Little things


I suppose everyone who has major surgery feels that they will never be right again. I certainly did, you do have to get much worse before getting better.

Each week I’ve noticed a distinct improvement. Walking without that horrible hip pain has been an utter bonus.

Recently, I went for a check-up. The surgeon was pleased with my progress and told me that I could now discard all hip precautions.

Struth! Just like that!

Iris seeds, courtesy of Chloris.

I must say, suddenly abandoning all precautions was a little intimidating! Out went the crutches, the cushion to raise chairs and car seats, along with the graspers.

I decided to keep the shoehorn, a useful little gadget that, especially as my leg is still a little swollen and stiff.

Hellebore shooting star, about to burst forth.

Initially, I couldn’t shake a feeling of naughtiness, of breaking important rules! I could walk as far as I wanted, bend, kneel, sleep on my side and even drive!

I haven’t knelt yet, as I’m building up to that one, and driving is out for now as my car has given up the ghost, but good to know such things are possible.

There are still a few minor rules that need incorporating into life, but, heyho, I have my freedom again. Talk about feeling liberated!

Beauty berry

Who knew how utterly fantastic normality could be? I never EVER thought I’d get a thrill from brushing the floor again, or doing other boring household chores.

Independence is a truly marvelous thing. How I feel for those who suffer limitations and have to plan out every tiny task.

The feel of a pair of secateurs sitting in my hand was heavenly! I strolled around the courtyard cutting back the odd plant and then did a little brushing.

It was like winning the lottery, I kid you not. I never thought such menial tasks could make me SO happy!

How I’ve missed strolling around the garden with my secateurs and trug in tow. I’m still taking it easy though, just the odd job here and there.

Cutting this climbing rose back was marvelous, it was becoming impossible to walk beneath the arch!

Easy peasy now!

I even cut back the Solanium from the kitchen door and window. That was becoming like Sleeping Beauty’s forest, you could barely walk through the door!

I also managed to get in and out of the bucket chiminea chair!

And Finally….

I’m enjoying being out and about, normally I loathe shopping but found myself enjoying pottering up and down the aisles for once. I came across this lovely lamp and snapped it up. It’s so Gothic and fiery looking, very Game of Thrones!

Here’s to appreciating the little things eh?

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  18 comments for “Little things

  1. November 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    There IS such a lot of bending and twisting and reaching in gardening isn’t there? My mum used to visit and gasp at the weeds in my garden path or along flower beds. She promised me she’d be at my house weeding when she retired. But since retirement, her knees have been giving her so much trouble, she can hardly bend, poor thing.

    I’m glad you are carefully gauging your abilities and comfort level, but have the assurance from your doctor that you are free to do as you feel able. Your smile through out this post is palpable!

  2. November 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I am pleased to hear you are so much better.I like to read about you enjoying the little things we can fnd annoying

  3. Kitty
    November 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    You sound so much better, Dina! I’m so happy to hear about your gardening and shopping…and that lamp looks like a wonderful score: Yay, you!

    Your gardens always photograph so beautifully…and the pups look like they’re on patrol. šŸ™‚ I sure would feel safe with them around!

    Hope you stay on the mend and merry.
    Sending love, as always.
    Xxoo, Kitty

  4. November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I’m so pleased that you can throw your crutches away and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Yippee!
    I am glad you have berries on your irises. They are nice for Xmas arrangements.
    Take care now and no salsa dancing just yet.

  5. November 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    So glad to hear that you are well and truly on the mend. I know just what you mean about the freedom of driving again, I started on Saturday after my month having to be driven everywhere, it is wonderful !
    Love your lamp, you deserve a treat!

  6. November 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Wow, massive progress! – although I’m sure you’re wise to still take things gently and not expect too much of your new hip just yet. Very impressed with your gardening! Hugs xx

  7. November 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Wonderful!!!! Well Done!
    As you wisely write: Easy Peasy…….Steady as you go! Nature is Patient!
    Take Care.
    Love and Hugs!


  8. November 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Good to read you are on the mend. There is nothing nicer than taking the secateurs around the garden and having a bit of a snip! I’m sure it takes a while to get your confidence after a hip operation. Your lamp sure is very Game of Thrones….it gives a nice warm light on a winter’s evening.

  9. November 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Superb exploratory freedoms. I see the dogs were helping out in the garden. I am sooooo impressed you got out of the chimena chair, Iā€™m not sure Iā€™d have managed it without a crane, (erm, helping arms might do it).

    Iā€™m so pleased for you.

    The lamp is a warm and welcoming addition.

  10. veggiemummy
    November 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I’m so glad that you are now crutch free. If you feel the need to do any more gardening, you can always come here! Love your Gothic lamp. xx

  11. November 14, 2017 at 6:16 am

    It’s good to read that you’re now well on the road to recovery and will soon be skipping the light fandango again. Take care, and happy gardening. xx

  12. November 14, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’m so pleased to hear that you are free of the crutches and you’re feeling a lot better. Being able to get around the garden to do some pruning and a little tidying, a bit of shopping is great therapy. I’m sure everyone in your house, including the dogs are happy for you too. I’ve enjoyed seeing the garden and love the lamp. Take care and all the best .xx

  13. Jo
    November 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’m glad you’re well on the way to a full recovery and I’m sure those doggies are too, they’ll be dragging you along on long walks again before you know it. At least your op came at a time when the garden could get along without much help from you, and you should be fighting fit again in time for the busy time in spring.

  14. November 15, 2017 at 4:33 am

    So glad to hear you have improved so much! I would hate to be separated from my secateurs for any length of time!

  15. November 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    It must feel absolutely exhilarating to be able to potter around the garden again. And to enjoy household chores? That must be a thrill. Although I suspect it won’t last! Enjoy your new-found freedom. I’ll bet the dogs are happy to have you getting back to normal.

  16. lowcarbdiabeticJan
    November 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    So pleased to hear that you are feeling a lot better now … but please I would still err on the side of taking it easy though, just for a few more weeks. I always think your body has a way of telling you what movements are ok and what are not.

    You’ve done well on the garden, and that lamp does give out such a warm glow.

    All the best Jan

  17. November 16, 2017 at 3:57 am

    It’s that language thing again! I had to look up secateurs — didn’t have a clue. Now, I do. Likewise with trug. Isn’t it funny that we speak the same language, and yet have so many different words for the most common things?

    But we share a lot, too. I recognized those red dogwood stems. I have a floor vase filled with some I plucked from a ditch in Minnesota in 2011 — they still look lovely. And you were holding out on me! Look at those beautyberries! I laughed and laughed when I saw those.

    It’s just wonderful that you’re doing so well, and I agree absolutely about the joys of independence. I’ve been very lucky, myself, but I’m quite aware that at any time things could change. I intend to do my best to keep that from happening!

    Oh, I have to mention the iris seeds, too. I had no idea iris produce seeds. I thought it was all bulb action with them. It’s something else to learn about, I suppose. The list keeps getting longer!

  18. November 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Iā€™m happy for you. Normality is good. I just wish I could start to drive again as it would be great to have that independence. I see the dogs are still enjoying the raised beds!

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