Don’t be dumb, that’s me talking to me. You can do whatever you want, but I, personally, I’m trying like crazy to not be dumb.

So far it’s not working out super great.

It’s all about my dumb knee and how I keep doing things that make it feel really, really bad. Last week I tried doing some squats which felt fine but then afterwards it was OOWWWWWWWW.

Monday I decided that I could drive to the grocery store – I hadn’t been driving since I injured myself. The driving seemed OK but then the pain started as I walked all around the store and by the time I got home it was back to OWWWWW.

Ok, so don’t walk around a big store and don’t do squats. But then on Wednesday I added one little yoga move to my core training. It’s a “bird dog,” also called “balancing table pose,” with one leg and the opposite knee out and I just looked it up and it’s called Dandayamana Bharmanasana in Sanskrit. With a name like that, it’s no wonder I’ve never heard a yoga teacher utter it.

Anyway, I balanced on the good knee, just fine, and then on the bad knee and I thought “this is great!”

It always takes a bit of time for the pain to start coursing through my knee, which of course it did when I finished.

Don’t walk around a big store. No squats, no balancing table pose, and you probably shouldn’t drive, either. I drove just a little today and it didn’t end up well.

Amy suggested that I make a list of things that make my knee hurt so I’ll remember not to do them but I decided that it will be simpler to just not be dumb.

Don’t. Be. Dumb.

On Wednesday we went to Sam’s Club and I said I’d be fine walking, I’d go slowly, but Amy was very insistent that I use one of those motorized shopping carts.

Naturally, she had to take a video.

It was a little bit fun riding around in it, but it also didn’t go very fast and also it’d be easy to crash into somebody if you weren’t paying enough attention. I also wondered what other people thought about me cruising around since I wasn’t wearing a cast or even a knee brace. It was amusing to back up because there’d be a loud beeping when I did that.

I did manage to get out of there without more knee pain so of course I should listen to Amy. Here we were in the big line to get our receipts scanned as I did my best not to crash into Mom who was standing around in front of me.

Today I started reading some medical articles online about whether or not you should even have surgery on a torn meniscus and although I didn’t understand a lot of it, it made me worry about the whole thing even more. Amy suggested that I call the doctor and make an appointment to talk to them about it, so I’ll do that on Monday.

And once again, blah blah blah me and my knee.

Here are some photos of my beautiful orchid which keeps blooming again like crazy.

Here it is on May 25th with one bloom.

On June 1st, just a week later, three blooms.

June 8th, I think there were five blooms.

Two days ago, June 9th, six blooms.

Yesterday, June 10th, eight blooms! There are still eight opened right now but I’m sure there will be more tomorrow.

I read about getting an orchid to re-bloom, but I wonder if it’ll do it again? When Kevin gave it to me for our anniversary back in September the blooms lasted at least a couple of months. So pretty.

We have sizzling hot heat around here right now and there’s no end in sight. Surely it won’t be like this all summer? We’ll see.

Meanwhile, back at the first of the month,

Spot made himself at home! He hasn’t been back up on the kitty bed on top of the wheelbarrow since then but it’s been so sweltering that it might be a bit warm for him up there. He does come around just about every day, sometimes twice a day, and enjoys a nice meal with a refill. Lemondrop, the other feral kitty, also usually comes by.

Friday night, I hope your weekend is a good one.

Ok then,

Mrs. June Hughes.


the rest of May

by grace on June 8, 2021

A good moon photo! I’m excited to take more moon photos with this new phone.

Sunday May 30th we had a little get-together for my birthday and then we sat down by the water where it was chilly! This is funny because that was only nine days ago and it’s sweltering outside again.

We had another Friday night weenie roast last Friday and it was pretty warm out; I got overheated when bent over the fire to grill my hot dog. This Friday it’s supposed to be 90 so I think we’ll have to forgo weenie-roasting this week.

ok then,

mrs. june hughes.


More May Stuff

by grace on June 4, 2021

It suddenly got super hot around here but it cools off at night which is great.

I have photos from the end of May, but these are mostly from May 22nd, after Kevin and I took that lovely kayak trip. We need to do that again soon.

Anyway, that afternoon I babysat the dogs who enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Later in the day the giant gaggle of geese sailed by the dock.

Lester and Lovey, chilling on the back patio. Lovey found the only tiny spot where there currently aren’t any ferns. All the ferns I transplanted last year are doing great so far. I’ve noticed that a few more have sprouted in the previous place where they were but I haven’t dug them up yet, plus if I do that I don’t know where Lovey will sit.

It’s nice that Lovey is comfortable enough when I’m around to lie there, but we’re really not making a lot of progress, her liking me-wise. But she sure is happy despite the fact that I continue to live here.

At this point Les Paul reigned on top of the kitty house. Hey, I’ve since emptied that mulch bag, yay for me.

In the evening the geese gaggle was snacking on things on the lawn.

The next day Kevin asked me if I’d shave his head. Amy has done this a few times but it had gotten pretty long. Kevin had bought a razor and I agreed to do it even though I had no idea how. How hard could it be?

Pretty terrible, it turns out. The razor had a protective shield over it and there were many different shields for trimming to different lengths but no matter which one we tried the razor was just swishing his hair around from side to side, no cutting going on at all.

I decided to try the trimming blade and shaved the hair at the back of his neck and then thought, “why not just use this to shave his head?”

And this is what happened.

Uh oh. It was quite terrible but I couldn’t stop laughing.

I finally texted Amy and told her we had a slight hair emergency and she came over and did a fantastic job in about three minutes.

But I did do a petty good job on his neck…

ok then,

mrs. early June Hughes.


May, quickly slipping away…

by grace on May 27, 2021

How did that happen? It felt like mid-summer with temps soaring high into the 80s but it’s suddenly cooling off a bit, now that June is almost upon us.

On May 20th we were down at the dock and a goose sauntered by…

Lester, always so happy…

We’ve seen this huge gaggle of geese a few times now – i think there are about 23 goslings! That’s lots of goslings to take care of.

Saturday, May 22nd we took a morning kayak trip down to the end of Long Bay again. This new dock used to be a very old and rotting dock, and it looks so nice now.

Up there, the yellow flowers mark the end of Long Bay.

I guess I enjoy it because it’s like a secret little cove. Here’s a short video of what it looks like.

On our way out of the bay we saw this small goose family.

I like all the trees hanging over the water.

And that’s photos for right now. Tomorrow I hope to post yet again because it’s going to be chilly so I won’t feel the need to do as much.

Because yeah, I’ve been doing a lot even though I got an MRI the week after I went to the Ortho and that was a very weird thing – the person doing it asked what kind of music I wanted to listen to and I said “jazz” so I had these earphones on and they had me lie down on this plank with my leg secured in it and a weight on top of my leg so it’d be very still. The woman said it’d take 2o-30 minutes because they’d take several images but might have to re-do them.

So then she left the room and I slid into the MRI machine, except really only my leg was in there but OH MY GOD IT WAS SO LOUD.

It seemed ridiculous that she’d asked about my music preference because it sounded like they were doing very loud construction right there. The woman said each image would take from three to five minutes and sometimes at the end of each one there’d be an additional even louder pounding drilling construction sound which sounded like it was right underneath me.

And very faintly, underneath it all, there was the sound of jazz. Probably. I’m sure she mentioned that it was Pandora, and sometimes there was an ad but I had no idea what they could have possibly been advertising.

I did my best to lie perfectly still and focus on deep breathing and after a bit my leg really started to hurt but I kept breathing through it and it was a little bit restful just because I was lying down. But at the same time deafening.

A few days later they called to tell me that yes indeed I have a torn meniscus. It’s weird because that’s exactly what Kevin had many years ago…2007, maybe?

I had to go in and see the orthopedic doctor who is going to do the surgery. I’d read up on torn meniscus – it’s a cushion around your knee, and there’s one on either side, and I read that they could sew it up. But the resident who first examined me said that they only do that for young athletes. If you’re over 40, they shave the torn part off.

I just feel that shaving things off can’t be a good thing. Except, say, my inner thighs…

So this is where it gets slightly terrifying. Many years ago Kevin tore his meniscus at work, tripping over some big exposed plug in the floor, so it was a big impact. The doctor he went to acted like it wouldn’t be so bad, but we both have memories of him being in a whole lot of pain afterwards, for a very long time. He’d been thinking about starting a fencing school after retiring, and he was very close to retiring, but because the doctor ended up cutting out 70% of his meniscus he can’t lunge, and if you can’t lunge, you can’t fence. He also can’t run anymore.

So as I’m typing thing it’s making me think that yeah, maybe I won’t be able to run after this. That would be a drag. But maybe it won’t be so bad, and I also know that this doctor I’m seeing is really, really good – he replaced both hips and both knees of a friend whose husband trained the doctor who will be working on me.

Kevin’s doctor, on the other hand, might have removed an excessive amount of his meniscus. When he was a kid he crashed his bike badly and Kevin thinks his meniscus was probably torn then and formed scar tissue and the doctor went in and removed the scar tissue. So that would be bad, not to mention incompetent. There were also some kind of shady-sounding things about his recovery – he did physical therapy but then the doctor told him it wasn’t working, so he wouldn’t be getting any more of that.

Anyway. We did do a huge amount of hiking in Wales and Ireland, but that was several years after his injury. Hopefully it won’t be several years before I can do things again. If not running, then at least hiking and biking and all the weights I’ve been doing a lot more of.

My surgery is June 24th, which seems like a long time to wait. A couple of days ago my knee was feeling better, and I started thinking that maybe I didn’t really need the surgery, but then I did a little too much something and then pain increased. I’m still doing some yard work – it’s amazing how much I can do by scooching around on the ground. I managed to do some weeding and putting down mulch in that manner.

But then I power-washed the deck for a couple of hours a couple of days ago and then an hour yesterday. My knee just feels weird. But today I managed to sit on the ground and put out all the shells that line my front walkway and that made me happy, and I coaxed Kevin into bringing most of my palms down from the upstairs and I arranged them. I even transplanted some shoots of plants that have been sitting on my dining room table for a few months now and have been driving me crazy. I sat on the little deck, digging around in the pots and making a huge mess. But now, the knee isn’t so happy about so much activity.

Ok, sorry, blah blah blah, what am I going to be like in 20 years when I have more serious age-related issues?

But right now I need to ask the people at the orthopedic center if it could possibly tear again, and what about the other knee? And I worry about having anesthesia which I’ve never had before, and what if I’m in pain for a long time afterwards? It’s summer and I need to garden.

Deep breaths.

ok then,

mrs. getting older all the time hughes (but consider the alternative).


Early birthday morning

May 24, 2021

I woke up at 5:50 this morning, and without my glasses on I could just make out the rising sun and decided to get up and go outside and look at it. Because it’s my birthday, I thought it would be a good idea. The air was crisp and fresh and the kitties joined me […]

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the beginning of May

May 20, 2021

May 2nd, the first family of geese! I think there were about 10 babies. Kevin and I took a wonderful kayak ride that morning. I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures during our trip; we paddled all the way to the end of Long Bay, one of my favorite spots on the lake. We […]

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A Unique Biathlon plus lots of crazy Saturday

May 18, 2021

Last Saturday, May 8th, it occurred to me that Kevin and I had taken part in what I decided was a biathlon that I’m sure nobody else on the planet did. We’ve created a new type of biathlon! It won’t be in time for the Olympics this year which is just as well because that’s […]

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More from April

May 8, 2021

I was so excited to get my new iphone a couple of weeks ago. I had a 6s+, which was about four years old and had started randomly shutting off for no reason, plus, of course, the new phones has cameras that are light-years better. Or so I hoped… Here’s my first photo, where I […]

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April Excitement

April 29, 2021

Ok, “excitement” might be stretching it a bit. Or maybe a lot. But I happened to see a great italian greyhound door mat on facebook and had to buy it for Amy and Jim. Maybe it’s a regular greyhound but I didn’t care because it’s so cute. They draped the mat over this sofa piece […]

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Dust Mites!?

April 22, 2021

Amidst all the anxiety, frustration, fear of the unknown and of what tomorrow will bring and general crappiness that started last year with our new Pandemic Reality, there has been one happy thing that’s stood out for me- my nightly conversations with my friend Bev. Each night, after I’ve spent the day either doing stuff […]

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