Drugged, and Floating.

Today, I’m feeling about 55% normal.  The drugs are still floating around and I feel woozy.  I’m resting, with the window open, the soft light and the fresh cool air blowing into our bedroom.  I’m watching Downton Abbey (which is brilliant in my opinion).

I’m having one of those moments where I wished Mike would cuddle me, and stroke my hair and tell me I’ll be better soon.  Just imaging it is comforting…

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 A wee little hulk.  Looking good little guy (or girl).
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It all began yesterday, when I started to develop a crippling headache just at the end of work.  I had a doctors appointment the same evening but I knew it would be difficult to make it.

I lay down for a rest at home, with the blinds closed for darkness.  I was nauseated and the pressure was building.  I was no better after 1.5 hours.

I wrote Mike a message on my phone explaining how I was feeling.  You see, he is away and I’m alone again.

I took some medicine and waited.

Still no relief.

Mike urged me to get to the doctors.  I waited, but knew he was right so I called a taxi, and drug myself outside.  I sat like a dejected girlfriend on the curb of our street (anyone who was passing by would have assumed I’d been kicked out of the house).  I hid my eyes from the afternoon light, and tried to control my breathing.  I’m sure I looked like a wreck.  I heard a car stop in front of me and toot it’s horn slightly.  It was the cab.

I tried to tell the man where I needed to go, but my breath caught me and my eyes began to water from the pain in my brain.

164 Wellin- ton street…..   please.

I was leaking tears from my eyes and terrified I would vomit in his car.  I sat with my eyes closed.  I wonder what he was thinking…or if he thought anything at all.

The window of the front seat brought a strong cool current of air to my face which distracted me briefly from the surging in my stomach.

The ride was less than $10.00.

When I slowly made my way into the doctors office, I was scared stiff.  I had taken medicine and nothing was improving.

The receptionist helped me, with a tissue and water as I was falling apart in front of her (more tears!).  I can only recall one other migraine I’ve had that made me feel this ill (when we lived in Melbourne).  It was the day I closed a formal function for 180 people for $24,000.  I was elated, but shortly after the meeting ended; I was floored by a crippling migraine.

The doctor found me, and brought me to a room to take a few pills.  She also jabbed me in my butt with the biggest needle I’ve ever seen in my life.  I lay still there for 2 hours before I was able to feel my brain relax.

Thank my lucky stars.  I was so relieved.  Mike during this time had tried to call, and I knew he was worried.  I picked up a small bag of groceries and took another taxi home.  We spoke when I got in, though I remember telling him I felt drunk.

I ate smoked oysters with cheese and sesame crackers, along with some cracked pepper smoked salmon on turkish bread, with cilantro, aioli and lettuce.  It was heaven.

I fell asleep.

Have you ever had a migraine?  How do you cope?

3 Jumping Spiders.

On one plant, I’ve found three of these jumping spiders (which all look very different).  I’m dying to get a macro lens for by dslr to get some proper macro photos.  Lucky it’s right beside our new house!!Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.47.34 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.50.36 PMThis is a photo record of a very cute little white spider.  Hopefully I can find him again and get a better shot.

Jumping Spiders are so cute!


Queens Gardens

On my lunch today, it was a soothingly warm 30 degrees.  Likely the warmest day in about 5 months.  Please take a look at what was lurking in the gardens!

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My one photo a day!. Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 9.04.23 PM

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I don’t know you…do I?


I heard the question and turned to face an eager looking man.  He was in his 50’s, grey hair, kind eyes in a suit.

“Yes?”  He must have sensed I was confused.

“It’s me, Jim!”.

Holy crap I have no idea who this guy is…nothing in his face is familiar.  My brain is drawing a blank.  I stretch out my answer to give me more time to possibly recognize him.

“I, uh….I am really sorry but I don’t recognize you”.

He’s still looking at me with real earnest, as if I didn’t really forget who he was.

Damn I’m a douche bag for forgetting this guy.  How long ago might I have met him?  Maybe it was years?

There is a long and awkward pause when he finally says….

“Holly Stevens?”

“No, hahaha I’m Holly Martin”.

“OH!!! I am so sorry, I’ve not seen her in about 7 years!”.

I was so relieved that my memory was not playing games with me.  What are the odds this man would want to meet a Holly and confuse me with her?

I met “Holly” a few minutes later and we had a giggle.  The only thing we had in common was blonde hair…crazy!

This was all just before an interview I had this morning, I decided before I went to get a cookie to nibble on.  It was fate..

I also had an amazing day!

Done. Almost…

Last night it rained. So we didn’t finish up, but we’ll be done tonight!  Mike and I (and Tessie!) will be wrapping up our 2 year journey over the next few days.  Farming in Western Australia has been a real experience, the experience of a lifetime.  I’ve done so many things out here I never imagined possible.

Have you been to Western Australia?  Where was your favourite place?

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I’ve had a really nice drive to work!Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.40 PM

They call these things “white ants”.  I’d call it a “termite”.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.47 PM

The sun rise struggling over some heavy fog.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.06.56 PM

It was a white knuckle drive this morning…Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.03 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.20 PM

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These beetles are still kicking it on that nice smelling plant.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.07.49 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.11 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.21 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.08.31 PMScreen Shot 2013-05-28 at 3.17.42 PM