December Is Upon Us!

Snowfall at Barlow Butte Hut in Mt. Hood National Forest, photographer Jackie Arnal of Outdoor Project (click on image for more info)
Snowfall at Barlow Butte Hut in Mt. Hood National Forest, photographer Jackie Arnal of Outdoor Project (click on image for more info)

December has arrived in Oregon. This photo of the Mt. Hood National Forest is evidence she has robed herself in ermine and is patiently waiting for the rest of the snow to fall.

Yesterday the wind was high out of the east, and our temps never reached more than 37. We stayed in most of the day, and on awakening today realized the 34 without the wind was much more comfortable.

I wanted to drop in and let you know I’m progressing well following surgery. Patience is hard when dealing with processes outside your control, but it is a humbling lesson. I’m feeling better than I have in months, despite continuing soreness and minor pain.

A smattering of posts will appear here between now and Christmas week (December 22, 2014). Regular postings will resume in January 2015 on Wednesdays.

The newsletter is scheduled for delivery around December 11th, the only issue being published this month. Also, be watching for a survey!

For now, thanks to all of you who have encouraged and supported me over the last two to three months as I waited on a diagnosis and then underwent surgery. Good friends, especially the writing kind, seem the best at shoring up those who need it.

29 Replies to “December Is Upon Us!”

  1. I’m glad to hear you’re recovering well, Sherrey.

    1. Thank you, Luanne.

  2. Marian Beaman says:

    This sounds like good news. Thanks for the update, Sherrey.

    1. Thanks, Marian!

  3. Sherrey, firstly, good that you’re recuperating. This is the first I’ve heard of your undergoing surgery … patience is the name of the game and rest. R.E.S.T. in capital letters!
    In previous posts there was no place to leave a comment so I’m glad that there now is …
    All best wishes for a full return to excellent health and joie de vivre.

    1. Susan, I appreciate your invocation of R.E.S.T. I must remember. Sorry about blank comment spaces before.

  4. Glad to hear you’re making a steady recovery, Sherrey. Hang in there!

    1. Thank you, Candace.

  5. Sherrey, I’m thankful you are recovering. I love what you said here, “She has robed herself in ermine and is patiently waiting for the rest of the snow to fall.” So poetic, such a wonderful description of a snow covered mountain.

    1. Joan, thanks for your gracious words. I look forward to being back and writing again.

  6. Pamela France says:

    Sherrey,I enjoy your blog very much. I won Jerry Waxler’s book and so enjoy reading his interview and your other guest author interviews. I wish you a well with your recovery. I became bionic with a new hip in September so I can empathize with the process of diagnosis, surgery and healing. Looking forward to continued reading on your blog…take it slow and rest is the key.

    1. Pamela, so glad you enjoy the blog. Thanks for your understanding words. My bionic parts are old in comparison — dating back to 2003. Appreciate your admonition to take it slow and rest.

  7. Glad to hear you are feeling so much better! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some of that spectacular snow-covered scenery in the Cascades, and feel blessed for not needing to shovel in town.

    1. Ah, Sharon, you have captured the beauty of our region … an hour to the coast and for us less than an hour to the mountains. The snow rarely hits us and there’s another range between us and any coastal storms. Perfection!

  8. What a gorgeous photo and beautiful description: “evidence she has robed herself in ermine and is patiently waiting for the rest of the snow to fall.” You obviously have not lost your touch! Take life as slow as you need to. I think that’s a wise thing to do around the holidays anyway. Blessings!

    1. Shirley, she is a gorgeous mountain and in ermine, she’s at her best. I appreciate your admonition to go slowly, and I agree it’s especially wise around the holidays. Blessings to you as well!

  9. KathyPooler says:

    Sherrey, I’m so happy to see you are getting better and moving on from all your pesky “extracurricular ” activities! It ‘s great to have you back. You’ve done a great job of keeping us all posted. Onward!

    1. Kathy, thank you for your card; I’ve been meaning to email you a thanks for it and your note. And I’m picking up the standard you’ve offered: Onward!

  10. Joan z. Rough says:

    I’m so happy to hear you are doing well. Recovery from surgery always fills us with new perspectives. I hope your holidays will be filled with peace and wonder.

    1. Joan, thanks for your kind words. A new me, a new year — what more could I ask for. I’ve already been given the gift of a Savior.

  11. Sherrey,
    Just prayed for you…for your complete recovery…recovery is hard work as it is hard to learn to rest…thanks for the update…((hugs))

    1. Dolly, thanks for your consistent prayers. They have been felt and are working. Recovery is hard work for the very reason you state. ((hugs back))

  12. How sweet your image is! It’s path may imitate your path to recovery, too, Sherry… one step at a time. It’s nice to see you honoring this journey by taking a break during December. You are the output queen!

    1. Debra, I didn’t mentally focus on the connection between the path in the image and my current path. Thanks for pointing that out. Glad you stopped in!

  13. So happy to hear you are on the mend Sherrey! Take it easy, don’t push yourself. We are always around. Look forward to visiting here whenever you post again. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Debby, for your admonition not to push just yet. It’s hard when you’re feeling better than you have in months!

      1. Then I say go for it! But don’t over exert! 🙂

  14. Susan Rowland says:

    Sherrey, glad you are all fixed up. Happy healing and recovery. All the best, Sue.

    1. Many thanks, Susan!

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