Throughout this last winter and early spring, I was able to write everyday, not just for an hour or two, but four to six hours each and every day. I’d hoped to maintain that pace throughout the summer. Sometimes, we can’t control how our time gets used.
Being a vegetarian, and living on twenty acres, it only makes sense that I keep a large garden. Last year we were able to freeze, and dehydrate enough vegetable to get us through most of the winter. This year, I planned to keep the weeds better under control and rework the watering system so that it would work more effectively. Last year was so dry, the tomatoes struggled and we weren’t able to harvest enough to put up salsa or spaghetti sauce.
This year, we had plenty of rain early on which made it harder to manage the weeds. Twisting my rib out of place (probably from overdoing pulling and whacking the weeds) put me out of commission with pain spasms–three or four times a minute for days.
I found a chiropractor with magic hands to relieve my pain. However, the neck adjustments dislodged my ear crystals, causing my world to spin and making me nauseous. I’ve had this vertigo before and remembered some of the moves the audiologist used to relieve the symptoms.
Unfortunately, the cure also requires not bending over and sleeping in a sitting position for two or three weeks.
I don’t sleep well on my back–especially when sitting up. I’ve been unable to work at all for over a week now. Today is my first day back to the computer, making a little progress on my manuscript.
Doing nothing or resting or being at less than full-tilt activity feels unnatural to me. My life requires daily maintenance. A lot of it. I’ve been working hard to bring some much needed organization to my life, but with these disruptions, those projects have been left half-finished. I tell myself, “There’s always tomorrow.” It helps keep me sane, but just barely.
Now, the heat and humidity ranging around 100 degrees is making any work outside impossible until it begins to cool off around 9:00 p.m. I know 2/3 of the country are suffering, with many people suffering much worse than I. At least we have air conditioning, which is better than last year when we were out of power during the heat streak.
I tell myself to “go with the flow.”
Worrying about what didn’t get done only drains the energy I need to heal, and to maybe get a little writing done. Sometimes I can make it work–like today. A little progress on the manuscript and this blog. I need to celebrate the small successes.
How are you dealing with the heat? Or anything else that is disrupting your Best Laid Plans. I’d love to hear from you.