Weather, Hip Replacement and Iris Reticulata

06 Mar

We are very lucky here in Cornwall as the Spring continues to develop but I know that lots of my readers from Atlanta, Georgia to Texas, to Vermont, and the far North of Canada are still in the throes of winter, so for you, here are Pooh Bear and Eeyore discussing the wintery weather.

'It's snowing still,' said Eeyore

‘It’s snowing still,’ said Eeyore

2   A friend sent me this yesterday!

Hip replacement!

Hip replacement!

I am extremely happy with my hip replacement making little strides like walking upstairs properly and going from strength to strength each day. If you’d like to read the Diary of my Hip Replacement, told as it was, click on the link in the horizontal menu at the top or click here

3    This lovely and rather lonely Iris Reticulata was in the gardens at The Princess Pavilions yesterday.

Iris Reticulata

Iris Reticulata



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23 responses to “Weather, Hip Replacement and Iris Reticulata

  1. calvin

    March 9, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Ha, Eeyore has some Canadian-tude to his wit, an in all likelihood would add ‘and there are no misquotes or black flies.

    Here, and your connections in Georgia probably would not be happy, we view the southern states driving in a freak snow fall as hilarious.

    Last week we still had -25C temps till Friday when the thermometer reached O and then Saturday +2C. Spring ? Yes I think so. But the temperature is not the deciding factor. The one sure sign spring has begun, is not the calendar but rather Maple sap started to run over the last two days. Its maple syrup time in this area!!!! Good news, as am down to the last half liter.

    • calvin

      March 9, 2015 at 2:28 am

      Also, my neighbours and friends across the way, just returned from the Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories (fulfilling one mark on the bucket list to see the Northern LIghts up close). She has had both knees and hip done. At -40C at night, when standing still the sensation in operated areas was definitely felt.

      • mybeautfulthings

        March 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

        I find this fascinating and almost wish for cold weather to test it out – but not really! I wonder if the same thing happens in very hot weather…… 🙂

        • calvin

          March 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

          Only one way to find out. 🙂 Go to a hot locale, sit on the beach, with a good book in hand and call it R&R, rest and research.

          • mybeautfulthings

            March 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

            That is a brilliant idea. There’s nowhere local that warm but I am allowed to fly to warmer climes now! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      We loved watching how the Maple runs and is collected when we were in Vermont a couple of years ago. We have run completely out of the real stuff – another visit calls! 🙂

      • calvin

        March 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

        Memories of Sugar Maple dance long in ones head. Growing up my mother often made maple syrup outside over an open fire. But the year I remember most was when I was six years old. That year, the sap ran like Niagara Falls.( which incidentally, due to the cold winter this year, iced up to a mere trickle) She could not keep up to the two enormous maple trees we had tapped. An as the last batch finished off, the wood was running out. To my horror my little wooden toboggan even became fuel for the sweet cause. I recall crying my eyes out, declaring my dislike for this sticky shtufffs. On the upside, however unbeknownst to me, on the next Christmas, dear ole Santa placed a brand new six foot wooden toboggan under the tree. My fondness for maple syrup returned. Maple sugar is truly a beautiful thing.

        In the province of Quebec especially, and to a slightly lesser extent in New Brunswick, though the two provinces bicker back an forth as to whom wears the crown, the product and the spin-off tourism adds substantially to the regional economy and the provinces as well, Their combined production exceeds 80 percent of world wide (the state of New Hampshire and the province of Ontario, second and third respectively if sources are correct . So if you have a sweet tooth for the shtufffs, hone up on your French, Quebec and New Brunswick is the place you wanna be in March. The last time I drove through New Hampshire, on my way to Nova Scotia, I chuckled when I saw New England maple syrup on the shelf, and at the very bottom of the bottle in small print, ‘product of Canada’ 🙂

  2. Grannymar

    March 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Almost six years post hip surgery, and I still have no pain. Do you notice how cold that legs gets in wintery weather? I regularly feel like someone has stuffed me in a freezer! 🙁 A microwaveable gel handwarmer in my trouser pocket works wonders and keeps the leg really warm. I often think of my dear Granny who badly needed a hip replacement long before they discovered how to do it. We are so fortunate.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

      That’s wonderful. I must say that I am feeling better each day. I have yet to experience the cold leg phenomenon. I haven’t really been outside in the cold since the op was done – and, happily, it doesn’t get very cold very often in Cornwall. Thank you for the hint though. I will remember that next winter.
      You are right about earlier generations. We are so lucky that the surgeons have the skill to take our pain away.
      All the best to you 🙂

  3. Mama Cormier

    March 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for my morning laugh. I’ll have to remember the earthquake comment the next time I hear someone complaining about the weather. It’s starting to warm up here but there’s a lot of snow and the temperatures are not quite there yet to start melting it away. Hopefully by the end of March or beginning of April we’ll see the last of it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Glad you liked it! It stays snowy for a long time in your neck of the woods. 🙂

  4. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    March 7, 2015 at 2:12 am

    My sister had the same zebra on her refrigerator when she had her hip done… she loved it!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 7, 2015 at 7:17 am

      It’s fun isn’t it? Hope your sister recovered well too. 🙂

      • babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

        March 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

        she did…but, she had a hard time right after!

        • mybeautfulthings

          March 8, 2015 at 11:50 am

          The first weeks are quite hard and harder for some than others. I am glad she is happy with her hip now. 🙂

  5. RMW

    March 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Yikes, no earthquakes, please… actually, I think the zebra hip replacement is quite striking.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Striking , yes, but not quite right! 🙂

  6. ladysighs

    March 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    It is good to have a sense of humor hip hopping through a snowstorm or hopping with a new hip. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Indeed it is. I always look forward to your comments and posts which invariably make me smile! 🙂

  7. creativityandfamily

    March 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    The Pooh bear snippet is fantastic, I hope you continue to make good progress and don’t get too stripey!! Have a great weekend. Sharon x

  8. Sue Vincent

    March 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Glad to hear things are going well 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you very much! I really do feel like a new woman – or at least, the woman I used to be!:)

      • Sue Vincent

        March 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        That’s great to hear 🙂


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