We Got Tools For Christmas!

If you’ve seen one Santa, you’ve seen a mall.

Dang… It’s that pesky trip to the doctor again hoping for good news but alas, not so much.  We did the x-ray early this week and Sue had another 1 cm kidney stone in the other kidney.  This time we are blasting it with sound, lithotripsy.  All should we fine but we need to discover why this is happening!

Did You Know? Kidney stone disease, also known as urolithiasis, is when a solid piece of material (kidney stone) occurs in the urinary tract.  Kidney stones typically form in the kidney and leave the body in the urine stream.  A small stone may pass without causing symptoms.  If a stone grows to more than 5 millimeters (0.2 in) it can cause blockage of the ureter resulting in severe pain in the lower back or abdomen.  A stone may also result in blood in the urine, vomiting, or painful urination.  About half of people will have another stone within ten years.

So, we are already at 1 cm which is 100 millimeters so something has to be done now!  We are going back to the hospital next Thursday to get it taken care of…damn!

We decided to go home and eat left-overs.  Sue concocted up a great lunch for herself and I decided ham, bacon, and eggs was needed to tide me through the day!  I actually fired up the griddle on our stove which we have not used in a while. Worked pretty well.

We did some chores, I finished up the Huntington Library Adventure on the website and then we watched a Christmas moved called “Sign, Sealed, Delivered: Christmas”.

Great series… We love to watch the interaction!

With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the beloved quartet of post office detectives—Oliver (Eric Mabius), Shane (Kristin Booth), Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson)—are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher (Marion Ross). When they receive an emotional last-minute plea not meant for Saint Nick, but instead written to God, they must delay their own travel plans to make sure one little girl doesn’t lose her Christmas joy—something Oliver and Shane are also struggling to find as they each face painful holiday memories. With a little guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan (Rob Estes), the Postables are more surprised than anyone to discover they’ve been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.

Before getting cleaned up to go to the Elks, we looked outside and it was amazing. 

View form our front living room looking west!
Then the sky caught fire!  Better than TV any day!

Christmas Memory #14 – Tools From Dad

Dad we quite a gifted mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician, and any other professions you could image.  I watched him and learned all my life and it came upon Christmas one year and Dad said “It’s time for you to have your own tools”. 

I did not know what to expect but Christmas morning, there was 50 small presents under the tree beginning with a small tool box that I still have to this day.  Over the past 65 year, many of the tools were lost or broken but I still have a brace and bit, several chisels, a hammer, some glass cutters, and screw drivers/ pliers!

I always wanted a SkilSaw circular saw but Dad sait not until I reached my teens.  SkilSaw Power Tools was founded in 1924 with the invention of its flagship tool, the SKILSAW, the world’s first portable circular saw. This saw’s invention also spurred the use of worm drive gearing, Dual-Field™ motor and die-cast aluminum motor housing. During the post-war era, the company expanded and began producing bench top tools and tools for a do-it-yourself audience. The company name was changed from SKILSAW Inc. to SKIL Corporation in 1952

When Dad had a project, I would proudly bring my tools to the party.  I was too young to have a Skill Saw yet but I could match dad tool for tool everyplace else.

I assisted in building our patio and in fact was sent up on the roof to pound in the special nails that held the plexiglass onto the wooden structure…why, becuase I was still a light weight (that would never happen today).

The next year I got an electric drill…which I still have to this day…it was a Skill drill as I recall.

Dad taught me a lot with those tools over the next many years and I passed that along to my son Joe.  It was a wonderful Christmas present that is still giving to this day!

We then headed for Garden Grove Elks arriving there about 6:30 PM and meeting up with the Zaitz and Finch’s.  We dined, talked, and danced until 9:30 PM when we headed home…big day tomorrow.  We watched another Christmas movie making this one about #25 for this season!

At a holiday masquerade ball, fledgling event planner Angie Wells and wealthy playboy Nicholas Karmichael, who needs to marry to retain his inheritance, meet and fall for each other anonymously. While Nicholas tries to locate the girl of his dreams, Angie must choose between pursuing her lifelong dream of running a business or following her heart.

We finally crashed about midnight after having our tookies.  TOmorrow more Christmas traditions get underway with our family…love the family activities. 

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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