(1) No, I haven’t died or dropped off the face of the earth. I’ve just been trying to get through the days, one at a time. Some days are better than others, but there haven’t been any good days [with my back] for about a week. I’m assuming it’s because the Prednisone has completely worn off. Bummer.
(2) After going for weeks without any rain, we’ve been experiencing afternoon thunder showers every day–including on the Fourth of July. Fortunately, I’d planned to have our family ‘picnic’ indoors. Eventually, before the end of the day, the kids managed to steal a few minutes to play in the rain, and in the swimming pool, but Ed got sprinkled on while doing the grilling.
(3) Some folks in our area got a lot more than a thunder shower on July 4th. They lost their electricity, for part of the day, and some of the streets, in nearby Savannah, were flooded. Facebook’s feed was filled with photos of folks floating down the flooded streets on tubes! I guess that could be classified as “making the best of a bad situation.”
(4) Ed discovered that our one-and-only convenience store was closed on July 4th, when we needed to buy a bag of ice. So much for convenience… He had to drive another six miles just to buy some ice. You’d think all convenience stores would be open on July 4th, wouldn’t you?
(5) Our youngest son was baptized on the Friday morning before the Fourth of July. He didn’t let anybody know he was going to do this, other than his wife, and the pastor, of course. He chose to be baptized the old-fashioned way, in the river. This mother was a little bit disappointed that she missed this special moment in her youngest son’s life, but is happy for him, none-the-less.
(6) Speaking of special moments in one’s life–that same youngest son will turn “30” on this coming Saturday. Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday he wasn’t much bigger than his son, Evan, who will soon turn two!
Last year’s birthday celebration
A lot of things have changed since last year’s birthday celebration. In addition to everyone being another year older, Ed’s retired, both Brad and Jennifer have new jobs, and Brad and Jennifer have moved out of their home in the city and back to our hometown. None of these changes were expected, last year, with the exception of everyone growing older.
(7) Speaking of special moments and milestones, today is my daughter and her husband’s wedding anniversary! They were married on a very hot July evening, fourteen years ago. All anniversaries are special, but, I think, this one just might have a little more meaning to them than some in the past. I wish the two of them many more happy years ahead!
July 7, 2001
(8) I received my packet of ‘new patient forms’ [for my neurologist appointment, in two weeks], yesterday. They’re a bit overwhelming, and it may take me the next two weeks just to get them filled out. I’ve never had to ‘bubble in’ ovals (with a #2 pencil, no less) on patient information forms before! I’m both looking forward to and dreading this appointment, all at the same time.
(9) Lately, we’ve been letting our newer flock of hens out to ‘free range’ late in the afternoons. We give them about an hour, at the end of each day, to roam out of their pen. They seem to enjoy this time, and look forward to it very much. The two older red hens [who free range all the time] tried to act like bullies, at first, but things seem to be getting better now that it’s been a few days.
(10) It’s been three days since Ed’s seen “Trouble” the cat. For three days in a row, she’s been a ‘no show’ at feeding time. We were sure something had happened to her because, normally, she’s always at the house, waiting to be fed. Yesterday, we found out that she’s been visiting with our oldest son and his family, again! He said that his little boys have been feeding her and trying to get her to stay. I hope she does, but I won’t hold my breath! “Trouble” has a mind of her own.