Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-07-23 – What the body craves

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Honestly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened already, given how often I short myself on sleep between this project and work.

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 5:14 AM
Sunrise: 5:48 AM
Daylight: 16 hrs, 7 min

I woke up this morning with a dreadful headache and had to take four ibuprofen just to function well enough to drive in.  It’s unpleasant, but hardly unexpected.  There’s a history of migraines in my family – specifically, from my Dad’s side of my heritage.  He gets them, his sister gets them, and I get them.

Fortunately, what I woke up with this morning wasn’t a migraine.  Just a nasty nasty headache. But it could’ve been worse, I suppose, because what my body craves more than anything right now at the end of the week is sleep.  And it will go to extreme lengths to force me to give it what it needs.

_MG_2476After all, we ignore the warning signs about our health at our own peril.

But having come this far and realizing that in another 40 days I’ll be two thirds done, there’s no way I would allow even a migraine to interfere.  Even if it happens, I’ll climb that hill somehow, pounding head, blurry vision, nausea and all.  I’ll just have to get Jerry up to drive me in because I wouldn’t be able to see well enough to be safe to drive.

IMG_4849The colors this morning were a lovely pastel and still spectacular.  I missed quite a bit of it with the camera, but I got to see – and enjoy the sight! – while Cody and I were walking the path.

And so many new wildflowers are getting ready to bloom!  My buddy Lance introduced me to a website last night that’s hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College.  The Linnaeus Arboretum the college maintains has a nice collection of prairie wildflowers, and the website has some very clear and distinct photos of them.  One more resource to help identify what I find growing up on the Bluff!

Looking forward to more lovelies coming into bloom so I can try it out.

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