Saturday, November 19, 2016

Brick Dust: Late Fall, Health, Holidays





We are having the weirdest fall!  It's very, very cold at night, but it's still getting up into the 70s some days!  I'll tell you:  My body is not liking it much!  I was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and the erratic weather almost always sends me into a flare.  No good!

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As  Autumn moves toward Winter, we're just taking advantage of the good weather days and putting by as much wood as we can--and by "we," I really mean "he."  We've fallen into a good rhythm, one that works for us. Due to my limited energy and random aches and pains, I tend to take care of the inside of the house while he takes care of most of the yard work.  I do get out there once in a while, but it's been a few weeks.

We are almost completely unpacked and moved in, and we've gotten rid of most of the junk we needed to clear out of the house.  We have about a truck load left in the garage to take to the local thrift shop.  I hope to do that in the next few days. Cleaning is becoming a less daunting task, as I get used to my "new normal" and build my routines.  I'm on a weekly schedule of sorts, but I don't yet have a cleaning schedule made. I just fit it in where I can. 

One thing that really helps, though, is cleaning as I go.  Most tasks, when you break them down, only take a few minutes. If I'm doing one thing and see that another, small thing also needs doing, I go ahead and take care of it.  Overall, our house is very clean.  I usually only need to deep clean about once a month, and it's never the whole house at once, unless we're throwing a party or something.

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The garden is not yet finished for the season, thanks to the unnaturally warm weather.  We are finished with peppers and tomatoes, but we got a huge harvest this year!  We have jalapenos hanging from the catwalk over the living room to dry, and we still have a few baby bells in the bottom of the crisper.  We've only had to start buying tomatoes again in the past two weeks, and I think that's only because our last batch has not ripened yet.

We now have arugula growing, and it's the best arugula I have ever tasted! He is hoping to put some garlic in, and while the weather is mild, he's getting the holes dug for the garden gate.  The fencing is not all the way up yet.  I imagine we'll make progress on that as we can.

I wanted to till in my beds for the corn I want to plan in Spring, but he said to wait, as I'd just have to do it all over again when Spring comes.  I don't know that I agree, but based on how my health is right now, waiting might be my best option, anyway.

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We aren't planning for the holidays.  Part of it is that neither of us celebrates the traditional holidays that most Americans do, and part of it is that it's just going to be the two of us. For us, the usual Winter holidays are just regular days.  We do usually decorate, but not a lot, and I still like to send out cards.  We had our "traditional Thanksgiving dinner" (the vegan version) last night, because we like the food.  I give thanks in August.  This is also going to be my first year celebrating as an orphan.  It's up to me now to plan holidays, and I just don't know what that's going to look like yet.

We'll probably spend time with friends, and his family has a standing invitation to come and visit whenever they want (and vice versa.) I'll be honest:  It' strange being on my own and having to make up my own traditions.

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As for the election here in the US, I will just say this:  The election did not go my way.  It  stopped going my way long before we went to the voting booth.  The aftermath has been very emotional for everyone, and I'm trying not to let myself get caught up in some of the negativity.  I plan to speak out when I see things going wrong, but I really don't want to get into the whole "X voters are bad/stupid/evil" ugliness.  I'm trying to keep a positive outlook, but I am not going to bury my head in the sand when things are scary, and I am not going to pretend that everything is OK.  I feel that things are very precarious right now.

All of that just strengthens my resolve to continue to learn how to be self-sufficient and live more simply.  Most importantly, I am determined to treat people with respect and kindness.  I hope that everyone else will do the same.

Happy Fall!