Taking Time

Time in Tiny Pieces

When recovering from major surgery* (again, my friends), there's a reason we are all called patients. For it takes great patience to await:
  • freedom from pain
  • ease of lateral movement
  • resumption of vertical stance
and, in my case,
  • ability to transport myself from one place to another.
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I'm referring here to indoor movements. Getting from my bed to the loo was the first stage...and on it all went, painstakingly, until now, when I am still unable to walk unaided. Short distances with my walking stick and someone alongside are also allowed/doable.

Independence, or a state faintly resembling reliance on myself alone, is only achieved with either a Zimmer frame or another walking aid that is not unlike a tea trolley. Jolly useful the latter is too; I can even bring my laptop to the lounge from the office (and back again when power is required).

Thus, not only am I now:
  • reading
  • crocheting
  • watching some television
  • looking out to my garden, tantalisingly near yet so far from my presence until the physiotherapist brings the new super-duper outdoor Zimmer frame with wheels and brakes
but here I am
  • writing again

*this time it was a kidney removal, a legacy of previous urological surgery that has gone slightly awry. My recovery has been hindered by an exacerbation of Multiple Sclerosis.

Achievement by Grace, not Planning

I am, by nature, a To Do list maker. At present, I'd render myself incapable if I wrote any kind of list other than the supermarket online order. That one's essential, and a joy too, if it means my husband not schlepping around the supermarket, but here to receive the goods and share the putting away thereof.

There is, I'm discovering, peace is to be found in:

Taking Everything One Day at a Time

Each day begins with the feeling that only part of it needs filling. Routine tasks such as bathing, dressing, medical requirements, sleeping and exercise (with the tea trolley or reclined on the bed), take up swathes of time. Upon returning to bed at night, I'm thrilled to look back at some crochet rounds, admin or a story drafted (mine) or read (someone else's).

Right now, I know tomorrow will bring the pressing need to write a book review for an author I know. But the world will not collapse if I don't write it for another day; my friend has waited so long now, she won't mind a day or two more.

In the scheme of things:

Persistent Patience Pays - Period

Sloped Sofa Scribbling

I have to say Hello first of all. Whether you are reading this post on the blog, via Google+, on Facebook, or through a tweet, thank you for sticking with me.

In my absence, I've not been idle although I have been poorly. The good thing is, I have many reasons to be cheerful.

Sofa Scribbling?

I have not reinvented any writing implements nor have I bought a graphite infused settee. I do have a new (last year) laptop. However, I soon realised that simply placing this clever machine on my lap did not make writing instantly easy.

My old PC kept me pinned to my office desk. The wireless keyboard had two little fold-down feet that raised the keys to hand level. It was indispensable.

After a short time, I wanted my slope back. I returned the laptop to my writing desk and needed my slope even more because it has no in-built facility for making it higher at the back. What to do!

Sloped at Last

Researching the Internet revealed slopes that were actually fan coolers. I didn't want noise or draughts. 

Then I discovered the IKEA Brada was just the thing! (I paid a little more and bought mine via their Amazon marketplace).

So now I am typing this post in comfort, ease and style. All because I found a slope.

Scribbling What?

I've been away from this blog for a long time (as you will see here). Most of the time has been spent reading and crafting. I am learning to crochet having been a knitter most of my life. To learn more about the spatially creative side of my brain, see Shirley Davis Crafts.

My writing has been limited to shopping lists, quizzes and crosswords. There's been some private journalling - I never understand what is happening to me and around me unless I discuss matters with a trusted friend or write my thoughts and feelings down. 

Most of this writing will never be read as I'm sure my family will burn the notebooks when I no longer need them! What is a creative nugget for one is a stone in the shoe for another.

It is now, three weeks before more surgery, that I have returned to my creative writing. There's a couple of competitions to enter and the novel word count is increasing.

All because of a laptop slope!