Sunday, January 13, 2013
Bears, Clouds, and Colonoscopies
It's been two weeks since we've updated the blog. That may be the longest we've ever gone without saying something or at least posting a photo. Winter has a way of quieting things way down. Temps have been very cold and there's only so much creativity we can pull out of thin cold air. Just picture us sitting in front of wood stove, stoking the fire and listening to Miles Davis or Karunesh, and you'll know what we've been up to.
Since we last wrote, we had another visit by our neighborhood bear. We had relocated our large squirrel-proof birdfeeder into the fenced backyard, and left the platform feeder out front. Winter's temps had lulled us into a false sense of security about the bear, thinking it would certainly be hibernating by now. NOPE! It took down the platform feeder out front and broke the little roof covering over it. It also bent the fencing by the gate, came into the yard, smashed the cylinder feeder, checked out every covered storage box we had in the open shed, broke a bucket, crapped up a storm, and bent the fence on the way out. Funny thing is, we never heard a thing, and bears are not known for their gentle step. So, we decided to stop feeding the birds in the yard, and now just feed them out front. We take the feeder in at night, and that's that. The birds are definitely getting less food, but we have to assume that our offerings are merely supplemental anyway. A reliable source, but not completely sustaining.
In other news, I am still utterly blown away by how often we see iridescent clouds. I am planning to compile several months worth of photos and send the best off to Atmospheric Optics with a note inquiring about how often we see them and why. Is it related to elevation? Mountain air? Angle of the sun? I've been a cloud watcher for many years, but I have never seen anything quite like this. Fellow blogger Scott of It Just Comes Naturally called them our "northern lights" and I appreciated that immensely. That's exactly how I think of them now our daytime northern lights. Such an interesting phenomenon.
And finally, I gave in and had a colonoscopy last Wednesday. There's nothing pleasant about such an experience. Not from the first day I gave up eating anything with seeds (like my favorite jam and toast), to the day I started that awful prep purge, to the colonoscopy itself. The prep is as horrific tasting thing as I've ever had pass my lips. Hard to swallow without gagging and spitting straight down the drain where it belongs! I had asked the doc if he would be willing to let me have the exam with as little "amnesia drug" (Versed) as possible. But while on the examining table, I discovered that the exam is actually pretty painful, so they gave me a Demerol and Versed cocktail that drugged me within an inch of my life. I didn't remember anything, not Roger trying to dress me in the recovery room (having a hard time getting me to my put my arms into the sleeves of my sweater), not the ride all the way home in the car, not walking into the house or getting into bed. I am very sensitive to drugs and this particular combination wiped me out for two days. The only good thing is that I learned I have quite a healthy colon, and now I NEVER HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN. Hah!
That's life here where we had 12 inches of rain in November and 18 inches in December. It's a good thing we don't have any global climate change, otherwise we might be a bit worried.