Things Not Taken For Granted

Dear Friends, Neither of us will ever take our shoulders for granted again. It's been eight weeks since Linda had her shoulder operation in February, the first six weeks of which she spent in an immobilizer sling that she wore 24/7, never taking it off except to bathe and to do simple exercises twice a day. Now she's into her second week without the sling and is religiously working on her physical therapy, and she is definitely improving. She loves having an instrument back in her hands and her progress there is encouraging. Last week she had to have the capo (that clamp-like device all guitar players occasionally attach to the necks of their guitars) way up on the neck of the guitar, keeping her elbow in by her side. This weekend, for the first time, she was able to play four songs on the guitar without a capo. And she did it with no pain. She hasn't been able to do that since early last fall. All that and she can now touch the top of her head. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! We have been using our time at home to get some new songs together. We've had fun writing with a friend of ours who takes time away from his other occupation, farming, to come over a spend a few hours every week. He really helps us get past our limitations and move things forward. So far we've gotten three songs ready - kind of. No song is really ready until you've sung it a hundred times or more. As you'll see on the list of gigs below we'll be doing some shows with Garrison Keillor, the first two coming up in May and some others to follow in the fall. We talked with him about this around Christmas and, lo and behold, the idea has come to fruition. It's going to be fun getting back on stage with him, hearing his stories, singing with him and perhaps cracking a few jokes ourselves. Here's a link to another of our songs, "Southern Shores," that Rob McCausland put together from a gig back in January. Hope you enjoy. Bumper Sticker Of The Month: I stole a calendar and got twelve months. We'd better close. Linda is getting ready to get in the car and drive to her physical therapy, her first stint behind the wheel since before her surgery. WATCH OUT, WORLD! Your pals,
Robin and Linda

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