Fig, Mint and Honey Galette
. Niiice way to eat figs! Possibly add a touch of nutmeg? Cinnamon? Not sure.
Another nice way to eat figs: Linguine with Fresh Figs, Chard and Parmesan
(plus a little lemon juice.)
That's one of the more exciting points of my month which has largely consisted of headaches and brainfog.
I went to the osteo a few days after I last posted and he couldn't help the sinus headaches but he sorted out the new and interesting variety which involved pain in my jaw and shoulder and weakness and discomfort all down my right side. This was caused by clenching my jaw which is something I have never been prone to. Given the timing, I suspect the jaw-clenching was a reaction to the pain of the sinus headaches, migraines, etc. Feh. Anyway, he did some Very Painful things to my jaw and neck, gave me a mouthguard to wear at night and within a couple of days I was feeling much improved! At which point I was felled by an appalling sinus headache.
I have been a tad displeased
with my body lately.
Allergy test results came back negative but both doctor and osteo suggested that it might be mould (which is toxic anyway) from the very wet summer we've had causing me grief. A dehumidifier has joined the household and while it doesn't seem to have improved the headaches yet, a smell I wasn't even aware of in my bedroom had now disappeared. My study is also smelling less musty.
So that's the tedious stuff. I will mention the good points.
A brief lull in right-side pain encouraged me to go to the market a few weeks ago. I didn't buy much since I hadn't been able to cook much (wise move!) but they had cavolo nero (love it) for the first time this year which was excellent. I also tried a fresh waffle - delicious!
Cute report: there was a German Shepherd with an amazing plumed tail, a black Labrador puppy just starting his Guide Dog training and his older friend who didn't graduate the program, and two gorgeous
whippets who were delightfully friendly.
The next market day, I went with Pip and we had a good time catching up. I bought more cavolo nero, another free-range chicken, some figs (I think I've only had dried ones before? They're so often matched with blue cheese which I can't stand.) Pip tried some buffalo milk gelato while I had a waffle with chocolate sauce and raspberries. Yum. There was also a new stall with tea and spices where we both succumbed to giant vanilla beans (2 for $5) and various teas. We then went to get the dehumidifier (which Pip hauled around like it weighed nothing. I can barely lift it), came home and experimented with the different teas. Highly satisfactory.
And a few days ago, Mum's wrist were hurting too much to go to aquarobics (carpal tunnel) but she wanted to go out so we did some shopping. Not very exciting (new sieve, photo storage boxes, etc) but successful! Also, Game of Thrones
is out on DVD, yay!
And despite major brain fog (I am rereading detective novels again. And skipping any complicated parts) I have suddenly been capable of sorting out piles of papers from my study. It happened a few days after seeing the osteo. I woke up bizarrely early and somehow ... it was just easy. And this continued for several days, leaving me a trifle unnerved. It's been up and down since then but I have made major progress with the clutter.
So there have been good points. But I can't say I'll be sorry to see March go. And we'll be starting April by taking a brief trip down to Canberra to see the Renaissance exhibition
at the National Gallery. Paintings by Botticelli, Titian, Bellini, Raphael ... it's an amazing opportunity! I just hope the headaches will stay minimal for a couple of days.