Knee Replacement Surgery and Pecan Resin Figurine Painting



Two years ago, I went through the required medical clearances, scheduled a tentative surgery date, and ended up backing out on a total right knee replacement.

Now, the pain levels hampers my ability to function on a day-to-day basis; and, I see the quality of  my life diminishing.

If I am really serious about living life to the fullest, I have to get this knee replacement. I refuse to chicken out a second time. As a daily reminder,  I posted a reminder on my bulletin board:


My Post-Surgery Distraction

In this season of life (74-years-young), I want to live, thrive and enjoy every moment including the post-surgical moments.  So, during the surgery recovery and rehabilitation period, I plan to:

  • finish painting a pecan resin African American Santa that has been on hold for more than two years: and

  • start and complete painting a pecan resin African-American Santa that I purchased more 20+ years ago.

Hopefully painting these two figurines will be a distraction from both the pain and stress of surgery.  It did just that, when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 20+ years ago.

In this season of life, I want to live, thrive and enjoy every moment including my post-surgical rehabilitation moments.


In 1993, shortly after  being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the eldest daughter gave me my first pecan resin figurine and a set of acrylic paints.  She felt a hobby would distract me from the pain.

I have no idea about the number of figurines painted and gifted to friends and family, but the few below are the only ones now in my possession.

Sorority Colors

African-American Church


7 thoughts on “Knee Replacement Surgery and Pecan Resin Figurine Painting

  1. As a fellow Rheumatoid Arthritis disease sufferer, my heart goes out to you and my prayers too that this surgery will be enormously successful and that your recovery will be smooth and your healing rapid and complete in our Lord’s great mercy. God bless and keep you, SeasonedSistah2!


  2. You are a woman of many talents ms Yvonne. Have to research pecan resin figures because I love yours! Especially the pink and green – I could make mine red and white. Wishing you speedy recovery from the surgery! I have not been able to figure out what to do first: back, knees or hips. Shoulders are surgery candidates but last on the list.
    Best to you!


  3. Your work is beautiful.
    I don’t know about knee replacement but I had a hip replacement 6 1/2 years ago. The pain was gone immediately! I had to concentrate on rehab and healing. I hope it’s the same with your knee! I hope you don’t put it off again! Good luck!


  4. Hurrah for you deciding to get your knee replacement and LIVE FULLY! Your pecan resin figurines are beautiful. I will enjoy seeing your African American Santas after you paint them. Prayers for your surgery and healing.


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