2018 Life Logs, Day 304—Happy Halloween
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Weather: Sunny and a Little Warmer; High 58, Low 54 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Sometime between 1986 and 1988, Mark ‘inherited’ some costumes that the Salisbury State College (now University) Drama Department was giving away. One of those costumes was a wizard’s robe and Mark wore that every Halloween thereafter until we moved aboard Windbird in 2003. There was no room for costumes on a boat, so it was put in storage. Then at some point, Heather and Jed got it out of storage and for every Halloween since then, Jed has been a wizard. That wizard’s robe has certainly been well used, and Jed wore it again tonight. He looked great standing in front of the fog and light machine in the front yard. Sam decided to be a 1920’s paperboy and put his costume together with a bit of advice from Heather. He even rolled up newspapers to carry in his bag and he gave out newspapers when he was given a treat. I don’t know where this idea came from, but it was easy to put together and he looked the role perfectly. Jonah decided to be a soccer player, his very favorite thing, and was dressed in the uniform of Lionel Messi. Ollie pulled an astronaut costume out of the costume drawer and added what he calls his flight jacket. Heather and I stayed home to pass out treats and keep that fog and light machine going in the front yard. All of the trick or treaters loved the foggy effect, but a couple of little guys were in total awe. Ollie was the first one home and he immediately started sorting his treats. Fun evening!

I didn’t get to go to the East Falmouth Elementary Halloween Parade this afternoon as I had a physical therapy appointment for my knee. But Heather took pictures and sent me one of Ollie and one of Jonah. The physical therapy appointment went well. I was given exercises that I need to do daily and had me make an appointment in two weeks to see how things are going. The therapist’s name is Tom and he spent a lot of time discussing the pros and cons of having knee replacement surgery. Like the surgeon, he understands my reluctance, but thinks the February appointment I have made is perfect timing. If I do decide against it, he thinks I might be able to make it another year to two, but I am going to have to have this surgery. And he did caution me that a fall or injury might speed up that process. Well, it happened tonight. When I got home from Heather and Jed’s, I realized that I didn’t have the book I am currently reading with me. I thought maybe I left it in the car, so I went back outside to check. It wasn’t in the car, so I must have left it at Heather and Jed’s. I’ll survive with that until tomorrow. But in hurrying back into the house, the toe of my shoe got caught on one of the front steps and I fell, twisting my knee in the process. I can only walk by holding on to pieces of furniture or by leaning on the wall and putting weight on the front of the foot on that leg. I literally can’t straighten my leg. I am hoping that icing it and doing some stretching exercises at bedtime might help things a bit. What a bummer! When Tom talked about a fall today, I just thought that won’t happen to me. Ha! I seem to be accident prone these days. My ear and jaw are fine today after yesterday’s hit with the soccer ball. Let’s hope this knee injury bounces back as quickly.

2018 Life Logs, Day 305—On Crutches
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