It’s a lovely day

(The pond this morning© Robin)

And so it is. A lovely day. It’s a bit nippy out there (in the upper 30’s), but the sun is shining and the clouds are puffy and white (as opposed to the dark gray clouds that have been hanging around the past few days).

(The enemy© Robin)

Spring might come to the Bogs after all.

The geese seem to think so. They’ve been trying to gather in and around the pond. However, M was out this past weekend setting up the anti-geese defenses (fishing line and shiny CD’s — someone has to put those old AOL free discs to use). Some of the geese land in the pond, try to get to shore, and after a few tries and failures, leave. Some just fly over, honking loudly as if berating us for not making the pond more hospitable for them.

I was up at 5:00 this morning in preparation for getting up at 3:00 tomorrow morning. Our flight to San Diego leaves at 6:00am. Having been sleeping in until around 8:00 or so for the past few months, I’d forgotten how much day there is when you get up early in the morning. It’s amazing how much I’ve accomplished and it’s not even noon yet.

I saw the doc yesterday regarding my back. She didn’t tell me anything I don’t already know (arthritis, pretty bad for someone as young as I am — did she say YOUNG? — blah, blah, blah). An MRI would show the other things I already know (stenosis, etc., etc.). I’ll be going back in July for my 50th birthday physical (a little early, but that’s ok — might as well get it over with). We’ll discuss long-term options for dealing with the pain then. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing (exercising, eating healthy, etc.) and hope that keeps me upright, walking, and out of pain or in bearable pain if I must be in pain at all.

I firmly believe exercise makes all the difference. The combination of walking, strength training, and yoga have worked well as long as I did the work. It was taking a few days off for the flu that got me into this current mess. But I’m amazed at how quickly (within a week) I’m starting to bounce back by slowly getting back into my exercise routine.

I’d rather exercise than be on drugs, that’s for sure.

In the meantime, I do have pain meds if I need them for severe pain. I’m hoping I won’t need them. Life is better when I’m not in a drugged-up haze. It’s good to know I have them for this trip. I’m a little worried all that sitting (during the five hour flight) might be brutally painful. At least I’ll have some relief if that turns out to be the case.

I’m not NaBloPoMo’ing this month, but expect I’ll be posting when I can while we’re away. It’s easier for me to keep up with our travels if I post as we go along. Otherwise, I get so far behind that I give up.

That’s about it from the Bogs for now. See ya from sunny California! 8)


9 Comments on “It’s a lovely day”

  1. English Nutter says:

    There’s a gingerbread house on the otherside of the pond!!

  2. Christina says:

    What a gorgeous shot of the pond.
    Kinda funny how over here I am thrilled when I get to see a Canadian Goose, and there you are setting up Geese-Go-Away contraptions.
    See you soon. It’s gray and supposed to rain tonight. I’ve been mumbling that it’s because people from Ohio are coming in town 🙂

  3. Brian says:

    Have a great time. 😀

  4. Robin says:

    If I could I’d bring a few hundred or so geese with me, Christina. Just for you to admire. 😉

    They’re terrible here. When we don’t have up the defenses, hundreds of them will gather in and around the pond leaving a mess of goose poop everywhere. Worse yet, the goose poop provides nutrients which feed algae, making the pond a really disgusting mess when all is said and done. Best to just keep the geese away in the first place.

    About the weather out there… LOL! Sure, sure, blame it on us Ohioans.

  5. Robin says:

    Thank you, Brian. 🙂

  6. lewis1212 says:

    Robin,
    If you have ongoing sciatic pain, inquire about a spinal cord stimulator. It will not help the back pain much, but can eliminate about 50% of the leg pain. I work with chronic pain patients alot and often recommend this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Pain-Survival-Guide-Reclaim-Lifetools/dp/1591470498
    although it sounds like you are already doing most of the things they recommend.
    Have a great time in California and give Christina a hug from me!! I hope to see her again in October 🙂
    Marcia

  7. Robin says:

    Thanks, Marcia. 🙂

    I’ll look into that when I get back, and be sure to pass on your hug.

  8. Robin says:

    EnglishNutter: It’s not a gingerbread house. LOL! I wouldn’t mind it so much if it was.

    It’s our newest neighbors. The house was not there when we bought the property. They suck for building a house that looks like it’s sitting by our pond.

    Ok, they don’t suck for that. But they do suck for being carpy neighbors. Long story, but take my word for it. They suck.

  9. Erik & Jennifer Olson says:

    Have a wonderful and safe travels to SD! Enjoy the beach and all the fun that comes along with it. I really wish Erik’s confence was during the same time period so we could all meet up. Erik is heading out that way next week. We decided to stay home this time (first time ever!) so that Erik can enjoy some alone time and festivities with friends without worrying about us. With work and school there is little to no time for those sort of things so I thought it would be a nice treat for him. Believe it or not, he was begging us to join him…sometimes I don’t know where that guy’s head is…I would kill for some alone time right about now :0)

    Anyway, I can’t wait to hear/read all about your adventures. I hope you are feeling better soon.


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