Monday, October 10, 2016

My hip or my house?

What do I write about first? My hip or my house?

I guess I'll get my hip out of the way. If you've read earlier posts of mine, you know I broke my hip on the beach in Australia. At least I was carried off the beach by Australian lifeguards, but the rest of the story hasn't been so pleasant.

I had surgery on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. My hip kept bothering me, and when I first came back to the USA, the first doctor I complained to just seemed to think I wanted him to prescribe me medication. (Actually, I never take anything stronger than Tylenol.) He sent me to physical therapy, but that was hard to keep up when I went to work full-time and didn't seem to be helping much.

Now I have a new, much better doctor and he sent me to see a doctor who x-rayed me and discovered that the ball of my hip is crumbling. Ick. No wonder it hurts. So I have to have a hip replacement. But first, the doctor wants to take out the screws to let the bone fill in the holes a little and give me an injection that will help me feel better until the actual surgery.

They scheduled me to take out the screws, but then realized that I have a stint in my heart, and now I have to see a cardiologist before the first procedure. That's in the morning. If you've ever taken a stress test, you know it's no fun.

I can't have caffeine today, and I can't eat after midnight. You know that drill, I'm sure.  And I MIGHT have my first procedure on Thursday. What a week!

Meanwhile, we're moving!! I worked in the yard this weekend, and the painters started today. I can't WAIT to run over after work and see how it looks so far.  Or house was built in 1928. It has beautiful designer colors, but some of them are kind of dark and make the rooms look small. We are leaving most of it, but we are painting the living room a lighter, cooler color and the study will be painted that color and hunter green.

Here's what our study and living room look like right now:





I'll post pictures when the painting is done and again when we have moved into these rooms. When I was in Australia, I was really impressed at the real estate photos that everyone did. Wide angle and HDR Photograhy. In the pictures above, I was just playing around right after I got some new lenses in the mail. I'll do a much better job on the finished project. You'll see!

I took these photos with my cell phone, by the way. I ordered a some clip-on lenses that are supposed to be for iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus,iPhone 5 5S 4 4S Samsung HTC Android, but they work great on my Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The lenses are Luxsure® Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit Clip-On 180 Degree Supreme Fisheye + 0.65X Wide Angle+ 10X Macro Lens
You can see them here: http://amzn.to/2e2LdFc. I'm very impressed, so far!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wow! I've come a long way!!

Guess what? I'm home in the USA. I have moved from Australia back home to Oklahoma. I've been back just almost a year now, and have been working so hard that I have not had time to write on my blog or on my book.

We moved home last October and our wonderful house was rented out, so we had to lease a house for a year. That year has been a blur. First, I worked remotely to my company in Australia, then I was hired by a Tulsa company owned by Dell. I still work there, but Dell has sold us to a Silicon Valley equity firm. The sale should/might be complete this month. Then no telling what will happen.

We just had a software release, so I've been working weekends and nights, but now things have slacked off temporarily, which is a very good thing for two reasons.

  1. We are moving back into our wonderful house in time for the holidays.
  2. I have to have surgery. Remember that I broke my hip in Australia and they pinned it? Well, the ball of my hip joint is crumbling.and I have to have an artificial joint. I'm becoming a cyborg!!
So I am all excited about living in my house again. I am making draperies. I want to move the hardware in my living and dining room windows up to right below the trim to make the windows look more elegant, and I need to buy a new sewing machine.  I don't want to spend a LOT of money, and I've read that Brother is a good brand if you're not going high-end.

I'm seriously thinking of buying this one:




It's a Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW 70-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with a wide table for $144.00.  It does more than any other sewing machine I've ever had. I like the wide table for sewing my drapes and I may have some other similar projects to work on.

Here are a few pictures of my beautiful home to enjoy.  I have many interesting projects planned and I'll try to do much better at keeping up this blog and showing you what I'm up to!!    P.S. You may hear some ranting and raving about the renters who have been living in my house for almost three years, but the holidays will be glorious!!!