It has been more than three weeks since I had that mishap with a very
sharp knife and completely sliced off the finger pad of my left middle
finger. In that time I have learned how to do quite a bit of left-handed
stuff without using that poor injured finger. The index finger and ring
finger have pitched in and are handling new tasks fairly well, although
it took me three tries just now to type the word "new" because I kept getting
"nrw." Ah patience, another nrw task for me, hah!
A Blue Heron high in the stormy sky
I have photographed the healing process every four
days just to keep visual documentation of how these things unfold. It's
been wild. It reminds me of the way a small pond freezes. First at the
shallow edges small ice crystals appear and then freeze. The frozen
edges move slowly in toward the deeper center. My newly formed flesh is
quite like that. The wound is still open in the center, but the edges
are solid and firm. I'm not going to post the pics because I don't want
to freak people out, but if you're at all interested please let me know.
I'd be happy to send you the images. They're cool in a medical
documentation way. My twin brother won't look at them at all, but his
wife sent me photos of when her finger met up with a hand blender while
she was mashing potatoes. It's a whole new world of wild images for me!
Bufflehead in sunlight
In the meantime we've had only two days of sunshine since
November 30th. We are breaking rainfall records and more is on the way.
The hardest part of such dismal weather is not being able to get out
there and take a good long look around. We have been taking our local neighborhood walks
whenever there is a bit of a reliable dry spell. We did make it to
the marsh last Tuesday and got to see this beautiful little Bufflehead
in all his purple and green markings. Click on the pic to see those colors. He's a beauty.
Coast range and a bit of snow
We also had to run some errands in the "big" city
just south of us. We drive across the bridge over Humboldt Bay to get
there. We were surprised to see bits of snow in the coastal mountain
range. Next storm headed for us on Monday has snow levels down to 2000
feet. It should be pretty beautiful out there, so we may have to head out
to take a look. We're hoping for a clear Christmas to watch the full
moon rise. Maybe I'll get a nice photo opportunity from Santa!