Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sit/Stand Exercise

I'm trying to keep fit in my old age.

It's suggested that a measure of fitness at any age is if a person can lower him/herself to the floor and get back up again without using hands, arms, or knees as supports. If you can do this simple exercise, you have a strong musculoskeletal foundation which is a predictor of good health. 
(If you Google sit/stand test, you'll get a million hits.)

I'm unable to do it, much to the delight of 6 year old Sam who gets up and down without any problem at all (even when giggling the whole time).  However, I'm practicing daily, so maybe I'll be successful at some point. I can sit down on a 7" (17 cm) step quite easily and rise again with no problem. 
I practice doing this several times a day.

What about you?
I hope you're as flexible and strong as Sam!

PS If you have problem knees or back, don't even try it.

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Pop Pop and Sam - possibly thinking up a new exercise to keep Grammy occupied

Monday, February 18, 2019

Snowing and Blowing in Summit County

driving through Breckenridge before dawn

We're having a good snow season so far in Summit County, Colorado. 
We wake early and decide whether we'll go downhill or cross country skiing.
Sometimes, Bob goes downhill with a friend, and I go into the forest alone.

chilly morning in the forest

Snow and cold are a daily part of our lives this winter.
We dress in many layers whenever we venture outside.

We'll soon take a break and travel to Denver for a few days.
Our 12 year old Granddaughter is swimming in the state meet.
We'll go to cheer for her.

We'll stay in a hotel and eat in restaurants.
I'll wander city streets with the camera.
It's not quite as cold in Denver.
Anything above freezing feels warm to us!

Our resident cowboy will guard the house while we're gone.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Shadow and Pattern

After the month of Small Stones, rest was required. How do some people post every day? 
I heard from many long-time blog friends by e-mail during and after the Small Stones. 
Thank you - it's fun to know someone is reading the blog!

The web, the cell phone, the computer, the tablet - everybody's world revolves around instant news and immediate social contact. People are lost without this connection. I'm an anomaly, I think - perhaps it's my (old) age. I need to have a rest from technology now and then. We don't subscribe to cable TV any longer. I never watch news programs and, to tell the truth, I rarely read it. Too much of what passes for news is manufactured fiction nowadays. People seem to get upset over nothing much. There is so much political polarization and social correctness all over the world that ordinary people with ordinary lives who do the best they can to support their families and show charity and understanding toward others get lost in the shuffle of movie stars, politicians, and pundits who like to think they have the last word.
They don't...

Here in my tiny corner of the universe, my simple life continues.

I rise in the morning giving thanks for another day.

I smile and try to interact with others by bestowing small kindnesses.

I observe and attempt to restrain judgement (never easy).

I have no importance whatsoever.

I look for good and find it - daily.

The quiet simplicity of winter is my One Good Thing today.

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