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On the trail again!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yesterday the physical therapist gave me my walking papers. YIPPEE! Still supposed to avoid riding up big hills, but otherwise, if it don't hurt I can do it. So we took the bikes up to the Chief Ladiga trail and went for a ride. It was WINDY!!! Only did 21 miles, and the knee did good, but was a bit sore this morning.

Today we took the dog for a short hike on our mountain bike trail. Got cut it shorter than originally planned, but got in about 3 1/2 miles. I have to work all day tomorrow, so decided to spare the knee. It feels good to be almost back to normal again.

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CEB2007 2/24/2012 7:37PM

    Sounds like you're doing great.

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KRISLEEB 11/21/2011 4:24PM

    I am so happy for you!!! Congrats! Don't over-do though!!!!

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GCHUNG 11/20/2011 1:05PM

    Only 21 miles...... If I could do 21 miles I'd be jumping up for joy!... Great job.

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BEVPRESLEY 11/19/2011 10:40PM

    Thanks everyone. I can't use my clipless pedals yet, so I have flats on for a while longer. We avoided hills by riding a rails to trails trail. But I am happy to be back on my bike.

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KA_JUN 11/19/2011 3:54PM

    Great news, indeed! Glad to hear you're back on the rig!

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COLEENCOLE 11/19/2011 11:01AM

    What I want to know is how you avoided hills? Aren't you in mountain territory? But glad you have mended well.

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CARLANNIE 11/19/2011 10:44AM

    On the road again - yahoo you!

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BILL60 11/19/2011 7:51AM

    Welcome back!!

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Back on the kayak

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I have had my bike in the trainer and getting 30-45 minutes on it every day. Sure feels good to be back on the bike, even if I'm not on the road. This afternoon was absolutely beautiful, so we took the kayaks out on the watershed for a little over 2 hours. It was great fun, and beautiful.

Our bike trip this weekend has been canceled. My uncle (mom's brother) passed away Monday morning and we will be staying home with the family. Please keep my grandmother in your prayers. This is a very sad time for her.

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LUVS2BIKE101 11/4/2011 8:46PM

    I will keep you all in my prayers. I extend my condolences.

What beautiful pictures! I'm glad you had a nice outing in the kayak. Next Spring, I will be in a kayak for sure paddling down/up the Wallkill River. I'm putting it on my short term goal list!

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SCOUTHARPS 11/2/2011 10:57PM

  Please accept my sympathy and prayers, along with congrats for the knee progress. The river looks like fun!

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KRISLEEB 11/2/2011 10:13PM

    sending you & your family good thoughts. Beautiful pictures....thanks for sharing.

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BILL60 11/2/2011 8:11AM

    Sorry to hear about your uncle. I envy you and your kayak. I have always wanted to purchase a kayak and just go for 1 week wherever. It's on my Bucket list, along with the Harley.

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TOWHEE 11/1/2011 10:02PM

    I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your uncle. Of course your grandmother is in our prayers.

I'm glad you are able to get back into the kayak. Before you know it you'll be on the road on your bike again.


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First day of PT and some kayak pics

Monday, October 24, 2011

Had my first physical therapy today, and survived! It felt so good to get those big bulky bandages off and have some fresh air on my leg. They put me through some stretching and strengthening exercises to do twice a day, iced it, re-wrapped it, and sent me on my way. She thinks I will be able to do the bike ride next week if I ride the tandem and put the flat pedals back on. The rides are short and flat, so not much pressure on the knee. I can drive as long as it isn't a stick shift, do stairs (but not carrying anything), and shower as long as the stitches don't get wet. I go back Wed for another hour of work with weights. Thursday I will see the doc again and make sure things are going well.

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes, they are so welcome!

Last week we did some kayaking to see the beautiful fall colors from the lake.

I'll see the doctor Thursday and hopefully can get back in the kayak soon, too.

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HYJEAN 10/27/2011 2:26PM

    You are a real inspiration. I just love the new pictures. The wonders of nature are so unbelievable. Take your time getting back in the grove.

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BABACHAN 10/27/2011 12:27PM

    Sending you some good energy and thoughts! Remember, slow and steady! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 10/26/2011 9:20AM

    Take it easy and give yourself time to heal well. My prayers are with you.

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GCHUNG 10/25/2011 12:29PM

    Wow - take it easy and hope you recover soon. I just graduated to cane today as long as I don't over do it.

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BEVPRESLEY 10/25/2011 9:15AM

    I'm being careful. The trip was on Tuesday before surgery on Friday. No worries.

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KRISLEEB 10/25/2011 9:09AM

    don't over-do!!! The colors are beautiful!!!!

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Waiting on therapy

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Well, here I am on the first full day after surgery. Don't know how my knee looks, can't unwrap it till I go to physical therapy on Monday. So far so good. I can get around slowly with no crutches today, and surprisingly, there is very little pain. Nothing just the ice pack can't handle. I'm sure that will change after therapy.

I can't wait to get back on my bike.

Life is good

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COLEENCOLE 10/25/2011 9:58AM

    I must have missed something. What happened?

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KRISLEEB 10/24/2011 3:00PM

    you'd better heal quickly.... I'll go into withdrawal with no Bev posts of fun!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 10/23/2011 2:06PM

    I pray that your knee heals quickly and you will be pedaling even betetr come spring or before.

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SCOUTHARPS 10/23/2011 12:13AM

  Ouch! Take care, and work with your PT person. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy your fruit salad! emoticon

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/22/2011 10:11PM

    I sooo miss my bike too. Hope your recuperation goes smoothly. Take care:)

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KA_JUN 10/22/2011 9:33PM

    Ouch, heal up fast and work hard on that PT. When I got injured, I pushed the issue re: the PT, hurt bad, but was worth it when I could ride like myself, again. No pain is a good sign!

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Thursday - Sunday Fun at Camp Cheerio, then going home.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The 5th annual Camp Cheerio Quilt Retreat was a great hit. We had many returning friends a few new folks join us. It is nice to meet new friends. It is amazing how fast you become family.

Thursday we sat up our quilt room and had our show and tell. Friday we spent all day sewing and eating.

I started the Morning Star quilt for my bed. Love my little featherweight DH got me for Christmas, she purrs like a kitten.

Meals were in the dinning hall. We did have other campers there with us, but the "big kids" got to eat first.

Of course the snack table was full, but some sweet person did remember to bring us some fruit. My mice were almost gone before I remembered to take a picture.

Saturday was quilt show and mini class day. Jennifer taught us some fabric folding, and we made little boxes.

Teresa taught us how to make 2 color prairie points, and picket fence borders.

Then we had our quilt show. The dear hubbies strung some clothes lines for us and after lunch we hung our quilts and tops. The Y-guides (and dads) who were there came by and voted for their favorite.

Every year we leave a quilt with the camp to display somewhere in one of the buildings. This year our background didn't make it to camp with us, due to a series of (un)fortunate events. A non-quilting friend of one of our campers just happened to be a wonderful sketch artist and agreed to make a sketch of our quilt show. We presented it to the camp, but will have it framed and shipped back so they can hang it. She did a fantastic job and I just love it.

Our group picture in front of the quilts.

Saturday night I went to the chapel to catch the sunset, and it was beautiful!

Then Sunday morning I caught sunrise from the deck of the dining hall.

Just a bit of sewing Sunday morning and DH and I packed up to head for home. What a sad thought, but the drive was beautiful. The colors were getting brighter and the hill sides were lovely.

We have chosen our date for next year, and I can't wait.
Life is good.

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POCKETLLAMA1 1/8/2012 8:54PM

    Just now reading this blog post! Looks like fun. I'm going to a Y-camp quilt retreat in Pennsylvania in April. Really looking forward to it. Do you live in North Carolina?

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ELLIE381 10/19/2011 8:21AM

    What a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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COLEENCOLE 10/18/2011 6:18PM

    Looks like a lot was accomplished. I wish I could see the fabric boxes close up.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/17/2011 12:24PM

    What a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/17/2011 11:32AM

    YOur quilting camps make me want to learn to quilt. Please!!! I couldn't even learn to knit or crochet:) LOL But that is such a beautiful place and this time of year is one of my favorite. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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JENN03275 10/17/2011 10:14AM

    What a wonderful weekend. I would LOVE to spend time with friends quilting, munching and soul searching. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I think I may pull out my white-on-white that I have been working on for years and start quilting on it (almost done). Love quilting in the cool weather with a cup of tea!

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KRISLEEB 10/17/2011 10:07AM

    what beautiful work!!! You are so lucky (I'll say it again) to have all these activities!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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