I have been away from work for several weeks. I had a major surgery to repair several hernia-like problems in my pelvic region. I am happy to say that I can sit up (albeit for short stints), drive, and take my regular evening walk (OK, so I walk more slowly and not quite as far). My family — husband, sons, and parents — and my friends have been pampering me. I am grateful for all the meals, shopping, shuttling children, company, knitting lessons, etc.
The upside of being laid up is that I have been listening to some wonderul audio books. I am in the middle of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Another favorite was Love All by Elizabeth Jane Howard. Having listened to Pillars of the Earth a while back (while quilting), I decided to get World Without End, also by Ken Follett. It wasn’t nearly as good, though I was a little groggy for the first bunch of chapters. I listened while in the hospital the first few days and John Lee’s voice lulled me to sleep.
I have also been catching up on my favorite podcasts: Writers & Co., a Canadian Broadcasting show; Fresh Air, and Selected Shorts. I promise to be back to posting regularly soon. I miss the writing and the photography. I am still spending a lot of time flat on my back with an icepack pressed to my posterior.