I am finally back amongst the living after 10 days of fighting a horrible bug. I suffered nearly every symptom you can imagine with a viral sickness. Aches and pains for a few days. Sore throat and post nasal drip took over for a day or two. Headache and some nausea and vomiting visited for a day and a half. An unproductive tight cough for a few days was bothersome. Throughout all of it I was weighed down with an overwhelming exhaustion. I spent almost all of my time in bed.
Today has been the first day that I really felt good on all counts. I woke up hurting so I took my medication as my NP suggested. If I take it, I don’t hurt so bad. I know that. I still am working on the resentments about needing to take it, as well as it costs money and I don’t like some of the side effects. But I did take it and dozed back off for about an hour and when I woke up I felt pretty good. I got out of bed, dressed, and started moving! A quick tidy up and out the door I went.
I had made the decision that I am going to try eating 100% gluten and dairy free for at least 2 weeks and take all my supplements every day (pills…I just have a hard time taking them every day) as well as use my medication as it has been suggested (I never take nearly enough) and see if I notice any improvements in my various health issues. I have enlisted my friends to hold me accountable. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, it’s just that I know from previous life experiences with making lifestyle changes, having accountability is a good reinforcement for me.
That meant heading to the Farmer’s Market to load up on fresh fruits and veggies. I am well stocked in all my other things. I even have things in the pantry to attempt baking some gluten-free bread! But I was pretty low of leafy greens and perishable veggies.
Once I got home E informed me that two friends would be arriving shortly to put up the greenhouse film! YAY! It was delivered while I was on my trip to The Dalles and E has been working on the frame to have it all prepared. Today was the day. I was grateful I was feeling so good and said I would do a few chores and be down to help when the others arrived.
Everyone started showing up and wanted to see the chicks. I decided I wanted to let my little girls (I think one of them is a roo actually) have some sunshine time. I have created a playpen for them to get outdoors for a little bit during the warmer afternoons. That gets me outside, even on days I am struggling. E asked if I would take a couple of theirs out too. I was happy to comply with his request. Everyone helped with the transport of 7 chicks out to the play area and then we headed up the hill. But not before quite a few pictures were taken.
We used ropes and had them tied at intervals and then threw them over the frame and gently and as a team pulled it over the top and to the other side. It went quite well. No one got lift off with the few wind gusts we had occasionally blowing through.
The method used to secure it to the frame was wonderful. E had attached 2×4’s all along the outer wall at about 2 1/2 feet off the ground on both sides. To this he attached a metal frame using these nifty bolts that drill right through the frame and wood. I can’t remember what they were called. I will have to ask again.
The neatest tool/materials we used was wiggle wire. Yep, that is what it is called. And the person who invented it is wiggling themselves all the way to the bank. The wire has been formed into this shape that fits into the frame and then you “wiggle” it into place and it holds wonderfully! And you can remove it easily if you want to roll up your sides for ventilation. Both of us girls working today loved doing the wiggle wire. It was fun.
The bottom edges were rolled around landscape poles and nailed into the ground with 10 and 12 inch nails. It looked so pretty when it was all nailed down. E has plans on putting a window/fan on the North end of it and making a doorway on the South end. I am happy to let him work out those details. I want to get in there and get things back in order and start PLANTING!!!!! I am so excited. I have never had such an arena as this to garden at my leisure and enjoyment. I just know this summer is going to be awesome.
After we were all done I still was feeling energetic and so I tidied up the coop some, hosed off the patio and then moved the last 1/2 cord of my firewood to a new site right outside the back door. I am hoping to clean up some of the things that have been discarded around the barn so I can create a nice outdoor environment where I can hang out on a sunny summer day. I don’t care that the girls free ranging all the time means there is poo everywhere. I can still make things look nice.
I finished up around 5:30pm. I had been going since 9:30am. I haven’t had a day like this in months as far as I can remember. Mind you, I had lots of breaks where I would check on the chickens or go take a few more photos of the chicks or just watching others work. But I was up and out of bed and active for a full day and it felt wonderful.
I had a dinner of leftovers. I had cooked a Pork Loin and some taters and steamed apples on Saturday when my guy came for dinner. It was heated up in no time and tasted delicious. I also had the other 8 ounces of freshly juiced fruits and veggies that I had made for my breakfast this morning. I have had no gluten, dairy, or sugar all day!
I had made a fire because it was a bit chilly and then took a long soak in the tub. I was in bed by 8pm. Tired. From moving. From working. It felt so good. Just for today I felt really good. I’ll take that.
Thank you God for a lovely day. A day of work. A day of productivity. You know my heart’s desire to work, and I thank you for the gift of work today.