I’m happy to report I’ve been able to maintain at least thirty minutes a day of yoga practice, and sometimes I do the full hour class. All this on-line at home, which is so nice because I can do it whenever I feel like it. I often have at least one cat and the dog within inches of me, observing.
Sometimes I do one of the power yoga classes, wherein we do ghastly things like do a downward dog, then stand on one leg and bring in the other to hover, with the leg tucked in to the knee, holding, then returning out, then back to the knee, holding. At times like this I visualize how I won’t be decrepit with back problems when old.
We also do painful stretches, and my stiff hips are now complaining at night. But I think nuh-uh, you are going to be supple into your old age. Anyway, for a reward, at the very end of these classes, the best part is called the corpse pose. As it sounds, you lie down on your back, arms comfortably at your sides, palms up, breathing deeply. Ahhhhh.
And as it’s hatha yoga there’s a lot of meditative thoughts and relaxation to begin and end with, so it’s all to the good. It’s helped while I watched the highlights of the impeachment hearings on You Tube and wondered why proven facts were being called “fake news”. I found all of that really stressful as no one likes gaslighting.
I made the first two German Christmas stollen of the season and also homemade marzipan to go into the middle of them and they were absolutely fantastic. Now watch, I’ll make the recipe again and it’ll stink. Baking’s funny that way.
I was just in Osoyoos to help mom with her dental appointment. She was getting two teeth implants, and had a complicated medical regime to follow. So I said I’d come down and figure it all out which I did. Mom had to take four Amoxicillin, one steroid and two pain killers 90 minutes prior, which she took.
The implants went smoothly and in three months she’ll get a bridge stuck to them, and then have teeth on the upper left side of her mouth again. Isn’t that great, to be nearly 95 years old, and decide dentures are never going to happen? Of course it takes tremendous tenacity to go through all of the prep whereby they drill these ghastly looking metal posts into your gums in preparation.
The next day I asked mom how she was feeling, and she said fine. No effects whatsoever from the meds, or the implant operation itself, so mom’s pretty much a medical miracle. The night before, after the procedure, I gave her two ounces of brandy in warm water and she happily drank that to help the meds.
I went to Rona and got two rolls of Christmas lights because tomorrow’s December 1st and Denis is due to come over and put them up. I want to have lots this year, and they’re all LED so hopefully not too crazy with the energy consumption. I got a red and white set and one all-blue, so that’ll keep him and Nicky busy for a couple of hours.
We’re also going to Grumpy’s Tree Farm here in East Kelowna for my tree, so I’ll get that set up and decorated, and then do the house’s decorations as well. By late afternoon it’ll be time for everyone’s favourite, the corpse pose.