Amazing what a little quiet time can do for the imagination. All the medical crisis we have encountered in 2014 have drained my strength and my creativity leaving me bereft of ideas for Examiner articles. I have struggled to come up with enough ideas this year to meet my one article a month minimum. However this morning I arose early to meditate, drink my coffee and pray for divine guidance. In the predawn quiet, ideas began to flood my mind.
I had been saving an article about train watching for the end of the month to stall for ideas but today’s brainstorming gave me the impetus to go ahead and submit it.
I pulled out my day planner to map out a time line for my new writing ideas and noticed that there is a quote for each week. The relevance of this week’s quote amazed me and convinced me that I was not alone in the dark. This quote from Christopher Reeve, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure, in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ,could not be more appropriate.
Interesting how things work. For weeks I have been seeing deer in the little woods on the way to the coffee shop and the day I decide to start bringing the camera along the deer disappear. Undaunted, I have been taking the camera along faithfully as I push the wheelchair on our errands. It finally paid off on Sunday as I spotted a little family of red foxes, a mama and her cubs playing on the edge of the forest. It was a dark and gloomy day so I set my camera to ISO 400 and moved in as close as the mama fox would allow. At first the little family was too wary to get a good shot, but after a while they decided I wasn’t a threat and settled in for an afternoon nap. I braced my camera on a tree and carefully snapped the shutter until I was confident I had the shot.
Fox family and deer enjoying Memorial Weekend in Colorado
Monday was another dark and gloomy day but a small herd of mule deer had stopped to enjoy an afternoon nap as well. The deer weren’t nearly as skittish as the fox family and allowed me to get fairly close for some fine shots of both buck and doe members of the resting family.
Pikes Peak looks different every time I look at it and is always prime subject matter for my landscape portfolio. The mountain was wearing a crown of clouds on Monday and stood by while I collected a few more images that are a bit different from all the others I have seen in my four years here.
The holiday weekend has caused a backlog in Tricia’s physical therapy schedule, so it doesn’t look like I will be getting out today. Perhaps I will use the time to process some of the images that have been accumulating on my compact flash chip.
Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. As usual the skies have opened up with a deluge of rain as if heaven itself is mourning the loss of so many brave men and women in battle. For me, today is day four of Making the Best of Things (MTBOT).
Tricia’s rehab is coming along with a few more steps in the walker. We learned a procedure to get her in the pickup truck so our independence and mobility has been greatly enhanced. My exercise routine doesn’t seem to be helping my back much but I intend to see it through anyway.
Pushing the wheelchair up and down the hills of this mountain town are keeping strength in my legs as is some mountain biking up and down the pass during the times when she has a visitor that can sit in for me for a while. The mountain has been putting on quite a show lately, giving me another idea for MTBOT. From now on the camera will be with me whenever we head out of the house with the wheelchair. A small herd of buck mule deer has taken up residence in a pretty little patch of forest on our route to the coffee shop that might result in an excellent wildlife photo op.
These humble opportunities are a far cry from the lofty plans I had for this summer. As I contemplated our situation I was reminded of a time when Jesus was talking to the disciples who were asking Him for great positions in heaven. Jesus told them that he who wants to be great among men must first learn how to become the servant. Perhaps my lowly duties this summer are not going unnoticed and are only the starting point of something new.
Have a great Memorial Weekend!
It has been a long two months. Surgery was required to relieve pressure on Tricia’s spine that was being caused by a cancer tumor. The surgery was a success and we are celebrating a miracle that she still has feeling and use of her legs. However she can’t walk yet and I am pretty much having to provide care and support 24/7. We have great faith that the in home physical therapy is going to work and she will be back on her feet soon. However in the meantime, very little time has been left for my own mountain adventures.
Today was a first though, my back has been bothering me for years and the pain has left me unable to run any significant distance. When I was young I was given a series of low back exercises designed to rehabilitate a stress fracture and I have been meaning for a long time to use that method to get my legs churning again. Too busy with life’s ups and downs, the time to get it done never seemed to be the top priority.
However, today was the day. As I assisted Tricia with the wheelchair and the walker I started to think. What is stopping me from working on my back in between sessions working on her back? If I can build some strength and loosen up those old lower spine vertebrae what would stop me from taking a few laps around the block? So I did it. I found an old exercise mat and put it down. Three sets of 10 reps and a mile of walking at the 8500 feet of elevation that Woodland Park provides are now behind me.
Who knows what tomorrow will hold? Whatever the outcome, I am determined to make the best of the time I spend working on our rehabilitation.
Isaiah 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not be weary and they will walk and not faint”