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October 18, 2012


Have I mentioned that I’m having spinal surgery? I know, only endlessly. Well, it’s today and already there are things I can’t wait to get back to. Herewith, a very short list:

1. An unfinished painting. A good friend of Paul and myself commissioned one, and although I promised I’d complete it by today it didn’t happen. (See the blue open rectangle on the orange canvas? It fits right in there.) Also, take note of our new orange metal chairs; I love their hot color punch next to my gray worktable. Each has a spindle missing, which makes them perfect in my book.


2. My blooming Stapelia gigantea. I’m always happy to see their leathery, rotted meat-stinking faces and this is their biggest bloom display ever. I hope they don’t fold up the show completely before I get back … It’s too much fun watching flies stop by to unwittingly assist in their pollination.


3. Frito and Inky. Yes, they’re getting noisier with age, what with the howling and shrieking whenever the security alarm is activated (or just for the fun of it). And yes they have stepped up their campaign of lizard annihilation (along with presentation of their kills indoors). Still, I’ll be happy to see their furry little mugs and wagging tails once this is over.


Thanks go out to friends and neighbors who’ve offered to help upon my arrival at home … although I’m tempted to abuse your goodwill with a list of outlandish favors, Paul’s on the case. (Maybe you could help by taking him out somewhere?)

Happy Halloween and I’ll see you in November!

44 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2012 3:11 pm

    I can’t stop thinking about you and Paul. I’m like a nervous mother, except you’re my friend and not my child. Everything is going to be just fine, if not better. Then you can come back and finish all your beautiful, inspiring designs. Love you. Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 3:54 pm

      Paul and I both are moved by your attentiveness, and can’t thank you enough! I’ll be seeing you soon and thanks for the love … we love you too!

  2. Paulette permalink
    October 18, 2012 3:13 pm

    Well wishes. I also have had back-spine surgry (3 times).

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 3:35 pm

      Gawd, Paulette, three times?! Thanks for the good wishes.

  3. RUTH permalink
    October 18, 2012 3:32 pm

    “In my book?” Yes, in YOUR BOOK. That you will be working on during recovery. Because a book by you would be amazing.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 3:34 pm

      Hmmm, what a great idea, Ruth… Thanks!

  4. October 18, 2012 3:44 pm

    No doubt Frito and Inky will be just as happy to see you. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery from a flawless surgery, I look forward to following your adventures ahead…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 3:48 pm

      Thanksamillion, Loree … see you here again soon!

  5. October 18, 2012 3:47 pm

    Strong thoughts to you…be well my friend…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 3:48 pm

      Many thanks, Guida … hello to Danny.

  6. Catherine McMillan permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:19 pm

    Best Wishes for a speedy recovery!! Hurry back…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Catherine …

  7. October 18, 2012 4:30 pm

    good luck with your operation ! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 4:30 pm

      I appreciate it, Gwen. Thanks!

  8. October 18, 2012 4:38 pm

    Best of luck! Everything is crossed for a speedy recovery.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 5:01 pm

      Hope you can uncross soon, Heather; thanks!

  9. Marek permalink
    October 18, 2012 4:54 pm

    Good Luck Reuben with the surgery and get back to us ASAP.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 5:00 pm

      Thanks, Marek, see you soon!

  10. Dave in Toronto permalink
    October 18, 2012 5:18 pm

    Best of luck, Reuben — hope it all goes smoothly! Looking forward to your next post!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 5:25 pm

      ¡Muchas gracias, Dave!

  11. October 18, 2012 5:43 pm

    Good luck, Reuben. I hope everything goes as it’s supposed to, and that you heal quickly so you can get back to life as usual. Tell Paul and Frito and Inky I said hello!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 18, 2012 6:03 pm

      I have the same hope, thanks … all here respond with a resounding, “HI!”

  12. October 18, 2012 6:25 pm

    I would definitely read a book by you!!! To a speedy recovery… I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for all the beauty you spread in the world! 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 21, 2012 10:33 pm

      Nisha, thanks for thinking of me, for the prayers and for a lovely comment.

  13. Nancy Rivera Brooks permalink
    October 18, 2012 6:57 pm

    Stay feisty, Reubs. I know all will be well. Sending healing thoughts your way. And hi to Paul and the pooches…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 19, 2012 5:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy, and thanks for visiting! It was great seeing you and Jim.

  14. lorimarsha permalink
    October 18, 2012 9:21 pm

    Hey, where’s my LIKE button for Ruth’s comment! A book, yes! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a return to wellness. 🙂

  15. Jeanmarie Abraham permalink
    October 18, 2012 9:23 pm

    Rueben best of luck with the surgery…..Jeanmarie 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 19, 2012 5:30 pm

      Merci, Jeanmarie … I keep thinking of pieces in your collections and sighing wistfully.

  16. October 19, 2012 3:20 am

    We’ll miss your voice on the blogosphere! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 19, 2012 3:42 am

      Hopefully the voice will be heard again soon, Peter!

  17. Sam Cowell permalink
    October 19, 2012 4:16 am

    Reuben, you will be in our daily prayers to the Great Physician for your fast recovery and for continued good health. All our best!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 19, 2012 4:20 am

      Then I know for sure all will be awesome! Thanks, Sam!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 19, 2012 5:37 pm

      Much appreciated, Sam, with the combined good will of all, I’ll be home in no time!

  18. Rita permalink
    October 21, 2012 10:00 pm

    Reuben, although we’ve never met, I love your spirit. I really appreciate you sharing your life & talents on this blog. Stay strong & try to remember my favorite mantra when I’m going thru something unpleasant: “it won’t be like this forever, it won’t be like this forever!” It’s not magic, but it has surprising powers! I send you healing vibes to help you with a swift recovery!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 21, 2012 10:30 pm

      Rita … I was released from hospital yesterday and will definitely be using you’re mantra in the painful weeks ahead … Thanks for the goodwill and for commenting!

  19. October 23, 2012 12:36 am

    Late to comment and now find you’re out of surgery — which makes it easy on me not having to worry! So glad that’s over! Yes, let me know if there’s anything you need, anything at all.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 23, 2012 12:50 am

      I am at home now, Denise, and it feels so good. Well, except for the pain. Happily, there are legions of sweet peeps offering to help … Thanks for being one of them. Just knowing y’all are out there is a huge boost. 😉

  20. Laura McG permalink
    November 3, 2012 12:13 am

    RR~I hope you are recuperating as well as you possibly can. And I hope you’re storing up ideas to burst forth with when you are ready :). Take care, Laura

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 3, 2012 12:56 am

      Thanks, Laura … a slow burst is coming soon, thanks for commenting!

  21. November 9, 2012 5:31 am

    Need company? 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 9, 2012 5:53 am

      What a nice guy you are! Check your personal email, D.

  22. November 14, 2012 4:46 am

    Hi! Hope you’re recuperating well! Weather has been crisp and perfect for gardening–are you up and about yet? 🙂 Veratrine

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 14, 2012 5:08 am

      Sadly, V, “up and about” is still a ways off … but my mind’s working away on plans, so hopefully some of those ideas will take form soon. In the meantime a post will see the light of day tomorrow! See you then … and thanks for commenting — Good to read you!

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