A week on the ranch (September 1 - September 6, 2009)
by, 09-07-2009 at 11:20 AM (1747 Views)
The beginning of September marked the beginning of autumn on the ranch. Leaves are starting to turn and fall; the oak trees are dropping acorns down to hungry goats below; the evenings are becoming cool, and I awake in the morning looking forward to a hot cup of coffee.
A trip to the doctor at the beginning of the week disclosed that I have two herniated disks, as well as degenerative OA in three more of my lumbar disks. I was prescribed a TENS machine, and after some experimentation, I think I've found a good placement for it, so I'm hobbling around again. I've also started seriously instituting a routine of supplements and exercise. I mentioned in a thread sometime this week that knowledge is power, and I feel at my most powerful when I am fighting back.
This week was a banner self-sufficiency week. I made soup, dehydrated veggies, and started a fall garden. I thought about stockpiling my winter wood- and yarn-pile. Although I know that I'll be tired of winter long before it ends, for the time being, the idea of chilly nights, listening to the rain sheet off the windows, while curled near my woodstove, sounds like a country dream of heaven.
Work has been challenging. My best friend, who is also my work partner, has been out due to a family illness, so I've been trying to keep the case afloat, despite problems that we have been having with both outside and inside factors. Sometimes, it feels like I'm trying to run a preschool.
I've been listening to a CD on keeping your brain alert and healthy, and it has me thinking of what to do to keep my mind as active as I'm trying to keep my body. I sometimes forget that it takes a healthy brain AND a healthy body to live a good life. Some of the tasks the CD recommends are things I do already: play Sudoku (yes, I'm addicted), read the newspaper, do crosswords. I thought it was interesting that the recommendation to really challenge your brain, and keep it sharp, was to try to learn a new language - not to actually LEARN one, but to just try. It made me want to pick up my German texts again. I took three years of it in high school, but that was a long time back. So I may be trying to re-learn German, or Japanese (studied it only one year), or maybe I'll teach myself something else. I haven't decided yet, and the possibilities, like the possibilities in life, are many and varied.
Well, as promised and hoped for, this week was miles better than last week, and I can only hope that it is the start of a new direction after last month's miseries. I will certainly do everything *I* can to ensure my life keeps moving in a positive direction.