Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday’s prostrate surgery went well and Robert came home from the hospital this afternoon. He returns to see the Urologist on Tuesday. Until then, he’s on limited actitvity–allowed to walk around the house but not much more for at least two weeks, and possibly up to a month. Overall, the doctor says to expect a recovery period of up to three months.

Taking things one day at a time. Be safe, be well (please!) and please be happy. Tell those you love that you love them.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

We fully intended to take a day trip up to Laws, California, to see the Slim Princess run.

I set the alarm clock for 6 o’clock (it’s a 3 hr. drive from Tehachapi) and we went to bed fairly early. When the alarm went off this morning, it was an easy decision to skip the drive and stay home. I realized that Robert would be need to be rested come Monday morning and we have Docent Duty at the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum tomorrow, which usually leaves us a bit tired at the end of the day. I really hadn’t thought it through before agreeing to the trip. Robert gratefully returned to bed and right back to sleep.

He thanked me this morning for canceling out on the trip. I don’t think he relished driving for three hours first thing this morning. He said he was leaving it up to me but he was glad I made the decision I did. Laws will be still be there, and we’ll make the trip another time.

Meanwhile, we have the day to rest up. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Enjoy your life, and remember that we are all blessed. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This is my long-awaited extended ironing board. I love it!! It’s 22″ x 54″ and I can iron full widths of fabric with ease. It’s a bit soft right now, almost fluffy, with its three layers of batting under the muslin cover, but it will eventually settle down into a soft padding. When the cover gets dirty, I can change it out quite easily. I’ve put it onto my old ironing board, keeping the newer board for quick projects. It’s stored in the laundry room so it’s close by. The end of the new ironing board is just to the left of my sewing machine, so it’s really handy for pressing block pieces. Nice!!!

Tomorrow is pre-op for Robert. He was sneezing and coughing a bit tonight — don’t know why, and am hoping it’s not a cold. I’ve sneezed off and on for the past few days but I think it’s my allergies. Robert does NOT need a cold right now.

His low blood pressure spell seems to have ended–happiness is. We didn’t know what was going on, but his blood pressure in the mornings was only 85/58. Not good. We cut his blood pressure medication in half (called the primary dr. and told the receptionist to note Robert’s chart) and a few days later the situation corrected itself. Much better now…

Nothing else to report so will close with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Life can be incredibly short at times and we can’t go back and recapture those missed opportunities…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11, and I failed to realize it until I read about it in Mage’s blog post. She posted this video called “Boat Lift“. I watched it and once again felt the mixture of sorrow and pride as the event unfolded. I remember turning on the t.v. that morning–something I rarely do in the mornings–and saw the video of that first plane crashing into the World Trade Center.

I felt ashamed that I failed to remember such a traumatic and life-changing event. That day spelled the end of our complacency, and brought lasting changes to our lives. In order to protect us as a nation, we’ve had to give up some of our individual freedoms. We can still travel freely throughout the country, but if we’re flying, we face increased scrutiny and delays. We lost lives and so much more that day.

We are forever changed because of the events that took place that day.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved, and remember to tell those YOU love that you love them.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Kenyon Kemp, a fellow docent and volunteer with the Tehachapi Railroad Depot Museum passed away on the 5th of this month. I never saw a frown on his face–he always had a grin and his blue eyes would twinkle when he talked to you. Pat S. called last night and asked if I would be willing to help her put together the table decorations and service things for the memorial wake to be held this next Wednesday. I told her I would be more than happy to help. She picked me up this morning and we went shopping. We have always worked well together, getting things accomplished. Today was no exception. We purchased all of the paper products, put together 15 small flower arrangements for the tables, ordered the cake, and planned out how we were going to get everything set up in time for the memorial service. It’s going to be a nice send off for a most valuable and memorable friend. He will be missed…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Life is best lived to the fullest and enjoyed, moment by moment.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

You just never know… I did a Google search for my name (looking to see if that mysterious second Facebook page was still lurking on the Internet), and found some of my artwork in a couple of places that I wasn’t aware.  The two greeting cards shown are my work. Fascinating.,recycling

The black and white card was made for my eldest sister, Barbara, many years ago. It was from a postcard announcement for a quilt show to be held in Del Mar. Black and White were her favorite colors and when I saw the card come in the mail, I knew I had to make a card for her from it. I believe the green and blue card came from the other side of that same postcard.

Another bit of my art (recycled stuff) showed up on an artist friend’s page — Quietfire Design and I were members of the same artist group, Belle Papier.  This card was entered in a contest hosted by Canon (if my memory serves me right). It’s actually a mixed media collage (acryllic paint, cardstock, recycled postcard advertisement, stamping and embossing).  The statement says, “Art is Passion” and it’s still true, though my art/passion is now produced in fabric.

I did call Robert’s doctor this morning, to let them know that we were going to be cutting his blood pressure medication dosage in half. When I went online to check the medication’s side effects, I noted that the drug had a lower dose available. Easy enough, just split his pills and see if that helps. He was initially on 10 mg., which we cut to 5 mg., which we’ve now cut to 2.5 mg. It makes me wonder why he was put on a high dosage and has had to move to a lower dosage twice now. Why not go from low dose to high??? I would think it would be safer, with less chance for side effects. I guess that’s why they say doctors are ‘practicing’ the art of medicine.

Be well. The alternative is not fun.

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