Friday, 25 November 2016

Winter is here

Winter is definitely here in The Liberties.  Minus 4 here this morning, which is a pretty low temperature for us, being so near the coast.  Although it's rather lovely out - dry and bright with no wind - it's not my favourite time of the year, since I'm none too steady on the old legs.  A few friends of mine who also have AS have ended up with neck fractures after falling on ice&snow, so extra care is required when the temperature drops below freezing.

But life goes on.  My wife has had her gall bladder successfully removed and is recovering at home, while I pretend to be in charge.  It's prize day today at school and Missy is very nervous - worried that she might trip and fall while walking across the stage to collect her certificate and book token.  I'm sure she's more excited about the book token than the bit of paper - she's a keen reader, too keen at times which means it can be hard to get her raised from her bed in the morning.  Ah well, it could be worse, as I keep telling myself.  Long may it continue.

I liked the soft light and shadows on the tree trunk the other day - but failed miserably to notice the post sticking its head up in the background. 


  1. -4? Pshh. Round here, we often see -15 mornings. But not for a while yet; the coldest months are January and February.

    And good HEAVENS don't break your neck!

  2. I know, Jim - nothing to complain about in the grand scheme of things. I was in Chicago a couple of years ago at this time of year and boy was it cold - it was real bone-chilling stuff. It was dry too - weather I'm just not used to, since it's nearly always damp here in Ireland.

    I'm extra careful at this time of year...people with AS often have a fused spine (which you already know from your visit) and we have no shock absorption, hence the high risk of fractures. I've had a couple of bad falls in the last 30 years (yup - memorable events) but got away with it on both occasions. What can you do, though - still gotta live life. And hope for the best.

  3. Winter is quite clearly on it's way over here as well. Not extremely cold yet, but yesterday it was snowing more or less the whole day. Most of it is gone now down here by the sea at the cottage, but looking across the fjord the snow is rather deep from about 50 meters above sea level and up. On the 1000 to 1400 meter peaks there's a lot of the stuff... but then again it's there in spots all year.
    Keep both feet securely on the ground at all times mate, and stay safe through the winter. We certainly don't want to read about any accidents at all. Still I know you have to keep on living... I still hope you can manage to do both.