Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re in that weird place in between winter and spring. Trees and bushes are beginning to bud and some, like the Indian Plum in the photo above, are already leafing out, only to get a coating of frost on cold, sunny mornings, like today. When it’s sunny like this, I love it! It’s chilly enough to see my breath in the mornings but the sun has just enough warmth to feel heavenly in the afternoons, as long as there isn’t a breeze and you stay out of the shadows.
The only downside to the mild weather is all the tree pollen. Oh, and also I’ve noticed that my squirrels friends are looking less fluffy.
I do miss their winter fluff and bushy tails.
I’m rather late with it this week, but here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World questions.
What household chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the refrigerator and freezer are the household chores that I hate the most. I’m not crazy about cleaning the shower either but at least that doesn’t fill up the garbage cans and create a sink full of dirty dishes.
What was the last URL that you bookmarked? I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I bookmarked anything. I kind of forgot about it. Now that I’ve been reminded, I feel like a fool for not bookmarking the login page for my Butters, Balms and Salves class. All those times I searched through my email for the link to the page…. Duh!
Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you? My mid back on both sides is yelling at me for wearing a sports bra this morning. It’s telling me – I TOLD YOU, NO BRAS! Allodynia, pain caused by a normally non-painful stimulus, in my mid back region is one of the first fibromyalgia symptoms I developed back in 2001-03 and it’s bothered me to some degree ever since. For some reason, it gets a lot worse this time of year and wearing a bra for just an hour can cause pain for days. I feel like there’s a metal bar digging into my back right now, even though I ditched that miserable sports bra an hour ago. When I am at home and when I can hide inside sweatshirts and jackets, I wear stretchy camisoles instead of a bra. Sorry, if that’s TMI! 🙂
Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing or a mansion in the country side in the state or country where you currently live? I would take any kind of house, even a rundown shack, in the countryside over an apartment in the city. It’s probably due to my hillbilly heritage but I feel very claustrophobic in cities. I need wide open spaces, nature and quiet. The only reason I’m surviving here in the suburbs is because I live on the very edge and my neighborhood has very generous greenbelts and native growth protection areas.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I was filled with gratitude for herbs! With frequent doses of elderberry/fresh ginger syrup, I was able to keep that nasty cold from completely taking hold. I haven’t experienced the full snotty, sneezy, stuffy head thing since I started using herbs two and half years ago. This week I’m looking forward to the arrival of my order from Mountain Rose Herbs. I’m itching to make more massage butter but I don’t have any jars to put it in. I’m also looking forward to the arrival of my new bullet journal but it’s not supposed to come until Monday.