June 1, 2009

June - A Look Ahead

Hello, June!
The spring season in Tennessee has passed and summer is in full swing during June. The vegetable gardens are planted and we are waiting for sunshine and rain to do their magic. We finished trimming up the trees and bushes for the season, except for the holly bushes in the back yard. The flower beds are in good shape and will be a rainbow of colors with daylily blooms. I will be cutting lavender soon for the first harvest of the year. The mad dash of spring yard work is over. Now we change gears for a maintenance mode.

We had a boatload of house showings in May, and we thought that there were some great prospective buyers among the lot. For now, Grey Havens cottage remains on the market and we are settled in for the summer.

I did not get far on my goal last month to learn more about my new camera. Despite this laziness, I have been delighted with the quality of the pictures I have taken with it and the new zoom lens so far. The main thing is that I am having fun with photography! Purchasing some books and reading my manual remain on my “to do” list. And yes, I still intend to put together a photo show for Colonial Williamsburg. My oh my, I am such a delinquent!

I had my preoperational testing done last week at the hospital and donated my first pint of blood for the surgery. I will be donating another pint at the end of next week. My total knee replacement operation is scheduled for late June. I am not looking forward to it - just being real here. But I have run out of options and the constant knee pain and leg aching are wearing me down. Prayers are much appreciated. I hope to get some mobility back in my life. I would like to be of more use around the cottage, and we want to venture out on more traveling adventures!

Hubby will be in full charge of the household and head nurse. I expect to be absent here on my blog during most of the recovery period. Physical therapy will dominate my personal schedule for about three months. Sitting at my computer desk for long stretches will also be out of the question. I might be able to use our laptop comfortably while I rest in the recliner. So I may be able do a few short blog posts while I convalesce. My Twitter link (on the sidebar) will be the best place to find out how I am doing. I hope that I’ll make sense in my blog posts and tweets, LOL, because I will be on drugs! Fair warning, hahaha!

So stay tuned for a wild and wooly month of June!


  1. I hope the surgery proves to be beneficial to you, Donna. I didn't know your house was on the market? Where have I been, right? lol, If I had the money, dear, I would scoop it up in a red hot minute!
    My prayers are always with you and your dear hubby.

  2. You know you have my prayers now, and always!! I guess I need to learn that twitter thing, but I also hope you'll be able to use the laptop. Hubby will make a great nurse, I'm sure. Wish I was closer though and could help!! (((hugs)))

  3. You've got a long row to hoe ahead of you but I believe you are a strong lady and you'll be off those drugs quick as lightening after the surgery.

  4. Hope all goes well with the surgery as I am sure it will. I'll put you in my prayers for a quick recovery.

  5. You gotta do, What you gotta do! Miz Donna!
    And I really hope the surgery is the best thing thus far.
    It'll be a journey and Probely alittle dark at times (physio ect)
    But you have to be better off than before.
    Pain is just so wearing.
    All the best my friend...stay strong:)

  6. you are so ambitious, donna....always doing, doing doing....i love lavender...wish i was there to help!....and hoping that all goes well with that knee surgery and that it brings the mobility you desire!!!! will be thinking of you and keeping you in prayers.....

  7. I'm sure it will go well. Here's hoping you don't go into computer or camera withdrawals!

  8. I'm going to miss your blogging - I haven't tried out the tweeter thing yet. Wishing you a smooth operation and a wonderful recovery! Pull your chair up to the window and enjoy all of the garden blooms from inside the house and ac!

  9. Well it's no wonder you've worn that knee out, look how busy you always are! I hope the replacement goes well and you have a quick recovery. Will definitely keep you in prayer, meanwhile tweet away and we'll be here when you get back.

  10. We will miss you while you recover, but you'll be in our thoughts and prayers. My SIL had her knee replacement surgery at a hospital near my house and then recovered for the first few weeks at my house with physical therapy and all. It's a tough surgery and recovery. But you are a strong woman and I'm sure you'll be very diligent to do your exercises so as to gain the very most benefit from the surgery.

    You are wise to be donating your own blood just in case you need it.

  11. Donna,
    Thank you so much for your input. I was actually waiting for your response because of your love for photography. A lot of people have the Nikon and I am going to have to convince my husband to give it a serious look. You are right about the lenses. He has 2 left from his 35mm and I think that's why he is leaning so far toward the Canon but I will let him know what you said and see what happens. We don't want to regret it later.
    Love you my friend and thank you for taking the time to help me out.

  12. Hi Donna. Thanks for visiting my post today. Good to catch up here. Will be thinking and praying for you for the op!

  13. Will be thinking of you and praying as the surgery draws near. Will miss your posts but I know you will be so happy once you get past the it all and am able to do things with no pain anymore.


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