Pains in the Neck

So this is what I’ve been dealing with this week…

On Friday night we had a freak windstorm that hit after dark, something the local news did not warn enough about (and others they over warn, right?).

The 85 foot Western Hemlock in the backyard decided to uproot itself and land on the neighbor’s garage. It was an outwardly healthy tree and there is not fault on this side, but insurance would not cover the tree removal because it did not touch the house. At least the affected neighbor has a reasonable deductible.

Thank God it went that way, because I may not be here if it had a different angle.

Just bought this house from the landlord two months ago (in a surprise purchase when she decided she wanted to sell – whole other level of stress and chaos that kept me from be active on WP). Lost my dear kitty one week before signing final papers. Talk about wildly swinging emotions. It’s been a helluva year. I’m ready for January.

On top of this endless chaos, I snapped something in my cervical spine on Sunday. My back had been mad about overdoing yard work for the last month and it finally told me just how bad. I have been in incapacitating pain all week. It’s trying to heal, but I inevitably move the wrong way or sleep on it wrong and everything is back on fire. It will get there, but it will take time.

Meanwhile, there’s another severe windstorm happening right now as I type, and I am trying to hide in the house in places where other threatening trees can’t get me.

The positives: still alive. Have lots of firewood, had them cut stools, platters, and swags for me, still alive, more sun in my garden, and still alive.

It was a beautiful graceful tree with lovely shade and I will miss her. I will not miss the pains in my neck.

Merry Christmas! πŸŽ„πŸ™„πŸ₯΄

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