Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wandering, Walking, Collecting, Creating

It's amazing how one quick twist, one wrong move can throw you into agonizing pain.
On Thursday I wrenched my back.
I would like to say I was doing something exciting.
But no, I was vacuuming, of all things.
I've always had back problems because of scoliosis but I've never felt pain like this before.
I've never had pain that lasted more than a day.  
After reading up on back sprains, and resting up for a few days, I decided it was time to get moving again.
 It was slow going at first, but once my body began to warm up, it got easier.
I swear walking does more good for my mind than my body.
It helps me to collect my thoughts.
 But these past few days it has also been necessary for healing.
The pain is still there, but not as intense.  I still have to be careful how I move or turn.
I collected quite a few things while out walking yesterday morning.
Bean pods, rocks, a seashell, feathers, leaves, weeds and an eggshell. 
 
Unfortunately I've  not been doing any crafting lately, so I decided to get my creative juices flowing by doodling.
Today's biggest find was this.
Is it sad that I get excited about finding a rock?
Though not a great picture, it is the perfect size and shape.
I definitely feel a crochet project coming on.
Have a wonderful day!

41 comments:

Linda said...

Glad you're feeling better to walk. My sister has had scoliosis all of her life (they tried to correct it early on with a back brace which cut off the circulation in her leg and her leg collapsed and broke) and in fact Sarah was also diagnosed with a very slight curvature that has caused her severe pain from time to time... nothing to mess around with and glad you got some rest before resuming activity.

Jim and I were out on our bikes last evening, although it's 90 and humid, there was a nice breeze, and Sarah was out jogging at the same time, while most people seemed to be home cooped up in A/C. Our little central air unit can barely keep up with heat and needs to be completely redone, but we don't have the income for that right now, so we rough it and it stays about 80 inside.

Hope you've been enjoying a wonderful summer... we've done a lot of fun travels but still more to come. It's great to make the best of every day, and finding the simple joys as you do, in a nature's treasures. :)

Take care,
Linda

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

I know pain as I live with Fibromyalgia everyday.

Poor you, take care.

S
xo

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Hope your back feels better soon - walking is good for what ails you - both body and soul :-)

Caterina Giglio said...

hope you feel much better soon... back injuries are so painful... and I think it is awesome that a rock thrills you..
ps, Michigan will miss you!!

Debi Y. said...

Oh goodness - I hope your back heals up quickly and that you'll feel better soon. :)

Preeti said...

Hope you feel better soon. Your doodling on the leaf looks cute!! :)
No, it is not sad that you feel excited about finding a rock as long as you do not intend to use it for hitting ;) just kidding !! Hope you are not thinking of hitting me for this comment.
Also, not sure, did you try adding beads to your crochet for rocks ? I haven't done any crocheting for rocks, may be, beads will look good too.

Acorn to Oak said...

Sorry to hear about your back. Back pain makes it hard to do anything. So glad you've been able to get out and walk and that it's helping. Best wishes for a speedy healing.

I understand your excitement about finding a pretty rock. I'm the same way. :-)

Betsy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the pain you're in. Maybe you shouldn't vacuum anymore! :-). I'll be keeping you in my prayers for a quick recovery. Meanwhile you had some lovely "finds" while walking.
Blessings,
Betsy

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Tammy.....golly I haven't visited in so very long. I love, love, the changes I see here. Your posts about walking and living a health lifestyle are so very encouraging to all of us.

Have a wonderful week, BTW...I, too, have scoliosis and it can really be painful at times...but you are being so very proactive in your care....that is the best thing.

xoxo

Jo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Oh my, hope your pain soon will subside. Tell me about excruciating back pain, I could not sleep, not sit, not walk, not lie in bed almost four years ago. I pray that it never will hit me like that. It was months before I became paralyzed.
Keep your walking up and those stones are precious!
Hugs,
Mariette

Mereknits said...

Vacuuming is one of the worst things you can do, it can hurt your back and neck. It is really hard on your body, although it certainly needs to be done, especially at my house with Max fur floating around all the time. take it easy on the walk, slow and steady and not too far for a while.
Hugs to you and hope you are feeling better every day.
Meredith

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I hope your back continues to get better! Back pain can be so horrible. It's great that your walks can help heal the body and mind. I love the collection you picked up on this walk :)

Angela Richardson said...

It's official.. vacuuming is bad for you!! put it in the cupboard and forget about it. If the dust gets too thick ask a big strong boy to help you out.
Hope you heal quickly and enjoy your walks without pain.
Love your doodling.
Sending you smiles,
Angela.x

Elna said...

You need to take it easy for a while back may be sensitive after a lumbago. Beautiful pictures and fun with crafts.

Hugs

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....So good to see your post and to hear from you, too.

So sorry about the back. That is not pleasant.

Looks like you found treasures on your walk! You are amazing.

Steam bath (HOT steam bath) weather here and I do not like it one bit. Uh uh. I'm a cold weather kind of gal.

Take care. Susan

Rostrose said...

Dearest Tammy,
oh you poor! I know back pain also very good, and when I was at health spa for the first time, I was taught in Nordic walking. It also helps my body and my soul a lot!

Beautiful treasures from nature you found! I'm curious what creative projects emerge out of it! :o)

Warm hugs, Traude

by Teresa said...

Oh, poor girl.. back pain is the worst! And you're doing just the right thing by walking it out. I hope you're all better super fast! Can't wait to see your rock enlaced. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are wise to know it was time to get up and moving... walking is good for the body as well as the mind, for sure. I think it is perfectly wonderful that you are excited by that perfect rock!! And, it will be beautifully clothed. ;) Keep improving! blessings ~ tanna

nicole said...

ouch! your poor back!
hope it continues to get better and better.
xo

111 LaLa Lane said...

Injuries are no picnic and a back injury is probably the worst. I sure hope you feel better soon. Good to know that it hasn't affected your creative juices. The leaf doodle was so cute.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I'm glad you were able to get out again after your enforced rest ... walking IS great for the mind and body both, isn't it?

What a nice collection of found objects. I envy you that smooth rock (and can totally understand your excitement) - all our rocks seem to be jagged and I never see ANY that would be suitable for crochet!

Hope your back continues to mend. :)

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Tammy so sorry about your back. I understand your pain. Last month I was diagnosed with Costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage in the entire rib cage. I was in horrific pain all around my upper chest and back for weeks. It seems to have slacked off but I feel it coming on again.
Im glad you were able to get out and what pretty finds. Your photos are beautiful. Is that the area you live in?

Mistea said...

Gorgeous pictures of your walking routes.
Love your treasures that leaf looks wonderful all decorated. I see a new rock decoration coming soon.
Take it easy.

Mistea said...

Gorgeous pictures of your walking routes.
Love your treasures that leaf looks wonderful all decorated. I see a new rock decoration coming soon.
Take it easy.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

oh heck, I'd make up a good story about the pulled back...vacuuming doesn't sound very cool at all -LOL-
seriously, hope you feel better SOON!

Wanda said...

Oh back pain is the worst. Only had it twice, but when I did it was awful. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Love that you took your walk, and found your treasures.

Createology said...

I am so sorry you are having back pain. I know too well how it feels. Women are not supposed to vacuum...so I have been told. Be gentle with yourself dear. Walking on flat ground should help ease the pain. Ice and heat alternating are also good. I adore your treasures you found and the doodling on a green leaf is very creative. Now can it be dried and preserved?...

Diane said...

You've had your share of trials lately and I hope things start to turn around for you. Love that you always find the good and look for the beauty. Blessings, Tammy. Diane

Claudia said...

Dear Tammy,

I hopeyour back is better now and then pain is gone.
Wonderful pictures you have shown and I love the tiny things, you collected from your walk in the morning :O)

Have a wonderful week, take care,
Hugs and blesings
Claudia

Hindustanka said...

Tammy, I wish you speedy recovery and not to strain your back that much next time. I started having back aches from this year... and I am a little scared now, because I also used to have some kind of muscle pull few times, when turning not comfortably.
I am sure your walks will help you to fright pain and crochet will be a great relaxing activity too. Have a wonderful day!
Anna

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tammy, I'm sorry to hear that you hurt your back. This can be so painful. Hopefully you'll be fully recovered soon. You've picked up some great things. I love nature finds and my favorites are the bean pods.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Julia

Aishwarya said...

Hi Tammy

Rest your back for a while. Go slow. Take care. Its really frustrating to be suddenly be bound by some kind of pain. But one has to brave it. Take care. Hope you get well soon AND where's the crochet jacket for the new found stone? :)

forgetmenots blue said...

Poor you. Bad backs are horrible :(
I get excited when I find lovely rocks too...nothing sad about that :)x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Sending prayers your way that your back will heal quickly and the pain will go away.

Loved the pictures. :)

Blessings always

kathyinozarks said...

back problems like that are no fun at all-I go threw that too-and I think walking is a perfect exercise to get moving again.
Love those painted leaves!

Sheila Rumney said...

Hoping you are feeling better. I too find excitement in seeing the beauty that nature provides. Have a great week.

Dagmar said...

Wonderful photos, looks like you are a very happy crafter once again.

Yvonne said...

Hope your back gets better Tammy. It's easy to do that kind of thing, hate to say it, as we get older. :) Love the found things. What is it about walking and picking up little treasures? Someone ask me once why I had feathers and rocks and leaves laying around on my shelves and tables etc. LOL It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't do that.

Yarni Gras! said...

take care of your back...I'm doing the same with a bum shoulder. Boo-hiss. At the same time, it gives me a chance to catch up on some reading!
I love your little collection!

LP Vintage said...

I hope your back is all better! You found some lovely treasures on your walk. I love how you find a walk soothing to your mind as well as your body. hugs. Lorraine

Patty said...

Sorry to hear about your back injury. I pulled mine out once picking up a tissue from the floor, and another when unloading the dishwasher. You found some nice treasures on your walk. Walking is the best.

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