After a long and arduous journey, I have returned to health. Hooray! There is no more pain racking my body, further "suspicious" growths have shrunk to (hopefully) the point of no return. There are physical scars, but the trauma of surgery and my recovery is a mountain I have climbed and subsequently descended. It has been a painful two years, but I am whole and strong and ready for the next chapter.
I'm not quite certain where to begin again with this blog, but I do know I have been pulled to write. After a long talk with my husband, I decided I would just start writing and see where the keyboard took me. There is a lot going on inside my head and I believe writing about it is an excellent outlet.
So, an update of sorts?
I have not been idle as I've coursed this path to regain my health. I have expanded my gardens, learned to quilt, cut off my long hair, read a plethora of books on various topics, written and received letters from my pen pals, baked sourdough bread that will knock your socks off, re-entered the delightful world of soap-making, and painted 75% of my house. I've laughed and cried, I've loved and lost. I have discovered ever more about the pieces that create the puzzle that I am. I love to learn, and this was a fantastic opportunity to continue to learn through the trials at hand, just at a much slower pace!
|Sourdough currently cooling on the counter.|
I'm in the middle of the gardening season here in Utah, and I admit, the gardens are exhausting. I am in a daily struggle with a squash plant; It's being petulant and wants to die off, but I won't let it. I celebrated the 4th of July by harvesting the garlic, which is now hanging in my garage to cure. We loved strawberry and pea season and are now just starting to harvest summer vegetables.
My favorite gardening activity this year has been my fairy garden. I am in complete love with it. Even now, as some of the plants are ready to be cut back or removed, it delights my soul. I do indeed have a fairy living in the house, her name is Meredith, just in case you are curious.
Back in April, we finally sucked it up and painted the upstairs. I never wanted to do this and put it off for years. There was so much to do! However, putting it off meant that now we needed to paint the ceilings, doors, and trim as well as the walls. Oh boy, BIG job! It took three weeks to complete. We painted the ceilings, all the doors, trim, stairwell, hallway, kitchen, dining, and living room, as well as the piano room. I fell off the ladder the first day of painting! It was funny, but also not so funny (and at the end of April I broke 3 toes, not ladder-related).
|The old wall color is the brownish paint at the center top of the photo.|