Sunday, December 4, 2016

img_4427Robert is the one that alerted me to the huge flock of quail feeding in the back yard. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I’d never seen this many quail before (even when we saw them with babies), and I’d NEVER seen any this big before. Talk about pan-size birds. Oh my… I know they’re tasty, because I ate them years ago when we visited Robert’s aunt and uncle in Kansas. But the thought of eating my bird friends now is abhorrent to me. I opened the sliding glass door to get a closer photo and suddenly there was a loud bang — like the sound of rail cars being adjusted on the tracks below. That’s all it took for the birds to take flight. Drat! It’s actually kind of amazing to watch quail take flight because they fly straight up–no running to leap into the air, just a flap of wings and up they go.

I’ve been absent from here for several weeks now–actually, I can pinpoint the day–November 15, 2016. That morning, Robert went in for his second cataract surgery. He had a very slight unproductive cough, but not serious enough to call off the surgery. By that evening, however, his cough turned nasty and he began running a fever. He went to bed about 8:00 p.m. At 3:30 a.m., I was awakened by Robert stumbling around in the bedroom in the dark, ranting about not being able to find his bedroom slippers.

What followed is the stuff of nightmares, and included two ambulance rides for Robert, numerous tests, a stay in two different hospitals, and the pronouncement that his left kidney had died some time ago and would have to be removed. All this in less than a week. Needless to say, my mind has been elsewhere for these past few weeks, especially considering the daily regiment of eye drops that had to be administered to Robert’s left eye. The 7x per day scenario has been reduced down to 3x per day so I’m a bit freer with my time.

I’ve tried to remain positive in light of Robert’s new health diagnosis/crisis. I feel that his doctor(s) missed noticing the warning signs that something was amiss with his kidney function. That said, I have to admit that doctors aren’t being paid like they used to be — insurance companies give the provider a pittance of the amount billed, and the patient is left with higher copays and less than adequate care. A friend noted the same thing I’ve known for years now — we have to be proactive in the care of our own health. We need to be knowledgeable about the blood tests that are performed, and able to determine what is normal and what isn’t. I’ve read recently that the ‘norm’ can vary from one laboratory to the next, so we have to be consistent when having lab work done, and use the same laboratory each time. Be sure to get a copy of your lab reports — Robert and I never saw a single lab report from his dr., so we don’t know what tests were run and which weren’t. Not good… Being in a small town means we have a limited number of physicians to choose from. Everyone is hoping that when the new hospital is completed, more physicians and specialists will move into the area and provide us with a wider choice of health care providers. One can only hope…

Meanwhile, we take it one day at a time, enjoying the days we have together for we don’t know what the future will hold for us. Our kids are starting to call us far more frequently than before, which is nice, but we don’t want to have them worrying about having to take care of us. One day, hopefully far into the future, we will have to move closer to the younger son and his family. But we’ll face that day when it comes.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be grateful for what you have and take each moment as a gift, for that’s what it is.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We have all the signs of winter — the first “Hoodie” sparrow eating down below, and the first Winter Cold, sitting in the lounge chair in the living room. <sigh> My patient not only has to have eye drimg_4422ops seven times a day, but cough medicine, cough drops, tissues, t.v. controller and attention, 24/7.

In the wee hours of the morning, Robert’s cough woke me up. I got up, administered to him, and tried going back to bed. But my nose was running and I started to feel as though I were coming down with the bug. I took an Echinacea capsule and headed back to bed. I think that bug decided to move on because I feel fine this evening. <keeping my fingers and toes crossed and my hands washed!>

Be safe (keep those hands washed when you’ve been out among the throngs of people carrying Winter cold viruses), be well (PLEASE), and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Today’s the day — Robert will undergo his second cataract surgery this morning. I had trouble getting to sleep last night, feeling very anxious about today for some reason. I know it’ll be fine, but I worry anyway.

Be safe today — be well, and be kind to others. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Happiness begins within…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Today, it’s our turn to volunteer as docents at the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum. I didn’t have a chance yesterday to share the quilt and pillow that I finished for the Depot’s gift shop, so I’ll do it heimg_4410re.









Have a good day today. Be kind to others and keep the faith that we are all where we need to be in our lives. Be safe, be well and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.


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Friday, November 11, 2016

IMG_3999Thanks and blessings to all those who served, and are still serving this great country. It is a great country and will continue to be, long after Trump’s four year term of office has ended.

I’ve disappointed many of my friends because of my election choice. They’ve expressed strong feelings of fear, anger and disillusionment. I don’t know how to help them. I can’t begin to see the situation through their eyes. I’m puzzled that some of these friends actually hold me responsible for Trump’s election.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

My Thought For The Day post today:

“The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you’re the pilot.”
(Michael Altshuler)
And that sums it up in a nutshell — WE are in charge of our life, of our world. We have choices in life, but the most important one is our attitude. Always try to be positive in your thinking. Trust me, it does make a difference in the way your world appears and moves.

Nothing else for the day except a wish for blessings for you and yours. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Tell those you love that you love them.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

If you didn’t vote for Trump, you may want to skip today’s post.

The people have spoken. We have a new president. He may not be what a lot of people wanted, but he’s the one with the most electoral votes, so he’s the winner. For myself, I didn’t want to risk allowing another Clinton in the White House. It would just be more of the same thing we dealt with when her husband was president (notwithstanding all of the signs that said she was untrustworthy as a person). I’ve been that upset with the statis-quo for some time. Every election, I would faithfully vote out incumbents–incumbents that never seemed to lose their seats in Congress or the Senate. In this election, I hoped for a White Knight to appear after Sanders stepped out of the race. Three days ago, I still had not marked my absentee ballot for the president’s position. I bit the bullet and voted my conscience. When we reached election day, I didn’t know if Trump would win or not. My goal was to shake things up in Washington, and I think Trump will accomplish that.

Trump is such a wild card–not really controllable by anyone but his own ego. He’s all the negative things people have said about him, but he’s still going to be our president and I will do my best to be supportive of him, as I have of every other president that’s been in office (whether I voted for them or not–they deserve my respect and support).

We need to trust that this will turn out alright. Be positive in your thoughts and actions. Be kind to others and do your part to make this world a better place in which to live.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy–know that you are loved. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Our world will surely be different from this day forward, but then it would have been different even if Trump hadn’t been elected, now wouldn’t it??

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