The month started with lots of repairs to my house, including the entire roof being replaced, right down to the plywood sheeting. My daughter was back at home for Thanksigiving weekend, which was a real treat. It was a good thing that I got a lot of garden cleanup done after Thanksgiving weekend, because the rest of the month was a major trip downhill. What I thought was a really horrible stomach ache on a Sunday afternoon turned into surgery to remove an "emergent" appendix - read "ready to burst" - one day later. I had great, quick care at Centenary Hospital (part of the Rouge Valley System) and was back at home by Tuesday afternoon.
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I was told to rest and not do anything, but I didn't need any reminders. Just sitting in a chair was enough of a challenge, let alone trying anything more strenuous. Did I feel like crafting, or baking, or blogging - nope. I didn't have the inclination or energy to sit at my work table or stand in the kitchen making any new creations.
I spent three weeks at home, reading and re-reading favourite books, napping more than I ever thought possible, catching up on daytime TV, watching all the news reports on Hurricane Sandy and the US Presidential election and being royally bored out of my mind by the time I was allowed to return to work. You know you've got serious cabin fever when the highlight of your day is waiting for the newest Barefoot Contessa cookbook to be delivered by UPS and then giving the delivery guy Hallowe'en candy to say thanks. ;)
Family and friends were a godsend and I couldn't have gotten through three weeks without them. From dog sitting, to picking up groceries and Hallowe'en candy and calling to check up on me, they kept me sitting still (which they'll tell you is a hard thing for me to do!) and sane - I love them all. So now I've been back at work for a while and doing some baking again on the weekends. Ina's newest book, "Foolproof", has inspired me already and I'll be testing one of the recipes on Friday night. I'll keep you posted on how it worked and then it's on to some Christmas baking.