The last two weeks have been challenging, illness in the family and a small though ultimately helpful change in my personal circumstances have meant what I would previously have called “a flurry of activity” except that these days the best I can really manage is a stately, breathless waddle. This has made matters slightly more drawn out than I would have liked but is making positive steps forward.
A new medication is making a significant difference although in a sense it has merely adjusted the order of things. Instead of being tired all the time I reach an event horizon and just cut out; which is fine as long as I am indoors.
I miss not being able to walk out in the wilder places but there is quite a lot to see in the woods behind the house and recent visitors include foxes, hedgehogs and red deer, a slightly more unusual sight although they drift in like ghosts pre-dawn and I haven’t managed to get a suitable photo yet because of the poor light. The hedgehogs are hunting for places to hibernate. The toads have moved on although they hung around a little later into the year, availing themselves of the warmth in the polytunnel greenhouse to sustain them. They are welcome guests though as they dispose of the slugs.
The downside of all this though is that the predators are starting to get hungry. The majestic buzzard is alarming as a wee white cat would make a neat snack and the rooks are starting to hunt in gangs leading Samuel to spend a lot more time curled up on the bed or by the fire. He arrived home after his post breakfast wander this morning resembling the mythical “Burryman” having dived through the undergrowth to avoid them so we had to have a longer grooming session than normal. The local Autumn tints are proving spectacular but tactile.
Some changes have also been needed inside the house to help deal with my condition. I have had a small makeover for hypo-allergenic fabrics. Perhaps not before time. I missed TigrX so much whilst choosing new curtains but at the same it was nice to indulge my own tastes. A local warehouse clearance sale meant I could have matching curtains, cushions and complimenting rug, all under the price I had expected to pay for the curtains alone. The colours are much lighter too though not so bright, mint and lilac rather than blue, red and green.
There’s an impending surge of tests and scans, it is possible a biopsy may be recommended but I am feeling a lot more positive and also more inspired.