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  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. Cynthia Phelan says:

      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. Carolyn in Texas says:

    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. Yeah, but I always forget until they’re gone. They’re so busy they bring things to me and take off.

    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?

    1. I go back Tuesday morning. This time Kendra is taking me.

  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!

    1. Feeling a little bit better every day.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    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!!

    1. It would be kind of hard to overdo with a cast on.

  9. Carolfun53 says:

    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. Bonnie Schulte says:

    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. Anne Belanus says:

        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!

  11. You sound better. I hope you are. When do you go to the doctor again!

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. Annette Tracy says:

    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!!

  15. Those high toilets are great..it 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.

  16. 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???

    1. I’m sure they did it that way to save time and money.

  17. 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.

    1. Thank you! You made my day mentioning my blog.

  18. Kasi

  19. Can Kari take some pics of your path, plants, etc? Then she could email to you.

    1. I’ll have to remember to ask her.

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