WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!!!!

Even though this blog looks like my old one, Debbie-Dabble, "Debbie-Dabble Blog" is my new Blog that I created on June 23, 2016, after my old one was hacked through my Debbie-Dabble Face Book Page which I have now deleted!!

I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the middle 70's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 36 years before it closed in November of 2018 and have been a nurse for over 40 years, with most of that time being full time!!! I recently had my knee replacement surgery done after putting it off for 6 years... I will be officially retiring very soon....

I DABBLE IN A BIT OF THIS AND THAT!!!!

" IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......

BLOGGING FOR FUN AND FRIENDSHIP!!!!!!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A Sunset, a Dance Recital, Geese, a Ground Hog and a New Bird Bath


Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!

I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

Some how time got away from me and I realized that I should have had a post ready........

OOOPS!!

It is not like I don't have all the time in the World now!!!!!!

In my last post, I updated you on my recovery from my Knee Replacement Surgery and the changes I have had to make to goals I set in the beginning of the year because of my One Little Word for 2019 which is FOCUS and a decision that I will have to make soon......
 Click HERE if you missed this post....

 I also spoke about needing to work on Time Management which will be another post in the future......
 Hence, this post is a bit of This and That........

 But first, I want to Thank Bev, over at The Eclectic Red Barn, for featuring my post, My Cottage Garden, from last week's Over The Moon Linky Party!!
Thanks so much, Bev!!

Please stop by and link up to this lovely party!!!

We had been getting a lot of rain like many other parts of the country....

We had a few nice days and then the rain started again last Wednesday night......

Before it stopped on Friday morning........
We had gotten close to 2.5 inches of rain.......
Last year, the glass gauge of my rain gauge broke but I was lucky enough to order a gauge from Amazon that fit perfectly in the stake from the old one.....

One sure sign of Summer is the arrival of The Amish Farmer that sets up several stands at the Mini Market right down the road from us....

He sells the best tomatoes and baked breads among many other items.........
These are baked at an Amish Bakery.....
They are 2 for $6.00!!

When the rain ended, we were treated to a wonderful Sunset.........
 We are lucky enough to be able to sit on our front porch and witness some amazing Sunsets in the Summer months.....
 On Saturday, we were thrilled to be able to attend the Dance Recital of our Great Niece, Caitlin!!!

Here she is in the dressing room before performances........
Caitlin participated in 3 Dance Numbers......

She does Balliet......

The first one was to the song " Summer Highland Falls"
She also danced to the music of Prince's "Purple Rain"
And the third dance number was to Elvis's "Jailhouse Rock"..
And the Finale Bow.......
And here she is outside the F.M. Kirby Center in down town Wilkes Barre where the recital took place......
Did I mention that Caitlin is 14 years old??????

These are her sisters Cortney, 17 and Carly, 10.......
And me and my niece Renae, mother to these 3 lovely girls.....
I mentioned before about my nephew, John, having cancer......

He was not able to attend the recital as he is currently hospitalized but was able to watch Caitlin's performances because of Cortney face timing with him........

Without going into detail, I am asking for your prayers as he faces surgery in the morning.....

He is fighting so hard against this terrible disease....

A new store opened near us called Ocean Job Lot, which is a Rhode Island based Close Out store......
The one that opened literally 5 minutes away from our home is the first in Pennsylvania and opened in an old Toy R Us store.....

It is an amazing store filled with such a variety of merchandise including clothes......

Is anyone familiar with this store and could you tell me if they do Clearance sales???????

One of the things I bought was this pretty glass bird bath since the one I had for a few years cracked last Winter......
 It looked solid pink in the box but when the Sun hits it......
It appears pink and blue and you can see the swirl design......... It was $19.99!!

Now I just hope that it isn't too pretty for the Birds.......
 Joe went down to Target and on the road into the shopping center where the store is , this is what he saw.....
He actually got out of the car to stop the bus that you see in the right side of the picture to let the geese cross the road...

I guess they then thought they would do some shopping at Target!!
Another animal, but one I am not happy about.....

This ground hog was seen coming out of my neighbor's yard....
This neighbor insists upon putting peanuts out for the squirrels even though he has been told by our Home Owner's Association not to do so!!!!

I found peanuts buried in all my pots before I planted the annuals in them!!!!

I am now realizing that this big boy is probably gnawing the petunias in this pot ......
And this lily, down to nothing!!!
I put some chicken wire around both so hopefully it will save them from a hungry critter!!!

And that is the end of my post about This and That!!!

 I hope you will stop by to visit again soon!!

Thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
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Weekend Blog Hop
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Surgical and My 6 Month One Little Word Update





Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

For the past few years, I have chosen One Word which would guide me through the New Year and I would develop a few goals for the year around my One Little Word!!!

 I chose FOCUS as my One Little Word for 2019 ....
 I thought long and hard what word to chose as my One Little Word at the end of last year....

FOCUS seemed to be the right word for what I thought I would be dealing with in 2019.......

This is what I wrote in that original post about why I chose FOCUS for 2019.....




"Joe thought that My One Little Word should be "Countdown" as I count down to my retirement at the end of the year!

My focus for this year is basically going to be getting ready for my Knee Replacement surgery which I hope to have done in October.

I need to keep doing my stationary bike to strengthen the muscles in my right leg and I need to try to take some weight off so it will be easier for me to move around after the surgery.....

My stress level this year has been through the roof.......

I need to try to remain calm and focus on what is important to me like my family, my home and my health..........

I need to reduce the amount of Stress that I recently have been feeling because of my job situation.....

I need to focus on doing the best job I can do in the situation that I have been forced into .......

I also need to realize that I only have a short time left in which I need to function in this situation...."



 Well, by the middle of February of this year, my right knee had suddenly gotten much worse with the cortisone shot that I got at the end of December only lasting 3 -4 weeks......

Now I was experiencing severe pain when I walked, as I later found out after the knee was Xrayed, was because there was no cartilage left!!!

My knee swelled to over twice it's normal size and every step I took was agonizing because the bones in the knee joint were grinding against each other.....
 I quickly realized that I was no longer going to be able to put off my surgery until October like I had planned....
 Things happened quickly and after seeing my Ortho surgeon on Feb. 21, which became my last day of work, I was put on a medical leave and scheduled for surgery at the end of April.
 I had to wait that long because of the cortisone shot that I had had the end of December.....

That pretty much ended some of the goals I had set for 2019.......

I now had to rethink what I had planned to FOCUS on and change up the time frame of what I wanted to FOCUS on....
  I was not able to do my stationary bike because of the excoriating pain it caused and because I was not that mobile during the time I was waiting to have my surgery done, I gained weight, totally blowing my goal to lose weight before the surgery.......

Before my surgery, I had FOCUS on getting my home ready ......

Being a Rehab Nurse, I was quite familiar with getting things set up in the house for when I came home to recuperate.......

I had a rolling walker, quad cane and a straight cane already and I set up the Living Room, where I would be sleeping, with everything that I would need when I got home....
 I also focused on cleaning the house and  putting away Winter decorations when I still could barely climb the attic pull down stairs.....

I also had to get used to not working!!!
 I was so used to having to accomplish things in a certain time frame and now, I had all the time in the world!!!!

I had to learn on FOCUSING on what I wanted to get done each day......

I will talk about this a little later in this post......

That was how things changed before my surgery.......

I am now 7 weeks Post Op........

During the past 7 weeks, I have been FOCUSED on my recovery.......

Again, I want to THANK everyone for their prayers and Well Wishes......

I can not tell you how much it has meant to me!!!

This is what my knee looked like when I came home from the hospital with an aquacel, waterproof, dressing on it......
 For about the first 4 weeks, I used my Polar Ice machine regularly to help decrease some of the normal post op swelling......
I went to Physical Therapy twice a week, starting on my 3rd day post op.......

I have been FOCUSED on being able to move my new knee..........

I have followed the exercises prescribed by Physical Therapy and also those shown in videos on an online program called Force Therapeutics that has been specifically designed by the Ortho team and my surgeon to assist in my recovery.......

I admit it has not been easy and I have had to work hard.........

This is what my knee now looks like.......
 I am finally seeing a bit of a knee cap, which I have not seen on this leg for a very long time because of the amount of swelling, and my incision is almost healed but now I need to massage it and "work It" so I do not develop scar tissue which will make it tight when I move it......

I will have swelling in the operative knee for about 6 months....

I am now going to Physical Therapy only once a week and I am proud to say that I am back on my own stationary bike and doing 3.5 miles in 20 minutes, progressing up to Level 3!!!

I am mostly walking without a cane around the house but I do take it when I go out because I seem to have a "Balance Issue"......

If I walk or do a particular exercise too long, my back issues ( scoliosis and compression deformities) kicks in , causing me back pain and I lose my balance.....

I even had to have some of the exercises adjusted in therapy to accomadate for this issue......

This is my neighbor Lynn and I visiting while I was out walking....
You can see that I was still using the straight cane in this photo and even though I NEVER wear shorts, I have had to do so because of the swelling in the knee......

All my capri's were too tight around the knee.....

Now I am a firm Believer that Everything Happens for a Reason!!
 
 Even though I had to move up my surgery 6 months from when I had originally planned, I believe it was definitely meant to be.......

At the end of last year, the department that I had worked on for over 36 years had closed as a Rehab Unit and was supposed reopen as a Medical Surgical Unit.
 It opened for a brief period of time as a Medical Surgical Unit but kept closing down every weekend and has not reopened since March 29th!!!

My position that I held for over 36 years was only held for 3 months and since I have now been off for 4 months with my medical leave continuing until the end of July ( 5 Months), I not only do not have a department to go back to but I also do not have a position to go back to.....

I will be offered "A Position" which could be anywhere in the hospital for up to one year.....

In the beginning of the year, we had told the garage we deal with which also sells used cars , to start looking for the exact car that I wanted since we decided to go down to one car since Joe was retired......

In  February, the exact car that I wanted became available and we traded in our 2 cars and went down to one car......
 Again, I felt that Everything WAS Happening for a Reason!!
 So here it is 6 months into this year already and I need to reset some goals for the remainder of the year and FOCUS on those Goals.........

This is what I will be FOCUSING on for the rest of this year.......

1. My Recovery from my Knee Replacement Surgery......

I will continue doing all my exercises, continue riding my stationary bike and increasing the time to a half hour daily along with the tension and my speed.......

2. Weight Loss........

This is the story of my entire existence....... I gained weight before the surgery so now I am really FOCUSED on losing that weight along with more weight because I learned the hard way how being overweight affects you when your mobility is compromised......

I hope to continue walking and start walking daily like I used to about 15- 20 years ago.......I used to walk 5 miles a day after working all night.....

3. Time Management
 With not working and having all this time on one's hands, it is imperative that I learn how to manage my time.......


I was dealing pretty well with it prior to my surgery by using a daily list of things to do but all that sort of went out the window after I had the surgery........

Now that I am feeling more like myself again, I need to FOCUS on time management!!

4. Money Management
 The reality of the situation is that I am currently on Medical Leave with Short Term Disability and my benefits, including both mine and Joe's health care, are currently being paid by my employer since I am in a No Pay Status having used up all my available sick time.......

So currently, I am still pretty close to my working salary when it comes to income......

I have an appt. with my surgeon at the end of July where it will be determined if I will be released from his care at that time as far as my knee replacement goes.

It is also at that time that I will have my other knee Xrayed to see if a joint replacement is needed for the left knee as it is really starting to bother me......

If need be, I will have the second knee replaced as soon as possible and stay on medical leave even though it is something that I really will not be looking forward to.....

If it is not warranted, I then have to FOCUS on making a HUGE decision........

Will I retire 6 months short of turning 62 years old without Social Security payments or possibly return to work for 6 months when I no longer have a department to return to and possibly, no longer have a job to return to.......
 We will see what happens at the end of July but I think you know what my choice will be........
 So for the rest of this year, I will be FOCUSING on my health by exercising and weight management...

On Money Management, depending on what my choice will be.......

And on Time Management should I not return to work........

One thing that this year has already taught me is that Life Can Change in an Instant.......
So whatever happens, I just need to FOCUS.......

 This has nothing to do with Politics but I recently saw a quote by Joe Biden ...

 "My mother would say: 'Joey, FOCUS. Don't descend. Stay up.'"

That is what I need to do.....

FOCUS...

Don't Descend......

Stay Up!!

If you chose One Little Word for this year, how are you doing with your Word??????

Thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

And I hope you will stop by again soon!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

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Friday Features Linky Party
Friday Favorites
Home Matters Linky Party
Flaunt It Fridays
Weekend Blog Hop
 Funtastic Friday

 SATURDAY
Saturday Sparks
Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party

SUNDAY
Snickerdoodle Sunday
Silver Pennies Sunday
Happiness is Homemade Linky Party

 MONDAY 
Inspire Me Monday
Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Busy Monday

 TUESDAY
Tuesdays At Our Home
Inspire Me Tuesdays
Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Waste Not Wednesday
Style Showcase
Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday Link Up Party

THURSDAY
Vintage Charm
Home and Garden Party Thursday
Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
Inspired Creations Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
Grace at Home Party
The Homemaking Party


Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!
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