Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Year of Ups and Downs and Sidetracks

We're well into the third quarter of the year, and so far it has been a strange year for me.  I started out in February with a left knee replacement.  Having been through several back surgeries, I expected a quiet, restful recuperation.  I quickly found out that was not to be the case with knee surgery.  Immediate manipulation and therapy was necessary to keep scar tissue from forming.  And it happened to be extremely painful, she says, sobbing.  Home therapy was followed by outpatient therapy, all of which was painful and time consuming.  The surgery was successful, although total recuperation is still ongoing.  

The last thing I would have wished for is to have to do that same thing all over again on my right knee. But that's exactly what I have to do - in a little more than two weeks from now on September 16. The right knee is as bad as the left was pre-surgery so it has to be done.  Needless to say I'm not looking forward to it, especially knowing what I'm in for.  On the other hand, I'm not very patient with pain that restricts my life so I would rather suffer short-term discomfort for long-term freedom.

There have been a few "up" things this year.  I helped my great-niece with her graduation party from home school.  Kara had very definite ideas on what she wanted, and they turned out to be great ideas!  Burlap and lace table runners with mismatched bottles and jars filled with stones and simple flowers, photo boards made out of pallets, fresh flowers that she designed for everything, even the cakes. Here's a taste.

I made a burlap banner for the front fence, but can you believe that's the one thing I forgot to take a picture of!! Oh well.

Another project I completed earlier this year took me about three months straight of concentrated work.  It was a major family project that had been waiting for me for at least two years if not longer, so I'm very proud of myself that I finally finished it.  I'll tell you all about it in another post, but here's a clue.

I still can't believe I finished it!  Stay tuned.

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