"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


A tether is a cord, fixture, or flexible attachment that anchors something movable to a reference point which may be fixed or moving. There are a number of applications for tethers: balloons, kites, tethered wind-energy conversion systems, anchors, tethered water-flow energy conversion systems, towing, animal constraint, spaceflight, and power-kiting. Also, tethering to prevent theft of an object like a computer at a school or library is now commonly seen.[1]

oh, life you have taken a strange and miserable turn lately and I for one am ready to throw in the towel.

Last June I had problems with an ulcer on my leg that would not heal (of course) and spent the summer not being able to use my prosthesis.  I was making regular visits to the wound clinic and my PCP.  After months of treatment and no real healing I was sent to a wound surgeon and in October I had surgery to remove a portion of my tibia.  Ouch.  I had developed a bone infection so the bone had to go.  Afterwards I was attached, or tethered, to a wound vac.  This is a device that uses negative pressure to heal a wound from the inside out instead of the other way around.  There is tubing that runs from the vac, about the size of a purse, to the wound...24/7.  The tubing is about three feet long and cannot be detached.  It has only enough leeway to allow me to lay on my back in bed, sit in a wheelchair or use the commode.  Yeah, the commode.  This has been a long six weeks but there has been some improvement...a little at a time.  It is estimated that I will be tethered until March at the least and then I will have a revision of my residual limb and be hooked up again for another six months.  I have a nurse that comes by three times a week, P.T. and O.T. but this is going to be a long haul.  To say that I am overwhelmed would be an understatement.  (NOT looking for sympathy, just the facts).  Trying very hard to keep my spirits up and get into the festive season and maybe that is a good distraction for me.  Hoping hubby can take me for a drive this week and check out some decorations...we haven't done any of that yet.  We might get kicked out of our new neighborhood if we don't get busy, it looks like they are all into that.

Well, I have no idea what happened to this post and the font.  I'm sure it looks quite wonky and I'm not going back and redoing it.  So for now I will say, see you later.  I hope you are all well, we've been battling the flu...I don't recommend catching it!   take care and  be well my peeps.  Shine.


  1. OH my, hang in there!
    I think your font changing fits this perfectly, by the way, it somehow emphasizes the seriousness of the subject.
    Anyway, on top of everything, you are battling the flu! Hope you are able to get out and enjoy seeing decorations.
    Listen, don't worry about decorating, make sure you take care of YOU.

  2. The font is like your life right now, so different from the normal. Wow, no showering, no normal toilet, and how hard is it to get in and out of bed? I hope this treatment works,if I was you, I would leave all decorations, and put up a big sign," If you think we should have decorations, please come and do them for me!!!" I am going to spray 5 pine cones with glitter, put a small sprig off a pine tree in a wooden tray, and 7 red baubles, and that is all. Much love, dear friend, enjoy that one outing if you can manage to get into the car, and above all else, AVOID laxatives. XXXX

    1. I never imagined having to sleep in one position for so long, or using the commode...gah.

  3. *hugs* God bless.
    Are you living where there are community ordinances to be followed?
    Christmas decorations might cheer you up, yes. But you could tell the neighbors to suck lemons. Better yet, put Christmas lights on the prosthesis you can't wear, and put that in your window or hang it from your porch. Maybe your neighbors would understand then.
    Keeping you in prayer, Joanne. *hugs* and God bless.

    1. We are required to hang lights on our house, so we put one string up and called it a day! You are so funny...I may decorate that prosthesis for Halloween next year!

  4. Sometimes when I copy and past from my word pad to Blogger it changes the font like that.

    Hang in there lady hopefully you can get out and go to see the Christmas decorations, we always enjoyed driving around and looking at them too, I hope your neighborhood is all lit up for you to see

  5. Hello Joanne.
    I am wishing that you find a couple of 'simple pleasures' (the ones your quote by L.M. Montgomery talks about) that will sustain to get from day to day in this present ordeal you are having.
    I know you can.


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