Saturday, April 5, 2014

NOTHING NEW TO REPORT............

about Dad.  He has good days and bad days.  Can't seem to understand why this has happened to him.  I go over every day, feed the birds, clean the litter boxes and clean the house.  Go to the store if he doesn't feel up to it that week.  Today, he seemed somewhat confused.  He never gets a good nights rest.  Never.  Still driving that gas/fuel truck or plowing fields, or milking cows.  He doesn't have an 'off switch', poor guy.  Got an email from a cousin about a planned family reunion on June 21st at a local park.  Said something to Dad but he didn't commit.  We'll have to wait and see.

Critters all doing ok.  Dogs were quite vocal today as it was the annual 'mud sale' over at the fire hall grounds.  Lotsa, lotsa Amish going past the house.  Dogs hate the Amish.  Don't know why unless in their 'before life' they were teased.

Been going to Physical Therapy for this dizziness 'cause the Dr. thought it was inner-ear.  I kept telling him I thought it was coming from my neck and shoulder.  After 3 weeks, the PT guy, Nic, told me it wasn't inner-ear but probably coming from my neck. When the shoulder hurts, there is little or no dizziness.  When the shoulder stops hurting, I'm dizzy.  Could get interesting.

Later................

Sunday, February 16, 2014

JUST TAKING IT A DAY AT A TIME.....

not much else one can do.  Dad is still about the same.  A week ago, I lost power for 2 days.  Cooked on the wood stove, put perishables in the snow bank and coolers.  Got thru it ok.  His electric faired better, just blinked on Wednesday and was off a couple of hours on Thursday.  I asked him what would he do if it went out and he told me he could back down the cellar steps and fire up his wood stove.  Be interesting to see him do that, as he has to use a walker now, or a wheel chair.  My biggest concern is finding him in a heap at the bottom of the stairs. 

His neighbors have been taking care of the driveway.  One has a big snow blower on a tractor and the other guy has a blade.  His Amish neighbor, David, came over with this last storm and shoveled the deck and the walk.  I've really only had to shovel twice. 

Critters are all OK.  Coco and Daisy love the snow, roll in it.  Archie?  Not so much.  Birds are eating me out of house and home.  I put nuts out for the poor little squirrel and the blue jay and wood pecker get them first. 

Got a message from blogger about 'picking a browser'??????  Don't know what's up with that, and, don't have time to research it.  Might not be posting again for a while.  Everyone take care and be safe.

Later..............

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SOMETIMES HE'S WAITING ON SPRING, SOMETIMES HE'S WAITING ON GOD........

Been very busy here lately, but, have Dad on a bit of a schedule.  He is doing remarkably well, good days and bad days.  He gets up, dresses, makes his bed, feeds the three cats, takes a shower and gets his own meals.  We have gone to the grocery store that he loves, and, he rides around on one of the electric scooters.  I do his laundry, clean the litter boxes, feed the birds, clean his house, burn the trash and make sure there is enough cat food on hand in case of a blizzard. 
The physical therapy guy is done after a month.  We all decided that since the main problem is his knees, which are bone on bone, anymore PT would not be advantageous.  However, he will continue to do the exercises to keep his legs as strong as possible.  The nurse will visit one last time next Wednesday, then she'll be done.  They've been very helpful in the transition from the home to his home.
He'll be going back to the doctors in three weeks for a shot in the worse knee.  He has had these before and they've helped for a short time.  Any relief is welcomed.
Need to order more propane.  That's gonna hurt.  A tank has usually lasted all winter, but, it's never been this cold before, and, since I haven't been home much the past couple of months, the wood stoves weren't being used, hence, using more propane.  It is what it is.

Later................

Sunday, January 5, 2014

UPDATE....

Dad's home since Thursday.  He is doing well, gets up and dressed, makes his bed and is eating breakfast by the time I get there.  PT person is coming Tuesday and Thursday for about 8 weeks, as is the visiting nurse.  Medicare will pay for this.  Got him a new cordless phone to carry around as he won't spend the money for a Life-Alert plan. 

Nasty and cold weather this past couple of days.  -3 one morning when I took the dogs out, was -6 at some point during the night.  Glad I bought new tires for the truck.  I think this winter is going to be a booger.

Later..............

Saturday, December 7, 2013

UPDATE.........

The week progressed as usual after his falling out on the deck, but, by the beginning of the next week, this past Monday he seemed a little confused.  Of course we don't want to go to the doctor.  Tuesday night, I helped him get his supper together, he did not want me to fix his supper or feed his cats.  He does, however, let me feed the birds.  Wednesday morning I stopped by to see if he wanted anything from the grocery store and found him on the kitchen floor.  His supper was still on the counter, so, even tho I asked him how long had he been down there, to which he replied 'oh, about 10 minutes'.  I believe he was there all night.  I went to the phone to call 911 and he was screaming at me, I'm surprised you all didn't hear him, that he was not going to the hospital.  I hung up the phone and they called me back, I told the dispatcher that I just needed help in getting him up.  That turned out to be the right thing to say 'cause they didn't even mention a med unit would be dispatched.  Took the girls on the ambulance and his neighbor, Crocket, 2 and a half hours to talk him in to going in to the ER.  Katy kept saying to me 'he really does need to go in and be checked out'.  I told her, 'you're preaching to the choir, good luck'.  So he was in the ER when I got there and they were getting ready to move him up to the heart floor.  Turns out, his white count was elevated so there was an infection somewhere which was raising his blood pressure and bringing on his confused state, plus, this put stress on his heart and caused a slight heart attack.  Thursday I went in and there is blood in his urine. They do a bladder scan and the bladder looks fine, they wanted to scope him out and he told them NO.  The doctor then pussy-foots around him and asks me about doing the procedure and I told him if he doesn't want it done then you're not doing it.  Damn hospitals, no wonder he hates them.  Friday, they call me and say his heart went into A-Fib but they gave him a shot to get it back.  He is now refusing the drip IV.  Again, this doctor wants me to OK it.  I told him, if he doesn't want it, you're not doing it, damn hospitals.  His confusion is not nearly as bad as when this started.  The white count is down.  They've got him on a IV drip of antibiotics.  I've filled out the paper work to get him into the place for rehab.  I have been told that it is the best in the county.  I told him that he is going to rehab so he can get the strength back in his legs and he can get back to his house and he's good with that.  We'll see.  So, that is the whole sordid story.  He's my dad, and I love him, but I think he's ready to go.  I'm OK with that. We are a 'pull the plug' family; no heroics.  Sometimes you have to scream that at the medical people who are trained or brain-washed to save-the-life at all cost. Living wills are meant to do that but they still won't listen.  This might be getting interesting before it's over 'cause I don't want to see him suffer like mom did.  After all, this earth is just a bus stop and we're only passing thru. 

Later...............

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HMMMM...WHERE TO START, HOW ABOUT LAST.....

MONDAY...Dad fell on his deck.  His knees are so bad he has to shuffle now and the toe of his shoe caught a deck board.  I had gone into the house to let Archie off of the leash and turned around to go back out just in time to see him fall forward.  Hit his shoulder, of course..the bad one, on his porch glider and went smack down on both knees.  He says he feels a little better each day, still stiff and sore.  Mighta cracked a rib, hurts to cough.
THURSDAY....Went over to the little Methodist Church for their Thanksgiving meal.  It.was.awesome! 
FRIDAY...Went up to the restaurant for supper as usual.  Closed! What! Seems the town was flushing the system and a pump died at that end.  No good water.  So, waited for the rest of the crew and we decided to go to the restaurant on the other end of town.  Food is good.  Prices are higher.  Atmosphere stinks. 
SATURDAY...went to the cemeteries, not far from my house, to take pictures of the stones.  Got about 44, came home to download on 'puter and put on Ancestry.com.  Did a few and BLAM, gone, file not found.  Not only the ones I had just taken but ALL.OF.MY.PICTURES!!!  I know they're in there somewhere, but, I'm not going to Best Buy around the holidays to get them to look at this thing.  I've also lost my book-marked favorites, three times.  Virus?  Maybe.
SUNDAY...went to my cousins, took pizza, called his brother on the way over and he met me there.  Had a good visit, spent the whole afternoon.  He gave me a walker for dad.  The kind with wheels and brakes an a little seat.  Said he couldn't get it to fold up.  Figured out later you gotta pull the little knob out of the hole.  Well, he didn't actually give it to me, we traded.  I had a new book on the railroad that went thru our hometown a hundred years ago.  Took the authors six years to put it together and it is well worth the price of $75.  I never knew, until Sunday, that cousin use to trace where the tracks went, and try and figure out how they got over to the river.  So, he had three books on the railroad in the next county.  We traded my book for his book and the walker.  Good Deal!!!
MONDAY....went up to the historical society to buy another book.  Told the one author about 'losing my book to my cousin'.  He laughed and said that happens.  This is the time of year that they do their greens sale.  They make all sorts of wreaths, grave blankets, garland, etc. to sell to support themselves.  I have helped in the past, since I've always had a truck, to get the greens.  Don't do that anymore.  Not a member anymore, 'cause they bug ya about being a docent.  But, I do go once in a while if they have a good speaker.  I take Archie to the meetings 'cause they've told me he is their mascot.  The older folks just love him, especially when he's 'stylin' and profilin' in his jeans and t-shirt.  Anyhow, got coerced into making the price tags.  Had a good time.  Then, took the walker over to dad's.  He was out at the barn, mashing cans.  He did use it to walk into the house, with Archie on the seat.  When I left a couple of hours later, it was sitting in the kitchen.  That's probably where it will stay.  I try.

Later...............

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HEAVY, HEAVY FROST............

for the past few mornings.  S'pose to rain Friday and Saturday.  Hope it is clear for Turkey Day as we are traveling.  Getting hungry for turkey dinner and all of the fixins. 
New fridge is running so quiet.  Can't believe the old one was almost 20.  Should see a drop in the electric bill.  Still haven't found a stove.  Don't need a fancy one, I wouldn't have a kitchen except it came with the house.
Got propane yesterday, $1.82!!!!  When I stopped in September and asked about the price it was $1.59, but I had too much in the tank then.  Probably shoulda called sooner.  Oh well.  It's still cheaper than oil.  Need to turn the other furnace on in the living room also.  This see-sawing hot-cold days are gonna end and it'll be staying cold. 
Had a real nice dinner with my old boss, and two other ladies I use to work with, on Tuesday night.  We ate at Carrabba's.  Never been there, food was good, but on the expensive side.  Haven't decided where to go in December.  
Just saw three deer running in the back meadow.  Probably just released.  Haven't had any around here for a couple of years.  Couldn't tell if buck or doe.  Didn't have time to get the binos.  Dogs are going nuts.  They'd be the type to chase deer if they could.  A couple in the next town lost their dog to a bow hunter last week.  Fool thought it was a coyote.  She was only 10 months old and had wandered just off of their in-laws property.  The farmer had allowed these two cretons to hunt and the one shot her.  If he is that dumb or blind that he couldn't tell her from a coyote he shouldn't be hunting.  Don't you have to be 100% sure????  Not 'think' it is.....!!!  Investigation is still going on.  Don't know if Game Commission will do anything.  Hope the idiot has sleepless nights.

Later..............

Oh, the whatzit is a cigar box opener.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

WHATZIT...............

About the size of an ordinary knife one would use for eating.  Wooden handle.  No, it's not a candle snuffer.  That piece is solid.  End of blade is thin and fairly sharp with notch at top.  About 7" long.

Later...............

Monday, November 11, 2013

THANK YOU....

to all of the veterans and to those serving today.  I appreciate your sacrifice for my freedom.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND............

why, in GOD's name, I woke up this morning at 4:30!  Looked at the clock....WHAT!  NO, UH?  Crap.  And, NO, it wasn't the dogs.  I actually got THEM up.  Just wasn't anymore sleep left in me, I guess.  So, I got up, stripped the bed, did 3 loads of wash, hung the blankets on the line, had two cups of coffee, had breakfast, re-planted some tulip bulbs, transferred a small maple tree...all before 10 a.m.  Then, went for the paper and the mail.  Swung around to dad's to check on him.  He and Sarah were going to a 50th anniversary party this afternoon.  Stopped at a little antique shop over in the next village, bought a cute little pen knife for $2.  Then a visit from Cindy's two grandkids, who delivered the pizza I'd ordered from their school fund drive.  Not doing much else this evening. 

Got a new fridge coming Thursday.  The old one runs a lot, it's rusting on the outside and the gaskets are shot.  This one was $300 off.  Decided it was time. 

Later..................

Monday, November 4, 2013

SO LONG, ITS BEEN FUN.....

but, had to let you go.  NO, NO, I'm not going anywhere.  I just cleaned out and cleaned up my blog list that I've been following.  About 60 had to go.  Some haven't posted in over a year, so, I've given up.  Hope they are OK and just too busy to write.  A few were just tired, and a couple that I've kept are on the edge of going.  Got it down to a manageable couple of dozen.  I realize that it is a stressful world we live in and a lot of people are busier than I am and here lately, I haven't been posting like I use to.  But, I miss 'Treesong' and 'JohnnieB' and don't know what happen to them.  Their blogs were always a good read.  You do get close to people you read everyday.  I still miss Ben from Texas that died last summer. 

Getting late, this new time (which makes absolutely NO sense) will screw up my household for a month.  Dogs got me up at 5:50 AM this morning, instead of 7. Gotta get to bed.

Later..............

Monday, October 28, 2013

'NUFF SAID.............

 
NEW FOREVER STAMP..........................

WENT TO A FUNERAL.....

a while back, on a Saturday.  I didn't know the fellow, but, I'm friends with his second cousin.  Bud was the 'contact' for the Air Force.  I assume this hero's mom had made that decision as she got older and knew her passing was coming, his dad had already passed.   He was only married 11 months, no children, young widow would probably remarry.  Her son was an only child, had five first cousins, all older.  She was making sure he would come 'home'. 
You see, he was shot down in 1968, on a mission over Viet Nam.  Just him, who was the navigator, and the pilot.  Others, in the formation, saw the plane get hit, no parachutes deployed.  After the war, searches were conducted, but there were unexploded ordinances found, which impeded the searches.  Every year, on the anniversary, the Air Force would contact his widow to update her on the results.  She had remarried, had children, grandchildren, moved across the country.  But, each year she was reminded of losing him.  This year, was different.  They had found him, but, not the pilot.  The conjecture is that the pilot was shot out of the plane.  He left a wife and five children.  She never remarried.
So, this hero was brought back from Hawaii to Philadelphia to the funeral home that has buried all of the family for decades.  I went, just to honor the man I never knew. 
The town police wouldn't let me up the street where the funeral home is.  So, I politely asked him where I could park.  He asked if I was family, I said, "No, I just want to honor the man.  How about if I park on Oak street?"  He said that would work.  I went around the block and pulled up, parked, got out with Archie.  Turned the corner and looked down the street.  Motorcycles were parked on the entire block.  Must've been 100 at least.  Two Viet Nam veteran clubs were standing in front of the funeral home, all holding the Stars and Stripes.  Two PA state troopers, 5 county sheriffs on cycles and, the town cops were all standing around.  A lot of people were standing on the street where the day before, someone had put flags in the ground the entire length.  Got a lump in my throat the size of a football.  I then noticed this pretty, petite lady come out of the funeral home, shake hands with a couple of the veterans and walk over to the house next door where the rest of the vets had went.  It was getting close to bringing out the casket to the hearse, so, people were gearing up for the ride to Philadelphia where he was to be buried next to his parents.  She was immediately surrounded by the group.  Spoke to all, they clapped, she said some more, they clapped.  There was a connection.  They understood, she understood.  Very moving.  I only took one picture, but, it was the one that summed it up for me. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

YEAH, I KNOW, IT'S BEEN A WHILE................

but, I have been sorta busy.  Last week, took Archie in on Monday for teeth cleaning, she pulled four.....$455.  Next day, took Elijah, my 29lb cat, in for teeth cleaning 'cause he also had the zacklies.  (Don't know what the zacklies are, do you.)  His mouth smelled zackly like his butt.  Anyhow, he had one rotten tooth, which is why he lost 4lbs and his breath stank.  She cleaned his teeth and pulled the rotten one.....$430.  This past Monday, took Coco and Daisy for their shots and check up.....$125.  Can't believe I've had these dogs two years.  All is well with them except they've both gained a couple of pounds.  I had switched them to Blue Buffalo and come to find out, it has a higher fat content.  It is good food and so is Versus, so, I switched them back.  We'll see in a couple of months.  Later, on Monday, took Archie for his bath and hair cut.....$50.  Then it turned freaking cold, now he wears a sweater 'cause Dad is worried he's going to get pneumonia.  Yesterday, took MoMo for his shots and check up, Dad's cat, he paid.....$108.  My vet is going to be building a hospital up the road from her current one.  This is a good story.............She is the oldest of three children, with two younger brothers.  About 10 years younger than me.  Neat lady.  Her family is heavy into farming, always has been.  She currently lives on the farm her paternal grandparents had, but, it belongs to her brother.  But, he and his wife and children live in a tenet house on his wife's parents farm.  Her other brother and his wife and kids live in another tenet house, but have the rights to his parents farm.  Now, you might think my vet is out in the cold, not a chance.  She inherited a beautiful, Victorian brick house from her eccentric cousin, many years ago.  He never took care of anything, even tho he had the money.  The house got so bad, he lived in his car.  Anyhow, she told me a few years back she'll have $500,000.00 in the place by the time she is done.  She put her hospital in the basement, she plans on ripping all of that out, living in the house after building the hospital up the road.  I asked her yesterday if she was putting in a 'Sharon' wing.  She laughed.   These animals are my responsibility and I will take care of them.  Even if I can't afford to buy food for me.

Raining today, and, I guess tomorrow and Saturday too.  Archie won't be going to breakfast on Friday if this keeps up.  Poor guy, I haven't told him yet.  Gotta go, scraped up enough cash to go to the grocery store.

Later..................

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DON'T KNOW ABOUT ALL OF YOU BUT............

all I've heard is....... it's going to be a nasty winter.  Somebody better tell this guy.......
 
 
PS.............I started the wood stove tonight!!!!