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. 馃檨

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.

14 December 2014 Still With Us

December 14th, 2014

Pool table still with us
We were hoping to sell the pool table at last this weekend. We lowered the price, had a number of interested responses, two people said they’d come see it, and… it is still with us Sunday night. Would-be buyers on Craigslist are flakier than a box of corn flakes.

13 December 2014 Old Mill Trail

December 13th, 2014

Old Mill Trail
Short walk on the Old Mill Trail on a beautiful day.

12 December 2014 Ornament Craft Fair

December 12th, 2014

Ornament Craft Fair

When a homeschooling mom organized an ornament craft fair a few weeks ago, I volunteered to bring a craft, and then backed out, feeling overcommitted (3 days till surgery!) When Sam learned that “we” had backed out of the fair, she was horrified. Aghast. And she quickly took matters into her own hands. She devised her own craft, made all the materials herself, and enlisted Susie’s help so one girl could visit craft stations while the other girl ran the booth. All I had to do was drop them off and pick them up. Win-win!

11 December 2014 Haiku Writing Station

December 11th, 2014

Haiku Writing Station

I ran a Haiku unit during our monthly history club meeting. (This month’s topics included medieval Japan). I worked with two groups that self-separated along gender lines. The boys wrote a haiku about an octopus:

Stretching gracefully
The water’s blackened with ink
He is a rainbow

The girls wrote a haiku about a kitten:

The kitten is soft
She purrs loudly as she sleeps
She has sad blue eyes.

And a bonus haiku from the boys about chickens. They were tickled that they got this one to rhyme:

Smelly chicken poop
Generous egg-laying beasts
They live in a coop.

10 December 2014 Get Well Bear

December 10th, 2014

Get Well Bear
6 days until surgery and I go into hibernation mode. Now I have a buddy to hibernate with. Thanks, Mom!

9 December 2014 Season of Lights

December 9th, 2014

Season of lights
Not our house, but one around the corner.

8 December 2014 B没che de No毛l

December 8th, 2014

B没che de No毛l
I think that’s what the French Club kids were saying. We were all focused at that point on trying the b没che de No毛l that AC, Sam and I made yesterday. Today Sam and I added marizpan champignons and other tree fungi to it (cake pictured bottom right). It was tasty! French Club goes on a break now, till February hopefully, when I will be mobile post-surgery.

7 December 2014 Tool Box

December 7th, 2014

Tool Box
After an early Christmas with Grand-m猫re, Sam is now the proud owner of her very own toolbox. She and AC got to right to work, fixing my food processor.

6 December 2014 Cultured Cultures

December 6th, 2014

Fermentation Booth
Sam helped her Fermentation class run a tasting booth today at the CHEC winter festival. On offer were several different kinds of fermented vegetables and the class cookbook.

5 December 2014 Angel

December 5th, 2014


4 December 2014 The Tree

December 4th, 2014

The Tree

3 December 2014 Wish

December 3rd, 2014


2 December 2014 Abundance

December 2nd, 2014


1 December 2014 Bonjour, Amis

December 1st, 2014

Bonjour Amis
How is it December already? Only one more French Class till we break for the holidays and my surgery.

30 November 2014 Taters

November 30th, 2014


We got to dig potatoes today in our friend’s garden. I think Sam and I will try to raise our own crop next year.

29 November 2014 First Sleepover Away

November 30th, 2014

First sleepover
Just at Susie’s across the street, but still– a milestone!

28 November 2014 Patches the Shop Cat

November 28th, 2014

Patches the shop cat
We had two cats lodge in the basement last night. Patches enjoyed AC’s shop.