Friday, October 31, 2014


Very cold, no snow.
In the middle at bridge. The
Hooch is tomorrow.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Thirteen

  • The last balance physical therapy session was this morning. The therapist says I’m doing much better. We’ll see how it goes.
  • The weather has definitely changed.
  • They’re actually talking about snow tonight - lots in the mountains.
  • Today was the last day of early voting in TN.
  • It would be wonderful go have my votes turn out to be winners.
  • It would be wonderful to have ANY of my votes be winners.
  • The Head of the Hooch is this weekend - Saturday and Sunday
  • It’s supposed to be near freezing on Saturday night.
  • We’re talking with Home at First to schedule two weeks is two different locations in Ireland in April/May
  • They’ve already sent us a possible schedule.
  • I had lunch today with Vicki and Tina. How special is that!
  • Congratulations to the Giants for winning the World Series.
  • Don’t forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A full Tuesday

The tech really worked me hard at PT this morning. She's managed to find one exercise that made me queasy in the stomach and dizzy - standing on a balance board that wobbled side-to-side, with my eyes closed. I had my hands touching (but not grabbing) a grab-bar, so I knew I wasn't going to fall, but it did make my stomach do flips. Well, better balance is the goal here, so they're pushing me. I have one more session on Thursday.

John's went on a walk this evening with some folks from the History Center - through one of the lovely old historic residential districts. It's right next to the university, so an area we know fairly well. But it'll be fun for him to see it at walking speed and hear the history about various homes, etc. The walk was great. Unexpectedly, some new homeowners were working on the restoration of their house, and invited the tour to come into the house to see it. Tina was there, too, and I met them for dinner afterwards.

Bob has been able to move back into his house. The suit his now-ex-wife filed has been settled. Once the sale of the house goes through, they'll have no more contact, even through lawyers. He has an apartment rented in upstate NY where he lived most of his life, and he’ll be heading there in a couple of weeks. We're just glad this is over. I'm glad we were here to help him out, but it's nice to have our house back to just ourselves again.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bridge Day

I love playing bridge - even when my cards aren’t very good. Today was an exception.

I guess it was just one of those days. Except for the first round I played with John, when we had some pretty good cards, my cards were some of the worst I can remember.

Then there was the other aspect of the game - the players. Maybe 2/3 of the 20 people who played today are pretty good players. And almost all of them are really nice people. However, in four rounds, I wound up playing with and against the worst players in the bunch. I’m certainly not the best in the group, but today was just no fun.

Oh, well - we’ll be back again next week.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beautiful Fall Sunday

The weather was so pretty today, John took Bob out for a drive along the Tellico and the Cherohala Skyway. Of course, lots of other folks decided to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather and the trees. There was one waterfall where they couldn't even stop to look and take pictures because they couldn't find a parking place.

John goes in for an echo cardiogram tomorrow. He has A-fib, and has been noticing it more lately. He decided to go to the cardiologist to get it seen to. He wore a Holter monitor last week, and after this test tomorrow, will be going back to the cardiologist to see what's next.

Not too much coming up this week. It’s supposed to be up to 80(!) tomorrow, and then very chilly by the end of the week.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Duplicate bridge

Played poorly last time.
Didn’t think today would be
better. Tied for first.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


  • I had PT this morning.
  • The therapists are working strengthening my legs and core.
  • I feel like I've improved some.
  • I really need to get to doing some walking.
  • Haven't had time, so far.
  • I had a massage today.
  • It was wonderful!
  • John went to the urologist today for his quarterly injection.
  • His PSA was 0.4, which is great.
  • He's still having hot flashes, but is dealing with them.
  • He went to the cemetery with Allan’s daughters, to support them as they dedicated his stone, and to say his own goodbyes.