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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

O is for ONEROUS


adjective: onerous
1.  
involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.
example:  "He found his duties increasingly onerous"

Yes, life has been onerous for me lately.  Actually, it's been onerous for both of us.  As my regular readers will recall, I broke my ankle a month ago.  Then, two weeks later, Lorne started chemo again.  So, as I was learning how to maneuver myself around the house with a bulky inflatable boot and crutches, Lorne was feeling the effects of all those drugs that had been pumped into him.

Because I broke my right ankle, I can't even drive, so I've had to rely on Lorne for transportation to the doctor and (finally) to the hairdresser.  He has continued to do the grocery shopping, but only a few things at a time because he tires so easily.  He also tried to keep on taking the dog for her daily walks, but when they started to get shorter and shorter due to his fatigue, I called upon my daughter to see if she could pitch in.  So that is one thing off my mind.  She absolutely adores all animals, especially dogs, and enjoys taking Tegan out.  

I still have three more weeks in this dratted "cast," and I can hardly wait to be able to take it off forever.  However, I have noticed that my achilles heel and the tendons on either side of my ankle are aching badly.  So, I might need some physiotherapy for some time before I'm walking normally again.  As well, I haven't been able to have my regular massage therapy for my back because I can't climb the 26 steps to her office, so I'm aching pretty badly everywhere.   

Once I'm up and about more, I'll be trading roles with Lorne and helping him get through the ordeal he is facing.  Actually, we are holding each other up now - emotionally.  Yes, life is onerous at times, but as they say "this, too, shall pass."

In the meantime, I've been so tired that I haven't been able to get over to read all your posts every week.  I try my best, but it's amazing how much energy it take to heal one's body, no matter how minor.  Do forgive me.  I hope you're all still enjoying ABC Wednesday and remember to think of the original Mrs. Nesbitt, the creator of ABCW, and the very organized Roger, our administrator.

Also, I hope you're enjoying the glorious month of October - my favourite month because it's my birth month and because of the magnificent colours as the trees transform for winter.  Here are three of my favourite photos that have been featured and/or won challenges on the Red Bubble site and, in my opinion, are perfect for this week.

33 comments:

GaynorB said...

I salute your optimism in the face of adversity, Leslie.
I truly hope things pick up for you and Lorne soon.
Take care.

Roger Owen Green said...

Leslie - hope you know that I am wishing you both well.

nancygrayce said...

Bless both your hearts! May this time pass quickly!!

Liz said...

A physiotherapist that has 26 steps to her office? Maybe she should change location!

Hang on in there, leslie. Soon to passed.

Now if you were here we could walk Tegan with George!

Leslie: said...

Oh Liz, if only you could have her walk with George. But then, they'd probably tell each other what bugs "us" and double the trouble! LOL I'm getting good with stairs now and can go up and down with one crutch holding the railing. So I'm going to go to my massage therapy on Thursday because I REALLY need it.

Carver said...

I'm sorry about all you have been going through. Sending out good thoughts. Great shots and words for O.

Hildred said...

I'm so sorry October is being so onerous for you and Lorne, - hard times, but they do pass. |Your pictures are very deserving of awards, Leslie!!!

photowannabe said...

Onerous...I even love the sound of the word...it fits.
Thinking of you as you and Lorne go through this saga together.
That's what it is all about, "in sickness and in health"
Beautiful October photos and so glad you can get to your therapy again.
26 stairs is crazy for a Dr. office...I'm just saying...

Reader Wil said...

My thoughts are with you and Lorne! Life isn't easy at all. Thank you for sharing your feelings. I love the orange colours in your photos!
Have a great week!
Wil,ABCW Team

Pheno Menon said...

Ouch.. Hope this horrid time period passes quickly


PhenoMenon, ABCW
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ewok1993 said...

wishing you both the very best. take it easy.

Leovi said...

Excellent compositions with autumnal colors! I love it!

Kay L. Davies said...

Onerous indeed. And you are getting up and down those 26 steps with one crutch and the hand railing? Oh oh oh my goodness!
I had to smile to think of your daughter walking Tegan, because our Lindy won't walk with me when my husband is away. She thinks my job is to take her for car rides, and his job is to walk her.
Happy birthday-month, if you can manage it under the circumstances.
Take care.
K

Wanda said...

Oh Leslie, you have a lot on your October plate. You have a wonderful attitude and that's half the battle. I will say a prayer for you and Loren if you don't mind.

The fall pictures are so vibrant. I jump off my seat with that witch! Scary!!!

Sending love and hugs
Wanda

Ann said...

Sorry for your onerous time this month and last. Things will come around I am hoping for you and Loren. Beautiful oranges!
Ann

Obsessivemom said...

Sending a packet of 'get well soon wishes' your way. Love the orange in the pictures.

Hazel Ceej said...

A massage office 26 steps up... oh, space. Hope the onerous situation gets better. I really love the pumpkin photos. Hugs for Tegan.

Hazel

Gerald (SK14) said...

all the best and keep going one day the onerous time will be over until then observe optimism.

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, so sorry that you are finding life so onerous at present. I understand only too well and my thoughts are with you both. :)

K V V S MURTHY said...

Beautiful pics..!

Murthy,ABCW Team

Joy said...

26 steps will be a good fitness workout:-) Your tiredness is nature telling you to sleep long and heal. Lovely October photos, the scary one is amusing.

Chris said...

Dear Lesley... hope that ankle is healing well.. rest and more rest, bones won't be rushed
Take care and Blessings
Chris x

magiceye said...

Glorious captures!

Hers wishing both of you speedy recovery!!

ChrisJ said...

Gorgeous orange colors and what a good word for 'O'. I have been remembering to pray for Lorne as I promised. Do hope this difficult time will soon be over. We often don't realize how much stress can take out of our bodies and how much we need time to recuperate.

Rajesh said...

There is a good phase after bad phase. Wish you speedy recovery.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your photographs of the oranges in this autumn season. May your onerous days soon be behind you, as you continue to find the strength, courage and wisdom to move ahead. Blessings!

Lise said...

Your photos are omazing...very orngy:)

Lise said...

PS thinking healing thoughts for you both:)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, you've both certainly had an onerous time, Leslie and my heart goes out to you. Here's to better days ahead.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog..I love your pumpkin picture and hope your ankle is feeling better.

Linnea said...

Wow! Those shots are wonderful...what a burst of orange you're sharing with us...I hope you both are on the mend and that your onerous days will be a thing of the past! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Powell River Books said...

I've been up at the cabin for several weeks and have missed out on ABC Wednesday. Did you hear on the radio about all the schools banning Halloween activities? Makes me so sad. - Margy

Bharati Singha said...

Wonderful pictures. Love the colors of Autumn.