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Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's three weeks since my knee started hurting and though it's feeling loads better the doctor still says around three more weeks of taking it easy and I've to be patient!

Today was the highlight of the last three weeks as I went to the supermarket with DH and did a grocery shop.....the sad thing is I was really looking forward to it LOL
Can't say I really enjoyed it and my knee is giving me gyp but hey! at least it got me out of the house!

Don't things look different when you haven't seen them for a while?
The ride through the village was an eye opener.
I can't believe the difference in the trees and gardens.....autumn is upon us!
My own garden which is very sheltered has been the limit of my hobbled forays and though it has changed I'm afraid complacency set in and it didn't prepare me for the myriad of colours I saw.....just beautiful.
Can't wait to get back to my daily walks!

glowing red virginia creeper

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MARTHA-ANN 10/27/2009 6:26AM

    I'm not knocking it Kat...I was really looking forward to it, it just didn't quite live up to expectations! LOL emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/19/2009 7:13AM

    I'm glad your knee is doing better!

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KAT573 10/18/2009 3:29AM

    Hey girl I have been wondering about you! I am glad you are bearing with it as well as you have. And gee, don't knock grocery shopping! We are blessed to be able to do that too! LOL!

LOVE that image and your eye for composition is always refreshing. Miss you, sweetie, but take care of yourself. We all love you!
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MARTHA-ANN 10/17/2009 12:55PM

    Thankyou both,

Marilyn I AM taking it easy and won't be walking yet for a while.
I only did the supermarket, nothing else and sat on a seat and gave directions towards the end of it too!
I fell asleep when I got and a half hours!..... more than I get most nights LOL emoticon

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MARILYN1260 10/17/2009 11:18AM

    Hi Martha-Ann, just continue to take it easy and let yourself heal. I know how you miss your walks and how you must be thinking about all the work that faces you in your gardens........but all in good time. Sending best wishes your way.
Hugs, Marilyn

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HVMBRU 10/17/2009 9:33AM

    Not a good feeling! But expressed beautifully. . .


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getting there slowly...again!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I've never been one for hanging about, I like to get on with things once I know what I'm doing. I enjoy walking and birdwatching so the last two weeks have been a bit of a bummer....

It was a lovely sunny morning seven am, I'd been in the garden filling the feeders for the birds, feeding the fish and generally looking around and as I walked back to the house there was suddenly a horrible pain in the back of my knee. It was excruciating, my leg almost gave way and I grabbed hold of the rose arch and the bird table to stop myself from falling.
I can only describe it as a 'twang' you know like elastic snapping and I not only felt it....I heard it too!
I shouted for my DH who luckily hadn't left for work and he helped me inside.

The doctor said it was a pulled hamstring and the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) applied. I got painkillers and had to sit with my leg up and ice it every hour for ten minutes. He said it would take up to six weeks.
So far so good...BUT by that night my leg was so swollen, hot and painful that I was in agony and couldn't bear to touch it and the muscles kept spasming so bad I was shaking like a leaf and absolutely worn out...each time it happened it felt like I'd run a marathon!
DH rang the NHS helpline which advised us to go to the GP Acesss Clinic at the local hospital which we duly did.
They thought maybe a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a fracture...they couldn't believe I hadn't fallen or twisted when it happened and that I was just strolling normally and on a perfectly flat lawn!
Next stop hospital accident & emergency at a hospital twenty miles away!....

When we arrived the first thing DH saw was a sign informing us that there were waiting times of up to two and a half hours....oh dear!
Anyway after registering at the desk we were shown straight through to the examination cubicles as we had a letter from the doctor at the clinic....priority!

To cut a long story short, I had a scan, x-ray and a very painful and manipulative knee examination...the outcome was no fracture, no DVT but I'd sprained the cruciate ligament in the back of my knee. (it should be re-named the excrutiate ligament!!!)
I was strapped up, given strong painkillers, told to keep my leg elevated and to ice it ten minutes every hour.

Now two weeks further on the muscle spasming is much better, just the odd one or two and nowhere near as bad as before. It feels like bad cramp in the calf.
My leg is almost straight, I just can't seem to manage to put it right back yet.
I'm doing my physio exercises and limping around...without my stick.
I sleep well some nights and others...well, I don't!
Still taking painkillers...not as strong or as many, I've tried to cut them all out but it hurts so I give in again, especially at bedtime.

A Sparkfriend recommended the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch, I've read three so far and really enjoyed them. They made me laugh out loud.... it's really hard to laugh when you're in agony!
I also seem to have read loads of other books and magazines, watched daytime tv, done crosswords, sudoku, zentangles, word puzzles etc. and I've generally sat around and done as I was told.
What I really miss is my walking, birdwatching, photography and gardening....can hardly wait to get back to it.
Thanks to everyone for the Spark goodies and comments they're much appreciated.

So I'm getting there slowly...shades of the tortoise & the hare...and hopefully one day soon I'm going to be up and at 'em! emoticon

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MERECK17 10/15/2009 6:54AM

    I'm praying for a speedy recovery -- unless, of course, you're REALLY enjoying your reading! LOL! Take care!

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MARTHA-ANN 10/9/2009 4:17AM

    Thanks everyone,
I've been back to the doctors and had the strapping removed.
I now have a tight stretchy crepe tubular bandage which I have to put on every morning and take off every night...a feat in itself which deserves an Oscar for a prize winning if laughable performance every morning. LOL
The pain is minimal now and I'm trying not to take the painkillers.
I'm walking better but not far as it cramps up and at the moment I seem to be sleeping for England!
They seem to think it's all linked in with the sciatic nerve damage from my last operation plus an arthritic knee and a foot defect I didn't even know I had. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/8/2009 9:16AM

    Martha-Ann... somehow I missed that you were having such pain and stuck in the house. So sorry. I'm glad you're getting better bit by bit.

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MARILYN1260 10/7/2009 12:29AM

    Hello Martha-Ann, I'm glad you're feeling better, and with your determination, you'll be back to normal soon. It's good to see that you're taking pictures again. Take real good care of yourself, and hope you can read book #1 of the Plum series. That one may be the funniest yet.
Hugs, Marilyn

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SILVERWITCH59 10/6/2009 10:38PM

    I have had bad knees since I was a teenager. I blew it out the first time bending to pick up a cat in my Mom's kitchen...HUH... I was on crutch's for 6 months and did PT for ever Knees are tricky things. I finally gave in and had surgery maybe 34 years ago. It really gave me relief. Heal well my friend . My hear goes out to you HUGS

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KAT573 10/6/2009 1:15PM

    Well my heart certainly goes out to you, my friend! I am glad that it was not somehtng far worse altho it sounds pretty horrible as is, eh? My prayers are with you and know you will do what the dr. ordered and move on soon.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

'Good' is a useful word.
It's only a small word but it can sum up a lot of different things.

I've had a 'good' week in the garden....working hard tidying the borders as the plants go over, they're at least a month earlier than usual no doubt due to the 'good' weather we've had this year. It's been very enjoyable.

I've also cleaned out the conservatory, we've used it as a bit of a dumping ground and I've also tended to use it as an extension of the was always full of seedlings, pots, tools etc. but we decided to clear it, paint it and use it for what it was originally intended...sitting in!
I can just imagine myself on an autumn day sitting in there gazing out on the garden and watching the birds...probably a pipe dream as I like to be outside! LOL.
Another 'good' job done.

I've done lots of walking too, my usual five miles a day plus an extra six or so this week-end.
Very 'good' exercise.

People talk about 'good' food & bad food and while no food is really bad it's what we do with it that matters.
I've lost 1lb this week and whilst I hoped it would have been more yesterday didn't do me any favours when I made a real 'good' choice of fish & chips with mushy peas!!!!
Boy did they taste 'good'...they always do when eaten out of the paper outside in the fresh air.
I've no regrets and I'm back on track this morning, no use beating myself up, it was MY choice and at the time it seemed like a 'good' one!
1lb off is 'good' too. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 9/15/2009 11:01AM

    Kitty Kat what you doing?..... you're supposed to blog on your own page!!
What am I going to do with you?
Yes! I'm shaking my head as I'm saying it!! emoticon
Nice little blog though and very true...

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KAT573 9/15/2009 8:59AM

    Boy, you gave me my laff for the day and it has launched me off very well, thankyou!

Funny because I was thinking about the concept of "meanness" (as in the feeling behind being delibertely unwilling to encourage another, acknowledge another's success, or blessings, or whatever)when I was walking to the hospital for a blood draw. And in thinking about it I was led to the idea of resentment, and behind that, anger, and behind that, hurt........all this started out with the idea of how important encouragement and reasonably challenging guidance is : never so easy as just "thinking" it; but acting "as if " , and acknowledging and encouraging others even when we may not feel like it, is a "good" indication that we accept ownership for our challenges, don't try to put it on others, situations, the weather....etc and in that regard, how we choose to think about the PRESENT DOES open up doors not only for us, but for all we engage, and we are more likely to come full circle, to the greater possibility of feeling "good" enough to take an honest look at oneself and one's challenges, eh?

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HVMBRU 9/14/2009 7:13AM

    I feel long as we take the responsibility for our actions, we are headed in the right direction. Good job on the walking, etc. !


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Life's like the weather...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

We've had some atrocious weather just lately, high winds and heavy downpours but inbetween have been sunny days with a light breeze...sounds a bit like life doesn't it?...and I'm talking about the weather yet again!!! LOL

I do think life is like the weather...always different throwing the unexpected at you, bringing 'rainy' spells and then cheering you up with it's 'sunny' moments.

My 'sunny' moments have been wonderful this week.

Celebration of a good friends birthday...and I didn't over indulge!
Visiting my mam-in-law who's ninetytwo and getting a bit forgetful...she's so funny!
Walking my daily journeys through the village...stopping to chat & admiring the views!
Longer walks a little further afield with my DH...a great companion!
Cuddling my friends new twin forget how small they are!
A trip out with my WI group...always good for a laugh!

Of course I've had my 'rainy' moments too but nothing too bad, just routine things.

Cleaning the bathroom...never my favourite job but I always get a 'sunny' moment at the end when everything twinkles back at me!
Burning my toast black and smoking up the kitchen...I need a new toaster!
Not being able to get out into my garden for the rain...but then a garden needs rain too!

Looking back I've had more 'sunny' than 'rainy' and when I write them down the 'rainy' don't actually seem too bad...all in all a good week emoticon

Staindale Lake, one of mine & my DH's excursions, we walked it's circuit

A traditional vardo or bowtop caravan, the travellers are back on the village outskirts

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CAROLYN0107 9/7/2009 12:56PM

    Great Blog. Have a good day.

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MOM2ACAT 9/6/2009 4:02PM

    Great blog! A good way to look at life.

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MARTHA-ANN 9/6/2009 3:14PM

    thankyou both.
Hope you're well Silver and not working too hard!

Kat that book sounds a good read, I'll have to see if I can find it.
Hopeyou're well and having a wondermost day! emoticon

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KAT573 9/6/2009 2:15PM

    MARTHA-ANN: great blog and wonderful pix! I just finished reading PEAKS and VALLEYS, by the author of "WHO STOLE MY CHEESE?"...........and it was a good affirmative read; so true taht we cannot reach peaks without traveling through valleys, and just plain old you can't HAVE peaks without valleys; realizing and accepting that is the first step to making the most of both places, whether we are there in mind, body, spirit or realworld.

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SILVERWITCH59 9/6/2009 9:09AM

    you are so right my friend.. I cherish my sunny days and my friends :) HUGS

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Two more of our brave soldiers killed in Afghanistan.....
Fires rage through Los Angleles.....
Nine year old girl found strangled.....
The only bright spot was Jaycee Dugan discovered after years of abuse though what that poor woman's been through is anybodys guess.....
And exactly seventy years ago today Hitlers troops invaded Poland, the start of WW2.....
This was the news this morning at 6am!
I'd woken early, crept downstairs without disturbing DH with every intention of making a drink.
I don't know what made me switch the radio on but that's what I listened to.

As I stood in the kitchen looking out on to the beautiful golden glow of the sunrise and listening to the birds singing it made me realise just how lucky I am.

I went outside to sit on my favourite seat beside our pond.
The koi were gliding around like miniature submarines, a robin was singing it's little heart out in the cherry tree and the sun was spreading it's wonderful glow across the morning sky.
It was so made me cry!

Now I'm not a cryey person, never have been, but I thought of all the turmoil, sadness and worry in this beautiful world of ours...mostly manmade... and all the blessings I have.

I've had my share of illness and sadness but life at the moment is good...very good.
I and my family are healthy, happy and secure.
We live a good life, not rich wealth wise but rich in every other, happiness, faith, family, friendship and more!
My heart goes out to all the people who carry such heavy burdens of loss and sadness and I give thanks for the great and wonderful gifts I have in my life.

For me, at least, as Louis Armstrong once sang...'It's a wonderful world...' emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 9/1/2009 3:27PM

    emoticon Sometimes with all the depressing news in the world, it's easy to forget that life is good.

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MARILYN1260 9/1/2009 11:58AM

    How wonderful, Martha-Ann. You put it all in perspective and made my day a little brighter.
Hugs, Marilyn

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KAT573 9/1/2009 9:38AM

    OH Martha-Ann! this is a wonderful sharing from a wondermost lady! THANKyou for this. It is so simple, so pure and so powerful! You are truly a cherished conduit for God! I can just hear Him saying, "IF only all my Children would see what she sees, how she sees it, and how often she does........." I am so blessed to know YOU!

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SILVERWITCH59 9/1/2009 8:49AM

    I always feel so blessed as well. Have a great day my friend emoticon

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