“Are we THERE Yet?”

Milestones are important for kids. You see them on bedrooom walls, doorways, closets. “Look, mom, I used to be only THIS tall!” But even old folks such as myself have some good milestones. Monday will be the 8 week milestone post-op from my hip replacement. That actually means something in terms of what I can do. I don’t know what yet, but I’m sure someone will tell me.

I’ve had a lot of those types of milestones in the past two months. The milestone of no longer having bad bones in my hip, the milestone of not needing to wear TED hose (my fave), the milestone of being done shooting myself in the abdomen with blood thinners, the best milestone of bringing the dogs home from the boarding kennel.

Right now the mountains to the east of me are burning and they are burning fast. People live up there — some people I know — so that adds to the fear. The fire has grown quickly — from a few hundred acres two days ago to tens of thousands of acres this morning. These are milestones no one needs.

I am bewildered again by humanity and particularly the leadership in this country. That fuckhead in the White House is more worried about us understanding there was no “collusion” than by the fact that the southwestern part of the nation he allegedly leads is in a desperate drought or by the possibility that people could do something to mitigate the change in climate that I, this one little person, this tiny irrelevant self, has witnessed in my lifetime (his lifetime, too.) I know there have always been forest firest. I KNOW it’s part of nature’s way, I know there are trees (redwoods for one) that need fire for the seeds to open and germinate, but NOT on the scale we witness now. Not just that — walking the dogs yesterday, soon after I hit our little trail I stomped out a still burning cigarette butt.

So the mountains burn — several fires in Colorado right now just as there were in Montana, Washington and California last year — and peoples’ lives displaced and humanity as thoughtless as ever.

In other news, I spoke with the woman who’s helped me edit two of my other novels about where to go with The Schneebelis Go to America and it was a GREAT conversation. Now I have direction and it looks like I might reach the milestone of finishing it in a way I can live with. πŸ™‚

Here is my “milestone” for next Monday (hopefully).



Short hike to Elephant Rocks


Up top is my milestone for marking “You’re not really much of a cripple any more.” Hiking along San Francisco Creek. Who knows how far, but it’ll be fun.


16 thoughts on ““Are we THERE Yet?”

  1. I have also had my milestones to conquer this year but one thing I have learnt. We can do it. It took us both a few months, every day a little more and I am also now there. My last triumph is to clean the doors weekly. I know it sounds silly, but it means a lot to me that my body is now working again. On the way I have “adopted” a cleaning lady, but have banned my walker to a corner just for transportation of computers from and to the porch. I can only say isn’t it a great feeling to have it all again. And I so hope you manage Switzerland in Autumn. I hope to do the Einsiedelei some time with the wheelchair as a practice for your visit. πŸ™‚

    • I’m constantly watching both my bank account 😦 and the fares πŸ™‚ — it might be spring, but I’m coming back.

      And it’s true; yesterday at physical therapist I did things I hadn’t been able to do. I was so happy even though they are simple simple things that people take for granted. ❀

  2. Goodness. It seems awfully early in the summer for there to be so many fires already. I’m guessing this will be another very dry year!! 😦

  3. Milestones are wonderful–yours are the best! Down here, they would call you a ‘mean ol’ cuss.’ And that would be a good thing. πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations on meeting all your personal milestones, Martha, and there is no doubt you will meet many more over the coming months.

    I am reassured by the many kind American bloggers like yourself, that I’ve met over the last 9 months. I suspect I may have had a very dim view of Americans if I had allowed myself to dwell on the negative. Warfare 101 – divide and conquer. Whoever is orchestrating it, is doing a pretty good job. I’m sure the masses will work that out eventually, and I’m so looking forward to that time.

  5. Another book, an upcoming major milestone, a description of our feckless leader and his blindness to matters of import to our country, an explanation of the horrible destruction wildfires cause in the west: might good reading. I’ll be interested in learning how your milestone hike goes.

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