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Happy New Year, People

Happy New Year, People. It’s been three weeks since my foot surgery. I started with this enormous dressing– the hose connects to a miraculous recirculating ice machine that is one of the more wonderful things ever invented.


After a week, the dressing downsized to this.


And now, a week after that, it’s wrapped only ankle high. It’s been a chilly winter here in Northern CA, so I made excellent use of the enormous Christmas stocking that my Grandma Katherine Adams Lessiack knitted for me when I was about five years old. Perfect fit.


Along the way I ate waaaay too many of these, a gift from a high school buddy that lives in Hawaii. Better than painkillers, People.


My work colleagues sent me these lovely flowers.


And, my intrepid younger daughter made sure that I got in on the cultural happening of the moment–Star Wars!


I’ve gotten pretty good on my crutches, though I still need a bit of spotting on the stairs. Today is officially the halfway point–the stitches will be removed on Tuesday, and I have three more weeks to go on the crutches. After that, I can begin physical therapy and (I hope) get back to normal life. Somehow this timeline all hearkens to the twelve days of Christmas–six in the old year, six in the new–only much less fun. My dear, sweet husband deserves a medal for putting up with me.


I’ve been trying to put this very sedentary time to good use. As my genealogy nerd friends will know, Family Tree Maker has been discontinued. So, I took this opportunity to transfer all my data over to Roots Magic. I’m still learning the tool, but it seems OK so far (the rather archaic user interface aside). However, I’m eager for a native Mac version rather than the buggy, bridgy thing currently on offer.

My long-time photo tool, Aperture, was also discontinued last year. This seemed like a great time to tackle the enormous job of transferring my archive over to Adobe Lightroom. Again, so far so good, though my archive ballooned to nearly a terabyte in size once I exported everything in a non-lossy format. Getting new backups and a workflow in place has been the work of many days, but I think I’m on solid ground now.

I’ve also been doing a lot of scanning using my wonderful Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a little gift I bought for myself just before my surgery. This nifty device allows me to scan photos that are glued into albums, and because it’s so small, I can do it all lying down or sitting on the couch. I’ve discovered many new treasures in the process that I’ll share in the coming weeks.

I’m not the only family member to have undergone surgery during this holiday season. Two other folks also had major work done, one planned, one not planned. What is it with us, anyway? Here’s to a happy new year free of trips to the hospital, People.

Thanks for reading, and to my blogging People, thanks for your wonderful posts over the holidays–you entertained, inspired, and motivated me, and for that I am truly grateful.

18 comments on “Happy New Year, People

  1. Su Leslie
    January 1, 2016

    Happy New Year. I hope your recovery continues to be swift and that you’re up and about soon. I’m looking forward to sharing more of your genealogical discoveries and adventures in 2016. Nga mihi nui from wet, cold Auckland.

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  2. Donna Catterick
    January 1, 2016

    Let me know when you find a good Mac genealogy program. I’m sticking with FTM to the bitter end. Glad you are making good use of your couch time – Scan on!


    • Pancho
      January 2, 2016

      So far, Roots Magic is it for me. It’s a little quirky, but it’s doing the job.


  3. GP Cox
    January 1, 2016

    Hopefully the new year continues with you having a “new and improved” foot!!


  4. Chips Off the Old Block
    January 1, 2016

    Wow, quite an ordeal! You poor thing. Glad to see things are improving. These things definitely take time! The Flip-Pal sounds handy. I will have to check it out. Keep soldiering on!!!


    • Pancho
      January 2, 2016

      Totally worth the money, I promise. I resisted for a long time, and now I wonder why I did. I still have my big flatbed scanner for larger artifacts, but I’ve really appreciated being able to scan from some of the very old albums I have without disassembling them.

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  5. Sheryl
    January 1, 2016

    I hope that your recovery is rapid and uneventful. It made me smile how you re-purposed the Christmas stocking that your grandmother made years ago. Happy New Year!


    • Pancho
      January 2, 2016

      My cousin got a kick out of the picture, and then took one of her own to match. I think my Grandma would approve. Truly, it was the only sock that fit at the time, thanks to the enormous dressing I came home with. Happy new year, Sheryl!

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  6. Amy
    January 2, 2016

    Glad to hear you are healing. Take your time, and do everything they tell you in PT! And happy New Year!!


    • Pancho
      January 2, 2016

      I promise I will do. The whole point of this exercise is to be better off than I was before, so I am a very compliant patient, fear not. 🙂 Happy new year, Amy!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jana Last
    January 5, 2016

    Happy New Year! Hope you heal quickly. Yay for you that you got to see Star Wars! My husband and I haven’t seen it yet, but our kids have. They loved it!


    • Pancho
      January 6, 2016

      It’s a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by, Jana!


  8. Arcane Owl
    January 9, 2016

    Happy new year! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

    Arcane owl


  9. Glee Sparkle
    January 12, 2016

    Happy 2016! Hope you have a great year!


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