Friday, May 22, 2015

Updates on Everything

I've been an AWOL blogger.  Things moved at warp speed and then came to a screeching halt when I fell two days after I got here.  Wheelchairs, walkers, braces, physical therapy -- I'm so much better now but will never get to the point I can live life without this leg brace unless ...

I'm having ACL reconstruction surgery on 6/17.  Initially I was told that I was not a candidate for this surgery, but I have been working so hard in PT building up all the leg muscles.  (I could barely leg press five pounds at first and now I'm up to 100 pounds.  Just call me Superwoman!)   So the therapist and the doctor got together and decided to offer the surgery to me because I am so motivated.  It'll be another tough six months, but there is that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.  Without the surgery all I kept seeing were more tunnels.  I have so much to do before then.  First thing is finding a caregiver or someone who can come and help me out a bit as I will be non-weight-bearing for six weeks.  I commented to the doctor that I guess I'd be living upstairs for six weeks, and he and the therapist both said I would be shown how to negotiate the stairs.  It'll be a huge step backwards as far as my mobility but then I can only look forward to a bright future with being able to work in the yard, kneel, squat down to pick up things, and not wearing this brace all the time.  I never realized how often I knelt and squatted until I couldn't do it any more!  I'll find out on June 3rd the logistics of the surgery and whether a rehab hospital stay will be involved. I'm not going to be able to drive for a while and I mentioned to a friend that I would just call a taxi if I need to go somewhere.  They about fell over laughing.  Apparently there are no taxis in my small town!  Anyway, please think kind thoughts and send good karma if you happen to think about me in the middle of June.

The last coat of paint is going on the inside and outside trim of the windows today.  It has been a long haul getting these things done, but I absolutely love them.  It was tricky trying to match the trim paint.  I think I came up with good choices, though, and now I know what colors to use when the rest of the trim is painted.  And there's a LOT of trim.  At present it's all different colors, and while that's not noticeable walking from room to room, it really bothers me.  There will be some touch-up that needs to be done on the gray house wood around the windows.  I went to Sherwin Williams in this little town and picked out a color I thought would match best.  I came home and put the sample up against the wood and it looked great.  Then I found an old can of paint in the storeage room on the property and it was the same color I picked!  Maybe quilting has honed my senses a bit on that score!

Anyway, there hasn't been much quilting going on but things are shaping up nicely so that I can dive into it during my recovery.  The Cottage is almost completely devoid of boxes, and I just need to figure out where to put the little knick-knack things that we all collect in our studios and get the boxes of kitchen stuff unloaded back there.  I am still looking for a few things, i.e., the first three months of Austin Bluebird blocks, but I know they're there.  Just need to put my hands on them.

I've given away a lot of furniture that was left here on the property when I bought the house.  There was a fire in a small apartment house downtown, and my cleaning lady's daughter-in-law was one who lost everything.  So they came last week and took the two white sofas out of the sunroom, a chest, a vacuum cleaner, a twin bed set, and a coffee table that I was temporarily using in the living room.  I now have a "gap" in front of the sofa but I plan to find a smaller table this week to put there.  (Excuse the piles in the photo.  I've been sorting stuff out and tossing and those things haven't been put away yet.)


It sure felt good to able to give this to a family who could really use them, and they were delighted to get them.  Win/win!

This week I also got in the four chairs for the kitchen that I ordered from Crate and Barrel.  I had put a small round table in the kitchen, but was just using the three dinky chairs that were left here.  I was so scared that those chairs would collapse with someone sitting in them.  Anyway, those two big boxes were left on my doorstep, but I managed to get them inside and unpacked.  It looks so much better now in the kitchen.


I now have a formal table and chairs in the dining room.  I've been so used to walking straight through the room that I actually ran right into the table a couple of times!  Also my bedroom looks so much better.  There were horrible old bamboo shades and awful maroon curtains in my bedroom.  When I put the recently finished Heritage quilt on my bed it did not improve the looks of the room any. I was going to get wooden blinds or plantation shutters but the windows are 75" wide and those have to be custom made.  So I went on an adventure to find a Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought a lot of panels of beige colored curtains.  Wow, what a difference it made, and the color matches the background of the quilt.  They aren't the perfect solution but I'm happy with the interim choice I made.  I'll get a picture of that for next time.  Next up is scrubbing down the large sunroom and getting some wicker furniture or something that will enhance that nice area.  Choosing that furniture will probably have to wait until I'm recuperating, as will painting all the walls in the house.  I need to lighten up the dark colors that are on the walls.  So much to do, but I have decided to just take it one room at a time and not get overwhelmed by the whole project.

I mentioned last time that I have been having more fun watching to see what will pop up around the property in the way of flowers or plantings.  The hydrangeas that I thought were dead have greened up and now have a couple of blooms on them.  I was so happy to find hostas under the oak trees in the front.


They are in a couple of spots, and really look nice.  I love hostas but have never been very successful in growing them because my areas were always too sunny.  As you can see from the lack of grass in this area, it's real shady.  A friend here suggested that I have the oak trees manicured to remove some of the smaller branches so that light will get to the ground in the spots where there is no grass.  Another project for another day.  One project at a time, Vicky.

Penny is over the moon about this yard.  I'm still keeping her in just the front part of the yard between the house and pool.  It's a nice big area and she really doesn't need to explore beyond that.  Her usual routine is taking care of business, and then sniffing around all of the flower beds and shrubs.  Then she finds a sunny spot and stretches out.  Oh, to be my dog!



Hopefully my next post will have something quilt-related in it!  I've been doing a little sewing but my free time is sadly lacking these days.  And here I thought I would be bored when I retired! 

12 comments:

Darlene said...

Having to have surgery is bittersweet but I'm glad it's going to happen. Your quality of life will be so much better. ((Hugs))

You've made mega strides with your home. One room at a time is a perfect plan.

I'm anxious to see more pictures of all the rooms.

ILY

MARY WENDLAND said...

My goodness you have so much to do on your lovely home, but look what you have already accomplished! Love love love your photos of your home. It's so lovely. I have been following your blog for a while now and look forward to your receovery so you can really relax. Best wishes on the new surgery (scary).

Laura said...

So good to hear from you! Best of luck and a smooth recuperation from your surgery.

Sharon said...

Good grief, you do keep yourself going. I'm hoping life after surgery will allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor in this new home of yours. It truly looks like an amazing place

AnnieO said...

You're doing amazing, dealing with a bum knee and still unloading, reorganizing and decorating. How great to have the chance to empty the rooms of unwanted leftovers and help a family in need. Hope your plans for surgery proceed well and recovery time means enjoying your newly renovated spaces and yard.

Karen said...

I was wondering what you had been up to. The bad and the good. Bad that you have to go through a surgery. The good that they can do the surgery on you. Much good luck on getting through it all and back to a more normal retirement life.

Carolyn said...

You're doing great if you've gone from not being a surgery candidate to scheduling the surgery! I wish you a quick recovery. Think of all of the things you can do while recovering...furniture ordering, applique, binding...seems like you could accomplish so much! I can't wait to see pictures of what you've done and prayers will be with you for your surgery and recovery so you can get to the fun stuff of retirement!

Quilt crazy said...

Congrats on qualifying for surgery. I fell off a short two step step stool last May. After surgery, a plate and nine screws, 2 weeks in the hospital, 2 weeks in rehab and 12 weeks in a wheelchair, I know that you can do it! Be sure to prep lots of hand projects and bindings to attach. I was glad I had several quilts cut out, as I could piece on my Featherwight, but cutting out was just too difficult. Will keep you in my prayers! Oregonquilt.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

Vickie, you are moving right along on that beautiful retirement home. I sure pray that this surgery fixes you up to 100% so that there is no more two steps forward and one back. It's time for moving full speed ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers that all goes well. I agree with everyone...have plenty of applique, bindings, maybe some hand piecing sitting at your side to keep your hands busy and it will keep you out of trouble for wanting to start moving before you should. Wishing you all the best.

Dondi Murdock said...

Isn't it funny how busy retirement always ends up being? Can you imagine doing your current schedule and working, too? I wish you the best of luck on your surgery. I will be praying for a perfect surgery and a quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

Kind thoughts and good Karma! Best of luck to you! Keep us informed.

suz said...

so happy to hear you are a candidate for that surgery! Sounds like you are moving at the perfect pace on the house. Just have plenty of hand work prepped for after the surgery and you'll be fine! Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.