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it’s quiet around here

October 15, 2013
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i’ve accepted, perhaps somewhat embraced,

the idea that autumn is upon us.

(i’ve always been a late bloomer.)

we’ve put the yard and garden to bed for the winter,

bringing in the plants that we’ll keep indoors

and cutting the last of the roses.


oh, did i say “we”?

i meant “they”.

they did all of this as i watched out the kitchen window.


my contribution was to hobble around the yard later

and photograph what remains.



i’m not at my most helpful currently.

i’ve reached a bit of a plateau in my recovery,

being now at that point where the milestones occur less than daily.

i started physical therapy last week, and i am now

in the strength-building phase.

the suggestion was made that i check the progress weekly

so that it will be more obvious.



given the amount of time that i enjoy indoors

i’ve been feathering my nest.


actually, feathers are always in heavy rotation around here.

but i have been making small changes (as in, i can lift them…)

to celebrate the season and bring the warmth indoors.

i came across this wonderful quote by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

and found it available as a free download at,

and knew i needed it ever present in my home:


and yes, i did tape a copy of it up on my bathroom mirror

to remind myself daily–  first thing.

this afternoon i had my assistants* bring some of the large art books and plants

down from the studio so that i could line them up along

the window seat in the living room and make that room more,

well, livable.

it warmed it up right away.

* i love my assistants!!



if you look closely you can see the bird feeders hanging in the tree.

there is a young bluejay that has been trying to perch on the feeder

and eat the seeds, but he’s just a little too big to manage that feat.

he did discover this afternoon that seed scatters underneath,

so chances are he’ll still come around with the other birds

and await their handouts.

speaking of birds, i had a very sinking feeling that something had gone horribly awry

during my recent absences.

this was confirmed today.


r.i.p.  greenie.

i loved your visits.


cannot, will not, end on that note.


sara has been riding dear sweet rose in preparation for my return to the saddle.



she has been so well behaved,

so responsive.

so doggone sweet.

rose, i mean.

she’s rewarded for this, you know:


this is immediately following the ride–

you can’t see that she is still wearing the saddle.

and this is after the carrots that i had brought out with me.

then she got brushed (again) by both sara and me,

after which she was looking for some more of the really good long orange things:


it was rose’s turn to harrumph…

however, rose warmly invites you to come and pay her a visit like janet a. did a week or so ago…


and please remember to bring carrots!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2013 2:37 am

    all the colour, sorrow, joy in this post.
    i send you love.
    and chickadees and nuthatches and golden leaves on the ground.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 15, 2013 2:59 am

      thanks, marie. it is so appreciated (especially the chickadees and nuthatches– we don’t have those!)
      just a little bump in the road right now as i yearn to get back to california and see my dad, whose birthday is next week.
      i needed to go through the photos for a blog post and see the beauty and the color again, to remind myself.
      thanks for being here so faithfully.

  2. Brandi permalink
    October 15, 2013 4:30 pm

    It hurts to see and hear the pain and frustration in this post. Hang in there, you’ve (and your assistants) have done a remarkable job of remembering and surrounding yourself with love and beauty.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 15, 2013 5:35 pm

      thanks, brandi. yes, good things are happening and those are the things i need to focus on! this is not an inactive lifestyle we’ve chosen and sometimes i just want to put a rush on this healing to take the burden off the rest of the crew. now– deep, cleansing breath!

  3. Laurie permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:15 pm

    you’ll get through, and be all the stronger and ever more grateful on the other side!
    and, so insightful of you to ‘choose to see’ the beauty around you as you process all that has happened and heal your body. you’ve got so much incentive — that beautiful Rose patiently waits!

    oh Greenie! what sad news!

    as always, sending love!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 19, 2013 1:03 am

      lovely friend, thank you!
      while I do mourn greenie, I am grateful that you are back with your dark-winged beauties at rodeo beach. that forced separation was unnecessary.
      and, I am now walking (mostly in the house) without the support of mechanical devices! whoop! opens up a whole world of opportunity to have two hands free!

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