Thank you to everyone who offered well wishes this past week! I'm feeling much better, although I'm finding that it takes very little to tire me. I'm drinking coffee again this morning, which is a sure sign that I'm on the mend. Whenever I'm sick, coffee is the first thing to go. The whole experience is an exercise in humility and the frailty of the human body, to be sure. Speaking of exercise, the treadmill we ordered a month ago arrived. Here in no-man's land, things don't get delivered to our door and they certainly don't arrive already assembled. The Frenchman, bless his heart, wrestled the 150 lb. monster into the house single-handedly and then put it together as though it was a Swedish dining room set. Neither of us has had an opportunity to use it yet, although I'm hoping that I'll have the energy to take it for a walk in the next couple of days. I immediately feel like I'm standing on the bridge of a space ship when I'm on it and I've dubbed it "Spock", in acknowledgement of what I anticipate will be a total lack of empathy and compassion while I'm sweating my way through a workout. I took Willow for a longer walk in the field yesterday morning during heavy fog. The field is a vast ocean of hard-packed snowdrifts now and the fog coated everything with a thick layer of hoarfrost. I love the effect it has on the most ordinary things like the tree branch in the photo above. A little less than 2 weeks after we took possession of our house, our hot tub stopped working. Wouldn't you know it? Fortunately, The Frenchman was on it in a flash and we had one of the nicest repairmen come out to fix it, as well as a pump that was also leaking. I may never live down the fact that when The Frenchman first described the house to me from afar, I made it known that I felt the hot tub was an expensive luxury that we did not need. Now, it's one of the things I love most about our house. It's like having a warm bath ready and waiting for you whenever you feel the need to relax or warm up. I rarely use the jets because they stir up the chlorine and irritate my lungs, but I do so enjoy the pure bliss of floating weightless in a vat of warm water. *sigh* The Frenchman is in the midst of his 15 day work week and I pray for his safety every time he leaves our driveway. His is a dangerous job. He nearly had a head-on collision with another vehicle yesterday that was passing on a corner - at night - in the fog - with his highbeams on. Today, he's driving a fully loaded semi-trailer to an oil rig drill site and part of his trip will take him on a temporary road across a frozen lake. God bless his angels. My makeover project on the two upstairs rooms has been sidelined, due to my recent bout with the flu and I confess to having lost some momentum. I'm sure I'll recover some of my initial excitement again when I take up my paintbrush in the next couple of days. Happy Friday, everyone!
"Say Yes. Be generous. Love more. Trust yourself. Speak up. Slow down." Patti Digh Author
"We're all downstream." David Suzuki, Environmentalist
"It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working." Philippe Petit, Wirewalker
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