Friday, May 26, 2017

Finally!

Saw my eye doctor.
No new problems and the old
Ones seem to be stable.

Finally!!!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Well, S**t!

Remember last Saturday, when my knee gave this loud pop when I got off the bus for the train ride last Saturday.  I've been wearing a brace and using my cane since then, taking lots of acetaminophen.  I finally saw the orthopedist this morning and had new x-rays.

Well, the knee replacement is fine - but my kneecap is cracked.  And, he says the "good" knee is really unstable now.  He wants me to continue wearing the knee brace, and use the walker (instead of the cane) until he sees me in 3 weeks.  He might inject the knee then.

Oh joy, complete!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wildlife report

My bluebirds have returned, and I've started putting mealy worms out again.  The birds are voracious, and empty the small feeder twice a day.  Many of the families of various birds have fledged, and the babies are out and fumbling around.  The bluebirds have three babies - almost as big as the parents.  They come and sit around the feeder, waiting for a parent to pick up a morsel and put it in those gaping mouths - first one baby, then another.  A family of finches are hitting the other feeders.  One parent will be out with three babies following them from one perch to another, screeching to be fed.  It's quite a show.

And then there are the squirrels.  They obviously have babies, too.  I have seen three (or maybe four) at one time.  One will get up on the deck railing, and check to see if I'm watching.  If I holler at him, he'll jump to the tree, go to the ground, and then come up the outside edge of the deck and peek over to see if I'm watching.  I'll start to get up, and he'll run off again.  Then he gets on the steps and peeks up over the floor of the deck.  When I get up, he'll run off again, but not very far.  If I get the hose, and spray, they'll take off running up the sidewalk, out of sight.  Until the next time.  Once this evening, I actually got one or two of them with the hose - and they didn't come back.  Until tomorrow.  At least they're making me get some exercise.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some things work, some things not so much

I had several things I wanted to do before lunch today. Not 100% accomplished.  First I had planned to take the last of John's ashes to Ignis Glass - a local glass blowing craftsman - to get them incorporated into some glass balls.  I knew where the shop is located downtown, so I had no problem finding the place.  But there was no parking anywhere nearby.  I drove around the block a couple of times, but nothing opened up.  I guess I'll try another time.  That one didn't work.

My mission was accomplished at the post office.  Next to Walmart. It was sprinkling rain by then, but when I pulled up into a handicapped space, there was a riding cart parked right next to the space.  How lucky is that?  Not too much - I picked up all but one of my items in the personal items section, then the cart's battery died.  So off I go back to the entrance, hoping there is another cart there.  Success!  The rest of the WM trip was without incident, and I even found most of what was on my list.  Back to the car, loading the stuff in, and headed home.

By the time I got home, my knee was really hurting.  I took just the refrigerator items in, planning to pick up the rest later.  By the time I got to my door, the knee brace had slithered down round my ankle (so attractive).  Oh, well....

Lunch; pick up most of the other stuff from the car.  In the meantime, I've found out that my friend, Joyce, has had a brain bleed and is in the MICU for continued treatment and observation. And, since my knee still hurts, and is clicking each time I take a step, I called the doc and have an appointment to see him on Thursday.  And you now know more about my life than you even wanted to know.
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But this all is pretty trivial when they're killing children in Manchester with shrapnel bombs.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday musings

My knee is still pretty sore, but better.  I've been wearing my knee brace, and that has definitely helped.  I talked to the physical therapist here, and she said I might have popped some scar tissue loose and that would hurt for a few days.  She recommended ice, so I'm doing that, too.
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My friend, Joyce, had a car accident this morning.  She has a possible head injury and has been transported to the big hospital downtown.  She's had some TIAs in the past, and I wonder if something like that had played a part.  We're all very worried about her.
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Wildlife report:  Some bluebirds are back today, after having not been seen for a week.  They're flying like maybe they're new fledglings.  The squirrels are making me crazy.  There are two of them now - and I think they are this year's babies.  They challenge me - get up on the railing, and look to see if I'm watching.  I can shout at them, and they jump to the nearest tree, but then keep watch.  If I get up and get the hose, they run far away, but then are back in a few minutes. Eventually they'll head off, only to return several hours later.
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I knocked my favorite coffee cup in the sink and broke a chunk out of the lip.  I have another one of Jean's to use, but  I know she won't make me another one like it.  8`^(
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Duplicate tonight - in the low middle, as usual.  I did play one hand - bid 3, made 7.  It was only a middle board, but I had such fun playing it.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Q & A Questions

1. where is your significant other? Sadly, no longer with me.
2. your favorite thing?
Time with family and friends.
3. your dream last night?
I frequently dream, but almost never remember them.
4. your goal?
To continue with reasonable health for a few more years.
5. your hobby?
Knitting, computer puzzles.
6. where do you want to be in 6 years?
Alive and mentally alert.
7. where were you last night?
Right here at home.
8. what you're not?
Physically active.
9. one of your wish list items?
See #6.
10. your pet?
None, and don't want one.
11. missing someone?
John, of course.

12. your car? 2006 Nissan Altima
13. something you're not wearing?
Winter clothes.
14. love someone?
My family.

15. when is the last time you laughed? Yesterday.
16. last time you cried?
Last Monday when I watched the previous week's NCIS (amazing they can still make me cry, after all this time).
17. favorite pasttime?
Knitting, computer puzzles.
18. are you a hater or a lover?
Lover.  Hating wastes too much time and energy.
19. any vices? 
Sloth, eating.

20. favorite questions blog other than Sunday Stealing? None.



















My friend, Jamie, posted this on FB under the picture of us Saturday when we put some of John's ashes under the tulip poplar tree at the Sculpture Fields, near the "red pointy sculpture".  It was such a great memorial to John, I wanted to share it here.

“Yeah, the red, pointy sculpture close to the REALLY tall Tulip Poplar. The one with rough bark but strong branches that reach out and shelter everybody; and houses birds that will poop on you if you say something stupid while standing under it."







Canoe Branch



In about 1972, John and I bought a piece of land at Canoe Branch Landing in Castalian Springs, TN.  It was on a creek that ran into the Cumberland River at an area called Seven Mile Bluff.  We designed and built a small cabin (about 12 x 20').  When I say built, I mean that literally.  We had professionals pour the footings for the concrete block piers and we had the septic tank professionally installed.  Other than that, we did it all.  I don't remember how long it took - probably a year or more.  We used raw oak boards.  Did you know fresh-cut oak lumber smells like sour milk?  Or that when it dries, it gets so hard that you have to drill holes in it to get nails in it?  We didn't know these things, but we certainly learned.



The first floor was one big room, with a kitchen and bathroom at one end.  We found hanging globe light fixtures that had come out of an old school in Sumner County.  The upstairs was reached by pull-down attic stairs.  We had two rooms upstairs - just for sleeping.  The ceiling was sloped - 8' on the creek side, 4' on the road side - so no beds, just mattresses.



John was a supervisor at duPont at the time and was not happy with his job.  He got a lot of therapy from all the hammering and manual labor.  He said every nail had somebody's name on it.  But the work got done, with our working only on weekends.



We just used the cabin on weekends, but even planted a large garden a couple of years.  The girls learned to drive John's old straight-shift 1959 Chevrolet around the circle at the end of the road. In 1979, the rehearsal dinner for Margaret and Bobby's wedding was there.



In about 1982 or so, Pink had moved to Hendersonville, the girls were gone, and we had started traveling some.  And our weekends at the cabin all but stopped.  It was a traumatic decision, but we decided to sell.  As I remember, a young Metro Nashville policeman bought it.  We never went back, and subsequently moved to Chattanooga in 1986.



I recent read an article about Indian Mounds in Castalian Springs, and it brought back memories about the cabin.  I skyped with Jean today and she told me that she had gone to find the cabin a few days ago.  She found it without difficulty and talked to another property owner -a man who is the son of the man we bought the property from. He told her that it's owned by a retired policeman, so it must be the same family.  She says it's obviously well loved and well taken care of. She'll take me up there the next time I go to Hendersonville.



And I've had a lovely evening wallowing in nostalgia.















Elene Meyer Davis was born in Yoakum, Texas on the 7th of October 1924, and died on the 7th of June 2016, of complications due to congestive heart failure and the 2016 Presidential campaign.



From <http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Elene+Meyer-Davis&lc=2220&pid=180277948&mid=6963730>











Elene Meyer Davis was born in Yoakum, Texas on the 7th of October 1924, and died on the 7th of June 2016, of complications due to congestive heart failure and the 2016 Presidential campaign.



From <http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Elene+Meyer-Davis&lc=2220&pid=180277948&mid=6963730>

























The Ironman comes in various "strengths" of contests (re length, etc.).  It's pretty much a triathlon - swimming, cycling, and running.  There are going to be four different Ironman contests here this year - the organizers love Chattanooga.  And it's quite a challenge - with our mountains for difficulty in the cycling and running - and a flowing river for the swimming.  It turns out I know one of the major competitors in one of the older divisions.  I just found out my friend Vicki's son, who is in his mid40s (I think), is not only competing, but has been picked to be on the US team in a Switzerland competition later this year.



The train ride was fine this morning.  Not very long - just a few miles, and not particularly scenic - mostly through a wooded area, but an old historic track with bridges and a tunnel.  We were home in time for a late lunch.  It was a good outing.  Except something popped in my new knee as I was getting off our bus, and it has been really sore since then.  I don't think anything is really wrong with it, but I'll probably stay in for the rest of the day and baby it.
















Saturday, May 20, 2017

Clarification and excursion


The Ironman comes in various "strengths" of contests (re length, etc.).  It's pretty much a triathlon - swimming, cycling, and running.  There are going to be four different Ironman contests here this year - the organizers love Chattanooga.  And it's quite a challenge - with our mountains for difficulty in the cycling and running - and a flowing river for the swimming.  It turns out I know one of the major competitors in one of the older divisions.  I just found out my friend Vicki's son, who is in his mid40s (I think), is not only competing, but has been picked to be on the US team in a Switzerland competition later this year. Go Allen! 

The train ride this morning was nice.  Not very long - just a few miles, and not particularly scenic - mostly through a wooded area, but on an old historic track with bridges and a tunnel.  And the outing itself was fun. We were home in time for a late lunch.  A good time was had by all.  Except something popped in my new knee as I was getting off our bus, and it has been really sore since then.  I don't think anything is really wrong with it, but I decided to stay home the rest of the day, take pain meds, and baby it.