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Monday, February 22, 2016

Another Trip To Camp.

My friend is here for a visit.  It is so good to see Jeanne.  Sleep will be difficult to find around here and my jaw muscles are getting a work out.  It is so good to spend time with her.

So we decided to get into camp today because the temperatures will be getting cold again.  It was scary to go down that path and ice around the steps was very slippery.  I used my ski poles and made it.  

Jeanne was thrilled to see camp. She says the pictures are great but she didn't realize how big it is or that there are two bedrooms and the loft is huge and fantastic.  

It was very cold in there but it was so good to see.  I did have to sit a bit.  My knee told me about the visit later in the day but it was worth it.

That is the bunk room/hallway/storage room. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

White Snow on a White Afghan

I haven't been doing much with my cross stitch.  Exercising my knee can be considered a full time job! I am now driving to Physical Therapy. That trip includes some errands and takes half the day.  Yesterday I ate lunch and then took naps all afternoon.  I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to sleep last night.  I slept all night!  I must need to rest.  I have stayed very busy since surgery, which is now one month ago.  Tomorrow I have a friend coming to stay for about ten days.  We should have fun cleaning out old stash that I know I will never stitch.  Talk about a project!  

Meanwhile here is an updated photo of the afghan.  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Big Christmas Tree

I have been spending some time stitching.  The afghan is perfect for subzero temperatures. It is bitter, bitter cold here.  I am enjoying it.

I also spent some time in My Room.  I started a journal for that room when we moved here five years ago.  (Wow, how can it be that long?). Anyway, when I have time to spend in that room, I journal about creative thoughts, craft plans, oh, the list can go on and on.  I didn't spend a lot of time there last year due to the knee issues.  Today I went in to do some cleaning and found my journal. I haven't written in it for 14 months.  That Is Just Wrong!  I can sit at the desk now without the knee giving me a fit.  There is hope.  

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Cardinal in the Christmas Tree

I finally settled down long enough to stitch.  I am working on the Christmas afghan.  With a super cold weather of late, the afghan is a good idea.  One new problem is that my middle finger on my left hand is numb, the whole inside length of it.  Result is surgery?  Or perhaps it was overused communicating over the last few weeks.  The doctors seem to think it will go away with time.  I hope so as stitching is strange when you can't feel the needle.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Morning Visitors

Winter has arrived. It is cold outside and expected to get colder.  We should have been seeing this all along but suddenly we seem surprised and unprepared. I am being good and staying warm inside. No trips planned for the weekend with the super cold weather coming.  This morning it warmed my heart to see my visitors.  Picture post card time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Slowly I am returning

This is a struggle.  All my numbers are good.  I am doing okay.  My emotional life is in turmoil. I am a bit surprised how this has affected me.  I am trying to hang on to the idea that each day does get better as time goes on.  And time will keep marching on. 

I am returning to my life. I am doing things I should be doing.  Not stitching. I want to stitch.  I know I will feel better once I have returned to my passion.  I know. But there it sits.  

Our area has had just a touch of snow.  It is pretty to see. I watched the deer this morning.  I do live in a picture post card.  (Do people remember picture post cards?). 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sorry, sorry, sorry

The progress at camp continues.  I know because I was there yesterday!  Believe it or not, I was able to get there just two weeks after surgery.  The new mantle, made from a barn beam saved from the old camp was a delight to see.

I should have gotten back here sooner.  I am home!  I am doing fantastic according to doctors, therapists and family members.  It is difficult and hard to do. I won't lie. However, I am making progress.  I came home from the rehab hospital last Monday morning. I cried when I saw the garage.  Then I was faced with a walker to deal with.  That lasted one day.  Then I started using my canes.  Just a day later, I walked down the hall without a cane.  I am still using canes to go out, get in and out of the car, and in the house especially in the morning.  But it is all good.  I am improving every day.  

For those that are unaware, after knee surgery they measure the bend if your knee for flexibility. Doctors like to see numbers above 90 and consider 120 the max.  Last Tuesday I measured 95. Then on Thursday it was 105!  Taking that measurement is painful and provides a great stretch on the knee. Once complete the knee is much more flexible so there is incentive to keep doing it.  I now have a morning exercise program and another for the afternoons.  

It is good to be home.