I wonder how many millions of photos were taken this past year?
I have a 10 year old desk top computer that is slowing everyday. I know that I may have to say goodbye to it soon, so I began to transfer files to a flash drive. There were a couple of documents that I transferred, but by in large, photos were items that I wished to save. Most of them are from film or my first digital point and shoot. Some of the photos represent vacation memories but others are of family, friends, and pets.
Recently, one of my friends started to feel really nauseous in the middle of the night. She was unable to sleep and contacted another friend who suggested and took her to the hospital. Turns out the nausea was not from an over sized meal earlier in the day. It was a mild heart attack!
So I am a little obsessed with my feet and their comfort. I already tried some water shoes to keep my feet warm while on the water. They did well and added some arch support but they were a little bulky for a barefoot sport and held water in the shoe.
So, I tried some neoprene with fleece lining socks. They felt like I was wearing socks and the traction on the board was good. They are not as warm as a water shoe but they provide a better feel for the board.
As my new favorite form of exercise is paddleboarding, I took Lil’ Red out to the river on my day off. The water level was really low through already shallow areas. Between that and the water acting like a mirror, I was really nervous about running into trees that have fallen into the river. I was concentrating so much on where I was going that many pictures were less than focused. I almost ran over a turtle. The poor little guy couldn’t dive to get away because of the water level and I did not see him until I was almost on top of him. I had my first otter siting but by the time I decided it was safe to try and get a photo, he became shy.
A few months ago I took my first photography lesson. During the lesson she suggested that I start using Lightroom to edit. It took awhile, but these are my first LR4 edits. It is a neat little program and look forward to playing with it more.
I had been feeling off all week. Really off by Thursday and Friday. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the cookies.) Saturday morning I knew I had to get back to nature. All I felt like doing was laying on my board and floating about, but even if that was all I did, I thought it would help me feel better.
The morning was really foggy and fit my state of mind. When I pushed off from shore, I felt my joints argue with the decision. Joints that normally do not bother me were sending off pain signals. Luckily, the joints that usually hurt, were quiet.
As the fog lifted, I too felt lifted. Still not ready for perky, but my shoulders are relaxed and I will sleep great!
Oh, and this is my 102nd post. Thank you for visiting and commenting and just making the blogosphere a great community to be a part of!!!
One of the most common questions I hear is, “should I put ice or heat on it?”
When to ice:
Any new injury is a good candidate for ice. If there is swelling or warmth over the area, ice is a good idea. The cold will help to constrict the blood vessels in the area. This will limit the amount of swelling by decreasing the blood and fluid released into the damaged tissue. The ice will also help to slow nerve impulses. The numbing effect will decrease pain.
Whenever there is a new injury, the body releases chemicals in the area to limit the area of damage and to clean up the injured cells. Some of these chemicals trigger pain signals to be sent to the brain. By applying ice to the area, you limit the amount of these chemicals and the pain signals.
Because blood vessels can also be injured and because an injured area is used and moved less, the swelling that is allowed to accumulate may take awhile to dissipate. The extra fluid volume creates pressure and decreases mobility. That is why it is so important to ice right after something is injured.
Ice for prevention:
After a car accident, the victims may not feel pain initially due to the adrenaline released and other factors. Even if you feel fine, it is not a bad idea to put some frozen peas on your neck for 15 minutes when you get home.
After a hard workout. Many athletes will ice a joint they know gets a lot of work to prevent inflammation and injury. Example: baseball pitcher icing his shoulder and elbow when he leaves the game.
When not to ice: it hurts more than the expected uncomfortable nature of ice, Raynaud’s Syndrome, neuropathy or numbness. Do not apply chemical ice packs directly to skin.