Saturday, February 3, 2018

Antidotes


January knocked it out of the park, in terms of extremes. Bobbing in the calmer but untrustworthy waters of February I am not sure how to proceed, but am massively grateful for Friends and Frenchman - my chosen family.

There are sparks of brightness. Maybe Amazon's take over of Whole Foods was good in this dose: Irish daffodils at just $2 a bunch. brightening an evolving weekend ritual -  bites of celebratory seafood in smoked or pickled form. Today's at-home brunch featured pickled herring (Blue Hill Bay, from Brooklyn's Acme Smoked Fish) on dense brown bread, with fresh dill and lashings of cucumber (sprinkle the slices with salt and sugar 5 minutes before you want them) and radish, and modest dollops of wild salmon and whitefish caviar - yup, essentially smørrebrød. Complete with a tiny shot of vodka, each. Bring on the Vikings.

Then came a five-mile run for the Frenchman, and five-mile walk for me (a humblingly painful back injury of almost four weeks ago has healed to the point of walking easily, but there is still a way to go; X-rays show promise, MRI still to come).

More brightness was a sneak peak at the layout of my new book, in the form of a sample chapter sent to me by my publisher (Chelsea Green) yesterday. I liked it very much, an intense moment of relief. The manuscript is still being copy edited, then comes back to me for checking; goes back for layout, comes back; goes back out for proof reading and indexing, then...print, print, print. So much work, by many humans. It will be ready for readers in early autumn.

And spring is just six weeks away.

4 comments:

  1. Sorry about the back. Milton struggled for nearly a year before surgery in November. He is now MUCH better. If you can keep walking, please do it! Every PT has told him walking is the very best exercise. And, progress on the book ... whoopee!

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  2. Ouch, poor Milton. But it's good to hear a successful surgery story. Good back reading is Crooked, by Catheryn Jakobson Ramon.

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  3. I predict calm seas for February, with gentle trade winds for motion just when you need them...

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  4. So many of us with back injuries this winter - it's a horrible thing to be laid up with a bad back, when there is so much to be done! Glad you are healing....and looking forward to seeing the new book!

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