Hello from Sunday night, which turned into a Monday post…again

September 15, 2014

Well, I must admit that this operation has knocked me on my butt!

Here I was all lah-di-dah thinking, “right, op on Monday, yoga class on Wednesday.” Well, not exactly what I managed. Actually, not even close to what I managed.

I did some research and asked my mother, (who is an anaesthetist herself), and the long and short of it is that the anaesthetic drugs settle in the fat cells and take a while to clear, and the longer the procedure, the longer the clearing. It seams that the 90 minutes might take up to one month for my body to get rid of the toxins. Damn, wish there was such a thing as organic anaesthetic. (Don’t say they could have hit me over the head…lol) So I’m plodding along feeling awfully tired and moody and no yoga at all.


There have been some lovely and bright spots in my week though, The weather’s been so warm and sunny that I washed all the quilts and feather pillows and hung them in the sunshine to dry, had a lovely harvest of organic grapes from the garden, and I also caught up with some of my children for a fabulous curry supper under purple lights…mmm prawn vindaloo. We had Ziggy with us and she was so good that she slept almost thru the whole supper.


Who else loves curry? Do you make it at home? I hardly ever do, except maybe for butter chicken or something like aloo gobi, but I think I should make it more often.

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Also, I’ve been feeling a bit stuck at home and have not had much energy for art, so I decided to rearrange things round here to look a bit more late summer-autumnal. I decided I wanted to look at this large oil of a late summer meadow. I painted this several years ago, but it’s one of those paintings I really love, so have never sold it.

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Over the years I’ve built up a collection of vintage decoy ducks, (I buy one each time I visit Quebec), and I decided to have my lone goose on the mantle. Behind it I put an oil I painted when I was 20 something, of aspen in the autumn.

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Further along are some potted plants and a wooden quail/partridge I found in the forest close to my father’s cabins.

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On the other side are the two stupid white cats, (as my children call them), a little art piece of fog in an old tobacco tin I did last year, and a little porcelain of my great grandmother. I have to tell you the story of the stupid white cats: so I found one about 20 years ago and just loved it. Then the second one shortly after that. These two hung around the fireplace off and on in two previous houses for years, and, about five years ago, my children thought it would be funny to start buying me every white porcelain cats they come across, and now I have seven! They still come and go, but these two original ones seem to be hanging around more these days.

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I’m hoping for some cooler weather soon, (the garden sure needs it), and, to help with the cooler weather wishful thinking, I’ve brought in some firewood.

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So now that I like my living room I have to go redecorate the rest of the house…just need a bit more energy.

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But for now I’m rearranging my wardrobe, filling the house with garden dahlias, and enjoying every warm, late summer day.


Stopping at my favourite garden centre
I aten't dead yet!

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  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks September 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    You have a beautiful house and my gawd, those floors . . . gorgeous!

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much Debra. 😀 I do love these floors and am really happy with my decision to keep with the old high gloss finish. Can’t imagine why no one wants the high gloss any more and it seems to be like it has to be special ordered from some monks on some mountain in Mongolia and then sent down the mountain on yaks or something, but I’m super glad I insisted on replicating everything about the old floors from the pattern and wood to the original gloss. I love it. 😀

  • Reply cecilia September 16, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I also have rearranging the wardrobe on my list. Though it seems that packing and sending these books is taking over my time. Hope you do get better soon. I can see why you would not sell that painting .. glorious colours.. why don’t my floors look that shiny? .. cGood morning darling!

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much Celi! 😀 Bet you have a lot more packing to do than books…and soon. You know, I’m so glad I insisted on the super high gloss of the original floors being replicated. I just love the shine. Apparently the high gloss is out of favour these days. I can’t imagine why. The floor company had to send out somewhere special to get the old high gloss, but I love it. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein September 16, 2014 at 4:22 am

    why not take walks along the water to help excise those remainders of the anesthetic … walking is good for almost everything that ails us except maybe a foot or leg issue … so go .. walk .. take the camera … take your sketchbook

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Walking is good! I will actually take your advice and go walking with the camera. Today, well, there wasn’t time, but I really felt like walking on the beach and making one of my fantasy sand castles. Maybe tomorrow. 😀

  • Reply forestpoppy - Julie September 16, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Hope you start picking up again soon, it is horrible not to feel right and to be lacking in energy. You have done a fantastic job with your mantel though……..I bet that helped a bit! Juliex

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      It did help a lot actually. How are you doing Julie? All settled in now? I’m popping over to find out. Our summer in OXON was wonderful. Bet yours was too. Wasn’t the summer weather spectacular this year? 😀

  • Reply Marlene Stephenson September 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Love your paintings and rearranging.Hope you get back to normal soon,have a blessed day.

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much Marlene. Things will be fine soon. Hope you’re having a wonderful September. Don’t you love this time of year? Big hugs. 😀

  • Reply dawnsrays September 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    If you have access to a massage therapist (me!! too bad I live way out of your reach) you can have manual Lymphatic drainage massage and it will hasten the drugs out of your system. Like really hasten them. If you don’t know of anyone that does MLD then you can try deep belly breathing for 15 to 20 minutes a day with your legs above your heart for several days. The diaphragm will pull the lymph fluid from your lower limbs and propel it upwards to the main vessels in the dips just above your collar bones. Try it and see if it helps with the sluggishness that you are currently experiencing.

    • Reply Veronica September 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      That’s fantastic Dawn, thanks for the info. I will do the breathing/feet up daily. My masseuse and good friend Juliana has moved away from the Lower Mainland and now is a 6 hour trip plus a ferry boat away. Darn, everyone is too far away. Must find someone round here. But thank you so much for reminding me. I forgot all about the possibility of a MLD. 😀

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