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  • HerstorySo, last night was pretty epic, yes?I haven't been around in a while, but it feels right to break out the keyboard and write down how I feel about the nomination of a woman for President of the United States.I know this will sound odd in a post about...
  • Six months later
    on Jun 19, 2016 in hip surgery progress six months
    I know I said I wouldn't post any more hip-surgery updates, but it seems like six months post-op is a good time to assess.In the six months since the operation, I've walked nearly 500 miles (493.94 to be exact), and I'm now averaging about 14,000 ste...
  • No longer on the fenceI thought about having both Bernie and Hillary stickers on my car all during the primary season. In the end, I opted for neither and sported a Goodwin for Governor sticker.Keepin' it local.But last night? And last week? Secretary Clinton is and was o...
  • What a week!
    on May 31, 2016 in busy
    My husband and I aren't anti-social, but we definitely don't do much socializing. At our age and in our circles, people really just don't get together much. Or at least we don't. Maybe everyone else does and we don't know about it.Or care. Heh.ANYWAY...
  • That was a nice little break
    on May 25, 2016 in 65 birthday Dylan geriatric
    I can't quite believe it's been a month since I've updated the blog. Neither of you have missed it, or at least you haven't said you have. How about if I promise not to write about hip replacement surgery any more?Today's my birthday. The big 65. I'm...
  • The battle begins
    on Apr 25, 2016 in activity gardening mulch red ants
    In earnest. And it's two battles, really.The ongoing battle with my weight is one I'm losing right now. I'd rather report that I'm losing weight, but in two months the loss is negligible.I'm tired of paleo, but I know that carbs are killing me. As I'...
  • Just in time for spring …The busy-ness of my life is beginning to wind down, finally. The Big Event is over and was a Big Success – well attended and we made a little more money than we'd hoped for. That's always nice.I've started spending some of the funds on newspaper ad...
  • Back to normal!It's been 12 weeks today since my hip surgery, and I'm doing just about whatever I want to do. Except running, of course, which is forever prohibited. The physical therapy sessions were very beneficial, and I am again glad my doctor didn't push...
  • Another post-surgical firstI know you're probably reallyreallyreally bored with all this hip surgery nonsense, and I apologize. I'm writing it here so I have a record of it, and documenting it in case anyone stumbles across it who is facing the same procedure. I didn't think a...
  • I shall be have been released
    on Mar 30, 2016 in hip surgery physical therapy
    I've been sprung!No more trips to the hospital for PT … I thought tomorrow would be my last session, but we all agreed that I've made great progress and am motivated to continue on my own at home. So yay for that.Yesterday was quite the active day.
  • Physical therapy is AWESOME
    on Mar 29, 2016 in physical therapy surgery
    Except for the part where I'm stiff and sore at the end of the day.Like yesterday. But I know I wouldn't have made the progress I've made this last month or so without PT. I'm really glad the doctor offered to order it, and I'm even glad he waited un...
  • Here we are, nine weeks laterSo physical therapy continues to be good, and I'm making real progress. My therapist bumped me up a pound on the ankle weight, from two to three, last Friday.Progress stopped for a day. Heh. Seriously, you wouldn't think one measly pound would k...
  • Finally … physical therapy
    on Mar 17, 2016 in hip surgery physical therapy
    Another post-surgery update. It's been 8.5 weeks now, and I continue to make progress. Slower, now, than earlier in the process, but I occasionally surprise myself by doing something I couldn't do a week or two ago.Most folks begin physical therapy m...
  • Feeling the burnSpring has sprung here in southern West Virginia, and as my mobility increases following my hip surgery, all I wanna do is have some fun be outside.My energy level and stamina are still an issue, and will be for a while – or so I've been told – s...
  • Returning to normalAnd … returning to paleo.Not walking regularly, after many years of daily activity, has resulted in yet another unacceptable weight gain. I knew it would happen, I was prepared for it. I'm not happy about it, not at all. But at least I know how to...
  • A tiny setbackIt was a dark and stormy Wednesday this week, with lots of wind. Sometimes lots of wind means loss of electricity, and Wednesday was one of those days.I had something to return in Princeton (about a 45-minute drive), and rather than sit in a cold-and...
  • Five weeks outSo one week walking without a cane and I've totally overdone it.I'm a bit, um, competitive. I'm only competing with myself, but I really didn't need to more than double my steps/miles from the fourth week to the fifth. It. Was. Too. Much.I didn't hur...
  • That went wellI feel the need.The need … for some speed.HAHAHAHAHA!Not really. But wow, can I ever navigate my house better without a cane!As both of you know, my post-surgery exercise regimen has consisted of some simple moves with the operated leg plus as much...
  • It's been fun, Cane
    on Feb 14, 2016 in cane goals hip surgery walking
    Not really.It's been slow. And awkward. And, for the last several days, probably unnecessary, but I've been really good about following doctors' orders since my hip surgery January 18.So today is the last day to use it.I've been thinking that th...
  • Six
    on Feb 9, 2016
    Monday, February 15, is Emancipation Day for me. Six days from today I can give up the support of the cane. Maybe my husband will even let me drive.To be fair, since my right hip is the operated one, I probably should be a little cautious about drivi...
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