We’ve been getting warm, sunny days now. The skies have been so blue since Thursday that brown tree bark has a slight violet tint to the eye. And according to the birds— out in full swing, braving rain showers— it is fully spring in Maine this week. Since last posting, there have been days that felt like summer— how unexpectedly warm it got.
The snow is almost gone.
Along the nearby trail and its entrance you can see the wet remnants of the snow bank that lay here. You can also make out a gap— the place I shoveled, drying sooner.
That isn’t to say there haven’t been cold days, but the heater’s been turned off more often, and one day I was confident enough to leave the house without a jacket; I faced wind, and got some debris in my eye, but didn’t regret leaving it behind.
Said winds brought the opportunity to get some slo-mo water motion at Back Cove, Thursday.
One reason the birds are out: the pests are out as well. I’ve been finding (and killing) ants in the kitchen since yesterday. I also have footage of a squirrel in the basement… which had been, to my ears, present throughout the seasons.
Blue skies doesn’t necessarily mean everyone’s happy. Blue light, in nature, merely compels activity— at least for the human body; it takes blue light as: get up; it’s not a time to hibernate.
It certainly wasn’t a happy Friday for me, considering the metal underneath the front door has become so warped that we are finding it impossible to close the door from the inside. For those who’ve followed this blog since its early days… you know the house is in bad shape.
Part of my time away from here has been the fact that I’ve been getting back to programming, here and there, not to mention the process of getting an official diagnosis for Asperger’s to potentially get services, job help… More things I mean to write about but don’t.
Another area is the fact that I’ve been in physical therapy for my strained left arm. (From shoveling, perhaps.) The good news: the extra bone growth I mentioned before is probably old, and has little/nothing to do with my injured shoulder. The bone “tumor” is underarm (I saw some results of the CAT scan in 3-D), so it’s nothing directly related to the overarm shoulder tendonitis.
No, I haven’t used any of the equipment seen here. (I managed to sneak in a few photos.)
More like some of the equipment has been using me. That machine right there is an electrical muscle stimulator. It was proper to get the inflammation down with a cold pack in the beginning, but now it’s time for heat— moist heat, that I had electrodes attached to my shoulder while a large warm cloth-like compress was on the top of my arm.
If you’re guessing that I’ve been kind of fat and lazy with the whole thing, you would be right. A couple boxes of snacks and two Subway sandwiches later, I’m not really tending to the at-home exercises as I should. (I’m more a roll model than a role model. 😉 ) At least my arm feels better than before I started taking the anti-inflammatory medication.
The arm got really bad after pushing a shopping cart around and moving groceries. Part of my “renewal” this year is dealing with my social anxiety to… you know, actually be of use outside the house. (The payoff was— and still is— I can get cheese and onions in my salad. 😉 )
It’s not the first time I’ve stressed out my left side. In 2011, I messed up the muscles on the left side of my neck. For a time, I frequently held up a lamp to see the contents of an LCD monitor because its backlight had died. (Yes, you can do that; and no, it was not a wise thing to do, regularly.) Considering the cost of health care, which continues to rise, it costs more to deal with the effects of an injury than to simply replace a part, which we eventually did… with another Samsung monitor that turned out to be defective in a different way.
Renewal and growth, spring in the Year of the Rooster, hopefully, the transition we’re all going through in 2017 won’t be too painful. But if the alarm bells going off with our current leadership say anything, with renewed military might and a confrontation with North Korea… I am reminded that I really need to get into shape if I’m going to survive at all, haha.
…Well, that’s it for now. I still have things to write about, though it’s been difficult to get started. Until next time…