Not dead! Just busy, and posting on other platforms when I actually remember to interact with the world. :P
This is the brief version of the "what has been happening with Mel" update, to be followed by a more detailed explanation of various bits and pieces as opportunity presents.
- My gardening and fishkeeping adventures in the aquaponics setup in my homemade hoop house have produced one heck of a lot of tomatoes, leafy greens, and other vegetables and continue to be tons of fun.
- The cats continue to be furry rulers of all they survey. Holly keeps coming up with new ways to steal my yarn.
- The Handsome Hubby had a total hip replacement not quite two weeks ago. This one is going to get a very detailed post all to itself; highlights will include his surgeon saying "Wow, I'm amazed you can still walk" when he saw the 'before' X-rays, and the many virtues of keyhole surgery. For now I'll just say he was home in four days and is already down to using just one crutch more than half the time. Woo!
- We joke that he's beta-testing the surgeon for me, because once he's through his physio and able to drive again, I'm going to book MY hip replacement. Turns out that if psoriatic arthritis decides to go after your hip joint, it does a very good job of pretending to be osteoarthritis. (Surgeon on seeing my X-rays: "Oh yeah, you've got definite bone degradation here, and look, you can see how you've lost most of your cartilage space. See all these little pits in the bone, that's very characteristic of psoriatic arthritis...")