Sunday, November 19, 2017
Soft music, the gentle kind of music that makes you feel content with life... the view from the window as I sit and spin at the wheel makes my heart fill with gratitude for the simplicity of my life. The smoke from the chimney, dancing as it loves to do, with the fall leaves clinging tightly to the tree for as long as they can. Sunshine and shadows, contrasting the beauty. The tea kettle spitting and hissing on the stove top, at the ready to fill my cup. Chamomile tea, is the tea of choice on this chilly November morning. Soothing, and simple...no pretense.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Gray clouds racing across the sky, followed by bits of blue poking through. Colorful leaves dancing their way down to the earth. Old roses, pretty pink, fringed with the mauve of age. Damp green grass under my feet, cool, clean feeling. This is November and it if full of a beauty known to no other month.
Monday, November 13, 2017
How amazing it is to me, how fast time is flying by. We were certain that with my husbands retirement, we would have so many more hours in our days, but instead, it feels as though the days pass by more quickly. I find our days, well occupied with our hobbies, with our family and with daily tasks. I now wonder how I had so much time to sit at the computer in the past !
The word "contentment" is how I sum up my life right now. Easy flowing days turn into weeks and months. My knee replacement 7 months ago has given me freedom from pain, which allowed us to take our annual backpacking, hiking trip easier. We had so much fun. There was adventure....a bobcat fighting its prey right beside our tent one night...the sounds were terrifying. We also had a black bear get into our car, looking for food but not finding any. But it did do a lot of damage to the car trying to get into the trunk. There are stories from this trip that made the grandchildrens eyes grow wide as I recounted our adventures.
The last few months we have experienced many medical issues with our youngest daughter. Seizures, 5 surgeries and several hospitalizations. As you can see in the picture, she is doing quite well now, standing in between her husband and sister. How blessed we all feel to be seeing her health return.
Life is good, perhaps not always easy, but there is faith enough to carry us through.
Monday, April 17, 2017
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
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
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
Dear 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.
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...