Sunday, November 29, 2015

Yet More Hummingbird Cuteness

Who's tired of hummingbirds?  Nobody?  Good. We sat outside late this morning and watched the defense of the feeder.

There was also resting in the palm tree.

Cue "Flight of the Valkyries."

The bird is just a hoot to watch.  Looks left, looks right.  We are at defcon 1.

Even with surveillance measures in place, we have the cute bird butts.  Have you ever seen anything as cute as a hummingbird's butt?  No, no you have not.

Going back in to defend the feeder homeland.

This morning we watched the hummingbirds.  In the late afternoon there was a drive out among the mine tailings, which I will post in the next few days.  Convalescence is slow and steady, but ultimately boring.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Even More Hummingbird Cuteness

The level of violence in the RV park continues to escalate.  "Our" hummingbird spends time hanging out in the palm tree.  He's diving on any other hummers that come to the feeder.  This morning three of them were at it for hours; only breaking for food.  Does his beak look blue to you?

Here he is, looking down at the feeder, with a steely eyed glint.

Off to defend the bird feeder.

And now, a big bird stretch and time spent warming up in the sun.

It was cool this morning when we got up - it was 40 degrees.  I gave some thought to microwaving the hummingbird juice, but ultimately was too lazy to get the ladder so I could get the feeder down.
This afternoon Jim and I went to Lowe's to buy a new grill scraper.  We used the store mobility cart, which was good.  Being on crutches is just a bear.  It puts too much weight on the surviving foot, stresses your shoulders and hurts the hands.  The knee cart is better, but it pushes the hard edge of the cast into the shin.  It's always something.  Weight bearing will be much better when it occurs.
Other than this pitiful offering, maties, I have nothing else to report.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving to you all. While this is not the winter season we thought we'd be having, it could be worse.  There could be snow.  So I am grateful to be wearing shorts.  Yesterday was a very cloudy day, but it brought a beautiful sunset.  We were awash in glowing pink.

The hummingbird continues to entertain us.  We're pretty sure we're getting the same one most of the time.

Today I was able to get the flash as he left the feeder.

Here he is, coming right at me, flashing pink.

Here's wishing you all a great opening day of the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Reveal of the Achilles Surgery

We saw the surgeon yesterday.  He's a fairly terse guy, friendly but laconic.  We learned that Jim's rupture, although complete, was not as bad as many he has seen in the past.  This is probably good.
The splint was removed.  The cast lady had to work on it some to get it off.  The hard part was made out of plaster, which is why it was so heavy.

This is the incision.  At this point the stitches were still in.  Note the bruising and the swelling in the heel.

Here is the incision with the stitches out.  It doesn't look all that different.

The cast is being built now.  First there is a soft stocking applied.  Jim's foot is resting on a support.

Then mass quantities of fluffy material are wrapped around the leg.

The first layer of fiber glass has been applied here.  It comes in a roll, and is dunked in water.  Then it's wrapped around the leg.  The top and bottom of the stocking have been rolled back over the first fiber glass layer.

This is the second layer of fiber glass.  We went for the high visibility color.  It almost glows in the dark.

When they were wrapping, Jim was asked to push his knee forward a little.  The back of his calf is really tight.  He's going to have a fair amount of work to do with that in the future.  At the moment his toes are dropped about 10 degrees to keep any tension off the repaired tendon.
We have three weeks in the cast, non weight bearing.  Currently the cast is fairly uncomfortable.  Jim hasn't been able to find a good place to put his leg yet.  It could be a long three weeks.  After that there will be a boot, non weight bearing.  Slowly, he'll be able to put weight on it.  It's a process.