Resting & Recovering

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 By Rick Levine

Yesterday | Today | Tomorrow

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

If you have been working too hard, now it’s time to start claiming your slice of the fun. But the Moon is in your 4th House of Home and Family, suggesting it might be nice to have a short “staycation” instead of going out of town.

You may even end up getting your kicks today by undertaking a simple domestic project or, perhaps, by inviting a friend over to share some quality conversation.

Yay, Rick Levine – thank you!  Well, I’m staying put, that’s for certain.

Di Gilpin, Druid Priestess

I was green yesterday.  Green from having a bit too much cider the night before, but mostly green from recovery of a week of teaching.  I haven’t taught for an extended period since my fibromyalgia diagnosis, and now I know why.

It was a rather intense week of classes – 2 a day – with events with students in the evenings, wo/manning a booth at the marketplace and appearing in the Luminary panel (which was lovely, but quite hot…)

My students were wonderful – seriously astonishing – and I hope I lived up to their expectations for the classes.

But being “on” for a week takes its toll, and I’ve become expert at pushing away the tiredness for the present – only to have it come back and bite me hard when the dust has settled.  And that’s exactly what’s happened to me now.  The massive quantities of cider I imbibed on Monday evening didn’t help things…

Road Between Largoward & Perth

Yesterday I was so not myself.  Exhausted – shattered they say over here – and almost as if I were walking around in a different body.  American Express [car insurance] couldn’t have been nicer or more comforting, and that’s a very good thing.

But my muscles and joints ache, my throat is sore, my ears are ringing – in short, I’m in a flare up.  Di knows about this, and thankfully she also understands that what I have isn’t communicable, it’s just my wacky auto immune system on the fritz.  Sometimes she has similar issues, and this helps draw us together.  Love of fiber, hatred of fibro…

Di's Sweet, Sweet Yarn Shop

So after collapsing at Di’s on Monday, and changing from light to dark to middle green all day yesterday, she and her wonderful husband have kindly invited me to just STAY PUT for a few more days.

Bridge Over Tay

I’ve got control of the caravan next to the house, it’s my haven and my refuge, and I think I will be doing more sleeping than I’ve ever done before.  This is my haven right now, I am quite fortunate.

Yesterday I rode with Di to her shop in Perth, it’s a lovely, sweet little pink shop – a boutique – with small amounts of specialty yarns.  While she set up her window display, I wandered around the area and visited the Tay River.  The perfect amount of effort for a husk masquerading as a woman.

The drive back was so beautiful – it was sunset, and the light on the fields was bright and golden.  We saw a hot air balloon, watched it fire up a few times (rather alarming at first) then it set down as we were driving past.  What an evening to be up in the air!

So, Rick Levine, once again you are right on the money.

And Di & Colm, Thank you!

The Red Speck in the center is the Balloon

Today I taught Di the American expression, “You’ve got my back” – which she has right now. It’s not so much that she makes me miss home any less, but she DOES make me love it here a bit more right now.

Exactly What I Need To Hear (er, read) Today

Galic Caution

Financially things have been pretty stressful, but that’s true for SO many folks that it’s not even worth mentioning.  And in the thick of the worst we’ve been able to do things like our family trip to Ireland on the very cheap (house share and frequent flier miles) as an investment in memories for the future.

My lack of stamina, my unexpected flare ups, the pain visits have so sapped my confidence that I have been feeling rather low about my ability to do – anything.  Or at least do anything well enough to support the family.

So my horoscope today is right on target.  I can’t expect anyone else to believe in me if I don’t believe in myself.

Looking for – and seeing – my own strengths is an exercise I need to engage in more effectively.

Thank you once again, Rick Levine!

Sunday, August 8, 2010 By Rick Levine

Yesterday | Today | Tomorrow

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

If you are facing a stressful financial situation now, it’s time to make a serious decision about how best to spend or save your money. But this goes deeper than being a simple cash flow problem because the underlying issue is probably about your self-esteem. When you realize what you have to offer, your earning power could grow, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re worth any less than you actually are.

Change Trains?

So I’m finally here in Stirling, in my lovely room looking out onto greenery and trees, watching Antiques Road Show and recovering from 28 full hours of travel.  I felt a bit like Steve Martin/John Candy by the time my experience had ended yesterday.

It’s past noon and I should be out and about, but I really need the time to just sit (not moving) and veg a bit.

One highlight of my train trip yesterday was drinking cider and eating prawn chips while chatting with a young doctor on the train from Edinburgh to Stirling.  She seemed SO young, but so composed.  A lovely seat mate!

Bridges - Where?

The train ride up from London to Edinburgh was beautiful, a few loud revelers and children aside (the kids finally calmed down and it seems they were just hungry…  The revelers never quieted down, they were just drunk.)

It was a very comfortable ride with wifi and views worth SO much more than the price of the ticket!  I befriended a lovely little doggie (who shed, but was so cute I didn’t care) and the whole trip took much less time than I’d imagined.

Golden Fields in England from a Train