Rod Has Rotator Cuff and Hip Replacement Surgery, aka, How to Repair a Skeleton

The skeleton crew on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Happy Friday!

Rod and Rowena came out of the closet

in anticipation of their favorite season. . .

I *heart* Halloween skeleton t shirt and skeletons on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rod has had some bad breaks since last year. . .

How to Repair a Skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

He’s not sure how they happened. . .

How to Repair a Skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Possibly too much jostling and stress

for his brittle bones while boating. . .

The Skeleton Crew Goes for a Pontoon Ride #boat #pontoon #lake #LKN #halloween ©

{ The Skeleton Crew Goes for a Pontoon Ride }

  Gardening Around the Potting Shed with the Skeleton Crew #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #garden #flowers©

Or overexerting himself while gardening . . .

 { Gardening Around the Potting Shed with the Skeleton Crew }

The Skeleton Crew Visits the Mountains for Some Fall Leaf Peeping Fun #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Or maybe that bumpy ride in a UTV in the NC mountains while leaf peeping. . .

 { The Skeleton Crew Visits the Mountains for Some Fall Leaf Peeping Fun }

Fall foliage Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina #fall #leafpeeping #nc #blueridgemoutains ©

The skeleton crew goes leaf peeping in the NC mountains #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #blueridgemountains ©

Or now that he thinks about it, his shoulder problems

really flared up after his last pickleball match . . .

Rowena with Halloween headband #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog #skeleton ©

Rowena stayed right by his side after his surgery

to make sure he followed doctor’s orders . . .

How to Repair a Skeleton with a clothespin and cable tie #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

The break in Rod’s humerus and torn rotator cuff

was quite painful but an easy repair. . .

with the help of a clothespin and cable ties!

How to Repair a Skeleton with a clothespin and cable tie #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rod has a permanent pin in his shoulder now,

but was happy to have the mobility restored in his joint.

How to Repair a Skeleton with a clothespin and cable tie #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

An extra cable tie insured his humerus (and smile) remains intact!

How to Repair a Skeleton with a clothespin and cable tie #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

The doctor told him with physical therapy to rehab his shoulder,

he’d be back to feeling like his old self in no time!

Hip replacement surgery for a skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

His hip replacement went more quickly than anticipated. . .

A few screws, nuts and bolt tightening and he was as good as new!

The skeleton crew on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rod’s taking it easy and resting his weary bones while recovering from surgery.

He and Rowena enjoyed some porch time with their two rescue pups. . .

Bone-ita, skeleton rescue dog #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©


Bona Lisa, skeleton rescue dog #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

and Bona Lisa.

Bona Lisa, skeleton rescue dog #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rod surprised Rowena with another rescue dog

and companion for Bona Lisa last October,

during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Bone-ita, skeleton rescue dog #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

The vet at the shelter couldn’t determine Bone-ita’s exact age,

and could only confirm that she was a senior dog.

The skeleton crew on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rowena was shopping at HomeGoods recently,

where she was thrilled to find this

Joanna Parker Halloween apron.

The skeleton crew on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rowena with Halloween headband and apron #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog #skeleton ©

And was tickled to find a matching tablecloth as she loves to set a festive table!

Hawthorne Gardens Wicked Beautiful Flowers Tablescape + Rib Tickling Fun #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #tablescape ©

 { Hawthorne Gardens Wicked Beautiful Flowers Tablescape + Rib Tickling Fun }

Ready for Trick-or-Treaters and Halloween Candy Tablescape #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #tablescape ©

 { Ready for Trick-or-Treaters and Halloween Candy Tablescape }

Skeleton pillow with dangling legs #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Rowena felt an instant kinship with this skeleton pillow

with dangly legs at Michaels. . .

DIY Pottery Barn-inspired Jack-O'-Lantern PIllow for Halloween #diy #halloween #craft #pumpkin

And loved this

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired Jack-O’-Lantern Pillow for Halloween!

DIY Pottery Barn-inspired Jack-O'-Lantern PIllows for Halloween #diy #halloween #craft #pumpkin

Rod’s doctor emphasized the importance of vitamin D in skeletal health and bone density,

so following doctor’s order and taking his vitamin D3 supplements every day.

Rod’s doctor emphasized the importance of vitamin D in skeletal health and bone density #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Thank you for indulging my skellie humor and bad puns. . .

Humerus Rotator Cuff Repair on a Skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

I hope you found it *humerus*!

💀 🦴 🎃

The skeleton crew on the porch #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

Hip Replacement Surgery on a Skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

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How to Repair a Skeleton #halloween #skelliefun #humerus #skeletondog ©

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  43 comments for “Rod Has Rotator Cuff and Hip Replacement Surgery, aka, How to Repair a Skeleton

  1. Denise Voss
    September 8, 2023 at 5:36 am

    I look forward to seeing Rod, Rowena and family each year. Such a delight!!!!

  2. Pamela Meyers Arbour
    September 8, 2023 at 5:37 am

    I always enjoy your posts. You really outdid yourself this time with Rod and Rowena. Thanks so much for sharing. I know it is very time consuming.

  3. Niki Barr
    September 8, 2023 at 6:27 am

    I love your creativity and what a way to start the day~giggling all the way! Thank you! Great post!!

  4. Cathy
    September 8, 2023 at 6:27 am

    TOO FUNNY! What a great way to start a September morning! So happy Rod is on the mend and that Rowena found a fetching apron. Take care!

  5. September 8, 2023 at 6:34 am

    I love this so much! You are such a great writer and it’s so fun to see what your skeleton crew is up to every year. So happy to hear the surgeries were a success! Haha

    • Clara
      September 8, 2023 at 8:51 am

      Rod and Rowena crack me up! Without skin, muscle and ligaments, their surgery was so much easier and they didn’t need insurance! 😂 So glad the skellies are back on the scene. Happy Friday! Clara ❤️

  6. Linda
    September 8, 2023 at 6:45 am

    What a Delightful post!!!! So enjoyed!! Very clever!

  7. Pat
    September 8, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Too funny and it has only just begun-lol! Love it.💀🎃

    • Velia
      September 8, 2023 at 8:05 am

      I love this post. Your creativity in writing and decorating is fantastic. I always look forward to seeing and hearing about Rod and Rowena; glad to know they are doing well. Your recent post has inspired me to begin my autumn decorating. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and humor.

  8. Lauren S
    September 8, 2023 at 7:04 am

    I always enjoy your Rod and Rowena posts. Great fun!

  9. Pam
    September 8, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Mary, what a bone-tickling post to start a Friday. I love your humor and fun look at one of your favorite celebrations, Halloween. I am so happy that Rod was able to have his surgery early enough to be able to enjoy Halloween! Happy Friday!

  10. September 8, 2023 at 7:42 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary!! You had me laughing out loud! Love Rod in his UTV!! And Rowena’s hat it just adorable!! So cute!! Every photo has so many details. I can’t imagine how long it took you to do all of this!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!!!🧡🖤

  11. Christie
    September 8, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Good morning, I have to say their really needing to put on some weight while their at it, lol.

  12. Peggy Ott
    September 8, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Mary, Mary….you just make my day every time you send an email. This read was filled with smiles and giggles when I read it. My Halloween Friends and Family who get BIG into Halloween will be getting this email sent to them. Chris, my daughter just loves the new adopted dogs!!! Keep those Fun, Beautiful Holiday pics coming our way!!!!

  13. Jan
    September 8, 2023 at 8:14 am

    HaHaHa…Loved your story of the Skeleton family.

  14. Cindi
    September 8, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Oh Mary…I look so forward to Rod and Rowena’s appearances. Their humor and style always amazes me. But…..Rod’s surgery has me wondering what my doc used in my knee replacement!🤣. Peace.

  15. Karen
    September 8, 2023 at 9:05 am

    I love everything about this!

  16. Rita C.
    September 8, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Hilarious. You did a fine job Dr, HIWTBI. You do realize we rely on the antics of Rob and Rowena each year, so it’s great that he was able to have a successful two surgeries. Love your enthusiasm for your practice!

  17. September 8, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Tee Hee Mary! So much fun! Lucky for Rod he found quite a clever and skilled surgeon! Rowena is loyal and sticks by him on all his adventures! 🎃👻🧙‍♀️

  18. Babs
    September 8, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Oh my Word, Mary, you made my day, in fact my entire week. Recently a very good friend passed, and I thought we would never laugh again, but you did the trick or should I say Treat

  19. September 8, 2023 at 10:05 am

    A great way to start my morning Mary with another story about Rod and Rowena. So glad you found an artful surgeon to fix Rod’s broken bones. You have a great imagination and I love ❤️ you are a child at heart. Rowena looks so stylish with her new Joanna Parker apron and cute hat. The adopted dogs looks so sweet. Happy Friday.

  20. September 8, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Very fun post.

    • Myrna
      September 9, 2023 at 2:11 am

      Osteoporosis is such a problem. Rod needs to come out of the closet more often. I think you are now qualified to be an HMO doctor. I didn’t see her last year, but a young woman in town rides around with an open Jeep full of dressed skeletons. Perhaps they are related to Rod and Rowena. Looking forward to more of their adventures before Halloween.
      Thanks for the treat Mary.

  21. Kari
    September 8, 2023 at 11:11 am

    So cute Mary and I know the work involved to “help” Rod and Rowena celebrate each activity. They are adorable and you have more patience than I have. When one of my skeletons had “issues”…he sorta got dumped in a box and told to finish out his days all boxed up. However I admit he was fun to dress and the kids loved it while he lasted. I love the apron and the dogs. I get a catalog each year that manages to have more and more skeletal people and animals and I am always tempted to purchase and then I remember the work involved in making them come to life. Perhaps my energy is not what it used to be before my illness….or I am just plain lazy. Thank you for letting me live vicariously through Rod and Rowena. Happy Friday

  22. Daisy Hovey
    September 8, 2023 at 11:54 am

    What a nice way to start my day and happy the surgery went well for Rod !! I love reading your posts and I love Lake Norman too !

  23. Patti M.
    September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    You are my FAVORITE blogger!!! Thanks for making me laugh out loud and thanks for all of your inspiration!

  24. Mary Anne
    September 8, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    thanks for making life SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE…MY LOVE OF HALLOWEEN SISTER!!!!!! Are those leaves already turning or are they from last year/??????? have fun with your “skeleton crew”…..I love the joy you bring to my life!!!!!!

  25. Kim
    September 8, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome post, thanks for sharing.

  26. Aris
    September 8, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the morning entertainment! You keep us laughing! Wishing Rod a speedy and full recovery.

  27. September 8, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Rod and Rowena bring some cheer every year!

  28. September 8, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Haha! You crack me up, Mary! Thanks for the Halloween humor, and I’m glad Rod’s recovering nicely from his operations! Happy Fall!

  29. Ann Woleben
    September 8, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    This is a “bone a fide” funny post! I love the stories of Rod and Rowena.

  30. Darlene Gardner
    September 8, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    Mary, this is leaving me with a grin on my face. You are both clever and creative. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.

  31. Kitty Penrod
    September 9, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Look at you, Mary! You’re now a surgeon for skeletons, and what an excellent repair you did!! I smiled all the way through your post in seeing Rod and Rowena and their two pups. Thanks for the skellie joy!

  32. Michele M.
    September 9, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    I am smiling so much my face hurts. Oh Mary, I love your sense of humor! TOO CUTE! And I ADORE that skelly pillow with the dangly legs and the I ♥ Halloween tee. ADORBZ!!!

  33. September 9, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    I was wondering when Rod, Rowena and family were going to visit us! I am so happy Rod got through surgery and rehabed quite well and ready for Halloween!
    Such a fabulous post!
    Thank you, Mary!

  34. Ginny Wellmaker
    September 10, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Mary, I love your creativity!! I am a huge fan of your decorating style! Halloween is my Birthday so I always look forward to the porch decorating and tablescaping for the month of October!
    You are a woman of many talents and I always look forward to your posts! Happy Fall Ya’ll !

  35. Susie
    September 10, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Wonderful post!! thank you for a much needed smile.

  36. Laurie
    September 11, 2023 at 8:44 am

    I too am a Halloween Aficionado :) so this post truly tickled my fancy AND my funny bone….. many times over. Love it!

  37. Kim
    September 11, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Mary, this is hilarious!! I love Rod and Rowena’s antics and I am so glad to hear that he is doing well after his surgeries. They certainly are an active couple lol and delighted to see them out of the closet for more rib-tickling fun. Love the addition of Bon-ita too. I hope that you never stop this fun series. Happy Monday to you and the crew!

  38. Fran
    September 13, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    I absolutely loved your blog! I accidently stumbled onto this and am so glad I did. I admire your awesome creativity. I too love Halloween and will be purchasing some items on Amazon for my “family” of skeletons! Thank you for sharing!

  39. Janice Casey
    September 15, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    This post is hysterical !! I’ve only recently been looking at your posts, and am thoroughly enjoying them. Your varied content and themes are so inspirational, and your writing is wonderful. Thank you for sharing all your marvelous and creative ideas!

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