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Rosedale GardenI’ve been out of pocket lately. Some of my Facebook friends kept telling me I needed to check out the full moon one night before Christmas and get some pictures. I missed the bottom step, landed hard and then tripped over Patches. I didn’t fall, but landed hard. My knee that I had replace 14 yrs ago, and my hip kept complaining for several weeks. I finally broke down and went to see my orthopedic surgeon. The knee replacement is starting to fail and will have to be redone at some point. A steroid shot in the hip was more painful than the pain I was having. I was supposed to take it easy afterwards, but Patches and Blackie got into a knock-down drag-out fight over a stupid glove of all things. Patches has this thing for my leather work gloves and somehow she stole a well-worn one off of the shelf in the garage. I’m glad my newer gloves were a shelf higher. She chewed a thumb off of it and dropped it in the driveway just outside the garage. When I came out of the door to go feed them, Blackie spied the glove, grabbed it and was shaking it when Patches nailed her. I finally was able to separate them after they tired. Both are around 9 now and don’t have the energy they used to. Blackie was bitten in a joint on one of her front legs and was running around on three legs for several days. Mom kept worrying that the leg was broken as Blackie was holding it up around her. Around me she was putting weight on it and trying to climb a tree, so I knew it wasn’t broken. Since it was time for her shots, I went ahead to took her to the veterinarian in order to have some peace. 

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Colby Hall

The winter weather here has been crazy. After the crazy summer we had, I was expecting a few sleet/snow storms. We’ve had temperatures that my area of Northwest Alabama hasn’t seen since the 1960s. The wheat crop is looking off colored and stunted. Even though we’ve had colder weather than usual, daffodils could be seen through the snow in bloom.

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2/27/2014 10:10:42 PM

Thanks for visiting Dave. The snow missed us, but it was 16 degrees when I left home this AM to go to work. Patches decided to sleep in a pile of pine needles I had picked up that was put out on the curb instead of staying in the garage, . She was frosty. My good knee is in the same shape as yours. As long as I can do, I'll live with it. The other one I tolerated it for 10 yrs, but when you are 47 when you have one done, it'll be replaced again at some point. That's why I tried to go as long as I could, but pieces started crumbling and cause me to fall. Supposed to warm up this weekend and get cold again next week. No wonder the hospital is full. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

2/27/2014 1:12:28 PM

Mary, you always have the best pictures. The weather here in Nebraska has been crazy cold this winter. I don't ever remember a winter with so many below zero temperature days. It seems like we are getting at least a couple every week. We did get blessed with a couple 50 degree days but now we are back in the deep freeze. I really sorry to hear about your injuries. Falls are the worst aren't they. I have a knee that's shot but the doctor says don't replace it until I can't do what I love doing. Even through the cartilage is totally gone and one bone it gouging into the other, there's no pain and the only issue is stairs. Even stairs are not really a scary thing to maneuver up and down. So as long as I can continue to dig post holes for garden fences and build other garden projects, I'm good. Have a great bird watching day.

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