health stuff...

So... I have been continually quiet around here once again, I keep wanting to do more, but get sidetracked, annoyed, and then can't seem to find the time. Truth is, I have finally figured out what the deal is. I am severely anemic. Yup. I have had a continuous cough for the last few months, my voice was going through some raspy (sultry, per Christian), lack of concentration, waking up with a racing heart, and constantly fatigued. I just figured I had been suffering from some weird allergies. I mean I am outside at the farm a LOT. I had just given blood back in April, and everything was fine with that, but apparently, my hemoglobin never was able to build back up due to hemorrhaging of fibroids......Yikes.

I had been actually sticking to all of my normal activities - farm chores, walking the dogs at the rescue, and even doing more walking with Eddie at the farm, thinking that I had somehow gotten so out of shape that I needed to build my stamina back up. I was soooooo wrong. My yearly physical proved that I was anemic. I also learned that was the cause of my raspy voice, concentration issues, the coughing, the racing heart, and the fatigue....

Good news is that everything else was PERFECT. Excellent cholesterol levels (as well as everything else), and I am gonna brag here about that.... HDL was 76 and my LDL was 40... yessssssirrreeeebob! Doctor said she was confident I would never have any issues with my cardiovascular health with those numbers.

Anyway, that has been what has been going on in my corner of the world. I am now on a nice little cocktail of vitamins, supplements, and a few other things to help my condition and build up my iron reserves...

I must say that just having a reason for all of my 'issues' made me feel so much better, almost instantly.

Anyway, have any of you suffered with anything like this before? What did you do to make things better, and how do you build yourself back up while healing? Feel free to use the contact form to the left on this page and share any advice or info with this busy bee that finds it hard to slow down!




July...so far.

 Wow! Whattta month so far! It started out super emotionally charged with the adoption of my sweet Rosie girl (along with FIFTY-THREE other pups!), then the July 4th holiday was disrupted by a crazy mini storm that resulted in two friends (who live in a property I manage) being instantly homeless with their animals on the lamb.... (luckily all dogs were found before the fireworks started that evening), I couldn't find one single moving company available for the emergency move, I ran my well dry (luckily it recovered!!), Eddie had a bad few days, Hazel got saddled up for the first time ever at my place(!!!!), annnnnnnd now here we are on July 19th, and this is my first entry of the month! Eeeeek! I have good reason for being scarce here. Along with all that, I have still been doing the animals rescue stuff, the 9 to 5-er (that pays for the farm and all the critters), and all the farm upkeep which has doubled with all the rain (so thankful!!) that we have had! So now....... the breakdown of events, the catch-up, the chock-full-of-pics post that will get me back to speed here....

Rosie got adopted July 1st!!

I deep cleaned the Haven while all the dogs were in Connecticut for the adoption event!
 Misty decided to get out of the pasture and go for a stroll...
the zinnias are blooming and BEAUTIFUL!!
July 4th, I got a sad call to deal with this.....Some tenants that live in a property I manage, were suddenly homeless....Luckily everyone walked away unscathed.
...this happened in a short 10 minute storm. Crazy....

July 5..... we all scrambled to get all belongings out in between falling ceiling tiles and the tree crackling.... The goal was to remove everything before the rain (or another storm) came back through.

...all that came to help were totally optimistic about the whole thing, and luckily this boosted the mood, and made the most out of a bad situation. It was so nice to see friends and neighbors come out and come together to do all they could! A little wine, some crackers, and whatever else was saved from the cabinets made up the spread on the street in front of the wrecked home.

After the UHaul was loaded and ready to head to the storage unit, the tenants and myself took the opportunity to pose... ha!
July 6, the house was on the front page of the local paper....
.....annnnnnd July 7, I got to watch in amazement as the tree service removed this 200 year old, 25,000 pound whopper of a tree. 

Ohhhhhhh, how I love this sight! Water!! We were without for a few days after I accidentally ran the well dry, (the well recovered fully!) then realized I had burnt out the pressure switch...
farm animals were all happy about the lush, green, and soft grass that has been a relief after last year's drought.
 ....and the sky has been BIG and beautiful this summer. I can never get enough of the views out here....

.....we have our morning routine...... :)

...looks can be deceiving.

.......annnnnnnd all the rescue cuties:

.....and I leave you with these latest snapshots of Eddie Ray. He had a rough few days last week, and I am happy to report that he is doing much better!

oh!! And lookie!! A sweet gift from the tenants who were displaced! I am one lucky gal..... Can't wait to use this!

I am looking forward (jeez, do I say this a lot or what?!?) to all the regular postings here again <3