Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

Life is an Ever Changing Wonder

It’s another sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest. Starting into the best time of year – not too cold, not too many bugs, and a few more sunny days. It only lasts about a month, usually most of April though this year it is late.

Life has been moving quickly for us the last few weeks. It seemed a slow, sluggish mire we had fallen into over the winter was going to plague us all spring. Then one morning someone turned the “LIFE” switch from ‘off’ over to ‘on’ and life began to take form around us.

It’s odd to say life started when obviously I’m still breathing and getting into mischief. However there is a difference between being alive and living.

This last 18 months I have found myself learning to live again and growing beyond my physical boundaries. Then the late snows in February and March crashed our health; it is very physically and mentally taxing to live in a tent during frequent snows. My world narrowed again to survival – just getting by for another week, another month, waiting to feel less awful. Thankfully an easy allergy season helped and in April we started to move past survival and back into living again.

As I am happily remembering, there is also a difference between living and thriving.

Two weeks ago everything changed in 24 hours. Living became Thriving. I think the last time we found ourselves thriving was in 2005. Before that… 2001, during the few months before life took a nose dive into the world of chronic CFS/MCS.

It’s been a long, hard road we walk in this life of illness.

The big news going along with this change is that we finally will have the means to find indoor housing. Yup, this couple in the woods will one day soon become homeless no more.

I find the prospect both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.

Where will we go? What sort of place will we rent? I honestly don’t know, though we are planning on answering those questions this summer. With a bit of luck, we’ll be indoors by November; we’ve had enough of living outside during Winter.

Times like these it is hard not to jump into the first opportunity that comes along. Our health concerns and the restrictions it places on housing means we must move slowly to ensure a safe living situation is found.

It also means we opted not to see the naturopath last week. As we are not certain to be staying in the local area, we didn’t want to establish care with a new doctor (a costly endeavor) and then repeat the process in another few months. However, we have followed up on a considerable amount of blood work through Dr. Buscher and will know the results in a few weeks.

Where to live when the world has suddenly opened itself up to you once more?

How to get there and more importantly, how to find safe housing?

What type of change will all this have on our health?

I am looking forwards to finding the answers to these and other questions, which swirl around in my waking and dreaming thoughts.

11 responses

  1. victoriaaphotography

    Having followed your path to survive over the last couple of years, I can only hope for the very best for you both in your search for indoor shelter. Debilitating chronic illness and MCS is bad enough, but to have coped with the severe weather living in a tent is beyond the comprehension of the rest of the world.
    I hope your location & accommodation is improved dramatically before the end of this year and the next winter.
    As always, I wish you Love, Happiness & Better Health for the Future.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    • Hi Vicki πŸ™‚

      Aye, the weather is something else entirely. Not sure how well we’d keep doing out in it, this last year was pretty rough.

      Hug! Lisa

      May 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  2. This sounds wonderful. I’m looking forward to hearing about the next step. πŸ™‚

    May 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

  3. How has this new situation come about?

    May 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    • Hey Jody. πŸ™‚

      I’ll write you with the details. πŸ™‚

      HUGS! Lisa

      May 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  4. Snez

    Hey Lisa, I’m very privleged and excited to follow and support you in your next phase in life.
    love and big hugs Snez πŸ™‚

    May 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  5. Hi Snez! πŸ™‚

    Thank you and many hugs back, Lisa

    May 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

  6. mark

    Sounds great! happy for you.


    May 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    • Mark! Fantastic to see you! πŸ˜€

      I hope you are doing well. πŸ™‚

      Super big hugs, Lisa

      May 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

  7. Sounds fantastic, Lisa! Look forward to hearing more.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

    • You want to hear more Laurel? πŸ™‚

      Then I shall make sure to do another post today as I’ve more news! hehe

      Big hugs! Lisa

      May 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

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