Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sorry I haven't been blogging, I have been too busy walking.

Yes, walking. Ok, I am using a walker to do it, but WALKING! I went up and down the stairs twice yesterday, took a shower at my own house, and WOW!

While the PT was here (for my last visit) she taught me how to get myself in and out of the car and it is my plan to drive myself to my outpatient PT appointment on Monday.

On Pat’s blog he has been talking about me jumping up and kicking my heels in the air. Since we don’t anticipate that anytime soon, my friend Cil made up this picture for me! Thanks sweetie!

On a note of encouragement, I predict an economic upturn in the near future. With me walking and driving and generally getting out again, consumer spending numbers should show a dramatic increase! The stock market should rebound shortly thereafter.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I found this fabulous site recently. It is really amazing! You can create your own font based on your handwriting! I think it is totally cool. There is only one problem. I really don't like my own handwriting!!

The boys and I each made up a font. Ian's is called Tribal Text

Spencer's unfortunately is called "your font" because I forgot to rename it before I saved it.

Let me know if you try it out. The website is

It's free. You need a printer and scanner. Have fun!

(If you click on the picture above you will be able to see the samples of our fonts.)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The “helpful” list


Recently one of my friends remarked that I should make a list of things that I have l learned or are trying to do during my convalescence that could encourage or enlighten someone in the same plight. Here's my list.


  1. Putting on a smile is generally more useful than putting on makeup.
  2. Keep cash (especially small bills) on hand so that if you need someone to pick something up you can pay them on the spot.
  3. When people offer to do something for you, let them. It makes THEM feel good and helps you, too.
  4. Keep a running grocery list so that if someone offers to pick something up for you, you know what to ask for.
  5. Keep a running "to-do list" so that if someone stops by and asks, "Do you need me to do anything for you?" you don't forget until after they leave that your plants needed watering.
  6. Seek help from organizations in your community. A friend found out that I don't have a shower on the main floor and made arrangements with the local YMCA for me to take showers there until I am able to get upstairs to my own shower, for free! Priceless.
  7. Push yourself to succeed. You can be your own best ally or your own worst enemy. The choice is up to you alone.
  8. If someone else is willing to coordinate meals, cleaning, or other services for you, let them. It is one less thing to worry about.
  9. Be prepared to be grateful for casseroles. It is how people express their love.
  10. Don't beat yourself up for not accomplishing everything on today's "to-do list". You couldn't do it before, what makes you think you can accomplish it now!
  11. If you are on pain medication, eat lots of fiber. Then eat some more. Wash it down with a little prune juice. Trust me, you'll thank me for this advice later.
  12. Keep a list of when you take your medications. It all starts to blend together after a while.
  13. Keep paper and pen by your phone. You can write a note if you are awakened from a nap and might otherwise forget the information.
  14. Call your friends. They want to hear from you.
  15. Remember to ask your friends how they are doing. It keeps you focused on something other than your own issues and will encourage your friends to visit you again.