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Monday, November 18, 2013

A Wild Weekend

It was a wild weekend here, with fierce winds and fresh snow, a combination that can be tough to endure when we're outdoors. It was almost impossible to look to the west yesterday because of the wind blasting off the Divide and hurling icy snow at us. Shyla kept her eyes firmly pointed away from the onslaught of the wind.
By yesterday evening, many towering trees had been blown down, and our power had been out all day. We had a fire keeping us warm but Shyla and I still headed out into the wild world for an evening walk.

We discovered that the winds, while still blowing, were much less intense.
I still wasn't feeling normal, after the really bad migraine, but things were improving. I thought that Shyla's expression in the next photo summed up how I felt!
Honestly, I was feeling mildly sorry for myself (not common for me). I'd had to opt out of a fun hike up higher in the mountains due to the combination of my migraine and my impossibly fragile spine. I was glad that Shyla stayed behind with me so we could walk together at sunset. That helped my spirits - she's an amazingly sensitive dog - especially for one who is so young.

This is what the Continental Divide looks like when there's a big storm sitting over it that's blowing 75 mph winds toward us. It's eerily pretty.
When our power finally came back on, I discovered that there had been far more devastating weather in Illinois. When our power goes out, we are mostly cut off from the world, aside from battery powered radios, because we don't have cell reception here - so I was shocked to hear the day's news last night. I think the world's weather is going a little crazy.

Thanks for all of your input about my growing migraine problem. Based on what you've all written, I think that the arrival of this storm might have played a role in my migraine - both happened almost simultaneously. Your suggestions helped a lot and will help in the future (although I hope I never have another one - and that no one else does either!).

Here's to smooth sailing ahead for all of us!


  1. a fierce front tore through, for sure. glad you did not sustain damage there and could still get out for a walk later.

  2. and glad the power came back on for you!

  3. it hasn't been that windy here, but we got the tail end of that storm that hit Illinois. Fortunately our power stayed on. Glad you didn't blow away and are safe.

  4. Being without power stinks! I love the squinty eyed pic!

    Regarding the migraine, have you ever had a cardiac workup? I personally know two people that are severe migraine sufferers and found to have a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). One of these individuals had hers repaired, and has not had a migraine since.

  5. Shyla does look so cute in the "squinty eye" pic!! Sure glad that the two of you got out for your afternoon walk and that your migraine is better!

  6. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling great. :( Paws crossed you feel better!!

  7. That photo of the divide is amazing! Love Shyla's ears blowing in the wind. Hope you are feeling better!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  8. How beautiful. I give you a lot of credit for riding with a migraine and pain

  9. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos--
    wow the wind was really blowing,
    We absolutely love the photo of the Continental Divide- we wish we could see it
    We are glad your betters,

  10. Glad you are starting to feel better. My MOM knows what those migraines feel like and what they do. And Shyla's expression is dead on. Keep feeling better friend.

  11. Gorgeous pictures!

    That's interesting what you said about the migraines because mine have been getting worse, I normally have pretty mild ones but not lately.
    Glad you are feeling better!

  12. Count me among those who are very glad you are feeling better. We have no snow here yet and I am a proponent of early and deep snow. It is such a good insulator and you feel very much warmer when you have it. Take care of you and your pups!

    Cheers and hugs,

  13. It's so nice to have some canine companionship when we're feeling off.

  14. I hope you're feeling better now. Take care of yourself!

  15. Your last photo is stunning, and hope the migraines stay away. Yes, here on our NZ TV , we saw the devastation in Illinois, nature can be beautiful and cruel as well. Greetings from Jean

  16. Your migraine expression is too funny, Shyla! We hope you are migraine-free for a long time to come, KB!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  17. Wow! 75mph winds!! We were hitting 60mph winds yesterday here in NY. We don't like going outside because the trees all make funny creeking noises and it makes it hard for us to walk. Mother Nature is really whomping our butts all over the country and it's only November. We hate to see all of the devastation.

    Glad your migraine is doing better.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  18. We have similar over here, when power goes out, rely on multi fuel stove and a portable radio which picks up one radio station.

    However, I would not change for the world, and nor would my Kirra.

    enjoy the week ahead

  19. A sunset walk with one you love sounds wonderful.
    The world's weather does seem to have gone a little crazy.

  20. Hi Y'all!

    We pawed ones are very sensitive to our special person and how they are feeling. Once we bond, and I'd say you and Shyla are probably more closely bonded than most pups and their peeps, we know what you need from us and when you need it.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  21. Glad you're felling better, and that shot over the divide is awesome!

  22. I'm glad you're recuperating from your migraine. They are definitely no fun. I had hormonal ones my first years in menopause, but thank heaven they went away.

    I also do want to thank you for being such an inspiration to me with your "impossibly fragile spine." I just had major low back surgery 3 weeks ago and am definitely using your strength in the face of adversity to insist on enjoying your beautiful world with your amazing dogs as an example for me to follow. You have given me such enormous hope that there is indeed life, and a good life, after spinal surgery!

  23. we had killer winds a month or so ago and I am hoping they don't come back

    Stop on by for a visit

  24. Glad your migraine is on the way out!

    Hehehehe - I love it when floppy ears get blown around by the wind!


  25. Jenny and I went for a walk in the increasing wind storm that night - and then I realized that with the number of big old trees around that probably wasn't a good plan, so we headed back inside.

    The changing barometric pressure has been knocking us around with aches, pains, and headaches too. Hopefully the weather will settle down! Hang in there :-)

  26. Oh yes, the changes in barometric pressures can wreak havoc for those who suffer from migraines, and suffer you surely do. I have seen the agony on my daughter's face far more times than I wish.

    Mother Nature has really been acting a bit out of whack for a while now. Our hearts go out to all those who were so badly affected by the latest storms.

  27. Storm in Europé and in the US. Nothern Sweden had a storm which did a lot of harm. We hade one couple a weeks ago too....what is happening???
    More will come for sure!
    Take care!

  28. Those clouds do look alarming. I'm glad the tornados didn't affect your area so soon after the flood! I'm sorry about the migraines. My daughter gets them frequently and is out of commission for the entire day. I hope you feel better and don't get one ever again.


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