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So I've decided to enter the dating scene.

This guy was so not perfect.

I'm moving along with my physical therapy. Can you believe its almost been 12 weeks! I have permission to start on a run/walk plan. Believe me this is such good news. I'm still on a exercise plan of strengthening my ankle and balance. I'm thinking I now have a great excuse when I trip and fall over nothing on the sidewalk. Darn surgery.......

Speaking of excuses. I have gone back and forth if I should include this picture in this blog. I haven't been able to come up with a believable excuse. I went to Corvallis to get dogs to the groomer and do some shopping. This is what I noticed AFTER I got home.

1: The pink shoe is more comfortable on the left foot and the blue shoe is more...... No?

2: The two colors matched my shirt..... no?

3: I'm senile.

When I got in my DIY mood, I decided it was time to fix the dishwasher. There is nothing more frustrating than having the dishes come out dirty. So the computer was put on the counter with a Youtube video.

See the center gray piece? All must come out. When I finally go in there, I found clear plastic, blue plastic, unknown objects, and glass. Lots of glass. I was told long ago not to use those 'pods' and I think thats what the blue plastic came from. Still listening to the video, everything went back in place! It was success. It works perfectly now. :)

Another note to add for my future home handyman business: Hammered Woman Repairwork.

Nothing else to say:

The grandchildren are learning to take up relaxing sports. Finn is pretty serious about this golf thing:

Madeline on the other hand like to think outside the box (or sit inside box)

She is asking for a recliner....

My sister Sue and husband, Stew came for a short visit. So I put them to work to earn their keep. First, hanging my heavy wood horses.

And then hung up a new chandelier. I LOVE it.

When things get crazy, find you own safe spot to decompress.

Otherwise, he is always right here:

Some Easter pics:

I was happy to find that Durango still knew me when I went to visit. He loved on me and let me ride around bareback.

Do you plan on finishing that?

As I look back......

Did you know that this existed? Look at all those people!!! Will someone help me start a local club?

Well there you have it. I'm leaving tomorrow for Washington to work on a cold case for a few days. Have a great Mother's Day all you mothers! And I mean that in a nice way.

And if it's your birthday.......Enjoy it to its' fullest.

One step at a time,


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...during my recovery. I am in week 5 of my recovery from ankle surgery. Next week I will head back to Colorado to see my Surgeon for my 6 week post-surgical appointment. I am sure that will be a new start to further my rehab/recovery. At that point I will be 'weaning' myself from my frankenstein boot! Right now I am using only one crutch and slowly giving that up.

While I can only dream right now of running my favorite areas and hiking the trails, I have made a lot discoveries that I want to share.

This is what I've learned:

1. I can toss a 1/2-full bag of sugar to the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet and land it perfectly. (may have taken some practice)

2. Instead of balancing against the kitchen counter while doing dishes, put a chair next to me to rest my knee on made things so much easier.

3. Get a kneeling scooter. (I didn't but so wish I had)

4. I CAN shower while standing on one leg.

5. Taking a hot shower while standing on both legs is glorious.

6. My dogs know when I'm struggling. They just do.

7. SO many channels - nothing to watch.

8. When you are told to have your ankle elevated above your heart while icing, they are expecting you to know that this is when you are lying down.

9. Daughters and Sisters are the best.

10. Some days it's ok to stay in my PJs/sweats all day. (No one - absolutely no one knows)

11. Don't say you are doing ok, if you're not.

12. If someone offers to help - let them! (They want to and you need it!)

13. I love when people randomly send me a quick note asking how I am.

14. All the things that you think you will do while sitting at home, will NOT get done.

15. One needs patience while healing. (I found the longer I've been in the rehab process, the less patience I have...)

I actually find myself shopping on line for trail running shoes......

And now I must finish and get on with my day. Watch the next episode of a Netflix series, and prepare for the painters. Yes! I am having the walls and ceiling on the main floor of my house painted! I am very excited that when I get home from Colorado, it will look amazing!

One step at a time,


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My trip home from Colorado was pretty uneventful. And for someone on crutches, dragging a suitcase and a folded walker, that's saying something! But thanks to the nice shuttle driver and airline personnel, I didn't even have to carry a sign: "I'm Old and Pitiful, Please Assist".

I may or may not have that same tattoo.

My sister, Marcia met me at the Portland airport and drove me home. But first we stopped at Costco to load up some groceries. By the time we finished, I definitely would have passed the driving test on one of those electric carts.

Marcia has a new puppy, Jojo. The dogs were super happy to see me but the jury is out on how they felt about a puppy in the house.

Here is Gus explaining the house rules:

I've been working on trying to teach the dogs to be service dogs for me. Here is Jake doing the dishes.

Unfortunately things like "pick up that paper I dropped" were totally ignored. As well as simple things like "bring me the remote", "make a pot of coffee", and "put my phone on the charger, please."

I was very excited to have Madeline and Finn over for a visit. Finn even spent the night. In one morning we had 4 hailstorms. Finn was excited to check it out.

This is Madeline's way to say she is tired. Not sure how she came up with it. But it sure is cute.

I have determined that spring is here. Or at least I can pretend by hanging my new door decoration.

Now that I am home, I can enjoy a little wine with dinner.

ONE of the hardest thing about being on crutches is that you can't carry anything. I know you are saying, DUH, but life is hard! I can work my way to the kitchen and make coffee, but then what? How do I get that nice cup of coffee to a table? So after Marcia left to go home, I had to be my own engineer.

Amazing huh?

After a long day of hopping around on crutches or the walker, I'm wondering if I should be counting my hops like others count their steps.

I have had one video meeting with my physical therapist and tomorrow morning I have my first in-person appointment.

Hoping no pain will be involved!

So I am officially on my way to recovery. Strengthen and recover - as long as it takes.

One step (any way you can) at a time,


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