Walking Boot

April 18, 2014




I finally got in to the orthopedic doctor late this morning and now have a walking boot. Both the dr. and his PA thought I was a “tough guy” for not taking painkillers. He said it would just need about 4-6 weeks in the boot, keep it elevated when possible, and “don’t mow the lawn.” (As if I would–that is Gary’s job!) No cast, no surgery, etc. so I feel thankful for that.

It will take me some time to get used to the clumsy boot, moving around with crutches or walker. I feel pretty klutzy. And there is actually some pain now since the boot is forcing my foot into a different angle than I’ve had it all week. Anyway, I’m feeling well enough that I plan to sing in choir at tonight’s Good Friday service.

Some friends have signed up to bring us meals–how nice is that?

From Bad to Worse

April 15, 2014

I got into our clinic on Monday morning and our doctor sent me to the local hospital for an x-ray on my ankle. It was nearly 24 hours later that I found out it was a “spiral fracture of the left fibula.” They left me on my own to find an orthopedist so we called the guy who took care of Gary’s knee two years ago. The good news is his office is only 4 miles away. The bad news is that I can’t get in until Friday morning!

So I guess that means I have to sit with my leg elevated on ice and Gary has to wait on me! Actually, I have some crutches and really it doesn’t hurt to walk or put a little weight on it as long as I don’t twist it in any way. The swelling has gotten worse and it is starting to turn colors too.

Wrap-up from our Portland Trip

April 14, 2014

We really enjoyed our 10 days in Portland. I wish we didn’t live so far away so we could be more a part of our grandkids lives. Alas, we have to make do with short but intense visits!

David and Sarah seem to be doing pretty well. They actually took a 36-hour vacation to Vegas while we were there, thanks to some plane ticket vouchers from a family member. Micah and Emma didn’t have any problem with suddenly being left with strange grandparents, so that was nice.

David has a much less stressful commute to work than last year, and it seems like his residency is going pretty well even if he didn’t really talk about it that much. He did have a rough night when he was on call–almost no sleep that night. Sarah is now working at an oncology clinic one half-day a week, but has other things she wants and needs to do that relate to work: getting certified at a number of hospitals and doing a bunch of work to help their church set up a free community clinic. Micah goes to day-care two half days which he seems to like.

Emma was just starting to crawl while we were there, but also starting to pull herself up and gain standing balance. It seemed like she was learning a new trick each day we were there! And she’s such a cutie and so good-natured. Micah is a still in the terrible-twos in some ways, but is making good strides in potty training, playing with peers, and developing a lot of pre-reading skills. He loves his sister, sometimes a little too demonstrably! He was slow to start talking but seems to have entirely caught up and now is quite talkative with a great vocabulary. Both kids have smiles that will just melt your heart and both were quick to warm up to us even though we hadn’t seen them for many months! We miss them already!

I have put together a photo album of our time there with just a few captions. The events included time spent with Teresa and her kids and grandkids three different times, Emma’s dedication at church, and Sarah’s birthday. Gary and I also got to have a short visit with two different supporters. Click below to view the album.

14-04-03 Gary and Linda in Portland

Not In The Plan

April 13, 2014

This morning didn’t quite turn out as planned. As I walked out of the house with my big computer in hand I stepped half-off the edge of the sidewalk, twisted my left ankle, and fell to the ground–in the mud, with rain dripping off the roof, with my computer in the grass. And my ankle screaming at me!

Gary picked up the computer, then picked me up, assisted by the neighbors who were on their way to church too.

I took a few minutes to recover, then decided Sunday School needed us too much to stay home so I changed my muddy clothes and off we went. I could still drive with my right foot, after all.

They found a wheelchair for me at church which was nice, but when one of my 5th grader students took me down the ramp, she couldn’t control the wheelchair so it hit the wall, leaving a small divot. Don’t tell the pastor!

I spent the rest of the day with my foot elevated and on ice. I didn’t want to go to the ER, but I will go see our doctor tomorrow if it is not a lot better. And by the amount of swelling, it probably won’t be. I really don’t think anything is broken, but it is definitely sprained and bruised.

But, the computer still works! Yay!

Bird Walk with David Sibley

April 12, 2014

We just got home from Portland yesterday, so today will be laundry and mowing the lawn. But first, I had to get up early and go on a birdwalk with David Sibley! I set two different alarm clocks and neither one worked! (user error) Good thing Gary woke up anyway and woke me up!

The “walk” didn’t amount to more than 20 yards from one side of the parking lot to the other. Most people in the group were beginners (oh look! There’s a crow!) and all were old white people like me. But just standing there we saw 3 species of hawks, 2 of vultures, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped warbler, and a few other things! I actually “got” a lifer, but only by ear, so I only half-count that–Red-eyed vireo.

I asked someone to use my camera and take a photo of me and him while he was autographing my book, but it turned out very blurry. However, there was an official photographer from the Dallas Morning News who also took my photo at the same time, and then asked me for my name so he could submit it to the paper. I wonder if it will be used? If so, I could get a non-blurry version!

Here are a few of my morning’s photos.








Dedicated to the Lord

April 6, 2014

Today we visited David and Sarah’s church and were there for Emma’s baby dedication. There will be more photos later, but here are a few.





Quick Update from Portland

April 5, 2014

We have been in Portland for a few days now. I dont have my real computer here or even a real keyboard on this tablet, so this will be a short post. Note to Wendell and Judy: see photo below with all your kids and five-sixths of all your greatgrandkids! Note to Maureen: Emma loves ice cream (cones)!





It Is Time to Check In

April 1, 2014

I loved seeing those words in my inbox this morning! We are looking forward to see our Portland family tomorrow, Lord willing.

I am a bit sad to be leaving at the very precise moment, however. You know, the two weeks in April between too cold and WAAY TOO HOT! The bluebonnets have begun and I hope they will still be here when we return, but they won’t be if we don’t get some rain soon.


Our next door neighbor will be doing some work on our apartment bathroom while we are away. The fiberglass tub has broken and we’re having it replaced.


2 Lifers, 30 Species

March 29, 2014

It was Gary’s idea to go birding today, and it turned out to be a good idea. We left the house at 7:45am (real birders would have left at least an hour sooner than that). We drove to the far south east corner of Dallas county to a hotspot called Wolf Springs Road and nearby grass farm. This was our second time to ever go there.


It was sunny but pretty chilly at first. We did some walking, but most of the birding was simply stopping the car along the side of the grass fields and looking for birds. We saw 30 species total, and two lifers: Franklin’s Gull and American Golden-plover. The plover is an ambitious bird–it winters in Argentina and breeds in the summer in the Arctic! My photos were drab non-breeding plumage, and not that great!

American Golden-Plover with Killdeer

Gary took this photo out his car window, Savannah Sparrow, which let us get very close.
Savannah Sparrow

Horned Lark
Horned Lark

American Pipit
American Pipit

Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Snipe
Wilson's snipe


New Hairdo for Isabella

March 27, 2014

Looks like Laura got the scissors out while Andrew was in Oxford! Or maybe she took Bella to the salon? What a great new look. I don’t know if the straightening is permanent or if it curls again when she washes it.
photo (2)

In other news, tonight we finished the taxes and it looks like we’ll be getting a nice little refund. Less than last year, but still a nice chunk. It seems our Wycliffe donations were down a certain amount, but we made just over that amount on renting out the apartment to visitors. We use the Free Fillable Forms method of filing these days. Basically the same forms one is used to from the past, but an electronic version of them that actually does the arithmetic once you fill them in. Not as slick as TurboTax or such, but still easier. Of course, all the preparation is still a bunch of work.

In more other news, we got our plans for travel to Portland settled. I’m getting excited and ready for a trip. We will be gone April 2-11.


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