Up & Down

My physio appointment on Friday was very interesting. Jo-anne, my therapist, had discussed my hip with the other therapists there and they came to the conclusion that (from what I described) it is possible that I have a loose piece of something floating around in the joint that impinges on it's mobility etc. So, she wrote a letter for me to give to my Dr. asking to get an MRI or a CAT scan done. YES! Thank you! I almost had to twist her arm to get her to give me the order for physio (which I then discovered I didn't need) and she just brushed me off when ever I mentioned something else is wrong with the hip than just arthritis. So, I'll be off to the Dr. in just a little bit.

In the meantime, Jo-anne pulled and twisted my leg... and I can walk! It's like a miracle! So, she is going to teach a friend of mine how to pull and twist, so that I can continue to walk after the 6 (yes - SIX) appointments are done. The city is so lacking in facilities & personnel that an MRI appointment may take up to six weeks and who knows how long it may be before I can actually get anything done if they find anything.

The acupuncture was interesting, the first needle she put between my toes, she hit a reflex point and my whole lower leg jerked, then it just hurt, so once she was done with the rest, she had to reposition that one. I am not sure if it helped any, this was after the pulling and twisting, so who knows.

My weekend was up and down though... my hip would be great for a long time, then it would just start to act like it had before, not supporting me etc. A few minutes of that and it would be fine again for a bit, then not, then fine, then not. I think the worst part was the getting into and out of my friends truck, just enough twist to aggravate the joint. But I was always able to walk it off! I am so happy!

Have a great (mobile) day all.


Photo Finish Friday


and moon rises.

Have a good weekend all.

The PFF is the brainchild of my cousin Leah over at The Goat's Lunch Pail.


Physio & Birds!

Well, I had my first physio appointment today for my hip. My therapists name is Joanne and she wants to try acupuncture on me next time! That should be interesting. In the meantime, she iced my hip and used a muscle stimulator then did some massage and gave me a few exercises to do. She isn't sure what is going on, but is not happy with the feel of the muscles in my thigh and the lack of motion. I think I will only get about 6 sessions paid for, so I hope it will be enough to do some good.

I was at my friends place the other evening for supper and while we were waiting for it to be cooked the birds decided to visit her yard & feeder.

He's very pretty isn't he?
Sorry for the blurry, but this is his back.
It sometimes gets a bit crowded!
So, they have to stand on each other! ;)

Have a good day all.


Photo Finish Friday

Ducks in Hawrelak Park.

I was just getting closer for a better shot and a kid on a bike came along the path they are beside. Such is photography, frankly, I'm surprised the geese didn't take after him.

Have a good weekend all.


Photo Finish Friday

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This stair takes you from the river valley to street level. There was a pregnant Asian woman that went up and down about three times while we were having our picnic last week. I think she was more than ready to deliver and was trying to encourage the reluctant baby to be born in Canada.

Have a good weekend all.

PFF is the brainchild of my cousin Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail.


Just stuff

Awhile back I made a comment on Mary Anne in Kentucky's blog Living with the Sun, about fake wasps nests and how they can discourage real wasps from settling in as wasps apparently are territorial. (breathe) Here is a photo of my neighbours:

They are just paper and this is the first one I have seen that wasn't grey. I don't imagine it makes a big difference.


Kcinnova made a comment on one of my posts about using Laughing cow cheese, and how she hadn't really come up with any other ideas. So, this is a simple snack:

These are corn cakes (70 cal/3) (or you can use rice cakes) spread with Laughing cow cheese (68 cal/3 triangles - 1/2 per cake) and then sliced cucumbers. If you eat things like tomato that would be good too I would think, or any veggie, I just love my cucumber. I was very hungry that day, usually I only have four, but as that is still only 208 calories + whatever cucumber adds, I figured it was okay. For the rice cakes, you kind of need one whole triangle, so it is a few more calories.


The other cool thing going on. The apartment down the hall just was painted and the door for the storage room is in an awkward (to say the least) place, so the manager asked if they wanted it removed. The new tenants said yes please, so I asked if I could have it (one less door for me to paint when I get around to it) and it looks so good, I will now have to get off my kiester and get painting. I also lucked into white drapes from one of the other suites. I know that the manager would either leave them in place until either a tenant took them, or 'til they were disgustingly ratty, so I saved them from that (with permission). The tenant that left them had not hemmed them properly so I have been spending the last week picking the interfacing used to hem them (IKEA) off, then I will surge the raw edges and wash them until they are bright and clean. When I am done the walls will be turquoise and the drapes, doors and trim will be white. If I can ever afford furniture, I will aim for brown, chocolatey.

Have a good day all.


Photo Finish Friday


Have a good weekend all.

PFF is the brain child of my cousin Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail


We went for a picnic

Down by the river valley and Whitemud Creek on Monday. (click to enlarge any photo)

There was a BC fruit stand at the entrance to the park.

This is the bridge over Whitemud Creek.

It's a good thing we brought our own wood for our Smokies!

This fellow serenaded us while we were there.

Good thing his friend came along and was in a better position to photograph.

But it's this shot that leads me to believe these are Cedar Waxwings.

This was our reward after a big wind and dark clouds sent our feathered friends away (there is a bit of rainbow there).

As we were cleaning up, we spotted this lovely Hawk soaring above us. Sadly my zoom is not quite up to the task of getting a very clear shot. (Unless it is a Bald Eagle - except the tail isn't white)

Have a good day all.


Walking with the gulls

Yes, we did! The gulls were congregating in a parking lot across from where we went to get our iced coffee last night.

And amongst them is this dark fellow. Well, we are just a bit too far away to see clearly if he is just a brown gull or something else.

Then a few of the came over to the lot we were parked in and while this isn't the dark one, he might be related. So, we decided to drive over and get a closer look (yes, drive, it is one of the busiest streets in the city, you don't cross it on foot).

I think he is a gull, but couldn't find anything in Wikipedia or WhatBird to confirm. He flies like a gull and has the same webbed feet, so if anyone knows any differently please let me know.

So many of them were sitting like decoys on a pond though and let us walk quite close to them. Then they walked along with us.

Have a good day all....and those in Canada that have the day off - enjoy!