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My First Photo Walk After Surgery

This is the milestone I've been waiting for. I've had cabin fever, but it was too rainy and cold to go for a real before today. Since I was supposed to start small, I decided to make the two-block trek to the neighborhood mailbox and back. I was crazy to leave because my husband was watching TV.

I found him a couple of movies I knew he'd love that were on today, the last two movies in the Lord of the Rings series, and they will keep him busy until 8 tonight. The only problem is, I can't handle all the suspense crescendos in the music and excited voices at the height of adventure. I don't watch adventures. Even though I've read the books, I don't want to see the , whereas he loves them. So I decided to take advantage of this lovely day and get out and walk. The blue sky is a welcome sight after the gray one we've had for the past few days.

It took me a few minutes to arrive at the mailbox, since I kept stopping to take . I was amazed at what was in bloom but I'll document that later. What blew me away was seeing my first iris of the season, a purple one, in my front yard. Later I saw some purple ones in another garden. I seem to remember not having irises in bloom until April. Later on, I was amazed to see some tall sunflowers still in bloom.

Just to prove we've really had some , I snapped this photo of some growing under a tree about a block away. I'll bet there are some growing in our Templeton yard, too, but I can't get over there to take photos. I can't go anywhere too far to walk.

I took the photo.

I finally arrived at the mailbox and emptied it. After walking home, I stayed just long enough to put my mail down. Then I left to take a real walk. I think that one was about a mile. I retraced my steps toward the mailbox and then headed for the park and walked through most of that. I'd been in such a hurry to leave home I'd forgotten my phone. As I turned from the path I was on to get back to the sidewalk path by the street, I saw my husband driving by towards home. I realized he was worried because I'd been gone so long but he didn't see me wave at him, since he was ahead of me on the road. I finally was able to borrow a phone from another walker to call Hubby to tell him I was safe and on my way home. I must remember to take the phone next time.

I took the photo.

My box is on the top on the right-hand group of mailboxes. Packages are in the boxes with a "P" after the number, and then we find the key to unlock them in our boxes with our mail.

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bestwriter wrote on December 14, 2014, 7:52 PM

Even those wild mushrooms drew your attention. Seeing something that you have not seen for a few days can take your breath away. It did that to me when I was bed resting for almost 6 weeks after my accident. When I got back to see my house and garden that was something like experiencing heaven.

Hope you will be back to normal with that neck collar off you.

Feisty56 wrote on December 14, 2014, 8:58 PM

I am sure the rain was a welcome relief and happy to see you and hubby aren't in the areas affected by the flooding and landslides. Iris blooming in December sounds unusual -- and perfect. : )

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 9:19 PM

I've got to keep the collar on for another five days. I'll still have to stay out of cars for another six weeks after that.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 9:20 PM

The irises were a lovely surprise. I'm sure parts of our county have some flooding, but I'm not likely to see them.

scheng1 wrote on December 14, 2014, 11:12 PM

We live in an apartment block, and our letterboxes are at the lobby. We just need to talk 10 steps to the elevator and down to the lobby.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 15, 2014, 1:38 AM

Wow, six weeks? I'm a hopeless homebody, but I think even I would be going stir crazy not being able to ride for that long. If I was limited to how far I can walk, the mailbox would be just about the only place I would be going. I could walk to church, but it would take at least an hour to get to a grocery store, assuming I didn't get run over because there are only a few short disconnected sections of sidewalk.

Madcanman wrote on December 15, 2014, 4:57 AM

Wonderful pictures, Barb. A walk is always a good thing. I make sure (I try, anyway) my wife always has her phone with her whenever we're apart so that we'll always be able to reach each other. This city is a nightmare as far as driving around goes, and I'm so afraid she'll get in an accident and not be able to notify me. Good luck with your continued recuperation. Hope the weather continues to hold out for you.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:47 AM

I'm so glad to hear you're back in such fine form! I was actually surprised that you were well enough recovered to be out and about so soon :)

VinceSummers wrote on December 15, 2014, 12:57 PM

It is good to find you here as well. This may beat Bubblews. Time will tell. At any rate, surgery can be tough. And I'm glad you were able to get out for a lovely nature walk. I once made my own serpentine nature trail on my own 5-acre property. I transplanted every manner of native wildflower to the trail. It was beautiful.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 15, 2014, 12:59 PM

It is good to read that you were able to take that walk. Those are nice pictures that you took with your camera.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 1:30 PM

Thank you.

nbaquero wrote on December 15, 2014, 1:45 PM

BarbRad So glad you are venturing out there already. It seems you are doing very well, but I know it takes time. Good luck.

maxeen wrote on December 15, 2014, 2:13 PM

Nice to see you are able to slowly get up and have little strolls. I love that snap of the mushrooms.

AngelSharum wrote on December 15, 2014, 7:33 PM

Glad you enjoyed the walk but sorry you scared the hubby.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:33 PM

And you don't have to go out in the rain, either.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:36 PM

I am within walking distance of the stores if I cut through the park, but I'm not allowed to pick up or carry more than five pounds. I could, though, go pick things out and have Hubby bring them home in the car. I can walk the neighborhood and through the park and down any trail with even ground. It would be really tough if I couldn't go anywhere at all. It was just to rainy to walk today.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:37 PM

I'm doing pretty well. I finally got through my to-do list for today.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:38 PM

When I talked to the nurse today I think she thought I should have been out walking sooner. I'm supposed to do it daily now.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:40 PM

That's something I'd like to see happen on our Templeton property if we decide to stay there. I'm tired of having to blaze a new trail through the weeds after every rain. I hate to see what our property will look like before I get home.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:41 PM

I hope to have time to post more, soon. My arm is a bit painful today, though

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:42 PM

I seem to be healing well. I hope I didn't wreck anything while showering today.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:43 PM

It's hard to go wrong with nature shots.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:43 PM

What's even worse is he had other people looking for me.

AngelSharum wrote on December 16, 2014, 11:04 AM

Oh no! I hate that he had to go through that, but at least you know he cares. :)

nbaquero wrote on December 16, 2014, 11:13 AM

BarbRad ha ha .. I know you might want to do headstands and more but just be careful Ok? Have a great day.

LoudMan wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:38 PM

They let you out and you made it back. Hey, congratulations.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:00 PM

Yup. I'm a survivor.