2017 30th Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~August 6, 2017
Shall we say, hello August? The county fair, the garden produce, and all the speaks of summer is in full bloom. Summer fires also seem to be a thing. The Treasure Valley has collected its share of smoke making breathing not easy for those with issues. We are socked in with a good sized amount of hazy cover, but there are other areas hit harder, so we are glad it is not worse. When I grabbed my phone to take this snapshot the sun was showing itself to us, but then just as soon as I looked up the big round ball in the sky was obscured by clouds.
For those following the little miracle puppy from Sage’s litter, he continues to thrive. Yes, he is both precious and promised. We managed to get the much-needed summer puppies after spring turned fickle–with the girls not coming into season as expected. We are still blaming winter’s brutal activity on the change.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.
Sunday—July 30 — Lily (Blue Longhair)
Monday —July 31— At Lake Michigan (Ringo)
Tuesday — August 1 — Crazy For (Maverick and Goldee)
Wednesday —August 2 — Griffey (off to a good start)
Thursday —August 3 — Work Can Wait (how a Weimaraner keeps us balanced)
Friday —August 4 — One Year (Leo)
On a very personal note
The Cyclamen watch continues. There are several buds raised and filling out in a promise of the grand event. I cannot wait. I wonder how long it takes. I never worried because it seemed to have unending blossoms.
The first week of August has not been kind to us in some ways. Two in particular–sickness and smoke. I have been ill for what seems like forever, and at the same time, I am striving to be well. Eleven months of coughing and hacking phlegm is a long time. It gives me empathy for all these folks walking around with their oxygen tanks. Anyhow, it is exhausting, and I am weary of discussing it. Nonetheless, this week I was overtaken by the very thing I feared. Cliff contracted the flu and then shared it with me. What could be worse I ask myself? Well having something else go sideways–like getting the cellulitis again. Yup–it all converged on me at once. The smoke affected the air quality and in turn, is troubling the cough. The flu was making so ill I could not talk, walk, or think. Finally, my arm started swelling near the elbow–it got quite large and very hot and red. I went to the Walk-in Clinic, and they concurred it was Cellulitis. I got antibiotics. Even though I took the medication, I had red blotches appear almost to my wrist and up to my shoulder the next day.
Today, the original area is better–the swelling is going down, and although it has red blotches, it is vastly improved. The other areas are improved as well, and I will be interested to hear what the massage therapist has to say about the tissue texture. It has taken quite some time to get it soft after the last episode. There were hard spots that persisted and seemed angry. We will see how quickly this let’s go. (I tried to take a photo but it is hard to get one. I could not photograph the dark red area at the elbow, but I did get the redness traveling down the forearm. It looks like a rash in the photo, but the surface is smooth, and infection is in the tissue).
There is good news–Cliff and I survived the flu, and we are both on the mend. We are feeling the after effects but happy to be getting back to our norm.