I have always gardened, read a lot, been a writer, and reached out to help others. Now I am finding that if I don't want to give that up, I need to come up with some workarounds. I do container gardening on a large scale. I can sit to weed or plant things. It is a lot easier this way. Books are often too heavy for me and my eyes get fuzzy when I am tired. I got a Nook that I can prop up and turn pages with just a swipe of a finger. I cant play harp, dulcimer, or flute any more, but I have a keyboard that can reproduce those sounds that I can still manage. I am not technically perfect, but I can still teach basic music theory to a foster kid I know. It's one way I can still give back. It isn't a question of "Can I do it?" but "HOW can I do it?". The answers are not always dignified, but if they work, who cares?
oh, you are so on the money there... I also use a small tool organizer with wheels that I can sit on to the the gardening or roll my way on it (got leg excercise). I also started gardening late evenings during the summer to avoid heat. Eventhough I can't play piano or paint anymore I use the landscape by planting plants that gives me unique colors and devices across the garden for music when the wind hits it and that makes me happy- and neighboors or strangers that stop to thank me for the garden- then my efforts or pains go away knowing that the garden is not only making me happy (and keeping doing a bit of exercise since I can't stand PT) but making others happy...
New management at complex. No more gardens, no more critters of ony kind allowed. I live in a hardwood forest. There are all sorts of wild animals that live here naturally. We are not even allowed on the grass.
I use books for the Blind & Handicapped because I can't hold a book. That keeps me busy. I used to do needlepoint. Still trying but not so fast. Probably takes 3 months to do what I used to do in 1 month.
I miss singing & playing the piano. Enjoy listening to others. There is always another way around doing what you want or need to do.
It is nice to know that you are helping others. :) I cant play harp, dulcimer, or flute any more but can still manage keyboards. Its not perfect but it is dexterity therapy for my hands. They are so stiff. Sometimes it is like trying to do things with a rubber chicken if I use my right hand. Good thing I am a lefty. At least I can still share my knowledge of music theory. I am teaching a little foster kid next door. She is awesome! It is helping her a lot in her music classes.
It sounds like the new management are Nazi's. I would move.;
Easier said than done. Close to doctor, groery & drug store here. Beside I am wheelchair/bed bound. Just stay on line to get some fleasure.
Online is a great way to armchair travel and stay connected. I get e books online. I am close to stuff too and Seattle has a great transit system. They also issue half price taxi scrip so I can get groceries home easily etc. I have been in a wheelchair before and set up my garden so I could still take care of things from a wheelchair. Container gardening gives me most of my veggies during the summer.. I can sit to weed or harvest. I use a walker wth a seat these days. I stay home mostly. Kind of a quiet life. At least I dont have to deal with office politics any more. That is a big plus.
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