Monday, February 11, 2013

That didn't take long...a basket full of love

Here's the beautiful basket I made last Saturday.  Am going to stain it a golden oak color I think. Wondered what I was going to use it for...

Guess that decision got made for me.  Now this is a basket of love !!  Jinga squinting at the camera flash.
 You all know how much I love my pets. You've seen pictures of some of them over the past few years. They afford us a lot of love with their companionship, their affection and their antics.  We have had quite a few pets over the past 20 years,  whenever we lived somewhere that allowed us to have them, and then of course when we bought our first house where WE made the rules. lol

  Our very first dog together was Delilah. I got her as a tiny pup at a flea market in California. Her mother was Rottweiler and Doberman and her father was Sharpei and Black Lab. She was gorgeous.  She also grew every time she inhaled. I don't have any computer pictures of her...but she was something else. She once ate an entire Norfolk Island Pine I had in a pot on my front porch.  We also caught her carryingold bricks into the yard from somewhere...and she ate those too. Chewed them until they disentegrated. LOL

  We had cats too, from the beginning.  Our first cat was a feral mother with kittens that had taken up residence in the big berry bramble in the back yard. One night she showed up at the door crying and I fed her. The next day she showed up again, with a kitten in her mouth. Uh-oh. Eventually she and 5 kits made their home in our laundry room.

And there's the three current keepers of the hearth...Molly, Caylee and Bella.  I have other pictures from in betwen, but most of them aren't labeled and I haven't got the energy to hunt them down right now. lol

 The point is this:  Love wears many hats. It shows up in our lives in a myriad of ways and personas and spirits.  Thanks goodness--we need all the love we can get !


 An update--my sister-in-law's body scan showed no other tumors. Thank Goodness!  So, the plan right now is that they will perform surgery on Wednesday to remove as much of the one on her brain as they can, biopsy it and go from there. The prognosis is good.  Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts.


 On another note. Today I had my second day at the doctors group who say they can have me walking like a normal person (sort of) again.  We finished up the digital x-rays and did another bit of testing, and I had the first anti-inflammatory/pain shot into my knee.  Tomorrow I go back in for another test on the muscles and nerves. I go every day through Friday ...they will start an integrative therapy of PT, Chiro, and knee injections and massage. Then I will go 3 days a week for a month and a half.  I get 2 or 3 of the anti-inflammatory shots and then they start the Hyalagan treatments. I believe it is a series of 5 shots of that, which is injected directly into the knee joint. 

  I was very impressed with the treatment plan they have for me, everything in writing. They worked out an affordable financial plan for me too. The people there have been so kind and helpful it's unbelievable. I almost cried.  After todays first shot I have less pain in my knee than I have had in the past 2 years. I know it's going to be work, but I am so happy I can't tell you. I am walking better and the knee is much less hot to the touch. I have gotten up and down all evening with just a couple of grunts. lol  Before the shot, I would have to get up out of the chair, stand for a few minutes while I tried to put weight on it and then limp across the room.  They gave me a new knee brace to wear if I'm going to be out and about for any long periods.  I have osteoarthritis in both knees.  Bursitis in both elbows. If I was a horse, they'd shoot me.  lol

 Happy 11th day of love !!



DJan said...

I know how much you love your furry family members. It's impossible to imagine you without them. I love that basket and its lovely contents!

Good news all the way around. I am so happy to hear you have a treatment plan and will soon be able to walk normally. Hopefully the surgery will go well for your SIL. Thanks so much for the "love"-ly update! :-)

Beth said...

Wonderful news about your sister! And I am so glad that you are finally getting some relief from your knee pain.

I am enjoying your February love posts.

Mama Pea said...

Gorgeous basket! And, obviously, approved by the "person" who has claimed it.

What wonderful news about your SIL and you, too! No one who hasn't experienced a debilitating health problem can truly know the extent to which it rules your life. I'm keeping my fingers (and anything else I can cross) crossed that this new program is the beginning of the end of your albatross!

Furry friends sure can give us a lot of love. There's more love out there than we know. We just have to open our hearts to it.

Mariodacatsmom said...

I love all your fur babies. Indeed they do give us a lot of love and ask for nothing in return other than love, food, water, and love in return. I've always felt bad for the people who say they don't like animals - they just don't know what they are missing. Good heavens girl, you are amazing. I never knew you had such bad knees with all the work you manage to get done every day. I hope this new tratment works well for you. Prayers will be offered for your SIL and for you.

Annette said...

Awwww, I'm glad the doc's are able to help your aches and pains and immobility. Its hard work getting older....My elbows and shoulders have bursitis or tendonitis. Years of lifting babies and then old people. :o)
Your basket is beautiful! I love much that I am wondering if I could find a place to learn to do something like that. You continue to inspire me with your love of life and how engaged you are in everything. :o)