Monday, December 14, 2009

Home Again

The road goes ever on and on (to quote J.R.R. Tolkien), and I often think that the last bend in that marvelous winding thoroughfare before one reaches home is the finest turning of them all. Does anyone remember that lovely song cycle composed by Flanders and Swann using Tolkien's lyrics from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?

The first surgery has been completed, and I am home again with Himself and Spencer, my books and music and tea stash within easy reach, a fine hazy winter day beyond the windows. There is a certain amount of discomfort at the moment, but I am really feeling quite all right, and that is something of a surprise, all things considered. Now I must rest before we tackle the other medical "stuff" in the new year.

A Zen koan... When is a committed blogger not present? The answer (if there is a right answer) is that she is not present when she is unavoidably detained in other places (like hospitals) and schedules her notes and images to be published while she is away.

This morning, I am truly present and happy to be here. Although I will be largely confined to peering at the world from my windows for the next week or three, there will surely be much to see. As Tarrant Roshi wrote in a recent article in the Shambhala Sun, when we are truly present in our own lives, they extend infinitely in every direction. Emaho!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Cate! Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending you many healing thoughts.
Cheers,
Jane in Ottawa

Delphyne said...

Happy to hear that you are home and recuperating - all the best for a complete recovery and a return of radiant health.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I wish you well in your recovery...you have my best wishes.
Mary Ann

jzr said...

Holiday blessings for a very speedy recovery!!

Beth said...

More healing blessings from here, Cate. You will be in my thoughts.
- Beth Owls Daughter

Sarah said...

So glad you are home and doing well! Hugs to you and Spencer!

the wild magnolia said...

Oh yes, I do see you there, behind the frosted window. I can just make you out....there, there, I see the smile! Ah, relief...you are home, at rest, snug kozy under the covers and sip, sipping hot tea! You have returned....beyond the fields we know..

Be blessed abundantly with a speedy recovery...and daily doses of cosmic healing energies!

Tabor said...

You last lines are the truth that will help you get through these next weeks. At least you are cozy and have tea!

Meredith said...

Best wishes for a rapid and full healing. May you rest in the moment as you look out at that beautiful wintry view!

Suzanne said...

You send out so much joy into the world, Cate. May it overflow to bath every cell and every part of you with Well-Being. Welcome home!

One Woman's Journey said...

Another, Welcome Home Cate. A speedy recovery is sent and you will be sent continual healing thoughts.

Rowan said...

So glad to hear that all has gone well with the first surgery - as ever you are in my thoughts each morning. Just relax and enjoy the enforced rest - sounds as though you have all the right ingredients to hand:)

liliannattel said...

Welcome back. I hope your recovery is smooth and quick.

Barbara Anne said...

Be well! As a nurse, I'll remind you to take your pain medicine when the pain is beginning and with some food in your tummy. Any pill that is swallowed takes about an hour to work, so if you wait to take a pain pill until you're really uncomfortable, the pill cannot help enough or soon enough. If you take pain pills on an empty stomach, you may get sick.

Healing hugs!

Janis said...

WELCOME HOME!

Take care of yourself and hope you have a speedy recovery. But first surgery!?!

Rest and enjoy the quietness of the season, Janis

Anonymous said...

Resting easy in the moment of home time. Seeing anew, all that is. Daytime, evening time, home time, away time, liminal time. All will be well.

Marti

marigold said...

Cate, may you be healed as you have helped others heal with your words and images. Wishing you all the blessings of winter; rest & restoration, in readiness for the new energies to come...
Mari xx

Darrin said...

I'm so happy that you're back home!:)Rest well and heal quickly my friend.

bev said...

As Rowan has commented, it seems as though you have all the right ingredients at hand in order to rest and heal. This seems like a good time of the year for curling up in the comfort of home, drinking tea and reading a good book.

Artiseternal said...

Surgery is never fun.
I'm sorry to hear you had to spend time in the hospital.
Wishing you a speedy recovery from all that ails you.
Thanks once again for your beautiful photos.
K

Sky said...

such good news that surgery is over, you are home and relatively comfortable, and that you have some sort of break before more treatment ensues. having had 2 years of medical issues and 5 surgeries during that time, i can say that breaks are vitally important. i hope you get plenty of rest to strengthen you for what is ahead. also hoping that some magical moments happen right outside the window to entertain you while you rest. sending good wishes for your recovery.

nancybond said...

A speedy and complete recovery, Cate! I'm glad your surgery went so well.

WoodSong said...

wishing you a complete and swift recovery Cate!