Website Update January 14, 2007
Itís funny how sometimes Iíll see something that immediately seems to pick up on my mood at the time. The graphic image on this page is one of those. While it is not anything like the winter-type image I usually use in wintertime, for this year at least it is an indication of my present mood.
Anyone who gardens, or loves to garden, knows that at this time of year it is the time to plan ahead. To pore through seed catalogues, make lists and begin the first preparations for any growing to be done in the coming year. It is the season of promise, as I like to think of it, when you are full of dreams and hopes for a beautiful and bountiful garden by the end of the new growing season.
While the old boots in the graphic could mean those you tramp around in a garden in, even if they were not they would still be appropriate here, as I am just now getting back to putting things away from our move last fall, since Iíve been ill the entire time since that move.
I feel sort of like Iím awaking from a sleep, and it feels good to be able to think about new things, to plan to make changes, to take the opportunity to make this new home ours by adding our personality to it.
Our neighborhood is very quiet this time of year here, and our weather has in general been much milder than the storms and flood of last year. In the past week or two of this new year, however, it has grown colder, and winter is settling in. We now seem to have literally hundreds of small, ground-feeding birds who are depending on us for winter feed, and amazingly, not all the hummingbirds left for the winter. We bring their food in each night so it will not freeze, and put it back out again each morning.
Yesterday was our coldest morning, and it was just 17 degrees F out there. Weíd been talking about getting better prepared for colder weather, and Jim did put up some emergency water, in case our lines froze or something. Talking about it is not the same as experiencing it, though, especially if you are Jim, because your eyes just donít open until youíve had your first cup of coffee.
Our lines did not actually freeze, but rather something in a switch of the pump that controls our water storage. The result was the same, however; there was no water. He worked through it, and he doesnít even grumble at that point. He canít function well enough to grumble, he just silently goes through whatever he has to, so he can get that cup of coffee inside and move forward with the day.
We had guests each of the past two days, and thatís unusual in itself this time of year, but it was very welcome.
I am adding my most recent medical updates to the website, and they can be found here at Journal Updates.
I continue to experiment with food in our diets as I can, and with Jimís help when Iím forced to function at less than sufficient for it. Weíve had some great meals lately, and that has helped me to maintain a better balance in how my body functions, and how well I feel despite the other problems.
Just today I felt the need for something different, wanted a pasta meal, but wanted it to be a ďlightĒ one, not one loaded down with rich cream sauce or heavy tomato sauce. I will try to get this dish that we had into the recipe section. I was not very well, so I donít have all exact measurements, but it has room for a lot of variation and changes to suit individual tastes, so exact measurements arenít necessary. It was very good.
I have some work to do yet to continue to transfer information to this new computer (now a year old, actually), so it is still not completely functional as Iíd like it to be.
We are in transition in our ďgreat room,Ē just now moving things to more permanent positions so the room will function best for us. This is taking some time, because so much is involved in that. We have a ďbankĒ of computer equipment, desks, etc., that extends more than 10 feet, so it is a serious consideration when planning a room no larger than this one, that has to serve several functions. It is our living area, our office and our dining area.
My highest priority is to de-clutter, clean up and be able to keep neat, clean and dust-free this area, so we need to make a built-in above the desks to handle what it is necessary to have out. We plan a long open shelf that will be sort of like a series of cubes along the wall above the desks, holding necessary papers and other supplies that must be available on a daily basis.
Each day we whittle away at it and gain ground. Trying to remove the clutter of years of paperwork is not fast, especially in the circumstances, but Iím spurred on by the realization that once it is done and all organized, life will be ever so much more pleasant.
If you've reached this site looking for Alaska information, you are in the right place even if it doesn't look like it, and if you'll click on this Alaska Page you'll be taken to Alaska instantly. We have moved from Alaska, but all my Alaska pages and information are still intact on the website, as are the pages about Oregon, where we also lived until recently. You can still find out about the wildlife, read stories, see photos of the beautiful scenery, learn about gold prospecting, find facts and information about the state, and much, much more! For Oregon information, scroll down to the site index and you'll find some pages about Oregon listed in the section under "Oregon Fun/Adventure."
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