First of all, I want to give the answers to those Christmas riddles and conundrums I mentioned a few days ago . . .
"Successful followers of the Atkins Diet" (hint -- it's a DVD) This is the movie "Losers"
"From the closet of the King of Tarts" PyRex storage pieces
"Large domicile for canis lupus" (hint -- a best selling book) Wolf Hall
"Mack lent his to Dinah after strumming on the ol' banjo" a kitchen knife (handmade by John)
"Made by some Yiddish-speaking molluscs while listening to Bach" (not a practical gift, this one) a string of baroque pearls
This remarkable biography of Julia Child was almost un-put-downable (except for naps.) Julia, from childhood to old age, was always fascinating and she lived through some very interesting times. I was an early (1963) fan and, like much of America, learned from her that there was more to 'cuisine' than casseroles with cream of mushroom soup. Highly recommended.
I'm still suffering from a bit of post-Christmas lethargy -- considering my physical limitations at the moment,sometimes napping seems the best choice. But there have been some small victories in my recovery -- I was able to trim the toenails of the operated-on leg yesterday -- not easy and still a bit of a stretch but progress, none the less. And today, as I was doing a few small bits of tidying between kitchen and dining room, I suddenly realized I'd put my cane down and was managing without it.
My home health physical therapist visited today and my ability to bend the knee is improving -- I had hit a 90 degree bend before I came home from the rehab center and a 100 a few days ago. Today the angle got to 110 (with a good bit of pushing and pulling.) Which is probably good enough for everyday function though the PT spoke of trying to attain a 120 . . .
It's been a month since surgery -- and though I'm really tired of being on the meds and falling asleep all the time, I'm attempting to be a patient patient.