Weekend Coffee Share 4th December 2016

newcoffeeWelcome. Come on in out of the heat. I’m betting we will get another storm this afternoon it is so hot and humid. I don’t think I had ever really understood the terms close in relation to the atmosphere before the last couple of days. The air is heavy, weighing you down. It feels like someone has invaded your personal space, is up close making you more than a little uncomfortable. I’ve also had pressure headaches (not bad but just there). I first got these in Vanuatu and they always foretold cyclones and tropical storms. We have certainly had storms the last few nights but very little rain. Just a superb lightning and thunder display. I guess it is almost the time of year for fireworks.

If we were having coffee I’d have to tell you I have become a narcissist but only in regard to my feet. I lie in bed of a morning, gazing at my feet thinking how beautiful they are. Several times each day I catch myself doing the same. It doesn’t take much for me to talk about them either. What I have found is that so many people have bunions, hammer toes and other foot deformities. They want to know my outcome so they can make informed choices for themselves.


© irene waters 2016 A YEAR BEFORE

Two feet at once I was warned against. Post surgery was not as painful as I expected although walking on heels only was difficult. Luckily I could still get out and about as my mother lent me her mobility scooter. I would have been better off if I could have rested up but with open houses that had to be prepared for this was impossible. It 12 weeks before I could walk any distance and now at around 14 weeks I don’t know why I waited so long. Although they are still swollen and I do get twinges of pain  every week is better and already I can wear shoes without pain. I have gone back dancing. I couldn’t wear my dance shoes so only lasted an hour in sneakers the first time but with a pair of ballet flats and extra insole padding I lasted the full two hours last Tuesday. I can see that this is going to be the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.


© irene waters 2016 AFTER

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I chose (just luck) a good surgeon that does a modern form of the operation. I’d also tell you that my experience is not everyone’s so don’t rush straight out and have the surgery. My girlfriend that had the same operation (the old way) has had to have further surgery on one foot. She cannot walk for another 12 weeks. She does say that having only one foot makes it much easier. Roger played golf with a chap that had one foot (the old way) done 6 months ago. He was in a cart as he could not walk the pain was so bad. He has been told that it will take a year to two years before he will feel the benefits without the pain. So perhaps I am just lucky  but it makes me doubly delighted.

Okay enough about my feet. If we were having coffee I’d tell you that there is a new Times Past prompt. As it is the merry season we are looking at Christmas Trees. Would love it if you could join in. Apart from that I have been packing in readiness for the move, packing for the cruise, preparing the house for guests whilst we are away and catching up with people before we go. I am currently reading a book of short fiction Hinting at Shadows by fellow blogger Sarah Brentyn. I’ll let you know soon what I think but so far I am enjoying it immensely. Expertly written flash fiction always packs a punch and Sarah, so far,  is showing herself to be a master of the art.

That is probably about it for me this week. How about you? How has your week been?  How has your weather been? Any good books or films to recommend? Gosh I have been remiss. Would you like a cup of something before you go?  Thanks Diana for hosting our coffee shares.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 4th December 2016

  1. Colline says:

    What a difference in the look of your feet! I am not surprised that you are always looking at them 🙂

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  2. Glad your feet are healing and no longer painful except at times. Walking is so important. Have pleasant week.

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  3. I loved the foot and paw picture, ha-ha, very cute. Feet are such an important part of our anatomy but one we take for granted, how often do we care for our feet unless they start to trouble us in some way? Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thanks for dropping by. Our feet are probably very important for all the joints above them as well. It is funny – you don’t pay any attention to them. When the doctor asked me to move my toes up and down and I found I couldn’t on demand I wondered if I had ever been able to. You just don’t think about them. Hope your week is going well.


  4. Tena Carr says:

    Sorry to hear about your headaches…That can’t be any fun. My husband gets them too – I know he doesn’t much care for them.

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  5. Corina says:

    I’m glad you made the decision to get your feet “fixed” and that it turned out so well for you! What a difference!

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  6. When I saw the first photo, I feared that was the outcome of the surgery – thank goodness it isn’t! Your new and improved foot looks so much better. And the funny sandal tan is gone – I get that also, but mine looked striped because I wear sandals with many straps. So glad to know you’ re healing – you must be looking forward to holiday dancing.

    I’m reading He, She and It by Marge Piercy. An amazing story, written in 1991 about a post-apocalyptic, destroyed world where computers are essential to life and prone to backing. She’s a gifted writer.

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  7. Hi Irene, thanks for sharing about your feet! I have a bunion starting on my already wide left foot, and I’ve had to throw out shoes that I can’t wear! In addition I have plantar fasciitis and some arthritis (I’m 57 yrd old TODAY, for crying out loud!). I recently lost 30 pounds and that has helped! The bunion doesn’t hurt, but cooping it up in tight shoes makes it hurt! I’m glad to hear the surgery was successful

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  8. Natalie says:

    Glad your surgery went well, it must make such a difference!

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