Week in Pictures

More flowers coming into bloom in our front garden, from our irises to our first rose to more alliums and the clematis climbing up the trellis on the fence. Always a good thing to see things coming up even with a shitty winter and a spring that seems to be dragging on endlessly with more rain than sun (so much so that our cistern overflowed out the back just after we’d removed some plastic we’d had on the ground behind it, which meant it soaked the ground so much that our basement started to flood. suh-weet!). But the weather folks say it’s supposed to get into the 70s this week and that’d be just dandy if that actually happens.

And on an uplifting note, my PT and I had a very good session this week, where she got me to take a risk and get into the “cat” of cat/cow pose (starting at the base of the spine rather than just lifting your ribs up like many folks do, to make it a deliberate stretch) and a modified child’s pose. Being able to do at least a couple of basic yoga moves in their entirety (beyond savasana) is really a victorious feeling, and this along with getting my hamstrings stretched out (imagine if you’ve not bent over for 5+ months and how tight the hammies get…), gives me hope that now, post-SHTF (shit hitting the fan) maybe I will heal.

Along with the lower back shot I shared in an earlier post, this is my upper back where you can see that a bit of tension is in my middle back and a LOT is in my neck (my favorite place to hold my tension along with my gut). But hey, my shoulder blades and upper arms look rad, don’t they? 🙂

And I’m in the process of learning to make bacon! Husband has been the avid student for the most part in meat curing, but I really was digging this applestroop bacon recipe (bacon cured in paprika, juniper berries, pink curing salt and homemade apple butter? yes please!) so I decided to try my hand at it myself, and asked Dan to bring home a mass of pork belly from his work (yay for discounts on good quality meat!) and it’s quietly curing in the fridge as we speak, and will be ready to cook up tomorrow and take with us on our holiday. Can’t wait!!!

And yes, our anniversary is approaching and that means our long awaited trip to Wallowa Lake at this Airbnb. Hallelujah! I’ve no interest anymore in going to places where I can’t cook and have to rely on restaurants, so we got this gorgeous condo right on the lake with a big fireplace and tons of great views from multiple rooms, so we can veg out, do whatever, for a week. As my husband likes to say, Noice. Now let’s hope this TENS unit makes the drive bearable for moi as this is our first holiday in almost 2 years! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Week in Pictures

  1. I had some of the best bacon I’d ever had last night, and I have been thinking of your bacon since. It was traditional European bacon as we as out of this world. I may also have to start attempting to make bacon though I worry that may spiral into us getting pigs.

    Loving the flowers – Fairbanks should start blooming in the next few weeks. I’ll make sure to send you some pictures of our native flowers. 🙂

    I also love cat/cow pose of yoga. Oh so good. And stretching hamstrings! I’m so happy things are progressing for you!

    Have a great Anniversary getaway!!! I’m already looking forward to those pictures!


    1. There’s a great article in the latest edition of Mother Earth News of a couple getting their first piglets. It’s a good reality check 🙂

      Yeah bacon in other countries is SO different! Dan was confounded at what we call bacon in America – turns out in Australia their bacon is what we call “back bacon” (and it’s SO much better). Yum either way though, right?


  2. Yay!! So glad that Yoga is helping! Progress is progress, so we’ll take it! Lovely photos. 🌺Very excited about your upcoming anniversary trip. Yeah, the last trip you two took was Paris, if I recall. Take a deep breath & enjoy the space, you both deserve it.


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