Still Life


I love the early morning light as it filters in my kitchen window and illuminates evidence of a previous day well-lived or the promise of today’s possibilities!

Between my last post and this one I’ve been faced with yet another challenge: DON’T use it or lose it… contrary to the ol’ adage spurring us on to greater fitness and/or efficiency: “Use it or lose it.” Hello to another life-altering event, which hopefully I’ll overcome.

Basically I can’t use my left arm — or I won’t be able to for the rest of my life! Turns out, I’ve got bone spurs on two neck vertebrae pressing on my spinal cord (exacerbated by last month’s use and abuse) and anything “arms forward” aggravates it undeniably. Life has come to a standstill. Sit still. Still life…?


I haven’t been able to write outside lately (obviously) thanks to our recent unprecedented snowfall (which thankfully disappeared), but it gave me pause for thought. Sometimes you have to go it alone. Endure the seasons in your life. Expect the unexpected. See the beauty in fleeting moments and appreciate ’em all. Accept your limitations and adapt!

I wrote this post on notebook paper on my clipboard whilst sitting in my recliner with a heating pad on my neck. (No piano playin’ today… limited time on either/or my piano and computer… thank goodness I can type fast!) But, that doesn’t mean life has to be limited, or bound by unchosen boundaries! I’ll continue to fit in whatever I can whenever I can and love the light… and still life.


Enjoying weathering changes at the lake, unprecedented or otherwise…

~ Kim

19 thoughts on “Still Life

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  2. I’m so sorry to learn of your predicament, Kimby. I hope it’s not unbearable when you try to move or anything. Gosh, life sucks when things likes these happen but try to look on the brighter side. Hope things will improve soon. I’m having you in my prayers, dear! xoxo

    • Shirley, my sweet gorgeous tasty love (you’re an inspiration in my kitchen and my “beauty” regime), THANK YOU. Life’s been a lil’ restricted lately–movement-wise and otherwise– but I’m carrying on the best I can. Apologies for my belated reply, too… I have to meter out my online time, dang it! Thanks for your ongoing support… you’reSUCH a dear to me! xoxo

  3. My Dear Kim: I am so sorry you are experiencing yet another of life’s challenges. Life can often feel off balance and presents us with an enormous need for strength and courage. I know you possess both of those qualities but it would be nice if you didn’t need to continually prove it. Please know I am thinking of you, holding you in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care and feel better soon. Sending love. Jeanne

    • Dearest Jeanne, I so hear ya on “proving it.” (Why me, Lord?) I’m sure there’s a valuable lesson to be learned from it. (Patience? Empathy? Compassion?) But, even when we don’t understand the Plan, there’s still good eatin’ to be had! I appreciate your positive thoughts greatly (!) and your friendship (and kitchen inspirations) always. Next July when I come back to MN, I’m hoping our mutual friend ‘n’ I can make a quick side trip to WI… wouldn’t that be FUN?! Love you, xo.

  4. Kim, So sorry to hear that your movement has been limited. Another opportunity to reflect that “All things work together unto good for those who love God”… Perhaps when you feel it say a prayer for those who are paralyzed by self-centered-ness so that they will reach out to someone. And give thanks for all the beautiful music your hands have given out ..lots of possibilities!

    • Sweet Sister Ruth, Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite Scripture verses! Sometimes I feel like my blog posts border on “self-centeredness” (!) and I appreciate your seeing beyond that.. We deal with “life” the best we can with God’s grace. xo. Reaching out to others is the best way to overcome our own obstacles! Love you…

    • Jenna, SO tickled to hear from you (and to read your latest post.) You continue to be an inspiration to me with “young ‘uns” in tow — my “baby days” are long over, but I suck up every ounce of inspiration on WRITING I can get, lol! Keep it up, kiddo, xo

  5. Kim, thanks for sharing news of your challenge and your typically uplifting outlook on life. I love these Kim-quotes; thoughts to be printed & framed in my workspaces as reminders to focus on what is important and do-able.
    “…evidence of a previous day well-lived or the promise of today’s possibilities!”
    “…See the beauty in fleeting moments and appreciate ’em all.”

    Take care, online friend.

    • Oh, Dee… the fact that I’ve inspired you in some minimal way means a lot to me, xo. Here’s to tomorrow… and “quotes” on the wall! We’ll get through this — through “life” — with grace and good humor. Thank you!

  6. Oh Kim, you face every obstacle with such determination and grace. Lovely post and I hope things clear up for you soon. xx

  7. Will cortisone help Kim? I know you will do everything to help yourself deal with this!!
    Your more than positive outlook on life has helped me and many of your blogging family.
    Kim you are in my prayers always….
    Thank you so much for a beautiful post on whats happening in your life xxoo

    • Returned from my latest choir rehearsal tonight, Liz. Grateful to play with BOTH hands despite the repercussions.. sigh. But, some things are worth the sacrifice! (Life is too short not to, and I know what I’m meant to do … plus I’m eating FAB food in between!) Thanks for your uplifting words and loyal support. Carry on, xo. :)

  8. I don’t know how you do what you do. I mean you type our this blog. You wrote me a letter. You’re pretty damn amazing, girl! And, who knows what lies ahead, whatever it is, you will prevail. Your attitude. Spunk. Creative and boho spirit will never be quelled!! Love you girl!! xoxo

    • Ally, I’m exceeding my “limitations” to respond, but it’s worth it to say THANK YOU, Boho girlfriend! Letter writing is about all I can manage these days… I’ll be through my address book TWICE before the end o’ the month, lol… more to come. SO grateful to have “dear friends” who listen as I expostulate… I’m doin’ the best I can. FYI, my piano playin’ still sounds pretty darn good despite everything — one-armed or not.! :) XO

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