Day 10 Post-Surgery

It is now day 10 post-surgery on my ankle. The pain comes and goes, which is much better than when it goes on steadily for hours on end. I’m still taking pain pills, but not every 6 hours.

Kasi is picking up prescriptions for me today and I will call in her favorite Chinese lunch for her to also pick up. Then we’ll have a small amount of time to chat, as she’ll need to get back to work.

She now works at her office Tuesdays and Thursdays just down the road from me, so it’s very convenient. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays she works from home.

A green pitcher of pretty yellow and white flowers setting on the table.

Day 10-Post Surgery Being Indoors:

It bothers me that I can’t see of my all outdoor plants. I can stand at the patio door on my knee scooter and see some of them. And that helps to calm me.

Otherwise, I’m kind of missing the summer season in my new garden space.

I can’t see my pathway. And as I paid $800 for it, I’d sure like to enjoy see it this first summer. The pathway makes me feel that I have completed a useful and pretty addition to my new yard space.

It is one less project out of the way. Next year I will focus more on the upper yard.

I really can’t see the plants I planted there in the ground. I know there are two hosta plants, the mystery plant that the rabbits eat if it’s still there. There are plant pots blocking

I’m straining my brain to remember what else I planted there. I think I planted mint there.

Watering The Outdoor Plants:

Kendra has watered the outdoor plants a couple of times. There is also one tall sprinkler head in the yard at the beginning of the pathway.

So however often it is set to go off waters the plants early in the morning. I don’t know how many days it is set for. But it sure does help. I don’t worry as much about the plants in my garden knowing the sprinkler is there.

In Day 10 Post-Surgery, I show my office in my second bedroom. I decorated it in more of a shabby chic and feminine style.

Something Fell In My Office:

A few days ago I was watching TV in my bedroom one night and heard a loud crash. I investigated but didn’t see what caused it till the next time I looked in my office. Then I saw what it was that fell.

The pretty but heavy, ornate curvy cream pinboard with burlap inside fell off its jute hanger.

I guess that was bound to happen, as it was hanging on a single strand of jute rope. So I probably should have strengthened what it hangs from before I hung it up.

Steve next door said he’d add wire to it the next time he thought about it. Might not look as pretty, but I’ll figure that part out later.

New Toilet In The Master Bath:

I also took this time that I’m recovering to call a plumber to have an ADA-compliant toilet installed. You may remember that I got an estimate back in January and it was $1200. They were also going to install a handheld shower.

I had maintenance put in the handheld shower I ordered. And then I had a different plumbing company send someone out this week. Someone Kendra suggested.

They installed the toilet and the price for everything was $495. A much better price than $1200. You can really save a lot shopping around.

It has left floor patches where there is no tile because whoever has been doing the tile here cut around the toilet and didn’t pull it up. The old toilet was square at the bottom, so it left some real gaps.

I’ll call the office about that when I’m getting around better.



  1. It’s definitely frustrating not being able to see your garden, and do the things you want to do, but hopefully, when you have recovered, you’ll be pain free, and the reward will be that you’re able to do more next year than you could this year.

  2. Having someone take some pictures of your garden so you can chart the progress of your plantings sounds like a good idea.

    I enjoy reading your blog, and it’s one of the few that I do read daily. I hear you in that it’s hard to wait and heal. I am hoping you will be able to get out and about soon to do and go.

    1. I hope you get well soon. I enjoy your posts. I love your yellow flowers. My husband had a hammertoe and the doctor put a long pin in it for 6 weeks. He is doing well now it’s out and he is recovering just fine. You take care. Have a Blessed day. Hugs. Cynthia.

  3. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better and that the pain is better. Keeping your good spirit is helping the healing along. I’m working on creating a kitchen vignette like yours so thank you for that idea, I never would have thought of that myself, it’s nice to have a creative blog friend! I enjoy reading your daily happenings, your blog is fun to read.

    1. Oh my, I’m about to jump out of my skin not being able to go outside! Probably be more vignettes as I’m straining at the bit.

  4. Definitely have Steve or one of your daughters take cell phone pics of your plants and email or text them to you. Easy peasy!

    I was thinking your bedroom glass doors face your patio and onto your garden area? Didn’t realize you could only see your garden space by standing on the patio.

    Wonderful that the in ground sprinklers are watering some of your plants. What a blessing!

    It’s nice that your apartment management allows you to change out interior items like the toilet as needed. Another blessing!

    1. They don’t seem to care as long as they aren’t asked to pay for it. I have two sets of patio doors. The living room doors are what I always photograph. Also facing the patio, at an angle, are the bedroom patio doors. However, I never go out of those because Ivy’s 3 cat towers are in front of them for her viewing pleasure, and they more than take up the whole space of the doors.

  5. The first time u talked about missing your flowers I suggested that maybe Kai’s could take some pics with her iphone and send that to u.
    Oh well, I guess u didn’t see it. Lol

    1. Between Kendra, Kasi and Steve, I’m getting through this. Steve helps with the trash and packages and sometimes things from the grocery store.

  6. We had comfort level toilets put in the three bathrooms of our home. So much better. Sounds like you’re healing nicely. When do you go back to the doctor?

  7. I love your office. When I’ve tried to analyze my design preferences, I realized I like contrast. I like the darker elements (corner chair, office chair base and nailhead trim, storage basket) you have mixed with the neutral colors. Keep feeling better!

  8. So glad you got a better toilet installed for a more reasonable price!! Just in time it sounds like!! Take care not to overdo these days!!

  9. When Kasi comes over, have her go outside and take some pictures of your plants and your walkway… It’s not as good as actually seeing it with your own two eyes but it’s still would be nice… Take care hope every day gets a little better…

  10. I love your office. Beautiful…
    Your hosta plants will maybe surprise you, when you able to see them. Mine grow so quickly, and every year get larger and larger. Soon, you’ll be outside again, Brenda, and at least you’ll be able to sit and enjoy your flowers, until you can do a little more outside.
    Good to hear you didn’t have to wait too long for the new toilet. Best thing is you didn’t have to pay the price you were quoted by the first plumber. What a rip off that would have been
    Anyway, good things are now happening. Have a great day, hugs from WI

    1. It would make me so happy to see my hostas again and that they’ve grown. Last I saw them they weren’t much bigger than when I planted them.

      1. I live an hour west of Tulsa. I planted three hostas this spring. They are just kind of sitting there. Next year they will spread a little and the third year, they will be much bigger. At least that has been my experience over the past two years with hostas. My chief goal this first year is to keep them alive. They look good, even with the 105 degree temps we’ve been having!

    1. You picked a good time to be inside for your recovery. It is the hottest temperatures here in years.

  11. Wow! That IS a big price difference! It’s a good thing you didn’t get it when you first moved in. I’m sure that will be much more comfortable to sit on. The grab rails are a good idea.

    1. Except that the toilet seat is so terribly thin that it slides anyway. So I had to order a better toilet seat and lid. Kendra told me they’re making them all thin these days. Rip off to save money.

  12. Dollar tree has wire covered by jute, that would be decorative as well as functionally strong for your board. Glad you are doing better. 😄

  13. So nice to hear the sprinkler waters some of your plants. Before you know it you will be up and about tending to your plants outside!!

  14. Those high toilets are was the first thing we replaced many years ago when we moved here.We are both tall and could not wait to replace them.We have the safety bars on the wall also…I am sure this will be a big help..enjoy your lunch with your daughter…our children are so busy…got to see all 3 of mine for my birthday and it was a joy…does not happen often in this busy world…continued blessings💕

    1. I ordered Chinese and both Kasi and Steve ate lunch here. I wanted him to taste mine and Kasi’s favorite local Chinese restaurant.

  15. That is a huge price difference from $1,200 to $495! I am scratching my head wondering how on earth those tiles could possibly be fixed. The only way I can think of is (1) having matching tile to what is already there which maybe the complex has – some in reserve to replace cracked tiles, for instance, (2) tracing out the tile parts missing and cutting them, and (3) removing the new toilet, laying the tile pieces down and then reinstalling the toilet. Seems like a lot of work but maybe not as much as ripping out all the tile and starting over – wowsers. Is there nothing that is easy anymore???

  16. Glad you are feeling better. I love that small table with the birdcage and the curvy cork board. You are working on making your home the best it can be to satisfy all your needs. Nice that there is a sprinkler system on part of your plants. Sounds like you will be out and about soon. At the grocery store there were 6” pots of miniature roses wrapped in the American flag plastic. There were $9.99 for $3.99 with a little cloth flag in them. Made my day! And I told that to the florist worker as we had a nice conversation about the roses. I am grateful for the small blessings, conversations, your blog, and hearing of neighbors helping each other. Have a good day all.

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