12-30-2013 7:30 AM
Friday Monday. Hope that everyone had a good Christmas. We did - spent time with the family.
A little playoff humor (insert Jim Morra "Playoffs? playoffs? You're kidding me! Playoffs? Playoffs?" voice here):
12-31-2013 5:30 PM - edited 12-31-2013 5:40 PM
Thanks Dave. I imagine it may have been my turn but this week has been one h--- of a week. Come to think of it....2013 has been one of the worst in the last 40 or so years.
A couple of weeks ago.....my pulmonologist noticed in my medical records that way, way back....about 70 years ago when I was a grade schooler......I had been checked for TB (all the kids were). Only thing was...my result was positive. That meant that I had been exposed to tuberculosis somewhere...somehow. Anyway....it remained latent so I did not come down with it AND I was not contagious. OK....now...nearly 3/4 of a century later saw that and knew that once I tested positive I was still carrying that TB bacteria around in my system. Now comes old age....plus my battle with pulmonary fibrosis....and she thinks....oh boy what if his immune system weakens and that TB bacteria turns active. So she sent me to the lab at the hospital where I contributed some samples of mucous that I coughed up. THEN....two days before Christmas she calls and tells me they saw the TB bacteria and I should stay home and not have contact with any of our family or their kids. Christmas came and my wife and I stayed home. Not so bad....just the two of us....like old times. BUT....there's more. My wife,... bless her pea pick'n heart....decided to cook and dish up an old fashioned traditional Christmas dinner....just for the two of us. We were getting prepared for this great event when, the day before Christmas, my youngest son called and said that his wife was absolue insisting that she and her sister would bring a spread from THEIR Christmas dinner over to our house for us to partake. Poor grandpa and grandma....can't take care of them selves. Right? OK....we did not want to hurt anyone's feelings so we posponed our much-anticipated home cooked meal and waited all Christmas day for our dinner to be delivered. BUT (ain't there always a BUT) it seems that the sister's husband had received a new Turkey cooker (deep roasted in peanut oil) for his present. But there were problems learning how to used it. Result? Our Christmas dinner was delivered to us at about 8:15 PM Christmas night. Now I don't know about you folks but at that time of night I'm not hungry....unless it's a dish of ice cream. So THAT was our Christmas.
Then, about two days after Christmas I got another call from the doctor. The lab had continued to grow cultures and examine my sample. The end result was that the bacteria they spotted was a cousin of the TB version....but not TB and not harmful. No problem....no treatment needed. Big relief. I'm not contagious. Hurray.
We ended up eating the dinner my wife had started to prepare on Sunday, the 29th. It was delicious but the mood was gone.
OK.....come Tuesday (today) New Years eve. I had to be at the hospital Ambulatory Surgery Department at 9:30 AM for a procedure. Can't remember the medical name but what it amounts to is stretching the esophagus to enlarge it. I was having problems with pills and food getting caught half way down. That can be painful. So this morning that is where I was. Got all ready....they started the annisthetic and I took a nice nap while the doctor carried out the procedure. No pain. Just a bit of a sore throat this evening. But now I should be able to take my medicine without worrying if it will get stuck on its way down to my stomach. I'm really tired. Had to lay off my arthritis pain killer for 4 days because it contains aspirin. So my shoulders were killding me this morning. But now I've had my Excedrin and most is right with the world. Oh wait......I can't have any alcoholic beverage for 24 hours so no booze to welcome the new year. Darn it.
Now if they would just find a cure for my pulmonary fibrosis. PLEASE! And, your going to think I'm nuts, I keep hearing Alfie around the house.....wakes me up with scratching noise to be helped up into the bed with us......pawing my foot to tell me he need to be taken outdoors. I'm not kidding. It's weird!
Wait. There's more. We had 2 inches of snow a few days ago. I hauled out my little Panasonic Lumix camera....the one with the 16X Leica telephoto zoom lens.....and the sensor was gone. I've had it only 15 months and it is out of warranty. Worthless now. Cost of repair is estimated to be about what I paid for it. Needless to say I won't be purchasing any more Panasonic Lumix cameras. Got my eye on another Canon. A compact pocket camera to go along with my Canon DSLR. I like to have a camera with me all the time and I'm too darn particular to settle for the lousy image quality that I see in cell phone cameras. Have not see one yet that was worth a toot. But I would like to get my hands on a Nokia....the new one with the 41 megapixel resolution in its camera.....just to see how good the images are that it takes.
OK......HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!
Hurry up and get here summer!
01-01-2014 4:48 PM
Your 2013, Phil, was like my 2008, 09 and 11. 2012 wasn't much better and 13 was almost as bad as 12. In 08, we lost my wife's brother (he was 49), in 09, we lost our ex-son-in law and in 11, mom died. We are still trying to clean that mess up.......... AND my wife's pain is a bit worse, each day. Whew, what a decade, lol.
01-02-2014 9:54 PM - edited 01-02-2014 9:59 PM
I can fully empathize Dave. Let's both hope and pray that 2014 is much better.
My oldest son had good intentions but it was for naught. Today he sent me a notification from a local animal rescue organization that a little 15 lb., 6 yr. old Cairn Terrier (Toto dog) named Molly is ready for adoption.....complete with photo. What a face, complete with mischievous eyes. I pleaded with my wife but she won't give in. So no more dogs.
The Cairn Terriers are a small terrier whose beginnings are lost in the very early history of Scotland. The standard says that they can be any color except white. Usually they are salt & pepper with a luxurious double coat. Once in a while a Cairn female will drop a pure white puppy. In the early days those puppies were neutered or killed. But in the 1800's a Scottish lord was out hunting with his crew of Cairns and accidentally mistook one of them for the fox they were after. He killed his own dog. It occurred to him that, if the dog had been white, he would not have made that mistake. SO.....next time a white puppy was born to one of his females....he kept it. Over a period of time he was able to produce an all white dog with dark eyes....black nose and lips...and black paw pads.....plus a carrot shaped tail that is carried erect like a flag pole. The new dog began to be able to breed true and over the years it eventually became known as the West Highland White Terrier. So the Westie breed came from the Cairn. In fact....a really good quality Westie with a fine coat will usually have a very slight beige colored tint to the under-coat along the spine. That slight discoloration does not count agains the dog in judging. But the standard does require that Westies must be white. No colors are allowed. I would rather have another Westie.....but that little female Cairn is really a cutie. Oh well. Can't have everything we want....can we?
But I did go ahead with purchasing the Canon pocket campact camera....the SX 280.....to replace my Panasonic Lumix camera that went completely belly up after only 15 months of use. I hope I get better service out of this one. Basically same features....with 20X....25 to 500mm zoom telephoto lens. I still do not see how they pack so many features into such a small camera. This one has on board GPS and Wi-Fi capability for transferring photos to computer, printer or any other Wi-Fi device with out any cable connection. Amazing. When it first came out last spring Canon was listing it at $329.95. I bought mine at BB for $184.95. Not too bad I thought.
Guess I should have started the new WOTT but it is still Thursday so I'll post this here.
It is 1 degree below zero right now. By Tuesday night the forecast is for minus 10 deg....possibly even colder. Why O why didn't we settle in southern Texas? Wanted to be close to the two of our sons who live in the Kansas City area....I guess. When we lived in Iowa for 18 years....20 to 21 below zero was not all that unusual in mid-winter. Plus we had a lot more snow up there. But I have always hated winter and THAT has not changed in my old age.