Yesterday was a busy day for me, and while it was a good day overall, some parts were better than others. After I accomplished what I had to accomplish in the afternoon, I spent some time with Cal. We shopped for groceries (well, he did while I bought only vegetables and Brie) then he created a lovely meal for us at his place. I had never been there before, but I’m going to go often if he prepares a healthy and delicious spread like last night.
Check out the fresh veggies that he chopped and drizzled with Turkish Olive Oil from Whole Foods and the savignon blanc which is my favorite white wine…
I decided to have wine after I declined initially so I drank about half of what you see in his glass. :)
While we were at the store, Cal willingly took time to peruse every aisle. (I like the way this guy shops!) And I found some interesting fruits and vegetables which, of course, led me to explain my love of oddly colored produce – courtesy of KeepItUpDavid. Cal knew the origin of every fruit and veggie that I found interesting so I learned a lot. And while he knew what it was called, he didn’t know how to prepare this…
Ideas? Anyone? The packing peanut leads me to think it's more delicate than it looks.
Yesterday was a good day, and last evening was great. And while I ate pretty well until the end of the night, I didn’t exercise so I plan to double up today by riding my bike and going to the gym. I also have a healthy day of eating planned out for today, and I’m going to make homemade turkey pumpkin chili for dinner! It’s always fun to try new pumkin recipes in the fall! If it tastes as good as I think it will, I’ll be sure to share the recipe soon!
I’m looking forward to seeing Cal again later in the week, and I plan to see Uncle Wesley as well. This is the longest I’ve gone without seeing him since I arrived in Louisiana, and I’m ready to hug him and sing to him. We’re making some progress on his upcoming cancer benefit, but I hope to make a big push for it tomorrow so wish me luck!
He still seems to be doing well though some days are much harder than others, but something happened yesterday that really bothered our family (and Uncle Wesley, I’m sure.) Hospice is supposed to send a nurse to his house once a week, but for some reason they chose not to send a nurse yesterday. Instead, they sent a chaplain which was disheartening. Regardless, Uncle W still believes that God has a plan, and he’s committed to helping others see it as long as he’s here. He is such an incredible example of someone who has every reason to give up and doesn’t. He is faith personified, and I’m so thankful for him.
The last several weeks has reminded me that my problems are nothing compared to the problems that many people face (and overcome) everyday. And as I spend time looking , I’m finding inspiration in people who really do believe that they can make a difference in our world, and two of those people are Rhonda Sapirstein and Ellen Stohl.
Ellen, who has spent most of her life in a wheelchair became the first disabled woman to appear in Playboy (take that disability!) and has inspired others to live life fully as a professor, a wife and mother – and as someone who doesn’t acknowledge the word “limitations.” And it seems that she inspired Rhonda to create an organization to make life a bit easier for those who are active in spite if their disabilities. I just love this story!
Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that October is also Disability Awareness Month? I had no idea until I heard about it through friends recently, but I think it’s important to get the message out! I’ve learned about some awesome things in the last few weeks that are happening to help people in wheelchairs.
Check out this Cozee-On-The-Go! It’s an adaptive garment that makes it easy for people in wheelchairs to stay warm. And I think this is a spectacular idea because while I may not benefit from one personally, I can think of many people like Uncle W who could greatly benefit from something warm and easy.
I’ve been so inspired over the last few weeks by people who are facing obstacles and overcoming them, and I think we should all take a moment to be inspired by them. If you’re interested in learning more about the Cozee-On-The-Go, or how you can donate to people who need them check out at http://www.revmoradaptive.com/.
I hope everyone enjoys today as much as I enjoyed yesterday. Will you workout today? Do you have healthy meals planned?