Lyssa has just opened an Etsy store.

I don't mention it very often in this blog, but my lovely wife and partner Lyssa Heartsong has been both knitting and spinning her own yarn for the past few years. In recent weeks, she has been setting up her own Etsy store to sell her work. Right now she has some of her private stash of hand-spun yarn up for sale as well as a few jewelry pieces and more will be on the way shortly.

If you'd like to take a look at what Lyssa has for sale, here's a link to her store. She would appreciate it …

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A significant advance.

About two weeks ago, Lyssa's orthopedic surgeon sawed away her latest fibreglass composite cast to replace it with a walking cast, which is held on by a number of velcro straps, and thus removable. It also weighs much less than the composite ones that she'd been going through at a rate of one every two weeks (applied with increasingly acute angles at the ankle to gently stretch her surgically repaired achilles' tendon). It also simplifies bathing immensely in that the walking cast can be removed, which means that we don't have to tape garbage bags over her leg every morning …

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Another Samhain, more or less.

Let's try this again, without the "Oops, I just lost everything you wrote."

Another Samhain has come and gone, which means that we have yet another chance to make things turn out for the best. Lyssa is still recovering from surgery a couple of weeks ago. Her cast was swapped out for a one-piece fitted fibreglass cast which means that her achilles tendon is healing up nicely. Neither of us had realized just how much energy repairing soft tissue damage takes out of you; Lyssa's able to move around in short bursts only so she's been spending most of her …

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Lyssa's home from the hospital.

Lyssa's home from the hospital and recovering in the next room.

Her surgery was scheduled for 1400 EST5EDT today at a surgicenter just down the street from the specialist she went to yesterday. There was a bit of a mishap on the way to the car this afternoon because our apartment complex is berift of accessibility features for the handicapped. Lyssa fell again on the sidewalk, though it seemed that the thermoplastic fitted splint took the brunt of the shock. All things considered, however, the surgery itself took a little over two hours. Grant and I spent some time with …

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Update on Lyssa.

In a nutshell: Lyssa's achilles tendon is indeed compromised.

She woke me up around 0600 EST5EDT this morning complaining about the pain in her ankle. After we took our turns in the shower (and let me tell you, trying to maneuver in an apartment-sized bathroom on crutches is no walk in the park) I re-did the splint on her leg and helped her get dressed. Somehow she managed to get an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon shortly after 0900 EST5EDT today (she always was the social engineer of the family), and a consultation confirmed our fears: her achilles tendon is …

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So much for a night on the town...

A couple of weeks ago, Lyssa and I bought a couple of tickets to see the Australian Pink Floyd Show, a world-renowned Pink Floyd cover band that is widely considered to be the closest you can come without actually seeing PF live. Unfortunately, Laurelinde had to back out at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict, so Kash drove down from the vicinity of Baltimore to join us tonight. I got home from work a little later than usual so after changing clothes and filling out my daily timesheet the three of us hit the local deli for a …

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Remember when I said "'tis the season?"

Lyssa took sick last week. On Thursday she woke up having trouble breathing while I was in the shower, which threw our plans into a tailspin. I took a sickday and drove her to urgent care (where I seem to spend far too much time in the waiting room these days), only to discover that she has a sinus infection. Lyssa spent the bulk of the weekend in bed pumped full of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, with the odd sortie to get food in some form or go shopping.

This also meant that I was running solo when I went …

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Honeymoon's over.

Lyssa and I are back in DC after a lovely weekend honeymoon in the mountains of southern Virginia, courtesy of my cow-orkers.

I'll get around to posting the pictures I'd taken, reviews of restaurants, and what all happened up there later this week. It's going to be a busy week and I don't knnow when I'll have time to write. Hopefully, later this week I'll hammer out a few thousand words.

Enjoy the oncoming winter weather in your area, and good night.

Oh, and be careful, everyone. Winter is coming, after all.