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I really liked how the colored xmas lights looked around the front window this winter (you could see them from inside during the night) and left them burning till just recently. Then I got the idea to get some strings of white led lights for inside to brighten things up around here.

Last night I woke up around 4 am, like I do so often, and sat and crocheted while listening to music - enjoying the lights. I thought to take some pictures of the lights as dawn was arriving. You can barely see Yoshi up on her haunches looking forward to the sun rise.

Just now I put up another string under the shelves and around the ceiling in my studio room.

Tomorrow is the operation. Supposed to be at the hospital at 10. Nothing after midnight tonight. I have felt kind of stressed out and dull today. Though I did get some things done that I wanted to do. Washed two loads of clothes and changed the sheets on the bed, cooked a dozen and a half hard boiled eggs and made a big pot of vegetable soup. Jules invited us over for tacos for dinner - that was nice. Afterwards we looked at his car, which had hit a deer yesterday while Hazel was driving into town. The car might be totaled. That could be a good thing. Jules has been wanting to get a new one. Just before dark Dave took Andy in his truck and I drove my car so I could drop it off to be inspected tomorrow. On the way back we were all together and stopped at an intersection when a fire truck went by, siren blaring, and Andy howled along with it. Funny. Earlier I wanted to go biking and Dave and Rossy put a new tire on my bike but then I felt very tired and my chest hurt - I had no energy so we didn't go. I feel like my traveling pain has traveled into the middle of my chest and put its ache there now. Any exertion makes it hurt. I think it is "fight or flight" time and I can't do either. Talking to my sister tonight and that helped me relax. Maybe I just need to BREATHE more.
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But the evening will be much lighter! I will like that part of it. I'm annoyed at having to go around and change the clocks though.

I have been thinking more about my traveling pains lately and found some interesting reading material about them under TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) or Mindbody Syndrome. Long ago I read a book by John Sarno MD called "Healing Back Pain" and it helped me immensely with a mysterious and very painful lower backache I had at the time of my dad's heart bypass and subsequent loss of vitality. I guess in the years since I had forgotten how tricky my subconscious mind can be in producing body pains to mask other painful emotional issues in my life. I just ordered another book by Sarno called "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" and am looking forward to reading that.

Cold - snowing the tiny flakes that if it was raining would be drizzle.

Dave just called me to breakfast - French toast... :-)


Mar. 10th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Saw the doctor this morning - and he tells me that I am doing great. Don't know what causes the strange traveling pains. I guess it is something I have inherited from my mother. He is wondering if it might be a shortage of vitamin D so I will get tested for that. At this point though I am just going back to my former thinking about it - it's psychological and manufactured by my mind to distract me from other things. The less I think about it probably the less it will ache; wherever it is settling at the moment. Right now I'm not having any pains at all.

We had a lovely snow fall last night - woke up to a lacy fairy white world. As I was driving home from the doctor's office the sun was shining for a little bit and warming things up. It was just at that moment of warming when the electric and phone wires let go of the snow that had accumulated on them. The snow was falling off in long horizontal lines that broke apart as they fell, disintegrating before they hit the ground. I had fun watching for dropping lines of snow as I drove home.

I just ordered the yarn to make a baby blanket for Mara's new baby boy. He will be born in July (maybe June?) and I wanted to make a granny square baby blanket for him. The main color will be heather gray with fern green, soft red, aqua and antique white multi-colors. I'm having the yarn shipped to my sister's house in Florida so that while I'm there next month I can work on it in my spare time. I'm sure we will be busy going places and doing things too but I'm finding I really like to just crochet to pass the time rather than watch TV or read. I can talk and be present for others as I crochet. It's not as isolating as reading can be. I have fallen in love with the granny square method - so easy to pick up and carry around and hold while working on it.


Mar. 9th, 2017 08:26 am
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This is the nest box that I can see from my studio window. We might actually have some bluebirds this year! We put 4 bluebird boxes on poles (and hung 5 gourds) around the yard last year and got barn swallows (in this one) and the rest of the nest boxes had wrens. Just before I took this picture there was some starling action. A starling came down and alighted on the box and the bluebirds chased it away.

I was able to see my blood work results online last night and it seems that I have a high amount of white cells in my urine - maybe I have a little UTI going on. I really don't drink enough water. I have heard before from others that UTIs can cause all kinds of unrelated symptoms - maybe that's my Traveling Pain. Will talk to the doctor about it tomorrow.

Today - lunch with Nancy and more jewelry work. The wind has died down - overcast skies today. We might have snow tonight.

my day

Mar. 8th, 2017 06:40 pm
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Sitting at Dave's computer at the moment trying to figure out how to fix it. The first thing I always think to do is run Malwarebytes to see if malware is causing the problem. The data base needs updated. Doing that...

After my blood work this morning Dave and I had the buffet breakfast at Eat-n-Park. Then home so I could get ready for hiking with Jan. We went to Two Mile Run. There was a wind warning today - there was supposed to be winds up to 25 miles per hour till about 1 - then it was going up to 40 mph - gusts of 50 mph. I was worrying about being safe in the woods but I just didn't want to give up the idea of a hike. It was a very invigorating morning - bright sun, dark blue sky, clouds scuttling overhead, the treetops whining in the wind and rattling. My new walking stick has holes to help adjust the height and the wind was playing the holes like a flute. I was a little afraid of falling limbs and kept an eye on trees ahead to see if there were any hanging dead branches that might fall. I figured if it was a live branch breaking we would hear that and have a chance to run but a dead branch could just come loose and fall. Thankfully we survived ;-) - which made the morning even more amazing and encouraged me to be full of gratitude to be out in it. Afterwards we stopped at Dawndi's restaurant and we both had fish sandwiches with fries while watching the wind blow leaves and loose building materials across the parking lot.

The traveling pain thing was having fun with me today. On the way to Two Mile Run my shoulder ached a lot but after we started hiking I went back to having a mild pain in my heel and no shoulder pain (at all). After we got out of the woods and back in the car the shoulder started up big time - almost unbearable while we were eating. When I got home I took two ibuprofen and put the heating pad on my shoulder while I napped. Woke up with everything good again.

Dave and I took Andy to the lake this afternoon. The wind was very strong and throwing up white caps on the lake. The sun seemed extra bright so it was hard to see. The outside world seems very intense. The wind chimes on the back porch are going crazy.

I took one outdoor picture today. The Two Mile Run lake as we were leaving:
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"Summer" pendant - sterling, enamel over copper and gold CZ. Listing HERE.

Such a rainy day today! I stayed in all day. My left foot, which I thought had a heel spur has been perfectly pain free for the first time in 2 months. I have no idea why - makes no sense. Dave conjectured (kidding) that maybe I had so much pain in my foot yesterday because I was breaking the spur off when I was hiking and then it traveled up and lodged in my shoulder in the night. It's all a mystery to me.

my body

Mar. 7th, 2017 09:10 am
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My body is wonderful, mysterious, stupid and it can't be trusted to tell me anything true.

Last evening I could barely walk because of the pain from the heel spur in my left foot. Then during the night the pain in my body moved. I woke up with a terrible ache in my left shoulder, no matter what position it was in. I did stay in bed and finally got back to sleep. I woke up this morning - no pain in my heel at all. Horrible ache in my left shoulder still there. Looking back - before the heel spur started I was having a very bothersome ache in my right elbow - which went away as soon as the heel started to hurt. This is not the first time I have noticed this. I've known my body is capable of this for many years - that it's not to be trusted. Traveling pains. There has to be one pain somewhere at all times. Just plain weird. I am going to the doctor on Friday for my semiannual checkup and I was going to tell him about my heel - maybe I don't have to now.

Heavy rain last night - still raining - looks like a dark day today.

Watched Moonlight last night - exceptionally well acted and worth watching. I wanted to rent it cause it had won awards - glad we did.
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I'd like to do art in the morning but lately I just feel empty.

Yesterday Dave and I took Andy for a walk on the North Country Trail near Route 66. We had walked it from one direction last summer but never got to this point, and then we had walked from the other direction and not got there either so we thought if we walked in from a closer parking area it might be easier to reach. It was. Two photos. )


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