Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Well, some annoying news on Norm's latest ear surgery and healing. He's had 2 surgeries over the past few months..........lots of cleaning, tending and bandaging...........Finally, last week he got the final good-bye and all-clear from the original surgeon. Hip-hip!! The skin graft doctor (doctor #2) said Norm could treat the heal/ed ear the same as the other...........(NOT!!!) Norm got out of the shower a few days ago and briskly dried his ears........and I'm pretty darn sure that along with the water drops went his new skin graft. I know it sounds petty but I'm so ticked off!........it seems like a personal insult to all my hard work of helping it heal up. I'm just really SO not happy with this. The man doesn't know his own strength but wouldn't you think that a body would know to be careful of a body that was partly a new body???
So.......tomorrow we're back up at the crack of dawn to make it to yet another doctor's appointment where we sit for over an hour along with all the other patients. Maybe the doctor will say that he won't need any further surgery and let it heal up slowly from the inside out. And really, when I get un-ticked, I do feel so sorry for Norm haven't to extend the whole ordeal further..........for a man who has had excellent health and stamina almost all of his life, this must seem like some of life's unfairness. Oh well, you do what ya' gotta do.
If any of you have had anything in your experience like this, I'd love to hear about it........
OK.........done for today..........Have a great rest of the week, everyone. And a happy weekend!!
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 7:33 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We were looking for a particular tree for a good friend of ours whose own mother recently passed over. We had given a liquid amber tree to her when her Dad died..........so she could remember him every fall when the leaves turn those beautiful colors............Now, one for her Mom. Well, we aren't have an easy time finding one. Norm thought there was a nursery over in Riverton that might have some. That's what our reason for our trip was.......fruitless as it turned out to be in that regard..........But there were many photo ops and I had my handy little Nikon at the ready. As always, the problem lies in convincing my chauffeur to stop. I did get a few though.......
The top photo was a charming little cottage about a block off Hwy. 42 in Riverton, itself. There were many flowers around and the garden looking lush and healthy. I'm finding the blooms, both cultivated and wild, to be just glorious this year! Everything is so full!
When we finally found a nursery (it was not the right one........that one went out of business), but they had a flock of chickens out behind the greenhouses..........Silly birds! As I walked closer to their yard they started running towards me. I know they must have thought that I had feed to throw them. I love this one shot of them, all lifting their skirts up to charge forward. They are such characters with their funny mannerisms. I threw them some grass blades that I picked and they moved fast forward, only to look in confusion as to the poor choice of treat I sent.
So.......our trip didn't produce the tree we wanted but we do have the 3-B's nursery in Coos Bay on the hunt for us. I can't remember the owners name but he is exceptional in helping you find what you want, if he doesn't already have it in stock.........and he has a very full nursery. I'm sure we'll find our tree eventually, even if it isn't until the fall. Personally, I like to plant things in the fall anyway. At least perennials. They have all winter to settle their roots and do well in the spring.
Hope you're all having a good weekend and getting well refreshed for the coming week. And everyone think "SUN". Ours is trying to disappear again...........The time is NOW, Mother Nature!
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 3:08 PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Our garden is just full of spring blooms right now. The rowan trees are full of white blossoms.....eventually turning into red berries come fall. My prize bearded iris........one sky blue, the other black, are almost out. First year my tower of jewels is blooming.........a tall big stalk filled with tiny purple flowers......Thank you, Emily! I hope to have many baby 'jewels' next year. Calla Lilly, clematis, roses, etc. etc.
And all the birds and assortment of critters are all here and accounted for......goldfinch, house finch, grosbeaks, chickadees, hummers, squirrels and chipmunks........rabbits eating Norm's chard, and raccoons washing their paws in a dish of water with shells and rocks in it. Every year they dig out a few of the shells looking for what tid-bits there might be inside. They're always hopeful but never find any treasures....
Went over to Roseburg shopping last week. It was beautiful, warm and sunny. One of the few times that it felt sort of dismal to me returning to the foggy coast. We're getting more fog this year, it seems to me.
We're wondering what a move to Roseburg might hold for us. Then I think of the summer heat......I don't know about that......some pretty great shopping opts over there and a nice offering of homes plus an active art community. Have to sell our place first though, and to do that we would definitely need a looker! The couple from northern California were a no-show. I'll keep my opinions to myself about that......
If any in the Port Orford area didn't make it to the Tri-Angle Square Art Gallery to see the newest work of Elaine's, be sure to take a little time to drop in and see her most impressive collection yet. Her theme is "The Art of Praise"............It is inspiring and highly spiritual......especially if you know that Elaine's heart and love is very much in her work........
Al Alfonso has some of his woodworking on display also........It's beautiful, fluid and is another example of Al's appreciation of the world of nature around him.
Hope you all are enjoying your week and have good plans in the making for the weekend.
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 6:26 PM