Strange things

June 22, 2017

I went and had my chest x-ray today in an older hospital that
had just been remodeled. At one time I could find anything in
that hospital with my eyes closed. Now they added curved walls,
meandering halls, and confusing signage. I guess the updates
were needed but still saw nothing wrong with old straight

I read in the newspaper that people were surprised at the
small turn out in the 3rd Ward election to narrow the field
from 6 candidates to 2. Perhaps it had something to do with
the fact that the issue was more important to the politicians
than the voters.

And last night while I was cruising the information highway
something strange happened. There I was rowing through the
gears and speed shifting the tabs when an IM noticed popped
up. That wasn’t unusual but what made it a Twilight Zone moment
for me was the message came from my cousin who recently died.
All the message said was “Thank you”.

Then we all know common sense has died as surely as we know
Elvis has left the building. The way things look today Mr.
Sense has company. Common courtesy is no longer with us if we
disagree and debate has turned into hate filled rhetoric aimed
toward those of us who haven’t drank the Kool-Aid. The sad
thing is that those who argue the loudest and protest the most
are the problem and don’t have the ability to figure it out.

Political parties have become opposing sides in a war against
imagined rights and innocent slights. Our lawmakers are once
again the butt of jokes while they imagine they actually doing
something that would help the average citizen. I think a lot of
people need a nap.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is almost knocking on the
door. Now I need to get some mowing done or declare our yard
a tropical rain forrest.
Comments are always welcome.

Talk with Dad

June 20, 2017

Went over to see Dad this morning and he was pretty talkative
for a change. He was in good spirits and we joked around until
the physical therapist arrived, then we joked around some more.

We talked of many things, from the farmhouse that never did
have running water to the weather and even critters. His
therapy sessions at home are going to end and I could see the
mischief in his eyes when he heard the news.

If I’m old school he is antique school and the therapist
finally got it today. She recommended he use a walker when he’s
up and moving and he just replied he’d use his cane. She had
the common sense not to argue.

She did push for a bench to go in the bathtub so he could take
showers and Dad seemed to like that idea. She also pointed out
that he shouldn’t try it on his own. While he said he wouldn’t
the glimmer in his eye gave away the fact that he is going to
try it.

We don’t know where this idea will go but it’s his call. Like
he says, he’s 92 and running out of time but wants to do as
much for himself as he can. I can respect that.

Now I have a yard to mow and bushes to attack. All should be
dry by now after yesterdays rain and if I don’t get going it
won’t get done. Enjoy our Tuesday. Before we know it tomorrow
will be here and today a memory.
Comments are always welcome.

Enjoy our day

June 18, 2017

Happy Father’s Day!

Better late than never

June 4, 2017

Our day started out over at Dads on his 92nd birthday and just
ended with washing the grime off the car. Dad was like a kid in
a candy store in anticipation of cake and presents and was
stepping lively.

I don’t believe there is much the world can throw at him that
would keep him down. His walker, which he was told by the
doctor he needed to use at all times, is pushed off to the side
and he uses his cane.

So after a good visit we came back home, the wife went to bed,
and I got busy. Took a few picture in between checking the chores
off the honey-do list while wondering what I was doing outside
in the 90+ degree heat when the house has central air. Then I
remembered, I like being outside.

Next time I work outside I’m not wearing a black t-shirt.
Enjoy our Sunday as the work week is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.

Shock to the system

June 2, 2017

Last night as the sun set I watched the glow to the west and
then glanced at the moon. What a sight to see. Thinking all was
right in the world when I came back in until the computer
booted up.

Shortly after that I discovered my cousin had died. We
messaged back and forth as late as Tuesday, and she died
Tuesday. She was only 60 years old and it seemed a shame as a
nicer person would be hard to find.

She moved away while I was in the Navy and we hadn’t gotten
back together until earlier this year. Over lunch we talked of
many things, shared a laugh, and enjoyed the meal. I remember
we got to the restaurant first and I had no clue as to what she
looked like as we hadn’t seen each other in over 40 years.

The door didn’t even close behind her when she came in and all
the memories came flooding back. Some good, some bad, and a
few mundane. But it was great to see her again and catch up on
what we missed. She messaged me not long ago that her surgery
went well and she felt pain free. I was happy for her.

It was a shock when I heard she was gone and still is today.
Our condolences to her family. Rest easy Kris, I’m sure there
are flowers in Heaven.

Now I’m going to get busy and try to get the green stuff on
the ground a little shorter. Enjoy our Friday.
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Got er done

May 31, 2017

The birds were singing, the sky was blue, and the time perfect
to go over and trim Dads bushes this morning. The task was well
thought out with plans made and enough tools to do the trees
also. Then the plans changed.

The bushes did get trimmed and I’ve been told they look good
yet I couldn’t finish the job for lack of a rake. With the wifes
old car it was no problem getting a rake into the trunk. With
the new one I don’t believe it possible.

Knowing that Dad had a rake in his garage I began. The
trimming went great, but when I asked Dad for the keys to get
into the garage and grab a rake that all went downhill. He
said he didn’t know where the keys were but did know where the
remote was for the overhead door.

Thinking my luck had changed I strode back outside to the rear
of the garage, hit the button, and nothing happened. I tried
several different positions holding the remote at various angles
yet the door didn’t go up. I even tried saying “Open sesame to
no avail.

So while the greenery looks good the piles of clippings around
them do not. I called my brother and he said he’d take care of
it later as he was going to mow anyway. Some days we’re the
windshield and some days we’re the bug.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to the weekend. Now I need
more coffee and some Biofreeze on my sore back.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s here

May 17, 2017

The roses are popping out all over and a storm is coming a
little later today which can only mean summer is officially
here. Of course all that also means the weeds are growing
faster than the grass and flowers. We’ll soon be busy in the
yard again.

While visiting Dad today he had a drop in his blood pressure
that worried the medical staff. One minute he was there and
talking and the next the lights were on but nobody was home.
His pressure did come back up after they got him back in bed
and the staff didn’t seem overly concerned.

If fact, they mentioned he may be discharged Friday if he does
good in the therapy sessions. I couldn’t help but laugh when it
was mentioned that part of his therapy involves sitting at a
computer. I could just picture him looking for a pencil and

After we got home a colorful little wren posed for a portrait
and I’ll share that.

And to top it all off, I’ve been behaving myself. I have a
doctors appointment tomorrow and have started drinking more
water. The wife wasn’t buying the bull I was shipping when I
stated I had 3 bottles of water this morning.

Technically I opened 3 but only took a gulp out of each one.
I’ll finish the rest this week. After all, we have to walk
before we run. Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to the
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