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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Math Homework for Julia

Julia usually breezes through her math homework.  But this evening, a problem actually stumped her - a multiple choice problem asking which addends make a sum of 10.  She imagined she had a number line on the table in front of her, and she correctly chose 6+4.  I enjoy watching the academic wheels turn in her cute little head.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Morning Routine

While Kat was here, helping with my knee surgery recovery, she gifted me this yummy tea.  I got into the habit of having a cup of this tea - with sugar and whole milk - each morning.  She's back in Texas and I'm flying solo with getting the girls ready for school in the morning, but I'm continuing my morning tea routine.  After getting the girls off to school, I put ice on my knee and sip a cup of tea.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Walk to the Lake

This morning the girls invited Kat to go for a walk through the forest to Mirror Lake - a popular hiking destination for Julia and Evelyn when guests are visiting.  Because of the angle of the sun, it's difficult to see what color is left on the trees.  But the hiking crew was gone for an hour, so I'm assuming a good time was had by all.  (I was resting at home, recovering from last Friday's knee surgery.)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Final Soccer Game of the Fall 2014 Season

Julia's last soccer game of the fall season was played today; it was supposed to be last week, but the snowy weather cancelled last weekend's soccer games.  Thankfully today's weather was much better.
Julia was really in her element today when playing defense.  She had a couple of good plays kicking the ball out of the box and helping the goalie.
 Since my knee surgery was just two days ago, I had to sit out this game as assistant coach.  But I cheered on my little Sunshine as loudly as I could from the sidelines.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fourth Knee Surgery

Yesterday I went in for my fourth knee surgery in eight years.  When I had an MRI taken five weeks ago, the orthopedic doctor saw lots of jagged, flaky cartilage that needed to be cleaned up.  He also wanted to check on my OATS surgery from two and a half years ago.  In my previous three knee surgeries, my doctors have been surprised by unexpected damage.  I was prepared for this yesterday, and I wasn't all that surprised when I found out that the procedure wasn't as simple as originally planned.
 Yes, there was plenty of jagged cartilage to smooth out and clean up.  Yes, the cartilage plugs from my 2012 OATS transplant look pretty good (there's just cartilage around the transplanted plugs that is deteriorating, which isn't good).  But yesterday's surprise was . . . my jagged cartilage had been sawing my meniscus in half.  That explains why I had SO much pain on the outside of my knee the past week and why I had to walk stiff-legged - my meniscus was being severed every time I walked around.  Thank goodness I was scheduled for surgery yesterday, so my orthopedic could stitch the meniscus back together again.  In order for the meniscus to heal, I need to walk with a straight-legged brace for the next two weeks.  When I see my doctor in a week and a half for my follow-up appointment, I will find out more about what he saw with my missing cartilage . . . stay tuned!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Power Outage

We had a power outage this evening, which lasted for several hours.  In order to have light in the living room, we propped a flashlight on one of the couch pillows.  I guess Rosie thought the flashlight would put out heat, as she sat as close to the flashlight as possible . . . which also made for a really cool picture.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Backyard Birds

I took a few pictures of "new" birds today.  Well, one bird (the junco) isn't completely new to us, but they only live here during the cold-weather months.  Since these little guys have shown up, it's very clear that we are done with warm weather.
 The other bird was new to us.  I had to look up this one - it's a white-throated sparrow.  I'm sure it's been in our yard before, I just never noticed the bright yellow eye shadow feathers.