Shades of Gray (part 4) and Tiny Feet

I have to mow the lawn this morning, but I thought I'd procrastinate on that and write a blog post.

Isn't writing more rewarding than moving the lawn?  Unless you hate to write.  Then, mowing just might be your cup of tea. 

Here's the new addition to my wardrobe this week.

I've had carpal tunnel issues in both wrists off and on for years.  I had surgery for the right hand about ten years ago.  Now, the left wrist is acting up.  The good news is that they now make wrist braces in flesh tone instead of just black, so the thing is hardly noticeable.  I'm so deluded.

I'm heading to the doc this afternoon to have a second procedure done on a mole that was removed.  The biopsy was a little sketchy, so I'm going under the knife again.  It seems I'm regularly having spots removed these days.  All that time in the sun mowing the lawn.

I have another doc appointment next week to get a nodule removed from the bottom on my foot.  And then a final follow up on my retina hole repair.  All I need is some abdominal surgery, and all areas of this aging body will have had some work done this year.

Speaking of aging, look at this cool picture.  

This gracious woman from the gym allowed me to photograph her beautiful hair.  She's a regular at my gym and I'd been admiring her hair for awhile. I finally approached her and told her I was writing about giving up the bottle, and could I take a picture of her hair?

Her story is that sometimes she dyes and sometimes she doesn't.  She didn't seem attached either way, and I loved that.

I don't have any new photos of my own mess growing in because it doesn't look much different from the last photo I posted.  I think this is a good thing. I wrote a guest post for the blog Things I Can't Say about my most recent hair realization HERE.

Check it out and let me know what you think.  I got a LOT of insightful comments.  I'm so grateful that so many women shared their hearts on this.  I just keep saying, this is such an interesting journey.

I'm going to be 58 in a few weeks, and I must say this year I have had more aches and creaks and lumps and spots and pounds than ever before in one time frame.  It makes me appreciate my parents, who at 94 and 91 are still getting around.  I struggle sometimes with the fact that the heart keeps pumping even when the other body parts are worn out.  My folks are so tired.

But, the spirit of life is powerful, and it keeps pressing through the difficulties.  Only God is in charge of this.

He's also in charge of this.

We have a new grand niece this week.  After a long struggle to appear, she arrived with perfect little toes and a head of dark hair.  She is surrounded by exhausted, but elated parents and beaming grandparents who are all in love with this child.  There is nothing like new life to bring us all to our knees.  As the song says in Les Miserables, to love another is to see the face of God.  God is never more precious than in a newborn.

From baby toes to wisdom highlights, life is such an interesting journey.


Mari said...

Aaaagh to carpal tunnel! Glad they have a flesh colored brace now. I had to wear the black one.
That hair is amazing! I wish I had 1/4 of that.
Congrats on the new baby in your family. Such cute little feet.

Juli G said...


Your beginning post sounds similar to the one I have in progress right now. I will wait to publish it until Monday mainly because it's LONG and I have a follow up tomorrow so I maybe able to add some details. I will tell you though that my carpal tunnel they believe may be the early onset of RA, although she is offering up needle therapy to get me some relief. Honestly I'd prefer acupuncture over surgery. You are so brave for opting for it on the right hand... I don't know if I can wrap my head around that for myself yet.

Betsy Brock said...

What sweet little toes! Aw.

Hope all your procedures go well and you're back to good health!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I am totally with you on the old body - I wouldn't even leave it to medical science it looks so marked u p!

Seriously I hope and pray that all your issues will turn out well.

That women's hair is pretty.

The baby's feet is cute!

Andrea said...

That hair!!!!! I saw two women at the grocery store last week and they each had such beautiful gray hair. I had almost worked up the courage to tell them (as I thought of you), but then chickened out. (I think I could've approached one person, but two seemed crazy)

Tiny toes!

Good luck at all of your appointments!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"Adventures in the Ballpark" has been included in our A Sunday Drive. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.


Rita said...

Barely noticeable.
I sure know the new baby thing right now, too. ;)
I hope all your surgeries and doctor visits go well. I wonder if I will make it as long as my parents, too. (My dad will be 94 in November.)
Have a really good week!!

SweetMarie said...

I'm so sorry your having trouble with your wrist. My dad has the same problem, but he hasn't had the surgery yet. I have way too many health issues for my age, but I just try to stay positive and know that it could always be worse.

We love Cary! I can see why your sister loves it!
Enjoy your weekend!

Lynn Proctor said...

Oh wow mare! Sorry about your hand and eyes and everything! Beautuful niece- congrats!

Rebecca Jo said...

Look at that sweet baby's toes... love it.

That hair... wow... that's gotta be hot.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Sorry about your carpal tunnel, as well as your moles and growths. You are wise to see a dermatologist regularly, and I hope you'll have a speedy recovery. I've also had all kinds of things pop up, and have gone to a mohs surgeon. I like how you're "giving up the bottle." I think you'll look great with silver hair!


Cathy said...

I love your posts. They go all over the place and that is just plain fun!! Hope the carpal will clear up without added surgery.