When the doctor told my husband that his ankle replacement surgery would require him to be off his feet, non-weight-bearing for the better part of six weeks, I felt for him. How would this active, independent cowboy adjust? Little did I know that my life was about to take a turn that has left me with much adjustment too.
Eldon has always been the main caretaker for our on-property horses, while I put on my Adrienne Vittadini suit and head off to work. It’s been an arrangement that works beautifully for us. Now, however, instead of blowing my hair and applying makeup first thing in the morning, I can be found in the stable feeding, watering, fly-spraying and cleaning up after our horses. Lovely! I am also now in charge of pool cleaning and plant watering. Thankfully, our daughters have taken on the grocery shopping to alleviate that task from my ever-growing list.
I’ve tried not to let all this get in the way of my workout routine – although I must say that caring for three horses morning and night is a workout in itself! I typically enjoyed getting my exercise in after the work day, but now have had to wake up even earlier to get in my two-mile run in the morning. (Still can’t get myself to use a treadmill – I’ve got to be outdoors!)
Eldon’s doing better each day and for that I am grateful. It will be a while longer, though, until he is able to fully resume the horse & house chores that he does so well. Until then, hand me that shovel … I’ve got work to do!
Until next time,
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