My daughter asked me to reduce the size of photos I post here, so she wouldn't have to scroll across. I did it, Rachel! Here you see Natalie taking her second solo ride on Blue. He did fine and so did she, but it made me a nervous wreck watching. I fixed a nice big Sunday dinner... roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green rice, peas and carrots... and home-made apple pie for dessert, knowing my daughter's family would be here to help us eat. So I was somewhat disappointed that my son-in-law, Kevin (a true appreciator of good food) was helping friends build a deck on their house. However, we did have a fine time, and I sent plenty home for his supper.
Two days ago, I had decided to quit my job, since I can't work in the kind of pain I'm having. However, I realized that I'd still have to do something about this problem, because I'm very much sidelined by it. I can barely go up and down stairs; putting on jeans is a horrible experience, because bending my knee hurts so badly. I can ride my horse, but it hurts like hell to get on him. So, I will wait and see if something can be done before I do anything rash. I love my job and I love spending my money and traveling; I can take a medical leave if I must. I am going to explore all avenues to get mobile again. I'm an active person by nature, and I do not like being a cripple. I'm not so sure it's the arthritic knee giving me problems... maybe tendons or ligaments? And I intend to find out for sure. If I must live with pain, then I will. But not without putting up a fight!