Sunday Outing

January 19th, 2015

It was above 50 degrees outside and since it’s January and since I hadn’t had unfiltered sunlight bathe my skin since, oh, I dunno, sometime last year in 2014, I decided to tag along with AC and Sam to the soccer pitch. And by tag along I mean: make them carry all my stuff while I hobbled the long walk from parking lot to field on crutches. AC set me up with a special chair for my foot so I could watch his pick-up game.

Foot in chair

(AC is on the far right, in white shirt).
AC pickup

Sam played with the 11-year old sister of one of the players and had a grand time exploring.

Sam and new friend

I enjoyed the sunlight while it lasted, but then every part of my body froze to ice except for my foot and leg wrapped in the cast. Note: fiberglass is good insulation! Fiber glass winter coats could be maybe a thing?

After it got too cold to play and I hobbled back to the car (didn’t warm me up as much as I’d hoped) we stopped at Trader Joe’s. While AC ran in for a few things, Sam offered to drive me a few other places.

Sam driving

My Fancy Cast and Living in the 18th Century

January 12th, 2015

My Frankenstein foot
A week ago today I traded the splint and bandages for a fiberglass cast. The cast is much lighter than the splint, but very stiff and snug. I often wake up at night with pain in some area of my foot other than the incision site. I suspect it’s just the squeezing action of the cast. About three more weeks and I’ll be free of it!

Sam Sistine Chapel cast
AC sole
But fiberglass makes a nice canvas. Sam went all Sistine Chapel on me and decorated the underside. AC did the sole, and recreated the accessory navicular (reimagined as a heart) and purple stitches on the incision site. My leg feels quite fancy now.

AN heart and stitches

In other news, Sam sewed a doll on a rainy Sunday and today prepared a chicken curry stew for the crockpot with only a little help from me. “Mom,” she said yesterday. “It’s like I’m an 18th-century girl, helping with the cooking and the sewing and making my own dolls!”

Sam makes dinner

Mom has surgery and it’s like we’re living in the 18th century. Just so.

End of Photo365

January 10th, 2015

I’m done. I think five straight years of Photo365 is a pretty good run and I am looking forward now to a break. Who knows, maybe Sam will consent to smile for the camera now that I won’t be snapping pics of her everyday? It was an interesting experiment, especially the last couple of weeks of 2014 when I was a) recovering from surgery, and b) recovering from the flu, and c) sleeping all the time. It was a struggle to photograph anything and most often I just went with whatever was right in front of me at the moment I remembered the photo project.

Now I get to see what this blog will turn into next! I hope I’ll include more stories. I’m sure I’ll continue to post photos. I hope, actually, to return to chronicling more of our lives, especially since I am going to be housebound and in a non-weight-bearing cast for three more weeks. I’m sure to get into a lot of trouble…

31 December 2014 Poetry

January 10th, 2015

Granddaddy and Sam write poetry on the last day of the year.

30 December 2014 Sinus Infection

January 10th, 2015

Sinus Infection
It just doesn’t stop…

29 December 2014 Locks of Love

December 29th, 2014

Locks of love

She did it! Sam is donating 11 inches in two pony tails to the cancer charity Locks of Love.

28 December 2014 One of the Books I Read This Week

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27 December 2014 Hairdresser

December 29th, 2014

I get my hair washed and trimmed at the hairdresser! Clean hair goes a long way toward making me feel human again.

26 December 2014 Sorry

December 29th, 2014


AC, Uncle John, Mom-Mom, and Sam play a game of “Sorry” while my sorry self (still very sick) watches on.

25 December 2014 Merry Christmas!

December 29th, 2014

Merry Christmas

24 December 2014 Christmas Eve

December 29th, 2014

Christmas Eve

23 December 2014 How We Roll

December 29th, 2014

Riding North
All three of us are sick, but Christmas is coming. We pack up the sleigh, me in the back, and ride north.

22 December 2014 Mad Men

December 29th, 2014

Mad Men
“Mad Men” is getting me through the hours I’m not sleeping.

21 December 2014 Flu

December 29th, 2014

I came down with the flu

Four days post surgery I came down with the flu. Hard.

20 December 2014 Greek Salad by Sammy

December 29th, 2014

Sammy's Greek Salad

The day after my surgery, Sam came down with the flu. Today she was well enough to make me a salad, though, while AC went into work for a couple of hours.

19 December 2014 Bedside Table

December 29th, 2014

Bedside table

18 December 2014 Healing

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17 December 2014 Splint

December 17th, 2014

The good news: all went well with surgery yesterday. They gave me a nerve block which is supposed to last 12-24 hours. As I write this, my foot and lower leg are still completely numb. I’m on pain meds already, though, for when the block subsides, which it can apparently do quite precipitously. Foot will remain in the splint for two weeks, after which they will examine the incision and then put me in a fiberglass cast.

The bad news: just this morning, Sam woke up with headache, cough and fever out of the blue. :-(

Unsurprising news for which I am quite grateful: AC is an amazing caretaker. Now he has two girls to look after.

16 December 2014 The Culprit: the Accessory Navicular

December 17th, 2014

Accessory navicular

(Blogging while I have a lucid moment). Here’s what the surgeon removed from my left foot.

15 December 2014 Gone!

December 15th, 2014

Pool table on the way out
Whoohoo! Just as I was despairing of ever getting the pool table off of our driveway, someone bought it and carried it away this afternoon. Now I don’t have to worry about backing the car into it anymore. Of course, I won’t be backing the car up at all for at least 6 weeks. Surgery is tomorrow afternoon. Updates to Monsterfool may be sparse for a few days.