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A metaphor for my take on life and how it affects me.

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February 18, 2023 at 10:29am
February 18, 2023 at 10:29am
It's a new day and I'd like to say that I'm raring to go and I am sort of. I left the dishes from last night and I had them to do this morning and I've completed that job. I'm walking in the house some since it's 30 degrees outside. My wife found a cover for Gracie, so when we go out she'll be covered and hopefully protected from the cold.

I've been having issues with my left-hand little finger because it locks up when I bend it, that's called trigger finer. I'm afraid it's going to lock up for good someday soon. I don't think I can type with my finger in that position. I don't do too much typing but since I'm thinking about restarting my blog, it may cause a problem, I don't want to have. Like everything else in life, time will tell.

I don't have any to-do's on my list today, hold on a minute, we are going to Walmart. I'll tag along with my wife while she picks up the items she needs. Not sure if my walk will come before or after the trip. That will be up to my wife cause she knows what's best.

Life is Good - God is Great
February 17, 2023 at 5:24pm
February 17, 2023 at 5:24pm
I had an appointment with my Peditrist today, I visit him every 9 weeks due to my diabetes. All went well and my neuropathy does seem to be better. I'm glad Medicare picks up the tab along with my insurance. Life is good.

I took Gracie out for our walk when I got home. The temp was 44 and the wind was blowing. I was fully covered with sweatpants, socks, shoes, long sleeve shirt under a jacket, a skull cap that covered my ears and a baseball cap, and gloves. Gracie wasn't so lucky, she didn't have on any extra clothing. I felt bad but we haven't picked her up any shirts or covers. I was cold and I knew she was also because she kept pulling on me to keep moving. I usually walk a mile in 20 to 22 min, but this time we did it in 19 min. I dropped Gracie off after 1 mile. I came back out and finished another mile. I had 7000 steps in and if I want to get my 12000, to 13000, steps in then I must get back outside and walk. I do it in the backyard where the house blocks the wind, but it's an effort!

Tomorrow I will pick up a shirt or jacket for Gracie when we go for a walk.

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February 16, 2023 at 10:55am
February 16, 2023 at 10:55am
Not much new here, I've been walking my dog daily and we get in 2 miles a day. That's only 5,000 steps a day. I've done my best to get between 10,000 to 13,000 steps in daily. That means I'm continuing to walk (quite a bit) once I get home. It wouldn't be a problem if the weather would cooperate. I'm a Californian looking for warm temps, but that hasn't been the case this winter. We were hit with lots of rain in December on account of the atmospheric river that brought in more than we're used to. January and February have been cooler than normal. It's 25 degrees this morning, and for me that's cold. I try and wait until the sun comes up and the temps get above 40 degrees before we take our walk. Besides the temp, we've also had the wind, which adds another problem. Oh well, we must take the good with the bad. Pretty simple stuff, not much to complain about.

I've been reading the bible and attending a bible study group. I've found it very interesting and I look forward to our weekly meetings. I have had trouble reading the bible, and being in a study group is helping. I've read all of the New Testament but the Old Testament is where I've had the hardest time. I need to learn to slow down and enjoy what I'm reading and not just answer questions.

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January 5, 2023 at 10:50am
January 5, 2023 at 10:50am
What's in store for me this year? Will I be healthy, or sick, will I win the Lotto or continue on with my meager weeks earnings? Only time will tell and that seems to be all we have!

I wrote a small synopsis of my life to a friend on email, short and to the point. What's missing are all the stories that each job created. A full life lived during problems, heartaches, and wonderful times! I have chronicled part of my story on this blog but like many people I have left gapping holes. To be filled in at another time!

I hope everyone had a great New Year, and I hope 2023 turns out be what everyone wishes for!!!

July 2, 2022 at 2:28pm
July 2, 2022 at 2:28pm
I had CD's I downloaded onto my iPhone. When I quit Apples music program all the music disappeared. I started back since they had it on sale, and lo and behold my music came back. I've been working on getting my music put in a place that would be easy for me to find. I moved all my music files into a folder on my desk top, then I purchased a SanDisk to move those files into it. It took me awhile but I Did It! Coming from a different generation I am a little slow, but I'm tenacious and I don't give up. I believe I'm repeating myself, I know I've made that statement before. You do that when you get old/older.

My wife asked me to fix the ring doorbell. It wasn't announcing when someone showed up at our front door. I looked up ring on the computer and they had a how-to-do-it video and I was able to follow along with no problems and am currently charging the battery as I speak.

I'm glad we're not on the roads this weekend, the congestion will be horrible and the evenings will be dangerous with the drunk drivers. I've never been one to indulge in binge drinking, I learned my lessons when I was in the Navy, and it took awhile for it to sink in. Hangovers with bad headaches weren't my problem, it was how it affected my stomach. It took 3 to 4 days to recover, so I learned that excessive consumption was not for me. I still have an occasional Jack an water, I'm no much for beer but will down a bottle once in awhile. I've tried wine and some of it is ok but since my wife doesn't indulge very often our wine is aging in the bottles!

The mornings have been stupendous and we've been enjoying everyone. It's nice to be retired and out of the rat race. I always looked forward to the days when I could kick back and enjoy. I played golf 3 to 4 times a week and it was fun, I did make some money when I played in the mens clubs around the desert. It wasn't much but a least I came home with some winnings. I also took up hobby welding and I had fun making different yard art and I made a picnic table and benches. I've given up the welding but I'm gong to go hit some golfballs on Tuesday of next week then try (that was try) to play around of golf at Ashwood golf course. Something to look forward to!

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June 27, 2022 at 4:49pm
June 27, 2022 at 4:49pm
I had my follow up appointment with the Cardiologist today, and he put me back on Eliquise twice a day, and increased another medicine to twice a day also. He is concerned that I'm a prime canidate for a stroke, this makes my morning count of pills I take to 13! As I've said before "better living through pharmaceuticals." Oh well at least I'm alive and still kicking.

Having so much time in the hospital here lately I've had a time to do some people watching. Sitting in the hallway of the emergency room waiting to be called in for whatever test they want to run then back into the hallway until they decide what is next. All the people are hoping for the same thing, to have whatever ales them taken care of!

We're all different but actually were the same. We come in all types of shapes and sizes and we all wish we weren't there. It's a catch 22 and you have no choice but to sit there and wait it out. Since my patience runs on the short side, I'm not always a happy camper, but I've learned that it doesn't do any good to complain or whine. They will get to you as soon as they can. I must say "in that situation the nurses and doctors do a good job along with the other employees who are assisting them."

I'm hoping to get off this pony real soon and get back to writing about something interesting. Hopefully that will be sooner than later!

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June 23, 2022 at 5:45pm
June 23, 2022 at 5:45pm
Yesterday I had an angiogram and nothing was found, the stints I have in my body are working as intended, no new problems were seen. Arrived at 8:30 AM and didn't get out until 5 PM, because you have to keep your right leg still while the entry point clots. I came out of the OR at 12:30 PM so it was a long day in the bed. But it's over for now.

Next thing on my list is having 5 teeth pulled on July 12. I should get the release from my Cardiologist on Monday and then on to next adventure. You can't plan for this much fun. I want to say I'll be free and clear but with the way my year has been going no one knows for sure.

Needless to say my wife and I haven't had much time to plan on a day trip or a weekend away. Course with the cost of gas at $6.09 a gallon, I'm not sure a want to take a trip. All the younger people are ready to get out and get going but that means more cars on the road.

Next year we plan to take a week off and take our daughter and a couple of her friends to celebrate her 50th birthday. My wife and daughter will do the planning, and I'll come along for the ride.

Maybe I'll find the spring in my step, or the energy I'll need to have a good time. It's time to come alive and start having fun!!!

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June 19, 2022 at 1:58pm
June 19, 2022 at 1:58pm
I spent the last 4 days at the Hospital with chest pains, but nothing was found, so I came home on Friday, and My 4 kids came home for Fathers Day on Saturday, My wife made Lasagna and Salad along with Garlic Bread, it was nice to see my kids plus two Grandkids, made my day!!

Poked and prodded, is all you get in the Hospital, though I'm used to it, it's no fun. I will say that all the nurses who took care of me were very nice, and that made the stay a little easier. I should have stayed for a angiogram but I wanted to go home, now I need to see if I can get one as an outpatient. They did 3 EKG's and 3 Echocardiograms and 1 Nuclear Stress Test with nothing found.

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June 13, 2022 at 12:08pm
June 13, 2022 at 12:08pm
I finally got tired of dealing with not having Wi-Fi and I called Spectrum out to fix the problem. I have had good luck with Spectrum dealing with people on the phone and when needing someone to come out they usually have someone there the next day. I never had that kind of service with Frontier!

I have 3 TV sets in the house and evidently two of the wires going to the other TV's were bad and causing interference with my main TV. He went ahead and changed out the WI-Fi tower and disconnected the other 2 TV's so we wouldn't have anymore interference.

It worked and so I spent more time changing the password on all my other equipment that needed updating. That included my Solar Panels, I had to call someone to give me a hand with that. It took some time to locate the panel I had to open and reset it, and then I had to get the app to update while I was standing in front of the box. It's like I keep saying "I'm getting to old for this much hassle!" Fortunately all the people I've dealt with on the phone have been very patient, courteous and helpful. That helps a lot!

Moving onto other things, I've been thinking about the past and some of the things I remember. My first professional Baseball game was with the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brave and they played in the Coliseum in Los Angeles, I must have been around 10 years old. My brother and I had taken new baseballs to get autographs of the players and managers. I was able to get Walter Austin manager, PeeWee Reece, Gill Hodges, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and I remember getting Warn Spawns signature for the Braves. Unfortunately I didn't save the baseball and used it one day when I needed it!
Oh the stupid things we do when we're kids and don't know what's really important.

So much for know

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June 8, 2022 at 10:43am
June 8, 2022 at 10:43am
The heat of course! It was 103 on our patio yesterday and that's just a precursor of what's to come. May and June of been a tease some days warm others hot. It's trying to get us ready for the summer months. After living in Needles for 13 years, I'd like to say we're used to it, but that's not the case. Each year is different and as we get older the heat affects us differently.

I've been checking the Tesla Power Wall app, to see how we're doing. So far we've made it without drawing off the Edison grid, but this morning was a different story. The solar panels don't start making power until 6"30 to 7 am and it shuts down around 5:30 to 600pm. It takes from 7am to 11:30 to fully charge the power wall, and so far we've done that. Our house is well insulated and stays cool till 12:00pm. The Air Conditioner has been coming on after that and we've managed to stay within the parameters. When the Air kicks on earlier it changes things, if we leave it set for 76 degrees when we go to bed it starts taking power off the power wall. Anyway our hope had been to get through this summer running the air and not having any electric billsl come. Only time will tell if we're successful.

It's 7:30am and I've been up since 4am. I've walked the dog 30 min which was 1 and 1/3 miles. Taken out the trash, had breakfast and took the time to write in this blog. I will do the dishes when I get done and swifter the house. Then it will be time to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful morning.

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