During the final stage of driving the screws through the bracket and into the wall, in order to reach high enough up into that vaulted ceiling, my husband set a step ladder within the window seat and stood on the lowest step. He pushed on the drill but the drill pushed back. Frank slipped off the ladder, fell to the hardwood floor below, and could not get up due to extreme pain. After a call to 911, an ambulance ride to the hospital emergency room, and an X-ray diagnosis of a fractured hip, he underwent surgery for an emergency complete hip replacement. I captured a photo of him on his way being rolled into the operating arena. His two thumbs up are somewhat half-hearted but he did joke with me, "For your blog, right?" Twenty three hours after he fell, Frank became a bionic man and would be laid up for weeks and position-constrained for months.
It is ironic. The bedroom redecorating has been in the works since September 2014 when Frank laid the hickory hardwood floor. We fussed over the plank arrangement enough that I dubbed a post about it a Wooden Quilt. Frank was dismayed that he'd fallen, yes but also somewhat annoyed. As the paramedics were scooping him onto a metal stretcher he directed them, "I installed this hardwood floor. Don't scratch it!" The curtains are finally up now but Frank cannot enjoy them since instead of sleeping in our second floor bedroom he is relegated to the hospital bed set up in our first floor living room. He will see the finished room eventually but for now, until he progresses to climbing stairs, he will only see the room in my blog pictures. I have not slept in our master bedroom either. Frank came home from the hospital December 3rd and I have been sleeping on the couch next to the hospital bed until I am certain he will not need my assistance during the night. Sleeping with the bathing beauty pillows on the bed (made at the end of June 2016) will need to wait, too. Although now that I think of it, I could bring them down to the hospital bed, but that is not quite the same thing.
The window on the side has only a valance. That was all there was wall space for with the metal sculpture off to the left. In the corner is a Funstripes Jeffan rattan chair and a rope floor lamp.
Working the view counterclockwise around the room are the other theme pieces. There are beach umbrella pillows on each side in the corners of the window seat propped on striped seat cushions that match the drapes. I blogged about Velcro closing those striped seat cushions in my post for November 23, 2016.
On top of our armoire is a funky painted metal art piece we bought just because it made us smile.
You become aware of all the friends you have when you get laid up. There have been numerous phone calls and visits from well-wishers. We even have a generous supply baby sitters, folks who gladly and willingly come and stay with Frank while I run errands since I do not want to leave him alone. I am happy to be social now as well, but in the online way. I am off to link up to Let's Bee Social #156.