By Angela

Backyard Nature

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Animals and nature have been a wonderful source of both stimulation and relaxation in my life. It took a while after the accident to figure out how to incorporate these things back into my life, though. Much of my existence was confined to the couch in my family room. My stamina was so bad that I would do a task for a few minutes, then rest on the couch.

I still have to take frequent breaks. The reclining couch provides the support for my head, neck and back when I’m sitting. A problem for me was that the only activities I could do to rest were to watch TV or sleep. Listening to music or books on tapes required too much cognitive energy, producing migraines rather than relief and relaxation.

Inspiration came to me while talking with one of my TBI phone buddies. She was telling me about some bird feeders she had placed around her yard. This was the beginning of my hobbies of Attracting Birds and Other Creatures and Container Gardening.

1. Attracting Birds & Other Creatures

a. The Building of a Nest

b. Mystery Visitors – BIG Birds

c. The Hummingbird Moth

2. Container Gardening

a. Container Garden 2007

b. Container Garden 2008

3. Animal Symbolism & Messengers

a. Sacred Woman Quilt

b. Sluggish Trials and Trails

c. Flying on the Wings of Spirit

d. Nine Swans A-Feeding

Tags: TBI, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, post concussion syndrome, therapeutic activities, therapeutic hobbies, hobbies for the handicapped, handicapped artist, backyard nature, bird watching, bird feeding, recreational activities, container gardening, nature, animal symbolism


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