I have been out of my sling for a week and it’s been going pretty well! The first couple of nights were tough, so I have been wearing the sling to sleep. Otherwise, I’m gaining a teeny bit of mobility each day, but those gains are adding up. I can drive, type, write, get dressed by myself, and more. I have a whole new appreciation for these everyday things, I can tell you that! I’ve also been able to get off of all medication, so I am feeling more like myself and it gets better each day. I will have to be faithful with my PT and pace myself, but I feel like I’ve turned a corner.
Since I spent the majority of the month of October in a recliner, my favorites are mostly about little things…
Chicken Pot Pie
One of my sweet friends, Cheri, brought us a chicken pot pie for dinner and it was so good! My oldest son wanted pot pie for an after school snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I wasn’t too far behind! It was just the right comfort food at just the right time.
Cheri shared the recipe on her blog and you can find it HERE.
We raved about it so much that she brought it to us a second time!
This is an odd favorite, I know! Jello was one of my favorite things to snack on while my throat was raw from intubation, my stomach was sensitive from all of the medication, and my jaw hurt from an unrelated infection that happened because of a small abrasion in my mouth. Just looking at something crunchy made me wince, so Jello was a winner.
To get me out of the house, my mom took me to see Judy. Our local theater has recliner seating, so I could sit back, ice my shoulder, and watch the movie. First of all, Renée Zellweger was fantastic. She looked and acted so much like Judy that it was spooky. Beyond that, I had a deeper connection with this movie. I loved singing and performing from a young age, so I was in love with Judy Garland…the young Judy Garland as I knew her. I had a Judy Garland songbook that I would look through at night in my room. I learned all of the songs and would look through the pictures again and again.
I also loved the movie Rainbow starring Andrea McArdle. That movie tells some of the tragedy of Judy’s childhood and it left me feeling a mix of sadness and admiration for her from my childhood lens. Her talent really eclipsed her as a person and this theme is continued in the movie Judy.
November Issue of Country Living
I always find something I like in each Country Living issue, but I especially loved this issue. It had so many beautiful features and ideas. I went back to it again and again while I was hanging out in my chair. The issue was sitting on the kitchen table at one point and my mom asked if I shot the cover! “Well, it looks like all of your stuff!” (For the record, I didn’t shoot the cover, but it was a good indication that I would like the contents.)
Moon Drop Grapes
Have you ever tried these? I wouldn’t have bought them on my own, because they look so strange, but my mom encouraged me to taste one in the grocery store and they went right in the cart. They are sweet and delicious and about double the size of a regular grape. Grapes were also perfect for me, since I couldn’t cut or peel anything on my own. I could grab a bunch and snack away.
They are in season around Halloween, so look for them next year!
I’m glad to be past the sitting-in-a-chair-most-of-the-day phase and I’m getting closer to my old routine each and every day.
I know it ended three weeks ago, but what were some of your favorites in October?