Friday, May 31, 2024

Beautiful Spring Days but a “Hitch in the Giddy-up”

I’m still trying to get used to the seasonal nuances of the Pacific Northwest. We have had some pretty spring days, but it seems like it’s taking a long time to be consistently nice and warm (and sunny). But there have been several days of sunshine, and my recent addition of a few hanging flower baskets provide some joy with their “touch” of spring. As I write this today, it is a perfect spring day, with sunshine and warm temperatures.

We are a bit restricted from our usual amount of “running around,” with my hubby’s herniated disk (and accompanying nerve displacement) causing a lot of pain. He can drive, and we do get out fairly regularly, but he really can’t get out of the car and walk much at all without lots of pain. He is showing progress, so we are hopeful to be back to normal soon, but this has been 2 1/2 months of his not being able to do most of what he generally can do without even thinking about it (mowing the yard, weed-eating, for example). 

It kind of makes us realize what all we take for granted! Doctors say it could even be up to a year before the disk works itself back into place. We are hoping that with his faithful adherence to the physical therapy exercises, we can speed up that timeline. We also hope that the disk will soon have moved away from the nerve, so that the pain is much less in the near future.

My watercolor painting has given me something to do on these different-than-usual days. I’ll share some of my recent work, and these are all the loose, wet-on-wet style. I have since returned to a more detailed style, and the next post will include some of those pieces.