by lucky dog
A metaphor for my take on life and how it affects me.
|Still trying to take care of business and get life back to normal, my normal. There are issues I'm working through and doing my best to get our life back on an even keel. It's getting there but it is a slow process and it's hard for a person who wants everything done NOW!
I'm hoping to get back too blogging daily, but like everything else it's a slow process when you haven't figured out where to start. I need to take our car in and have the electrical checked out and I wants the brakes checked. We bought a 85" TV and they will be here on Thursday to install it, and then on the 23rd we're changing from a king size bed to two singles extra long. Trying to lift the mattress on the king size bed was becoming a problem for my wife and I.
It takes time and I keep telling myself I'm in no hurry. So if I don't write anything down in the blog for several days it's ok!
Life is Good and God is Great
|I thought my life would calm down after my mom passed, but that hasn't happened, at least not yet. First I had to come to grips with my mothers passing, then we had to go down and clean out her room. I had my wife and two daughters along with my granddaughter to help me. They took care of everything and I was just window dressing. The funeral was next and I needed to make sure everything was in order, at the Funeral Home and Cemetery. When I started looking into splitting the Estate, my brother wanted to let his portion pass to his kids with out him touching the money. It doesn't work that way, so we are now in process of splitting it up.
My over all health has been fair, considering the stress I put myself under. The doctor had me start the Eliquis again and I started bleeding again. So he took me off the aspirin and Eliquis and I see the doctor again on Tuesday. I don't feel bad and I've begun walking a mile and 1/2 daily. I do seem to have issue with my going to the bathroom. What I've experienced the last few weeks is not normal for me.
I went to Church today and the sermon was about Worrying Too Much. We try to make a plan and then ask God to go along with our plan. We need to let go, and let God make the decisions on how your life plays out. The Sermon certainly hit a cord with me. I need to remind myself to keep God in the forefront of my life.
One step at a time, one day at time.
Life Is Good - God Bless
|I guess I missed quoted myself when I said "I'm Starting Over." Life is a continuation, except when you die! So I'm moving on, trying to get my mother buried next to my father. This should be completed on Thursday September 30, 2021. All of the paper work for the mortuary and cemetery has been completed and paid for. That leaves the service. I believe I've covered all the bases but I'm sure something will come up. "Murphys Law"!
After the service, we're going to the Mexican Cafe on Highland Ave, I think we'll have 22 people for lunch, and I know mom would be happy to see us all together. I wish we would co-mingle, but chances are slim that will happen. My brother and I were not close, and there is some animosity amongst the families.
My brother wants to decline the inheritance and let it go to his 3 kids. The only problem is this will require him to relinquish it, then all the money goes to me, then I'm suppose to decline taking his portion. The writing is on the wall and it's not pretty. I'm doing my best to change his mind, because it would be so easy for us to split the money. Who said "Life Would Be Easy", I know it wasn't me, I've been down this road before or one just like it.
There's more to come, and it will give me something to write about.
Life Is Good - God Bless
|It seems like ages since I sat down and entered anything into this blog. A number of things have transpired since I took pen and paper and jotted down my thoughts.
Over the last few months I've been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in my colon. I was operated on September 1 and was in the hospital for 3 days. The surgery was successful and they took out the surrounding lymph nodes. After I came home I took 2 Eliquise tab on Saturday. Later that evening I noticed I was passing blood in my stool. It continued on Sunday and was admitted into the hospital for 3 days. Once the bleeding stopped everything went back to normal. I will see my cardiologist on Monday and he should recommend a Oncologist in the High Desert I can go to, for Chemo treatments.
While this was going on, my Mother fell and fractured her hip. She was in the Hospital for a week and was taken to a rehab facility. At 95 she didn't do to well and started going down hill. We brought her back to the board and care place she had been living at and Hospice was brought in to keep her comfortable. She passed on September 14, and will be laid to rest on September 30 next to my father.
My wife and 2 daughters will be going down to Rainbow Board and Care to clean out my mothers room. This shouldn't take too long and we will go and have lunch before we go back home. We will also stop by the Mortuary and drop off a dress Lou picked up for my Mom. Once this is completed we won't need to come back down to the valley, except for my mom's funeral.
October 1, 2021 will start a new chapter in our lives. I've been going down to my moms since 2006 on a regular basis and that has now come to an end.
We are now truly Desert Dwellers.
Life is Good - God Bless
|I was reading the paper this morning and one of the headlines read "Elderly Woman Dies in Home Fire". When I started reading the story, one portion read "The woman was only identified as being about 70 years old".
I said yesterday that I was old, but ELDERLY did not come to mind when I think about where I am in my life. Elderly makes me think of canes, walkers, powered scooters. I may have medical issues going on, but I'm not disabled. I asked Siri the definition of Elderly and her reply "(of a Person) old or aging". I guess that puts me in the category of Elderly. Roll with the punches!
I received a text this morning from a cousin in North Carolina wishing me a Happy Fathers day. It was nice and made me think about extended family. I've tried to keep in touch with a few of my cousins who I grew up with. We've all gone out separate ways but it's nice to hear from them occasionally. My father and father in-law were both very family oriented and wanted to keep the families close.
Today being Fathers Day, I'd like to wish anyone who stumbles onto this blog a Happy Father Day to you! I'm looking forward to hearing from my 4 children and will be waiting anxiously near a phone in hopes that they all call. You want to make sure they know they're still part of the family even if we're not there in person.
Life is Good - God Bless
|I thought I was starting over when I paid my overdue dues! This morning when I looked at my blog, I was surprised to see that my previous post were still in the system. Now I need to re-acquaint myself with how to move around in writing.com. At one point I was somewhat involved, but not overtly. Now I would like to take advantage of all this site has to offer. I guess I should look at What Should I do First and go from there.
It's funny how the mind works. I spent part of the evening thinking about what my next post would be and coming up with ideas. Then when you set down and start typing it all changes.
Heres a little something about myself
I'm a Baby Boomer, Vietnam Vet, Prostate Cancer survivor, Triple Bypass recipient, awarded a pace maker to keep the heart running. What this tells you is I'm OLD. I continue watching the years fly by, and know somewhere in the future it will come to an end. My Mother is 95 and I know I will never reach that age. It's not in the cards, and the way I feel each morning when I wake, I'm not sorry I won't see the 90's. There are NO Golden Years! As the years pass some are good and some are bad - just like each day is good or bad. You learn to roll with the punches and move on.
What does the remainder of the year hold for us? I’d look into my crystal ball if I had one, but no such luck. The Delta Variant the medical people keep talking about is concerning. There are a lot of people who haven’t gotten or refuse to get the shots, and the majority of those people live in the southern part of our country. There are those who think the virus is like to flu and not anything to worry about. Others refuse to get the shot and I’ve no idea why. Again rolling with the punches!
As I mentioned yesterday, California has reopened the economy, no more restrictions on what people can and cannot due. We can dine inside and the restaurants can seat as many people as the room allows. The unemployment is down, but not back to pre pandemic levels. I know one problem left over is the housing shortage, both for rentals and ownership. Part of the problem is the government wouldn’t allow people who own their home to evict tenants who are behind on rent, so that has the rental market all messed up. It will probably take several years before we get out of this mess. Oh well that will be another story!
Life is Good God Bless
|I'm back for the second or third time. I want to continue this blog and talk about how life has been during this tumultuous time of Covid 19 and quarantine. I don't know about anyone else but it has been one hell of a year! Now were starting to come out of it and I'm glad like everyone else. Lets see, we had Covid in Feb and it progressed into one bad situation, with the death toll rising, in the United States we have lost over 600,000 people. That so hard to believe, and there are still more countries going through the same thing. A vaccination was invented in a short period of time (which made some people think it would not work). BUT it did work and things are looking better. California has opened its economy up and things are getting back to normal somewhat! Some us still wear masks even though we've had both shots. There is still a strain out there they keep talking about that is more contagious and deadlier. The shots work against it but so many people still haven't had their shots and who knows it may start all over again. Keeping my fingers crossed.
The other big event that happened during the time period was the election for the President of the United States. I don't want to go down the political rabbit hole, so I'll say that the Democrats won and Joe Biden was elected President. It was a very continuous election and not everyone thought the outcome was correct. There were many election fraud cases brought infront of the courts and they were all thrown out. Many State legislators (Republican) have changed the voting rules in there states, so the next election it will be harder for colored people to vote. It makes you stop and wonder what this country is coming too. Our federal government can't get anything done because of the animosity between the two parties. Nobody considers themselves Americans they are only Republican or Democrat.
I don't think that catches me up but it a little headway into the past year. Right now were in a heat wave, in the high desert. It's a 107 outside and our swamp cooler is going full blast. The temp inside is around 82 or 84 which is not bad. The western Region of the United States in going through a drastic drought. We haven't had rain in a long time and our lakes and reservoirs are drying up. I would expect water rationing is in our future. That's a problem with the swamp cooler, it keeps releasing water to keep it fresh, and I'm not sure how many gallons are released.
We did invest in a solar system with 18 panels on the roof. We also purchased a Tesla power supply (battery) and we have been off grid since the battery went on line. That won't be the case if we start running the air conditioner. Dammed if you Do Dammed if you don't!
since this is the first blog please forgive any spelling and grammatical errors. I just want to put it out there.
|Death and Resurrection both subjects that gives one pause to think about.
We don't usually talk about death, except to family members when we've lost a love one. Today the death report of people dying in the United States is daily and unimaginable. The Corona Virus is decimating a big part of our population, and we're not meeting the needs of everyone involved.
Resurrection is another word that is not spoken to frequently except in the Christian community. If you're a believer it's easy to understand and it's the reason we celebrate Easter.
I'm a believer and I take my beliefs very personally. I'm not a evangelist, you won't find me on a street corner trying to talk you into something you don't want. If in the course of a conversation with someone and religion comes up I will express my beliefs if asked and give the reason for them.
I went to a psychologist when I was working and dealing with issues. Once he found out I was a Christian, he related all of his advise using Jesus as his model. It was very enlightening and helped me along my path.
Giving is an important part of being a Christian, and for non believers also. My wife gives without any thought when she sees problems that need to be addressed. I've had a harder time learning to let go and give to those who need it more than I do. We're not wealthy but we certainly have enough to share.
I equate myself to the young man who came to Jesus and asked what he needed to do too enter the Kingdom of Heaven he said "You know the commandments: you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother." The young man said "Teacher all these I have kept since I was a boy." Jesus said "Go and sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven then come follow me." The boy left sad for he had many things.
I did not leave and have learned to give and look forward to finding the treasure in Heaven.
Life Is Good - God Bless
|It's light outside and the clouds are still around but there is blue sky that can be seen. Five days of dark clouds full of water that came down in a steady stream. It wasn't 24/7 but if felt like it. We received 2 1/3 inches - not bad for the high desert.
Looking forward to getting out with the dog this morning on our walk. We get a lot of puddles (no sidewalks) so I'll have to watch out. Our chances of getting sprayed are less account people are home and not out driving around.
I watched my churches Good Friday service on YouTube last night. It was presented very well and the hymns played were good to hear. I'll be watching the Easter Service on Sunday. I miss our Sunday school class that I lead. We use the Cokesbury pamphlet called Life, Spring 2020. There are only Five of us but we talk about what we've read and give our personal opinion about what it means. These pamphlets are written by ministers and use some personal experiences along with passages from the Bible that the lesson is about. For me it adds some color to the Bible when I read it, and helps me understand some of the passages. I've continued to read through the weekly lessons and it makes me feel good.
Looking outside my window I'm seeing more and more blue sky. What can I say, it brings a smile to my face, and my feet are starting to tap.
Oh boy it's going to a Beautiful Day the Lord Has Made!
Life Is Good - God Bless
|Five days straight, it's not a record but it sure feels like it. I can't imagine what Noah felt when the rain came!
"Supposedly" it's gonna quit later tonight and we should see some sun tomorrow. Hurrah!
My wife ran back to the store to pick up a ham. I told her a pork chop would be good for our Easter Sunday meal but she wants ham. Who am I to argue? Happy WIFE Happy LIFE!
While Lou was napping yesterday, I decided to walk around the house. I walked for 31 min and walked 1.25 miles. I will try to replicate that again today. The bike is still in the bedroom gathering dust, I have not used it once since the rain started. Must be a mental block.
I was thinking about my progression with computers. My first desk computer was a Commodore, followed by a Gateway, then a self built (by someone else) computer. I went to a laptop made by Acer, MacBookPro then back to iMac. I also have iPads and iPhone. On all of these magnificent peaces of equipment, I've used maybe 1/1000 of their computing power. That's what happens when you start in mid life. The fear of breaking or getting stuck and not knowing how to unstick it! I don't play with computers to see what they can do or look into places I've never been. As the years progress I do less and less and it's a complete wast of these machines. There aren't to many times I wish I was young again but when it comes to computers, I do!
I guess that's what cabin fever does to you, makes you become reflective and I don't want to go there.
Have a great day and weekend!
Life Is Good - God Bless