FALL IS NOW – Take a moment to enjoy it!

Fall is my favorite season

     Here in the Midwest it’s a beautiful time of year. I love the incredible color variety in the leaves, the crisp and cool mornings followed by sunny afternoons with brilliant blue skies, and the chilly evenings for piles of blankets and open windows. Plus, soup is on the stove for a warm and yummy meal.

Gourmet Pumpkin Soup from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:  1 T butter, 2 T brown sugar, 1 sugar pumpkin = 3 lbs, peeled, seeded and cut into matchbox size pieces, 1 T yellow curry powder, 20 oz. chicken stock, 2 T pumpkin seed oil, sour cream, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, and curry powder to the butter; cook and stir until the pumpkin caramelizes, 6 to 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth over the mixture; bring to a boil, and cook until the pumpkin is tender, about 20 minutes more. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel; start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Process in batches until smooth. Garnish each portion of soup with 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, a dollop of sour cream, and a few pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkins are out and ready to go – I love almost everything having to do with pumpkins.  From heading out to the pumpkin patch, one of my favorite family outings of the year, to carving/decorating, to all the foods made from pumpkin – I can’t get too much of them.  Some of my favorites are chocolate chip pumpkin bread (I use a Cooking Light recipe), pumpkin soup ( see recipe above) , and yummy pumpkin pie. Delicious!

     Fall RunningImage from Well Fit Fusion. Thanks Lisa!

If you have kids, they’ve settled into school by now (hopefully), and you have a bit of structure back in your life from the whimsy of summer. The weather is perfect and it’s time to get fit using your beautiful fall surroundings – I’m not a die-hard athlete, so when it’s cold/rainy/snowy out, you’ll find me staying in for a movie instead of being focused.  But right now, working out outdoors doesn’t get much better.

I also love the lack of holiday stress.  Yes, you know it’s around the corner, and if you are ambitious you can feel good about any of those gifts you are knocking out now, with no pressure or stress.  Get it done while it’s still fun!

So, if you are busy all the time, as most of us are, I encourage you to just take a bit of time and do something you love this season.  If you are on a mobility device, such as crutches, or wheelchair, still find something you love about fall and do it, savor it.  Yes, you may need to make modifications, but don’t let the beauty of this season pass you by.  If you need help with ideas on how to modify your fall favorite to accommodate your mobility aid let me know.  I’ve got lots of experience and would be happy to help.

Have fun and be safe!

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CRUTCHES at the AIRPORT . YOU CAN DO IT!

https://i2.wp.com/www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/airplane-flight-sunset.jpg With another long, holiday weekend upon us, many of you will be considering whether to travel or not due to your crutches.  As an  experienced user of crutches, I wanted to share with you the knowledge I’ve gained while traveling with crutches on planes. I think many of you would be surprised at how accommodating the airlines will be, and how it can be far easier than expected.

HERE WE GO:

  1. If possible, call ahead to the airline. Let them know you will be on crutches and need a wheelchair. The airlines reserve seats for disabled passengers, so if you call ahead you may be able to secure one earlier. Lots of times they will move you to a bulkhead seat which means more room to take care of your leg/ankle/foot AND quick access to your crutches. Bonus!
  2. When checking your bag, either via skycap or at the gate, tell them you will need assistance.  Usually they will offer you a wheelchair and wheelchair assistance. You decide if you want it or not.  I don’t always take it when boarding my first flight, but if I have a connecting flight, I always do.  It helps you to get to the connecting flights much faster.
  3. You will get priority boarding. Rock On. This means you will board earlier, in the first group usually.  Super helpful as it gives you time to safely get to your seat and get settled without the stampede of the herds of other passengers.
  4. Sometimes you can get a gate pass to have a family member help you get through security and take you all the way up to the gate. Again, awesome!
  5. Your crutches will be stored for you on the plane.  They do not count as a carry-on. Definite Bonus!

DON’T FORGET:

Hit the restroom before getting on the plane.  You don’t want to have to try and navigate to the restrooms on the plane while using your crutches in the narrow aisles/tiny restrooms. NOT FUN!

Wheelchairs DO make managing baggage easier.

You are often the first one off the plane.

If needed, they will have someone accompany you to baggage, and out to your taxi.  Be prepared to tip your helper.

NEGATIVE FOR SOME: You are no longer eligible to sit in an exit row. Not a biggie really.

Don’t let your crutches keep you from taking that trip.  Yes, it’s more work, but you can make it work.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions, I’d love to help you!