It’s been a while!

Hi friends!

Adam pointed out to me yesterday that it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. He’s right, of course. So, I thought I would fill you in on what’s been happening.

The biggest thing that happened recently was surgery. I  had surgery a week ago. Major surgery that will keep me severely limited, as far as physical activity goes, for at least 6 weeks or so. This was a planned surgery, so I had time to prepare beforehand. By prepare, I mean, take care of things around the house that wouldn’t get done if I didn’t do them. So, the weeks leading up to surgery were quite busy.

Now, however, I am bored! It’s been a week, and I’m already bored, lol. The first several days were consumed with pain management and sleep. Now, the pain is mostly gone and I’m bored. I’ve been reading. I spend a lot of time on my laptop. When the weather cooperates, I enjoy sitting outside. I’ve only had my camera out once, to get photos of all the beautiful flowers I’ve received.

Speaking of flowers, I need to give some shout-outs to some special people. First, to my husband, for being with me on surgery day. We were at the hospital for 12 hours, and I’m sure it was a much longer day for him than for me. Thank you to him, as well, for any help offered around the house. A huge thank you to Christopher! He came to the hospital on surgery day for a bit. He also went to the house and took care of some things there, as well as giving Zeke some much needed attention that day. Thank you for checking up on me as well! Several family members and friends have sent or brought flowers, food, treats, cards and well-wishes, as well as regular check-ins to see how I’m doing. Thank you all so much!

The biggest thank you, however, goes to Adam. He has gone above and beyond in helping me since surgery. He came to the hospital after school, after checking on Zeke at home. He has been so supportive and helpful since I came home. He makes sure Zeke doesn’t jump on me. He has helped keep the laundry up, moving the wet stuff to the dryer and carrying things up and down the stairs. He took me to the grocery store and did all the work, while I walked along. He’s cutting the grass every week (we usually take turns). He has helped with meals and clean up. He keeps the bird feeder full.  He puts chlorine in the pool when needed. He made sure I didn’t have to get off the couch much those first few days, bringing things to me so I wouldn’t have to get up. He has been my chauffeur a few times while I couldn’t drive. The list goes on and on. With the schedule Tim works, and Christopher not living at home, I knew that a lot would fall to Adam during my recovery. And he has not let me down. I’m so proud of him for stepping up without complaint!

Another thing I’ve done while being off my feet so much is to create an account at Fine Art America. It’s a platform for selling photos, or art work. It’s free, that appealed to me. I have been wanting to test the waters of selling my photos, but, the competition is fierce. On Fine Art America alone, there are thousands upon thousands of photos listed. Honestly, my expectations are low as far as selling anything. There are thousands of photos that are so much better than mine. But, my photos are getting exposure, and that’s awesome. It’s a big step for me, and we will see if it leads to anything. I’m having fun, and, for me, that’s what it’s all about. Between Fine Art America, and my public Instagram account, simpsonjannita, my photos are out there. That’s huge!

I’m trying to take this recovery slow, one day at a time. But, honestly, it’s a struggle. However, I don’t want to end up back in the hospital. So, I’m trying to learn to enjoy having the down time. Adam will be done with school next week, so maybe we can venture out somewhere with my camera. I’m itching to do that! Not being able to workout is making me crazy. But, once I’m cleared to get back to the daily grind, you can be sure I’ll be working hard at getting back into my workout routine.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful day!

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