The calendar turns…. and thanks.


I am not a night person but with the help of caffeine and the Batman: Dark Knight, DVD, I managed to stay awake till midnight. I told the manservant that this is the last year I am going to stay up as the calendar turns whether I am up or not, and quite frankly I am a much nicer person if I get a full night's sleep!
More appealing to me is the idea to set the alarm for dawn and toast that first sunrise of the year with champagne.  (Yeah, well we'll see if that happens ….).
If I was asked to sum up my 2008  I would say my foot, my foot, my foot!  It certainly seems to have dominated my year but it was not, by any means, my entire year.
January:   I was getting ready to say goodbye to the Princess (daughter) who had spent 2 months visiting us.  

February:  My Economist son turned 21 and we decided to cash in frequent flyer miles and have a trip later in the year once he had finished his final exams at university.

March:    I spent the entire month gallivanting around in Australia. 

April:   The Pope came to town and totally disrupted my trip to work.    
It was Admin Day at work and I had to go Bowling (which I hate);  given a gift card which didn't seem to have value on it (and which I got taxed on in my December pay).
I fell down our stairs – but I did not hurt my foot.
May:    I posted photos from my year-ago trip to China – a wonderful experience – both the trip and the re-visiting. 

The first mention of my foot appears – in a meme where I mention that I don't think the (as then diagnosed) peroneal tendonitis is ever going to get better.
June:  Half the month taken up with a visit from my in-laws.   The other half a rodent family moved in.  
July:  Had an MRI; had my foot encased in the first of many hard casts and had a birthday – in that order. 

August:  Started the month with good news as my eldest son became engaged at the end of July:

I devised clever ways to carry things while on crutches.   On the 22nd I had extensive surgery on two shredded peroneal tendons and a torn ligament.   Passed the last week in a drug induced stupor.

September:  A whole month in an euphoric drugged state.
October:   I don't seem to have done much except complain about my foot –  I must have been cutting down on the drugs.
November:  After 114 days the cast came off!!   Obama, Obama, Obama. 
December:  I took my walking stick on a 3-week tour of Rome, Florence,  Milan and London.  (photos in order:  St Peter's Rome;  city of Florence,  snow in Milan;  London x 2).

During this whole foot saga I have received amazing support from my Vox neighbours.  I really appreciated people checking in to see how I was getting on.  I valued every comment and private message of encouragement.

I feel that I have vicariously walked, travelled, ridden bikes & horses, and exercised with everyone and I thank you all for such physical times! 

I wish everyone and their families a very happy and healthy 2009 – and if you are one who has made some goals for the year I hope you achieve them.

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42 responses

  1. I thank
    you all for such physical times.. LOLAll through the year, I was amazed by your wonderful humor and obvious resourcefulness (how to carry wine on crutches comes to mind) through some very testing times. Have a wonderful New Year, Emjay.

  2. Thank you Purple. Perhaps I was just happy not to be able to jog or do aerobics LOL. Thank you for your wonderful posts on food and books – both much less physical. šŸ™‚

  3. Hi, just thought I'd visit. Love your travel photos, J and I are hoping to try the same this year. Sorry about your foot, here's hoping 2009 has some good healing vibes! Happy New Year. šŸ™‚

  4. Thank you Ellie. I hope you get to go on your trip – it's so exciting & interesting to visit other places. Thanks for the healing vibes šŸ™‚ . Happy New Year to you and J.

  5. Thank you R. šŸ™‚ I will probably always think of 2008 as the year of my foot, but really when I look back it was a pretty exciting year. I learnt so many interesting things from those taxi drivers. I appreciated all your encouragement when things got bad with my foot. šŸ™‚

  6. Thank you Vicola. I'm already planning ways to make this year exciting – I will be going to Australia in December; now I just need to fill in the other months.

  7. Wonderful summary post, Emjay!You certainly can't be faulted for initially looking back on 2008 as the year of the foot but on balance it was a true pleasure getting to know you better through your marvelous photos alongside your commentary on them.You had one heck of a challenge getting through each day with that foot and your good humour and grace (if not gracefulness–just kidding!) is an inspiration to all.Best wishes for good health and and abundance of happiness in 2009!Cyn

  8. What a wonderful recap of your year last year. It was a mixture for sure. Hope your new year is more wonderful than the last. You overcame a major obstacle – crutches, boot, just the ankle itself!

  9. Thank you for those kind words Cyn. I did have days though where I could not think of a single person in a worse situation than I was in – LOL. (some good old fashioned self pity!)

  10. The whole foot thing actually started even earlier but May was when the "niggling" was starting to get to "hurting" . I had been given a cortisone shot for it the previous September – 2007 – after a couple of months in a brace did not really help – so you can see why I am really sick of it. LOL. I really did give it every chance to heal on its own!

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