Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.
~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
It is a dark, gray, and blustery day here on the Eastern Shore. There is a low pressure system north of us making its way out to sea, and the weather prognosticators are saying a nor’easter will be forming south of us later today. I talked with my father this morning and he said it’s been nothing but rain, rain, rain up his way (New Jersey). We haven’t had any rain here yet. Just a lot of wind.
The fall colors are just about at their peak here, but I think the wind and expected rain will probably bare a lot of trees this weekend. I haven’t been able to hike around and get the photos I would like to have taken, but at least I’ve had the opportunity to admire the changing foliage on drives to and from various appointments this week.
Way back in the old days (that would be 2006), I participated for the first time in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). It has become a blogging tradition for me, if one can say that seven years of participation equals a tradition.
I am not going to officially participate this year. I know. It’s shocking, isn’t it? I post nearly every day anyway, so why not join in?
This has been an interesting week. The rocket explosion on Tuesday. Bad news and then good news on the wind turbine front. The bad news: The six-member county Planning and Zoning Commission, in a 3-1 vote (two chickens, err, members, abstaining) decided to go along with the wind energy company plans, one member abstaining because he didn’t want to be a “project killer.” Because not killing a project is, of course, more important than protecting the citizens of the county. The good news: The Department of Defense has stepped in and, we hope, killed the project by declaring it ” an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States … because it would significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness.” This is mainly in reference to a radar testing station across the bay.
On a more personal front, there has been good news from family (if you’re reading, congratulations, Meredith!), but it has also been a week of health issues for me. I want to continue with “nothing serious, mind you” but I don’t know if it’s serious or not. I spent Tuesday trying to find a doctor that would see me before December or January. Given the issue involved, December or January will not do. I am loathe to go to the emergency room (big co-pay for that), and by the end of the day I was frustrated to tears, finally accepting an appointment two weeks away. The state of health care in this country is ridiculous and mostly, from what I’ve seen this week and in the past, made up of uncaring people whose sole purpose in their jobs as schedulers of appointments is to keep patients away. (I will add that although I am not normally a violent person, the first person to blame this state of affairs on Obama and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will stir in me the desire to punch them in the face. This has nothing to do with politics or “Obamacare.” I’ve had this problem for decades, especially when we move to a new place. Finding a new doctor is often difficult. Having them fit you in for a sick visit right away is even more difficult. I mention this because someone has tried to place the blame there, and judging by my own experiences over the years, they are wrong. Obamacare has not made matters any better or worse for me, as far as I can tell.)
Sorry. My frustration is showing. I might take that out before I publish this. I might not. Probably not. It’s best if nobody goes in that direction. Fair warning and all that.
On Wednesday I called a place almost an hour away from us, and the kind, compassionate, lovely person who answered the phone fit me in with their nurse practitioner on Thursday. One failed biopsy later (she was unable to do it), yesterday I had some blood work and an ultrasound done. I have some pain (that’s another thing I could whinge about because the docs don’t want to prescribe pain meds the way they should), and right now I’m just waiting things out. I have a consultation with a doc set up for November 13 unless the test results show something that makes them call me back sooner.
I am being vague because this is the type of matter not usually talked about in mixed company. Female troubles, as they say. Female troubles that should not be happening at this stage of my life. There are a number of possibilities, most of which are not life-threatening, so I’m mostly optimistic at this point. Grumpy because of the pain, but optimistic.
So, NaBloPoMo just isn’t in the cards for me this year. I’m not sure I’ll feel up to daily posts. My daily walks are limited right now, and I am not my usual and cheerful self.
Thank you so much for stopping by on this rather dreary Saturday. Hopefully I will cheer up and have better news soon. One good thing is that all this sitting around is giving me a chance to get caught up on all the photos I’ve taken over the past few months, and I’ve found more than a few to share. Today’s images are from a short walk I took yesterday morning (when it was equally as dreary).
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Hot tea to keep me warm from the inside out; watching the rainbow colored leaves take flight with the gusts of wind; beet and cabbage soup for lunch; walls and a roof to keep the wind and cold out; M the Wonderful.