Friday, April 25, 2014
Haven't Got Time For The Pain
So, I wanted to show that I have actually been working on the house again. It's not a huge amount, yet, but I have slowly been getting back into it. My spirit is very willing and my flesh just needs to be beat back into some shape for working. I've completed a bit more on the tile fireplace surround; installing the run below the hearth and continuing on up the wall and wrapping around the sides. Until just very recently we were still occasionally running the fireplace so I didn't want to disconnect it. Hopefully, the cold is now over and I'll be pulling the unit out of the way soon so I can bring the mosaic part on up and grout all that. It's kinda slow going but I'm getting there and pleased with how it's coming out so far.
I've had so much enthusiasm lately, in fact, that I finally tackled this horrible ol' corner in the basement. Well, it looks fine now but as long as I've been here I have always just crammed junk in this corner to get it out of my sight and it was a horrible mess. Junky crap in the floor and everything. So...I got all those towels and rags together and washed and sorted them and installed some new shelves to keep it all neat. I use the towels for my messy clay work and just general messy garden/ yard stuff etc. I freed up another shelf on the metal ones to the right; although you can't tell on the forth one down. I had saved a bunch of old defective or ugly pottery but it is now all bashed up waiting to be reborn as a mosaic. Heck, I even mopped the floor in that corner and hung up our fishing poles and such. I'll probably install one more shelf there to hold some of the supplies that are now residing on my pottery shelves. I want to get those clear so I have plenty of room for making pots.
I know this blog has possibly changed a little in the past year and I haven't written a lot like I used to. Not as many funny stories and such. I guess it didn't occur to me how much it may be different until the other day though. We all went to my Mom's for Easter and a few days later Mama called me to see how I was feeling. A storm front had just gone through here on Easter morning and that day I was still struggling with one of the migraines I often get during such weather.. As a result, Jack and I left a little early so I could rest. Mama told me that one of my nieces asked her afterwards what was wrong with me lately. All the times they had seen me for the past 6 months or so she said, "Annie doesn't joke around and laugh like she used to."
Of course, I'm not apologizing for feeling bad but I just wanted to say I'm aware this blog hasn't been what it was. But I AM trying. I'm also fully aware that some people don't like it when others talk about health problems or flat out don't believe the person, especially if it's a rare disease or problem. "Oh, they're just doing that for attention". Yeah well, if I wanted attention I'd go around with my boobs hanging out. They're still in real good shape! Hey, this is a real blog and I talk about real problems; always have and ya'll have always encouraged me to. If I can help even one other person feel not so alone then that's what's worth it to me, not whether everybody likes it or not. But, if you will hold on with me a little longer I think I'll have more to show ya'll, like I used to. Maybe even some funny stories again.
I don't know how many of you deal with pain, but it's a hard thing to take every day. I marvel at people who say they've never had a headache, or rarely. If I could go just one week without a headache, or my feet not hurting, I think I'd pee on myself in excitement. I'm trying some new stuff though and finding some relief, which I tell you all about after I've experimented some more.
So, enough of that sentimental crap! Looky what I saw this week! I believe this is a red-breasted grosbeak! You can correct me if I'm wrong. And yeah, I know the photo is not so good but I haven't managed to get that great new camera yet, so that's yet another thing ya'll will have to endure here. Plus, I was standing on a tall ladder stuck to the side of the house as I cleaned some of the windows, so it was a little difficult to maneuver to take the photo. This is the first time I've ever seen a grosbeak, so I had to look him up in my field guide. He's a Yankee bird, I guess taking a rest stop before heading back up north to their breeding grounds. I saw him for 2 or 3 days but did not see him today so he may have headed on.
And in other news, my 2 Partridge Rocks have let their hormones run wild with the beautiful spring weather and insist on trying to hatch golf balls or other fake nest eggs. We are letting one of them hatch some real pheasant eggs for Allen but just couldn't spare the nest space for two, so Ms. Etta here gets to stay in the broody-breaking pen until she gets over it. Which should be only 2 or 3 days. In the meantime, she is very unhappy with me and puffs up like that any time I come around. I guess I'm not very popular on several fronts right now! lol! At least Chigger and Jack still love me.