Thankful for my Home

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Rick and I absolutely love where we live in northern Arizona. Although I do miss the vivid autumn oranges and reds of where I grew up in New England, I have lived in several states in my adult life and I have to say that this area amid the mountains and hills is my second favorite place.

Arizona has more than its share of sunshine and gorgeous sunsets, and we totally appreciate both. Neither of us are big-city people so living in a rural area such as this fits us well, and I love the fact that we’re not that far from my children who live in the Phoenix area.

Rick and I are very thankful to God for moving us here. In spite of some setbacks that might have tested our faith if we hadn’t fully trusted God, we’ve been living here for 9 years. You can read more here about that story.

This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

—Psalm 118:24, 28-29




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Migraine Life in the High Country

See this photo? This is the way my migraines make me feel.

Once again I woke up with a killer migraine. No real surprise since I went to bed with the same one last night. In fact, I can’t recall a day without a migraine except for when I went to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago to visit my children. My head really likes the lower altitude down there but my heart loves the high country.

I didn’t know until we moved up here that my body does not like the mountain elevations, so for the past 7 years, my doctor and I have struggled to find a medication or treatment that will conquer these migraines. Between bad side effects (which were worse than the actual migraine) or the medication just not working for me, I am now relying on Excedrin Migraine and Alka-Seltzer at times when the nausea grips unrelentingly, like last night. These provide temporary relief, but when faced with a situation like mine you finally come to the realization that relief is relief, even if it is temporary! I start my day with a migraine and the OTC meds generally kick in mid-morning, so I have about 4 to 6 hours of relief before the barometric pressure changes at sunset and the migraine haunts my evening hours.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining or whining, just stating the facts. My doctor finally told me that apparently my body has never acclimated to the high altitude here. Ya think?

But don’t feel sorry or sad for me. What I may have lost physically God has more than blessed me with spiritually:

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6)

I think this boils down to a statement I’ve seen before which says:

When you’re down, look up!

Dear friends, think on this: if life was perfect here on earth, would we ever long for heaven?

Do You Believe It?

In case you didn’t know, today is October 1st and I’m wondering where the summer went. I know that autumn officially started last week, but I was in the midst of hot Phoenix temps that day, and I didn’t feel very fall-ish. Today I woke up to a cool 54 degrees and that absolutely makes me feel like fall is finally in the air.

Autumn is my favorite season, even though here in the southwest we don’t experience the gorgeous changing of leaf colors. I think that was the thing that struck me the most when I moved from Vermont to Arizona in the mid 90’s–that and the fact that the number of sunny days here seemed to equal the number of overcast days in the northeast.

I’ve lived up in the “high country” for seven years now, surrounded by mountains (check out the photo on the left in case you doubt that there are mountains in Arizona!) and we have a fabulous view of these San Francisco Peaks. Sitting out on our patio, Rick love gazing at those glorious mountains to the northeast of us… well, I can’t think of anything better, especially this time of year. I guess I’m a mountain girl at heart, which is a very good thing since that’s where I’m living these days. The cooler weather doesn’t hurt either and makes for some great riding times.

It occurred to me this morning that probably the main reason I like fall so much is that the crisp air makes me feel a little less lethargic, almost energizing me. Back in the day, I would feel like cleaning the house to get it ready for its winter hibernation, but in these days of my “new normal” I am content to use my limited energy to appreciate the magnificent view from our patio.

So, what about you? What do you like most about autumn?