So. I've been sick.
... and I apologize for not posting these past few days.

I was started on a new medication 2 weeks ago, and it's been a bit of a bugger to get used to it.
Good news... I've probably slept more in the past 2 weeks than I have in a very long time; and actually feel rested.
Good news... I have ankles for the first time in many, many years (decades). 
Good news... I've lost about 17lbs in 2 weeks... which is mostly fluid... which is really good for my heart. 
Good news...markedly less of the chronic day to day pain I have with my SLE and such. 
Not so good news... nausea, vomiting, dizziness, brain-fog, passing out...  
 oh, an as a bonus... I managed to get a whopper of an ear/ sinus infection. 
However, the past couple of days I have started to feel a bit more human, so we'll see how it goes.

We also took this opportunity to start going through the 30-ish boxes of books that we've never unpacked since moving to PA. So far, I think we've decided to part with over half of them... and it's a good thing. I've checked the value of some of them, mostly some of the older ones... and will be selling some of them online or locally. But it's good to have them all out where we can see them and be able to access them. I am definitely my father's/ grandmother's daughter... and I have a "thing" for old books... but it's silly to have so many that you can't even get to them. And with having a small house... it's just the right thing to do. 

And it's starting to look like Autumn out there! 
The bottle cap gentian is blooming... the wild turkey have been close enough to hear as they wander in the woods...
and apples are falling from our ancient crab-apple trees in the yard.

Time for tea...
See you all tomorrow.

(the photo for today's post is a photograph that I took yesterday of some of the leaves on our burning bush plant in the yard. 
The colors were just gorgeous, and I made the photograph into one of my mandala prints)