Working Your Body – Rory’s Questions

Rory’s questions today are related to physical and mental well-being. 

How is your physical and mental health overall? My mental health is pretty good considering what is going on in the world. I work daily on focusing on gratitude. I am aware of my circle of influence, which keeps me as detached as possible from many dramas. My physical overall health is a work  in progress, more due to body ailments than lack of effort.

What is your current level of exercise or activity like today? Every day that my body lets me, I do physical exercise either in my house or in my gardens. I tend to overdo more than underdo lately. Because of my foot disability, long walks left my life 20 years ago. I miss that the most.

Were you one for leading an active and physically active lifestyle before today – when younger as an example? Other than long walks, I never had time in younger years for much exercise. I was a workaholic when teaching. I tried the whole gym scene for a long time, but it wasn’t ever a fit for me.

Have you found that your exercise has been hindered or enhanced with the arrival of the pandemic? More than the pandemic, retirement has given me more good days than bad. Every morning I wake up and assess what pain level I am in. Then I do what I can for the day. Or, overdo what I can. I can honestly say I have been having more good days than bad lately. 

How do you motivate your enthusiasm today? If you mean motivate my enthusiasm for getting physical, it is a matter of knowing to take advantage of good days. I realize it is better for my OA and RA to move my body. That in turn, makes me happy. It is a good circle. More movement with less pain, means more is done, which means I am happy. I need to take those days when they come.

Do you find that your emotions are harder to manage in the current situation with Covid or are you able to keep your mentality stable? Again, retirement has been more of a game changer than the pandemic. I am so very grateful that I have my gardens and my house projects to keep me busy. Keeping busy is good for my mental health. When my emotions are in need of attention, I have the advantage now, of not needing to focus on my career, in addition to whatever else is going on. 

What is your over all vitality like today? It depends on the day. But, for the most part, I am living a good life doing the best I can daily.

What is a typical week like for you with activity – your interpretation? On my good days (which lately there have been many) I overwork myself. This is not a good thing. I can work on my house for 5 to 8 hours without realizing it. I have painted the interiors of 5 rooms this pandemic year. I have redone 4 planters. I have donated, trashed, and gifted hundreds of items. My activity has meant a happier home, a lighter spirit, and a cleaner environment for me. 

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Fibbing Friday – March 26 – Sewing Questions

Di is the host this week for Fibbing Friday.

As the title of this series suggests, truth is not an option because the idea is to fib, the bigger and more inventive or outrageous the better, but remember to keep it family friendly. We all need some light relief at the moment, so it’s good to raise a smile. Besides, it’s tax free and exercises more muscles in your face than a frown. Have some fun with the questions.

1. What is a tie dye? It is when you are hung from a tree with ties.

2. What is a raglan sleeve? It is a sleeve made from scraps because you ran out of fabric to finish the shirt.

3. What is seersucker? A bird that dive bombs, and then sucks up, worms on the grass after the rain

4. What is meant by a dropped waist? A boxing punch that lands below the belt

5. What is a yoke collar? What is left after a very messy eater has a two minute egg

6. What is meant by pigeon toed? A person who has lost two toes in an industrial accident

7. How many pleats are in a kilt? It depends on who is doing the ironing

8. What is bias binding? When the publisher changes your book cover without the approval of the author

9. What is Velcro? The name of my dog when I am not feeling well  

10. What is twill webbing? The feet of the Do Do bird

FOWC with Fandango – Fallout


Fandango’s FOWC today is fallout. I did something today that hopefully will not have any fallout. My daughter and 2 of the Zs had eye doctor appointments today. They go to my doc who is less than five minutes from my house.

I asked them to come by either before or after their appointments. They arrived with about 45 minutes to spare. I donned my mask, as did they. The kids came running up the stairs to greet me. I encircled each child, and my daughter, with a very long bear hug. Tears of relief and happiness overcame me. I missed my hugs so much.   

I have had both my vaccinations, but I have not reached the 14 days post 2nd shot. I am at 8 days. I needed those hugs as much as they did. We were all masked. We were outside the whole time. We sat in the sun on cushions on the ground. We talked about things like earrings and mask styles and school opening. My grandson is very happy with the ear piercing’s I gave hi for his birthday. My granddaughter has a new piercing going through her ear in two places. It is scary looking to me. It makes her happy though.

I needed my hug “fix” very badly. I pray there will be no fallout for hugging before my two weeks passed. I have no plans for putting myself nor my family in unnecessary danger. We have not hugged in over a year. My heart is happy.

Three Things Challenge #520 – No sleep for the weary

 Di brings us the three things challenge. Typically, I just look at the words to see what pops into my head. Tonight is no different. 

Your three things today are: SOFTLY  GONE  HOUR


It’s after eleven PM. I know I can’t possibly fall asleep for at least another hour. My body rebels against sleep on a nightly basis. Gone is the time when I needed to get up and go to work. It’s been two years now and I still wake up at the crack of dawn. (or earlier)

When Annie has played hard all day, I can usually quietly go downstairs to  bed without waking her. Otherwise, she enters the bedroom and softly lays on her downstairs bed. If I am awake, she insists on her cuddles before laying down. I am happy to oblige.   

I don’t know why sleep evades me. It has been my plight most of my life. It’s not the worst thing to have to deal with, but I sure wish I could sleep when I need to.

Simply Six Minutes – A Tall Tale

Christine Bialczak is the host of Simply Six Minutes.

Look mom, I couldn’t help myself. I was running through the corn field in Farmer Bill’s back lot. I saw the most amazing ears of corn. They were thiiiiiiiis big. I had to nibble on just one, then another, then a third.

How was I to know that that old coot had a shotgun? My empty tummy needed filling and my head wasn’t thinking straight. I saw him coming nearer. I had to go back and get myself at least one more of those yellow treats. I have never seen such a field of golden goodness.

So, just to let you know, I kind of forgot that my little brother was following me. I am not too sure if he made it out alive. That farmer has it out for us. He thinks we are pests. He doesn’t get that we like the corn as much as he does. So if little Joe doesn’t come home tonight as least you know he had a belly full of giant ears of corn before it was full of lead.