Kermit Rocks!

After 2.5 years of huge energy deficits, I almost don’t know what to do with myself when I actually have some energy left after a 9-hour day at work. In the past, I’d just come home, have a shower, fix dinner, eat and go to bed.

But today, I still felt good after coming home and having dinner. The westerly was only 15kph, the skies were clear and not smoky, and the next two days don’t look like they will be suitable weather-wise for riding. There’s still daylight left past 8.30pm.

So, of course, I jumped on the bike with the guys and did 28 kms return on a trip down to a river crossing. I am so pleased with myself 🙂

Now you may not remember, but Kermit rocks! His song, Rainbow Connection, was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar in 1979. He was robbed that year. He has also starred in some videos. See below.


So Kermit wanted to rock today! While I was inflating the floaties, he went for a ride around the reserve to see if he could find some rocks for the challenge. Poor Verne, slow as any turtle, did his best to keep up on foot and take the photos.

Kermit gets into the action for the January rocks challenge.

Kermit heard that you had to climb the rock to qualify for the challenge.

For Mr Stone – a frog on a rock.

He also decided to get a little tricky. He said he wondered if Greg could match “riding backwards uphill with no hands.” I said, “I don’t think he takes dares from frogs.” But here is some inspiration if you feel like getting tricky.

We did manage to get in a float, too. The guys are so happy I am firing on more cylinders now. They’ve been bored out of their little minds for some time now.

I love riding in the evenings. The roads are quiet. The sun angle is low. It is so peaceful. The busyness of the day is all gone and I imagine everyone at home relaxing on their lounges or around the dinner table as I ride by. It makes the day feel like it has order and continuity, even in a world with little of that anymore.

I like this ride over to the Everton area because of the big red gums scattered in the paddocks. Here are a few of my favs.

I love all the wild branches going everywhere in red gums. This one is along an ephemeral creek
I love this trio of clustered trees when I ride past. You can’t tell how big these are in this photo, but they are easily 120 years old.
This is the far right tree in the trio. I love its size and shape.
Multi-stemmed trunk anyone?

It’s late enough in the day to have a shadow companion – but still in the middle of summer, so the companion is pretty short and stocky instead of long and skinny. Or maybe it’s all the weight I’ve put back on!

We did get decent rain Sunday night and Monday. Mt Buffalo got 36mm which decreased fire activity and reduced the smoke. It’s still considered uncontained and active, but it is not causing any danger on this side at the moment. It was really nice to be able to see the mountain again today, and actually be able to see some detail on it instead of just an outline.

There is fire on top, fire along the front and in the valley below it. There is fire in the hills to the right and all in between, too. That fire is still active and uncontained, but this side of it is not causing problems at the moment. Compare this to the pic from a few weeks ago that was nothing but pink and smoke.

And so things are looking better, for the fire situation and for my health. I went back to the doctor yesterday. He says I need to do two more rounds of antibiotics in February to make sure my body has well and truly kicked out the bartonella.

BUT… drum roll…

he says after that I can start working to regain fitness again!!!!  Yippeee!!!!! Originally he said another 9-12 months of rest. But he is very pleased with my body’s response to the antibiotics. He also upgraded my prognosis to FULL RECOVERY!!!!! He had previously said 85%.

He says he sees no reason that, within a couple years, I can’t get back to the capacity I had before West Nile wiped me out and then bartonella came along for the ride. I will forever have to be careful, as once you have ME/CFS, you can always relapse… but he said I should be able to do everything I did before. Below is Kermit’s reaction to the news:





Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

12 response to "Kermit Rocks!"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: January 21, 2020

    Oh, my gosh, Em. I almost cried reading this to Rachael while we were waking up this morning. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard such happy news. Go, Em!

    Nice rocks too, btw.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 22, 2020

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, I almost wanted to hug him, and I don’t like to hug anyone, and he isn’t the sort of guy that you would hug!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: January 21, 2020


    I had fun watching the two Kermit music videos too. His David Byrne impersonation was spot-on, and I ended up watching “Drives Me Crazy” three times to try to figure out who some of the guest vocalists were. I still didn’t get them all.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 22, 2020

      Yes, I love Kermit in the Talking Heads video. That’s one of my favs – prob because I’ve often said that in life: how the heck did I get HERE? The other video is hard because you have to think back to who was popular 30 years ago and what they looked like then. I thought Gilbert Gottfried had died, but he is still alive. I didn’t get everyone either. I still have the CD that song is from though. I think it is called Kermit: Unpigged as a take on the MTV Unplugged series that was popular at the time.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 21, 2020

    Fantastic News!! Just Absolutely Fantastic!!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 22, 2020

      🙂 Yes, it is the most wonderful thing ever to be given your life back. It’s been a very long 2.5 years. The doc didn’t want to be too optimistic to start since the symptoms all overlapped between West Nile, ME/CFS and the bacteria. It was hard to know what was causing what and we had to wait to see how much went away when the virus was eliminated.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 23, 2020

    Just reading your post and seeing all the Kermit shenanigans, I could see how much more energy you have now. Yoohoo! Glad you found that doctor. And that you are so determined.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 24, 2020

      Thanks, Suzanne. Yes, I am sooooooo glad I found the doctor and he agreed to take me on. No one else could find that secondary infection and who knows how much longer I would have felt like crap.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 23, 2020

    Good for you!

    Also, kudos to Kermit for his successful bouldering. Now I need to up my game.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 24, 2020

      Poor Kermit has a broken shoulder and a lot of other age-related issues, so making it to the top of the rock was a big accomplishment for him. I heard some cursing coming from over that way as he clambered up there.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: January 24, 2020

    OH YES!!!!! If I could gyrate like Kermit, and video tape it, I would. It would not be pretty but you get the idea. So so happy that you found the doctor who would apparently have the answer for you. You rock Em, and your patience and adherence to listen to you body, as well as the docs, have paid off. This is such GREAT news. Welcome to the return to you life ;’-)

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 24, 2020

      Thanks so much, Nancy. I felt like I could almost cry when given that news. I’m ready to just go for it right now and ride hard! But… I know I need to not go crazy since pushing yourself physically dampens your immune system and I don’t want that bartonella (if there is any left) to get any ideas about reoccupying me until I get through those two rounds of antibiotics to ensure it is gone. But after that, holy moly, am I ever ready to ride!!!!!

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