Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Angel The Healer

Now, about my broken finger bones in my left hand!  On Friday, May 4, my surgeon removed the two pins that he'd placed.  They anchored my fractured #4 and #5 metacarpal bones to the #3 healthy bone, as stabilization.  He was pleased with my progress, gave me a prescription for occupational therapy, and this brace to wear ALL OF THE TIME, except in the shower.

I had to remove the brace
when going through airport security,
but at least those metal pins were gone!

I wear it religiously, and usually put my arm in a sling too.  Yep, I was a sight while gawking around England!

Therapy began last week.  At first, I was pretty sure it was a waste of time, but every new appointment gives me more flexibility, and strength.  And to tell the truth, it's really nice to have people who care, who ask questions, and want me to succeed.  They gave me this edema glove, because my palm still had too much swelling:

Someone suggested that I add lace...

Multiple times a day, I do my finger and wrist exercises, and visit the therapy office every other day on my lunch hour.  But WAIT!  I have some other healing therapy too...

Angel, purring on my injured hand!  Well now, I've got that going for me!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trip Recap: Purchases

Trip Recap Posts:
The Travel

And last...but not least...a few images of some of the stuff that I purchased while in the UK.

There were seven scarves total; four have cats on them!

All scarves!
Left to right:
Polka dots
Hearts in black and white
Green cats
Blue cats
then white-on-white cats,
and teal and white cats!

Bright green!

Blue cats, on a soft grey background

White on white cats...

...and the same pattern, with a teal blue background

And this cute black cat box from the British Museum, purchased with the Egyptian cat head paperweight:



And greeting cards and postcards!  Are you kidding me?!?


Seriously, so gorgeous!

Wished I'd see this painting, but it wasn't on display


Beautiful watercolor image!

C'mon, it's this adorable?
I also purchased a sterling silver charm of the Tower Bridge, to add to my charm bracelet.  Someday, I'll post about every charm that's on there!

Thank you all for reading along with me; our trip to London and Bath was the trip of a lifetime!  Am lucky (!) to have broken my hand far enough in advance, so I was able to travel, and I cannot thank my sisters and nieces for assisting me with everything that I couldn't lift or grab.  My first trip on a double-decker bus was memorable; as I could only grab with my right hand, the bus taking off caused an impromptu pole dance!  After that, someone always stayed close enough to make sure I stayed on my feet, and I greatly appreciate everyone's tenderness and caring.

💖Love to Dana and Nicole, Maxine and Marian!💖
Thank you Randy, for the taxi service, Mom for allowing me to borrow 
some travel stuff,
And Big Smooches and Hugs to The Hubby, who held down
the fort for over a week!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Trip Recap: Bath and Avebury

Trip Recap Posts:
The Travel

Bath is a remarkable city; we took a train from London, which lasted less than 2 hours.  Bath is known for it's semi-circle buildings, of which the most famous is the Royal Crescent; architect Christopher Wren, who built many important UK buildings.  

The Circus, in Bath

Hot air ballooning is
a favorite pass time in Bath
We rented an apartment for the two days we were in Bath, with it's own garden and private entrance.  It had a full kitchen, a shower room, a full bathroom, and a lavatory just off the foyer.  All of the pleasures of home!
Our apartment, above the art gallery

This was our private garden
Of course, we made a tour of the Roman Bath, that has been carefully preserved.  The water is no longer healthy for humans, since bacteria has infiltrated the underground spring.  The Romans used the baths for business, pleasure, and felt it was necessary for healthy living.  The entire ancient complex is quite large, however much of it was built upon long ago.  

Ancient Roman Bath

Roman Statues

Notice how the walkway is suspended above
the old stones

On our last day in Bath, Sunday, one sister and niece attended a service at Bath Abbey, other sister and niece visited with friends (who recommended Bath as a destination and they were RIGHT!), so I nabbed a quick train to Swindon, then a short bus ride to Avebury Henge and Stone Circles.  Avebury is only upstaged by Stonehenge in the minds of the average person, but Avebury is accessible; you can touch the stones, walk the entire perimeter, and feel the power for the formations!  I took many photos, but you cannot grasp the size of the monoliths unless you are there.  I've included some images taken from an old travel brochure too, so you can get a sense of the scope.  Look, there is an entire village in the middle of it...that's one big, honking circle!

This grouping in the old guide...

...and my photo!
The couple standing in front give you a sense of size

Map of Avebury
Standing stone
From the guide

It was fantastic!

Many folks had tried to dissuade us from visiting Stonehenge, saying you only get to see the remaining stones (you know that many have disappeared or fallen over in the past thousand years?) from a walkway.  Seeing Stonehenge was important to me, being an archaeologist and historian, but wait...I can walk up and TOUCH the stones at Avebury?!?  'Nuff SAID!  And what a beautiful day I had; truly, one of the highlights of the entire trip for me.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trip Recap: The Food

I am vegan, which means I don't eat any meat, fish, or dairy.  Often, while traveling, I cannot be  strict, otherwise I may not be able to eat at all! The Hubby supplied me with almonds, sunflower seeds, and a few sandwiches, but we were in the UK for over a week.  To my delight, almost every restaurant or pub that we went to had vegan food.  I ate hummus and pita chips, falafel sandwiches with beets, and a delightful jackfruit gyro before attending "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre.

Getting sustenance at Detroit Metro Airport
Me in front with Maxine behind,
Dana and Marian in back

At The Albert!
"The Albert is a Grade II listed pub located at 52 Victoria Street in Victoria, London, about 0.4 miles (0.64 km) southwest of Westminster Abbey. Built in 1862 by the Artillery Brewery, the pub retains its striking façade and Victorian features that were undamaged during The Blitz in World War II. The Albert was named in tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, Prince Consort." as found online.
I'll admit to eating fish and chips at The Albert; I mean, we were in England!  DUH!

Tasty Vegan tartine repast in Covent Garden

Porridge and tea in Bath
The porridge was made with milk, and I didn't think to ask our server to put it on the side before placing my order, but it was very yummy, and surprisingly filling!  I couldn't even finish that huge bowl.

At Comins Tea, having a pot of Sencha Green tea
And I drank tea at every opportunity.  Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, and any manner of green teas too.  YUMMMMMM.....

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Trip Recap: UK Cat Art

Trip Recap Posts:
Museums visited:
British Museum 
National Gallery
Tate Modern

National Maritime Museum
Royal Observatory

Ancient Roman Baths
Fashion Museum
Victoria Art Gallery

Lion sculpture in Trafalgar Square, London

Ancient Statutes of Sekhmet,
lion-headed goddess of Egypt,
British Museum

Lions carved from rock,
Ancient India

Darling family portrait…
But what's that of the upper right?…

… It's a kitten!
Well, looks a bit reptilian...

Madonna, Jesus, and John the Baptist,
in the little friend in the lower left corner…

… It's a cat!
Hmm, hard to tell from this photo, but I swear it's a cat...
the boy is holding a bird as a tease!

At the National Maritime Museum,
I searched their database for ship's cats;
This was just one example

At the Roman Baths in Bath,
Our docent displayed this photo taken in Victorian times…
Notice the cat!
Pretty girl, with a pretty kitty!

Comins Tea in Bath,
used a simple drawing of their cat Anders for their logo.
see image below

Sadly, Anders has gone over The Rainbow Bridge

Other than my family, I talked 'cats' with only two people.  A guard at the Maritime Museum, where I discussed the possibility of setting up a display honoring ship's cats; he mentioned that he has a few cats of his own, and thinks it would be a delightful display. And at Comins Tea, the proprietor told me about his and his wife's beloved cat.  Angel Anders would drink from their teacups!