Sunday, March 30, 2008

Some photos

I will warn you at the outset that this post will include a few Dodger post-surgery photos. Nothing too gruesome, but don't scroll down if you are squeamish about photos of incisions (in this case, closed with surgical staples).

We'll get to that. First, a couple of photos of the utensils my Mom used to use for serving salads. Marc got them out recently, and I decided to polish them up. My Mom didn't usually use silver for regular meals (the sterling was for special occasions), but these particular ones were an exception--they were used at our regular family dinners. So here they are, all polished up...





Now, more evidence that Mandy has the best take on life. Here's Mandy in one of her happiest moments...


Imagine if your happiness were so easily attained!


Okay, now for some post-surgical Dodger photos. You may recall my mentioning that he had a lot of his fur shaved off for the surgery, going far beyond the site where they were operating. Have a look...




You can see how thrilled he was with having his photo taken after arriving home.



The red bandage is covering a narcotic patch that was controlling his pain.


And here's the leg that got worked on...





He's still hopping around, but I think he's slowly making progress. So here's a shot from a happier moment (about a week after the surgery, on a day when Marc was baking a cake, so everyone was happily focused on the kitchen)...


Still not thrilled with being photographed, but seeming more comfy.



Another of our kids who wasn't in the mood for a photograph



Mandy tries to mooch a piece of cake


And, last but not least, here's a shot of the cake as Marc's making it...



For more on creation of the cake, check Marc's blog later tonight.

10 comments:

Dantallion said...

Great pics (as usual). The puppies are beautiful.

d. chedwick bryant said...

Well, as uncomfortable as he looks, he does look like he is on the mend.

Jess said...

Dan: Thanks. :)

DCB: He is, but it's slow. And I hate seeing him so uncomfortable.

Java said...

(nota bene: this has nothing to do with the post)
Although it is now technically the 2nd, I just read your comment on Sooo-this-is-me that indicates that your birthday is on the first of April? You are an April fool but didn't fall for Steven's joke. I mention the birthday to say 1)happy birthday! and 2) my husband's birthday is April 1st, too. You are only the second person I've known of to have that birth date. Superman (my husband) has had it all his life. Not always easy, as I'm sure you know.

Jess said...

Java: Thanks for the birthday wishes, and yes, it has its moments. Still, I got over the jokes long ago. As a kid, one gets enough teasing to get used to it! :)

Dantallion said...

Hey! It was your birthday yesterday?? Happy Birthday, my dear Jess. I hope you did something special to celebrate! Best wishes - and a great big hug!

Cooper said...

Happy belated birthday, Jess! That cake looks to die for ... I am salivating! (I am a total chocolate whore.)

I'm glad Dodger is on the mend ... poor lad.

ATG said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Jess!

I'm glad the puppy is doing well!

Patrick said...

Happy belated birthday, dear Jess! I'm catching up on my blog-reading this weekend, and clearly this was an unfortunate week to be AWOL. Hope the cake and accompanying celebration are joyous and life-affirming.

Poor little Dodgie... but he is looking better, and I'm sure just seeing him able to get around comfortably will warm your hearts, even if he doesn't really put things together.

I'm getting better about using 'nice things' every day now too. It's nice to have some things that can create a sense of occasion, but I'm also finding I want to create a sense of occasion more often.

Again, happy birthday.

Jess said...

Dan, Cooper, ATG & Patrick: Thanks for the birthday wishes! And Dodger continues to improve. It's slow, but he's getting there.