Cause and effect…or what happens when bike meets pavement…

I was at the end of a really great bike ride, ready to make the final turn to go up the hill and head toward home. I slowed down to turn around, my tires hit sand, and the next think I knew, I was on my way down.

I hit the pavement hard, and I guess in an effort to save my face, I put down my hand.

It worked for my face, but not my hand.

In an attempt to shake it off, I tried to push my bike up the hill. I was quickly made aware of a shooting pain in my left hand when any pressure was applied.

We got some ice, to reduce the swelling and to numb the pain. It wasn’t working. It was obvious that this was more then just a bruise.

Off we went to spend our Friday night in the emergency room! Never a dull moment there!

After a few X-rays, some pills for the pain, cutting my wedding ring off, and about four hours later, I was sent home with a temporary splint on my arm. I had fractured the scaphoid bone in my wrist, and I would need to see an Orthopedic Dr on Monday.

This was my prize from the emergency room….

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And this is my present from the Orthopedic Dr.

I’ll be wearing this nifty little accessory for the next 4-6 weeks.

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If all goes well…I should be back on my bike by summer!

Yeah, right.

I’m not too sure about that bike riding stuff right now, but I am learning how to do a lot of things with one hand! 🙂

Like typing….

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Me and my blog

My blog and I have been together for a little over a year now.  I was thinking about it yesterday, and wondering just what it is that keeps me coming back.

Why am I doing this?

And as I thought about it, I came up with a few reasons why I blog.

1. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence.  It’s little, but it’s fun, and I did it! 🙂

2. It really is a “world-wide web“!  I’m “meeting” people from all over the world!  Places I will probably never get to go to in person.

3. I’m getting to explore the world through the eyes of other people. I am fascinated by some of the amazing photos I’ve seen!  There are some great photographers in this world.

4. I’m learning new things, and learning is always good.

5. It can be a challenge sometimes, and it makes me stretch into unknown territory.  This is good too!

6. It gives me goals to pursue and attain.

7. It’s fun, and I enjoy it, and I hope it stays that way.

8. It gives me an opportunity to share my little world with the great big world.  And honestly, I would never stand up in front of a room and talk, so this is the only way for me.

9. It gives me hope.  There are a lot of really nice people in this world, doing really great things.

10. And, maybe, just maybe….I will be able to encourage someone else along the way.

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on this day in 1983

December 10, 1983…I was holding my newborn baby daughter in my arms  The waiting was finally over, and she was here, all wrinkled and new, just as a newborn should be!

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We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl.  Back then it cost extra to find out, and we didn’t have the “extra funds”, so we just waited.

But, I knew deep in my heart that I was having a girl.  So much so, that when I acknowledged the doctor after he told me she was a girl, he said, “oh, you already knew, didn’t you?

No, not officially, just in my heart.

A heart that has been touched over and over again as I have watched my little baby grow and mature into a beautiful young lady.  I’ve heard it said before, but it really is true, not only is she my daughter, she really is my friend.

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Today, my little girl holds her own little baby in her arms.   A sweet little boy.  At times it’s just too surreal, and words just seem to escape me when I see him in her arms.  My heart fills up, and overflows, usually resulting with a happy tear in my eye.

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As I watch her learn and adapt to her new role in life, I must confess, she makes me very proud.  She is not afraid to take on life challenges, and she is finding that the simple, little moments in life can often be the best.

When she was little, she was every bit girl.  All giggles and smiles, ribbons and bows, dolls and dresses.  Her love for life was infectious, and she made people smile wherever she went.

Today, she is every bit a lady!

She’s left behind the ribbons and bows, but she still loves a pretty dress, and some high-heeled shoes! Her outlook on life is always positive. She looks for the good in others, and is a sincere and loyal friend. She has made the choice to overlook the negatives of  life, and focus on the brighter, happier, more positive aspects of life.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter!  I love you so very much! You bring joy to my heart!

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Keep smiling that beautiful smile!