Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. This last week was very relaxing and maybe even lazy, once I got the vacation laundry done. There were two days of teacher training, however, but Friday gave me a renewed chance for lounging. 🙂
The training we received was very informative. Despite English teachers having new standards, new curriculum, and a new text, I left with the feeling “I can do this!” The lesson plans are more clear, and the text completely links with our new state standards, so I’m quite happy with this! I also had a great lunch with a teacher friend at the Garden Cafe!
Since our vacation, I’ve had a sore/stiff shoulder and my boyfriend has a knot in his back muscle near the shoulder blade. For me, it was likely from doing a backstroke while lounging in the Coco Cay waters. For him, it’s definitely from carrying luggage that included my cosmetic carry-on . We both seem to agree that vacation was still worth it!
On Writing —
I wrote probably one page this last week on Ellie, the Time Traveler. I also jotted down thoughts and ideas for continuing Crossroads Dinner #205. I’ve really been distracted by the shoulder. However, I’m still journaling by hand almost daily. Here are some thoughts on being part of the rhythm and flow of life:
From the July 1st prompt: I heard in a pain podcast, “Don’t be fearless, but fear LESS.” (Pain Free You). My thoughts are that we cannot help but to have feelings, but we can try not to over focus on them. This morning, it’s easy for me to trust the process of life. I know all my loved ones are safe, and I’m sitting in a room blessed by Sunshine peeking through my blinds.
Grasshoppers are making joyful noise out in the day as the temperature climbs. It is peaceful. I am noticing it all. On cloudy, rainy days, I need to also spend more time noticing, just observing, because it is also a part of life’s Evan flow, the cycles of nature. I can notice what’s around even if it’s not what I wanted or expected without judging, even if it changes my plans. The dance of nature is so awesome to observe!-PC
That’s where I am right now. I see my doctor about the shoulder next week and will have coffee with a writer friend Thursday. It is sure to be at least a two hour coffee chat! Have a great day, and I hope you find time to relax. Bixby certainly is a guru at this!
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What a bummer to be in pain after such a great vacation. Sill you made some great memories and I hope whatever hurts unwinds quickly.
Pam, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. I’m glad you were happy with the teacher training. I hope you have a relaxing weekend with Bixby.
Hi Pamela, sorry to hear about your shoulder. Would you believe that I have been treated for trapezious muscle and neck pain for over a year now. The last visit involved high volume vibrating massage which helped relieve the suffering.I have lifted my computer on books to eye level as working on my writing and driving the car irritate the problem. Best of luck and find a good physiotherapist.
Thanks, Joy. Relocating the computer is a great idea!
I’m so sorry about your shoulder. Hope your doctor can offer some helpful suggestions for treatment. That quote you heard on the Podcast is right up my alley, as are your thoughts on it. I woke up with a sore throat this morning and immediately thought I had COVID, probably fueled by the fact that cases are spiking here again. That didn’t help my (interpretation of my) symptoms either. In this sense, your thoughts about not over-focusing on your feelings, makes perfect sense. (I did take a lateral flow test, as is recommended here, and was negative, FYI.)
Glad you were negative! Two years ago, I used to take my own temperature constantly, so I understand the fear. It’s not as daunting to me now, as I know several close friends who struggled with it and recovered. I am constantly trying to live a healthy lifestyle though. I hope it does help as much as they say it does.
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Living a healthy lifestyle certainly won’t hurt anyway. I had COVID back in February and it wasn’t too bad, but I dread the need to self-isolate and my staff needing to wear PPE again.
Your conference sounds inspiring!
Hopefully all your muscles are loosening up and you had a wonderful vacation. I’m nursing a sore neck and shoulder today, I think it’s from filling 5 pots with potting soil (large bags) and playing with my grandkids the last two day.
Yes, it’s getting better, thank you!