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[juju] turn of the year...

Now with Lughnasdh come and gone, I'm feeling the slide into fall. Harvest time before the Turning Within time. I'm harvesting the last of the crops (which was a horrible disaster this year, but lessons learned and on to next year). I'm planning winter recipes and calorie counting the whole family can agree upon (because I like cooking, damnit, and why not?).

The close of this the 5th cycle of my birth (35), I'm feeling pretty determined. Pretty Granny Weatherwax.

Things I need to get done - compost the soil & store for winter. Stack the pots & secure for winter. Watch for frost reports for bringing in year-round plants. Design plant shelves & set up before the frost comes.

Continue at hacking away at the basement disaster. See if there isn't low-hanging-fruit in the form of space in the garage. Rescue precious items from the garage/basement. Find them homes.

Get a sewing station started. Find the patterns of the clothes you want & make them. Classy.

Endeavor to persevere...


Should be fun!.

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nancymccoydfw
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I won't see a first frost til January. LOL
pamc
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Frost is always a relative term...

I've seen snow at sea level in June in Seattle...
taphophile
Aug. 24th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I won't feel "the slide into fall until October or thereabouts. *envy* So I'm sure hoping you're speaking metaphorically. Otherwise I'll continue to hope that the Air Conditioning Gods visit my home each day while "The Great Battle Against the Scoring Heat" trudges onward.
pamc
Aug. 25th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I've decided to say "fuck it" to the pain. Unless I'm actually dangerous (i.e., don't drive) I'm gonna push through the pain. The migraines-- resting actually helps them. But this neuropathy shit doesn't care. So fuck it. I'm stronger than it.
taphophile
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Even though it sounds nearly impossible, it truly is good to hear that you are able to get some things accomplished that you enjoy doing - go Pam!!
pamc
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Even better!!! Got back from the chiropractor. He actually listens. And he agrees with me that all my symptoms including his clinical exams for a few months now point to low cerebral-spinal fluid. Everything my body is doing can be traced back to the Sjogren's.

This is not good for my ego. I do not need to be out-diagnosing doctors all the time, years in advance of their own conclusions!!! ;)
taphophile
Aug. 27th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I just read the first page I ran across for Sjogren's, therefore not technically something I'd call "research," to see what you were talking about. I also have mildly-low CSF pressure and my previous and current neuros have no idea how to treat this; current neuro an I think it is one of the causes of my terrific "morning headache" and the reason why when I stand up from a crouched or kneeling position I am weak and dizzy as fuck and have to grasp onto something so I don't fall. But nope, I don't fit into Sjogren's descrip at all.

Honey, you do A BLOODY FREAKING TON of research so I am not at all surprised that you are able to diagnose yourself, or at least give a doc a starting point, before they come up with an "aha" moment. Are you still doing all of this on your phone, or do you have a full-sized computer now?

I'm actually surprised you can see a chiro considering the ONS. I've seen 2 chiros: one terrible and one wonderful. At this point I simply cannot imagine seeing one now for all the additional head pain it would certainly cause. ACK! Have you had an adjustment yet? Did it increase or decrease your head pain one iota? Or are you currently focusing on your widespread pain right now as you mentioned above?

Massage would probably kill you. Massage feels great on all those muscles perpetually tightened in my body from the chronic head issues, but laying on the massage table or even sitting up in a massage chair adds SO MUCH head pain I had to stop doing that. Have you had that experience?

-- . --

To keep this on the "juju" topic, How on earth can you stay "connected" and following what seems to be a Wiccan calendar (forgive me if I'm wrong) with your health issues? I have close relationships with "my people" as I call them, when I really need it, and my abilities are stronger than ever, but major difficulties celebrating much of anything except the quarter-holidays in quieter ways (except the Winter Solstice which here is in a public celebration). I'm not Wiccan, though, plain ol' earthy Pagan heavily influenced by Hinduism, thus many holidays besides those four obvious seasonal ones.

For a couple of months I've been wanting to call you again, but have been in both a depressed AND gestation state so have been terrifically horrible about contacting anyone except my best friend, who is also my closest "witchy-poo" companion. I feel as if I have almost nothing to offer conversationally. ;)
pamc
Aug. 27th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm working off my Dad's laptop; better than the phone by a long shot.

I'm not supposed to get Chiro with the ONS, but I'm actually thinking of having it taken out. I don't use it enough and it's keeping me from MRIs, which is all a doctor ever wants to do.

The adjustments can certainly help me with the migraines, especially since my atlas likes to get jammed and that's a big trigger for me. As for the CS fluid, I've been put on a dietary supplement called Neurotrophin PMG from Standard Process. If you know any Chiropractors from Logan, they'll be familiar with SP.

Massage does kill me. The initial pressure can feel nice, but it can cause a lot of pain, and recovery time.

I'm not Wiccan either. But I find my attitudes automatically change with the season. I can't pain in the summer. I have to wait until fall. That's my turning within time where I'm naturally drawn to indoor projects. My fancies change with the season. I find it's just easier for me to keep track of the year and go with where the season is telling me to flow.



Back to my cave with me! ;)
taphophile
Sep. 6th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
*sneaking out of the cave, shhh!*

Laptop is far better than a Blackberry for typing. Hopefully you can use it fairly often. Even though clearly I am still bad about replying or writing you or anything, I like to know what's going on so I know when to start being concerned for someone.

Following the seasons in any way tends to be a Pagan standard, but it seems that the only people I know who have really thought it out in modern times have been the Wiccans (even though many were merely following a list of "rules" and were quite obviously not thinking of "why"). Hence my guessing you are a Wiccan who actually did practice what she preached, so to speak. ;)

It's probably more natural for someone in a colder climate to go more dormant, just like her surrounding earthly-bound creatures, than it is in a warmer area. Here the motto is "beat the heat," so everything one does outside of an air-conditioned area is merely to spite the sun. However much I love that sentiment, I merely can't do it emotionally or physically during the getting-out time, or at least I used to wait until dark to do fun things. So the months of summer are generally a time of hiding in my own bat cave being much more withdrawn. The very short fall is more reflective, and the even-shorter winter I am generally joyous. The earth is dead during the heat and it comes alive again as it cools down - to spite the cold.

(The winter I was down for a couple of months from medical tests and bad reactions completely threw off my year!)
pamc
Sep. 6th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
It's colder in MO by a long shot, but the days aren't as pronounced here.

I'm with you on the Summer is my Cave time. I was up running around at 4am yesterday because it had finally cooled down enough.

The "reflective" part of fall is what I call the turning within time. Our thoughts naturally get drawn more internally as most folks turn more indoors. Kids are back at school. It's time for preparing the house before the final harvests and the winter cold.

But fall cold is when the hunters of the hunter-gatherer aprt of the tribe are most active.... so for different folks is a ramp up of a different kind of energy. A time to be more observant to watch the animals to see how the winter will be and food supplies...

At least... that's my theory. It's a nice story, tho, eh? ;)
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