“I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.”

We are blessed yet again with a beautiful day, sunny with a pleasant breeze. The weather says showers later, but I’m okay with some rain. We haven’t had any in a few days. Yesterday I watered all the flowers on my deck and the vegetable garden just below the deck, and I had to fill the watering can a couple of times so the rain will help. Yesterday I also replaced a set of lights in the backyard. They are wound around a metal rod and look wonderful at night. Because the yard is all brush and trees, the lights look brilliant shining through the darkness. Two stars of white lights shine on the other side of the yard. At night, I like to stand by the deck rail and just look at the yard. It’s like having hundreds of fireflies putting on a show.

I have a busy day today making and changing beds, doing a laundry and some grocery shopping. My sister is coming down and staying a few days, all because of my back. It has been horrible of late so I saw a neurosurgeon in Hyannis a couple of weeks ago who had me get new x-rays and an MRI. When I saw him last week for the results, he said nothing really had changed since the last surgery, but he suggested I have surgery to add two more screws to the side opposite where the two screws already are. He said it could help or not, but it wouldn’t make it worse. The idea that it might help was enough so I agreed. I’m having surgery tomorrow. The hospital stay should be a couple of days so Coffee will go dark until Saturday at the earliest, but maybe not. I’m bringing my iPad so if I feel okay, I’ll post Thursday or Friday. Nothing better than an insider’s look at the hospital. I’ll be in a single room so no roommate horror stories. I could go Stephen King and make something up. I think a hospital is a great spot for eerie doings and wandering spirits. My imagination can go hog-wild.

My sister is taking care of the cats and Gracie. Fern and Maddie are easy, but Miss Gracie demands a lot of attention. She’ll also want to sleep in the single bed with my sister. I’m changing my bed just in case Sheila needs more room to share. She also came down for last surgery, and we’re both hoping the recovery will be as easy as it was the last time. I’m happy for the company. I don’t see her often enough.

I expect all will go well and we’ll be chatting again in a few days!

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45 Comments on ““I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.””

  1. greg mpls Says:

    jeez,Kat….take care and god speed. you know you have a large cheering section wishing you the best!

    • katry Says:

      I’m happy for the cheering section. I hope it won’t distract my surgeon!!

      Third time is a charm!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope the two screws improve the structure and make it less painful.

    On a lighter note: New fridge is here! It’s cool. Well, cooling.
    Peapod comes tomorrow. I can have food in the house again.

    Be well. We’ll be awaiting your return.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Hooray! You have your new fridge!!!! I don’t have enough for Peapod so we’ll shop the old fashion way!!

      I hope the new screws will be magical!!

  3. im6 Says:

    Maybe you just have a screw loose? (I know I do!)

    • katry Says:

      That was the second surgery! The first had something migrating so the second was to correct it. I always figured I had a screw loose even before the surgery!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    As a part of the cheering section: Good luck!!! I hope the surgery helps and they don’t screw things up. Ghana is waiting for you.
    Speaking of Ghana: Any good visa news from Grace yet?

    • katry Says:

      No news from Grace yet. She figures her next interview will be closer to the end of the month.

      Thanks for being in the cheering section!!

  5. olof1 Says:

    I do hope this surgery will do the trick! But I have to say it happens fast! The back draw with our system is that we’ll have to wait at least three months until we can get a surgery done. Doesn’t cost much either since we pay our health care via taxes but we have to wait some until things happen.

    Good Luck and I look forward to see You here again my friend!

    • katry Says:

      This was just so fast I was surprised. I saw him Tuesday, got scheduled for tomorrow and had my pre-testing last Wednesday. Surgery is at 7:30.

  6. Coleen Burnett Says:

    I’ll be thinking of you Kat. Maybe you will meet up wit a really cute intern…

    Love ya pal…


    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Coleen.

      I’m afraid that intern might just think I’d make a wonderful grandmother!!

      Waving for all I’m worth!

  7. Best of luck tomorrow, Kat! A fine pair we are – though you’ve got me, with my continuing misadventures today at the dentist, beat by a mile! I’m glad your sister’s there with you.

    All the best and look forward to hearing from you soon.


    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Marie
      Yup, my sister is great company. We went out to a late lunch and sat outside on the deck for a while.

      I’ll get back on as soon as I can!

  8. Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  9. Bob Says:

    Good luck tomorrow and have a speedy recovery. Maybe you have just been short a couple of screws and that’s what is causing your pain. I don’t think anyone can get enough screws 🙂

    Are they going to do the minimally invasive type of back surgery?

    In my mind anytime a doctor is cutting on me it’s major not minimal surgery. I hope you will be up and out of bed in a couple of days.

    We actually had rain in the morning and the temperature this afternoon was in the low nineties. Soon the rain we had the last couple of days will make its way up the East coast to New England.

    • katry Says:

      So many screw loose jokes! Not minimally invasive as he has to put bone across the spot where the screws go.

      Every nurse made a comment about how invasive the surgery was.

      It is humid here right now and had been most of the day. I was cold and used blankets each night.

      I’m moving quite slowly!!!

  10. splendid Says:

    Sending you lots of positive energy and affection Kat! I really hope this helps you feel better, Gracie will be rooting for you as well! take as long as you need ~ ~ ~ we will all be here when you return!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Splendid

      Gracie is driving my sister crazy and following her everywhere. She and I napped together om the couch this afternoon. I loved it!

  11. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Cheers for a successful surgery.. I’ll wave every day, even if there is no coffee.
    Waving for Kat’s back ( not behind Kat’s back)

    • katry Says:

      Two days in the hospital didn’t seem to be much at all. I am truly glad to be home. Gracie goes everywhere I do.

      I’m waving right back!!

  12. Cuidado Says:

    My sister came from far away for my surgery too. Thank goodness for sisters. Hope everything goes really well and that the result is sweet relief for you.

    • katry Says:


      For the first surgery my sister from Colorado also came and now it is my sister from just north of Boston. I’m really enjoying the company!!

      Sisters are the best!!!

  13. sprite Says:

    I hope the surgery went well today, Kat! Sending you speedy (and effective) healing vibes!

    • katry Says:

      I’m feeling those vibes!!

      I do make a bit of noise when I walk and grab a door knob or a wall corner. I drop so many things it’s sad!!!

  14. Ilka Normile and Richard Henderson Says:

    Best wishes from a couple of west coast readers. May your surgery go smoothly and successfully, and recovery be quick and pain free. Here’s hoping that you soon will be limber and revitalized, enjoying your life to the fullest, and back to share it with all of us.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Ilka and Richard.

      I am waiting for dinner and watching TV.The surgeon said it went so well they finished 45 minutes early.

      I’d love if your hop came true!

      • Caryn Says:

        Hi Kat!
        Glad the surgery went well. I hope your hopping soon, too.

      • katry Says:

        Hi Caryn,
        Nope, no hopping here! It hurts. I am going to try and make it upstairs tonight to my bed. Much more room than the couch which GRacie will want to share.

  15. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I’m so glad the surgery went well. Oh dear now I remember the bunny hop!
    Waving and Hopping,
    Lori and the crew

  16. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    When ever you are ready….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz0AWr35AgE

  17. im6 Says:

    Hope all the nuts, bolts and screws are nice and tight and that you’ll soon get your motor running and be heading out on the highway before you know it. For a little physical therapy to help in your recovery, I found a little dance number just for you…

  18. Birgit Says:

    In case you are bored in hospital and want some old fashioned radio entertainment:
    The first story takes place on an Cape Cod island.
    Get well!

  19. Bill S. Says:

    You’re in good company–Kevin Youk. and Gronkowski also had back surgery this week.

    If the surgeon got finished 45 minutes early, shouldn’t he owe you a rebate?

  20. Hi Kat,

    Hope you’re feeling none the worse for wear after your surgery and that there’s only minimal and temporary discomfort.

    Here’s that Kay Starr cover of the Clovers’ song ‘Fool, Fool, Fool’:


    and two versions of ‘The Maid on the Shore’:



    I hope there’s one you haven’t heard in there and that you’re back with us soon.


    • katry Says:

      These are great songs. You know I love early Kay!

      Not yet minimal discomfort-bigh discomfort. I am a great moaner!!

  21. Jay Bird Says:

    Heal quickly and permanently, Kat. You’ve got what my Doc calls a “driver’s license injury”… take out your driver’s license and look at the date of birth!

    • katry Says:

      Jay Bird,
      I think he’s right as this all started with my tripping down the stairs. It’s been three surgeries since the memorial fall.

      I won’t look at my driver’s license!!!

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