A Few Friday Fragments…

I’m sitting here watching Ed and our little grandson, Chase playing with a wrestling ring and some old wrestling figures.  It reminds me of years gone by… It’s the same wrestling ring and men, but a much older Ed playing with a grandson instead of his sons.  Where has the time gone?

The week passed quickly.  You’d think these days would drag by since I’m not able to do much, but time is still flying. I managed to stay busy by watching tv, napping, doing laundry, and doing any chore that only requires me to be on my feet for less than ten minutes. (any longer than that brings on an attack of sciatica)

The days are down to minus ten and counting until my back surgery, on  September 14.  The doctor’s office called me, this week, to give me a list of “dos and don’ts” regarding the days prior surgery.  It was a long list, and the call lasted almost a half an hour! Really, I think the only thing they didn’t instruct me on was how to wear  my hair on the day of the surgery 🙂  I think the strangest instruction I received was “no fishing for a month after surgery.” (Like I’m going to feel like going fishing after back surgery!)  They explained the reason for this instruction has to do with all of the bacteria that has polluted our rivers, lakes, and beaches.  Apparently, there have been patients who have contracted nasty infections, following surgery, by being exposed to these kinds of bacteria.  Who knew?

God never ceases to amaze me, especially in times of trouble.  Our oldest son gave us a set of The Bible on dvd’s back in July.  Ed and I have listened to it, faithfully, every morning, and have made our way through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This week, we started listening to Acts, but God hasn’t opened my ears to hear His message for me in Acts, so far .  So, I decided to watch some devotions on television, this week.  It turned out that those devotions were exactly what I needed to hear, at this particular time in my life!  I heard His message.  God is good!

Yesterday, Ed and I visited the hospital where he used to work, before they laid him off, back in January.  Since it’s closest to where we live, I went there to have my pre-op testing performed. (Nothing like feeding the hand that bit you! Ha!)  It was nice to see Ed’s former co-workers again, but most of the hospital looked pretty much deserted.  Judging from what I saw, business hasn’t picked up since the new management company took over in January.  Ed mentioned that the salaries of all of the employees[combined], who were laid off, probably just about pays the monthly cost of the management firm…  So, I wonder how that’s working out.  Anyway, I’m thankful the hospital is still there, it saved us from having to drive twenty more miles to the next one.

The first part of this week, our weather was fall-like.  Unfortunately, summer-like weather has returned.  I guess that’s a good thing for those who have Labor Day activities planned, though.  We have no plans, other than putting some fall decorations outside.  I’ll let Ed do the ‘leg work’ and I’ll supervise 🙂  That’s become our new way of life, lately… (Yesterday, Ed told his former co-workers that he’s gone from having six [women] telling him what to do, to only having one [woman] telling him what to do.)  On that note, I’m outta’ here!

I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend.  I’ll visit and post, again, as I am able.


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A September Kind Of Hodgepodge…

1. What’s on your September calendar? Anything fun?

Back surgery is looming on my September calendar.  A minimally invasive lumbar foraminotomy, I think it’s called.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  As bad as “foraminotomy” sounds, I do like the sound of the “minimally invasive” part. If it will restore my life to normal, it’ll be the best thing that’s happened to me since April 8th.

2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?

I might be described as a natural born worrier.  I try not to worry, but I usually do, and it doesn’t help a thing!

3. September is National Courtesy Month…what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large?

In the words of the an old Aretha Franklin song, R-E-S-P-E-C-T is what I’d like to see more of, among the people, today.  So many people have so little respect.

4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag…of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently?

I think “chicken out” might best fit my situation, at the moment.  I’m nervous about having surgery–but I won’t chicken out.  Of course, I could also say I’m an “eager beaver” to get it over with, too…

5. What’s your movie theater snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What’s the last movie you saw in a theater? How many thumbs up would you give it?

I haven’t been to an actual movie theater in several years, but whenever I go I always have to have some movie popcorn, even though it costs an arm and a leg.  I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices for those other movie snacks.  You’ll find me eating popcorn from the moment I sit down, until I just can’t eat any more.  As for the movie I last saw, it was Toy Story 3, and I enjoyed it very much.

6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.” Agree or disagree? Why?

I agree  that “idleness warps the mind”, but ‘work’ does not necessarily have to mean having a job outside of the home. There are many types of ‘work’ a person can do to keep themselves active and focused.

7. What’s the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to ‘work like a dog’ until it was finished?

That’s easy, working in our vegetable garden!  This year, back issues knocked me out of some of the actual ‘garden work’, but I still was able to do a lot of shelling, blanching, canning, and freezing.


For some reason, Ed and I have had an epidemic of ground moles, this year.  At times, our lawn is very spongy because of their huge tunnels.  The other day, I was talking with someone about this problem, and they mentioned putting pieces of Juicy Fruit chewing gum down into the mole holes to get rid of the moles.  I thought this sounded crazy, but I ‘googled’ it, and sure enough, Juicy Fruit gum is listed under ‘how to get rid of moles’.  As crazy as it sounds, we tried it, yesterday.  I’ll let you know if it works!

In other random ‘mole’ news, Ed had a suspicious growth (that seemed to spring up from nowhere) removed from his shoulder, yesterday.  He’s doing fine, and we hope the pathologist report comes back negative.  The stitches will come out in 9 days.

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