Tuesday, 3 March 2015

What Sherri Did - in February

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."

~William Morris

In General

February saw me return to work for the first time in just over 12 months. I started off at one day per week and am now working two days per week. Unfortunately I also had been diagnosed with labyrinthitis a few days before returning to work. Have you ever had labyrinthis?  Some of the symptoms are dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance and difficulty focusing one's eyes. According to my GP it is most likely caused by a virus and it is seen in clusters - that is a number of the local population have been affected. There were some locals admitted to hospital because their symptoms were so bad.  I also experienced lots of fatigue in February, much more than I had in January. 

Of course it was also the month that many locals felt the earthquake that had its epicentre near Eidsvold. And, too, tropical cyclone Marcia crossed the Queesland coast in February. 

My husband bought me beautiful pink roses for Valentine's day and we celebrated by going to the movies. 

Certificate IV in Permaculture

I purchased a printer in February for my studies. I haven't owned a printer for a few years. The printer was very hard to set up and I think I need to re-install the software so the machine will work to its full capabilities. This new printer has the capacity to print up to A3 size. So now I can print an A3 aerial photo of our property. Being A3 size means I can include more details on the site plan and the overlays.  

What I have been reading

  • The woman in black by Susan Hill
  • A year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
  • Think  by Michael R. LeGault - I have been taking my time reading this as it takes a bit more concentration.
  • Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel - now Rhonda is writing her third book I thought I better get myself organised and read her first.

What I have been watching

  • Worldwithout Jam - this is an oldie but a goodie. This is a presentation on climate change prepared by the UK's Women's Institute.
  • TheStory of Broke, brought to you by the same team that made the story of stuff. This made me think what would happen if we took our democracy seriously, how would our lives and communities change.  
  • I think I first heard this illustration in the 80's but it is still good to reflect upon.

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  1. I am sorry to hear of you fatigue and illness. It makes it so hard to get done what must be done.

    Rhonda's book is on my must-read list! I really must get a copy but... I just spent my book budget on "Food from Your Forest Garden" by Martin Crawford, "100 Days of Real Food" by Lisa Leake, "Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist" by Michael Judd, and last but not least "At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen" by Amy Chaplin. :)

    1. Thank you Brittany, apparently the symptoms of the virus will come and go for a while but my doctor said it doesn't come back as bad as the first episode. So that's good.

      I am really enjoying Rhonda's book . The introduction and first chapter just summed up my thoughts and feelings about things. Your books look really interesting, I am sure you will pick up lots of useful information reading them. I have just started reading a fantastic book that I bought on my Op Shop trip I posted about a few weeks back. I am one of those people who have several books on the go at one time.

  2. I love those cheery red kitchen scales! All the best as you venture out again into the workforce - rather brave.

    1. Thanks Phil, it is strange returning to work after such a long absence, nothing is automatic and I have to stop and think about which drive has the file or software I need and what process I need to follow. And of course so much has changed in a year, so many new procedures, but when I am at work it doesn't feel like I have been away a year. But it is such a milestone for me that the significance of it sometimes delights me.

    2. Sherri, my friend and ex-colleague had cancer a few years ago and, even though she has had a lot of side effects of the chemo and medication for a long time which exhausts her, she would rather work to keep her mind occupied. She has a really long sleep in on a Saturday and takes it easy most weekends so that she can cope. She works from 8am to 4pm most days and is very tired by the end of the day. She is one of the bravest people I know and she and her hubby are the closest couple I know too.

    3. My specialist said that my chemo fatigue should resolve itself by Christmas. My GP wants me to start going walking again as he said that will help as well. I am just waiting for this current heat wave to pass and then I will follow doctor's orders.

      Yes I find keeping my mind busy is one of the best things to combat anxiety. Thankfully I am pretty good at keeping my mind engaged, but I understand that for a lot of people undergoing long term treatment being at home was one of the hardest things they had to deal with. I hope your friend's energy levels pick up in time, that is a long time for the fatigue to hang on. She sounds like a special lady.