Lots of good news today: my nephew is off his respirator and breathing on his own. He has moved both sides of his upper body and has been placed in a full body halo brace while the affected vertebrae in his neck and back heal. They are beginning to wean him off the heavy sedatives he's been on so hopefully he'll wake up in the next few days to see his family gathered around him.
I have another nephew who lives in Toronto and he has offered his apartment to my sister, her ex and her son. So they are going to stay there for the next week or two AND it's only a 20 minute walk to the hospital. This will really help out financially AND give them a place to feel more at home in during the recovery process.
In my last post I had alluded to Michael being very busy recently. He's been working at our local pub and around our property. This past week he took me outside to show me something in the forest - he's created a wonderful meandering path through our forest ending up on the far north-west corner where he's cleared a spot for watching the sunset! It's like entering another world where the only sounds are the birds singing over our heads, chipmunks rustling in the undergrowth and the wind sighing through the tall trees. Huge banks of ferns, tumbled down trees, ancient stumps and the occasional piece of rusting farm machinery add to the mystery and stillness. It's a magical place.
While exploring "off the path" one day we discovered another little clearing which will be perfect for our little forest hut we want to build as a refuge for meditation (Michael), naps (me!) and the occasional sleepover (both of us!) I'm so happy that Michael has turned a formerly inaccessible part of our property into such an inviting and peaceful sanctuary - thank you my dear!
I'll forgive you for speeding through the following photos - there are SO MANY of them - and these are only a small fraction of the shots I took! I am so taken with our "enchanted forest" it was hard not to include ALL of the photos but I couldn't do that to you!
Doesn't our new space look peaceful?