Monday, February 18, 2013

Tools of the Trade for Now

I am working at home for the next couple of weeks, giving my foot time to heal before I go back to work in my studio.  My tools of the trade for now include reading books on my Kindle.  This is a cover that I made for it.  The tutorial can be found here.

A place to elevate my foot anywhere in the house, so I don't get bored sitting in the same room day in and day out.  It's a big cumbersome boot on my foot, made somewhat comfortable by padding made with tube socks.  To be quite honest, the boot is barbaric, and I am having a terrible time with it.

A very needed necessity for going up and down stairs, or just out to the garage to do some laundry.  I haven't done it yet (laundry), but I want to.  Stepping down with crutches is much harder than going up.  My man has been a champ at watching out for me -making dinner, doing my laundry, loving me and holding my hand through all of the tough times. By the way, these are upside down, but they are the best crutches I have ever used, and I've had them for about 32 years, for when I had the ankle on my right foot fused.

Always need plenty of sketch books, journals and other delightful reading material.  My journal is keeping me engaged in the projects that are in progress, yet to come and my blog post schedule.  Lap top can be used sitting with my feet up, because for now sitting in a chair is extremely uncomfortable.

My pal, Bandit, who follows me wherever I go and is a great companion, when my man is at work

My new wheels.  An orthopedic scooter that gets me around the house.  Has a basket to load up anything that I need to carry.  It has front steering, and a hand break, just in case I want to race downhill.  LOL.  It's electric blue.  It's called a Knee Cycle, and after doing visiting a few medical supply stores locally and finding out that they usually run about $450, I decided that I needed to educate myself on orthopedic scooters online.  My scooter was reasonably priced, weighs 18 pounds, folds up easily and fits in my car.  Here is where you can get one

Fellow artist and good friend, Desiree Habicht delivered this heart shaped box to me on Valentine's Day, filled with healing valentines from friends.  I was so touched by, not only the time and energy that she went through to gather all of these cards and works of art, but in a short amount of time.  I know that I will have some bumps in the road along the way, and I will reach for this box, to re-read the notes and gaze upon the beautiful artwork, that my friends created for me.  I am feeling very blessed to have such a tremendous support system - love from family and friends.  Thank you everyone!

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