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Hello everyone!!  It’s been ages!

Today is the two-year mark since my first knee replacement surgery.  Hard to believe it’s been so long.  Probably because it’s only been a little over eight months since my second one.

I really don’t have anything profound to say today.  I just wanted to acknowledge this milestone.  And encourage those of you who are approaching, or have just had, this type of surgery.

IT WILL BE OK!  Things do get better!  I promise!  Stay strong! My first surgery was not a happy experience.  Recovery was a long, difficult process.  So I know what I’m talking about.  However, the second time went much better!

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It’s spring in the Midwest, USA.  Well, according to the calendar it is.  The weather is slow to catch up.  Burrr!  We hope to have some sunshine this Saturday so we can get some garden prep and yard work done.

What are your plans for a garden this spring?  Raised beds?  In ground?  In containers?  Share your garden ideas and plans with us as spring progresses!

As always, you can find me on FACEBOOK and share your vegetable and flower garden pictures! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got planned for the spring.



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So, I’m a little over eight weeks post knee replacement surgery #2.  I’m back to work full time.  I had my last official physical therapy last Thursday.  I’m still working on getting the knee to straighten well, but bending is good.  First knee replacement was the opposite.  I could straighten well, but not bend much.  That worked out and I have confidence that this will too.

I still have a lot of recovering to do, but it takes time.  Everything post surgery went much better the second time around.  Which is an answer to prayer!  I still get stiff and sore and tired at work by the afternoon.  But that will work out too.  I need to move around more instead of just sitting at my desk.  I need to also do the necessary homework as given by my physical therapist.  That will help a lot.


A few weeks ago I dreamed that hubby and I were visiting a local market.  This market offers heirloom seeds, veggies, regionally produced homemade products, and it has a great cafe.  We go there often and our garden was grown with mostly heirloom seeds and plants from the market.  In my dream we were browsing around the shop.  Just like normal people.  I had a little red shopping basket on my arm and was strolling leisurely around, looking at all the different displays.  Big deal, right?  However, my brain snuck into my dream and told me…”You can’t do that.  You can’t walk around the shop like that, your knees hurt too much.”  The dream me heard that loud and clear and began to remember b878ea2840cccf0a603673400db9143dshe couldn’t do what she was doing. And then I woke up.  Dream over. Sigh… A very vivid and upsetting dream.  It’s been years since I could completely walk around even a small shop like this one.

Today, my husband and I went to the market cafe for lunch.  Delicious as always.  But my real motivation for being there was to shop.  I deliberately and leisurely walked through the various displays.  Looked even at ones I’d seen before.  We stopped at the fresh homemade dry pasta and bought some.  As I’d done in my dream.  I even bought a market t-shirt just because.  I began to have a very surreal experience as I slowly moved in and out of the lovely display areas.  When I came to the front window of the shop I stopped and took it all in.  In my dream (of course it was a dream and everything looked different!) I’d paused at this window and looked at a wine display.  In reality, there is a wine display just to the right of the window.  I paused at the window…looked out…took note of the reality that I was doing what I hadn’t done in years…gave a sigh and a little “thanks God”. (Neener neener voice in my head!!)  When we got to the check out I noticed the stack of little red shopping baskets.  Darn, I should have grabbed one! Just to enhance the dream-come-true affect. haha  Also of note is the fact that I did this without a cane.

Ladies and gentlemen… I have achieved a major victory!  Not only a physical victory, but an emotional and psychological one as well. On our way home, hubby asked if I wanted to walk around Walmart with him.  Well, no.  Not yet ready for that, but it’s a little further down the list.


This is a song that’s meant a lot to during my surgery and recovery.  Granted, I’ve not faced anything like those in the video. But I’ve fought a battle nonetheless.  Enjoy:

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HELLO!! Are you still out there? I’ve been busy, how about you? I have been back to work 1/2 days. But next week I’ll work more.

Last Thursday’s PT session was not good. Just really hurt and I was very emotional. I only have two more sessions left and a ways to go in my progress. I am, however, making progress in other areas. I use my cane only when I really need to. Last night I walked up the stairs at home with one foot in front of the other. TODAY I went into our local grocery store for the first time in years. Sad but true. Granted, I only went to the flower department…but still! It was a big deal to me.

We are over run with tomatoes! They are delicious and we’re enjoying sharing with our kids. But very soon I need to decide if I’m going to can some of these suckers. I’m considering making a big batch of sauce and canning that. Any advice?

Sorry I haven’t bee writing much. I do think about it often. Does that count? Haha

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn and I LOVE this weather. It was a perfect day in the Midwest for outdoor activities. And there were plenty in our area. Can’t wait for the full fall color and a road trip to see it all.

What’s going on in your lives? Visit me on Facebook and let’s get caught up.

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Hello Everyone!

I haven’t written for a while.  But if you “like” my page on Facebook you’ll know I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth.  I’ve just been either busy or too tired to commit to writing.

Today is the five-week mark following my total knee replacement surgery.  I’m doing pretty well!  I’ve returned to a few normal activities, but have a long way yet to go.

Last Saturday I worked for a few hours.  And plan to stop in the office briefly again tomorrow.  It’s nice to go on Saturdays though because I can get the most work done and am tempted less to chat with friends.

Then on Sunday I actually went to church!  It hadn’t been since before my surgery.  It was so nice to see everyone and just BE at church.  Then we went out to lunch.  Another big deal! On Monday we spent a nice chunk of a beautiful Labor Day afternoon on the deck of our favorite restaurant in town.  It’s right on the Mississippi River.  Perfect weather for a leisurely day.

Physical Therapy is going well.  It’s not fun, but there’s a little more progress every week.  I even ride the stationary bike for a while.  Nice and slow, but it’s a great exercise for the knee.

Today I have all to myself.  Hubby is working.  Daughter who visits a lot is working.  No PT.  I have been able to do some work from home and write to you while sitting on my back porch.  There’s been a sweet little hummingbird buzzing and chirping around.  It ate from both our feeders, sitting briefly at one.  And it ate from both the hanging flower plants bought especially for it.  I think I held my breath the whole time it visited! haha

As the end of summer approaches, I look forward to getting back into an even BETTER than normal life.  “Normal” to me wasn’t all that great.  But now, with both knees replaced, things should get better.  I’m looking forward to our favorite fall activities that include a trip north to view fall foliage.


How did your gardens do this summer?  Did you plant in ground, raised beds, or in containers?  Share pictures with us on my Facebook page.  Ours has done very well.  We’re buried in cucumbers right now.  And the tomatoes are amazing!  Hubby replanted some green bean and snap pea seeds several weeks ago in hopes that we would get another harvest before it gets cold.  They are doing very well!  The green beans are stretching skyward with all their might and should be just as good as the early plants.  I am so glad I planted a few sunflower seeds too.  They’ve been beautiful!  And the bees have been constant as they fly in and out of the flowers all covered in the yellow pollen.  We’ve done our part for the local ecosystem.  🙂

Well, have a great end of the week everyone.  I hope you can all get out this weekend and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.  Be sure and visit me on Facebook for other news and brief updates.  And let me know WHAT’S NEW with you!

(Did I mention that I’m on Facebook? haha)

Our view on Labor Day afternoon.  So nice to visit this local favorite again.  Perfect weather.

Our view on Labor Day afternoon. So nice to visit this local favorite again. Perfect weather.

Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tomatoes!

Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tomatoes!

Garden Candy.

Garden Candy.

I know, you've seen them before.  But ain't they beautiful?! :)

I know, you’ve seen them before. But ain’t they beautiful?! 🙂

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Hello everyone!

It’s a beautiful late summer day in the Midwest.  Warm, but nice.  I would love to be on the deck of our favorite local establishment over looking the Mississippi River.  Sipping on a margarita.  But I’m not.  I just don’t want to go while I still have a darn walker.  It’s awkward.  Once I graduate to a cane though…watch out! 🙂  I’ll also be glad to be rid of the walker because I’ve developed calluses on the palms of my hands!  That happened last time too.  Your hands hurt from the walker for a while, then blisters and calluses.  Very attractive…sarcasm intended.  I don’t know how those old gals do it when they must depend on a walker 24/7.   Anyway, I wish I was out enjoying dinner and a cool beverage and the river view instead of sitting at home.  Cabin fever sucks.  But I had a long afternoon and I’m done for the day.  Plus, I doubt the margarita would mix well with the pain meds I’m still taking. Or would they? heehee

Physical therapy was rough today.  But again, it’s all in the name of progress.  Which I continue to make.  Yeah!!  After PT I went into the office for a while.  I had a big to-do list that I didn’t get completed.  That’s a bummer.  But I did enough that I could email myself what I had done, and then complete it at home over the weekend.

Good news!  I slept through the night last night!  For the first time in a very long time.  I some how got comfortable enough that pain didn’t wake me.  And my bladder didn’t wake me! (TMI, sorry) I woke up at around 7:00 a.m. when the dog decided it was time.  I was confused for a moment because the sun was up and it wasn’t the middle of the night.  I’ve spent most nights laying awake or in and out of sleep with pain and discomfort.  And I’ve gotten up to go to the bathroom at least once, if not twice, each night.  Side affect of meds I hope and not a new trend in aging!  So yeah…very grateful for a night’s rest.  Helped my mood if nothing else.

That’s about it for today.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Calluses suck.  :)

Calluses suck. 🙂

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I woke up this morning, too early of course, and was feeling the same uneasy anxiety I’ve been feeling for weeks.  Tomorrow is my second total knee replacement surgery.  I do not yet know what time my surgery will be.  They’ll call me some time today and let me know.  That doesn’t help the anxiousness!  When talking to hubby about how it would be nice to know, we decided it really doesn’t matter.  Not for this day.  We’ll know before it’s bed time tonight and that’s all that really matters.  My little bag will be packed and ready whether I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. or I’ll be able to sleep for a while.

While getting ready for work this morning I was listening to KLOVE Radio.  As I usually do.  I’ve heard the particular set of songs many times, but today the meaning of some of the peace-signlyrics meant so much more to me than usual.  The words of the song writers were so comforting and encouraging.  If you listen to Christian music, you know that many of today’s writers are inspired by Scripture.  So it feels as if it’s God’s Word in song, touching my heart.  I’ve had the radio on all day at work too.  Which is also the norm.  Songs I’ve heard every day forever… hearing in a new light today.

Peace.  I’ve got peace today about my surgery.  God is so good!  I know what I’m going to go through.  But I also know that a few things will go differently.  Because I know what is coming and I know what to say to the nurses and doctors tomorrow.  I know what I need to speak about…loudly if need be.  And I know what to expect once I get home.  Do I WANT to go through any of this?  Heck no!  But I still have a peace today that passes all understanding.  God’s Peace.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4: 6-8 The Message

And that’s that.  I doubt I’ll be blogging for several days.  I look forward to touching base with you all again soon!  Remember to find me on Facebook for updates until then!

Also, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have left me encouraging messages.  Your kindness means so much!


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Not sure what to say today so I’ll just start typing…

I was awake way too early for a Saturday.  The ol’ body made me get up and then that was the end of sleep.  My brain kicked into full worry mode.  So many emotions surfacing as my surgery date approaches.


Last night, as I climbed the stairs to go to bed, I realized that my “new” knee (replaced April 2012) was hurting much more than the “old” knee I’m about to have replaced!  In fact, the old knee was great!  What the heck?! That just doesn’t make any sense.  Same thing this morning, the new knee is much achier than the old one.  This just makes me want to cancel the surgery soooo bad!  But I know I have to go through with it.  The knee is in terrible shape.  I’ve had bone-on-bone for years.  But still…there’s that voice…”maybe I could wait longer” it says.  So there’s that going on in my head.

I have a ton of work to do in the next few days.  Both at home and at my office.  I plan to go to the office at some point today to try and get a few things done on a non-office-hours day.  Yet, here I am.  Typing away.  Still practically in my jammas! haha


We have three grandkids at our house this morning.  Another reason I got up early.  It’s so good to see them.  This is a “special” weekend in their family.  Tomorrow marks the birth of their oldest sibling.  She would have been 13 this year.  Would have been.  A very long story that I won’t go into today.  Short version is, we lost our first little grandgirl when she was just a precious 3 1/2 months old.  I am very happy to spend a little time with these particular grandkids today.  Also, so glad to see them all together before my surgery.  Might not see them for a while.  My surgery is on our oldest’s 11th birthday.  Then we have two other birthdays coming at the beginning of August.  AND… we have another grandbaby about to be born in Virginia.  I will miss all these things.  So there’s THAT going on in my head too.  Three birthdays and a BIRTH day.  Sigh…


All in all, it’s OK that I didn’t get much sleep last night.  It’s OK that I had to get up early.  After Wednesday, I will have plenty of “Saturdays”.  I’ll be in a pain medication fog for many days (weeks?) and have nothing to do but rest.  And read.  I have my Kindle stocked and even ordered a new paperback that wasn’t available on Kindle.  And blog! I really need to make an effort to blog through the journey this time around!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Hug your loved ones a little tighter and cherish every moment.

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 I asked Eden (11) what kind of picture I should use on my blog today.  "A minecraft chicken" she said.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...a Minecraft chicken.  You're welcome.

I asked Eden (11) what kind of picture I should use on my blog today. “A minecraft chicken” she said. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…a Minecraft chicken. You’re welcome.

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