Archive for September, 2017

Still Waiting For Rain

September 18, 2017

The weather man says it will rain this afternoon; not looking all that promising at the moment.  More smoke and we can smell it even though it is more to the southeast.  Those firefighters have been working on so many fires and having trouble  getting the upper hand because it is so dry. Our lawn fellow came on Tuesday – we have hay rather than grass, he cut the dandelion flowers when was here.  Also found out we have a bee’s nest in the Fotinia stump – it’s in the back but I know something has to be done about it.

Still coughing and junk in my throat along with sinus headaches.  Eddie has the same junk in his treat and runny, stuffy nose – enough all ready!  RA has been kicking in as well. We had some better weather and could see across the Sound and the mountains, the highest peaks still have bits of snow on them.  I saw somewhere we may be in for another La Nina winter.  Does the weather community really know what’s actually happening?  All that sophisticated equipment and they get it wrong.

A friend just moved to a new house in Jacksonville, Florida and ended up driving to her farm in Iowa to wait out the hurricane.  She was really worried about not only her house, but also her restaurant near the beach.  Her neighbor let her know her house was fine, mostly blown down trees and branches.  Also, her restaurant didn’t flood, so she is very grateful to dodge a bullet with both of them.  Unfortunately a lot of people weren’t that fortunate.  Mother Nature doesn’t kid around when She decides to blow Her top.

Friday I went to a quilt show my good friend was in – she was the featured quilter.  I wandered all around Robin Hood’s barn before I found it – my new iPhone doesn’t have a map.  Bummer.  But I found it and I was so amazed at the talented people who entered their quilts.  Robbi had a corner and had 30 quilts displayed – plus it was her birthday as well.  I had no idea she is a few months younger than I am, I thought she was in her early 60’s.  Always learning something new.  I wandered around and then decided to have something to eat.  I sat with a woman and had a nice chat with her.  Then I went back to say goodbye to Robbi and come home – I didn’t know when I would be back and Eddie had a couple of things to do.

When I went out I could really smell the smoke, the closer I got to Kent, the stronger it was and smokey.  Yesterday Eddie and went out to do things and it was worse.  So we did our stuff and came home, leaving the doors closed.  Right now there are clouds and it looks like rain, but nothing so far.

Next Day

We had rain but as my Mom would say “Not enough to put in your eye”.  It is on the surface so digging down it would be bone dry.  Even so, it does remember how to rain and that is very promising.  What we need is a gentle rain that will slowly soak down and soften the soil, otherwise it is so dry a hard rain would just run off. We’ll see what happens as the days go on – not much else we can do.

The temperatures are much cooler and sweaters are very welcome.  It is going to warm up at the end of the week to 74.  I slept really well last night, so the rain must have done something.  I have been noticing the leaves beginning to turn the past week or two, I do enjoy the fall colors.

Today it is sun and clouds, a bit chilly but not sure there will be any more rain.  So I decided I need to put this post to bed, my life isn’t all that interesting at the moment.  My contract for my show is over at the end of October – one prospective sponsor won’t be able to do it, they are re-organizing their shop and changing their name, so maybe later.  Not too sure about the other prospects, I have to be patient and that is not easy.

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Labor Day Weekend

September 7, 2017

This is often considered to be the end of summer weekend.  For us it is very warm and with more fires all around us, very hazy, smokey and hot.  Sinuses are not happy but not a lot we can do.  Meanwhile, my two sisters are having Seattle summer weather.

My younger one in Nashville had rain from Harvey but no flooding; my older sister on the Jersey shore is also having comfortable weather and some rain.

Nashville

Ocean Grove, N.J.

We are having spectacular sunsets and sunrises because of the air quality.  Some people think people in Seattle are wimps because it seems we are  never satisfied – not enough rain, too much rain, etc.  I would not trade places with anyone, this is definitely my place.  People with all kinds of chronic illness are having difficulty with the weather and conditions, it is tough on the body physically, especially with a compromised immune system.  What I also know is that so far my survival rate from difficult times is 100% and I will make it through this as well.  Patience has been something I have had to learn – I will admit to times when it is stretched to it’s limits.

I was looking back at the beginning posts I wrote back in 2009 – I had forgotten a lot of it and it was a good reminder to me.  It also gave me a subject for my radio show this week – I wouldn’t be surprised to find quite a few more.  My contract with the radio station is up at the end of October, I have been working on finding sponsors to continue the show for another year.  I have three possibilities that I hope will come together.  We now have a metaphysical shop in Burien and they are an oasis for me.  I was there last week and one of the owners was saying that by tomorrow when Mercury goes back home and several other planets and eclipses occur, things will come together.  It is a matter of patience.  My problem is that I want it all settled and “in the bag” right now before my deadline.  I will see what unfolds in the next few days and weeks with as much patience I can muster.

THURSDAY

Tuesday morning I left for my show and it looked very odd outside – almost a green tinge similar to the eclipse.  When I came up the hill, the sun was a red disc – very odd.  I had never seen it that way before.  The fires are getting worse and growing – it has been so difficult for the firefighters to access the slopes and put out the fires.  For several days the smoke has made the sun red, there was talk the moon is also red – hard to see it.  I have sinus headaches and once again I am coughing with a dry, scratchy throat.  I hate to think what it is like for people with major respiratory problems.  I’m having a hard enough time with my body.  My rheumatologist’s office called yesterday because they were concerned my sed rate went up after finally going down.  I told Jennifer my body has been very uncomfortable since the fires started and the smoke hasn’t helped my sinuses.  She said a lot of patients are having trouble as well.  I am hoping when they do blood work again at the end of October, I will have lower labs again.

Now when I look at Texas and Florida, this is no big deal – it just feels that way at times.  I can’t imagine losing everything or the threat about to arrive as it comes toward Florida.  I was in one hurricane in Connecticut – spent the time curled up in a fetal position on the sofa.  Eddie was out of town and driving back – I wasn’t sure he would make it.   I didn’t want to be in the hurricane alone, but if I had to, I could do it.  To take my mind off it, I taped windows – wow, I had no idea how many we had!  Just as things began to rock and roll, Eddie got home.  I was so glad to see him.

I also saw my first Nor’easter there, we were in East Haven on the shore.  I sat and watched from my dining room window.  The Sound came up to the fence on the other side of the street – one of those days when I was glad we didn’t have beach front.  Things were flooded out on both ends of the street, but we were okay.  Afterwards it was a little tricky in places, never quite knew what would be flooded and what wouldn’t.  There have been other kinds of weather I’ve been through, I can certainly relate a small bit of how it is.

I know this too shall pass, I just like it to get on its way a little faster and bring some rain the clear and clean the air and help put out the fires.  The pictures I’ve seen are horrendous.


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