And now, dear readers, I must pause again while I have my second knee replacement on March 18. It will probably be three or four weeks before I can resume posting on my blog. I will publish brief reports on my progress every few weeks but I do not expect to be back to normal before the end of June. The recovery period from a knee replacement is variable--my last one was four months.
This time I feel better prepared as I know a bit more about what the process will involve. Having a knee replaced as the year moves into spring will be a big improvement over having one done as fall moves into rainy winter with its endless procession of grey skies.
This time I will be able to sit outside on the deck and watch the eight bird feeders we recently set up. We have feeders for finches, wrens, sparrows, woodpeckers, flickers, robins and jays. So far we have only been "discovered" by some black-capped chickadees, a few finches, and a pair of western scrub jays who have a nest nearby and seem to like our peanuts!
We also have a resident brown squirrel who would like to be eating those same peanuts and has taken some death-defying leaps into the Great Beyond trying to get to them! I can't help but laugh at his efforts because they are so comical. Last night I felt a little sorry for him so I left some peanuts on the deck railing. This morning they were all gone.
I've stocked up on some of my favorite BBC Masterpiece Theatre series like "The Forsythe Saga" and "The Pallisers." I've rounded up some wonderful books to read: Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Let's Not go To the Dogs Tonight, Huston Smith: Wisdom Keeper, The Moonflower Vine, and others.
I've already made my shopping trip for small bottles of hand disinfectants (available from BB & B), temperpedic pillows for the sofa so that I can keep my knee elevated while watching "Breaking Bad" and all the other great tv series I have missed, and full bran cereal and prunes so that I can overcome the effects of the medications I will be taking.
My friends ask me how I feel about having another knee replacement, and I can only say: "I'm glad I only have two knees; it would be alarming to have six or eight!" It's almost always more difficult to do something for the first time, especially any type of surgery. Experience and knowledge are so helpful--and the glories of spring will surely mitigate the downside!
I believe that God gives us spring so that we can renew our appreciation for His/Her wondrous creativity. To paint something beautiful is an achievement. However, to create such gorgeous living plant beings as pink tulips is a miracle!