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Fruit of the Vine
Here There Be Goblins

calendula_witch
Date: 2014-02-03 23:08
Subject: Slightly Better
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Location:Orcas Island
Mood:sicksick
Tags:cats, friends, sick, weather

I’m still suffering a bit from my Ill Advised Reuben, but feeling better than yesterday. Gah. And now my back is all sore, because I haven’t been doing my yoga (or any other exercise), because my tummy is all bleh.

Bleh!

In other news…kitty photos! Our friends visited with their cat last weekend, as I mentioned.
Tigermisu1

She was very friendly!

Tigermisu2

Annnnd…it’s supposed to snow later this week. Whee! Just in time for some visiting Californians. Don’t tell them.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-02-02 20:52
Subject: Blurgh
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Location:Orcas Island
Mood:sicksick
Tags:friends, orcas island, sick

There’s a new Irish pub in town, just opened on New Year’s day. It’s in an incredible space, right on the water in Eastsound, with incredible views.

We’ve eaten there a few times; their kitchen hasn’t really seemed like it’s gotten up to speed yet. But they make amazing deviled eggs.

I was so excited to take our friends there yesterday…and I’ve been spending the 28 hours (and counting) since then paying for it.

It wasn’t the eggs–everyone had some of those, and everyone else is fine. But they all had Guinness stew, while I had what seemed like a pretty good Reuben.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to enjoy Reubens again for a while.

Annnnnyway…so that’s kind of been my day today (and night last night)–lying low around the house, recovering. I’ve managed to eat a few small things, and am going to try some dinner soon. Before this felled me, we had a really nice visit with our friends.

Oh and I hear some local team won some important sporting event today. So that’s nice.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-12-28 23:11
Subject: Much Better
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Location:Orcas Island
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:books, friends, innkeepers, mark, orcas island, sick, sleep, stories

Well, whatever that cold was, it blew through fast. I think. I hope. :-) Anyway, I slept well and long last night, and woke up feeling lots better. Though I still took it easy today–physically anyway.

Because I actually wrote something! A couple thousand words on a new collaborative story (that’s due at the end of the year…), which I’ve now handed off to Mark to tinker with. Then I’ll write more on it tomorrow after he’s had his say.

It felt REALLY GOOD to actually write something fresh. I can’t even think how long it’s been since I’ve written…but it flowed, quite easily. Yay, I haven’t lost it.

But I am pretty tired right now. Bed, book, sleep. Tomorrow, guests arrive, who are also friends. Fortunately, they are bringing a bit of work to do, so maybe Mark and I will actually make the deadline on this story!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-12-27 22:39
Subject: Blergh
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Location:Orcas Island
Mood:sicksick
Tags:mark, sick, travel

We’re back on the island…I came down with a horrible cold yesterday, which got even more horrible last night and this morning, while we were houseguests overnight in Anacortes at my brother’s girlfriend’s parents’ incredibly gorgeous waterfront home. Not quite what we’d been hoping for…but they very graciously took care of me, while Mark went out and did all the Costco and Trader Joe’s shopping we’d meant to do together. And I guess seeing the Hobbit movie will have to wait for another trip off the island.

Anyway, I’m feeling a bit better now, though we’re certainly going to bed early tonight. After we finish unpacking and putting away all these groceries, in this chilly, chilly inn…

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-11-15 00:19
Subject: Cookies Are Dangerous
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Location:Orcas Island
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:family, food, innkeepers, mark, orcas island, sick

One of the things this B&B does is provide fresh-baked cookies in the afternoons. The innkeepers make various batches and freeze the dough, taking out just enough to bake a few cookies a day. Yum!

Though Mark is a highly accomplished cook, and though he has a sweet tooth a mile long, baking hasn’t been anything he’s ever really done. “Oh, cookies are easy,” I promised him. “You’ll see.”

We made three different batches this afternoon, to stock up the freezer. By the second batch, he had a blister on his hand from stirring the thick dough. On the third batch, an oatmeal-date-apricot, I left him to chop up the dried fruit while I came in here to do something on the computer.

I heard a pained hiss, then ominous silence. I rushed back into the kitchen to find that he’d sliced his finger–not badly enough to require medical attention, just enough to hurt like the dickens and require elaborate bandaging.

Cookies, man. Harder than you’d think.

Other than that, it was a pretty nice day. I got a lot of work done; and before that, I actually did my Ashtanga yoga practice, the whole primary series. I hadn’t done yoga in…forever. My practice pretty much fell by the wayside while we were traveling; then I came home with this awful cough. I still have a bit of the cough, and my voice still sounds hoarse, but I’m feeling much better; I stopped taking the prescription cough syrup night before last, and haven’t even needed cough drops very often. Maybe this will finally move along!

Tomorrow our first guests arrive, two separate sets of them. One set is Mark’s cousin and her partner; the other are strangers. So it’ll be a busy weekend. I’ll post when I can!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-11-05 12:49
Subject: In Cambridge; and, On the Kindness of Friends
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Location:Cambridge
Mood:busybusy
Tags:friends, mark, sick, travel

It is being a whirlwind journey, complicated by a bit of a cold. That voice-losing thing I mentioned a few days ago has turned into an occasionally nasty cough, plus feeling rather less energetic than I’d like to. But I don’t feel especially sick. Even so, I’ve begged off this evening’s Guy Fawkes fireworks (I can hear them from where I sit, comfortably ensconced with cats). Mark and la_marquise_de_ have gone out, while I am resting up and attempting to make some headway through my poor neglected email (and blog).

Yesterday we arrived in Cambridge, to visit the Marquise and the Marquis. We took the train up to London with desperance and klwilliams, then parted ways as they headed to Newcastle (after Desperance pointed us to the right train). The Marquise picked us up at the train station and took us to lunch at this pub:

The Other Cambridge Pub
Except we were just a few minutes too late for the kitchen, so we went to a different pub instead.

In the Continuing Saga of the Peripatetic Art, autopope most generously drove the package up here from Brighton, for which we are so very, very grateful. He and F. and some local friends dropped by the Marquise’s last night for cat-cuddling and ancient-sword-viewing (and, naturally, beer-drinking).

Today, the Marquise took Mark and I out to see some of the Cambridge colleges, which were gorgeous and lovely and wonderful, and then we had an amazing lunch, which was gorgeous and lovely and wonderful.

I am still using the battery charge that suricattus made possible; this should take me to the end of the trip, if I’m frugal about it.

And tomorrow we head down to London, for one night at fjm’s, then back to Portland on Thursday!

It’s been such a marvelous trip–I know it’s not done yet, and I haven’t told you half of what we did in Brighton (or even in London for that matter)–but I’m just struck by how overwhelmingly kind and helpful everyone is being, as we muddle our way around, being clueless and sick and American and unprepared. Truly, we are grateful and humbled and very touched. Good people; so many good people.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-11 20:43
Subject: Progress Report
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:anthology, friends, garden, mark, per aspera, sick, weather

So, things are moving forward, but all of them more slowly than anticipated. Such is life.

Mark was feeling better, so we went tablet shopping after all, and bought an iPad Mini, which I look forward to playing with the next time I’m in the same state with it. :-) Because Mark also went home yesterday.

Though not before helping me in the garden, a bit too strenuously, so that now he’s feeling worse again. :/ So he’s trying to take it easy. Again.

Down here, Brilliant Editor was in town last night, so we basically had a many-hours-long Per Aspera business meeting. Very productive and good!

And on the anthology front, I’ve got my table of contents ready but am waiting for some logistical things from higher up before I can move forward. So sorry, any authors who are reading this–I promise I will get notifications out very soon!! I just need one more crucial bit of information….

Meanwhile, the weather has been spectacular, though it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. Well the garden will like that. I’ve already been watering pretty regularly, which I think I didn’t start doing till July or August last year. No complaints about this spring, nope!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-08 22:32
Subject: Recuperation House
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:anthology, garden, home, mark, sick, swimming

Mark is still here, and still sick; though he is somewhat better today. He did get out of bed and come downstairs for an hour or so. :/ But, yes, poor thing.

So no tablet shopping today either. It may have to wait till the next time we’re together, because he has to get back to Seattle very soon–he’s already canceled several plans for this week, and of course there’s always work to do.

But, when you’re sick, you’re sick. Not much to be done about that.

Me, I’m still well (fingers crossed, knock on wood); I did a pile of freelance work today, and puttered in the yard, and went for a swim, and worked on the anthology. I should have a table of contents soon, and will get notices out to authors in the next day or two; am composing generic “acceptance” and “rejection” letters now. (I tried to use something from the many many many examples in my files, but I didn’t find anything I particularly liked, so I’m writing them from scratch.)

I will have more to say about this process as it goes along, I am sure!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-07 22:04
Subject: The Perils of Making Plans
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:home, mark, shopping, sick

Alas, the tablet-shopping did not happen today, for Mark woke up with a horrible cold, and has spent the day in bed. (so you still have time to get recommendations/warnings/advice to me!)

He was meant to go home to Seattle today, but of course did not, which you’d think I’d be happy about; but I’d rather he be well, and home, than sick and here. (though I AM happy that he’s here to be taken care of, and not languishing alone in his faraway room, forgetting to drink lots of fluids, and having no one to make him soup, and all that.)

He warns me that I had better not get sick, or he’ll be forced to stay even longer, and take care of me. Now what kind of threat is THAT? (though, yes, I do hope not to get sick. But, what will be, will be.) (I do feel fine now, for what it’s worth.)

And that’s the state of things here, today.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-20 00:17
Subject: Okay Let's Try This Again
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:book group, fish, gardening, home, sick, yoga

So: I am feeling better today; did some work in the yard, wrote 2,000 words, had a nice walk to Trader Joe’s (it was sunny!); and I am planning to go to yoga tomorrow, where I will ask the teacher to be easy on me, because sick, blah blah.

I know, it’s starting to sound repetitive to me too. Hopefully this time I can actually break out of the loop and GET BETTER and STAY BETTER! Now that I’m done with the meds, maybe that will actually happen.
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Book group tonight, which was lively and interesting, held in one of our member’s spectacular downtown penthouse apartment, very urban and lovely, with astonishing views. Next month it’s at my house. I hope everyone isn’t too disappointed… (I am new to this group!) Oh well! At least I have a nice aquarium. :-)

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-18 23:47
Subject: And a Step Back
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Tags:hobgoblin, sick, sleep

The antiviral I was prescribed for my shingles has to be taken five times a day–with food.

There’s a reason for that…and though I diligently ate every time I took a pill this last week, I also experienced evidence supporting that reason. But it was minor, and I didn’t worry much about it.

This morning, I awoke with more severe intestinal distress…so much so that I went back to bed, slept several more hours (right through the yoga class I was hoping to go to), and basically took it easy all day.

Fortunately, today was the last day of the pills! In fact it was half a day, so I finished late afternoon. Hopefully, my system will begin to recover–and doubly hopefully, the shingles won’t surge back either. (The rash is slowly, slowly, slowly clearing up–the shingles lesions and the secondary rash too–whatever that is.)

I’m feeling tired, and restless, and eager to get back to normal, and leery of regressing, and achy from no-exercise, and achy from being sick, and…bleh.

On the good-things front, I actually remembered that I’m a writer, and not only opened Hobgoblin, but wrote a thousand words in it! First time in forever. The characters were right there and ready–in fact, they immediately darted off and did something I wasn’t expecting. I could almost see them rolling their eyes and saying, Where have you BEEN?

So that was good. And now, despite sleeping (uncomfortably, and with gruesome nightmares) till 10am, I’m beyond exhausted now and going to bed.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-18 00:03
Subject: Slowly, Slowly
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:food, garden, home, sick, yoga

Marginally better every day. Today I spent a very satisfying while in the yard–replanted a rose bush, weeded and pruned a lot of dead stuff, sowed some poppy seeds (hopefully they will come up this year, unlike last year!), also moved one of my rosemary plants to the front, from a pot on the deck, where it was utterly rootbound. I still have one in a pot, for cooking convenience, but I’m going to let this one grow, grow, fly and be free!

Tomorrow I plan to go to yoga. My first exercise in a week. I will instruct Madame Teacher to go gentle on me. :-)

Tomorrow is also the last day of the meds. I hope this is all beyond the need for meds now–the shingles sores definitely look like they’re healing; the other mysterious rash is moving more slowly. It’s still pretty itchy. I am very much hoping it goes away soon…and anyway I will be happy to stop organizing my meals around What time is it? Do I take a pill now? And, er, my digestion will be pleased to stop the pills too, I’ll just say.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-17 00:02
Subject: Bright Side
Security: Public
Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:happyhappy
Tags:mark, sick

Oh hey! Valentine’s Day cards are on sale! Perfect for people who’ve postponed their celebrations because sick! :-)


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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-15 23:55
Subject: Better?
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sicksick
Tags:garden, home, sick

I’m just a little better today; starting to get stir-crazy, which is a good sign, I think.

It was a gorgeous sunny day–our first one in forever–and I actually had the energy to go putter around in the yard for an hour. Nothing strenuous; cleared a couple of deck-pots of their old dead plants; did a little minor weeding; enjoyed the sun. And of course I came back inside and lay down for most of the rest of the day after that. :-)

I’m not supposed to scratch the lesions, but they’re starting to itch more; last night while I was sleeping, I scratched one, a bit–I know this because it immediately hurt and I woke up. Now I’m debating whether I should cover them before I go to bed (to keep my unconscious hands off them) or leave them exposed (to the air so they will heal faster). Hmm.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-14 23:57
Subject: Romantic Valentine's Day
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sicksick
Tags:mark, sick

So I most romantically slouched around the house all day in my extraordinarily romantic sweats with my incredibly romantic horrifying facial lesions (which are, in fact, healing); and I had a very romantic dinner all alone of something wretchedly unhealthy from the freezer (salty AND deepfried AND too sweet, yum!), plus very romantic leftover birthday cake (yeah my birthday is in October, I froze the cake, WHAT??); and I felt too tired to (romantically) move a muscle but I had to go out to the store anyway, for said unhealthy dinner, and calamine lotion, and whatnot; but other than that…yeah.

I did, however, actually take a shower; and Mark and I spoke on the phone six or seven times; and I am halfway through my nine-pills-a-day regimen (3.5 days to go!); and the shingles do seem to be healing; and our true Valentine’s Day will be next week; so, it’s all right, I suppose.

But wow, I am tired. That’s how I know I’m sick. When I start getting bored and restless, that’ll be a good sign. For now–bed looks pretty darn good.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-13 23:53
Subject: Okay Universe, You Win
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sicksick
Tags:family, mark, sick, travel

I felt a little better today, though not great; Mark woke up feeling considerably worse. After consultation, we decided to scrap the rest of the week’s plans. (Having already decided to postpone his mother’s 80th birthday celebration this weekend…)


Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil was able to change our tickets–for nearly identical seats–for next Thursday night. So, The Shannon And Mark Valentine’s Day Observance is hereby decreed to be February 21. Hopefully we will both be feeling much better, and will even be safe to be in proximity to one another! (and restaurant reservations will probably be a lot easier too!)


I continued to lay low today, but tomorrow I’ll have to go out, at least to the grocery store. My hideous blemishes are progressing–looking even worse, but in a going-towards-healing sort of direction. I think. The pain has been much less; it’s more like itching. Which I’m taking as a good sign. I’m taking my pills diligently, and–right now–going to bed.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-13 00:12
Subject: Spiders, Needles, Sunburn, or...Nothing
Security: Public
Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sicksick
Tags:family, freelance, mark, sick, travel

Weird stuff, this shingles. (Which I am increasingly convinced is what this is…maybe it’s the power of suggestion, I dunno, but I am experiencing more and more of the classic symptoms.)

But the pain, it comes and goes. It was hard to sleep last night; sore-side-down was like OW NO STOP; sore-side-up was more…fluttery. Like the sheets or my hair or I don’t know what was touching it, even when nothing was.

And then all day today, it’s sort of cycled through baby-spiders-under-the-skin, needles-in-the-bone, an uncomfortable sunburn, and then occasional periods of, Oh, right, there’s something wrong with my face, and it’s hideous too.

I took it pretty easy today–never left the house, didn’t do any yoga. I did do a bit of freelance work, but then I flopped onto the couch and mostly relaxed. I’m TIRED. That’s got my attention.

Mark and I canceled the trip to California on Friday. Between his plague and my plague, we should not be visiting his aged parents right now. (Nor infecting everyone on the airplane between here and there.) We’re still hoping to see Cirque du Soleil for Valentine’s Day…which means I have to have the energy to drive to Seattle…but I’ve got a few days to decide that.

And so I am declaring comment-amnesty on yesterday’s LJ comments and heading to bed…I’ll answer them tomorrow. Good night all!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-11 23:23
Subject: Baby Spiders Under My Skin
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:crankycranky
Tags:mark, sick

So last Thursday I noticed a few small red lumps on my face–up from the jawline but below the corner of the mouth. They kinda hurt. “Hmm,” I thought. “Must have rolled over a spider in the night.”

So then that night it hurt, hurt, hurt. And the next morning it was bigger and redder, two distinct lumps. “Yep, spider bite.”

So then the following night it was like the spider had actually laid eggs in there, and the eggs hatched, and baby spiders were crawling around under my skin. Seriously. It felt just like that. And hurt too. And started looking kind of blistery.

I dutifully looked up horrifying images on the internet–of spider bites, of flesh-eating bacteria, of shingles, of allergies of all kinds. Hmm. What I had seemed like none of those things, exactly. And besides, now it was the weekend, and maybe was it getting a little better?

So then the bumps appeared other places on my face–between my nostril and upper lip. By the corner of my eye. And the original sore, which was maybe getting better, suddenly wasn’t.

This afternoon, I was out doing errands, and planning to go the gym, when my smarter self rebelled. “I don’t WANT to go for a swim. I don’t WANT to. I want to go to the doctor. NOW.” I drove past the gym and on to the Kaiser clinic, where I presented myself: “Sorry, no appointment, didn’t even call, please can somebody see me?”

Fortunately, it’s nice and hideous, so the receptionist took pity on me and squoze me for a nurse appointment.

But the nurse was baffled and brought in a doctor.

But the doctor was baffled and brought in my regular doctor.

And he was baffled too, but he’s actually thinking it might be shingles, except it doesn’t make sense that it’s also on the upper lip and at the corner of the eye; but maybe that’s something else entirely; so why don’t we just treat all the things that it might be?

So I’ve come home with antibiotics (for the maybe-something-else) which have to be taken four times a day; and an antiviral (for the shingles) which have to be taken FIVE times a day. With food. I had to draw up a chart to keep this all straight.

I took a photo of the lesion but it’s horrible so I’m not going to post it. I guess I’m not entirely beyond vanity. :-)

Meanwhile, poor Mark is up in Seattle, bed-ridden with a horrid chesty cough and clogged-up head. And we are supposed to go to Cirque du Soleil for Valentine’s Day, and then (briefly) to California for his mother’s 80th birthday, this weekend….

Three days to get well!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-28 23:00
Subject: Simple Questions Aren't
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Tags:food, friends, poly, sick

An old friend of mine from the Bay Area called me a few months ago, her niece was moving to Portland and she wanted to put us contact with each other.

Contact was made, life happened, this and that; anyway, it was this evening before Niece and I actually got together.

She’s a delightful young woman–out of the Peace Corps a few years back, interested in sustainability and plumbing, clever and creative.

At the beginning of our conversation, she asked, quite innocently, What brought you to Portland?

Which, of course, is an answer that can unpack into a whole lot of complicated directions… “writing…relationship(s)…poly (but not any more)…divorce…money…” Etc etc.

I mean, I have a couple of standard polite answers for people who are just making conversation. (Which are not untrue, just…incomplete.) But this wasn’t quite what was happening, I decided.

So I made a snap judgment and gave a brief-but-comprehensive answer. Which led to a GREAT discussion about all sorts of, you know, real things. It was marvelous. And now I have a potential new friend. Even if she’s nearly 20 years younger than me. :-) Nothing wrong with that!

___________

In other news, alas, no writing today, and not even any yoga. Miss H’s marvelous dinner last night was not received so well in the processing department; I feel fine now, but, yeah, rough start to the day, shall we say. And very tired right now. So I think I’ll turn in and start fresh tomorrow.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2012-11-11 23:42
Subject: This Week's Back Home Post
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:allergies, driving, family, mark, sick, travel, weather

There are four trips to California between last week and Christmas…we’re just back home (well, not even that, in markferrari’s case) from the first. So this is going to get sort of repetitive (“Wait, didn’t I already read about her getting home?”). Sorry about that. :-)

Anyway! Back home! Drove from Yreka to Portland today, and saw snow–on the ground, in the trees, and falling from the sky. Quite a change from not even a week ago as we drove down and were too hot (in the non-air-conditioned car) in the Central Valley.

I’m still struggling with this not-a-cold, though much less than yesterday; my cough has settled down considerably. I suppose it could be allergies, but strange allergies they are, that keep shifting and doing something different every day. For example (and very interestingly), my eyelid is itching and bumpy again, which didn’t happen for a whole week…the whole time we were away. Am I allergic to something in the house? Well, that would seem obvious, except for the fact that it happened in Seattle, and on Orcas Island.

Really I should get to the doctor for allergy testing.

Just as soon as I have a minute. Anyway! Bedtime now, this much I know.

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