7/7/09

Learning


Hello, e-friends! I’m honored to mention that Shutter Sisters is sharing a little piece by me about South Dakota today. I’d love to share a bit of my home region with you, so please stop by if you’re interested in a quick run-down of the Black Hills!

In Texas, we have had a long stretch of record high temps and no rain. Shiloh the dog requires bribing in order to walk out the back door to do his business; he also is no fan of this weather (and he also does not like to get his feet wet on the dewey grass!) In the past two weeks, I’ve been reminded again, quite strongly, about learning to listen to my body and take care of it. I finally saw an endodontist to check out a back molar that has been sensitive for years; my regular dentist didn’t think a root canal was needed, but the endo took his super x-rays and said, ‘Oh, the nerve is slowly disintegrating and will just get worse and worse. This is probably what has been causing all of the floating pain in your jaw and teeth for the last year.’ It was nice to have an answer, although I am not looking forward to the procedure! I also tend to be pretty slack about the back exercises that my physical therapist gave me over two years ago, but have been paying the price for it the last two weeks with a lumbosacral strain that has largely kept me out of commission. I always vow to be more empathetic with people who are ill and struggling whenever I have these sorts of episodes, so hopefully that will hold true! I finally overcame my modesty and self-consciousness and found a delightful massage therapist who is helping me with the pain. I’ve been amazed that one session with her was more helpful than the muscle relaxants and pain killers that the doctor gave me! I share this not so much to complain, but in the hopes that it might be useful to someone else in the future.

We’ve also joined a CSA and have had two deliveries so far. They are a family business and seem a bit disorganized, but it is fun to see what shows up in our boxes. The eggs they bring (above) are lovely. We’ve also received okra, which has been a good impetus to look for some new recipes, since I’ve never cooked with it before!

Lastly, I’d like to share these lovely photos from my friend B., who as a British ex-pat has traveled much of the world. Her photos will show you gorgeous parts of the world that I suspect many of us can only dream of visiting!

And please tell – what have you been learning lately, about taking care of your body or anything else?

10 comments:

::Sylvia:: said...

Congratulations! That's so neat! I left my comment on your post there but wanted to offer my congrats here. You're such a talented person Kristina, I'm so happy that more people in the "blogosphere" will discover that as well now!

BTW, I'd love to visit the Black Hills one day--they look stunning!

Mimi said...

You got eggs? That's so awesome! Enjoy the fruits of the season.

And, congratulatons. You rock.

elk said...

a dreamy egg shot...i have been having dental work too...not fun, but I have been collage/card making which takes me away to such a sweet place...and it is air conditioned!

elk said...

i forgot to mention your piece on Shutter Sisters was really so nice...

Pres. Kathy said...

Congratulations!

renee @ FIMBY said...

Those eggs are so lovely. I'd love to send some of our New England rain your way.

elizabeth said...

that's lovely!

I am learning (in terms of care of self) to live more in the present moment; it is not easy but it can be life changing.

Marfa said...

This past year, we started getting raw milk and joined a CSA, I feel like we are seeing subtle changes in our bodies...I feel better.

I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing you in a few days!!!

Kimmie said...

I am happy to find your lovely blog - it's a very peaceful place :)

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful atc from ELK's swap. It's a beautiful photograph paired with a very significant word. I will treasure it!

Meadowlark Days said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind and informative words! :-)