have been knitting most nights trying to complete a prayer shawl and I am very close to completing it. I am not sure if I will donate it to the organization I was planning on though, because I haven't exactly been meditating prayers into it as it was being constructed. I have been watching movies like the one above that are very thought provoking. Gran Torino was one of those movies I found myself trying to analyze when it was over. I may watch it a second time and see if I come away with a different perspective. The movie put me into a space that I don't personally have to deal with, because I don't live in a neighborhood that is like that. Or at least not to my knowledge. I don't mingle with the neighbors all that much, and don't know all the latest gossip. I have never heard or seen of any gang related incidents around where I live. St. Louis was listed as the most dangerous city in America in 2006, but I don't think we have been on the list for the past 3 years.
This movie was thought provoking for me in the same way that a movie called "The Mission" was. It left me wondering what choices I would make if I were in those situations. Is it better to leave people alone and to avoid getting involved, or to stand up for what is right. I had to laugh at Clint Eastwood's growling grumpy character though, especially the scene where he was sitting on his porch grumbling under his breath about the woman next door, and she was also grumbling in a different language about him. There were a lot of humorous scenes in this movie also. He tries to teach the young boy next door how to act like a man, and those scenes had me laughing out loud.
I am not real fond of movies with a lot of unnecessary violence in them, but I wouldn't say this movie fit into that category. The violence that was in there went with the story.
I have been having to watch movies in the evening because there is nothing on TV that interests me.
Our weather has improved the past 2 days. We sure needed a break from the rain. I better get out and enjoy it today.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ageing


I have a couple of things to talk about today. One is about a trip we are planning to Hot Springs, Arkansas where they have outdoor mineral spring water baths. The other thing is about part of my day yesterday, involving another trip to the vet with our ageing dog, Clifford. Clifford is 15 and his body has been showing some signs of the ageing process that all of us must go through, if we are lucky enough to reach the age of this process. His skin is loose, he has lots of fatty tumors, not much fat around his skeletal areas to cushion them, and a heart murmur. In March he began having trouble with his anal glands, and has had a couple of rounds of antibiotics to clear that up. My son and I noticed late yesterday evening, his bottom was all swollen and red and he was in a lot of discomfort. I called the vet's office and he was seen right away. It was not his anal glands so the vet gave him a very thorough exam trying to figure out how we could help him. She said she just didn't know what else to do for him other than take an x-ray to see if his spine was causing the discomfort and possibly his brain was thinking it was his bottom and that was causing the scooting that led to the irritated area. The x-rays revealed he does have some arthritic disk areas and she gave us some medication to try and see if he gets some relief. Today he seems so much better. After the vet examined him she said that for his age he is in really good shape. If we help him along in his ageing process he just may be with us for a few more years.
My point in telling this story is more about a reflection into all of our lives, as we go through this ageing process. I know that most likely, I will reach a time when I will need some help from someone to help me as my health starts declining. I hope that I won't be too much of a burden for anyone, but I also hope that I will be treated with respect, and not pushed aside like an old pair of shoes.
These thoughts led me to wonder "When did I start to really feel this ageing process?" For me I think it started physically and mentally around age 50. That was about the time I got the aches and pains of arthritic knees, heel spurs, tendon problems, forgetfulness, and lack of energy. I used to have enormous amounts of physical energy. When that starts diminishing, depression sets in. Other than the things I just listed, I am like Clifford in that I don't have many things that others my age do, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
Ageing mentally is a little scary sometimes. I really forget to act my age many times. I just can't get the hang of that concept. That is just no fun at all.
So this year for my 58th birthday I will be exploring the mineral hot baths in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my hubby. Maybe we will get brave and go skinny dipping, like a couple of youngsters. What was that movie where they discovered the water of youth? I'll think of it later....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We Need A Break.....


We have had a little too much rain so far this spring. The photo above is in an area of St. Louis that I can't remember ever having flood problems before. Last spring we had flooding also, and large trees were falling over because of the ground being so soft and not being able to support their weight. So far this season I haven't heard of anything like that happening. But then again I have not been watching the news on a daily basis.



This photo is a sad story because the developer of this subdivision did not install the proper drainage systems, and you can see the results. I heard on the news that these people have been waiting for at least 3 0r 4 years to get this issue resolved. Whenever it rains like it has been it takes days for the water to get out of the street. They have been getting the run around about who is responsible for the problem and how it is going to get taken care of. What a mess! I just read more about this and it just makes me wonder why anything would have to take this long to get resolved. I am not so sure I would have that much patience if I were the owner of one of these homes.

This is our pool that I have only gotten to swim in once so far. Rain rain go away.......come back again on an August day.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever