- Honeycrisp apples–tart, crunchy, and sweet
- apple crisp, apple pie, caramel apples, hot mulled apple cider
- my niece’s first day of school excitement
- the Renaissance Festival
- my birthday!
- walks along the Mississippi River with leaves crunching underfoot
- sweater weather returns
- watching the Twins in the playoffs/world series (well, maybe not this year)
- our wedding anniversary!
- fall colors, especially the brilliant scarlet, crimson and orange leaves on our maple tree against the intense blue of an October sky
- Indian Summer
- the end of ragweed season!
- watching Fiona frolic in the leaves while George rakes the lawn
- singing the Litany of Saints at All Souls’ vespers
- election day, BECAUSE DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!!!!!
- hanging out with family after Thanksgiving dinner–and my Aunt Jo’s sweet potato hot dish
Yay!!! My computer is back, after a major and horrendous CRASH which took some time to fix. Well, actually I’ve had it back for over a week, but I’ve been too wiped out to post anything. I am STILL wearing the neck brace (my boa constrictor) when I have to stand or sit upright for any length of time. I don’t need to wear it as much, though. The pain is better than it was, although the knots in my neck and upper back are worse than ever, and are spending a lot of time raising hell. I’m finally off the vicodin and instead am taking a heavy duty muscle relaxer called soma, which certainly somatizes me (if that’s not a word, it is now!) but doesn’t seem to be unwinding my knots much.
The good news–yes, there is some–is that I’m now seeing a totally kick-ass physical therapist to deal with my chronic upper back and neck pain. I love her, I do, I want her to come and live with us. She’s the first PT I’ve ever seen who actually GETS how much pain I’m in all of the time, and she’s helped me understand the roots of the pain. Basically, the rod I have in my back from my scoliosis surgery, the scar tissue ditto, and the fact that I still have a significant degree of both scoliosis and kyphosis, all combine to make it impossible for my muscles to lengthen and stretch normally and force them into contorted positions, etc. Ow.
The other bad news–of course there’s more–is that my asthma has been really nasty the last week or so. Apparently ragweed season is here, because my hayfever has kicked in full force, triggering my asthma. Fun. It’s been bad enough that it’s hard for me to move around, every time I do, I get short of breath and start gasping. Poor Fiona is getting TOTALLY freaked out, and is requiring much cuddling for reassurance.
If anyone has any prayers to spare, I could use some, I think. Also, I am very lonely, so phone calls are also welcome; I am always hesitant to call people I know who have things going on, (ie. everyone) because I know I’ll call at the wrong time (a special gift of mine…) (Was that rude? I hope not, I’ve said that before, so I hope no one is offended.)
Who: Computer illiterate redhaired chick…
What: Attempts to enter the blogosphere…
When: This very day, Sunday, May 14…
Where:Blogspot.com, which I hope will be gentle with me…
Why: To keep in touch with friends, and hopefully entertain them with tales of my many mishaps and stumbles. Am also looking for a forum to talk incessantly about my wee little darling, Fiona, my (also) redhaired cocker spaniel.
Unfortunately, to my horror I have discovered that I need to know html (shudder) to put anything in my sidebar. So, dear readers (if any are out there), you shall be forced to wait in breathless anticipation for me to post such exciting things as my favorite books, movies, links, and other various obsessions.
This evening I will endeavor to attempt to post some pictures of Fiona. We shall see!!!