Thursday, December 31, 2009
"Once in a blue moon" is a phrase that refers to a month in which a full moon occurs twice. Tonight's will be since November 2001. So much has changed since then!
There is a wonderful tradition at Green Lake that will take place this afternoon at 3:30pm. It's a walk around the lake with candles, lighting the way into a New Year. And tonight I'm hoping to see our new blue moon from the Ballard Locks.
What more do we really need than light?
Monday, December 28, 2009
I saw Dr. Daly this morning and the MRI confirmed a "medial meniscus horizontal tear." I actually feel good, and have started to walk without the cane. The swelling is way down and I seemed to have good range of motion this morning when Dr. Daly tested it. So the prognosis for now is to take it very easy and come back in one week. At that time, he may shoot some more cortisone in there to relieve pain, swelling or inflammation; or prescribe physical therapy, which would be a conservative treatment. He has not ruled out surgery yet, so I'll just have to be incredibly careful to ensure I keep healing without surgery.
And look at the bright side: the rest of my body, including my brain, works just fine!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Herbs containers by back steps were more or less empty, except for spring flowering bulbs, so I added hyacinth and winter pansies. Very satisfactory!
Clark goes on to say "Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears."
Friday, December 25, 2009
My right knee is better. Dr. Daly drained fluid from it and packed in some cortisone on Tuesday. He provided me with a stronger brace than the one I had. The x-rays were inconclusive, so I had an MRI on Wednesday. I see Dr. Daly again on Monday, when he'll read the MRI, then decide a course of treatment.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Chickering piano was a birthday gift to Leroy the year that James was born.
No much room on the piano for photos, but our favorites of the whole tribe are included.
James and Santa when he was a year old, as well of one with Cassandra and Sabrina and their families early on. At this point, Rachel, Katie and William had not yet been born.
Last year's holiday photos of Cassandra and Sabrina and their families, as well as an even older one, with only James and Matthew born at that point.
An old woven straw sleigh that I do not appear to be able to give up.
Last year's holiday photo, also shot by Suzie, as well as James' train.
And here's the sitting room table where we keep holiday cards that arrive daily, so we can each keep up with them.
Here's also a better definition of the winter solstice for all of you looking for more light.
"In astronomy, winter solstice is when the earth's orbit tilts away from the sun to bring on the colder days of winter. The day of the winter solstice results in the shortest day and the longest night of the year.However, with each passing day after the winter solstice the earth begins to tilt back - to face the sun once again to signal the return of spring."
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"Down, down, down they go into the darkness of the grave,
Gentle they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Here's some of the holly that Suzie cut for me, by the fire -- along with a new decoration gracing the mantleplace that I found on our travels today. The "Merry Christmas" piece is covered with bells, which are hard to see in this picture.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Based upon the amount of time I spend at work and that we are coming up upon a full moon, I've installed a small holiday tree in my office to remind me that, here at least, "all is calm and all is bright."