Mar 19, 2018

Happy Spring!

Happy spring, everybody!

I'm doing a quick hello on my blog today because tomorrow's the first day of spring, and I just can't miss celebrating it here with you!

There must be something extra magical about the transition to spring this year because today is the first twinge of motivation I've felt since having shoulder surgery a little over a month ago. Somehow, in the course of decorating our Christmas tree last December 2, I managed to tear my rotator cuff and bicep tendon. Ouch! I had surgery on February 16, and will be healing in this straight jacket sling for six weeks, followed by six more weeks of physical therapy. I should be back to 100% in about a year; just in time to decorate for Christmas again! 

What a klutz!

I've been parked on the sofa all day and sleeping in a recliner every night for a month so far - this sling only comes off for bathing, and I'm not going to lie - it sucks big time to lose the use of a limb. Amputees and paraplegics are my new heroes, and I have a huge new appreciation for this winter's Special Olympics athletes. They are superheroes

 Icing has become my biggest pastime, along with grumbling under my breath at my sling. (Oh man, do I HATE this thing. It gives me claustrophobia big time, and it wakes me up at night with panic attacks.) At the same time, though, I'm constantly sending up my thanks for the loving care I've received from my family and for how lucky I am to have expert medical care that will allow me to use my arm and hand again soon. 


My spring decorating today consisted of moving two small jars of flowers from a shelf to the dining room table and taking these one-handed phone photos of them. I'm typing this with my index finger. So very little, but so significant for me because I was starting to think I'd never get my mojo back.

So, HAPPY SPRING to you all!

I'm really feeling it today, and I hope you are, too!


  1. I feel your pain, or then again maybe I don't. I had surgery on my hand this past week and grumbled when I had to be out of commission for 3 days. Now with just a band-aid, I can type again. I wish you well on your recovery.

  2. It is so lovely to see you back again!! I had been wondering ~
    I am sending thoughts for gentle healing and continued great medical care ~
    If you need me to bring you daffodils and grapes, just let me know!
    bobbie from Eagle

  3. Ouch! I'm so sorry you are going through this. Glad you are starting to feel better. It's been four years since I broke my knee...the healing process was long and frustrating at times. Needless to say, I am grateful for every set of stairs I can climb, walking unaided, and so forth. Things you take for granted suddenly take on new meaning when you have lost it. Hang in there! My happiest day was ditching the crutches and big heavy brace. :)
    Happy Spring!

  4. Oh man, Cody had 2 shoulder surgeries last year-1 in February and 1 in October. We are really hoping that after a year, he is pain free because it has been the worst. I hope that you heal fast and are back to doing all the things you love soon!


  5. Everything looks pretty and springy, you are very good with that one handed picture taking. Been there and i truly feel for you and hope healing comes fast.I still enjoy laying down in my bed, gave my recliner away,lol!! Happy Spring to you.

  6. Oh, Laurel! I sure hope you get better soon and back to your normal self. I know this must be so hard on you. Your home looks lovely as always. Take care of yourself! xxx

  7. Oh dear! I too hope you get well soon. Ouch!! Love the white tulips Laurel! Take good care of yourself!

  8. Oh my gosh, Laurel! I'm so sorry to hear you are going through all of this! It's good to see you post, though, as I've missed you. Take care of yourself!

  9. Sorry you had to go through all this but you are right, you are lucky...your situation is temporary! The flowers look beautiful in your lovely home. Take care of yourself and enjoy the spring!


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