Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, gall bladder

Feelin’ Poopy

I have to apologize for my absence on my blog. It’s not for lack of desire, it’s from lack of energy. Ever since I came home from my North Woods vacation last week, I’ve been feeling wiped out. I’m tired, every joint and muscle in my body aches and my stomach problem is flaring up again. I went to the Dr. today and they took 5 vials of blood to test me for food allergies and also for other problems that could be causing my digestive upsets. Quick explanation-I got the gall bladder removed 12 years ago after baby #4. Ever since then, when I eat certain foods, (which I still have been unable to pinpoint) I get this pseudo-gallbladder attack kind of pain, that starts with a horrible burning under my right rib and I then progress to chills, cold sweats and abdominal bloating that is so uncomfortable, I have to do my labor breathing techniques to get through the pain, and it lasts hours. It’s bizarre, happens infrequently, but lately its been more often. I hate it so much, and dread eating for fear of another attack because it is so uncomfortable.

I finished my new David Sedaris book, When Your Engulfed in Flames and it was really good. I loved it. Now, I’m going back to finish the Dress Your Family in Cordoury book he had out a couple years ago. I love his funny takes on his past experiences, particularly the ones he shared as a kid with his 5 other brothers and sisters, the one sister being the very well known, Amy Sedaris.

I’ll be back soon….there’s so much I want to talk about. But until then, I sit and wait for blood test results. Miss you all.

Ann Marie's, Camp Nawakwa, comfort bike, David Sedaris, French stuff, Havaianas, North Woods, WI

Back from France-ER-the North Woods!

This white Westie on the beach was such a delight!

My son Scott just after a swim.

Sons David & Scott

A sunshine salute from daughter Caroline (my co-photographer at large)

My husband lending a hand for the “Hail to my underwear” song at the closing campfire.

A French vignette at Ann Marie’s captured by Caroline

Another touch of France by Caroline.

French fleur’s

A hydrangea from Ann Marie’s outdoor garden.

Striped pricey pottery from France

Outside of Ann Marie’s, a little replica of a French cottage

My beach feet in Havaianas. (my favorite celebrity flip flop-the Original)

An assortment of authentic French postcards purchased by yours truly.

Little painted metal birds with black/cream french striped cloth ribbons. These grace my black wrought iron candelabra just over the kitchen table.

I had to bring home these irresistable French soaps. They smell heavenly and I am going to use them!

A wildflower meadow we encountered on the way to town. What a happy chance meeting!

Caroline captured this image of the sky reflected in the water.

This is the view off the beach at Camp Nawakwa.

An overly friendly chipmunk…

My husband Larry and I…feeling reconnected and happy.

Last week was our annual family vacation to the North Woods in Wisconsin. We had a very nice time, and felt rejuvinated when we arrived back home. From the photos, you might have thought we just flew back from a week in the French countryside. I want to share our photos with you. I will have a more substantive post tomorrow.

One of my favorite highlights was going to town with my daughter and her friend. I stopped in at my most loved shop, Ann Maries in Minocqua. There they sell gourmet coffee, imported, pricey (but beautiful) pottery from France, Italy and England and other irrestable frivolities from France. Nothing from China here. The shop smells absolutely divine and if you are looking to be visually stimulated, then you’ve reached the place.

The camp had something new this year-‘comfort bike’ rentals. (If you read this blog regularly, you know that the bike is something I’m warming up to) My husband asked me if I wanted to take a ride with him on this snowmobile route he heard of that is scenic with a wooden bridge that stretches over a lake. I said yes, and we headed out. It was thoroughly enjoyable! I felt like I was prepared for the steep hills on the way, since I have been going to the gym for well over a year and have done spinning as part of my workout. I wasn’t winded and my legs were strong enough to get me through the many miles we pedaled that day. Larry and I haven’t rode bikes together since we were teenagers. This was a really enjoyable day. I think I’m going to have to find myself a good quality ‘comfort bike’ and purchase it. It’s nothing like the bike I have in the garage. This one seems to be made for an achy 45 year old woman (or an achy 48 year old man!)

I almost finished my David Sedaris book…only 30 more pages till I’m finished. Twas a good week!