Surprise! I’m back in Mathews, Virginia, where my house has no steps. I didn’t want to leave beautiful Florida, where it’s 79 degrees, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and the boats are coming and going in the bay. As always, I was rushing last Thursday morning, trying to do things too fast, balancing an armload of things, and I didn’t turn on the lights; so, I missed the last step going out to walk, twisted my ankle, and fell. I ended up with a broken fibula, just above my right ankle. The good news is that the doctor said I have young bones!
My friends Tim Finn and Mary Wyatt Allen came to my rescue and took me to the emergency room. Mary Wyatt stayed with me at the hospital from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.—what a great friend! Moss Pelicans member Dick Binnig came in the afternoon and helped sign me out, get copies of my x-rays, and helped me into Mary Wyatt’s car. I’m blessed to have such wonderful friends.
The day after my misstep, I was back in my St. Pete studio. It’s hard to keep a good woman down!
My daughter Mary raced down from Radford on Thursday and drove me up Sunday. Her husband Kerry Donnelly is an orthopedic surgeon, and he took some more x-rays and decided that I’ll be on crutches and in a boot for awhile. I’m grateful I didn’t have to have surgery!
After my appointment with Kerry Monday morning, Mary drove me to Waynesboro for her sister Patty to pick me up and bring me to Mathews. The Moss Museum and the Shenandoah Valley are always so beautiful, even in winter.
So, I’ll be in Mathews for a few weeks, but I’m all set up to paint in my downstairs family room, where the light is excellent. It’s good to be back in business!