2019 Life Logs, Day 71: Out and About

2019 Life Logs, Day 71: Out and About
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 44, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Good news. The physical therapist, Annie, came today and declared that I am ready to be released. She will come on Thursday or Friday to finalize, but it is now up to me to keep up the exercise until I start with the outpatient physical therapy next week. After that I visited with Shirley and Doris next door and then went to pick up Jonah and Ollie after school. It was good to be out and about in the sunshine.

2019 Life Logs, Day 70: Sunshine is Back

2019 Life Logs, Day 70: Sunshine is Back
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 48, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Whew! The dreariness of yesterday went away overnight. For the next ten days it looks like we will have mostly sunny days with high temps in the 40’s with lows in the 20’s and 30’s F. The only exception is this Friday with a high in the 50’s but rain. One rainy day out of ten is not bad. I’ll take it. My life continues to deal with just the basics–get up, exercise, shower, eat, ice knee while resting and reading, start over, and then start over again. Then I get to do a bit of cooking for dinner, eat, ice knee while watching cable news and reading. Today I did walk next door to visit by neighbors Shirley and Doris, but only Doris was at home. Shirley was at a meeting of her fellow hookers—rug hookers. Shirley has hooked some beautiful rugs over the years and really enjoys meeting with her group. Tomorrow will be a bit busier as I the physical therapist visits and I will be picking up Ollie and Jonah after school. Plus, I will try to fit in another visit next door so I can see Shirley, as she and Doris leave on Thursday for a few weeks’ stay at Doris’ home in Scituate.

My knee surgery was two weeks ago today and I am pleased with the progress so far. There is still internal swelling, thus the need to keep my leg up with ice on it as much as possible, but the tight feeling caused by the swelling loosens just a little bit more each day. I am so thankful that I can drive now, but I will continue to take things slowly.

2019 Life Logs, Day 69: Drizzly, Dreary Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 69: Drizzly, Dreary Day
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Weather: Skiff of Snow Early, Rain and Wind; High 46, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was drizzly and dreary . . . definitely a good day to curl up with a good book. So, I did. I can’t really ‘curl up’ as my knee needs to be kept straight much of the time, but I did the best I could. I have handled being homebound in stride, but the dreariness today got to me. I had planned to walk across the driveway to visit with my neighbors Shirley and Doris, but I got a call from my friend and their niece Karen telling me that their concrete drive-way pad was very slick and that if I were contemplating a visit, maybe I should wait until tomorrow. I also got an invitation from Heather to join her at Jonah and Ollie’s Cub Scout Pinewood Derby competition. But that was an all afternoon affair, and I decided I needed to stay home to exercise and ice the knee. Thanks to Heather for sending some photos of the event. Otherwise, I did some aquarium cleaning and made a new batch of kombucha. That was it for me today.

2019 Life Logs, Day 68:  On the Road Again

2019 Life Logs, Day 68:  On the Road Again
Date:  Saturday, March 9, 2019
Weather:  Warming Up a Bit; High 45, Low 23 degrees F
Location:  At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My little Honda Fit is on the road again with me behind the wheel.  I have many miles to go to get this left knee fully rehabilitated, but since it is my left leg, driving is fine.  I didn’t go far today, just to Heather’s to do laundry, but it felt freeing to be able to drive on my own again.  And it was a good day to be out and about as the weather was mild.  The high today was in the mid 40’s allowing the boys to play outside in shorts and light jackets.  Maybe spring is just around the corner.  At least we are going to spring forward tonight as we move our clocks an hour forward.

2019 Life Logs, Day 67: Reading

2019 Life Logs, Day 67: Reading
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Weather: Still Sunny and Cold; High 35, Low 26 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Reading has filled my days since the knee surgery. I immersed myself into the world of Inspector Gamache in Louise Penny’s mystery novels until today. I still have five books in that series to finish, but today I decided to read one of the books Heather gave me for my birthday, ‘Educated’, a memoir written by Tara Westover. Tara, the youngest of seven children in a survivalist family, was born in 1986 in Idaho. She had no schooling, not even homeschooling, but at age seventeen she managed to self-teach herself enough to pass the ACT. That got her admitted to Brigham Young University where she stepped into a classroom for the first time in her life. It is quite a story and I managed to read almost half the book today. I could get used to this lifestyle of exercising a little, reading a little, and repeating that all day long. But it is time for me to start getting out and about a bit more. I still need to keep my leg elevated for periods of each day and I need to keep it iced as much as possible. But slowly, very slowly, I will begin reentrey into the real world. In the morning, Jed leaves town for six days, so I’m sure I can find a way to help Heather by doing afterschool pick-up this week. I’ll try driving for the first tomorrow and see how that goes. It has been chilly ever since my surgery making it a good time to be homebound. But it looks like the coldest days are behind us, at least for the next few days. Sunday looks rainy, but most days look partly sunny with daytime temps in the upper 30’s and 40’s, rather than in the low 20’s. Most accommodating.