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Random Thoughts and Experiences
Random Thoughts and Experiences

The view from my back porch Is a metaphor for my take on what's happening in my life. I've made changes and I'm trying to adjust to my new surroundings. Regrets - I've had a few (sounds like a song verse) but life marches on and looking back is not always the smart thing to do. Moving forward is what I'm looking forward to and will do my best to share some of my experiences as they happen.
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August 9, 2018 at 4:32pm
August 9, 2018 at 4:32pm
I traveled down to Yucaipa on Tuesday and visited with my Mom and took her out to have Breakfast. When I left her place I stopped at convalescent hospital where a member of my church is staying. He has a number of illness's he is dealing with and doesn't have to many visitors. His wife came in, just after I arrived, so I met both of them for the first time. We talked for 20 minutes and I didn't realize she had brought him lunch and their hot dogs were getting cold. I excused myself and departed. Earlier that morning I dropped off my 6 iron at a golf shop to find out how much it would cost to have a shaft replaced. The owner wasn't in so I left it there and was told he would call me. I was going to go back and pick it up since he hadn't called before I left for home but decided not to. He called when I was half way home and I thought his price was high so I told him I would be back down to pick it up next week.

I began my physical therapy for my frozen shoulder on Wednesday and that lasted for about 45 minutes. Once I completed that I went to Cardiac Rehab and did my work out for another 45 minutes. I met my wife at the Senior Center Club for Wednesday Bingo. My wife and I used to work the Bingo about 6 or 7 years ago. We had never played there so this was a first for us. After the first 10 games I got bored and my wife gave me an out to leave and I took it. Of course when she got home 4 hours later she said "you bailed on me," she wasn't happy! What can I say Oops!

Thursday morning I went to the golf course to play around with my friend. Next Monday is his birthday he turns the big 65, and now everyone is calling him about signing up with medicare. We joke around quite a bit and our T Time was for 6:44 am and I thought it was 6:33. He wasn't there so I started texting him the first. "While we're young and it's cool outside." My next text a few minutes latter "You're pushing it - I'm liable to get started without you, Ha ha - drive safely!" then my final text read "You realize if you miss your T Time you have to go to the end of the line." He drove in several minutes after my last text. We played and had a good time, I didn't shoot all that well but I believe the strength of my body has been improving and hopefully I will continue to exercise and get stronger and maybe just maybe I'll find some of that distance I lost!
When I got home my wife and I went to the Farmers Market down by the college and when we finished we stop at a Chinese take out and we brought our lunch home, with enough left over for Dinner and possible breakfast.

Tomorrow I have both PT and Cardiac Rehab to do and not much else. On Saturday I believe my wife and I along with our daughter will be going to a swap meet somewhere down the hill.

Monday we clean house then we will go down to San Bernardino where I will pick up my golf club and go to Roger Dunn golf store in Rancho Cucamonga. After we drop it off we will walk through a mall (enclosed) and then go to lunch at one of the many restaurants that are in that area.

Life is Good and it keeps going on and on and on!
August 6, 2018 at 4:45pm
August 6, 2018 at 4:45pm
It's time to get off the couch and back into the game. Time waits for no one and if I don't get a move on I'm going to be left in the dust. (In fact I'm dusting myself off right now!) It's been 29 days since I last sat in front of the computer and put down my thoughts. I want to re-establish a more frequent entry platform so I can let my fingers glide across the keys and start blogging on a regular basis.

I continue to improve from my surgery, and have been going to Cardiac Rehab 3 days a week. I have 6 sessions left and should rap it up around August 17. I've had 2 shots of cordizon in my shoulder to help ease the pain from Frozen Shoulder. The doctor told me = NO MORE SHOTS! He suggested I get physical therapy. I'm scheduled to begin on Wednesday August 6 and will last for 12 visits. That should take me through Sept 12 at two times a week. Will I be all better and back together when this ends? Only if I maintain an exercise program (dust off the recumbent bike) continue walking and keep up physical therapy for my arm at home.

I continue to go down to Yucaipa and visit my Mother who will turn 93 in Oct. She's had her ups and downs this year, and has fallen a number of times. Fortunately she hasn't broken any bones or had any major problems from these falls, Thank the Lord! The people at the Board and Care facility where she lives have been very helpful, and on many occasions she has stated, "she was glad she was living there." She has always been very independent and with the falls she has required help to meet her needs. This puts her in a bad disposition and sometimes at odds with her caretakers. She can be demanding and my brother and I are grateful the people who run the place are able to deal with her.

Golf - the game I love to hate - is back on the agenda and I'm having some difficulty. I seem to have lost 50 yards off my drives (if not more) and this is hard to take. I've never been a long ball hitter but I could drive the ball 210-215 yards, but now I'm lucky if I get 150-175. I can hit the fairway most of the time on the front nine but as my stamina wains on the back nine I start knocking it into the ruff and it can be frustrating trying to move the ball.

Life goes on and I'm back in the game! Hallelujah!!

Life is Good
July 8, 2018 at 7:43am
July 8, 2018 at 7:43am
Not sure what is going on but I've lost the desire to much of anything. I do my morning walk, once around with the dog then one by myself. One round trip equates to 1.3 miles. I try to take care of what needs to be done around the house but after that I become a couch potato.

I haven't started back up with welding even though the Doctor said I could, I'm scheduled to play a round of golf on Tuesday and that will be 3 months to the day from my surgery. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not excited and I should be.

I haven't figured out what to do about this blog, especially since I have the dole drums. I've always enjoyed writing and expressing my thoughts.

I don't know whether to blame the surgery and my recovery to this felling of nothing matters. It's like the wind quit blowing and my sails have collapsed. I'm adrift in the ocean with no course to chart or destination to head too.

I'm ready to go froward if I can find something to do that will get me off the couch and back into the game!

Life is Good = If you can find a reason to keep going
July 6, 2018 at 11:13am
July 6, 2018 at 11:13am
We just passed the one year anniversary of purchasing our home.

I have been looking back and wondering if I (we) made the right decision. It was my suggestion that got the ball rolling. What would life be like if I hadn't opened my mouth?

Regrets, I have a few; we can't go back but that doesn’t stop us from re-evaluating our choices. It’s like making a list of the good and the bad, and comparing them to decide which one outweighs the other.

When I look back, I think about my thumb (that I cut with a table saw) will never be normal again, and wondering if I would have had the heart attack without all the stress I went through once our house sold; dealing with the problems that arose after we bought this house. So many issues I don’t want to rehash but they helped to complicate mine and my wife’s life.

These are just a few of the personal problems not to mention the difference between living in the city compared to living out in the boonies. Where the sound of silence was golden and the view was spectacular. The noise of the city is never ending, and looking around and seeing a privacy fence, telephone poles and wires everywhere is pathetic.

There were reasons for our choices, but when you miss the simple stuff like, quiet, view, very few neighbors, the beauty you created with your surroundings. Those are the reasons you question your decisions and make you think you may have made a mistake! You must learn to live with your choices. No sense crying over spilled milk, you can't change things so get over thinking about the past and look forward to the future! I'm trying real hard to do just that!

Life is Good

June 6, 2018 at 6:07pm
June 6, 2018 at 6:07pm
Seems to be how I feel about writing. A thousand things have happened since I had my heart attack and surgery. I have a plethora of subjects I could write about but I haven't been moved too. I no longer look forward to putting my thoughts and actions on paper. I have healed exceptionally well, and am active again in moderation. I'm walking 2 1/2 to 3 miles several times a week riding the recumbent bike for 1 hour and I do Cardiac Rehab 3 time a week. So I'm doing very good and can not believe my good fortune when it comes to my health.

There is no excuse for not sitting and writing, but the want is not there. I don't want to come to the computer because I'm forcing myself too. That isn't fun, and I want to enjoy putting my thoughts out there and seeing if anyone reads or replies to what I've written.

I'm teetering on the fence once again whether to shut down this blog. I'm in no hurry, but since I'm not doing anything besides coming on and reading the newsfeed and checking email there doesn't seem to be a good reason to be here.

This is a well run site and I've enjoyed my time while I was active, but if you're not participating then why are you wasting peoples time. Maybe I just answered my own question. Once again time will tell!

Life is Good
May 10, 2018 at 4:53pm
May 10, 2018 at 4:53pm
I have taken down all of the folders in my portfolio except this blog. I intend to continue writing in the blog but no longer wish to add items to the portfolio. Most of what I had written was done years ago and I don't feel they were good enough to take up space. I did have a few spirited discussion on a couple of the topics that hit a nerve with several people when they stumbled onto my site. I was not one to solicit request for others to check out my writings so only those who were drawn or pointed in my direction by Writing.com gave comments. They were productive and beneficial and I enjoyed replying to those who gave thoughts and constructive criticism about what I had written.

I'm into week 4 since my surgery and I've been walking and exercising. I walked 2 miles this morning and it kicked my butt -but- I made it! I'm also back to riding the stationary bike and I'm up to 20 min on that. I feel fortunate that I haven't had any serious pain and with the exception of taking 2 pain pills in the hospital I've only used extra strength Tylenol. The top of my chest still feels tight, like they removed something and then pull the skin tight back over it. I've been told that feeling goes away in 4 to 6 weeks and I'm anxiously waiting for it to be gone.

Prior to having the heart attack, my left shoulder had begun giving me problems. I have always slept on my stomach and left side with my left shoulder stuck out and my pillow on top of my arm. I can no longer do that because the pain is to much. I have been sleeping in my recliner ever since I came home. I have a appointment with an Orthopedic doctor on Monday and hope that I will find a answer to my problem. I believe it is arthritis but don't know for sure since I've never had it x-rayed. I had a appointment for April 10 but had to cancel since I had surgery on that day.

It was this time last year that we moved out of our old house and moved in with our daughter. How time fly's when you're having fun. We bought our house on July 3rd, and moved in on Aug 1st. So were mot quite at the one year mark, and we're still making improvements.When will it end?

Not sure what direction I will take the blog in the near future but I do intend to continue writing in it for awhile. Time will tell if I actually follow through!

Life is good!
April 20, 2018 at 5:24am
April 20, 2018 at 5:24am
On April 5, 2018 I had a heart attack around 3 am. I went to the emergency and was admitted latter in the afternoon. On Friday I continued to have chest pains and was transferred to ICU and was then taken for an angiogram. I had two arteries blocked and we decided to have bypass surgery. This was done on Tuesday April 10 and they put in an additional bypass over a stint I had put in back in 2000. I came home Monday April 16th and have begun the long process of rebuilding my body. Not sure when I will next sit here to type about what is going on but I'm sure one day I will be drawn back to the computer to start writing again.

Life is good!
April 3, 2018 at 11:13am
April 3, 2018 at 11:13am
My mother has been trying to make sure everything is taken care of when she passes away. When the pastor from her church came by she began to tell/work with him on what she would like when she dies, and after 2 visits with him she feels that her wishes have been conveyed. She also wanted to go to the cemetery and make sure the paperwork for her plot (alongside my dad) was in order so there wouldn't be any problems.

My mom made arrangements for my brother to come up and I would join them so we could go and help her take care of these issues. We want to put her mind to rest (before her body) so we made a day of it. My brother took us to lunch (we all had breakfast) but what the heck. After our meal we went to the cemetery and spent approximately 2 hours there making sure everything was in order. We found out we needed to take care of several items that had not been paid for. My brother and I enjoy giving my mother a hard time about a lot of things and this made the day go by rather quickly. We laughed and had a good time even dealing with this morbid subject.

I had some paperwork from the mortuary we used when my father passed away. We decided to stop there before taking her home. Glad we did because the paper work we had was for my dad and not my mom. We decided since we were there we would get everything completed to her satisfaction. Again this is not the best place to be but we made the most of it and actually enjoyed working with the director that was taking care of us.

Successful day and my mom was very happy to have this taken care of. It had been several years since the three of us have been together and she was in seventh heaven having both her boys around.

Life Is Good
March 27, 2018 at 8:31am
March 27, 2018 at 8:31am
I have noticed from writing a blog and participating in group blogs, that we come at problem, events, and general topics from a wide range of personal views. When given a specific topic to write about, most people work from their own experiences. I was amazed when I compared my blog to others who's perspective was completely different than mime. When I write about a specific subject or thought I know what I want to say and how the narrative will go. When someone reads my work they are comparing my words to their own experience and may come to a completely different conclusion than I intended. That is/was a shock in a sense, but one that I can live with.

Yesterday I read a thought provoking blog and I responded, The writer came back and told me where he was going with the blog and his intended concern. I was looking at his writing from a different perspective and never came to the same conclusion. It's wonderful to have interaction with other writers even when you don't see eye to eye on the subject they are addressing. Explaining your point of view and having a reasonable conversation about it is great.

Last night my mind was going over what I read and coming up with thoughts to write about this morning; but alas like so many things these days,if I don't write down those thoughts they go puff in the air. Here I sit trying my darnedest to remember what I thought was so good that it would be great to write about. Sorry those thoughts are no longer in my mind!

Life is Good
March 17, 2018 at 6:40pm
March 17, 2018 at 6:40pm
I believe we are going on 4 or 5 days of bad weather, not rain but wind and cold temps. Enough to make a person want to cry, but were hoping in a day or two it will get better. If it doesn't then maybe I'll shed a tear, won't make any difference, but what the heck!

My wife turned the tension up on the bike so my ride is not so comfortable. Even caused some pain and a bead of sweat appeared, this can't last. We are doing our best to climb on board evens when the want is not there. Dedication, hopefully it will last long enough to see those endorphins kick in and make us want to continue.

We've been house bound and it's beginning to show, you can only watch so much TV, play so many games on an iPad and just be lazy before you lose your mind. When your not outside doing something you aren't creating ideas to be able to write about.

I haven't gotten the chemicals in spa just right yet but I'm continuing to work at it. It's nice to go inside the shed and shut the door and be out of the wind. One day soon we will be regulars in our spa. The few times I've been in, have been an experience. My wife prefers the temp to be 104 and for me that knocks me out if I'm in it for more than 5 to 8 mins. I feel zonked, and wiped out. That is not what I'm looking for so I will be in while the temp is going up and getting out when it gets to 100 or 101. One day we will get it all down to a science.

Life is Good

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