Hi all, checking in again ... I was on travel last week.
Well, it's been frustrating, but hopefully things will improve now. That lingering flu/bronchial thing is still lingering. The last course of antibiotics helped, but as soon as the first week was over, I started declining again. Yesterday, went back to the doctor (a different one), who said we just hadn't been aggressive enough. He recommended *nearly another three weeks* of antibiotics. That will be four weeks altogether. Wow, this bug is nasty and persistent. Still, if that's what it takes, that's what it takes.
At present I'm not able to work out at all, which is highly frustrating. Walking is tough. I did a fifteen minute walk around the grounds, watered my plants (another half hour of walking), and that is truly the limit. Don't ask how I managed my usual 80 pounds of luggage including carryon on/off the plane last week as I truly don't know how I did it
It is just a very good thing that Cathe has me doing all those heavy weights in STS, 'cause otherwise being at less than half strength would have made it impossible. But I am betting bet that by tomorrow it will be possible to lift light weights or do my TRX, neither of which stress the lungs as much as cardio if I leave long breaks between sets. So wish me luck. Tomorrow, I'm on travel again, but lighter travel. Today, mostly resting up so as to be ready for that.
Now, plus side. Spring is thinking about coming!!!! Some of the bulbs are poking up. It snowed again last night, however, not too much and it will probably melt within a day or two. The pale blue and white crocuses are coming through, and the aconite (which looks like a tiny buttercup). The tiny yellow species crocuses are also pushing their tiny bright heads up through the grass. My greenhouse of potted bulbs is producing lots of green: thick foliage and some very nice giant hyacinth bulbs are coming out of the ground. The big white ones are blooming first, with their frilly little fronds everywhere, and the purple ones are just peeking through. They will be up next weekend. I *love* this time of year! This much snow is going to translate into lots of water, which will help give us a beautiful spring and summer. If we are lucky, it will stay cold enough that the buds on the fruit trees stay closed. That will bring lots of fruit! If we get warm then cold, we'll end up with bud blast and very little fruit. It's all up to the weather.
The four legged kids are having a snorty good time with it all. They are not entirely recognizable as my beautiful horse-boys, though! Just picture walking mudpiles, with shedding hair peeking through, and you will know what it looks like. But they love it, and the mud helps them deal with the itchy/shedding, so I avert my eyes and clean them up as best I can. I did get to play with them somewhat yesterday, which was a real treat after ten days away.