Sunday, August 27, 2023

Adapting... Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

The hardest thing for me to do is adapting to change.  There, I said it.  But, that is a good first step, right?  Admitting your faults.  I am just a creature of habit.  It could be that it has gotten worse with age.  Or maybe with healing from back and knee injuries. I just know that it isn't the same this year with not feeling as good.  My passion to cast a fly into a river or stream has been a slow process in getting back.  I did get out for a few hours the other day and then it was back in my recliner for the next 24 hours. 

 Is it even worth it? Mmmm...maybe.

I know that I can get through this.  The surgeon says that it is a one year rehab for the knee.  I am at 6 mos.  Halfway there!  At least the back is better.  There's a positive!!!  The word is patience.  I know that.  So, how do I adapt to the changes that have been thrown my way?  I probably need to write this more than you need to hear it.  But,  here are a few "tippets" that I have come up with. 

  • Be positive.  Keep an open mind and always remember that you are still in a better place than other people.  Be grateful for what you do have.  When you do face challenges, keep your goals in sight.  Know that your journey is still ongoing.  The best things sometimes take longer to achieve.  
  • Plan alternative choices while you adapt to the changes in your life.  You might find out that by giving yourself extra time to get back to something that you can't do right now, gives you the opportunity to spend more time with other things or helping other people.
  • Be kind to yourself.  Don't beat yourself up because of an unexpected change in your life.  Learn to laugh at yourself and with others.  Laughter can be the best medicine.  
  • Calm your mind.  Fear is our worst enemy.  Try yoga and meditation to relax your body and mind.  Talk to a family member or best friend.  Don't seclude yourself.  Others might have a suggestion or experience that can help you feel better about the situation at hand!

(Sometimes, it is just a balancing act!!!)

 WE can do this!  Especially with a walking stick. =)




Sunday, March 5, 2023

In The Kitchen For 2023

As we welcome 2023, there have been thoughts on what to do as a new hobby.  Well, at least for the time being!  2022 ended with me having some lingering injuries with my lower back and knee.  Right now, I'm on day 7 of a left knee replacement.  I'm crossing my fingers that I can get back to work on week 4.  We will see if this pain will subside enough to make that happen.  This has been tougher than I thought it would be.  So, let's find something to do while sitting here for another couple weeks.  What do you think about me starting a food blog?  =)  Baking and cooking have always been a second love behind fishing.  RD's cookies have been a hit everywhere I have gone.

Now for a "catchy" title.  What do you think of "The River Damsel Kitchen"???
I was thinking of making up a totally different name, but a friend told me that I would be better off connecting the two blogs and keeping "The River Damsel" theme...
Maybe they are right.  I've got a week to think about it.  Suggestions are welcome.

Now, if you would please roll that walker over to me?  =)
I have a video that I would like you to watch...

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Dear Santa...

I have taken four months to write a post.  I am sure that you don't remember me as a fly fishing blogger.  You probably think that I got lost in Portugal somewhere and didn't come home.  I did have thoughts...  But, no.  I did come home after a most wonderful vacation with my son, Dan and daughter in law, Aurelia.  I came home with no weight gain despite the fact that I tried every flavor of gelato and ate a couple of Pasteis de Nata custard tarts each day.  Maybe I didn't gain weight because I was hiking 5 to 7 mi every day.  No joke.  And believe it or not, I enjoyed it!  Who wouldn't enjoy a walk through lush foliage and scenic views of the ocean?  Well, that was back in July.  Seems so long ago now.


Then, in August and September, there were fishing tripsh.  I got in some quality time in Wyoming and Idaho.  Not too far away.  I caught a birthday fish or two in August.  And caught some beautiful brown trout in September.  My favorite month to fish as the weather cools down!!  I am not a summer person.

Now, I take a rest from fishing.  I hope that this "time out" so to speak, will have some silver linings.  More time to be home and more time to get caught up with some computer projects that have been ignored.  Someone needs to download a whole lot of pictures from this year... 

Santa, I don't need anything for Christmas.  I've been truly blessed this year.  I have had a good year with love and support of family and friends.  And I have an awesome job to go to each day.  

  I truly hope that my fishy friends enjoy the blessings of the holiday season this month. 

With Love,

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Bon Voyage!

You might think that this is goodbye.  Well, I know that I haven't posted much this year.  But, I am still here.  Taking a breath here and there.  Some days it feels as if I can't get off the crazy train.  So much to do each day.  So, I am finally taking a long vacation!  I have never left work more than 3 or 4 days at a time.  This time, it is 10 days!  Will I still worry about the office?  Well, yeah.  Cause that is who I am.  But, things will still get done in my absence and I have very competent co-workers.  So, let's have some fun!  

I am off to Madeira, Portugal today!  My son lived in Portugal for 2 years as a church missionary years ago.  He still goes back every year or two.  So, I am in good hands.  No problemo with the language thing.  We are covered.  And he is quite the tour guide.  So, it should be a blast.  We start on the island of Madeira and stay there for a few days.  I get off the plane after 20 hrs and sleep for 8 (hopefully) and get up the next morning and fish the salt.  I have never fished the ocean before.  So, I am pretty excited.  I will try my hand at the fly rod first.  If my efforts don't pan out, we might switch over to the spin rod.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I think that we are going to really have good results!  

From Madeira, we go to Porto, Portuagal on the mainland.  See the sights and hopefully not the smoke of the wildfires that are going on around that region.  I am anxious to see where my son was for 2 years.  He absolutely loved it there.  He just got married a few months ago and his new wife, Aurelia, will be there too.  So nice of them to invite old mom to join them on their second honeymoon!  Hahahaha.

I might keel over from hiking.  I think that I can do it.  But, the gym is different than actual hiking.  Dan promised me that he will put me on the easier trails first.  =)

Take care of yourselves until I get back Aug. 1st.  Here I go on another adventure!  

Friday, May 13, 2022

Time Flies...

When time flies, that means that we are having too much fun or just way too busy.  Have you ever thought about that?  Maybe both are true in my case.  There have been those weeks of too much work and those days of too much fun with family or fish.  That might not make a whole lot of sense, but in my world, it does.  I try to get it all in.  And sometimes I put myself on overload.  Let's talk fish, why don't we?  This used to be a fly fishing blog...  Hope everyone is doing well.

Here are a few trout that graced my net.

And good friends to fish and share an adventure with...

And from my oldest son's wedding last month..  We were able 
to show Aurelia around Salt Lake City.  She is from Prague, Czech Republic!
Such a sweet addition to our family.

So, that is some of what has been going on around here before I realized it was May!!!

Tulips.  My favorite.