Jan 30, 2013

A fall on the ice.

Speaking of water and ice, yesterday after freezing rain hit the frozen ground we ended up with nearly .5 inch of ice (1cm). As I went out to collect the eggs and chip at the ice I took a dive, not into water but onto my back. With legs and arms flying, I hit the ground hard hurting my back and bumping my head and went to bed with a slight concussion and a cold pack on my spine. Today I am sore but my brain doesn't hurt and I am not light headed thankfully. I guess I was right not to like ice and I should have known better than trying to walk outside on it. My husband is now taking care of the chickens and I hope and pray that he doesn't meet the same fate.

P.S. Just had my second bad fall, I slipped on black ice and landed on my arm onro concrete steps. Thankfully I have not broken anything, but my arm is black and blue! Just ordered a new cane with good rubber grips.

Jan 24, 2013


Artistaday.com : Ridgewood, NY artist Samantha French
I enjoyed swimming this week, the rhythmical stroking down the lanes, the quiet thoughts to myself, and the stretching I need calms my body and soul.

A Long Cold Winter (no, this is not me)

Minnesota is currently freezing, with the high temperatures here in the south of the state not getting above 10F (-12C).  With the central heating set at 68F (20C) I still feel cold and when sitting I pull on a blanket. The chickens are not thrilled either and huddle under a light bulb to keep warm. I can't help wondering though what it must have been like for the first settlers, with only fires to keep them warm. When I first came I was given Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter and there she describes the bitter suffering that they experienced and I marvel at what extremes people can survive and I shouldn't be feeling so sorry for myself.

This is not me.
Minnesotans seem to love playing outside in Winter as the lakes are spotted with ice fishing houses, the roads have snow mobile tracks alongside and skating rinks are set up in car parks and on ponds. I tried skating once but the MS made that laughable for others and painful for my old body. I don't see much fun sitting outside on the lake looking at a hole in arctic temperatures and I don't have a snow mobile. My activity of choice is swimming at the local indoor pool. It is great for MS and it takes me back to my childhood in Australia where I spent a great deal of time in the water. When I look down in the water it is blue and the world is shut out and I can imagine it is warm and sunny. Laps are my therapy, but I just have to navigate the cold to get there and make sure I don't leave with wet hair.

Jan 2, 2013

Off Again!

The rest in my own bed is short lived. Today I am packing for a 3 week trip to a farm near St. Louis. It is beautiful there, but it will not be a rest sadly, as my husband and I are hosting a 3 week retreat for others. Thankfully we will be catching up with old friends there as well as meeting new ones. I need to remember that these are the people the Lord is sending us and to be open to the new things, and not just long for the old friends and cozy safety of home. It all takes energy though and I pray that I will have the energy I need for the moment that I need it. I have the nagging anxiety of wondering if I can do it, but we only get one day at a time and that is just as well. Happy New Year.