Plus, writing a thankful list helps said invalid focus on something besides feeling sorry for her sleep-deprived, uncomfortable self.
This week I'm thankful...
1. for my ability to come off the pain medicines. They were making me completely loopy, but even worse was the vomiting I was doing most mornings. I've managed to get down to only one pain pill a day, usually in the late afternoon. My head is clear and able to finally read some books.
2. for a working carpool. Phoenix and Buttercup have high school soccer practice every night. Fortunately, someone from Phoenix's team lives close by. She picks both of my kids up to take them, and Bryan brings them home afterwards. He has been busier than he's ever been in his life at work, so he stays until 7:30 and can just pick the kids up on his way home. It's working out nicely, since I don't have to rely on my friend to drive both ways.
3. the kids are still able to have fun this summer despite my absence and inability to drive. I have felt badly for my kids, thinking they were getting robbed of a fun summer. Except they're not. They've all gotten to do fun things this year. This week, Star is at Boy Scout camp and the little boys went to a friend's house to play most of the day. It was quite a logistical feat to get the little boys to her house, but people have been so kind to not only offer but call and insist to do such things for them.
4. the kids are willing and able to cook. All of the kids have been pitching in to get breakfast and lunches for the little boys and me each day. This week, Giant (the 11 year old) has basically been in charge of dinner. With the oldest three kids gone during dinner time, and Bryan not getting home with them until after 8:30, that leaves the three youngest kids and me left to fend for ourselves. Giant has been a trooper, doing basically all of it on his own.
5. for my mom making it home safely after a once in a lifetime cruise to Alaska. My 65 year old mother went on every excursion that was offered, including walking over a suspension bridge 200 ft in the air and ziplining even higher. During the whale watching excursion, she got to see something the guide had never seen before. She promised everyone that no one they know has or will ever see what they got to see. My mom watched humpack whales successfully execute a bubble net. Ever heard of it?
She took no photos, despite the fact it occurred 15 yards away from her. She said it was just too unbelievable of an experience she didn't want to miss by looking through a camera. Clearly, I didn't get my blogging/document everything gene from her.
I showed the kids the above video and told them that Nana had gotten to see it for real. Later, Cuckoo came to me and we had the following conversation:
C: I know why they call them hump whales.
C: Yes. It's because they swim upside down.
M: Oh, is that what you think?
C: No. They actually do.
6. that Kris came over to help us can green beans. The beans...they are a growin'. Bryan and the kids have been picking them like crazy. Only problem is, I can't stand and do all the work involved in canning them. Kris, aka Mrs. Always Random, has been wanting to learn how to can. I sat on a stool in the kitchen and told her what to do. Thanks to her, I have 7 quarts of green beans on the shelf, she has a new skill and a gob of beans, zucchini, and eggs to eat at home.
7. that I am able to get up and do a few things. While canning would require too much standing and precarious movement on crutches, other things are more within the range of safe. Last night, I made omelets for the three youngest and me for dinner. I have finally been able to get upstairs and sleep in my own bed without fear of waking Bryan up several times in the middle of the night. And I shaved. That was huge.
8. to see the boys becoming real farmers and problem solvers. While Phoenix and Giant were in the garden picking beans, Giant looked up to see 2 pigs standing there watching them. Did they panic? No. Did they waste time coming to tell me? No. They simply solved the problem. Phoenix grabbed a zucchini from the garden and lured one of the pigs back to the pen. They both then used their brawn and brains to corral the other one back. I didn't know anything about it until Phoenix came to me asking for a bungee cord. It seems the pigs got through our two-"lock" system. They chewed through the bungee cord, then broke through the chain on the gate. He came to ask for another cord, which he installed higher than the pigs can reach.
9. for Bryan's job. He has been working ridiculous hours for the first time in years. It's bad, as he hasn't been home to see the little boys all week, but I'm grateful that he has a job and is in demand. Plus, despite all the work that still needs done, he will still be able to go on our annual vacation with friends this weekend. (Would-be robbers, don't get excited. Our house sitters will be here.)
10. for my friend who took me to my follow up doctor appointment. Bryan had to work, then head down to pick Star up at camp before we could leave for vacation. My appointment was right in the middle of it all, and I'm not cleared to drive yet. A friend was kind and generous enough to take me.
Update after the appointment: Stitches are out, and I'm cleared to drive as long as I'm not taking any pain medicine. I don't even have to wear a brace anymore. Physical therapy will start soon. I'm glad to be done with the brace, but, my word, I'm skittish. And walking hurts more. Giant even commented that I look worse now than when I left for the appointment. I guess fear will do that to a person. I'm scared to death of getting bumped in the knee. It's so exposed.
|two of the 4 incision points|
Don't be alarmed when I don't get to go around reading and commenting this weekend or when you don't see any posts from me this week. I won't have internet access most of the time we're gone. Doesn't mean you can't link up or tell me in the comments about the things which made you stop and say thank you this week. Lots of people will come by and read about them.
Have a lovely week!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine
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