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.