Climate Plus wishes you a pleasant Christmas/New Year and health and happiness for 2017.
This morning I slept, so I’m feeling excellent. It’s cool for here with a steady patter of rain on the roof which always makes me feel good. I hope to keep blogging as time permits.
Last year I could look back on our magnificent trip to Europe – 35 days and really five holidays in one. At Christmas last year I added some more highlights from the trip, finishing with this lovely symbol of hope, from the last night of our formal boat trip, but actually our second last night in Budapest. It’s one of the support statues to the Liberty Statue, a highlight of our “Budapest by night” excursion:
Around that time the path was being closed to asylum seekers. Ironically, I have heard that the early settlers in Hungary included people from Syria.
This year our big event was the renovation of the kitchen, 35 years in the making. This was the old kitchen, after the deck was put on in 2002, and the bay where the old stove recess had been was extended. It’s the only kitchen I’ve ever known with four doors, which makes a sensible layout difficult:
When the old kitchen was ripped out, this was the scene:
Not sure what happened with that image. I’ll try to fix it. The camera has a significant parallax error at the best of times,
Here’s what we got:
Hard to photograph but the best we can do. Bench and cupboards are white. The first two images show something of our lovely bushland outlook you now get while standing at the sink.
For about six weeks our kitchen goods were dispersed, mainly on the deck, the lounge and also in dining room.
At the end of my European trip post I said:
- A medico has told me that I should expect to wait a month to get over jet lag. The whole trip seems like a dream now and reality is setting in. My body chemistry was in a bit of a swirl for other reasons before I went away, so it is yet to be seen what kind of equilibrium emerges.
In fact it took about nine months to find some kind of equilibrium. Just what happened will remain a mystery. The best guess is that my system was upset when I stopped taking a 1mg prescribed pill that I had been taking for years to help me sleep. I stopped because they don’t make it anymore. It’s amazing what a pill one 71 millionth of my body weight can do.
During the trip, my sleep patterns were shot, I lost about 5kg in weight while eating to excess, my knees were wobbly at times and my hands started to shake enough to make it hard to sign my name. Plus I had balance problems, and some heart arrhythmia.
Blood tests on my return showed that my thyroid was a bit elevated, and I may have had a thyroid storm while away.
Bit by bit things have been sorted, so my highlights for the year were health highlights.
The first real highlight was when I had to do a stress echo test, back in April, and aced the test. I stayed on the treadmill for 11 minutes with much the same heart rate as two years earlier. My heart performed just fine under stress. That was at a time when balance problems meant walking across the room could be a challenge.
So I’m spending a fair bit of the day doing various exercises, and the pharmacy gets a fair bit of my loot, but every day is new, so we’ll motor on while we can.
In many ways I’m a bit glad 2016 is over.
I’ll leave you with this image, sent to me by John D, of Santa’s problems, where old technology meets new:
We sincerely wish you a pleasant Christmas/New Year and health and happiness for 2017.