Friday, January 30, 2015

Knee Surgery #5

This morning, after getting the girls to their early-morning, before-school activities, I headed over to the surgical center at Patriot's Place to have my fifth knee surgery.  This one was a doozy - I had four allograft cartilage plugs (from two different cadavers); my patellar tendon was moved and re-attached to my tibia with two screws; and I had a bone spur shaved and my meniscus repaired.
A four-hour surgical procedure that will hopefully alleviate the knee pain I have been experiencing since last May.  Recovering from this surgery will take a while, and I have my schedule cleared so I can focus on healing and rehab.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Little More Snow... snowed a little bit more last night (I measured three inches in our driveway)...and school was closed again today.  It wasn't as windy today as yesterday, so the girls went outside to play for a bit while I cleared the driveway (again).

 With the drifts, the snow is getting pretty deep in the backyard, making it hard for Julia to walk.
 Look closely, way in the back-middle of the picture, and you can see Evelyn waving her arms.  The girls love playing in the monster snow drift created by the city plows.
 And I have to include a picture of this little guy.  He's so cute.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweet Treats Prep

I am three days away from having major knee surgery, which will land me on crutches for a couple of months.  That also means I will be on crutches on Valentine's we girls needed to make (and then freeze) Valentine's Day treats ahead of time.  Since we didn't lose our electricity with last night's snowstorm, we girls whipped up a storm of treats in the kitchen this afternoon.  We all took turns stirring Rice Krispies treats...
 ...everyone pitched in to make rolled cookies...
 ...with LOTS of pink...
 ...and voila!  Hershey's hugs cookies and Rice Krispies treats.  All ready for the freezer, and ready for a pink holiday in a couple of weeks.


This morning we woke up to 12 inches of snow on the ground, 30 mph winds and below-freezing wind chills.  Troy is out of town this week, so that meant I got to play with the snow blower.  I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself.  It only took me about 20 minutes to clear our driveway, which is MUCH better than shoveling a foot of snow by hand.
 I used the snow blower for the sidewalk in front of our house, and Evelyn finished clearing the snow from the steps.  It was too cold for the girls to be outside (-25 degree wind chills are dangerous), so now snow play on this snow day.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowstorm on Our Doorstep

There's a major snowstorm knocking on our door, and it started this afternoon.  School has already been cancelled tomorrow, but Evelyn's after-school activity was still on today (here's a shot of Evelyn's school, while I waited to pick her up).
On our way home from getting Evelyn, we stopped at the library to load up on books and movies.  Well, we will watch movies as long as we have power - they are also predicting blizzard-condition winds, so fingers crossed that we won't lose the convenience of electricity.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Snow Play

It snowed a couple of inches last night, which gave the girls enough snow to play in this morning.
 Sledding and snowball fights were definitely on the agenda for these two!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Indoor Pool Day

No school today + cold outside + no snow = indoor pool fun!