Sorry I have been so absent here. I have been in recovery mode, and it has not been that much fun, and it seemed to take so much energy.
That being said, I am amazed at what I have gotten done, by simply orchestrating, and getting lots of help.
For a long time, I have seriously disliked my stackable washer and dryer. They were in a space in the dining room right around the corner from the kitchen, in a place that was built specifically for them. I never liked them there, and I never liked the front loader washer one bit. So while I was resting that first couple of weeks after knee surgery, it occurred to me that it might be time for a change. On one of my first trips to Physical Therapy, I swung in to Lowe's, and bought a new washer and dryer. ( I didn't actually "swing in", limped/hobbled in is more like it)
They weren't to be delivered until August 3rd.
I put the stackables of FB Marketplace, and soon they were gone.
I had to do some calculating, and moving stuff around, but my new Maytag washer and dryer are now in the sewing room, and I love them. I took everything out of the storage space, behind the blue insulation board, so I just need to cover that up.
The space where the old washer and dryer were, is going to be a pantry. I have an old house, with a kitchen that has very little storage, so this will be a great improvement. It should be happening next week, carpenter is coming. I can't wait to see it, and show you!
When I stopped being a chicken mama, I said I wasn't going to bother with the coop. But then I decided to just put a few things in there for my grands, and soon it was a project. DH took out the boxes and roosts, and cleaned it quite a bit. Then I paid someone to power wash it.......which turned out to be a wise decision.
So: power washing $100
used Pottery barn table and 3 chairs $50
wingback chair $30
Rattan chair below $25
string lights $20
Dollar store trip $20
Stick tiles from Lowe's for the floor $30
Those faces ............well, priceless, right ?????
One thing I realized is that I never noticed how much stress I carried worrying
about my chickens, and whether or not some predator was going to wreak
havoc out there.
What I have realized is the huge relief it is NOT to worry about them.
So I think that this is a great lesson. We aren't aware of the weight of stressors, we don't
know how they have impacted our lives, until they are gone.
The absence of stressors is keen..........and a good thing. I need to remind myself of
I admit to a bit of online shopping during recovery mode, to amuse myself.......this is a mini electric spinning wheel........which I have yet to master. I'll keep you posted.
My appetite is still not right, after 2 months.......I can't explain it.
This pizza that I made last night, was very good, but I could only eat a little of it.
Food is a mystery to me still.
The pizza........pesto, then some fresh, uncooked spinach, then slightly sauteed mushrooms and onions, then feta cheese and a little garlic powder.
My knee is better. It still hurts 24/7, and it's still swollen, but I can do most of what I want to do, within reason. I can't walk long distances yet, and riding in the car a long time isn't fun. PT is a mix of feeling stronger and being tortured, yet I still look forward to it.
I am determined to get past this, and I know that I will. The hard part is keeping a good attitude, and staying positive, when your life is not the same. We are such creatures of habit, aren't we??? But reading and planning help me make it through.
We never know what we can do, until we have to.
Above all, it has made me grateful, again, for what I have, and appreciative of so many things that I often don't notice.
Sometimes, I just sit, and listen to the quiet, reflect, and feel myself being restored.
Good job with your knee and the post surgery stuff.... It will get better ( all the way better)! Take it from one who has "new" knees almost 20 years old!!
Very pleased you are recovering well, and that life is improving for you. Bev
Those grands in their well appointed home are lovely.
I had a couple of electric wheels, one of which I made myself, incorporating many things I'd learned about spinning well. It's late at night and I can't remember now. If I do remember in the day, I'll write. Are you a decent spinner by wheel?
You continue to impress me with your ability to completely revision something-different house, different looms, different use of space. And it always looks so good! That’s not a skill I have. Glad to hear you’re recovering. I didn’t know it would still hurt 24/7 this long. 🥺 You will get through this. It will be worth it. You can do this!
Such wise words... "We aren't aware of the weight of stressors, we don't
know how they have impacted our lives, until they are gone." And what a joyful chicken house reno!
After you decided to get rid of the 'girls', I've decided to get rid of the chickens this fall. We can't do it now for a number of reasons but I think it is getting to be too much. The other night my husband missed one and then by 9;30 pm there was squawking and all manner of noise, so we ran out there and a skunk had gotten in. I think I'm done with the chickens, soon enough.
I don't care for my stackables either but it would take considerable effort and expense to rearrange things to fit side by side. We've talked about it but never bitten the bullet. There's plenty of space. We have a full bath in the hall upstairs which is a total waste. The W/D would fit easily in the space where the tub/shower is located. No clue why anybody would put a second full bath upstairs when the master obviously has its own bath. If I recall correctly, I've turned the water on in that tub maybe twice in the seven years we've lived here.
Hope you'll continue improving and will soon be pain free.
It does get better. The knee recovery that is. Its time that heals and that takes.... time.
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