Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pretty normal

I did my swim class and coffee this morning, and we went to visit Renna in a rehab facility. She had back surgery several months ago, and developed an infection. It's really been awful for her. She's hoping to be able to go home by mid August.

I have an appointment next week with a spine surgeon, and called another to see if maybe I could get an earlier appointment with another surgeon. After lots of questions and history-taking from the PA at the second office, I was offered an appointment in late August. We'll be gone then, so I took an appointment on 2 September. I'll probably cancel it, but will keep it on the books, in case I think I need a second opinion.

The weather-guesser is saying that a “cold front” is coming through. He says it’ll still be hot, but will be cooler overnight, with considerably less humidity. That’d be a refreshing change.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten Things Tuesday

1. Only one grocery store today.

2. I forgot only a couple of things.

3. My massage was great, as usual.

4. I tried to make an appointment with another surgeon for an earlier appointment. They’re to call me back.

5. John went to a class for first-time-Android users and says he learned some things.

6. He went back to the dentist to get some adjustment to his implanted tooth.

7. Pop-up thundershowers in the area, but only a few drops of rain at our house.

8. Tina brought carry-out from Formosa for us and Missy.

9. Always great to spend time with the girls.

10. Petty Officer Randall Smith was laid to rest at our National Cemetery today, the last burial of the five servicemen killed here on 16 July. RIP

Monday, July 27, 2015

If it ain't roaches.....

If it ain’t roaches, it’s piss-ants!

It’s an old Wheeler family expression, but WAY too true!

Bobby has been doing fairly well. Margaret got to go to the beach. Then Bobby fell and broke his femur, requiring surgery and rehab.

John’s got the good news that his lung cancer is in remission. The same day he fell down in the driveway and sprained his ankle.

Jean has had some major changes in her life.

My left shoulder (the one with the reverse prosthesis) is doing fairly well. The right “shoulder” problem is another matter. When the doc walks back in the treatment room, looks at your cervical spine x-rays, and says, “Oooh! I figured it was bad, but not this bad.”, it is NOT good news. Two of the vertebrae are already fused and somewhat twisted, another is subluxed (slipped) over its neighbor, and the next words out of his mouth are “surgery”, and “Do you have a spine doctor?” Well, shit!

He told me not to see a chiropracter, but that it was okay to go to the massage therapist (thank heavens!). And the dear man did prescribe me a cortisone dose-pack for some immediate pain relief. So I came home, got on the phone, and now have an appointment with a spine surgeon next week.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Stealing

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly Meme

Stolen from: Gabs survey

1. Have you ever had a pen pal?
I think I did, but it was a zillion years ago.
2. What’s your favorite breed of dog?
Mutt, rescue dog, yours
3. Can money buy happiness?
It’s what they say - money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy you a way to be unhappy.
4. Do you listen to music when you’re down?
I like to listen to music anytime.
5.What is one thing you spend way too much money on?
Probably yarn, but not really that much.
6.Can you honestly say you’re okay right now?
Not too bad - could definitely be worse.
7.What was the last thing you spent money on?
Coffee at Panera
8.Is your current hair color mostly your natural hair color?
It’s all my own grey
9.Who have you texted in the last 24 hours?
Jean, Tina, Renna, Missy
10.Were you in a good mood last night?
Sure - I’m in a good mood most of the time.
11.Do you have a reason to smile right now?
It’s been a pretty good day
12. How often do you hold back what you want to say?
Probably not often enough
13. Do you think that in the end, everything will fall into place?
Things don’t always work out like they’re supposed to, but I guess they do most of the time.
14.Are you currently looking forward to anything?
Near term - massage next week; next month, Canadian Rockies
15.Do you have any TV shows on DVD?
Northern Exposure, Sports Night, probably some others.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday miscellany

It was another quiet day.

We were sitting on the porch this afternoon, when I noticed a bluebird fluttering around the bluebird house.  This is not the time for them to start a family, so I started watching.  Over the course of about 15 minutes, there were 3-4 bluebirds flying around the house.  They were looking in the hole, sitting on the top or on nearby perches.  Sometimes two of them were looking in the hole.  Who knows what was going on.  Tina suggested that perhaps that a "new couple" had gotten a "real estate agent" to show them around the neighborhood.  Love that as an explanation.

Matt had been at home, helping Margaret and Bobby.  He stopped here on his way back home, bringing a "care package" from Margaret.  There were grapes, bags of shelled field peas (frozen), okra, two kinds of squash, and dozens of tomatoes!  We took Matt to out to dinner, and enjoyed getting a chance to talk to him, finding out what he was up to, getting an update on next year's wedding plans, etc.

I finished off the day with a couple of tomatoes for dessert! 

Friday, July 24, 2015


Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist
Naval Logistic Specialist Randall Miller
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan
Marine Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells
Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Thought for Today

There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous. -Raymond Thornton Chandler, writer (23 Jul 1888-1959)
From:  A Word A Day