Yes, it's been a while.
First, happy 27th birthday, Uncle Elmer. I remember your charming presence and the fact that you could wiggle your ears. I can still see you backlit in the kitchen window. And I still remember the fact that your step-daughter credited you with being a loving father. You didn't do "step"; you just did "father". May God be very good to you.
It has been a hobbled couple of months. I fell and sprained my right foot. Then, about two weeks later, I decided to try to bear my considerable weight on my left leg -- which was completely asleep. I fell and sprained my left ankle. A cane seemed like a reasonable idea, but it wasn't clear to me which side to use it on. So there has been a bit of a hitch in my git-a-long.
Physical therapy, a new experience for me, has been the order of the day. First off I was referred to a place called SOMA in Boulder. After an evaluation visit, I left without instructions -- they don't do paper instructions -- and feeling like I had a big dollar sign on my forehead. The range of therapists and treatment modalities recommended was amazing. Logging on to the site they'd promised would deliver the exercise instructions, I discovered that it's a fee-only portal. After politely inquiring about this and receiving the brusque response that they can't get the instructions for me, eventually the therapist emailed instructions. By that time, though, it seemed reasonable to look for another service provider.
So that's how I ended up at Alta in south Boulder. The facility is, first off, clean and there is plenty of parking. Their forms are available online, another way they beat out SOMA. And the therapist practiced the exercises with me until I understood how to do them. And he also gave me a sheet of paper that shows exactly what to do. And he didn't see a need to call in a battalion of other therapists. If you are in Longmont or Boulder and need physical therapy, I recommend Alta.
This week I'm celebrating the one year anniversary of Picturing Plants. Starting from zero, the traffic has built to more than 10,000 page impressions per month. The site is generating almost no income: less than $15.00 in google ads income for the year. I'd like to figure out how to make the site more worthwhile from an income standpoint, but feel stymied.
Some sites I'm enjoying: