News flash – Pearl actually slept in his kitty pi, completely of his own volition! He also had a nice little excursion out to the deck and down to the lawn, where he discovered snow and mud, much to his disgust.
Minor progress on Kalbi – but I must say, sleeves in garter stitch take a heck of a long time. Of course, the longer the sleeves take to finish, the longer it will be until I discover I made the body too small and have to take corrective action. (such confidence, eh?)
I can also report minor to moderate progress with my back. The TENS unit may only treat symptoms, but it has made a big difference. With lower pain levels, I feel like I can be more active. If muscle tension is involved, perhaps it is breaking a cycle of muscle pain leads to spasm leads to pain. At any rate I am walking 3 miles most days and have started adding a little jogging.
And after being disappointed that a diagnostic test that had taken a month to schedule had to be canceled because the doctor was ill, and extremely disappointed that it took another month to reschedule it, I had to eat my words cursing the system when the doctor called the next day to apolgoize and to schedule me on one of her vacation days next week. I guess she can curse the system, but I am so pleased with her commitment to her patients. Karen, what makes a good doctor gift? She is not many years out of med school.
There is an adorable woodpecker (female downy, I think?) outside my window right now. I’m happy to report it is pecking on the old trident maple and not our siding. Combined with the calling cardinal that just flew by, the nuthatch going up and down the same tree, the goldfinches out on the birch eating the catkins, and the geese honking and ducks quacking from the still frozen lakes, I guess it all adds up to real signs of spring. The wet snow we expect tonight can’t stay around very long.