It's over...


Appealing view of clouds reflecting into the body of water.
"Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland"
The country’s major exports include food products such as potatoes, lamb and beef. They also export a large amount of zinc, lead, machinery, and pharmaceuticals. Their imports include oil, aircraft parts, vehicles, and petroleum gases."
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Finally, the withdrawal is over.  It took one more night's sleep and three full days to recover.  Yesterday was a nightmare.  I was lethargic, agitated, and anxious.  I couldn't find a comfortable position as I lounged on the sofa all day and evening.  
Flowers are beginning to bloom all over Ireland as the temperatures warm.
I ate more than I usually do in an effort to not only distract myself from my state of malaise but in an attempt to nourish myself with healthy foods. I drank no less than a gallon of liquids including herbal teas, spring water and two full mugs of my usual protein smoothie.

At least twice during the day, I fell asleep on the sofa and then in the evening when we attempted to watch the show "Victoria" using the HDMI cord from my laptop to the TV but I kept falling asleep.  It was only 20:00 hrs., 8:00 pm.
Taken through the dirty windshield glass, a family of sheep "movin' on down the road."
Off to bed by two hours later, I slept another eight hours awakening at 5:30 am.  It was light when I went to bed and then again when I awoke.  The curtains in the bedroom are thin and light colored and the morning sun easily awakens us each day.  

Oddly, there are 17 hours of daylight in Ireland which will only increase as we get closer to the summer solstice.  From this site:  "What is the Summer Solstice? In Ireland and Britain, the Summer Solstice – also known as Midsummer – traditionally takes falls on June 21 each year. It is the longest day of the year, i.e. when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere."
The colors on their fleece are meant to identify them from farm to farm.  As mentioned in a post a few days ago:  Set against backdrops of rolling green hills and mountains, farmers often paint their sheep. ... Besides pure identification of the sheep in Ireland, during mating season, rams spread some color of their own. With a bag of dye tied around their neck, they leave their mark on the upper back of any ewe they mount.
As I lie in bed contemplating arising, I wondered how I'd feel when I stood up. The withdrawal symptoms after three months of painkillers, although considered relatively mild, were disabling for three days.  I didn't expect to feel better until five to seven days had passed.

As I stood up and made the bed (Tom was already up and about) I knew I was better.  I'd done the same each of the past three days forcing myself to perform small tasks and it took everything I had.  This morning, for the first time in over three months I could do so with ease.
Mom, dad, and babies sticking together.  In some breeds both the male and females have horns.
Of course, in Marloth Park, we never had to make the bed with the boys coming six or seven days a week to clean the house.  It's a big adjustment now without all this help.  The biggest issue is keeping the kitchen floor clean until Thursday when lovely Ann, our cleaner comes for three hours to do the entire house.

We were desperately needing to grocery shop today.  We had no idea what we'd have for dinner when we'd depleted all the main dish items we'd purchased a week ago.  With the small freezer, most of which is taken up by our ice cube trays, we have little room to store meats for future meals.
This sheep was fascinated with us until we made a noise and then he ran off.
Subsequently, each week we'll purchase two roasted chickens, one for shopping night and the other for the next night.  Then, if we dine out once a week, we only need freezer space to store meats and chicken for the remaining four evenings.  

The fish guy comes once a week and most likely I'll have the fresh fish that day for at least one night, while Tom has whatever we've made to last two nights.  The food storage situation is merely one of those adjustments we need to make as we continue to travel the world.

We've postponed our trip out of town that we'd mentioned a week ago.  With the challenge of the past three days and our need to purchase groceries, we'll save that for another day. Today, while out and about we'll be able to take photos to share.  

Have a spectacular day!
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Photo from one year ago today, May 20, 2018:
I sat at this table with Gail, Leslie, Pat, and Jeanine while we participated in the Royal Wedding Watch Party.  There were others that attended the party but aren't in the photo.  It was a fun day!  For more photos, please click here.

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