Monday, April 17, 2017

Recovery


Just a quick little update to let you all know that your prayers and well wishes were so very appreciated.   I am recovering quite nicely and was up walking one hour after surgery.  I am two weeks into my recovery now and walking without the use of a walker or cane.  I take the cane with me when we go out, just as a safe measure.   The hardest part of my recovery has been not being able to go outside and see my roses each day.    The pain has been quite manageable and although I do not like the feeling of being tired, physical therapy would not be possible without the help of pain medication.   The Doctor and therapist all tell me I am a "rockstar" in regards to my quick recovery.   Hoping to hit the trails this fall and get some hiking done.   Thank you again for your kind emails and the many prayers.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Prayers Please....Knee Replacement Tomorrow



Tomorrow, April 3,  at 12:30 I will be having my knee replacement surgery and I would covet your prayers for the surgeon, for my dear husband (so he won't worry too much) and for me, that all go well and that my recovery go well. I know the Lord will be with me, but there is comfort in knowing others are praying for you. Thank you in advance.
I am going to be in the surgery center for just 24 hours if all goes according to plans.  I am thrilled to be able to recover at home.  I will have a nurse come in a few times and have physical therapy at home until I can leave the house.   I am thankful for such good health that allows me to have such a short stay. 
I know this will not be an easy peasy recovery but I will get to enjoy looking out the window of my bedroom and seeing my rose garden and that will be a wonderful delight.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Preparation







One week from tomorrow I am scheduled to have a total knee replacement.  So, I have been busy in the garden this past week in preparation for being laid up for a bit.   I am hoping to be able to sit on the porch quite a bit while recovering and enjoying watching the garden grow !    Each morning that I have been outside, digging in the dirt, planting a new flower bed under the kitchen windows by the St Swithun climbing rose bushes, tending to the grape vines, feeding the multitude of rose bushes, planting some vegetable seeds in the raised beds, or thinning out the iris and day lilies, I have felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for having the blessings on land with which to garden.   The wisteria filled the morning and evening air with its delightful sweet scent as I watered the roses and the birds sang to me as I sat on the side of the raised beds.  Its the perfect place to pray, to think and to get some exercise.   
I am excited about my upcoming surgery, as I know its step number one on the road to having my hiking life back.  Not looking forward so much to the recovery part as people have told me, its not pain free...but, no pain, no gain as they say.
Along with the gardening, I have been swimming at least 1,000 meters several times a week and doing a lot of bicycling to build up the muscles in my leg.  
I have ordered several books to read and have a good supply of yarn on hand for knitting.  Emery will help me warp the loom so I can sit and weave during my recovery time too.  Aging has its down side, like my knee giving way, but that is a small thing compared to all the blessings that surround me.   Life is good and God is ever watching over me.  I would love some prayer on April the 3rd as the doctor replaces my worn out knee with a brand new replacement.   

 

Friday, March 03, 2017

Love With Action And Truth

1 John 3:18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

For nearly a year now, we have been caring for my 95 year old father that came to live near us.  For a few months, he lived with us but we could tell he wanted a bit more independence. So we were blessed with being able to get him into Assisted Living just down the road from us, less than a mile away.   This has been a learning experience for us.  Learning what sort of things we need to have in order by the time we reach the years where we are not able to do things for ourselves.  We are learning a new level of patience and acceptance for the things that will never change.  Its a blessing in many ways but it is hard in many many ways.  We have days filled with Dr visits, medication lists, hard choices and a lot of running errands.  I am learning so much about my husband through all this.   He is a saint of a man.  His patience with my dad is never ending.  He has a willingness to help my dad at any hour for as long as my dad needs him.  Its beautiful to watch.  Its a gift to my heart to see the gentleness of the man I love in dealing with my father.   
However, I do seem to have less and less time on the computer.  A quick post here or there on Facebook is about it.
Next month I may have a bit more time as I will be having knee replacement.  I guess my last backpacking trip just blew that arthritic knee out completely.   Last MRI showed a lot more damage to the knee.  I am looking forward to having the surgery done and having the pain gone.   I am still swimming my laps several times a week and getting on the stationary bike for some good long rides, but walking is not so much fun. 
Life is good, despite a few little bumps in the road.   I feel blessed.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Winter Morning







Nature is sleeping, it is winter. The vibrant colors have faded, replaced by subtle shades of fade. Beauty can still be found all around, in shapes, and in the puffed up feathers of the birds, chasing off the morning chill. The sun, dulled by a sky filled with ice crystals, has an ethereal beauty that stirs the soul. The bare branches, showing their form and shape, delicate like the veins in the hand of an well used hand. How blessed we are to have eyes to see and words to express the beauty around us. Life is amazingly wonderful !

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Christmas Season

I was putting away some of my Christmas decorations and feeling a bit sad, since I love the Christmas season so much. All the vibrant colors, the scents and the joyfulness that goes along with the holidays. I sat down for my breakfast, using my favorite, Twas the Night Before Christmas dishes and smiling at how the decorations, casually sitting on the table near me, waiting to be put away in a box for another year, matched my breakfast dishes so nicely. It was nice to take a quiet little break and just enjoy the last of the Christmas season.
Its been a very busy month for me, both my daughter and father were in the hospital at the same time, on the same floor of the hospital.  There have been many issues to deal with regarding my Dads failing health that have kept me a bit stressed and very busy seeking the resources he needs in order to stay in his apartment as is his wish.   
Christmas eve, there were four generations at my table, ages 2-95.  I felt so blessed, so full of this love that spanned the generations.   We laughed, we ate, we shared fond memories and complained a bit about the very warm weather.  It always feels a bit "wrong" to have windows and doors open on Christmas eve.  We all like that winter feel of the season.  Warm sweaters, hats and gloves.  Warm puffs of air kissing the dark cold night as we say goodnight to one another at the door.  As the evening came to an end, with the little ones anxious to go to bed so Santa could come, I gathered all 5 grandchildren around me and read, "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to them,  hardly glancing at the words as I so long ago memorized this wonderful poem.   I felt so full of love, so full of hope, and so delighted that we could all be together.  
So, this morning, as I ate my breakfast, smiling at the words that go round the tea cup, I felt a bit sad that the holidays are over for another year.    
On January 2nd, I will start making presents for next Christmas, filling my special red hat box with socks, hats, hand made sheep, deer and bunnies.  Life is good.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The True Beauty of The Season




The Christmas season is one of my all time favorite times of the year.   I love the colors, the scents, the tastes, the laughter, the elements of anticipation and surprise.  I find joy in the happiness of this holiday.   But, the most important aspect for me is the true beauty of the season, the love.  The love that was born so long ago, that we celebrate during this season.  The transforming love that came from one life, one tiny baby, born in a stable.  Humility personified.  An example of how to live our lives with compassion, non-judgment, and empathy.  We celebrate all the good things in life at this time and many of us, seek to find deeper meaning in the way we live our lives at this time of the year.  Seeking to be more like Christ.  To look past the shopping madness and look inward and in turn, manifest goodness to those we love, to those less fortunate and for those with deep aches in their hearts. 
This is what the holiday season is about, the true meaning.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mei-Ling


I am not sure how it is that time has past so quickly that it has been months since I have posted.  We were sure that once we retired, we would have more time than we needed, but instead, it seems like we still need more hours each day to do all the things we want to.
The 3rd of November, Mei-Ling had a planned surgery to revise a previous surgery.  Everything seemed to go just fine, until it was discovered she had a pretty serious infection.  Emergency surgery was done last week and the next morning another surgery to do some additional repairs that were needed.   I think that was surgery #35 or somewhere around that number.  She is on isolation due to the infection and having an open wound.    It looks as if she will be hospitalized for many more days and she is beyond discouraged.  She hates missing school and no one likes being stuck in bed in a hospital room for this amount of time.  She cannot get out of bed, or leave her room.   My heart bleeds for her.  Today she had a little melt down, to which she is surly entitled and cried for quite some time.   She has been a real trooper, enduring pain which I cannot even imagine.  
I would love to have her flooded with get well wishes.  Fill her room with cards that will make her smile.  I am organizing a "card shower" for her, asking people to send her get well cards.   If you would like to participate, just email me at pasuhi54  @ msn.com for the address of the hospital.   You dear readers have been following her since she was a new born and I know so many of you feel like you know her.   She is still using the prayer quilt made for her several years ago.  
Thank you and of course, please pray for her to recover quickly. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Food For The Long Haul



A backpacking trip that lasts for weeks, requires lots of careful planning.  There are several lists posted on my refrigerator and one corner of the living room is piled high with what we will pack in the car as our resupply station.    I have been having so much fun making our meals for this trip.  All our meals will be of the "just add water" variety.  Little bags with complete meals fill our food storage container.   Freeze dried vegetables and fruits have made the preparation quite easy.  Instant rice, couscous, powdered eggs, dehydrated soy meat substitutes and milk have made it so these little meals are balanced and good tasting.
My dining room table resembled a little factory last week.    We saved a lot of money by making our own meals and not buying the already prepared backpacking meals.  Plus, I know first hand all that is in the meals and can easily adjust the seasonings to our personal preferences.

A New Adventure


It was at this same time last year, that we were preparing for our camping adventure in Colorado and New Mexico.  This year we are upping it a notch and adding in lots more backpacking trips, as we have next years trip in mind already.   This year we plan on heading to the Rocky Mountains and get some serious backpacking trips under our belts.   This is nothing new to us, hiking and backpacking have been a part of my life since I was 10 years old and as soon as we got married, nearly 38 years ago, I introduced it to Emery and he loved it from the start.  
Life is about living out your dreams and even more so when you are retired and have the time to do the things you love.  Such is the case for us.  We have the time to do what we love.  I recently read a quote about backpacking that made me laugh, simply due to the truth of it. It went something like this. . ." backpacking is where you spend a fortune to live like a homeless person."     This year our hikes require more equipment than in previous years.  Bigger backpacks, better rain gear, better water purifiers etc.  But next years adventure that's in the planning stages, hiking the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, will require even more !  But, what fun we are having and what fun we will have.  But beyond the beauty and serenity of our back country hiking, is something deeply profound.  We learn what we are made of, how strong our determination is.  In swimming, I have leaned that there are days when the first 500 meters are tough, but as soon as I push past that feeling of wanting to quit, I find that I can go on for so much further. Usually I manage to climb out of the water after 1500 meters, with a feeling of accomplishment that invigorates me for the rest of the day.  I have leaned that in many areas of life, once we push past the difficult stage, we can go on for so much longer.     I am looking forward to this years backpacking trip to discover more about what I can do at age 62.   I am excited about seeing new horizons, new mountain tops, and new paths.   We look forward to new challenges and so we are setting the bar higher each year.    Life is good, it really is.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Retirement Joy






What fun we are having being retired !  We thought time would slow down when we retired, but not so, it seems we don't have enough days in the week to accomplish all that we want to do.   Emery and I love spending every moment together and it seems we just laugh half of each day because we are having such fun. 
The Spring time was busy for us, gardens to get into shape after the winter, and we each had projects we were involved in.  For me, it was knitting socks for our late summer hiking and camping adventure, and for Emery, it has been keeping up with the gardens and having plenty of time to read the books on his list.   
At the end of April my dad, now 94 flew out to see us and will be leaving the middle of August.  How sad it will be to see him go.   He is doing well, but at this stage of his life, he is beginning to see some changes in what he can and cannot do.  Before he came out here, he did the difficult thing of selling his car and no longer driving.  Its been so hard on him.  He is an independent man. 
The Grandblessings are getting big, Mei-Ling is now 9 and has been doing great.  Soon Elizabeth will be 9 also.  Yen is now 6 and Victoria is soon to follow him.   Axel, he is two now and such a joy.  We are so blessed to have our children and grandchildren close and what joy it is to see them all often.   A close knit family is a source of great happiness.
Its now, hot summer here.  Heat indexes of over 100 for what seems like weeks on end.  The upcoming trip to the mountains will be a welcomed change of temperatures.
Soap was made last month and yesterday I trimmed the bars and have them stored away.  The lavender scent, filling the cabinet.   Daily we check the fig tree for just the right moment to pick and then dry the figs, and also keeping an eye on the Elderberry bushes.  We are out of elderberry syrup from last years harvest and I must say I am more than anxious to be restocked.   Elderberry syrup kept us free of colds and flu all winter, but when we ran out in April, I caught a nasty case of walking pneumonia.  No fun at all.
As you can see, we have been busy and I don't see any slowing down any time soon.  
Life is good and happiness and contentment fill each second of every day.