In between physical therapy and keeping ice packs on my hip and knee, I'm spending a lot of time on the sofa, reading. Thank you to all of you for your prayers and well wishes. Surgery went great. At least I think it did, for fortunately I was asleep at the time. My biggest concern was that I didn't want to hear the saw! (gruesome thought, huh.)
I was thinking of you all as I spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the hospital. Kevin and I celebrated by watching a concert on TV and eating a piece of dark chocolate (for its healing properties, of course!). I'm now home with a new hip which should last me for many years, and after the first not-too-fun week, I had a very encouraging day. There comes a point when you weigh the headache and nausea of the pain meds against the pain relief.
Like many places in the country, we've had very cold weather, -31 degrees F. a week ago, the morning of my surgery, and very cold temps all week. Our daughter and husband had to deal with frozen water pipes and a gas leak this week. School has been canceled 3 days in a row. How grateful I am that we have a warm house and wood to burn. I know that not everyone has those luxuries.
I took the photos in December, one of those days that was really cold and windy. We had a roaring fire in the stove, and the wind was whipping the smoke around. It was fun to watch. Maybe I'm just easily amused, but I loved the thick, white smoke and the deep blue of the sky.
I'm not sure when I'll be getting another post up, but I wanted to let you know I'm still here. Thank you so much for your comments. I hope to be getting back to reading your blogs very soon. Time for a few laps around the house (on the inside, of course). I should be able to get rid of this thing in another 3 weeks (the walker, not the dog).
Misty's favorite new place.
(cell phone photo)
'Lady Mary' homemade vegan luxury soap