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Monday Missive

It’s a slightly foggy and somewhat damp Monday morning here in the foothills. I have already had breakfast and been out to physical therapy and I’m feeling rather upbeat. I hope you are enjoying your Monday.

  1. Physical therapy went well. As you may remember, I was sick and had to be tested for Covid (negative thankfully) but this cold hung on for three weeks. This caused a delay in my physical therapy attempts to get my vertigo under control. Thankfully I have had no attacks since my last therapy appointment. My posture and balance have improved so my efforts are paying off. I will have at least 4 or 5 more appointments and see where I am after that.
  2. Some of you may be familiar with the website the DailyOM. They offer a number of online courses for a sliding scale fee. I downloaded a very gentle Yoga class which I have been using. It has chair modifications for people who may not be able to do the floor or standing exercises. My balance issues require I do a little of each. The mindfulness of Yoga has helped with my balance, my breathing, and retraining my sympathetic nervous system.
  3. We had another bear visitor last night, but he was here much earlier – around 7:30 PM. He is a smallish bear and did push the poles to the ground again but did not mangle them like an adult bear might have.
  4. Our weather predictions show the potential of 4-6 inches of rain over the next two days. I am not sure if this is the result of Tropical Storm Fred, or a result of the arriving cold front.
  5. The dogwoods are definitely showing the transition colors which will lead us into fall. I am looking forward to some cooler weather and hopefully a chance to get out and enjoy nature a little more. It has been a challenging summer for me.
  6. Last night I made a stuffed pepper casserole using the Giant Marconi peppers from the garden. We still have an adequate supply of tomatoes and have also enjoyed our potatoes – a first for us this year.
  7. Our grandson moved into the dorm at Clemson last Friday. They are requiring weekly Covid tests, whether you are vaccinated or not. He starts in-person classes today. Two of our other grandchildren started school today – masking optional. Two more start next week. One nearby school district in our neighboring state has already returned to virtual classrooms because of the case count. Classes started Aug 6, and as of Friday the 13th, they already had 534 students and 28 staff in quarantine.

I am not sure what the coming fall and winter hold for us. I may take another online writing class that comes highly recommended from a good friend and fellow writer. I just know I need to stay away from too much news and focus on the positive.

How about you? Are you making plans to travel or do something new and exciting?

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23 thoughts on “Monday Missive”

  1. Glad to hear that your vertigo is under control Maggie. Mine seems to have departed for a while thank goodness, although I am still having terrible headaches. I’m even considering driving again. I haven’t driven since March!

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    1. I understand the driving aspect, Peter. I have driven locally for the first time in well over a month. My therapist told me this morning that people who experience vertigo have a 30% chance of it recurring, and they do not really understand why. As I learn more about how my vestibular system works, I amazed and how much we can do to help heal ourselves. I am glad you are feeling some relief.

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  2. i’m glad your vertigo is under control, Maggie. love the foliage color but not sure about the bear. hope you continue to feel better. take care.

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    1. Wilma, we are not fond of the bear either, but they are a normal sight this time of year. Their food supply is in much shorter supply. He stopped by around 7:30 PM last night, too.

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  3. Nice to see the bear. My Vertigo comes and goes, mainly comes when I turn over i bed. I had a man cut the hedges to save me problems on the ladders. He did a good job at a fair price. (£120)
    My only plans are a holiday from the 4th-11th of September. A week away in a wood cabin, 95 miles north by the beach. We can take Ollie. After that, it is Christmas plans! Another year over.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Climbing a ladder is not a great idea as we age, Pete – vertigo or no vertigo. Your September trip sounds divine. I hope you have a relaxing holiday. We hope to finally make our trip to Florida, but now we must work our visit in amongst other family visitors. It is hard to believe Christmas will be here before we know it. I am hopeful we get an opportunity to drive up on the Parkway and enjoy the fall foliage this year.

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  4. I’m glad to read that you’re doing better with your balance. I like the idea of an online gentle yoga class and will look into it. As for our fall plans, we were going to travel by have decided it’s not safe to do so. We’ve made it this far avoiding the virus, and people, so why change our ways now.

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    1. I am thankful the physical therapy is helping, Ally. I understand the hesitancy to travel. Nothing seems terribly safe even after all our efforts.I am forever hopeful, however, that people will come around before it is too late.

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  5. Sorry to know you’ve been sick and had balance issues. I so feel for you on that.

    Moo’s been in school a few weeks now, and masks are required in the building, no exceptions to her vaccination status or to anyone else’s.

    Tomorrow we take baby #3 to college, Thursday, a bunch of us are going to the state fair, and The Mister has made plans for our anniversary this weekend – not sure what, but yay!

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    1. I am hopeful all the children have a healthy and productive school year. They deserve to feel a little bit of normal. It is a tough time for them.

      The fair? I have not been to a fair in forever. That sounds like great fun.

      Happy upcoming anniversary!

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  6. I’m glad your balance issues are continuing to improved. That cold seems to have been quite a bad one, so I’m glad you’ve finally got beyond it.

    It sounds like the rain from Fred is going to really saturate the soil. As gardeners, that’s a good thing, but damage from downed trees, power lines, and flooding is another. I hope all stays well in your area.

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    1. The Pigeon River flooded. Downtown Canton flooded. A mudslide closed I40, too. Here, we had 3.5 inches of rain.

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