Abdominal surgery is about four and a half weeks behind me. I am feeling great other than some normal fatigue, but am still not supposed to be lifting on my kayak. My doctor had told me I could probably get in and out of my kayak okay and probably paddle okay, but told me not to lift my kayak. As a more than somewhat stubbornly independent person, that is very hard for me. Last week I talked to one of my friends about it and she offered to load and unload my kayak for me as long as she could come with me. What a GREAT offer! I love having her come along; we have had some fun paddling adventures. She came to my house after work on Friday, loaded the kayaks...while constantly warning me not to touch them or to help her or she would recant her offer. She meant business! It was incredibly hard watching her do it... I have such a routine when I load them and it was hard to have to explain it to her on how to do what I do... but we got through it and the yaks were loaded! We met on Saturday morning and were able to get out on the water! It felt so good! I know that people sometimes think I am dramatic when I say I NEED to kayak, but it truly is something I need, with every part of my being.
This spring I will be pretty busy with a few ongoing projects, but will be paddling when I can. I apologize for not posting as many details as I usually do, but will be back to 'normal' Mainekayakgirl style as soon as I can. I am hoping I will soon be able to share some of the exciting details of one of my projects, but for now I will share some photos with you.