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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Things to Smile About

Some clouds have gathered on the horizons recently. At dawn, we get about 5 minutes of sunshine before the sun rises into the clouds for the morning.

The clouds color the sunlight a deeper red than usual for those five minutes.

The clouds could be a metaphor for the winter-blues that have suddenly descended onto me. My training with the Duo has plateaued, and my spine is hurting. But, the good news is that the regimented sleep schedule has prevented migraines for a pretty long time. I guess I have cause to smile because those migraines were an awful and frequent plague over the past couple of years!

To tell the truth, writing my posts often helps me to see the glimmer of good in life even when my mood is blue. It helps me to be grateful for the gifts I've been given.

Another thing that made me smile is that I managed to access a couple of trail cameras that are in areas that now have very deep snow. They showed our yearling bull moose on a long walk in late November. Someone suggested that I should name him because he looks so distinctive. I thought that "Lefty" might be a good name, since his left antler is his good one.

When he passed the first camera, it caught his attention. He stopped to stare at the dim red glow coming from it. I'm glad he didn't decide to ram it with his antler!

Lefty didn't notice the next camera. He sniffed an area that bobcats and mountain lions mark. It's fascinating that the scent mark left by one species tends to interest all the other species as well. After sniffing for about 20 seconds, he went on his way.
Lefty is still in the neighborhood. Our burgeoning moose population blows my mind. I spend my time in the forest always scanning for moose. On one hand, I don't want to surprise one. However, on the other hand, I enjoy seeing them from a distance so I can stop and watch them. I guess I'm curious about them but scared of them at the same time!

Happy Tuesday to all of you! May the blues stay away from you!


  1. I am so glad you found something to help you migraines. Love the moose.

  2. Happy New Ayear KB and pack, I'm glad that your sleep schedule is helping with the migraines but feel bad you are in pain from your back. I love seeing Moose, but still haven't seen any this side of Trail Ridge(I would love to see them in Estes), like you I love seeing them but want to stay a safe distance away.
    Sending hugs your way,

  3. The moose can sure take your mind off of other things. Wonderful captures all!

  4. I'm so glad the sleep schedule has derailed your migraines, KB. And no side effects! Or maybe good ones? A rheumatologist advised me to establish a rigid schedule and routine of sleep and activities, as a possible aid to pain reduction. She used the term "sleep hygiene" which I had never heard before, and at first made me think she was going to tell me I should shower at bedtime!

  5. What odd antlers on that guy! I'm glad your migraines are better. Hope you're feeling less blue soon.

  6. Good news on those headaches! We hope they stay away forever! Yes, we like moose at a distance too . . . a very long distance!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. I'm so sorry you're feeling blue at the moment! That really sucks about your back. I'm glad you found something to help with the migraines, though! Shyla looks so beautiful on that rock!

    Stay safe out there in that forest full of moose! <3

  8. Sending you a great big rottie kiss - they always chase the blues away!!

  9. Smiling is my favorite:). Glad you moms head is doing betters.

    Aroo to you,

  10. Good to hear that the migraines have been kept at bay. Very strange, I've been feeling that gloom descend the last couple of days too. It's just a winter thing, once the holidays are over, but you are right, the best medicine is to get busy at something enjoyable, and focus on something good.

  11. Glad to hear you have had some relief from the migraines. We think Lefty is the perfect name for that moose.

  12. You know what? I bet Shyla would not know what to think,, if you did not get up early in the morning to see those sunrises! I think she enjoys the special time as much as you do!
    Your inspiring KB... I wish some of your inspiration will come here,, so thank you for wishing our blues to go away too.

  13. That is very good news about the migraines. Now to get that spine behaving!!! Maybe one of those sun lamps would help with the blues - could be a bit of sun deprivation.

    Lefty makes us smile:)

  14. we are happy for you that the migraines have stayed away. Hope you can chase the blues away too
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. Sorry to hear you've been feeling a bit down, but appreciate your sharing it with us. Thankyou for the good wishes for us - I have fortunately been pretty good mood-wise lately. I'm sure keeping rather busy has helped a great deal, but on the other hand I am only motivated to do things when I feel all right! What a contradiction humans are!

  16. I have a terrible time with the blues in the winter...especially after months of nothing but GREY and dreariness. That is usually why we head south in gets me through til we start seeing a bit of sun here in NY. So glad to hear that your migraines are better...and hope that the back starts feeling better too. I just love your trail is fascinating to watch! Those moose are so powerful...I would be terrified if I came upon one!

  17. That is great news that you're kept your migraines away, KB, and we hope they stay that way!

  18. Two thumbs up for no migraines!
    The spine pain is a separate, special kind of annoyance but [I find anyway] at least it allows me to still think, which I appreciate.

    I had forgotten to take my Vit. D supplements for a few weeks (doctor prescribed due to lack of light here all winter) and when I remembered to start taking them again it seems to have helped with managing the winter blues. Not sure if you use them and if they would help but if you aren't getting much sunlight, then your body can't make it and needs the helping hand :-)

  19. I hear you about the blues. I hate the short dark days of winter. We are supposed to be heading for spring, so there is that.

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