Thanks for your uplifting post today. I had 'one of those days' and then I came on my computer and there were some 'hugs' from you - amazing how great it is to share with someone you have not actually met isn't it! You remind me of a very good friend - she is an outdoorsey person too - she loves wildlife and if it were up to her, she has said she'd just live in the woods with all God's creatures all about
. I mentioned her before -she paints wildlife on rocks. We were best of friends but when h and I moved west in 2006 we dont' keep in touch that regularly. She's more of a one one person and not an e-mailer and not a phone caller. And I'm not much a phone caller. But we keep in touch here and there and understand the friendship to be ongoing even if we don't get to talk like before.
I'm still hoping to make some friends here in Alberta. We've been here over a year, but we've moved four times plus a trip to the U.S. So it's mostly just been about
trying to keep our heads above water. With things being more stable now, hopefully relationships will get a better chance to form. I am also still looking into ways to get involved in the community. I contacted a couple places re. teaching piano (just part time) but no doors
opening yet. If that doesn't pan out, then volunteering is still high on my list. I need to get myself out of the house - it helps me stay out of depression and to stay more functional.
I learned about
rhodiola on this thread. If you can find the post by Sunnivera from the summer - I guess you can just type in rhodiola rosea in the search button and it might come up? For the fibro. symptoms - when I went off certain foods, a lot of the pain went away. The pain in my back and neck I realized was from mucous build up that was from eating foods that create mucous. I know my digestion is not working like it should and my pain levels seem directly related to that. I was in touch with a med. student who said his dad had a bunch of symptoms that were actually 'leaky gut' - anyway, when I read on the fibro. forum I saw that there were other illnesses that have similar symptoms to fibro. So that is where I know my digestion comes into play. But that doesn't explain today - where it is frigid cold and it has been making my bones ache. I also take naps and have a separate bed from my h so I can get proper sleep. And staying on a diet free of hard to digest/toxic foods. SO I manage my symptoms that way. So like I said, I don't know if fibro. is the correct diagnosis or if I just don't have it as bad as others. Sorry that was sort of a mishmosh of information - I meant to say I have the kind of lifestyle that affords me the luxury of pain management via naps and nutrition. If I didn't nap, the pain would be much worse and more constant. I can tell when I reach a point of "if I don't nap now I'll be in pain for days." And because I dont' have kids or have to go to work, I can pretty much nap as I need to.
That is so sad about
the autism rates and the polluted water. This world really is toxic. I have also heard it can be caused from the mercury that is used in vaccines. They shouldn't even be putting mercury into vaccines, but 'they' do a lot of things that aren't helpful in the name of 'helping.'
I was happy to read you got to see the boys today - the wee ones. yippee!! I like to know you had a happy day. It tired you out, but at least you got tired out for something worth being tired out for.
I'm sure it was worth every ounce of oomph it took to try to keep up with the little guys! It makes me think of how nice it woudl be to have family...maybe some day still. Maybe.
I could just picture you chopping wood and cooking your maple syrup in a big kettle. lol! I just can't get over you. You are a true wonder. You've got an extra big portion of creativity and spark in your dna I'd say! I would have loved to be out there tapping trees for syrup with you.
I hope the weather gets nice soon so you can go for a walk. I am planning to stay inside until this icy cold air moves through. I was out all day - no fun. I had a whole afternoon/evening of runnign around and I shoudl have jsut stayed home. Live and learn.
Well, the dishwasher seems to be airing out - I hope I am not just imagining it. lol. Hopefully soon I can use it. I am still doing load upon load of laundry. Had to rewash everything that was stored at the house those 3 months as things smell of the moldy stuffy smell. yuk. Had to throw some stuff out. But it is starting to feel more like we are moved in now. I am so grateful for this place. Even after a bummer day, I just felt so blessed to have a real 'home' to come back to. I said to myself "That makes any day a good day!" How true it is to me.
I hope Gill is doing okay. I'm glad she is taking a break from posting if she needs that. Ebb and flow.
Hope you have a relaxing and refreshing evening Karen. Love and hugs, Embers