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Year Three, Day 308, 309 and 310: I'm Back...

...from the brink of death.

Most dramatic am I.  But I feel like I went to hell and back this weekend.

One mistake was to take over the counter medication (Tylenol, Thera-Flu and Ibuprofen) and drink massive caffeine in order to make it through teaching classes on Friday.

I felt really good until early evening. Then it felt like my head was going to explode. My cough returned with a vengeance, dragging along massive sneezing and nose dripping.

Then like a big dummy I downed another mug of Thera-Flu before bed. I didn't even consider cancelling Saturday breakfast with my mom. And definitely could not afford to cancel anymore piano lessons.

Oy, I felt miserable Saturday morning. But I managed to get up and stagger down the road to the bus stop just in time. I was halfway to our regular restaurant before I remembered it was St. Patrick's Day. I looked down at my outfit. Not a speck of my favorite color green. So, before I joined my mom, I stopped at Rite Aid in search of a little…
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Year Three, Day 307: Cough, Eternal

I am feeling better today. Much better. My skin no longer hurts. The chills are gone.

It must have been that deep, acupressure massage. Or massive doses of water and tea. Or perhaps it was the 12 hours of sleep. Or the Thera-Flu. Or all of the above.

I still have a headache though. And the cough. The eternal cough. I'm kind of getting used to the cough.

So I leave you with another short blog. Hopefully I'll have more energy tomorrow. I miss telling my tales!

Until then...



P.S. I am proud to announce that I hopped this morning, achy headed and coughing. Bit I did it! Day 265!

Year Three, Day 306: My State of Mind

I am still sick.

But a little better than yesterday. I actually took the train and bus over to Vancouver to see my daughter and granddaughter. My daughter said she wasn't worried about me being contagious. Baby Gracie has a strong immune system since she is breastfeeding, and well...I have been coughing off an on for over a year!

So I dragged myself out of bed and sat shivering on the bus to Cascade Station. I actually ordered a Lyft ride. I was too weak to withstand the long bus ride.

It was rejuvenating to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter. My mother even popped in for a visit!

It was a short visit. I canceled my piano lessons and headed over the bridge to Clackamas Town Center after lunch. And had a most amazing, deep massage.  It was only 30 minutes. I could have used 3 hours!

It helped. And I am drinking much water.

I noticed though, that when I'm sick, my mental health gets wacky. I think dark, negative thoughts, mostly about myself.

It is for this reason, I …

Year Three, Day 305: The Lady Knitting on the Max Train, Mushroom Man and Me

I have two lovely tales to tell you. But alas, I am sick as a dog.

I drank tea with honey, and a mug of Thera-Flu. I am fading fast.

Talk to you tomorrow!



P.S. Here is today's hooping video. Day 264!

Year Three, Day 304: Say Hello to My New Little Friend!

My cough has returned.

And so has the rain.

However, I am most excited about my temporary new roommate!

I will be rooming with my friend's portative organ for the next two weeks!

If you are not familiar with a portative organ (I wasn't!), it is essentially a miniature pipe organ made of wood. It is small enough to sit on a table top. The keyboard is played with one hand while the other hand operates the bellows.

I have fallen in love with this little instrument. It has the sweetest tone! My friend brought it over to my home tonight. He is letting me borrow it for the next few weeks.

I will be playing a few short pieces on it for our choral concert in May.

Stay tuned! Pun intended! (My friend taught me how to tune the pipes - with a chopstick!)

I am going to end here. I got home a few hours ago, but was playing with my little friend. Now I need to get some rest before the cough takes over.

Ah music! You are such a good friend to me
A healer of  my soul. If only it could cure my…

Year Three, Day 303: A Good Face and Heart Day ❤

Such a gorgeous day in Portland, Oregon today!

Not just the glorious, warm sunny weather. I had a seriously stellar day, my friends!

I am proud to announce that I got up early, hooped, ate a small bowl of oatmeal and then hit the gym! It was a short workout, but it revived me.

Then I hopped on the Max back home to change, drop off my gym clothes and pack my backpack for an afternoon of piano teaching. I was super pleased to discover a quicker bus route home. Just the Max and one bus instead of the usual two. The trip from gym back home was a total of only 35 minutes!

This was especially relevant today, because a friend of mine had asked me to lunch. We talked about music, life and Words with Friends (she is one of most formidable opponents!).

And I had a blast! I have not had lunch with a female friend in way too long. It was soothing to my soul.

Hey, maybe I am not such a hermit after all!

Another pleasant part of my day also involved connection with people. Lately I have noticed th…

Year Three, Day 302: Dissonance

It is dusk. I am at the Gateway Transit Center, waiting for the Max green line and watching the sun set. The sky is filled with glorious colirs: tangerine, pink, and swirls of mauve. I tried to capture it in a picture, but my cell phone camera did not do it justice.

 I am looking forward to a good night's sleep.
I may not get it tonight. I am worried about my family member in crisis. I know I will be praying. But my heart is racing, and there is a lump in my throat.
I keep remembering the look on his face before tears spilled from his eyes. I don't know how to help him other than love him and pray for him. He has to make the decision to change. I can't fix this for him.
Sigh. Life is so painful sometimes. But then I see a beautiful sunset. Or the smile of my grandbaby. How can one exist with such extremes of heartache and joy? Perhaps it is the pain that makes the the joy fill us on a deeper level. 
I am reminded of how I explain musical dissonance to my students.