24 July 2014 Miss Larson’s Grammar [Sic] Class

July 24th, 2014

Grammar CLass

Miss Larson’s spelling isn’t quite up to snuff, but she seems to know her grammar.

23 July 2014 Catching the CAT

July 23rd, 2014

Catching the CAT
We caught the CAT today (Cville Area Transit) since this hop-along Mama isn’t currently driving because of her booted foot. The bus riding was a success on all fronts. I love it when other people drive me places.

22 July 2014 Dinner!

July 22nd, 2014

Edible fruit basket
Healthy and delicious. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

21 July 2014 Non Weight Bearing

July 21st, 2014

Non weight bearing work around
My current work-around for staying off my foot in the kitchen.

20 July 2014 Sam’s Stuffed Super Shepherd Pepper

July 20th, 2014

Super shepherd stuffed pepper
Try saying that a few times in a row! Sam is helping me prepare meals, now that I am not supposed to be on my feet much at all. Tonight she wanted to prepare a little something on the side of her own invention: super shepherd pepper from the garden stuffed with leftover rice and parmesan cheese.

19 July 2014 Nanking Cherry

July 20th, 2014

Nanking Cherry
Our wonderful neighbors gave us two lovely new additions to our yard: Nanking cherry trees. Sam named them David and Goliath. Here she is holding up David in his new spot. Brute Goliath will be planted next to him.

18 July 2014 Impromptu Sprinkler

July 18th, 2014

Sprinkler in backyard
It was not a warm evening, but when AC accidentally dropped the garden hose and it shot up into a fountain, Sam and Susie immediately went into sprinkler mode.

17 July 2014 New Accessory

July 17th, 2014

accessory air cast boot
for my accessory navicular :-(

So here’s the foot story: back in March I injured my left foot while playing soccer. I don’t remember any specific trauma, just that it hurt afterward and was very sore and swollen the next day. I took it easy for the next few days, figuring I’d pulled or stretched something, and that it would eventually calm down.

It calmed down some, but two months later there was still pain, so I finally went to a doctor. Turns out I have accessory navicular syndrome. The navicular is a normal bone that humans have near the instep. I, however, in addition to the navicular, have an accessory navicular in both feet. The accessories never properly fused to the naviculars during foot development, and so probably some twisting, pivoting motion of the foot–as athletes commonly do in sports like soccer–wrenched the accessory away from the main navicular.

I’ve been wearing an ankle brace and orthotic insert in my shoe for the past two months in the hopes that that would help the connective tissues between accessory and navicular heal, but really I can’t tell much of a difference. There’s always some pain. Walking or any weight-bearing exercise makes it worse.

Sigh. So now we try 6 weeks of immobilization in the air cast, and evaluate after that. We’re hoping to avoid surgery. Crutches are also an option, as is a kneeling walker (AC is pushing for that). Regardless, I’m not going to be as mobile as I like to be for the next few weeks. Fingers and toes crossed! Well, as much as I can in the air cast.

16 July 2014 Batter Up

July 17th, 2014

Batter Up

15 July 2014 Things That Don’t Belong in an Upside Down Umbrella

July 17th, 2014

cat in umbrella

14 July 2014 Popsicle Girls

July 14th, 2014

Popsicle night
I asked them to pose with their popsicles on this very warm night and this is what they did.

13 July 2014 Lionel Messi Pancake

July 13th, 2014

Lionel Messi pancake
Sam and AC made me a number 10 pancake for Argentina’s Lionel Messi this morning, in honor of the World Cup final. Argentina lost, but Messi did win the Golden Ball award. And the pancake was quite tasty.

12 July 2014 Supermoon

July 12th, 2014


11 July 2014 I Forget What These Are Called

July 11th, 2014

Forget these flowers
But I enjoy seeing them every July.

Update: Grandma Carolyn reminded me that these are called Pansophical! How could I forget that? Great name for a lovely flower.

10 July 2014 Alex the Screech Owl

July 10th, 2014

Alex the Screech Owl
One of the ambassador animals at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

9 July 2014 Dinner

July 9th, 2014

Sushi and cukie dinner
When Sam and I are on our own for dinner… Second cuke from our garden + sushi.

8 July 2014 Rainbow

July 8th, 2014


7 July 2014 Earning Her Keep

July 7th, 2014

Earning her keep

6 July 2014 Afternoon at the Pool

July 6th, 2014

Afternoon at the pool

5 July 2014 Kung Fu Birthday Party

July 5th, 2014

Kung Fu Birthday
Punching and kicking allowed and encouraged at Benjamin’s birthday party.