It turns out that my fall last month wasn’t a broken rib just tissue damage, but man it hurt! By the time I returned from Corpus Christy, September 20th, I was already healing and it didn’t hurt to breathe. I wasn’t able to exercise until the 27th. Now it’s almost like starting from ground 0.
I’m happy that I can work out again! I am amazed that when the ribs are injured it hurts to even walk! Sit-ups and leg lifts are out of the question!
I’d like to share the beauty of Alaska with you. Here in Palmer, an hour north of Anchorage, we are surrounded by mountains.
On the South we see Pioneer Peak, the mountains I’m looking at as I drive out of the neighborhood.
On the East are what I used to be able to see from my desk when we moved into the neighborhood. Back then the cottonwood trees were only as tall as the fence, now 20 years later they are tall enough to block the view of the Lazy Mountains.
Alaska is known for being the land of the midnight sun. In the summer, here in Palmer we have about 20 hours of light by the time we get to summer solstice June 21. In the winter we have about 20 hours of dark when we get winter solstice Dec 21.
I used to love the change of seasons. Some people have seasonal affective disorder where they become depressed because of the lack of sunlight, but I never did.
I’ve never been a snow lover like the boys in my family but I had fun playing in the snow with the kids. In the winter when we’d be hit with the infamous winds of the Matanuska Valley, I’d get into my heated garage and when I got to my indoor destination, I’d simply run into the warmth of the building!
Now that I’m moving slower, I can’t run anywhere. For the past few years, when I’ve arrived at my destination with the wind blowing, I’d get my walker out of the trunk as quickly as possible and I’d push through the gusts of wind until I’d get inside. My legs were so shocked into slowness that it practically stops me.
When I’d walk out of a building and the wind hit me in the face I’d say to those present, “And remind me WHY we live in Alaska?” I’d always get a chuckle. Last year a lady said to me, “Because my mother lives here.”
My mom moved to Corpus Christy last year.
I decided that I only have two of my 8 kids left up here, they are both seniors and if they follow their siblings footsteps, they’ll end up down in the states also! My husband retires in 4