Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Flying in circles

Hello my friends, I have been absent again but for good reason. I had my elbow replacement surgery October 31. All went very well and I was home in the next day recovering in the loving care of my husband, my pets and my family. 
 second day home,first time I attempted to do my hair, still had tape residue on my face and a lovely sharpie line on my good arm that read "other arm please" which my friend Deb finally was able to scrub off for me lol

I've had very little pain with this surgery and have been managing quite well from the outset I was getting up and walking nearly every day a little bit. My good friend Mel and her husband were mixing grain and feed rations for me, and feeding Johnny and the other horses.
 And after a few days began to take me down with them so I could get my "equine therapy" by the second week I was able to take the grain pails myself and do that little bit of feeding each day.

 Martin has been doing the greater amount of the chores as I will no longer be at able to fork hay even once I am completely recovered I will have a 5 pound weight limit on this arm. My days of pitching hay and pitching pitchforks have ended. I'm not a moment too soon.
 I can however saddle my horse one-handed so I'm not out for the count yet. That too may have to wait for sometime. 
I prepared a bunch of meals before I had my surgery and Martin has been a great cook while I was recovering. He has learned quite a few new skills. Also of course my sister made me some treats and had us over for dinner.

I got the cast off, on November 16, and I'm now learning to straighten my arm slowly and await starting physio  next Tuesday. I haven't been on the blogs much because I can't type yet. I am currently doing this post through voice to text on my cell phone, then will email it to myself, and post  that way. It is how I have been communicating with everyone on Facebook for the most part though I can type on my cell phone somewhat more easily than I can on the keyboard.

 I was able to have a few fun outings as well. attending Farm Fair, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, then  to the theatre to see Mama Mia with my family the following day.

my two beautiful nieces, and as you can see my soon to be great niece attended as well ! in the form of Tara's baby bump!

The "flying in circles "title speaks to a comment I made after having my cast removed that I will be soon learning to flap my wing again. While I doubt that I will ever fly, I do expect to be well recovered and enjoy straightening my arm and freedom from pain in that area at least. My short-term goal is to be back swimming by mid to the end of December.
Anyhow that's all for now, I am peeking at your blogs and reading but it is quite difficult for me to comment at the moment. But have no fear I will be back chatting away with you soon.

 Meanwhile stay safe my friends, and yes, I am behaving...mostly