Monday, September 15, 2008

In Seclusion

Excuse me for wallowing in negativity for a moment. Being negative is against everything I want to be, but dude... I miss being outside. And so does my dog.


This picture was taken last year when Riley was longing to walk through the screen on the window and romp in the grass. And this year? I would be so unbelievably happy if I could open the darn window. There is something in the air that I am reacting to so my house is shut up tight as a drum and the air from my air conditioning fan is as fresh as it gets.

My friend Meg and her daughter Taylor dropped by on Sunday afternoon and since I haven't even attempted to breathe outside air since July I thought I'd give it a try. When they pulled up I walked Riley out onto the patio to greet them and stayed outside for less than a minute.
There were no immediate symptoms so Meg and I instantly started planning on what day this week we were going to spend sitting outside in the fresh air. Then a couple minutes went by and the itching started and the losing my voice started and the not being able to breathe started and the popping of Benadryl started. Annoying. Super Annoying.
I know I live in Iowa, where farming comes first. And as much as I want my dad to have a fantastic crop of corn I'm letting you all know right now that I'm praying for a good, hard freeze. Because if it kills whatever is in the air I will bundle up and sit on my patio while there is snow on the ground.
That's how much I miss being outside.
And thus concludes all negativity on my part. We will now resume with regularly scheduled programming already in progress.
Update: No, I still can't go outside but I just heard from my cousin that my Grandparents are coming into town to visit on Wednesday. And it's been a few years since I've seen them so I'm just a little excited. See... just when life gets frustrating something fantastically positive happens. Take it from me, people. You never have to look too hard to find the good stuff. Even if you are looking at it from inside the house.   :)


  1. The freeze will come soon! Hope you can find the joy today. And feel well :o)

  2. growing in the mid-west with bad allergies I have a slight feeling what you mean. That first hard freeze is the best! It makes everything fresh again. Hope it all goes well for you.

  3. Farmer's Almanac predicts an early freeze this year. If it is not too early for the farmers who have had enough to deal with this year already, may the first freeze come soon and be hard.
    Many Blessings, dear heart.

  4. I feel your pain. My husband has bad allergies, in fact, it nearly ruined our vacation last week. He was miserable....and nothing seemed to work.

    The allergy season where we are is at its high, I think Ragweed is blooming causing all types of problems.

    I want to open the house up, but know we will all be at the Dr. office if I do so.

    I hope you are feeling better. Stay positive. I love to visit your blog. You always say something that touches my heart.

  5. I came upon your blog and enjoyed your writing.....loved the moonwalking bear example of missing what you are not looking for.....I love your its all good attitude. You have encouraged me this day.

  6. I wish I could do like Peter and John did when they told the man they didn't have gold or silver, but they would give him what they did have. I don't have healing to offer...

    Still, I wish I could offer some relief. I could hunt you down some SCUBA gear, but I don't know how freeing it would be. Would you want to go outside in a scuba suit to protect your skin while breathing through a mask and trying not to trip over your flippers? I don't think it's such a good idea. You might scare Riley if you sound like Darth Vader, look like the Jacques Cousteau, and walk like Frankenstein. So we'll say no to the SCUBA gear.

    Maybe I'll pray for some other things to come along and give you that fresh-air feeling, like the visit with Grammy and Grampy. K?

  7. Did you recognize me? I was disguised as JuJu. There's something good for you. JuJu's gonna blog. Probably. JuJu's always up to something. Let's hope she blogs. There's nothing like JuJu to give you that fresh air feeling.

    Want me to send you a couple of these?

  8. I am praying for a deep freeze too!!!!

  9. I'm loving your attitude -- praying for a bit of it!

    Take care, Gitz!