It is hard enough having to see a doctor all the time. I have two doctors appointments this week.
Now with the pulmonary arterial hypertension getting worse, it seems like some of the things I use to do are either harder to do or I am unable to do them.
Its been a long time but my husband and I use to go to a spinning class together. By spinning I mean riding a stationary bike in an exercise class.
You ride with a group of people. Its fun great music and was not easy.
Last year before breaking my foot I went to our local recreation center and walked on the treadmill at least three times a week. Right now I attempt to walk the dog with Dave.
That short walk can be a challenge. I appreciate the dog having to stop and smell. That is way I can catch my breath and blame it on the dog.
Going up steps is hard now. I carried two sheets going up one flight of steps from the basement and had to sit down. Dave caught me.
I decided what can I still do that I enjoy. I loved to paint. Now I had the time to practice painting.
First I got a sketchbook. Then I tried to see if I could still draw.
Last year I took a couple of watercolor classes.
It was harder than I remembered. It took a whole set of classes before I kept a picture.
The paintings I liked the best are of expressive animals.
Any picture of an animal in an unusual pose or with an expressive expression is what I like to paint.
This spring I am finishing up a pastel class. Pastels are drawing with chalk.
Pastels let you get dirty and be expressive at the same time.
The more I practiced the better I seemed to get. Last Wednesday the instructor really encouraged me to join the local art league.
She said they have demonstrations I would enjoy and places around two to show your work.
So in September when there season starts up again I am signing up for the art league.
For the last couple of days I have attempted to post a couple of my pictures. I will post the pictures once Dave figures out what I did to the camera.