Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Surgery Day Arrived

Well, the day finally arrived for my surgery.  We had to be at the hospital at 6:30 Wednesday morning.  So we got up quite early and arrived a few minutes before 6:30 thinking the surgery would be around 8 am.  We waited and waited and waited....       
 waiting before the surgery
Four hours later they finally took me back…talk about getting tired of the wait. The actual surgery started around 11:30 and a couple hours later... the surgery was over. The wait was much longer than the surgery.
I just got to my room after recovery
Well, now I wear my hard collar for 6 weeks
The next afternoon they released me to go home...much to my satisfaction.  Recoup and heal at home is always best. Now nurse Gerri takes over and tends to me.
When we got home to the campground, I wanted to sit outside for a bit and get fresh air and hear the nature around us.            

The neurosurgeon told us that walking was really good and would help the healing process.  The next day Stephen came over and we all walked around the campground and to the lake...What better healing than in God's creation and the beauty of the sun glistening through the trees and haze.

And of course a trip to the donut store is always a good thought for least according to me.

On a different note, Gerri has been the real hero in all of this.  She has taken on the responsibility of all of her tasks and added the things that I usually did.  She has done and is doing a remarkable job and I cannot begin to say thank you for all you have done. 
 Gerri herself is only 4 years out from her battle with cancer, I know she is tired and sometimes exhausted, but she still keeps at it.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Settling In

The big day is coming!!!   Mike’s surgery is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8:30!!
We have been busy getting things in order for an extended stay here at Chewacla State Park!!  We were in a beautiful site all tucked away in the woods but we quickly discovered that those trees liked to deposit little reminders of their beauty all over the roof of the Oliver!!   The tiny area behind the awning and the gutter was a debris collector!!!  Since Mike is going to be out of commission for several months the cleaning of the roof and awning and gutter would become my job!!   I don’t mind washing and cleaning the Oliver while Mike heals but this job was constant!!!    When the debris collects the water from rain or the A/C runs a brown looking stain down the front and back sides of the Oliver.  This stain looks awful against a white fiberglass rig!!!

So off we went in search of a nice site but a bit more open from trees.  We found a rather large site very near the campground host and closer to the front of loop 2.  We have the Oliver parked and the patio set up as well as our Clam!!!  We will place the zero gravity chairs in there along with our TV.  This gives us a great outdoor area to rest and relax in while Mike is busy growing bone at his fusion!!
We can watch a little TV, read or take a nap!!   I’m also closer to the laundry area as well!!!  Did I ever tell you I hate doing laundry🙁!!!  I sure miss our washer/dryer combo we had in our motorhome!!

This site puts us much closer to the lake!!  We walked down there a few nights ago with Stephen and Asher!!  Asher has never been exposed to much water in his first year!!  He probably saw the lake as a huge water bowl!!  We hope to take many many walks to the lake with him this summer!!  We will put him on his 16 ft leash so he can actually walk, splash or just stare at the water.  Our hope is that he’ll learn to love the water....after all he’s a water dog!!!

So that is what we’ve been up to lately!!  The big surgery day is Wednesday and we are both looking forward to getting this surgery done so Mike can once again feel better (no pain) and begin to regain the strength in his arms and the ability to look up, reach up and all those things we all take for granite!!  We are beyond ready to get this Oliver moving!!!

On Monday Mike and I went to Little Italy in Auburn to get some really good pizza before his surgery, was it good!

Thank you for dropping by and remember to enjoy each day to its fullest!!!