Wednesday, 4 April 2012

confessions of a left-handed blogger

many thanks for all your good wishes. Please excuse the lack of upper case letters – not easy using that shift key at the moment.

Now for the confession. I’ve been sleeping with a pole! Even worse – two poles.

What dirty minds you have, tut tut..

actually it is true, but the poles in question are two Nordic walking poles which, together with a tea towel, form an apparatus for elevating my hand. It swelled up rather alarmingly the day after the op and the hospital’s advice was to keep it elevated. Clive was equal to the task, although his first attempt, with the broom, was passed over as i objected to having the bristles in my ear.


Anyway it has gone down a lot and i am managing quite well and it isn’t too painful. i have a wonderful, colourful bruise which matches my sofa cushions exactly. perhaps we can track the colour changes - watch my



Have even made a start on the left handed sketchbook as the forced occupation of my chair has led to close observation of our neighbour’s weeping willow tree. The difference that the light makes as the day goes on is incredible. Here is the early morning version.

And now the evening light, adding orange tones at sunset.


No wonder Monet was so hooked on recording the changes as the hours went by.

The bones of the shapes formed by the trunk and foreground trees have been recorded in the left handed sketch book. I’m a little disappointed that it is not more abstract as it looks quite like my normal drawing. The plan is to now paint the trunk colour and background before adding the swoopy branches.


Poor clive is the one who has to dash out and take the photos, of course. In between the cooking, the cat butlering and the attending to my every whim.


BWild said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Barb Hodkinson

BWild said...

Hope you are feeling better soon Maggie, love WOW and never miss a blog. Thanks Barbara Hodkinson

Heather said...

I was thinking of you only this morning and wondering how things were going. That bruise looks very pretty!
The changing light is fascinating - I was watching it at sunset on a silver birch tree.
Hope you continue to make good progress and that Clive doesn't conk out before you have recovered! He's a treasure.

dorothypandorasbox said...

Hope it settles down quickly Maggie. Very pretty bruise you have there! :-)
You'll be glad one day that you did it. Dorothy

blomman said...

Well wishes from a fan in Sweden.Lena

Unknown said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery Maggie,
bet its driving you mad sitting still :)

liniecat said...

Gosh why on earth so much bruising? Its on your arm itself isnt it? Surely they cant have had your forarm cushioned correctly for the op?
I had no swelling but do recall they said if theyd strapped it too tight that it would baloon up.
I did have it in an upright angled sling for the first 2 or 3 days.
Thats a natty idea though with the canes....well done that man!!

Lexa said...

So pleased for you that all is now at the mending stage. Clever Clive!

Penny said...

Make the most of the enforced rest. I know it can be frustrating but how often do you have a captive man?

gilby said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Julie said...

Ouch! That's a viscious looking bruise! I hope you are soon back in top form. Your left handed drawing skills are impressive. Well done to Clive for all his extra duties.

Lynda Howells said...

ouch that buise looks sore but have to admit is a beautiful colour. Now that's another use for my sticks but one l do not wish to use ...hax Get better soon my friendxxlynda

Leonie said...

Hang in there Maggie. Get well soon!
All best wishes from across the sea.

JP said...

get well soon though Jeff's sympathies are with Clive after coping with me and a hip replacement!

Dijanne Cevaal said...

Hope you feel better soon Maggie- and love your tree drawing!