On Friday night we had something like six inches of snow - not masses in world terms, but as I mentioned before, we DO like to make a fuss about a little bit of weather in this country.
Where we live is on a side street so it doesn't get gritted. Which meant that on Saturday, our street, our drive and our car were all completely covered in snow.
50 minutes of fun and games with a snow shovel later, I'd got the drive and the pavement outside our house clear.
Yes, I know his isn't a massive deal to most people. But I was SO PLEASED with myself.
So pleased in fact, that I took a photo and sent it to my Dad and my wife.
If you read the comments and followed the links from my post the other day, you'll have seen that both Its a Shit Business and Stumbling in Flats seem to have started something of a mini-fuss about mindfulness and 'positive thinking'.
With this in mind, look upon my works ye mighty, and feel the raw power of what can be done when you don't take any shit* from MS. Or any other chronic condition.
(* if you're able, obviously)
Yes, I can have bad days. Sometimes I feel very sorry for myself.
But when I feel sorry for myself, does it do me any good? Does it miraculously make me feel better?
Does it make my family and loved ones feel good?
Is A BLOODY GOOD MOAN the magic bullet that scientists the world over are looking for?
I don't think so.
So lets pick our battles and celebrate the small victories. Because eventually these little victories can build up into something greater
Small acorns... mighty oaks... well, whaddya know? It's cliché-o'clock!
In all of this I'm not in any way belittling the very real problems that people have through their MS - I'm very lucky that my symptoms are fairly minor.
But there is a tendency (particularly through the dreaded #mssucks hashtag on Twitter) for people to blow up all their symptoms into another relapse or a stage in their (inevitable?) decline.
Like I said above, this doesn't do any of us any good. And it really doesn't help those that live with us.
(And if any of the above pisses you off, leave me a comment. And enjoy the fact that following the thaw yesterday, the only bit of snow left is the pile I created on my front yard when I cleared the drive - I needn't have bothered! But I'm still glad I did)