Friday, June 9, 2017

I Had PLANS...


I had finished with work a bare month when I fell off the top of the stairs from the upper deck to the lower deck.  It happened so quickly that I barely had time to register that I was falling when I literally hit the deck on my left hip and left arm/hand.

You know how I like a good 'To do' list.  Is it a coincidence that a medium told me about three weeks before my accident: "Stop doing and just be." Check!  I guess I'll be doing a lot of being in the next few weeks, six to eight to be precise.

The photo above was taken three days ago after my follow up visit with the orthopaedic surgeon when I found out that surgery was not required and I got my new orange cast.  Still, I need to go back in two weeks to see if I still don't require surgery.

Yesterday I tried knitting.  The surgeon said I could while specifying: "Let pain be your guide." Well, I cast on 104 stitches and knit half a row before I had to rip it all out and start over. The second time, I cast on 52 and decided that the being part of my day was going to take over.

All in all, though, I have a few gratitudes: broke my left wrist and I am right handed.  Didn't break or seriously injure anything else.  I adapted quickly though not without some self-pity.

My new To do list:
  • Keep up the positive attitude
  • Micro-doing only
  • Stay in touch with friends
  • Enjoy my orange cast
  • Get other people to do all the chopping
  • Pull out those weeds, it's a one hand job anyway!
  • BE

Monday, April 24, 2017

Triplet 2017


Every year when we spend about three months in Cotignac, we do a triplet - or short trip.  This year's focus was to be on Brittany but, at the last minute, we are changed our itinerary to include Vimy.  The 100th anniversary this year made it especially meaningful and therefore necessary for us to visit.
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We are doing this itinerary in 8 days with my sister D. and her husband.  It's a lot of driving but still manageable for Canadians!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

These two...


Tristan (right) is home from Chicago for his bi-yearly holidays and Damien is studying in Saskatoon. Because of this, they don't get to see much of each other. Solution: V. drives T. to see D. in Saskatoon for a 24-hour stay. Ten hours on the road meant nothing to their father, a small price to pay to make sure they could connect before the next long wait before a visit.

This picture (excuse the poor quality) makes my heart sing.  They share a strong bond that was our intention from the first.  V. is an only child and I have 5 siblings and am only really close to one of them.  It was V.'s and my wish that our children really felt and feel they have each other. We always told them that when we are gone, they will be each others' family.

We are, all of us, blessed.