Sunday, May 31, 2009

Health Problems and Getting Things Done

One of the biggest frustrations in my life these days is my bouts of illnesses that seem to come frequently and throw me off course. The most recent one had an odd silver lining. Due to a 6-day medication I needed to be on to deal with my asthma exacerbation with a bad cold/cough, I had a surprising, almost manic, burst of energy. This has not happened before on this medication. Usually the side effects are all rather unpleasant, but this energy burst - well, I took advantage of it. It happened to coincide with a week off work. I sorted, purged, organized, cleaned, got caught up on correspondence, gardened like a madwoman, made delightful plans. The medication finished, wore off, and I am back to my old self (underscore the word old!), and actually felt somewhat worse until tonight.

The frustrating thing was that I saw how efficient and productive I am capable of being. But where is that woman? Why can't she come out and play under normal circumstances? It was like getting a glimpse into a wonderful new world, but now it has gone away. The trick is to find a way to have that energy with natural means. Food, exercise, supplements? I've tried all of that. I haven't found the answer yet.

Ah well, I am enjoying my clean house, my planted garden, my sorted papers, my tidy sewing area, my much reduced things-to-do list, and so forth. Actually, this boost did help me greatly in just getting a foothold in my tasks and taking away feelings of being overwhelmed and completely disorganized. So thinking about new tasks is a little easier as I start a new week.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day

We had a very nice Memorial Day Weekend. Tyler got to really see and appreciate our small town parade.

Waiting for the Parade

Some of our Vets, proudly carrying the flag. God Bless Them!

The Marching Band

Fire Engines! Sirens!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Enjoying A Spring Rain

On Wednesday, Kristin and I spent the early afternoon planting annuals. We had just gotten the majority in when it began to drizzle. We decided to stay and finish the job, even though we got a bit wet! But then it began to rain very hard, and for some reason Tyler got it into his head that he wanted to go outside! So Julie and he went out in the backyard and spent several gleeful minutes running around and experiencing the rain.

"If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh what a rain that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide,
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!"

My Drenched Little Pal