Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bumps in the Road

"Project Me" has been slowed a bit this week by an extreme case of "the vapors".  

Some nasty little intestinal bug that Tom shared with me has had me trying to carry on while experiencing intense abdominal pain and pressure. Of course that kind of gas build up must exit, and the resulting belching and flatulence are not something to share in company. 

We have managed to get in a walk most days, which helps, and I can just let it fly since Tom is my companion and he was doing the same thing a week ago. When we walk in the neighborhood park, like we did today, we have very little company, so we can be indiscreet. 
I did manage to attend my first two tai chi classes this week without embarrassing myself. I haven't decided what I think of the practice of tai chi yet, since I have not really got the hang of it yet. I am used to much more vigorous exercise, but I can see how it will be giving my hips and my balance a good work out. That's a good thing, since arthritis is setting into my hip and my balance is not very good. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. 

The weather is cold and dry again. We had one day of rain and 40 degree temps and now we are back to just above freezing day time temps, so while the ice is gone and walking is safe again, there are still remnants of the snow we had January 1st. 

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten --
If I ever read it. 


  1. It is indeed a bleak time of the year. I'm sorry you caught that nasty bug. No fun at all.
    Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets. I don't think I've read this one before.
    Beef Stew sounds delish ( but I'd avoid the actual meat, of course).

  2. This is the perfect season for beef stew. We've been having lots of home made soups, chili and stews that warm you up from the inside out. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Stomach bugs are the worst kind of sick. I'll be interested in hearing how the tai chi goes.

  3. That bug you and Tom have had must have gone to Seattle when it left here. I also met that rascal and didn't enjoy it a bit. We still have a lot of snow around. I said six inches but I've seen reports that it was 12 inches. Whatever it was, it's going to take some time for it to go away.

  4. Well, I hope the bumps in the road disappear quickly and then you can look out for yourself again.

  5. Intestinal bugs are horrible, hope you're feeling well again soon. I don't know if you take probiotics, but they seem to help me. I've been curious about tai chi for a while, I might try it some day myself. I have aches and pains in my hands and hips that I'm pretty sure are the beginnings of arthritis.

  6. I enjoy Tai Chi even though I can't seem to walk and chew gum at the same time. I like it better when I am by myself so it's not as embarrassing when I mess up. Once I caught myself moving FLUIDLY through several poses in a row and I got so excited I forgot what I was doing and lost the rhythm!

  7. Glad you're feeling better. I have the same problem in my yoga class, where it is quiet and any flatulence will be very much noticed, and from where it originated. I used to do tai chi and know it's good for arthritis. Maybe I should start again. :-)

  8. Glad it's getting better and sorry for the pain but the thought of your "musical" walk is very amusing to your readers.

  9. I hope you're feeling well again soon. Your description made me laugh out loud. Our winter just south of you is much whiter and colder. I never thought I'd wish I were living farther north.

  10. Hope your vapors are a thing of the past. Haven't heard that term in a while. That was funny about your walking and let'em rip completely unconcerned. That had to be a comfort and amusing. Be much better soon.

  11. We've been spared the stomach thing, but we have the respiratory thing. There's something about the winter, I guess, even in Arizona.

  12. No flu here yet, hope you feel better soon. The vapors were well known in the Victorian era:) We took a Tai Chi Class for about a year, it does help with balance, we enjoyed it, then the instructor left for winters in Arizona. Since we know the basics we could do it at home:)

    A wide variety of symptoms were lumped under “the vapors,” including anxiety, depression, bloating, fainting, loss of appetite, tremors, digestive issues, and behavioral problems. In an era where women were expected to adhere to very strict rules of behavior, free-spirited women like suffragettes were often diagnosed with this condition. The treatment most generally prescribed was rest, sometimes with the judicious application of smelling salts to revive swooning women.

  13. hope you are feeling better. thanks for the idea for a title for my photo of the bird cage. Take it easy!

  14. First off I really like the intensity and silliness of the birthday blog. Happiness to Isaac.
    Hope you are feeling better and less likely to fly through the air. LOL
    Regarding you comment on my blog about the moon and cameras. I just use my Nikon point and shoot for extreme closeups and that mean moon pictures. It has an awesome zoom feature and then I just have to hold steady. My newer bigger fancy camera doesn't do that at all.

  15. I'm so sorry you've been sick, Linda. It does seem to be making the rounds. I always love poetry, and the Robert Frost one is perfect for these winter days!


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