Things Are Looking Up

My doctor told me I shouldn’t work out until I’m in better shape.

After almost a week of the new drug, Sue appears to be returning to normal.  She is reading and conversing, just like her beautiful self!  Pleased is an understatement. I showed her a picture that cracked her up!

Oh, so true!

When I opened our verticle blinds, one of the verticals fell off.  Thanks to Amazon, I had a package of vertical blind repair tabs in the “junk drawer,” so the repaired took just a few minutes!

Starting last week, I am using Grammarly as an add-on to the blog.  It examines the writing and makes suggestions.  Never did I realize I was writing without commas!  The program runs in the background, and in many applications, it examines the text and offers corrections and suggestions!  The app is pretty smart, which it has to be to make my writing appear acceptable!

Joe, our son, texted us and said he got the new short.  His exact message was, “Yes, I got it yesterday. Thank you, and it was awesome seeing how far back Amy’s eyes could roll“.  I laughed myself silly!  Our daughter-in-law is so amazing, and her eyes tell all!  Sometimes, when I pop off with something, I get “the Amy look.”

We decided it was Indian Day, so we headed to the Himalayan Grille, and it was terrific.  The chili chicken tikka was fantastic.  It came out so hot that it nearly gassed the paying customers, several of which came over to see what it was.

Did I say, “spicy?”

We avoided Coldstone as both of us are attempting to drop a couple of pounds.  Instead, we did dessert at home and then crashed.  The lunch did me in as I slept for three hours, waking up about 6:30 PM.

We watched TV until about 11:00 PM and then crashed.

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The Weekend Begins Bright And Early

I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus, a slice of lemon. And a shot of tequila.

Ain’t it the truth!!!

We sure missed Toppers last night, but sometimes you do not get what you want. The Topper’s web page for the evening’s event was taken down, and an “Oops, We Were Not There” message was substituted.

We are planning a “Life Day” celebration (Sue was diagnosed with cancer October 23rd, 1997 and given a few months to live) on the 23rd, but I am worried about getting Sue there and back.   Disneyland has really goofed up the parking for Downtown Disney.  Robin agreed to look into the issue, which translates into she will find a way!

Having Robin near us a blessing (wished Colleen was nearby also!)

Sue woke up about 8:00 AM and had her champagne and then back in the sack she went. The market was calling, so I went to Ralph’s and shopped.  After the last year or so, I know that store well and see many people over and over.  Today, I ran into Bunnaford (golf friend and neighbor).

After arriving home, breakfast was the object of my attention, and preparation was quite successful.  The protein meal (eggs, bacon, sausage, ham) was cooking while I made a Chinese-Mexican brunch plate for my bride.  The kitchen is my new hangout however I must hide that fact from my tummy.

She was again tired after lunch, so I put her in bed, and I headed to the garage to do some work out there, and I also watched a Sci-Cfi movie on the iMac.

We took a long nap (well, Sue napped for five hours, and I got two hours) before we got up to watch TV for the evening.

We started a new series tonight called “Once Upon A Time.”   It apparently lasted for 155 episodes according to Wikipedia, so it must be OK.  The first two episodes were interesting and we are getting to know the characters.

“Once Upon a Time” tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy-tale legends and modern life collide. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is comfortable in her life as a bail bonds collector when Henry — the child she gave up a decade earlier — suddenly shows up. He is convinced that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who sent her away before the Evil Queen could cast a spell, freezing the fairytale world in time and bringing them to present-day Storybrooke, Maine. After taking Henry home, Emma decides to stay in the town to keep an eye on him, and she discovers he may not be wrong after all.

The evening was quiet.  We did not go to Garden Grove thinking it best to stay and rest.  So, we will leave this thought…

Be the truth!

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It Works! Dang!

The lesson of Halloween is that pretending to be something you’re not will lead to a sweet reward.

We woke up, that’s the start of a good day!

Looking at the Daily Diary, we are coming upon 4,000 daily entries dating back to June 2007.  One a month, I would manually backup everything, which was a pain in the butt, so I got UpdraftPlus and set it up to back up the entire blog every two weeks.  It goes to a remote cloud location, costs about $100/year, and I can move the blog or back the whole thing up with a few mouse clicks!  We just got the first email confirmation of the first successful backup!

Mistake #1, I listened to the news on the radio and heard the latest from the Democrat’s incredible leadership!

Oh no! Say it isn’t so!!

Today we rest.  Juan is coming by at 1:00 to give the Silver Ghost his bi-monthly bath!  We are going to try and rest up for this evening so we can go to the Topper’s Dance Party, and hopefully, Brian and Jan will go with us.

We did lunch from the styrofoam box of Mexican delights, and then I popped over to the market to get the necessities of life, tookie dough!

Our car wash guys are here, so both the Silver Ghost and Gray Lady are getting their bi-weekly baths.  They will be ready to go this afternoon!

We installed three more security cameras, so now the entire house is covered.  Every door and window, plus all entrances inside the house, are now monitors/recorded by Nest cameras.  Nest security cameras are the best!

It’s “spider season,” so we are careful when we walk to the front door!

We rested in the afternoon, hoping to go to Toppers this evening, but alas, Sue was not up to it.  The  Brits came to our house but rode with Vicky and Del to the venue.  We stayed home and watched TV.  It was not a good day.  I was looking forward to getting out of the house for a while!

We are in it for the long run!

We watched our CBS series this evening and headed to the barn about 11:00 PM.  I am sitting here at 11:45, just waiting for the evening’s earthquake to occur.

Good night all!


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What Next?

What’s the difference between baseball and politics? In baseball, you’re out if you’re caught stealing.

The day started pretty well as Sue was up on her own and ready to rock and roll by 8:30 AM.   We had coffee and talked for a while before heading to the shower.  We are having lunch with Miss Robin today.

Into the closet, I went exploring for this years Halloween shirts.  The count is up to twenty, which is excellent for the rest of the month!  Dapper, I will be at all future events!

I am getting excited about Halloween.  Why do they call me “bubble-butt?”

We went to the Yucatan Grill for lunch, which is always excellent.

Of course, we stopped by Coldstone Creamery on the way home so Miss Sue could get her hit!   A witch greeted me upon entering the store, but I knew that only good witches would be in an ice cream store!

She seemed nice enough!

Then came the hard part!  I had to make a selection!  For Sue, tried and true, dark chocolate and cheese-cake!  ME, natural, chocolate, and chocolate!

Yummy is an understatement

She crashed once we got home as the meds took effect quickly. The garden was calling, so I hit the back yard and the front yard with a vengeance.  I filled the 100-gallon trash can with pomegranate clippings and finished putting in pearlite into the roll-around pots.

Greg dropped by with David for a short visit, and we discussed “the future.”  It’s a long story!

No easy explanation!

We had dinner and watched TV (with tookies) and crashed!  Every day it gets a little better!

OOPS! Sitting here, the entire house “jerked,” and I instantly knew it was an earthquake.  A glance at my watch revealed it was 12:19 AM, and I am in a dark house near Halloween, not lovely.  I brought up the earthquake notification site on the internet and sure enough a 3.7 in Compton.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll


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It Be Wednesday So Half The Week Is Gone

If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea… does that mean that one enjoys it?

I crowed at the Sun bright and early at 6:00 AM and waited until 8:00 AM to wake her up as she slept through the night, almost 8 hours!  She remained tired, so I told her to sleep, and I would wake her up for lunch.

And a good morning it is!

She is out like a light, so I am guessing the increased dosage of the meds are causing the problem.  If she is not up by noon, I plan to call the doc and ask about adjusting the meds.  The cleaning staff came and went, and it did not bother her at all (of course, I told them NOT to make our bed!)

I made brunch using my age-old receipt of putting leftovers on a plate and hitting the microwave on high for two minutes.

Mine works every time

We watched a movie about chefs falling in love and then she returned to bed at 2:00 PM.  I will wake her up at about 6:00 PM so she can eat before we watch TV.

Our grandson, Theo, turned thirteen last week, and we sent him a book.  He is an avid reader.  We were happy to hear from his mother, Michele, that he is enjoying the book!

Theo is a super reader! Great way to start life!!

I fixed dinner at 6:30 PM and then we watched TV.  She is doing better, much more alert than yesterday.  Tomorrow we will go out to lunch with Robin.


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Getting Back To “Normal”

“My drug test came back negative. My dealer sure has some explaining to do.”

…and a lovely morning it was!

First of all, what is”normal”? The new med dosage knocked her for a loop! But it should regulate itself over a few days. We went to the local MD for a post-stay checkup and then to our Chinese restaurant for lunch, Panda Inn.

After lunch, we stopped at CVS and Staples and then went home.  More pills and more pills!

Sue slept most of the rest of the day, awaking at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM for a pit stop.  We watched TV until midnight.  At one of the breaks, I scanned Amazon and found a shirt for our son Joe (he is a geologist).

The picture and caption just cracked me up!

I was awaiting an Amazon order, and even though I understand technology, I was amazed at the delivery information.  The TV series I was watching stopped as I saw the truck some up the street.  I went outside, stood on the curb, and awaited my package!  Technology is pretty amazing!

Oh, tonight’s delivery was rechargeable “C” Cells.  Now we have a complete set of all the sizes and charges for them all!  No more buying batteries!

Minutes away I could watch the progress

Tookies were placed in the over at 10:30 PM, and they disappeared quickly!  Tomorrow is another day!

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Another Week Means Another Notch In My Life Belt!

With great reflexes comes great response-ability.

We had a good day as the doctors cleared Sue to return home. That took several hours but well worth it. While things were working their way through the maze at the hospital, I went to Home Depot and got some potting soil as I wanted to plant the potatoes today!

It’s too early for Christmas

I got the potting soil and went home and panted about 40 potatoes so that we will have potatoes, maybe for New Year’s day!

The potato plant blossom is beautiful

After returning to the hospital saw what they called a “vegetarian lunch.”  Take a gander!  Not a protein within twenty miles of this mush!  While the hospital is, in general, pretty good and some of the meals I saw for regular diets appeared OK, Sue’s “lunch” was horrible!

Squash and mashed potatoes were the main courses

We finally got out of the hospital at 4:45 PM and went directly home, arriving there at 5:00 PM on the dot.  Jonathan, our oldest grandson, call along with several other making sure all was A-OK.

We watched TV until about midnight.  I was tired, but Sue had slept most of the day and wasn’t the least bit sleepy!

Fall has arrived… It is supposed to be in the mid-fifties tonight!


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The Lady Almost Comes Home!

Oxygen is proven to be a toxic gas. Anyone who inhales oxygen will generally die within 80 years.

It is horrible not having my bride around. I go to bed; I wake up; I go to bed; I wake up! Between those two events, I puttered around the house and did some local errands.

I will not make that mistake again!

This morning I did another closet and threw out a bunch of stuff.  What looked to be perfectly good throw rugs were not so perfect as the rubber backing on them was “gone.”  By “gone,” I mean the rubber material was brittle.  Eight rugs went bye-bye!  I found $300 in Travelers Checks from Sue’s grand-mother, so I’d say they were sixty years old or more!  I wonder if they are still good?  I also discovered several sets of perfectly good sheets for beds we no longer have. A trip to the Salvation Army is in the future!

Our youngest daughter is vacationing in Hawaii. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between New Hampshire and Hawaii is 8,049 km= 5,001 miles. If you travel with an airplane (which has an average speed of 560 miles) from New Hampshire to Hawaii, It takes 8.93 hours to arrive.

Did I mention our youngest is beautiful?

Beautiful in more ways than one!

They also have some hideous fish in Hawaii.  Colleen caught on on film, attempting to swim near a waterfall.  It might be a Markasaurus dating back to the Bronze Age, but we are not sure!

Be careful where you swim as strange creatures inhabit the waters

They return to the drag of daily life on Thursday.  We do not know how she found out about Sue, but when she did, she immediately called up.  We tried not to let her know until her vacation was over.

The Silver Ghost and I visited Sue off and on all day. We also did some errands like getting a supply of non-alcoholic wine from Total Wine and More.  I bought some of the unusual purple gin for myself and Neal Woolston.

In consultation with the doctors, we decided Sue should stay in the hospital for observation another day.  It was not an easy decision but we must get to the bottom of the mental state.

Today was our Old Ranch Dinner Dance, so I departed the hospital at 4:30 PM to make sure all was going well at Old Ranch.  The new band, Punch and Judy, were there and set up.  All was going well.  I asked our dear neighbor, Vicky, to be in charge, making sure the band was not too loud.  She knows the staff at Old Ranch, so the group was in excellent hands!

Did You Know? The Punch and Judy show has roots in the 16th-century Italian commedia dell’arte. The figure of Punch is derived from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella, which was anglicized to Punchinello.  He is a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and Trickster figures of deep-rooted myths. Punch’s wife was originally called “Joan.”

The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England on 9 May 1662, which is traditionally reckoned as Punch’s UK birthday.  Punch and Judy began to emerge during the Restoration Period (beginning in 1660),  a period during which art and theatre thrived. King Charles II took the throne in 1660 and replaced Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, and theatre culture began to change. Cromwell strictly adhered to the Puritan belief that theatre was immoral and should be banned. King Charles II’s ascension to the throne ended the Interregnum (means “between kings”, a time with no monarchs on the throne) and ushered in a more tolerant period of art and culture.

At 5:30 PM I headed back to the hospital after a quick visit to California Pizza Kitchen where I got dinner for Sue.  She enjoyed the meal and I stay until about 8:00 PM leaving just before the front door is locked.

Back to the hospital

To see how things were going, I dropped by the country club (just three miles from the hospital) and all was well.  The new band was having a lot of fun meeting people they have played for and seen at a distance!

At 8:45 PM we decided to quit dancing and just talk.  Several of us sat around and talked until 9:30 PM.  Great fun!

Returning home I read for a while before crashing.  Without Sue, I tossed and turned all night and got up at 5:30 AM.  Dang, I miss her!

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Saturday Is Upon Us!

Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have!

We are blessed to have such a super daughter-in-law.  Amy is fantastic, and so when we spotted this coffee cup, we had to send it to her!  He He He!

Oh, so true!!

I was up early doing chores around the house and getting ready to visit the hospital to see how Sue is doing!  The phone rang, and it was the hospital.  They needed one of her pills the pharmacy did not have.  The nurse said she knew her name and where she was.  Now, I am worried because the first thing out of her mouth will be, “I want to go home!”

Ready for something goofy?  Well, my aunt had three pieces of “artwork” on her wall since I can remember… probably the mid-1950s.  When Cousin Kat passed, I could not let them go, so I kept them.  They reside in the guest bathroom.  On a lark, I looked up the artist (from the name on the work).  Low and behold, guess what I found?

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In 1947, Allen Noonan was a pictorial sign painter in Long Beach, California, who that year claimed to have an encounter with Galactic Space Beings. While painting a signboard, he said he was beamed up into a Mothership. He then changed his name to Allen Michael. He claimed to have physically encountered a flying saucer in 1954 at Giant Rock in the Mojave Desert of California.

During the Summer of Love, he began the One World Family Commune with a vegan restaurant on the northeast corner of Haight and Scott streets in San Francisco, California, called the Here and Now. Seven similar restaurants followed. His communal group lived in two large houses during the early 1970s in Berkeley, California.

In 1969, the commune established a vegan restaurant in a much larger space on Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street in Berkeley, and the name of the restaurant was changed to the One World Family Natural Food Center. They published a vegetarian cookbook called Cosmic Cookery. There was a large mural on the side of the restaurant painted by Allen Michael that had written above it the phrase Farmers, Workers, Soldiers Unite — The People’s Spiritual Reformation 1776–1976! The farmer was holding a pitchfork, the worker was holding a hammer, and the soldier was holding a gun, and they had their arms around each other’s shoulders. Above the three were three flying saucers coming in for a landing.

In 1973, Allen Michael founded “The Universal Industrial Church of the New World Comforter” and published the first volume of his channeled revelations, The Everlasting Gospel. In 1975, the church headquarters and the vegetarian restaurant relocated to Stockton, California.

Allen Noonan ran for president of the United States in the 1980 and 1984 elections on the Utopian Synthesis Party ticket.

Allen passed in 2010

The Silver Ghost and I visited Sue several times during the day. She also had company from Irene and the Duda’s. She was being very patient today and wants to come home as soon as she can.

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The End Of The Week! Can’t Be Sick For The Weekend!

Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

Have a wonderful day!!!

OK, we are making progress. We have only six pieces of the puzzle remaining, but nothing fits anywhere! Duh, it is time for the Exacto knife!

I went outside and finished cleaning up the blueberry posts, and after coming in, I was surprised Sue was not awake.  At 9:45 AM, I went in to wake him up but to no avail.  She was comatose, did not know who I was, didn’t speak.  I called 911 immediately.

Did You Know? Sodium is an essential electrolyte that helps maintain the balance of water in and around your cells. It’s mandatory for proper muscle and nerve function. It also helps maintain stable blood pressure levels.

Insufficient sodium in your blood is also known as hyponatremia. It occurs when water and sodium are out of balance. In other words, there’s either too much water or not enough sodium in your blood.

Your sodium level should be between 135 and 145 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L). Hyponatremia occurs when your sodium level goes below 135 mEq/L.  Sue’s was 120!

Off to the Emergency Room we go with the Silver Ghost flying down the street at near light-speed.  The 911 unit in front and me trailing behind by a few minutes.  She got admitted to the hospital with a severe shortage of sodium. They are replacing it slowly, but as of 8:00 PM, she does not have verbal responses and does no know who I am.

The texts have been flying back and forth!  Thank goodness for friends and family!  Daughters, Robin, Lisa, Michele, have been on the phone continually.  I decided NOT to tell Colleen as she is on vacation in Hawaii, and I don’t want to mess up her needed vacation.  Joe, our son, has been terrific.  “The Gang” is ready, willing, and able to do anything we may need.  Irene has already been by the hospital, and Robin came this afternoon to make sure that I ate and had a drink!

Colleen and Mark are in Hawaii, and they sent us several pictures.  Time to drool.

It seems like the temperature is perfect!!

Of course, we got pictures!  We are happy she is not aware of what is happening!

I was ready to jump in the water immediately!

It’s now 9:00 PM, and the visit was OK.  She is “alert” but does not know anyone yet.  She is getting loads of liquids via IV.

I sat down at the infamous puzzle and voila, the last six popped right into place!  The one-month “head-scratcher” is now complete!  The large green tree was tough to put together!

The puzzle is complete. It has to stay up until Sue gets home!!

I was listening to the news on the way home, and the Democrats were talking about identifying America as the “most racist nation in the world.”  I wanted to punch the radio and the democrats who were yapping their poison!

At lunchtime, I was at the local cafe, grabbing a burger.  I looked around, and there were two blacks, five white, three Japanese, two Philipinos, two Jews (they were wearing their caps), three Indians, four Mexicans, and a few folks from the Middle East all having lunch TOGETHER!  The cafe is owned by a family from Iraq.

When a little old lady using a walker came to the front door, one of the black gentlemen jumped up and opened the door for her.  Ten minutes later, I heard him say, “I will go and get some napkins,” as the napkin container on the table was empty.  One of the Mexican’s at the next table offered his container full of napkins to the black gentleman.   The two Jewish people were talking to the Indians about the horrible fires that were on the TV. I was talking to the Phillipino nurse about the warm weather.  It was amazing!  Where else in the world do people mix this freely?  We have no racial problem; we have people wanting to make race an issue problem!

It’s true! No kidding!

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