Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back from the Brink

I have safely evaded the reaper yet again! No, just kidding, it wasn't all that bad, but there were some moments that were hard to endure. You really don't want to hear about it, do you? Call me if you do, but trust me, it's a long and painful story.....

I am so grateful to be home and intact. My dear husband is taking such good care of me, I think he should have had a career in nursing. Today we walked to the end of our city lot, about 100 yards each way... doesn't sound like much, but on day 3 post-op, it is pretty darn good. The grass seems so much greener and the flowers are so vibrant. Hospitals need to be sterile and institutional,,,, but.........Home is good.

I did have some issues with pain control and my body's reaction to the drugs. Some drugs had no effect at all and other were so strong I hated it! You hear about people addicted to oxy-contin,,, I can't imagine that...I had one dose and felt like the world had turned upside more of that stuff for me. I simply cannot understand what might be "recreational" about that drug.

That's all for now, more later..........

Monday, August 17, 2009

Summer flying by

Summer is flying past, soon the snow will deep all around and the memories of summer days will have to warm us. We spent the day today in Wisconsin Dells and despite a drizzling rain we had a good time.

Shopping for trinkets was high on Emili's list of things to do.

Bouncing on the bed in the hotel room was a priority, too

We have had lots of family gatherings lately. Anniversaries, birthdays and just hanging out/

Oh, and some family members have been put to work when they drop by.
Clay and his friends did a great job removing the roof. It just happened to be the only truly hot day of this unusually cold season.
Signs of fall are all around. The corn is tall, kids are planning to go back to school and I have been spotting flocks of blackbirds... I intend to enjoy every day that is left of summer.
Oh, but I do love Autumn......

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 1

It's raining, just a little. It has been a dry and cool summer. Rain would be welcome, but I am enjoying the cool temps. Our little house is hard to keep cool most summers. Summer means the air conditioner runs almost every day. Not this year, only for a week in June and just an occasional day since then... should be good for the budget, too.

What have I been doing?

We went to the cabin last weekend, it was cool and rainy, but time spent there is always good for me, even if the weather is yucky. No swimming, but we did pick blueberries, and a few raspberries in between raindrops.
This weed grow in the ditch along the road at the cabin.. I identified it as "Fireweed". Beautiful.

A very cool coffee pot was hiding in the cupboard at the cabin all these years... I found it and tried it. The coffee was fantastic! maybe it was the north woods atmosphere, but still....
I became a coffee drinker in the early years of the MR.COFFEE phenomenon.. my parents drank instant coffee back then, and my Nana had her own way of making coffee. She would boil the grounds in a kettle and then pour in COLD water to settle the grounds...yum....I loved her coffee..
Over the years, I have owned drip coffee makers, and drank instant(yuck), used a french press, and now I have a fancy Kuerig that uses coffee "pods". I have never used a coffee percolator before.Except those huge ones used at funerals and such occasions when huge doses of coffee must be at the ready. (?)
I was fascinated by the mechanics of this little marvel. Being clear Pyrex helped, I watched as the water became drinkable coffee.... I literally stood at the stove and watched it bubble up and drip down... Maybe that is why it tasted so good... I am easily entertained. And it was raining.
I have been sewing mittens

And staying healthy....except for my used-up knee.