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A metaphor for my take on life and how it affects me.
I'm returning to this forum and hope to begin writing on a regular basis. Being away has made me realize how much I miss putting down my thoughts on what is happening to me, my family and life in general.

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November 20, 2019 at 10:52am
November 20, 2019 at 10:52am
It's raining outside as I sit here and type. My wife and I were able to get the yard sprayed with the pre-emergent so It is getting soaked in. I don't know that we will get the 1/2 inch required but at least we're getting something. Time will tell!

In all the posts I have written, including the one's I deleted when I stepped away from WDC, I've never mentioned or written about my religious beliefs. I had the same problem when I worked, I didn't feel comfortable talking about my beliefs. I've witnessed when the opportunity arose, but I'm not one to stand on the corner or go door to door evangelizing. My belief in God and Jesus have grown over the years as I've come to understand how much Christ has done for me and my family.

When did you first believe? A question that is asked sometimes in Bible Study groups or classes. The answers are different for each person along with the reason for asking God into their lives.

I was raised in the Church family, my parents went to church ever Sunday and my brother and I attended Sunday school until we started into High School. At that point we would walk down to a Denny's restaurant and have coffee. Then we headed back for the regular service. Once I graduated, I joined the Navy and didn't go to Church very often.

When my enlistment ended, I came back home. I did not attend church very often and I found work and moved around. In 1972 I was married and my wife and I did not attend any church regularly. My wife ended up having a number of medical problems, Lupus, Endometriosis that led to a Hysterectomy, and aneurysm that caused a stroke.

Problems arose after the stroke. She was (she has passed) a beautiful woman and a loving mother. She did not ask for all the problem she encountered and the outcomes that eventually happened.

I can remember sitting on the couch in the den rocking back and forth late at night asking God what we did to deserve all these problems. It was this point in my life that I asked the Lord to come into my life. I believe that my prior upbringing in the Church helped me come back to the Lord

Life Is Good - God Bless
November 16, 2019 at 11:27am
November 16, 2019 at 11:27am
Things are as I left them, with no clue and no inkling of where the pill box went. I had high hopes that something would pop into my mind but nothing happened. I even prayed about it, but so far nothing there either. Someday, if it didn't make its way into the trash, it will show up. I hope!

We had a professional Tree Trimmer come out and finish the job of cutting back our Fruitless Mulberry Tree. It didn't take long and they hauled away what they cut down plus raked up all the remaining leaves. Another job done, fortunately that is the only tree we have in our back yard so we don't expect to be raking many more leaves.

My daily walks continue, but I know soon it may slow down. I'm a fair weather walker and don't go out in the cold, wind and rain. I can bundle up for the cold and wind, sometimes I do, but the rain is another story. It's the time of year to dust off the stationary bike and start working out inside. We don't live near a mall, besides they don't allow dogs. I thought about taking her down to Lowes and walking around the store, but I didn't do that last year and it probably won't happen this year either.

We are expecting our first rain of the season this Wednesday. My wife and I are planning on spraying our yard with a pre-emergent to keep the weed from sprouting. The only problem is you need to get 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain for it to work. Otherwise you have to water by-hand and that's a problem. It requires a lot of water and it causes our water bill to go up. Always something!

Life Is Good - God Bless

November 14, 2019 at 4:32pm
November 14, 2019 at 4:32pm
Yesterday I had a conundrum happen that I can't explain. I took my pill box (I'm an old person) out of the table next to my chair and set it on the kitchen counter. I took the pill I needed and I thought I left the pill box on the counter. Later in the evening I went to get it, to take my evening pills, and it wasn't there. I'm at a total loss because I have no idea where it went. My wife and I have searched the house and it's nowhere to be found. I don't have the foggiest idea what I did with it. Where did my pills go? I'd hoped that it would come to me during the evening or night, you know like a light bulb going on, but that didn't happen. I took out my other pill box and started using it, hoping that the other would be found.

We have person coming over in an hour to trim our Fruitless Mulberry tree. We have been hacking away at it for several weeks taking off enough to put into our trash and leave room for the house trash. It has gotten to the point we can't reach the branches left on the tree even with our extended poles. I don't feel comfortable getting up on a latter and trying to saw or cut the branches. What do you do when you can't get the job done? Hire someone!

We had a company come out and give us a bid on replacing our wooden privacy fence, and take away the old one. She quoted us an outrageous price, so we'll have to find another route. I'm sure there is someone out there who can do it for a price more reasonable. We'll keep looking.

Life Is Good and God Bless

November 13, 2019 at 10:33am
November 13, 2019 at 10:33am
I'm speaking of the days I missed writing in my blog. Something must have gotten in the way but darn if I can tell you what it was.

My body keeps telling me that I'm not as young as I used to be. I'm feeling the two miles I walk daily. Sometimes getting out of a chair is an effort and taking the first few steps is a challenge, but once I get going I'm ok (I think)!

I drove down to Yucaipa yesterday to visit my Mother. There had been an accident on I-15 earlier but was still causing a traffic backup. I chose to go a different route, taking Lake Arrowhead Road to State Route 138. This is a 2 lane road with many curves, I wasn't in a hurry but still found myself coming into several curves at a higher rate of speed than was advised. Fortunately I was able to brake sufficiently before entering the curve to keep my car in its lane. This happened several times and I should have known better.

I take my iPad down with me so I can show my Mother pictures of her grand and great grandchildren. Along with pictures from Facebook to see what the people that are familiar to her are up too. We had a good visit and when I left I found the traffic was backed up again just beyond State Route 138. I took that offramp and instead of going the way I came, I took Summit Road (I'd never been on the road) along with a number of other people. It didn't have nearly as many curves to deal with and it was enjoyable ride. It came out on a road that I use when going to see my mom so I was happy because I was closer to home.

My trip into the back country, did make me aware of the tinder box the whole area is! It seems like it's a catastrophe waiting to happen. We've been lucky the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains haven't burned since 1996.

The weatherman said we could get some rain, a week from this Friday. We could use it, and I have some pre-emergent we need to put down before it rains. The only problem is, a half inch of rain is required to soak it into the ground. If we don't get that much rain then we have to water by hand. That's what happened when we first moved here in 2017. That was a Pain!

Time to get moving and dealing with todays issues. Make that honey-do's. Just kidding

Life Is Good and God Bless
November 9, 2019 at 10:17am
November 9, 2019 at 10:17am
On my walk yesterday with Gracie, my Javanese dog, we encountered a large dog trying to work his way out of a broken fence. This particular house has 3 or 4 large German Shepards. They have always barked when we passed and it was scary to see the dog sticking his head and front legs between the fence slats trying to get out. I figured if one made it through the others would follow. Fortunately that did not happen. Once our walk was complete I went back over to the house and informed the owner about the problem and he told me had extra slats and he would take care of it.

In previous post I've mentioned some of my medical problems I've had over the last several years. My journey continues! I was hospitalized the 1st 4 days of last month with Kidney stones. They didn't do anything other than give me pills to lesson the pain and help shrink the stones. I was released on a Friday and went back to the Emergency the following Wednesday with the pain. Again I was given some pain pills and released. My Urologist suggested I have Lithotripsy procedure that blasts the stones with radio frequency waves. I had this procedure done last Wednesday Nov 6, and I came out the same way I went in feeling fine. I haven't had anymore episodes after my last visit to the emergency but I still had 2 stones that needed to be demolished. It worked I haven't had any pain since. I feel like this is a Miracle! The horror stories I've hear over the years had me scared, fortunately I haven't experienced the pain of passing stones!

Time to get to work on my chores for the morning. Rake leaves and mow the lawn, then walk the dog. I walk 1.11 miles with the dog then I take another lap around without the dog. Not bad for someone who is 70+.

Life is Good and God Bless
November 8, 2019 at 10:18am
November 8, 2019 at 10:18am
I've tried several times to sit down and write in my blog, but I haven't been motivated, so I get up and walk away. Does that sound familiar to anyone else?

I certainly have been busy with all the medical problems I've been experiencing, with some down time. All is good now and hopefully I can try again to get back to writing in my blog. If I can't follow through then I will shut it down again. I don't want to do that, but if you don't participate what good does it do to belong?

I've met a few people online but since I quit writing, I'm no longer on their follow list so I will need to start anew. I will also need a refresher course in how to go about joining in the different writing blogs and contests.

I want to figure out what my blog will be about. Do I want to write about current events or what's occupying my time. I think I'll stick with me and let someone else critique the current events. It's not that I'm more interesting, but I know me and what I'm all about!

This is my first blog since my self imposed exile. More to come!

Life is good and God Bless
August 4, 2019 at 5:39pm
August 4, 2019 at 5:39pm
My wife was telling me a story about one of the ladies she volunteers with. She told me that this lady and her husband have separate bank accounts, they both pay their share of the bills that come in during the month.

This seems so odd to me. With both my marriages, we combined our paychecks into one account and paid the bills as they came in. I've never had any problems; and we both use the money when we need it. Neither my wife or I spend money foolishly but we do buy things we want sometimes and not necessarily need.

In our early years we lived paycheck to paycheck with a family of four. My wife had me start participating in the 401k my company offered and in time we were putting in the max allowed. As the years progressed my pay increased and we were able to live more comfortable. When I was transferred to Needles we became empty nesters and the paycheck went a lot further.

Early retirement was a struggle because I retired at 56 and could not start drawing Railroad Retirement till I turned 60. We managed and now things are once again comfortable. I didn't retire with a huge amount of money but we do alright.

I can't picture handling our money any differently than we do.

I guess to each his own, what works for me won't always work for the other guy.

Life Is Good
August 3, 2019 at 1:58pm
August 3, 2019 at 1:58pm
It seems like the days slip by without my sitting down to jot down my thoughts. Can't believe that we are into August already, blink an eye and it will be Fall.

I've had numerous Doctor appointments last month, with two more to come, in August and September. So far I'm firing on all cylinders, and I'm very grateful! I'm now walking 2 miles daily and riding the bike for 30 min.

My youngest son is getting married, for the second time, in Las Vegas at the end of the month. We were concerned with the heat but now they're having an invasion of grasshoppers. I'm hoping that will be cleaned up by the time we get there and all we'll need to worry about is the heat. My wife and I used to be accustomed to the heat when we lived-in Needles, but Apple Valley is somewhat milder. Here's hoping we don't MELT!

Two days after we get back from Las Vegas my wife heads back to Yuma, Az where she will cross the border and go back to the dentist who did her upper dentures and have the bottoms put in. She'll be glad to get it over with.

We've been talking about taking some kind of vacation, besides Vegas, to get away and enjoy the ocean, not sure if it will be San Diego, Oxnard or Santa Barbara. We'll be gone for 3 or 4 days just enough to help us relax. A change of scenery is due and I'm going to look forward to it.

Life is Good

July 15, 2019 at 5:18pm
July 15, 2019 at 5:18pm
My blood test was completed this morning with 5 vials drawn. Pulmonary Function Test tomorrow and Cardiac Doctor appointment on Thursday, then two more Doctor appointments on Monday. I would like to say my calendar is clear but I have another Doctor appointment in August and September. I'm keeping the economy going with Doctor visits alone.

When we moved into our home two years ago we purchased a new stove. Since that time my wife decided she didn't care for it, so we bought another stove and the old one is in my garage. I put it up for sale on "Offer Up" and have had 2 inquiries, I've now reduced the price twice in an attempt to get some movement. I also posted it on My Neighborhood and no response from this app. Not sure what I will do if I can't sell it, maybe take it to the Thrift Store where my wife volunteers.

The summer heat is upon us, it's 101 outside and will go up another degree or two before it starts to go back down. I'm not complaining these last few months have been wonderful and looking at Weather.com it looks like our temps will be in the 90's for the next week or two. For the High Desert you can't beat it.

So much for todays writings.

Life is Good
July 13, 2019 at 1:42pm
July 13, 2019 at 1:42pm
It takes more than a small effort to sit down and write in this blog. Prior to my heart attack and bypass surgery, I could write a blog with no problem. Now I seem to be hesitant to put words to paper even though I have a plethora of things I could write about.

I've been spending a lot of time reading these last two months and not doing anything that is productive. I've no excuse for this laziness and wish I could change and do something constructive. My wife never sits, she is always on the move and I feel ashamed that I don't have that same mentality, but I don't and I'm sure I never will!

I had a scare yesterday when I got the results from CT I had for my shoulder. I was told I had a mass or tumor next to my lung, I was given a Dr's name and told to give him a call and set up an appointment and have the mass removed. Needless to say my mind went to the big C word and I wasn't sure what to do. I had a copy of the CT report and after discussing it with my wife, I stoped by my Primary Dr. and had them make a copy of the CT for their records and then went to my Cardiologist and did the same. The Dr. was there and he was handed my report and he said "what's this?" I told him "it was the report from my CT and the Orthopedic Dr said I had a tumor and needed to have it removed." The Cardiologist said "this is fatty tissue bound together and nothing to worry about. You don't need surgery unless you want cosmetic surgery!"

So what do I do? I will wait, I have blood work on Monday, a Pulmonary Function Test on Tuesday, and appointment on Thursday with the Cardiologist to go over the result of the blood work and check my pace maker to see if I've had any A-Fib episodes. I meet with my urologist on the following Monday along with my Primary Physician later the same day. Will this ever end? I must admit I'm getting a little tired of all these doctor appointments and not knowing for sure what's going on!

I'm going to a memorial in a couple of hours for a gentleman from my church. He had been in a convalescent hospital for over a year. I stopped by to see him a couple of times when I was down visiting my mother. The service is being held at my church and lunch will be provided afterwords.

I think this is enough of my woes to last awhile.

Life is Good

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