October 5, 2016 and Apple Watch 2

Hello, hello!

Whew – my life is crazy-chaotic right now.

I saw my shoulder surgeon on Monday.

He’s very happy (!!!!) with how my shoulder is progressing seven months out.

(I am too – have I mentioned how much less pain I live with now?)

The “full recovery” for the surgery I had is 18-24 months, but I’m doing GREAT.

Unfortunately, he’s also very concerned about my elbow NOT progressing.

He called his colleague, the elbow surgeon, while I was there.

And, today I am BACK in L.A. having an “emergency” ultrasound on my elbow to determine whether or not I’ll need (yet another!) surgery.

I would be freaking out about all of this, but I’m holding tight to the belief I won’t need surgical intervention.

(Is this denial or confidence on my part??)

Anyway, I’ll know more by the time today is over.

In the meantime, I’m making some feeble attempts at getting my house presentable.

My house is a mess due to massive neglect over the last year of surgeries and family crises.

Yesterday, I had all my carpets and floors professionally cleaned.

Fred and Frank visited the groomer while this was taking place.


Frank The Newf is now seven and a half months old – still a puppy!

I now have clean dogs AND clean floors.

(Both will only last for two minutes, tops.)


Fred (23 and a half months old) didn’t want to pose for me yesterday.

I have a list of other home chores I’m tackling – window cleaning, astro turf cleaning/refreshing.

It’s like spring cleaning, but in the fall.

Hopefully, my house will be slightly improved for the holidays?

I hope to take on some bigger home improvement projects in 2018 assuming it’s a surgery-free year.

On a lighter note, I just received an Apple Watch, Series 2.


Apple Watch 2

The watch is actually a birthday present and wasn’t due to arrive until the beginning of November – which is when my birthday is.

But, it arrived two days ago, so I have a new toy a month early.

I had no interest in the first Apple Watch, but now that they have GPS and are waterproof, I think it’s perfect for me.

I can leave my phone at home and keep track of walks/hikes/runs.

I can shoot photos waist deep in the ocean for hours, and receive messages while I’m out there.

Perhaps more importantly, it will help me keep track of ocean tides.

I have a tide app on my phone, and I always check it before shooting.

But, this will keep me aware of changes while I’m shooting – much safer.

(As I’ve been writing this post, my watch buzzed to remind me to stand up.  It isn’t healthy to sit for too long.  I jumped up and walked up and down the stairs at my house twice, and then returned to finish writing this.)

I can even put one of my own photos on the “face” of the phone ….

I haven’t had a chance to do this yet, but I will.

For now, Minnie Mouse taps her foot with each passing second.

You can’t imagine my delight when I realized I can change the color of Minnie’s clothes to match whichever watch band I have on and/or what I’m wearing.

Such a fun toy for adults!

4 Responses to “October 5, 2016 and Apple Watch 2”

  1. Denise

    Great news about the shoulder!! I was wondering if you were supposed to be using that new camera yet. I know what you mean about the cleaning. I’m not sure why, but I like to get big things done in the Fall. I think it’s because I can open windows after the Summer heat and dust. Our garage needs to be tackled. Ugh, such a project. Have fun with your watch/toy. It’s not on my list, I’m looking forward to my new phone when it arrives. Still, it is awfully cute.

    • Suzanne

      I’ve barely used the camera (or any camera) the last few months. I’m allowed to use it as long as I have my brace on and aren’t excessive. My garage needs to be done also, but I think it will have to wait until I can lift and move things again.

  2. Judi

    Glad to hear about the shoulder progress, and fingers crossed for the elbow. I had never heard of turf cleaning, and we’ve had turf for almost 10 years! We don’t have dogs, but we have seen evidence of neighborhood dogs doing their business on our front lawn.

    • Suzanne

      Turf cleaning is great. It isn’t just if you have dogs … it gets out dirt, debris, that build up and prevent it from draining properly. My backyard faces the canyon and gets tons of “stuff” blown in all the time. (Although, if you don’t have dogs you probably wouldn’t need it as often.)


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