Yow! I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve clogged. So much has happened around here, I don’t even know where to begin…. unacceptable. I will try not to go this long without a post, for those of you who actually take the time to read this hot mess.

I am 100% healed. I have started running… short intervals at a time, and I’m working out at the gym, since temperatures in Alabama have reached triple digits. I have been doing a lot of swimming, biking, and stretching. I have no pain, and am so thankful to be a healed woman!

Bud & Nance moved out of their farm in Ohio. I went up there for a week in June, one last time. That was a difficult trip. So many memories… it was tough to say goodbye. But, we kept reminding each other we are all going to live in the same place. Party!

They hauled their belongings down to Alabama and are keeping them in storage until their house is complete. They are building a house a few miles from ours… it’s going to be beautiful. Of course, they are downsizing from a 15 acre farm… but they are really looking forward to less maintenance (aren’t we all?).

The house will not be complete until September 1st, so they are taking an extended road trip out West. Honestly, I think this will be the longest period of time my parents have been together in one place. Bud thinks he will want to kill himself when it is complete… but I know they are having a great time. Nance has been sending me awesome pictures along the way. What I wouldn’t give to be a bug on that windshield. They finally made it to Montana last night, where the rest of my family is for a couple weeks.

Here at home, it has been 95+ degrees everyday, and we are dog sitting the twinnies. The 4th of a July was pretty chill at the Ireland home, with the exception of Maggie the dog, going buck wild over the fireworks. I don’t think we’ve slept in 3 days… and I’m just hoping people have finally shot off their last firework and/or gun shot. Yeehaw!!

Here’s to a sizzlin’ summatime. Next clog I will tell you about the fiasco we encountered by taking all four K9s to Oak Mountain… and Bud laying down the hammer at his home inspection.

Good morning in German is “Guten Morgen.” My family, likes to say Guten Morgen instead of the boring alternative. Bud, doesn’t have a clue what it means. 

So, allow me to set the scene. My family has a house in Bozeman, Montana. A gorgeous ranch and a guest house… aka, Bud’s house. Bud doesn’t think anyone ever stays in his house… more importantly, ever sleeps in his bed. He is very territorial of his house. However, an unfamiliar creature has taken up residence. 

This is the group text my uncle sent to the family Thursday morning…followed with my response.
Here is a picture of the animal sitting on a rock. Below, is Bud’s reaction…


So, as you can see… Bud thinks the critter is called a “Guten Morgen”. And, he plans to kill it over the 4th of July weekend. I called him yesterday to ask about the animal… he went on for a solid 5 minutes about how much he hates the bleeping Martin/Morgen. He is coming to town on Wednesday… I will capture some video of him ranting and raving about the animal that calls his house…home.

I have spent all week in a tizzy. My heels and ankles just continued to swell, and the pain was thru the roof.

Molly wanted to be in pic

I had my MRI Tuesday morning, but didn’t hear back from the doctor until late Thursday afternoon. The results showed several fractures and bone contusions in both of my heels and ankles. Doctor Lowe was really at a loss for words, and didn’t have a clear explanation as to why it happened… given my age, and good health. So, he had a foot specialist look at my results. 

They asked me to come into the clinic to have blood work done… fearing possible early onset of osteoporosis. 

I ventured into the clinic this morning in my hot pink tennis shoes (which have become a staple accessory for every outfit). Luckily, my blood work came out NEGATIVE! No osteoporosis, and I am a perfectly healthy 29-year old. Thank God. 

Dr. Lowe said basically… my heel bones softened significantly during my three months in the wheelchair. When I stood up and started walking again, my heels couldn’t take the stress of my weight and started to crack. Ouch! Mind you, I am 5’9 and hover around 130 lbs. Unbelievable!

But, I am thanking God today, because I can handle fractures and contusions. Pffff…I have a 6 inch screw through my pelvis… this next challenge is child’s play! 

Fight!

I will start a new round of physical therapy, and I have high tech gel inserts in my tennis shoes. I will continue to ice, and take it easy.

YUM!

In other news, I finally made it to my first Birmingham Barons baseball game of the year last night with Jeff, Natalie, and some of her friends. They won, and it was a great time to get out and about. Even if it was in my hot pink tennies. 

Lastly, I am continuing to become domestic and cooked some stellar meals this week… I’m contemplating dedicating another section of my clog to recipes and such…

Happy Friday, all… and have a spectacular weekend!

This past weekend was so AWESOME! Back on the desk… it’s like home, sweet, home. I only anchored the two early shows this last weekend, and it’s a good thing I did… because I came home and passed out both nights by 9:30. I still don’t have all my energy back. 

I am so blessed to have a job that I love… and to work with amazing people. Here is the link to my grand return to the anchor desk, and the package that aired about my accident and recovery…including an amazingly awkward hug, from my dear friend, Ted. Link: She’s Baaaaaack

With this good news, comes a dose of bad. I went to the doctor this morning for a check-up. My pelvis looks great! He said it has healed 100%. However, I have some fractures in my feet. We won’t know the extent of the damage until my MRI, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

I’m not going to lie, I had a real moment when I found out I may have some fractures and contusions in my feet. It is getting difficult, but I have to keep searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is pushed back a little further. I am so ready to be able to walk, pain free. This slight set back is only allowing me to continue to practice patience, something I have never been great at…. but I hope at the end of it all, I will be a master. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I have so much admiration for all the hard working mamas out there. I wished my radically stylish mom in the ’80s, a Happy Mom’s Day! (see pic). Yesterday morning, I said to Jeff…. “Do you think maybe I can have coffee in bed, since I am a mother to our two dogs.” He said: “Why don’t you ask them?” But, eventually, he caved. 

I will keep you posted on the situation with my paws…. until then, I am camped out on the couch watching movies.

Coming to a t.v. near you

Saturday, MAY 12th, I’m baaaaaaaaack on-air! I will be co-anchoring the early newscasts on Saturday & Sunday… and then we will play it by ear for the following weekend. 

One of our extremely talented photographers is putting together a story on my accident/rehabilitation for the news. I think it will air on Friday on CBS42, and I will post it to the clog, ASAP!

The viewers have been wonderful through this whole journey. I’m so thankful that a lot of you haven’t forgotten about me! I’ve received some awesome, and inspiring emails, and it makes each day a little brighter. 

As for walking, apparently, I have developed a killer case of Plantar Fasciitis. I had no idea what in the heck that was until this week. To be honest, the physical therapists aren’t positive that’s what it is… but I have intense inflammation and pain in the heels and Achilles in both of my paws. 

It is a minor set back from progressive physical therapy. But, I’ve decided set backs are for losers. I am taking it easy, and doing exactly what they have instructed me to do. My stretches, icing religiously, and using bio-freeze (sounds illegal) on my heels… but I am not going to let this get me down!

This week, I have really come to terms with the fact that it is going to take me a LONG time to get back to where I was before the accident. I’m really thankful that I will ease back into work as a part-time employee, and then reevaluate everything when I am feeling better. 

Meanwhile, I am learning to crochet, like an old lady. Donna (the YouTube crochet lady) has some great informational videos… but it’s pretty challenging. I am trying to make dishcloths, but have realized my dishcloth looks more like a mini banana. So, maybe I have a future in crocheting fruit. 

I am also testing out some new recipes this week. Would you believe I actually created a menu?!? Who the heck am I? Sounds like someone is becoming domestic!! “Bless my heart.”