Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Closer Look - Texas Wildflowers Part 2

This is a second look at the Texas bluebonnets and wildflowers with photos taken just before Easter in the central region of the state.  This blog will focus on a close-up look at mainly bluebonnets and wildflowers but with some other lovely flowers included. 

As always, I hope that you enjoyed the photos but please do not re-post, cut, paste, share, tweet, copy, or use them in any form or fashion without my permission as the copywriter and photographer.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Texas Wildflowers in Bloom! Part 1

Recently my family took a drive to see for ourselves if the bluebonnets and wildflowers are really as abundant this year as described.  The answer is a resounding - YES! 

The rains of late winter and early spring have the bluebonnets, paint brush and other truly lovely blooms painting the hills and valleys of Central Texas some awesome colors.  

It didn't take long for us to find multiple areas for me to take my photos.  I hope that you enjoy them.  

Please remember that they are under my copyright and are not for anyone to use, copy, print, share, post, tag, or place on social media, or make any other use of except by permission from Jill Krone, photographer. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Getting a Handle on my Foot Surgery

On December 12, I had foot surgery to correct an issue that it seems I'd had my entire life but was aggravated by a simple side-step hop at the beach (trying to keep my tennis shoe dry).  Dr. Pedro Cosculluela with Houston Methodist Sports Orthopedics preformed my surgery after working with us to give every other option a try.  Although I have great confidence in my doctor, I wasn't keen on the 7-8 weeks of absolutely no weight on this foot that is required as part of the recovery.  

My husband purchased this wonderful knee scooter for me to be able to traverse the parts of the house that were accessible and allow me to get outside for appointments and a new perspective every now and then. 

About my surgery - I had an extra bone in my foot.  This isn't uncommon but it is uncommon to dislodge it and have the pain I was experiencing.  The little (just under an inch) bone had to come out. This meant that I needed some tendon work which led to having the tendons in my heal realigned.  This last could have been put off a short while but why would I want to have another surgery in a year? So basically, we undertook to rebuild my foot.  I have lots of new hardware to ensure that the tendon work lasts, including a wedge to keep the cut opening in my heel open, a plate screwed in with 4 screws to ensure the wedge stays in place, and a bolt to hold the realigned tendons where they are supposed to be.  

I left the hospital a few hours after the nearly 1-hour surgery, coming home with a temporary, disposable nerve block pain pump in my leg.  This was such a blessing! I felt nothing, not even my toes, for the three days it was in place. I came home in a semi-rigid cast to allow for the expected swelling.  After a few weeks, when the stitches were removed, I got to sport a cherry red traditional cast. I saw the doctor this week and instead of the expected walking cast - I got a boot!  I can now put weight on my foot, do daily activity walking and begin some physical therapy.  

I had dreams of just taking off and walking across the room, getting into my closet (something I haven't been able to do with the scooter due to space limitations), doing errands and being able to handle my own showers.  Well, I'll get there but it takes time to rebuild muscle that has been totally unused for 7 weeks and to get the foot to accept the motion that walking requires after being cast in set positions. 

None of my recovery would have been possible without the care and attention of my family.  My husband and daughter have had to do just about everything for me for 7 weeks, all while working their own jobs and having the added responsibilities of the holidays.  I spent lots of time sitting with my foot up, knitting and doing quiet activities.  

I am so very appreciative of the care I have received, the prayers for myself and my family throughout these months and for the ability to now be able to walk, even a little, as I see my life returning to a more normal routine.  

On a side note, I'm still doing Weight Watchers and have even been able to lose weight while being inactive.  I have a 5k scheduled for May and my doctor feels that this is going to be very do-able!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'll strive to do better...

Just wanted to post and let you know that I've not given up on blogging. Since returning from a cruise with my husband in November, I've had some genetic testing, a bone marrow biopsy, a few MRI's and major foot surgery.  This foot surgery has left me unable to bear weight on my right foot and totally dependent on my family for my physical care.  Currently I am sporting a bright red hard (traditional) cast. Hopefully I will get a walking cast at the end of this month and will be able to be more mobile and independent. I've ended up with some serious metal in my foot - a wedge, a plate, 4 screws and a bolt!  Yep, I now have a personal weather detector. 

There is so much to share with you - photos from our ports of call in Cozumel, Grand Caymans and Jamaica as well as around the ship Navigator of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Line).  
I've also been doing lots of knitting - some I can share with you eventually, once the designer releases the test knit for publication but also I've been asked to do some ghost knitting for a designer.  These items I won't be able to share since a ghost knitter is to knitting what a ghost writer is to writing.  I'm just finishing up a sweater for myself.  It got put on hold while I worked on some of the other projects which had deadlines.  Next up are another ghost project and a sample knit for a wonderful yarn line!  

Anyway, just know that I'm doing well with my recovery even if 2 months is a long time to go without putting weight on my dominate foot and I'm a little stir crazy.  It's nearly done and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel which will offer me a bit more options and mobility.  I might even be able to get upstairs to my craft room.  

When I have total clearance from my orthopedic surgeon (probably sometime in March), I have plans to take my Christmas gift from my sweet husband - a GoPro Camera - to the beach and take you with me during a nice long walk along the Texas Gulf. 

Until then - Jill

Friday, November 28, 2014

Leftovers - combining small bits into a treat!

First - sorry for the delay in posting.  I've been a very busy lady. I've had some adventures and medical testing. In the future, I'll be posting about my husband and I's cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. 

Recently I was thrilled to be able to share in a knitting exchange with my knit 'sistahs'.  With this exchange we were to make a scarf for another while a secret friend made one for me.  I selected the pattern Leftie by Martina Behm because I love the look of it and it makes use of leftover scraps of yarn. 

It's no secret that I have a great fondness for luxury fibers! Because of the expense, I've saved the small amounts left over - and with this project, discovered the perfect use for them.  

The base yarn is Manos del Uruguay Fino in the colorway Silhouette. This color was selected because it seemed to me to be perfect for dressing up or wearing with a favorite pair of blue jeans.  It seems to be a great neutral complimenting the fun colors of the various luxury yarns.  

My daughter, Melissa, agreed to model the scarf once I completed it - while we were vacationing at the beach.