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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I wanted to drive the Karma bus, not be a passenger.

I am happy to report that my progress is ongoing and rather seamless.  There seems to be only one snag - all the abuse that was heaped on the other hip/knee/leg has made itself known.  As one side strengthens, the other side goes south.  At least I will know what to expect on the next bionic implant.  Pfft.

Slimmie is aces at ignoring winter.

My attendance at PT sessions has been steady and, according to Ashlee, my 12 year old therapist, I am making great progress.  Her preternatural perkiness and sweetness hides a will of steel.  If I start to whine, she grips her clipboard, dimples and says, "let's just do eight more."

I have taken over all my outdoor chores - and I am certain I heard shouts of joy coming from the direction of my neighbor's house.  The sheep looked at me suspiciously, the llama was happy to hear my voice (graham crackers) and I am starting to feel like normalcy is within reach.   Whatever normal will be.  Now, if the snow would just stop falling.  Yesterday was my first full day - sheep feeding, chicken tending, post office visiting, and trash hauling.  I was exhausted but happy.

Lovey wouldn't mind an early spring.

In a conversation with a friend about our retirements - she and I both retired last year - she, willingly, with lots of foresight and planning, while mine was foisted upon me, with lots of whining and fussing and little planning - we both agreed that, thanks to Covid, it was hard to distinguish between retirement and quarantine.  Or, at least, it was hard to grasp that we are retired.  I still have dreams about forgetting to clock out or in at work.  I'm placing all my hope apples in the spring basket, so to say.  I've gone through all my seeds and have started making lists.  Lists always make me feel so organized and in charge.  Ha.

Peanut just wants to know 
if it's time for dinner.  It's not.


18 comments:

Mama Pea said...

First off, your animal pictures are precious. It's just too bad they're suffering so much in the cold and snow you're experiencing.

I have been watching your weather and can hardly believe the snow days following snow days you're having. You really should have been given our (still) slight snow cover and now days above freezing. Our thin blanket of snow is melting as we speak.

Bless those therapists who can be kind and compassionate while inflicting great pain. Years ago when I had first one and then the other frozen rotator cuff, my wiry therapist (I'm sure I out-weighed him by about 20 lbs.) would crank on my shoulder so hard unwilling tears would stream down my cheeks. He always kindly handed me a tissue and said, "Let's do 5 more of these and it will feel better next time."

Keep up the good work . . . so your remaining "real" leg can mend.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your animals all look so comfy! Glad you are progressing nicely with your recovery.

Michelle said...

It must be the grinding realization that I am in charge of NOTHING that has led to the demise (mostly) of my list-making....

Theresa Y said...

Those beasties of your look like they're livin' large! They look so snuggled up and comfortable. We do spoil our children don't we!!

Theresa Y said...

Opps, forgot to say how glad I am you're on the mend too.

Susan said...

What is that wonderful turban like thing engulfing Slimmie? I want one, human sized. I caught your post early as I'm struggling to write something for our garden club blog. It will be about snowdrops, all I have so far. Aren't these youngsters currently supplying healthcare wonderful? My ticker is playing up. I spent last weekend at the ER surrounded by same such lovelies including three handsome young doctors who looked like they all played on the same rugby team. They were fine specimens of manhood, I can tell you! Conversely all the nurses were tiny little things buzzing around efficiently with pony tails bouncing as they went. I may have avoided my lost weekend if I hadn't cut down a tree the day before so please do not follow my example and overdo it.

Joanne Noragon said...

My youngest daughter, who also has a real job, asked me today how I spend my time. She cannot imagine a Covid life.

Goatldi said...

You rock it my dear! Attitude and altitude you goπŸ‘

Debby said...

Settle down, sistah, and take your seat on the Karma bus. It could be worse; you could be getting run over by it.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm so glad that you are so mended that you can start to tend to your animals. That must feel good! Look at everyone all nestled in their beds. I am about three weeks from my retirement. It is a strange combination of dread, anxiety as I go over and over the lists in my head - have I forgotten something??, and the whole surreal feeling that even though I'll have new found freedom, I still really won't be able to do much. You'll have to give me some pointers (but I'm not really wanting surgery right when I retire so don't suggest that, haha). -Jenn

ellen abbott said...

We had a taste of your winter for a full week and I DON'T LIKE IT. glad to hear progress is being made.

Kristina said...

Oh my...that photo of lovey. So precious.

Steve Reed said...

Lovey looks very comfortable! I'm glad the leg is getting better and therapy is going well, but I'm sorry the other one is acting up now. If it's not one thing, it's another, right?! We're all pinning our hopes and expectations on spring, I think.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

I actually understand what you're talkin about! I had a huge bone spur on my left foot and I was limping around with that for a good year. When I got it removed and started straightening up and walking more normally my right hip really started screaming. I had been limping in an odd position for so long that my back and hip on the other side kind of got used to it. Lots of Chiropractic later I finally was able to walk upright and straight and everything was normal. Lucky me! Glad you're doing so well and Lovie looks just buried and blankets haha. I miss having

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Retired Knitter said...

So I guess I didn’t really know where you are located and I re-checked your “About Me” note - ahh... Upstate New York! My sincerest sympathies! The storms that dropped ice and a few inches of snow on me dropped feet of the white stuff on my neighbors to the north. I love one good snow storm that stops everything - but ONE is the operative word and I am better than you guys in the north have lost count.

Glad you are doing well. Healing just takes time at our age.

I love your pet pictures. Animals (indoor and outdoor) make life worth living I firmly believe. In fact I would rather spend all my time with animals rather than people. One physician co-worker heard me say that and he noted, “Sounds like someone has been badly disappointed by people in the past!” Well ... yes! And not just once either. Animals are pure souls that live in the moment and have no underlying motivations. What wonderful companions you have while you get better.

Carolyn said...

I'm glad you're getting back to "normal" (relatively speaking, of course). I think of you often, really I do, and been sending well wishes and good thoughts your way....even lit an incense or five for you during your healing. Sorry I've been MIA!

wyomingheart said...

So great that you are getting back to your routine. I am sorry to hear that your other hip is bothering now. Hope you have better weather soon!