Well, I would really like to post that my health issues are clearing up and everything is getting back to normal with many posts about future projects and work coming up. However, that sadly is not the case and I feel bad about continuing to come here writing about the same old stuff. But then, I feel that maybe I should just make myself write about anything to keep from falling into a state of apathy. I have ideas, stories, pictures..but when I sit down I find myself just staring blankly at the screen. Nothing seems relevant. The incredible brain fog I was having has lifted to a fair extent but that reprieve has only been replaced by more pain, coughing and nausea. I can stand a fair amount of pain but nausea is something I just can't stomach. Ha!! At least I can still make corny jokes. Thank God for that and Zofran.
I had read in the past and heard from others that extended illnesses can make the person feel extremely isolated and I would have to agree. People just don't like being around sick people and in a way you can't blame them. I suppose that is one reason I insist on continuing this connection. It affords me some contact with others and lets me give Jack some relief.
There is also some benefit to this situation in that it gives me lots and lots of time to think about stuff I want to do without my normal headlong rush into things before I've fully thought it out. Of course, I'm sure I'll still screw up plenty when I do get back to working but I have put lots of thought, scribblings and sketches into various projects that I think will be very successful when I'm done with them. I normally work quite a lot on the trial and error method; I don't always know exactly how something is going to be when I start working, so I think this extended planning time will be beneficial. Or that's what I'm going to tell myself anyway.
We survived the hideous cold without much ado and the past couple of days have been gorgeous, near 60 F. They are forcasting a little snow in a couple of days though. Such is the South. I putter around the garden and clean house. I managed to erect a little screen around my brussel sprouts and so have let the chickens into the garden. They appreciate the last remaining greenery and new areas to search for bugs but they are still not above begging for treats whenever I go out. Numerous seed catalogs are arriving in the mail and I really need to go through my inventory and see what needs restocking. I suspect many of my seeds are really out of date and need to do a good culling also. Maybe that would be a good project for tomorrow. It's supposed to be rainy again. We had a wonderful, prolonged thunderstorm roll through in the wee hours a couple of days ago, or so Jack said. Anti-nausea med caused me to sleep completely through it unfortunately. I know many who do not enjoy storms but I have always loved those stormy pre-dawn hours. It is pure bliss to lie in a warm bed watching the lightning accompanied by the swells of rain on a metal roof. I suppose my perverted pleasure comes from all those cold, stormy mornings I had to get up and drive to a muddy jobsite in the dark, only to be told a couple hours later we were rained out. Oh, on really bad days we could just stay home but if you opted to go in you at least got "driving time" and sometimes they could come up with enough inside stuff that you could make a day. Having once been a job clerk I could often work on those days helping the boss with paperwork. Ha! I guess that was another reason to like stormy mornings; easy work for carpenter pay.
Welp, guess that's all for now. Oh, the doctor from UAB/ Kirklin is still trying to help me figure this thing out. Cool, huh? I suppose if anybody can it'd be those people. I'm not even going to try anymore to make any guesses about what's going on. I think he has an idea though and I will probably go in for another test or two before long but that's all I got to say about that.