"Decksercise" For Me
my favorite things to do, as you all know, is to be outside
in the sunshine. Around the middle of November, Im delighted
to report that I was sitting outside on my front deck with
no coat on as it was bright sunshine. Native Adirondackers
will understand how rare that is. As I was sitting in the
sunshine, my right foot began to start spasming, no doubt
from my MS. My aide, Terry, was inside getting some work done,
but periodically checking on me.
during one of her visits that she noticed my leg was out of
control. What usually calms this down is about an hour on
my leg cycle. This machine has a passive mode wherein the
machine will move my legs for me. Terry came up with a brilliant
idea, because she knew I wouldnt go inside with the
sun shining so brightly.
went in the house and brought my leg machine out to me as
its on rollers. We found the optimum place so that I
could be in the sun while being close to the electrical outlet.
to say it was a most wonderful experience. Even made more
so by Terrys proclamation that, "This is now decksercise."
Imagine me gazing straight up into the sunshine as Im
facing the lake and cycling.
reminded me of some wonderful experiences I had had when I
lived in Southern California. They have these bike paths that
are all along the beach. I used to cycle for hours. I also
used to run every morning, about seven miles, along the beach,
after which I would generally jump in the water. These are
the things I miss the most about California.
being able to do this in January. My favorite thing to do
used to be to run with my cell phone and just before I would
pop into the water, I would call back east just to see what
everyone else was doing in January. It was my favorite time
to be out there.
this winter will wind up being a mild one in the northeast
and Ill be able to sit outside many more days. According
to the Farmers Almanac, this is supposed to be a very mild
winter. Of course, keeping with my tradition of staying about
a month ahead, as Ive said, Im writing this in
mid-November. By the time you actually read this, the truth
will be out! Until that time, Ill be "decksercizing"
on every mild day we have.
finishing this column on December 9th, and woke up to 5F
temperature this morning. The temperature combined with the
foot of snow weve already had makes me think The Farmers
Almanac might be wrong. Its supposed to be warmer tomorrow,
but I think my days of "decksercizing are over until
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"