Its been unseasonably cold here on Vancouver Island..... and even colder elsewhere. Lots of snow and chilly temperatures all over. Well, at least here in the northern hemisphere! I found the picture above on line, but it easily could have been taken here with fog among the trees. These two pictures below are from our upper deck yesterday morning, and it was minus 5 degrees Celsius:
Okay, not really cold compared to some places right now but cold enough to get your attention! Seems like Old Man Winter is off to a good start this year.
|Calli *loves* the snow!|
I'm now in the process of making up a list of what I would like to bring along, and what I need to bring along! ( and have it all fit in a small overnight bag). Its hardly a vacation, but I'd rather have the items there to hand than having to wait for Bruce to bring them in the next day.
All the medical people I talk to have been telling me that so much has changed since I had my first hip replaced thirteen years ago in 2001. The first thing I noticed is how short the stay is, especially when you consider what they are doing to me! 2001: they quoted 4-6 days and I stayed 6. Now they tell you: 2-3 days. We'll see how that goes!
For my homecoming I have also been gathering together books, DVD's and some small hand work projects to do while initially recovering. I have books and recent Vav and Handwovens and also the Complex Weavers Journals to read. Then I have a lace scarf I'm knitting away on and also some small amulet knit beaded bags are under way too. I was going to warp up the table loom but they told me that sitting for any length of time like that would be better served if my legs were elevated. (you swell up pretty good!) If I am able to sit, then I might as well try treadling instead and move the legs and I have the recent scarf project still on the Louet Spring.
It crossed my mind that I may not be able to change tie up's on that loom for some time (3-4 months?) as you can't bend forward and straining the operated site for fear of a dislocation or rupture internal stitches. So there may be variations of the box pattern showing up for some time to come! I'll play with the draft on the computer and see what else I can dream up with the same tie up.
So lots of plans for my time, but the reality will be something else I'm sure! Lots of cat naps as sleeping at night is tricky. Its hurts to move in bed and laying in one position isn't good either. Since you need help to shift and rearrange all the support pillows( and just about anything else for a while) Bruce will be helping me move about and later napping himself when I am (if he's smart!)
Bruce is a good cook in the kitchen so no worries there! We are however working on how to manage a washing machine with all its water levels, temperatures and additives such as soap and softener. The complexities of darks versus lights.... hand wash versus gentle cycle. The "hang to dry" over the "tumble to a crisp" on high heat! I'm sure he will do just fine (... failing that, I can buy new duds.... with his credit card. :)
Christmas, such as it will is and will be, is all done. The cards are gathered and ready for mailing come Monday or Tuesday. There's no tree this year and no lights. We'll put up the Christmas cards we receive and I have one Christmas ball that is netted with bobbin lace out on its hanger already.
I'm also systematically giving all house plants a good soaking as no one will even think about them for a time!
So you may have figured out by now that all this is a "self created distraction" that is designed to keep me from thinking too much about what's to come!
I'm having a full general..... so start to count backwards.....
I know that there are some rough days ahead but also good ones too as I heal. I already know that the end result is worth it. Its a process much like weaving where you have to lay the ground work for a good final finish !
I''ll be back soon..... see you on the other side of this!