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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

Hello to July and already being up to the letter E in tropical storms. Shaping up to be an active year! I finally got the MRI done, but then couldn't get back in to see the doctor for another two weeks, so by the time I was finally seen and given the MRI results, it was 8 weeks post the fall that triggered all of this medical fun. As he suspected, there were small fractures in the tibia behind the patella, but the time to treat them (no weight bearing and immobilization) was long past as they were already healing on their own. There was still a lot of fluid in there, no surprising with this kind of injury, but he saw no need for surgery at this time (serious happy dance there!!!!). He said it will likely take 3-6 months for things to finally completely settle down and in the meantime, I am to keep pampering it, which of course is a bit difficult with an acre of land in the growing season. If I am still experiencing a lot of pain in 1-2 months, he wants me to come back for a re-evaluation.

Speaking of the acre of land, the cherry tree that has been leaning precariously ever since Hurricane Michael and had started dropping gigantic branches (on my mailbox, unfortunately…) was finally taken down. Since it was leaning over the roadway, they had a crew of 8 people, stopped the traffic in both directions, dropped the ENTIRE tree at once, then swarmed all over the tree with chainsaws and two front loaders to get it cut and cleared so the traffic could resume. It was terrifying and impressive to watch. The crew was wonderful and did an awesome job, I will be calling them again when the next need arises.

The man who has been mowing my front bank since my shoulder injury two years ago has gotten out of the mowing business, so I am trying to deal with that unbelievably steep bank again. I decided to give myself the gift of stump grinding to make all of the mowing easier. I contacted several stump grinders and hired Paul Helms of Grind It since he gave me the best price, could do the work the soonest, and I was blown away by his machine. In less than 2 hours he ground down 11 stumps (down 18" below ground level!!) and took care of 4 or 5 remainder pieces the last stump grinder had left sticking above ground - they were like landmines with the riding lawn mower. I now have a LOT of mulch, but a much easier-to-mow yard, which pleases me greatly. I have also replaced the mailbox that got smashed by the cherry limbs. Lots of changes around here!

And the sand lot I had in the front yard from the two water oaks that were dealt with has filled in nicely with grass. A friend of mine put well over $1K into sod after work turned his front yard into a sand lot, I invested less than $100 in seed and fertilizer and wound up with a nice green area out front.

At dinner last month we talked about returning to the movie event, and this is the month that will begin again. In honor of our nation's independence, we will choose between two musicals, both very different, but both dealing with that time in our history. More information can be found on the calendar page. This event is only open to fully vaccinated people (my apologies to anyone that may exclude, but that is the reality of life right now). Popcorn will be provided, and you can all see the vast changes my home has undergone.

For the second time in as many months, I am hosting an out-of-town guest. My friend Don has come down from Atlanta and he has helped me with some things around the house as well as just kicked back and binged on some movies and TV shows when the weather makes being outside unpleasant. If nothing else, my knee appreciates the down time!

I hope everyone has a marvelous July 4th Weekend and you are able to join us for one of our upcoming in-person events.

Take care of yourselves and stay safe everyone!


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