Ups and downs

I went to the hospital to see a specialist yesterday about my back.  The good news is that he does not want to operate at the moment because there is so much positive improvement with my training (the operation would have been to fuse two of my vertebrae together).  However I have a degenerative disease; inherited from one of my parents which means that the tissue between the disks breaks down and eventually I will have to have the operation.

In the picture below the healthy disks are thick and have much grey colour between them.  The last three disks (especially the middle one which causes most pain) has almost nothing between the vertebrae.

back xrayLast week my employer terminated my employment because I have been sick so much and can’ do my job in my current condition.  I think it will be a challenge to find full-time employment again up here.

Last weekend we were at the cabin.  Teres wallpapered the veranda that I built a couple of years ago

wallpaper-2

wallpaper-1

I had left my fly tying equipment at home, but found a hook, some feathers left over from Easter and some fine fishing line and inspired by an article in the latest issue of “The Bushcraft Magazine” I decided to make a Pike lure.  I had no clamp to hold the hook, so improvised using my Leatherman Wave and a little vice

leatherman fly tying vice-1I was very pleased with the end result, and in fact we caught a 40cm Pike with it, but I dropped the fish before Emma could take a photograph!

leatherman fly tying vice-2

Emma kept both herself and Kelly entertained while in the forest, by crushing up Blueberries and painting stone art with the juice.

emma stone art lapland

emma stone art gallivare

blueberry juice fish

Kelly even made me a stone cake

kelly art nattavaara

On Saturday night the temperature dropped down to -6 C, the first frost of the autumn!

 

6 thoughts on “Ups and downs

    • Tried that when I first moved here and it did not go too well. That’s why I had to get a job

  1. So sorry to hear about the employment. I think you could easily do your own business like Katriin said above. I think you could do an online business too and sell your flies and other handicrafts.

    We had frost here in Alaska last week too…

    Taker care, brother…

  2. I always thought there was a lot you could do, as your area is greatly undersold.
    Time to ponder, If you are limited physically, your commodities become ideas, knowledge, information and helping others achieve new adventures.
    You may have a lot more to offer than you think.

    • That’s probably right Tim, but at the moment I do not feel or see what I have to offer. Considering going back in to education to learn about website building

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