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June 14, 2014

Reality check and Fathers Day


I haven't dropped off the map...I've just stumbled a little bit.

We spent last weekend with some friends at Lake Tahoe...  which was predictably stunning and allowed us to escape the 100+ temperatures, here at home. Always a nice thing to do.

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Just prior to leaving for Tahoe, I had a rather unfortunate encounter with my ottoman. I wish I could say the ottoman jumped out and attacked me. But it's been in pretty much the same location for 6 years... so this was entirely self inflicted and falls squarely into the klutz category.

I assumed I'd just broken a toe...which I've done before...so I ignored it.  Not smart.  After limping around all weekend...goggling my pain level... I finally I decided it was more painful than it should be.


I hobbled over to my Dr. where X-rays showed I'd actually broken a bigger bone, deep inside my foot.

Validation and ugly footwear collided in his office.










Couldn't they have given me a little smaller boot?  Apparently not!


I'm supposed to elevate it as much as possible so I've been catching up on some reading and knitting.

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Father's Day is tomorrow.



My Dad instilled a great love of books and reading in all his children.  Every weekend, when I was little, we'd spend hours at the big downtown library. Most evenings he would read fantasy books to my brothers and I...making the stories come alive for us, long before we could read them ourselves.

When my children were little, we made a weekly trip to the library... each of us filling a canvas bag with new books.  My children loved to read! 

  
I adore his eager little expression and tight grip on his book!

I was so happy my beautiful daughter-in-law began reading to my little grandson James, very early. He adores his books!  In this electronic era,  it's wonderful to see my love of books passed on to the next generation.

Happy Father's Day to my son, who celebrates his very first Father's Day tomorrow. 

It's heartwarming to watch my son,  parent his little boy. He's a loving, devoted daddy that James is fortunate to have.





I will be doing a lot of this for the next several weeks. Luckily I'd just picked up a new stack of books from the library and can catch up on some reading.

Are you a fan of library books or do you like to own them?

45 comments:

  1. Oh I am soory to hear about your mishap.
    You look quite comfortable and your toes are painted such a pretty shade of pink...
    enjoy your forced rest and please share any great books that you read.
    Speedy recovery

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  2. So sorry to hear you are injured. Relax and enjoy your forced rest. Read...read...read!

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  3. Thanks mom. I love you and I hope your foot heals up soon! We can't wait to see you

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  4. Sorry about your injury. That last picture looks quite elegant, however, despite the break! We love reading here, something passed down through the generations as my grandmother and mother were both librarians. Love the little guy and his Goodnight Moon! Hope you mend well!

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  5. Sorry about your accident but your pedicure looks GREAT! Hope you heal soon.
    Suzanne
    chapter-two.net

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  6. Sorry to hear about the mishap, though was waiting to see the nice pink toes once i spied the little bottle in the first picture! The universe wants you to relax I guess!

    What a lovely post on your father and what a beautiful photo of the two "boys"!

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    1. I can't keep ignoring those messages from the universe! Relaxing is hard for me...But I'm working on it.

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  7. Guess it's time to slow down a bit. Enjoy your recovery and please don't rush it.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear that, Jennifer. I have broken feet and toes and I know how painful it is. Take your time with recovery...don't try to "climb mountains" too soon. Now,you have an excuse to be waited on!

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    1. That's a great one Pam...I'd love to be waited on :))

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  9. Okay I really hope I didn't start a new trend! Take it easy & take care! Oxox

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  10. Ouch poor you! Somehow you are managing elegance with a broken bone, I hope you have a speedy recovery. Your grandson and son are over the top adorable, Happy Father's Day to the new papa. Such a blessed time.
    We've always been big library fans, my grandmother was the librarian in the small town where I grew up and she gave me a love of reading, and I now live literally next door to the library. No excuse for late books but of course sometimes it still happens. ;)
    Rest well!xox

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    1. Thanks Dani! Next door to the library would be wonderful!! I'm always shocked when I rack up overdue fines, but do it regularly.

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  11. I find my self doing things like that too, must be Global Warming ! (Can't be that I'm getting older!) I love going to Libraries. I took my children there when they were young and I'm happy that they carry on the tradition with their children I love holding a book in my hands, but I do appreciate being able to read when I'm stuck somewhere by using my I Phone. Hope you are better soon. I'm enjoying Dorothea Benton Frank's new book, The Hurricane Sisters.

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    1. Totally agree about holding a book! Thanks for the well wishes and recommendation.

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  12. Yikes! So sorry about your foot. Take care to give it the healing time it needs.
    As for the book borrowing, if it's a book I'm going to love, I want my own copy, quite honestly. I've just borrowed a book here in the house we're renting in Bordeaux, left specially for me by our wonderful landlady, and I'm thrilled to have discovered it, but really minding that I can't make notes and underline. I'll look for my own copy as soon as I get back home. The book, in case you're interested , is Jeannette Winterson's stunning memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. So very moving,

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    1. I'm the same way if I like a book. I want to be able to fold down pages, make notes, keep it personally. Thanks for the recommendation! You must be having an amazing time.

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  13. Oh what a bummer about the broken bone, ouch! Both my mom and dad encouraged reading, and my dad used to take me to the library weekly to check out books. Nowadays I mostly read on the Kindle, but still do love the feel of a book in my hands.

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    1. I also read on my Ipad, because it's so darn convenient. I much prefer a real book. Trouble is, if I see something I really want to read, I can get instant gratification and access at Amazon :)

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  14. I can't believe you must have been in so much pain! Hoping you have a speedy recovery Jennifer. And I still have a library card and luckily my local has a lot of the latest. I feel like i am getting something back from my taxes :) But there are talks of cuts which make me so sad because it is a refuge for many who don't have space at home here in London which is a common issue. You must be so proud of your son as he has created such a cute baby boy! xx

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    1. Thanks Naomi. I completely agree about the space issue. A lot of my books are still stored in boxes because there's no room in this house! I am terribly proud of my son and insane over that baby:-D!

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  15. Oh no! Jennifer I'm so sorry to hear about this.. Well, at least you are managing to baby that foot with a little Chanel polish to make the toes look pretty;) These things happen when we least expect and never at a good time. Sweet sentiment to your son as he celebrates his first Father's Day. I know you are enjoying your new grand baby and so proud of your family. Take care, and keep that leg elevated! xxleslie

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  16. Love the idea its your SON's first FATHER'S DAY!Special time...........
    As for that FOOT!Yikes,keep it elevated and do as prescribed.Read Read Read........and to answer your question I like to own the books.........but just this week I thought I really should check out the LIBRARY!I find I do not have much time to read these days but I do enjoy doing it!So, many bloggers have put up their summer reading lists!!!!!!I better get with it!Take Care..........XXX

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  17. I like the progress of your toenails from the bottle on the table in the first shot to pretty in pink in the last. And yes - that little guy with his daddy has the sweetest, engaged expression. A book lover!

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  18. What a special Father's Day for your family - may you all enjoy it immensely. Rest up that foot to let it heal completely so it won't continue to cause problems downstream (a good dancer takes care of herself!). Ahhh, the library. Definitely the refuge of my youth. Our library system here leaves much to be desired, but I still check out books as often as I can. Still, I love to buy them, and every room in my house is filled with books. I'd love a Kindle for convenience, yet the job of holding that book is unequalled. I adore both old, smudged pages and brand new books where the binding is tight and the pages crisp. Just like the balance between brand new bedsheets and ones so old and frayed they're embarrassing, but unbelievably soft.

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  19. I have done almost the exact same thing...but not from an ottoman attack. I had a stress fracture in my left foot for weeks that I didn't know about. The pain was terrible but it was "referred" pain...felt it up more around my big toe than where the actual fracture was. So I was tested for gout and other things first (this was around 15 years ago). I think I hobbled around for about 8 weeks before another x-ray was taken and the fracture found. I had the same type boot and soft cast for 6 weeks. I still do not know how I did it but I suspect it was from leg presses at the gym. And I hate to tell you this but my left foot has never been the same since. It swells more than the right foot if I have been walking a lot or fatigued. Even when relaxed, it looks "puffier" (slightly) than the other one. It is hard to get those bones to heal because of all the weight bearing they do. But then again, the left ankle has been sprained and twisted a few times too so there are probably other contributing factors to its overall well-being. I hope yours heals up and is as good as new. Read, read, read! Relax. xo H

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    1. This poor foot has already had two bunion surgeries on the same toe!! I'm dead in the water with this foot!

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  20. Sorry to hear about your accident. How lovely for your son to experience his first Father's Day. As for books, I like to buy them or receive them as gifts and keep favourites. Others I pass on to friends or take to the charity book shop. I love real books and I can't imagine ever being as excited by a Kindle!

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    1. Me either. I much prefer holding a book, but sometimes it just makes more sense to load them onto my ipad.

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  21. i always think things happen for a reason, even seemingly bad things. so even tho it is hard i try to just go with it. i mean really what choice do we have but i'm wishing you much love and relaxation in this lull. the lulls have been good to me. xo

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    1. I hope this lull is good to, and for me too:))

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  22. Loving this post, all sorts of goodness here and adore that pink-toed pic of your foot looking happy in its candle lit spa! Well you do know the black bootie is in and you are right there with it. Glad you went to the drs - that must have really hurt. Your son is so handsome and baby so adorable, I love babies and I'm never around them these days. Good chance to do the box set of HOC (I'm dating myself here, I understand you can also get it on a new fangled thang called netflix.) XX Take care

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  23. I am so sorry to hear about your foot! I did the same last year. I kicked a railing on my son's bed. Was awful for a bit. I wish you a fast recovery and I hope they are pampering you while you have the foot elevated!!
    I love they photo of your son and grandson. Precious! I also read to my kids way early and gave them a little book for every car ride and at night. We also did the library summer program every year. I have the best memories, like you, of lugging bags full of books home. Seriously love the library and thank goodness we have a nice one because all the book stores are pretty much gone now...
    In fact, I'm hoping to go today to get a few more books for vacation. Take care and enjoy the downtime Jen! xxoo Kim

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  24. Speedy recovery, friend. At least your pedicure looks good. :)
    Enjoy your books. I'm lost in a couple myself.
    xoxo's

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  25. Jennifer,
    There is some famous quote that my Mother always tells me, "It's not how you stumble or fall, but how you rise to every occasion" - which is true. Hope it heals nicely. Sorry you took a tumble.
    pve

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    1. I love that quote, and will be stealing it!! It is very true. Thank you!

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  26. Sorry to hear about your foot, how awful. But very impressed by your lovely pink toe nails, so pretty. Is that your grandson in the photo? he is cute Best wishes Blightyxx

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    1. It is my grandson!! The new love of my life!! Thank you Blighty.

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  27. Just popping in to say hi and hope you have a great weekend Jennifer!

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  28. Wishing you a speedy recovery; hoping that you are soon able to return to your pre-injury footwear.

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  29. Oh no, I wish you a speedy recovery. And hope you are reading some great books while you recover. And enjoying your adorable grandson!

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  30. I'm a bit late with my wishes for a speedy foot recovery. Although to echo others it doesn't hurt to let yourself take the time to rest it properly. I did that once upon a time but had to have a cast (it was awhile ago) and found my other leg suffered doing all the work. I would say stay off of it as much as you want to!!

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  31. Hope you are on the mend and we hear from you soon (unless you are taking a summer hiatus like old lazy bones here - in which case, enjoy!!)

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  32. Jennifer I was so sorry to hear about your accident and wish you could have been at Andrea's dinner party. It was absolutely a dream! I do hope to meet you one day and love your site!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  33. Jennifer, You have managed to make a foot cast look very chic! Get well soon!

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