Family Discussion March 9, 2005
You have found the family discussion area. Keith mentioned to me that he thought it would be a good idea to have a discussion area separate from the estate area and I thought it was a good idea too. So, this is an open forum for any subject.
Family Discussion March 11, 2005
March 14th is Jennifer's birthday. I am amazed by so many things on this earth but probably the most amazing is how these young people reach their 40s so much faster than we of ancient times.
It took at least 40 years for us to reach 21 now they do it before we can turn around.
Happy Birthday Jennifer and please slow down. You are dearly loved.
Family Discussion March 13, 2005
Hi all, just found out Rhonda won't be able to make it out to reunion in May, cuz it is the same week Aimee graduates from H.S. I know what you mean PK seems like just a short time ago Aimee was born & Rhonda called & said it's a girl now she is eighteen. Bruce & Kathy, Kel just returned from Wash. DC & he said he enjoyed the Smithsonian museum natural history. Happy Birthday tomorrow Jennifer.
Family Discussion March 14, 2005
From: Lila and Elaine
Thanks for sending me this, PK. I am back on line, but barely. I am still trying to unpack and
get settled. Things are coming together, but it is going to take a lot of time and engery! Both
of which I never seem to have a lot of. Happy B-Day to Jen. Must go to bed now----will write
Life gets wierder with age. That's what I think. Just went to see Grease (the play) at Yuba City High School.
High School. Soo strange so strange.. Adorable children... but thinking back on my teen
years, it all seemed so serious. I think it probably seems that way to the young ones still. Am
now feeling awe struck at the convience of having a washer, dryer,stove and refrigerator
after a couple months without.. We are beginning to feel homey around here..thanks mostly
to Steve Gorham. He has done so much for us, don't know where we'd be without his help.
And of course, Lila is so grateful to all for the moving help. It's a continuing journey.
Happy Birthday , Jennifer. Elaine
Family Discussion March 19, 2005
Hello you all,
It is a rainy, stormy day here in YC. Elaine has gone to Davis, and me and the animals are
staying indoors------all are sleeping except for me. I just may join them soon!
Our old school building is looking pretty good now a days----a lot has happened. Mostly, due
to the work of Steve (Bev's son). He has been a blessing for Elaine and me. We are getting
ready for Steve to paint the outside of the place----I know that will make a major change in the
looks of the place. Hope you all will come and see us in our schoolhouse home someday soon. There
is still much to do-------all in good time.
I am doing a little work for KHC now-------nice pace. Elaine is starting a tudoring job soon. I am
enjoying the slower pace here, after the bay area. Although YC has grown leaps and bounds
since I left here, it is still mellow compared to the bay area. Miss the hills in UC, but have the
Buttes, here. I do love those Buttes-----smallest mountain range in the world.
Looking forward to our meeting in May.
May Gathering March 20, 2005
From: Dean Ross
Am looking forward to seeing everyone in May, and am pleased to be hosting the big gathering on May 21st.
Please let me know if there are any special needs that we should address. As we all know, age is taking it's toll on certain generations of our family. So, if we need to have a couple of wheel-chairs, or maybe a supply of Geritol on hand, please let me know ahead of time.
May Gathering March 20, 2005
Dean: That geritol sounds good. I like mine with cream and sugar.
Who all is/are planning to go to visit Ruth on Sunday May 22?
Lila: Glad your place is starting to feel like "home" and glad Steve has worked out so well for you.
Jennifer is buying a house! Actually she and her friend Kim have done did it. They started moving in yesterday. Should be in the process of putting stuff away right now. She is not online but should be getting on pretty soon. Address is 2417 Watson Street 95864.
Dave: Sorry to hear Rhonda is not going to be making it. You know I was just kidding about Jason Richardson being ugly, right? However I was serious when I said he'd be a lot better looking if he were playing for the Kings.
May Gathering March 21, 2005
Congradulations to Jen on her new home---very exciting.
I was thinking about going to see Ruth on that Sunday, but it will depend on Gail & Bobby
and Dan & Ginna. Not sure just what their plans are. Our place is right on the way to Gridley.
Do you plan on going, PK?
We are now having a root problem with our septic system! Have the Thrifty Rooter Man coming
tomorrow. My goodness, it really does seem to be one thing after another.
May Gathering March 21, 2005
I too am planning to go with Dave to Ruth's place.
Jennifer's Watson Street sounds familiar. I think I used to sell Fuller Brush products there. Nice area.
Ruth March 21, 2005
Hi, I am not on line ... just borrowing Lila`s line. Just to send you all a line. Don`t think
I will go to Ruth`s with youse. I am so close to her now I can easily go another time
to avoid over-crowding her little house. Finally started getting unemployment benefits
after a bad start of confusing the bureaucrats so they refused to send me money....
finally got it straightened out thank goodness. It really hurts to feel like a failure at
drawing unemployment insurance. Was interested in the Sutter Buttes article, Bruce.
Two hikes coming up next month...April 3 and April 9. Hoping to make the first one
as the second one is described as difficult. Anyone interested?
email problems April 2, 2005
We bought a new computer today and installed it this afternoon. Now it seems I cannot receive email. I called my ISP and they gave me some suggestions none of which has solved the problem. My email address should remain the same but until I get this straightened out please notify me on this site and let me know if you have tried to email me and gotten your attempt back at you.
Bruce: After I emailed you today I didn't get a response, but we are keeping our old computer and when I hooked it up in its new location I checked the email, even though it is not hooked up to the internet any longer, and was stunned to see a note from myshykn saying "Got your email, no problem." I cannot imagine how that could happen. Have not received anything more.
April April 2, 2005
PK, is your computer working okay now????? This morning, when I turned on my computer
it tells me.......we have adjusted your clock for daylight savings time. I thought, I didn't know
we went to daylight time! Wait a minute this is Saturday morn----impossible! What a way to
start my day-------personally I think DLS time is ridicules anyway, and I didn't need to be dealing
with it now---yes? Since I moved, my computer has been doing all sort of strange things. Just
dawned on me------do you think that was an April Fools joke my computer pulled????????
Elaine's birthday is Thursday--the 7th. Number 62 for her. We are going on a Butte hike tomorrow
Our way of welcoming her 62nd year.
Septic problems still not solved here-----working on it. Today we have a fellow coming to tractor
mow the 2 and 1/2 acreas. I took pictures of the mess----wish I knew how to send them on the
computer for you all to see. It could really be a "secret garden"-----if we had a "Dave" here!
I stopped in and had a nice visit with Ruth on my way home from Chico the other day. She
looks just great, and she is totally alert. She gets upset because she forgets what she is saying
in the middle of saying it--------I've been doing that for quite awhile now. She has problems
with her balance and her knee gives her problems. Said she misses being able to walk the
neighborhood. I enjoyed the time, and Ruthie is pretty amazing.
Well, must get dressed, and be ready to help the mower man if need be.
email problems April 2, 2005
PK - That email from me was a response to your email questioning if I got your email of 3-31. I sent another one today so if you didn't get it, your email is still not working.
April April 2, 2005
Lila - Your computer might be set to the wrong date. Enjoy your hike tomorrow. Should be wildflowers out there with all this rain.
email problems April 2, 2005
Keith - here is the email failure notice I am getting from your server:
Hi. This is the qmail-send program at core2.mc.surewest.net.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.
Sorry, no mailbox here by that name. vpopmail (#5.1.1)
email problems April 2, 2005
Thanks Bruce. When I changed my email address I had a problem with Surewest, now it is happening again because of the new computer. I think they need to hire an email guru.
Septic Troubles/email troubles April 2, 2005
Lila & Elaine,
Sorry to hear your septic troubles are continuing. At least you have that one toilet working. I envy you Lila, having a computer with a sense of humor. Mine never does anything funny. Unless of course this email saga is also a joke.
I just spoke to the tech with Surewest, he thinks they have it scoped out and I should be receiving email soon now. He said he could not find my account with my new address bvk and still showed me as kandb. Weird stuff, I've been getting mail as bvk for a few monthes now.
Happy Butte hiking. Wish I was going, I think.
Butte Hike/DST---------YIKES-------YIKES April 3, 2005
Oh my God, I don't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We missed the Butte Hike because of DST time change. Can you believe it?????? My computer
tried to tell me-------I even meant to ask-----is Sunday the day for DST? Just left my head. Did
not even think about it until I got home----put on the computer, and there it was again----Your
clock has been changed.........etc.........etc. I said, oh my God, we were an hour late----we really
are on DST. I called Marty's house---spoke to his wife. She was very sweet and had compassion
for our plight. She will have Marty give me a call today. He has another hike going next
Sunday-----a possibility (but Elaine can not go next Sunday). Things just get so complicated.
Just have to talk wth Marty------go from there. I hope not to hear any more from my computer
regarding DST and the time. Everytime I go in there it has a wrong month and/or a wrong
date, and always the wrong time. Now that the big day has come-----perhaps----my computer
will just calm down, and get on with business.
PK---did you receive the geneology e-mail I sent you? I did not get it back.
It is a chilly/rainy day today. If we do get to go on another hike, I am hoping for better weather.
Yes, Bruce the wildflowers should be out by now. Have you ever checked out Bear Valley
for the wildflowers? It is famous for its Spring beauty.
Another sad story............the mower man never showed up yesterday. I called him----he gave
me a bunch of "bull". I had given him a check for $200.00 to rent the mower-----long story
short, I called the bank----put a stop on the check. Have another guy coming to give me an
est. this afternoon. This is how our life is going-----what's going on??????????
Hey, Dave & Linda, how are things going with you all out in OK etc? Ruth is looking forward
to seeing you in May.
Love ya all.....................
Butte Hike/DST---------YIKES-------YIKES April 3, 2005
DST strikes again. When I saw your first line that you you couldn't believe it, I thought you were talking about the beauty of the Buttes. Alas, no wildflowers today. I have been through Bear Valley, but not when the wildflowers were at their best. I've never seen one of those massive wildflower displays in person. Here's to better timing.
Butte Hike/DST---------YIKES-------YIKES April 5, 2005
Lila: sorry to hear you and Elaine missed the hike, sounds like you are in a downward cycle like I was. It will turn around. Yes, I got the geneology letter before my email went bad. Thank you.
Everybody: my email is supposed to be up now, but I have my suspicions. I sent myself an email hours ago and have not gotten it yet. They gave me a new email address (here we go again) it is:
Please write to me and if it doesn't work leave me a message here. Thanks.
email problems April 5, 2005
My email is up and cooking. Everybody who reads this please email me because when I changed computers I lost all my contacts and must gather them back.
Septic Troubles/email troubles April 5, 2005
I have only received one email so far since my last comment notifying everybody that it is up, and asking everybody to email me.
If anybody has tried emailing me by hitting "Reply" instead of typing in the new address he/she probably got it back. Bruce's email is the only one to make it and that is how I know the "Reply" avenue crashes on the highway, because he responded to both addresses and I only got the .net one. I just finished talking to the Surewest people again and it should be OK now for the reply tab.
So I am asking once more for everybody to email me so I can reestablish your address. Sorry to be such a pain in the butt.
PK email April 6, 2005
PK just sent you an email 2pm 4-6-05. Everything here fine gardens all started this my favorite time of the year. Weather has been a little dicy the last couple days but tomorrow suppose to be ok so will hit the links for the senior scramble. Hope you have a great birthday tomorrow Elaine.
Elaine April 7, 2005
Happy Birthday Elaine!
Hope you have a great one.If you come and visit I'll
bake you a cake!
update from YC April 8, 2005
Just caught up on all the entries. PK I will send you an e-mail at your new address as soon
as I finish here.
Every morning I turn on my computer the date and time is wrong. This AM it said today was
April 15, 2015-------and the time was wrong too. Usually I fix it--hit apply--and then hit okay.
This time I did not hit okay----will see what happens. Any ideas out there?
We had our 2 1/2 acres tractor mowed the other day----what a difference it has made. Good
thing it happened when it did, because today is a rainy-rainy day----and the ground needs
to be a bit dried out.
Our septic problem has been taken care of for now. In the process of dealing with the problem
we discovered another septic tank. The half bath has its own tank----pretty weird. That makes
four septic systems on this property----that I now know of. I believe this one we just discovered
is probably the very original tank. When this house was build it probably had an out house--It
is pretty old. I remember when we lived in Gridley in '41 our house had an out house--any
one else remember that, and the black widow spider Dad killed out there? I had a fear of
out houses after that. I think I remember that Papa built that house. Anyway the septic man
thinks that tank will need pumping sometime this year. Oh, Joy!!
Elaine is hoping to do a Butte hike Saturday (tomorrow)----It is too much for me. I am wondering
if it will happen if this weather keeps on going. Perhaps we just were not meant to make
a hike this season.
OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY.................................
Pero/Inka April 17, 2005
Lila: I got your phone message. Have you gotten your email problem straightened out yet? I found the Inka at the health food store. The only difference between it and that Pero is the Inka has beet root. The taste difference is indistinguishable to me. Of the two Pero types, the crystals if the better in my estimation. Have you tried it as an iced drink? Delicious. The almond milk price at Trader Joe's is the same as the co-op minus the senior discount. Does Joe's give the discount?
DC Trip April 22, 2005
Kathy and I are getting ready to go to Washington. I'll try to post some pictures and comments on this web site:
We leave on the red-eye Monday night at about 11 pm the 25th. We'll get in to DC about 7 a.m. Then as long as we can go we'll check out the Smithsonian.
DC trip April 25, 2005
Bruce & Kathy hope you have a great time in DC & the weather is decent so you can get some good pictures. Yesterday we had a freeze warning so I had to cover my tomatoes, squash & etc in the garden. Today Christian turns five. Kirk says he is already tearing up the T-ball league.
DC Trip April 25, 2005
They are predicting 60s to 70s with showers for DC tomorrow. On the bright side, I've heard that rain on some of the statues is an interesting effect because it looks like tears running down their faces. I just realized that Christian's age will always be the same as the year. That's easy.
DC Trip April 26, 2005
Just checked in to our hotel. It's 9:40 here, 6:40 PDT. Everything went smoothly, nice flight actually got some sleep. Weather is pretty nice, partly cloudy. Now it's on to the Smithsonian.
DC Trip April 27, 2005
Hope the weather is as nice in DC as it is here today sunny & warm. My fruit trees are just about over with there blossoms, hope they are still in bloom for you to get some pics. What day do you folks head back to Sac?
DC Trip April 27, 2005
We head back Friday night. It's been great so far. Had a near miss today, thought we missed the Segway tour but finally hooked up. I put a couple of pictures on that web site if you haven't seen them yet.
DC Trip April 28, 2005
Glad the weather good, I love the picture of the Smithsonian castle & flowers. That segway tour sounds like a blast. I think after Linda retires we will go to DC for one of our first trips. Did you know they had an alert yesterday & sent Bush to the basement cuz someone flew in no fly zone? Hope todays weather is as nice as it has been.
DC Trip April 28, 2005
Linda said she just heard on the radio it was a flock of birds that sent Bush to the basement. LOL I guess they don't like the way he messing up the enviroment.
DC Trip April 28, 2005
I didn't hear about the scare until today. Wouldn't that have been something to have someone try to invade while we were here? We were at the National Geographic Society at the time, about a mile from the White House.
Back on Line April 29, 2005
My computer has been down (Dean got it back on for me this week)------and then I went down. Last week end I started feeling sick (actually Friday night), developed into a full on stomach flu thing. Is much better now, but still have nausea and some cramps. Taking it easy and eating light. Elaine is doing okay----no flu. She is doing tutoring for the "no child left behind". That is just through May. I have been doing a little work for KHC. We are still working on the place a lot--inside and out. PG&E is here today----doing weather-stripping and replacing broken windows for us. What a great service!
Glad to read that you and Kathy had a good time in DC, Bruce. What web site did you put pictures on? I didn't see any-----maybe I missed something?
Back on Line April 30, 2005
Lila - hope you are feeling better today. We got back last night. Had a very good time.
Here is the web site for our trip:
Family Discussion May 1, 2005
Rhonda & David were here Friday & Saturday had a good visit. I drove them to the airport dropped David off for his long flight back to Ak. Poor Rhonda cried most of the way back here, then she left to drive back Ft.Smith. David brought us a book on the Aurora Borealis wow really beautiful. Now we want to go there for a trip after Linda retires. We have all these places we plan on going & probably won't make any of them.
Family Discussion May 6, 2005
Enjoyed the pictures, BL.It is great how you and Kathy do so much fun stuff.
I feel for Rhonda-----so hard when your children live so far from you. Hope you and Linda do make that trip to Alaska, Dave. Going to Alaska is one of the two trips that still appeals to me. The other is driving to OK. Now-a-days I'd be doing good to make it up to Wilbur Hot Springs!!!!!!!
Dan's wife, Ginna, is in Hawaii. They will be joining us for our May Gathering. I look forward to meeting her.
See ya all..........................
Family Day May 10, 2005
Seems that is time for us to make some plans regarding our family day. As all know, we are getting together at Dean's place on Saturday, the 21st........being there by 1pm, and eating at 5pm. A pot luck, of sorts. Dean will be doing a bbq, and those who can may bring a dessert, a salad, or a side dish. Swimming is available, of course, might be a bit nippy but......
We were thinking of getting a plaque, in Mom's memory, for the tree we planted for her. Keith checked into it, and he learned that for an outside plaque it should be made of bronze. It takes 6 weeks to order a bronze one........so that won't work for the 21st. It was suggested that we could get a wood one for now, and order a bronze one to replace it at a later date?????
What do you all feel about that? I would like to hear from everyone---as to what you would like this, our first annual, family day to be. Thank you.
Family Day #2 May 10, 2005
Forgot...........The other options mentioned regarding a plaque was.......at UC Davis where Mom donated her body.........and at the Asian Center where Mom was very involved while living in that area. Both good ideas.
Family Day May 11, 2005
I am thinking of bringing taro wraps if I can find them again. Anybody tried them or ever heard of them?
Doesn't seem like enough time for a plaque, unless someone has an express idea.
Family Day May 11, 2005
I think the bronze plaque at the tree would be great for furture get togeathers. Lila that is great Danny & Ginna going to make it, last time I seen Danny was at the Grand Canyon "95". Bruce we don't know what taro wrap is.
Family Day May 12, 2005
Lila just called me and asked me to post a note here letting everybody know her computer crashed and she will not be on line for a while.
From what I've read here and heard from people, everybody likes the idea of a bronze plaque in Mom's memory, and since we're too late for the get-together this month, we can do it later, maybe even next year.
Dave: What a bummer about the possible United strike. I hope it is resolved before they shut down any flights. I wonder if the flights from Hawaii are also threatened?
Family Day May 18, 2005
Yes, I agree that a Bronze plaque would be a great idea for next year.........
Flights from Hawaii are on Hawaiian Airlines, so a United stike will not affect Gail & Danny. Hope United stays flying for Dave & Linda. Is Kirk coming out with you?
Taro wraps......sound great......making me hungry!
Elaine May 22, 2005
I am now on line... address is firstname.lastname@example.org so now I hope to be more in touch with what's happening with family stuff. New phone # is 530-674-8011 address is 2918 Monroe Road, yuba city, Ca. 95993
Family Day May 23, 2005
Thanks to everyone for attending and helping out with our get together on Saturday. A special thanks to Dean for providing the facilities at Ross Resort. It was a perfect day! I forgot my camera all weekend until we took Dave and Linda to the airport so here is my only shot.
Family Day #2 May 23, 2005
It was really nice seeing everybody again at the family get together and meeting the two lovely ladies,Gina and Stephanie.
I too would like to thank you, Dean, for sharing your "resort" as Bruce says. Everytime I am at your place I am amazed at how you find the time to do all that you do.
Hey, Rhonda Rene, please send me your email address, I lost it when I got my new computer.
May Gathering May 25, 2005
Hi, am having some fun with this new computer and some trouble too. Enjoyed the family get together very much. Thank you Dean for the hopitality. I really enjoyed the "tiki hut". It was so pleasant sitting near the pool in comfort and shade. Never ever, ever thought I would feel the need to stay out of the sun, but such is my state now, am hopeful it will change and I will again be able to enjoy sunbathing before I die. Thank you Keith for the touching sharing on Ellie's memorial... I had wondered why we did this for ellie and not for dad... you reminded me that it was Ellie's passion to keep the family together. So, so,so it makes sense to me now. I enjoyed sharing time with all who made it and I missed all who didn't make it. You know, I was thinking how Ellie enjoyed music and singing so much ...and so do most of us. Oh well, I'll let it go for now (but I was thinking of a family choir)! HA. Bye for now P.S. Nice picture of David and Linda, Bruce. Fun to see photos of others but I'm just as glad not to have to see myself in a photo.
email problems May 25, 2005
Hi again, Did I hear a groan? This will be short, I hope. Lila's computer died a couple of weeks ago and she plans to get an address using this computer, but she lost all the addresses that were in her computer, and I don't have them, so if you would all send your email addresses we would be so happy.
May Gathering May 26, 2005
Thanks to everyone for making it a great gathering. It was just what Mom would of wanted us to do. Was so good getting to see everyone hope next years is as good & all can make it.
email address to Elaine & Lila May 28, 2005
Elaine, you asked us to send you our email addresses, mine & Bev's is email@example.com
Plaque July 18, 2005
Dave thought of using some of the money in the trust to get a plaque. That sounds good to me. Any thoughts about that and what the plaque should say?
Plaque July 20, 2005
I would like the plaque to say something like this--- Keeping you in our hearts until we meet again.
Plaque July 26, 2005
Kathy is off to a Yoga Farm in Grass Valley for a few days. When dropping her at the train station, I committed a major railway blunder. I carried her bag onto the train for her and before I even got a chance to put it down, the train took off. So I got a free train ride to Roseville, a free bus ride back to the Sac station, and when I exited the parking lot, the attendant was gone, so that was free too. I must be living right.
Here is a link to a memorial plaque site.
Plaque July 27, 2005
I like the plaque, looks & sounds like a good deal. Glad that was you Bruce & not me on the train I would of paniced & been a nervous wreck thinking all the worse that could happen. We got some well needed rain & thunder storms last night & more rain today. Temp highs only going be in 80's & lows in 60's for couple days then back to the hot summer.
Plaque August 3, 2005
I like the plaque very much---lets do it.
I had my computer back for a day or so----I have been told that the Norton program "crashed" it (whatever that means). Bottom line---sometimes I can get to my mail and sometimes I cannot. Right now I am using E's laptop.
I guess I have been hit by allergy stuff---no energy--sleeping a lot---head so spacy---just yuk, yuk. This too shall pass............and I shall return.
Poppy August 9, 2005
Want to let all know that Elaine's sweet Poppy left us on Friday. She was pretty amazing---17 years old, and she was doing so well up to the last week of her life. We love her very much, and miss her greatly. She was ready, and is at peace now. Hoping that Omar, Bozar, and Trumpet were waiting for her.
I am using E's laptop again. Dean is coming on the 14th, and hopefully my computer will be running after that.
Poppy August 11, 2005
From: Linda and Dave
So sorry about Poppy, but glad she was active until the last week.
Elaine sorry to hear about Poppy, she gave & received so much love with you.
Memorial plaque for Mom August 22, 2005
I have not seen any negative comments and plenty of positive ones concerning getting a memorial plaque for Mom. So it looks like we're going to do it.
The site Bruce came up offers us three lines of up to 22 characters each to put a special message on the plaque.
I wrote out several and the first one I came up with was the only one I like. With spaces, commas and periods counting in the 22 it isn't easy to come up with something that sounds good.
Here is the one that I like:
ELLIE, YOU'LL NEVER BE
FORGOTTEN. HOW SWEETLY
THE MEMORIES ENDURE.
If anybody out there comes up with something you would like to share please post it here.
Plaque August 22, 2005
Everything here in Okla. looking good. Been getting some good rains which is not common for Aug, gardens are doing real good cuz of it. Aimee started college & will be moving into her own apt. soon as she gets it painted & fixed up. Christian started kindergarten, I think it was harder for Kirk than him. For the plaque I would like it to say (keeping you in our hearts until we meet again).
email problems August 25, 2005
I got an email from Keith, I think from his work computer, saying that his email has been out for the last two days. He is hoping it will be back soon.
Plaque August 29, 2005
Hey, my computer is back up. Hard to believe how being without a computer now seems like a major tragedy.
I like your special message Dave. If we wanted to include "Ellie we're..."it would work so far as 22 characters per line. I like it either way.
Plaque August 30, 2005
I like all of the suggestions. It seems a little better with a name on it, but either way is OK with me.
Plaque August 31, 2005
I like both suggestions for the plaque & if we use the 2nd one putting "Ellie were" is good. I guess all we need now is getting Elaine & Lila's input.
Input September 2, 2005
I have a new computer! So I do believe I am back to stay. A gift from Dean. So far....so good with me and this emachines computer. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The plaque inscription sounds good to me.
I think most of you knew Nana----she died the other day. She was 97. She died at Gail's house. Danny and Ginna were there, and Dean was on the phone. She had Alzhimers (sp?).....physically she was a strong women.
I would love to have some of D & L's rain. I am very tired of this hot-hot summer. So looking forward to fall.
We have a dead rat hanging on an electrical wire going to the little house. For 2 days now PGE has said they will come and remove the rat----it appears that it was electrocuted-----they have not done it yet. It is a depressing thing to see, but I am nervous to try and knock it down. This is our life, here on Monroe Road. We also have another BIG staying with us (suppose to be temporary). He is less than 2 yrs old----very large, lab, golden, whatever mix. The girls love him, but for me and Elaine-----he is a LOT of DOG. Don't know how this will develop............
Lahi is in college (like Amiee). She is in Colorado---she and a girl friend have an apartment. Micah is still going to Santa Barbara JC. Kainoa is back in Hawaii---working. Hard to believe---these gradkids are all growing up or grown up. Alani will grad next year!!!!!!!!!!!! I had Jaz for a week this summer. She is my baby grandchild, and she will be 13 in Jan.
This old grandma is tired, and going to bed.
September 14, 2005
Hi, Did I mention I am okey with either message? Anyway, I am. The BIG dog Lila mentioned has a new home and she got the rat down and things are pretty calm around here for now. I am happy with the cool mornings and warm afternoons But in Oct. I will be working full time again. Hoping I have the energy for it.
Plaque September 16, 2005
It looks like we have a plan for the memorial tree plaque. We have three lines of 22 characters for the wording. I think it works if we say:
Ellie we're keeping
you in our hearts
until we meet again
Check it out and let me know it you have any alternative wording or phrasing in mind.
Kathy just got back from galivanting around Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. She got a couple hundred shots with my digital camera so I'll attach a few once we go over them.
Dean's Birthday September 18, 2005
Stephanie organized a surprise party for Dean's 50th birthday. It came off without a hitch as Alani kept him at bay while we all gathered at his place.
Kathy's Trip October 13, 2005
I finally got some of Kathy's pictures from her trip to Yellowstone up on the web. If you want to check them out, here is a link: Kathy's Pictures
I received the plaque on Friday. Will try to get a picture of it and put it up here so you can check it out.
Plaque October 13, 2005
Here is a picture of the plaque.
In case anyone is wondering, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, October 30.
Plaque October 13, 2005
That looks good to me. Does it look as impressive up close as it does on the screen?
Checking In October 16, 2005
Very nice, BL-----how big is it? Does it have a stand of some sort?
Your pictures were impressive, Kathy. Makes me feel like going----if only I could do it with a wink of the eye. Put me in mind of our time at the Grand Canyon. This is a beautiful earth we live on.
I thank you for the daylight message, Bruce. The "spring" lesson I learned is: never schedule anything on the Sunday of daylight savings time! Although for time to fall back would be a heck of lot better than for time to spring forward when one has an appointment-----yes?
Plaque October 16, 2005
The plaque is about 5" by 3 1/2" which is pretty close to the way it looks on my computer screen, but that will vary depending on the computer. It came with a screw-in stand which you can barely see in the picture if you look at the bottom of the plaque.
That is probably true, if you had been an hour early instead of an hour late, you could have still made your hike in the Buttes.
Pictures October 16, 2005
I enjoyed the pictures. YellowStone is quite impressive in the pictures....Can imagine it as breathtaking in reality. The plaque looks like something Ellie would appreciate, dainty and delicate.
Mortgage October 17, 2005
I received a call from the buyer of the Browns Valley property. She is inquiring about buying out the loan. My records in the file show that about $20,000 or a little more is owed. I don't think there should be any problem with the buyout. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
Mortgage October 18, 2005
From: Elaine & Lila
Sounds good to us
Mortgage October 20, 2005
Whatever you think is best, ok with us.
Mortgage October 22, 2005
They decided not to buy out the mortgage at this time so it was a false alarm.
E-MAIL PROBLEMS AGAIN/STILL November 10, 2005
Hello everyone, I am once again experiencing e-mail problems. I just resolved one problem a couple of days ago and now I'm not receiving any mail at all. I hope to get it fixed soon.
I will stay in touch with you about this ongoing odyssey.
E-MAIL PROBLEMS AGAIN/STILL November 11, 2005
Keith - I did get your email dated 11-10. Sent a reply today. Hope it makes it through. Also, hope the old vets have a good Veteran's Day today.
Family Day November 14, 2005
I think you have all met my step-son, Steve. He was admitted to the hospital Friday the 10th. He has a severe case of pneumonia. It was kind of scary when the doctor said his condition is not good and could be life-threatening. They put him into a drug induced coma Saturday a.m. and he has improved considerably since then. He is at UCD Med Ctr. Will possibly be there for another two weeks.
My e-mail problems were simply with receiving not sending. I think they are now resolved. If anyone has held off on writing, write away.
Steve Gorham November 14, 2005
After I submitted my last entry I notice the subject said Family Day. I was supposed to have said Steve Gorham so I thought I'd try again.
Melissa/Steve November 18, 2005
I don't recall to whom I said what concerning Melissa, but I got a couple things wrong. First, Melissa was not with Judy when she was stricken. She was with her neighbor. Once she got to the hospital they sent her to San Francisco. Jennifer, Judy and Kim drove over and spent today (17th) with her. Melissa had a cat scan and it revealed bleeding in the brain. Then they did the dye in the vein thing and traced it through the brain and could not find any bleeding. So apparently she was healed because blood got in there somehow. Jennifer said the doctors told her that Melissa will continue to be in pain for up to two weeks. The brain had swollen a bit as a result of the bleeding and it will take a while for it to return to normal. She was on pain killers every four hours but Jen said that she refused her last dose, so that's good news.
Steve is continuing to heal. They expect to have the pus out of him in another four days. If that doesn't happen then they will have to perform surgery. Maybe.
These last four days have been a nightmare and nothing seems real right now. I know it has to be even worse for Jen having to go back and forth to SF. But as a wise 70 year old lady I know once said, "This too will pass."
Family November 18, 2005
So good to read that Steve is doing better. Please keep us all updated.
Wondering what the latest on Rhonda is. Did she get a second opinion on the surgery?
I talked to Jennifer a while ago. She and Judy were just leaving SF----headed for home. The good thing, for Judy, was that Jennifer was just picking her up at the train station when she got the call that Melissa was in the hospital. So much better than being in Eureka, and receiving that call.
Sending love and prayers to all of you.
We got our roof fixed up today---it was not a big deal, but am glad to have it done before any more rain comes. Received the thousand today, too. Thank you---thank you, could not have come at a better time. Have a few little odds and ends to fix up before the end of the year (plus putting in a cat door!). Been a busy/hectic time for us, here in YC. Elaine's working full time now (yikes!), and I have been working more too. Hard on the animals, but a necessity for now.
Twice now I have had some bad luck----with some good luck. Twice driving home from Sac. I had car problems---the first one was pretty serious. The good luck was I was almost home when it happened. I had to have the van towed in to be repaired. The second one was not so serious----some sort of "belt" under the hood started shredding, and pieces of it came off (weird smell & noise). The good luck was that I had just made it into YC----made it to my mechanic, and he replaced the belt for me. Plus it did not cost a fortune, and I got there just as he was getting ready to close up. MORE GOOD THAN BAD, YES?
Melissa/Steve November 22, 2005
We got good news on Steve today. He had his surgery and it was a 100% success. The doctor said he had a lot of "crud" in there and they got it all. He required seven pints of blood during the five hour surgery. He is expected to make a complete recovery.
The last I heard about Melissa is that she's had a slight improvement these last couple of days. Jennifer is still hoping she can bring her back to Sacto tomorrow.
Sorry about your bad news Lila, but glad there was more good than bad.
CompuServe November 24, 2005
I checked into my e-mail messages today and had two failure notices. One was the letter I sent you yesterday (23rd) and the other was to another person who also has compuserve.
It makes me wonder if that is the problem, or is my server messing up again.
If the problem is with cs let me know.
Steve/Melissa November 26, 2005
Steve is getting better every day. Today he had his eyes open and was able to communicate a bit. Wish he knew sign language so he could communicate better. I can see the frustration in his eyes as though he wants badly to say something but cannot get it across. It is frustrating for us too.
Saw Jen and Judy yesterday and they said Melissa has improved a bit and they were able to talk to her for a while on the phone. They went over there (SF) again today but I have not heard from them since.
CompuServe November 26, 2005
No probems that I know of with CS. We were out of town for a few days and I didn't take my notebook, so was just out of touch.
Looking Forward December 27, 2005
hello you all,
Here we are coming up on 2006----seems incredible to me. I was just looking at an old picture of Dave, Elaine, and Jay (cousin) taken on Fuller Street in 1943. I am pretty sure I could see the old "hitching post" in front of Davies Apts. PK & Dave rememer that? Here I am looking backward----thought I said looking forward????????????? I am wishing us all a peaceful-joyful-happy year.
We have taken care of our septic problems----hopefully that is the end of it. Now our big (on the roof) heater is acting up. We are seriously thinking about putting in some sort of wood burner. Any ideas? Will start checking it out next year.
Micah flew up from SB to spend Christmas with us. I take him to the airport today. He is doing well. Working full time, and will get his AA after one more class.
Looking Forward January 5, 2006
Hi all, wishing everyone a better 06 than 05 was but don't see much good coming as long as Bush & his co-horts are in office. We are still in a drought & extreme fire danger. The one good thing the temps above normal so poorer folks not having to use as much fuel to heat. Lila, Linda & I love our pellet stove it gives off a good heat & much cleaner than wood stove. Also you can set the auger to feed the pellets at different rates.
Looking Forward January 6, 2006
Wishing the best for 2006. Kathy and I spent the New Year in Solvang, seeking shelter from the big storm. We bought a little relief from it, but it found us after a couple of days.
The big news is that the people buying the Browns Valley property want to pay it off this month. The actual balance is $22,643.57. I think everyone agreed to the early buyout a few months ago so I will plan on proceeding with it unless I hear otherwise. Let me know if you have any questions.
Wasn't the Hitching Post a restaurant in the movie Sideways?
Looking Forward January 9, 2006
I had not looked at this site for a while. Whenever a long time passes with no entries I tend to forget about it. Bruce alerted me to it today.
Lila: What is the Hitching Post? I don't remember it.
All: I have a feeling it is going to be a great year. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, but don't tell the news media, they don't know about it yet.
Things are looking grim in Iraq, but I pray there will be no civil war there and the Iraqis will be able to hold onto their democracy and new found freedom, I believe there is steady progress being made in that direction. I also pray that the terrorists that pay young people to sacrifice their lives via suicide bombings that kill innocent people by the hundreds will be exposed for the liars and murderers that they are and are no longer able to dupe the misdirected Muslims who think they are pleasing their Allah by commiting these acts.
Dave: I hope you are totally out of danger by now. Haven't heard anything about the fires out there for the past few days. Hopefully it is under control by now.
Bruce: I saw the movie and it was great, I think that restaurant was the H.P.
Love you all.
Hello, ya all January 9, 2006
Hi Ya All,
The hitching post, in RC, was a big cement square near the road with a post and a ring to tie a horse to. At least that is what has been in my head all these years. You can see it in that picture---I sent to you, Dave. I have memories of playing on it--like it was a stage. I don't remember if the Hitching Post was a resturant in the movie, Sideways, or not, but it was a resturant here in YC----don't know if it is still there or not. Will check it out one day.
Wondering where is Solvang???? I am happy to hear that the people in BV want to pay it off. Thanks, again, BL, for dealing with all of that.
I have heard good things about the Pellet Stoves--we will check them out. My concern is if you have to burn pellets only----what if you can't get them some time???? Can one chop up furniture to burn?????
I have not heard much on the fires out your way--the last couple of days, Dave. Is it over with---under control? Is that something that happens regularily out there? I was not aware of it before. Of course we are in a flood zone out here, but so far so good.
The sun in shinning, and it is a beautiful day. I need to get out into it. I have been under the weather a couple of days----so glad to be feeling better today.
Wondering how your job is going, PK. Are you going to do the one month on/one month off thing? That sounds so nice to me.
Lots going on with us, here in YC, but I will close for now. Love ya all
Family Discussion January 9, 2006
Yes I do believe that is the H.P. in front of Davis apt Earnie Potter & I use to tie our horses up & then go into the bar & have a gun fight, great memories. We are still under the burn ban, have had fire fighters from surrounding states helping out keeping things to a minimum. Chance of rain tonite & tomorrow, here's hoping. Nope no furniture just pellets for the pellet stove. I didn't see the movie Sideways. If not raining tomorrow or to cold will hit the links for skins game, on PK's birthday I won $44 hope I am as lucky on your birthday Bruce.
Hello, ya all January 14, 2006
Solvang is down by San Luis Obispo. A Danish tourist town. I'll try to attach a picture.
I received the check for full payment on the BV property. Assuming no problems, I'll be sending out checks in the near future.
May Gathering January 16, 2006
Hey Y'all-- Linda won't be getting a vacation in May so she won't be able to make it to the May gathering. We figured it out & she will be working the weekend of the 20th so I won't be able to come out that weekend. She will be off the weekend of the 27th so I could make it that weekend. If that works for everyone else let me know. David is here from Ak. so next weekend him & Rhonda might make it over here if they can't I will drive over there. Yesterday was warm & windy had big fires to our south & north but right here so far so good, chance of rain today. Didn't get to golf last Tue to cold & tomorrow suppose to be cooler than today hope it's not to cold to hit the links, gotta get my fix. Great picture Bruce I love windmills.
May Gathering Plus Some January 17, 2006
I can't believe I did it again! Wrote a comment--was just finished when wham. I don't know what I did, but I lost it. So here I am back starting all over again.........
The week end of the 27th is fine with me----shall we set the date? That is a 3 day week end, Dave. How is David? Still loving AK? What is happening with Rhonda----wasn't she going to have surgery this year? I checked out pellet stove's, and they need electricity to operate. So we are going with the gas stove. The wood burner is just too complicated--wall and floor stuff. And then there is the work--getting the wood cleaning the stove etc........So no chopping up furniture, I guess.
Waiting to hear when Julie has the baby, PK. Wasn't the date the 18th? How is Steve doing? Elaine said he had a set back. Any news on Melissa?
Work is slow for me---in the field. I have been working in the office twice a week for awhile now. I saw Ruth the other day. She is doing good again. She got down a while back----she skunked me good in yachtee (sp?). So she was smiling when I left her.
January 20, 2006
PK & Bev congratulations on your 8th grandchild, 6 lbs 8 ounces same wt. as Rhonda was. Rhonda & David coming over tomorrow so I will see what the Alaskan King has been up to.Lila- Rhonda goes in for an MRI next month to see if tumor has grown if it has then decide on surgery. Glad to hear Ruth doing good.
Family Discussion January 21, 2006
It seems that everytime I go a few days without looking at this site it fills up.
Dave,I guess David and Rhonda are there with you and Linda for the week-end? Hope you have a great visit.
Bev and I purchased an electric fireplace. I did not think I would like it very much, but I really do. It totally changes the feel in the front room now. I enjoy the electric heat, it is so much better than gas to my way of thinking.
Lila,Does your power go out a lot? Is that why you don't want to go with anything electric? Have you considered getting a small generator for those times? It might be too much trouble to mess with, just thought I'd mention it. Your note was posted four days ago so I'm assuming you rec'd the pics of Peyton I sent? That's good that you are getting to spend time with Ruth. Good that you left her smiling.
Steve did have a setback. Developed more fluid in the lungs. He went to the doctor yesterday to get it drained out. Haven't heard from him today. Assuming it went well. Angela would have called right away if there had been problems.
The last I heard about Melissa was that she is steadily improving, after that, no news is good news I guess.
May Gathering Plus Some January 22, 2006
May 27th works for me. Is that Memorial Day weekend? This picture of Julie, Peyton, and Tim was so good I had to try posting it on here.
Memorial Day week end January 23, 2006
Yes, that is the M-Day week end-----does that work for all?
That is a wonderful picture, Bruce. Is it one PK sent? I could not get two of them to open up. I guess I shall never really understand this computer world------at age 70 do I really want to???? I guess it would be nice, but so much work. Pretty amazing--how our mother really got into it.
Memorial Day week end January 23, 2006
That is the time for the Jazz Jubilee in Sac. Yes, that is one of the pictures PK sent; I think it was called all3.
January 29, 2006
Sad day, I found OC (cat) out in the road dead. I wraped him in his blanket & buried him in the back yard. Linda thinks we should get another cat & make it an indoor cat only. I don't know yet we will see.
Sad Day January 29, 2006
So sorry to hear about OC, Dave and Linda. I know he was very special to you. Sending much love and hugs to you.
CAT January 30, 2006
So sorry to hear about your cat Dave and Linda. Does OC stand for old cat? How long did you have him?
Mortgage January 30, 2006
Dave - was OC the cat that liked to hang out in your vehicle?
It is going a little slow in signing over the title for BV property. I don't want to send out the funds until it is complete. Hopefully just a few hoops to jump through and it will be done.
January 30, 2006
Thanks all on OC, he was a good cat. Yes Bruce he was the cat that liked to sleep in my van. PK no he wasn't that old. OC was for orange cat. When someone dumped him off out here he didn't look to good but after I fed him for a couple days he started looking good. One morning Linda ask is OC (for orange cat) still around & thats how he got his name. PK will weekend of May the 27th work out ok for you for our May gathering? I'm looking forward to seeing all & meeting the latest Snipes to join the family.
May Gathering January 30, 2006
Dave, I thought I already checked in on this, but yes May 27 is good for me. I am off all the month of May. I go back to work day after tomorrow for a short month and then I will be retired again for another month.
If these years keep flying by like this we're going to be 90 in no time.
Mortgage February 2, 2006
I'll be sending out a Notice of a Hearing on a Petition that I think I have to file with the court in order to sign over the deed to the people who bought the BV property. You don't have to do anything; I just have to send it to all the beneficiaries of the trust.
February 4, 2006
Tomorrow I am going to drive over to Ft. Smith pick up David & go to the golf course to meet Kirk & his friend for a round on the links. David heads back to Ak. mid week. When I drop David off at Rhonda's I will be picking up a calico cat that her neighbor left behind when he moved out & Rhonda has been feeding her. This will be an inhouse cat. Next week I will start checking out flights for the weekend of the 27th May. PK how is Peyton doing & what's his big brother think of him? Bruce what was the name of that hotel Linda & I stayed at last year? Lila do you think Gail & Danny are going to make it in May? Rhonda & Kirk said they can't make it this year but hoping to make it in 07.
February 4, 2006
Talked with Rhonda she had the MRI & it showed no growth in the tumor. She is going to talk with the doctor & decide weather to go ahead & have surgery or keep checking it out every three to six months. Tough decision, myself I think I would hold off on surgery.
February 4, 2006
Peyton is doing well. As you know those little people don't waste any time getting bigger. Jeremiah is a very loving big brother, he always wants to hold him and he reports his progress on an ongoing basis to whomever is there to listen.
That is good news about Rhonda. I think the postponment of the surgery is a no brainer unless the surgery would put an end to the need for meds to deal with the headaches.
I heard a radio commentator say the number 2 cause of death in the U.S. today is doctors. I think he was being serious.
Hope you have a great time with David and Kirk.
Dummy February 4, 2006
That last note was from me.
February 6, 2006
Good to read from you all......Good news regarding Rhonda----I agree, Dave, I would hold off too. No Gail and Dan are not able to make it this year. Micah called me the other night, and he asked me when it was. He says he would like to make it. That would be sweet, a surprise if he does. But he did make it for Chrismas----that was a surprise. Seems that he is thinking about going back to Hawaii to live, after he gets his AA. Happy to hear that a calico cat is going to join you and Linda, Dave. It is probalbly best for her to be an "insider". Safer for her and less heartaches. Do you know if she is spayed? Post some pictures of her for us.
Love hearing about Peyton----makes me want to hold him and inhale him. Have not had the pleasure of a tiny one for quite a spell. In fact I believe, big brother---Jeremiah, was the last one. Aren't they about the same age difference as PK and Dave?
Nothing really new around here---grass is growing--fast. Getting it under control is going to be a real challenge. The rain has kept it wet---hard to cut, and I have been working more and been under the weather a bit. So there it sits growing and growing, waiting for the mower. It will happen--eventually. Monday (13th) we get our new gas stove. I am so ready for it---want to be able to stand right up to heat radiating from a source.
Hello, ya all February 10, 2006
I mailed out copies of the petition a couple of days ago so you should have them soon.
We just finished having our water pipes replaced. It didn't sound like such a big deal when we started but what an ordeal. We were without water for only one day but they were working on the system for over a week. Very hard to cook when they are working on the pipes, so we got to sample the wares of a new little shopping center nears us, Mr. Pickles - good sandwiches; The Pita Pita - good pita; and Strings - disappointing pasta. At least now we have real water pressure throughout.
February 15, 2006
Bruce we got the petition. We just had all our plumbing redone a few months ago too. I sure am glad we had it done cuz starting Friday a cold arctic blast going to hit us & I always worry about pipes freezing. PK glad to hear Jeremiah & Peyton doing good. Looking forward to seeing them in May. Lila guess your enjoying your heater now. I know what you mean I love standing in front of the pellet stove & have the heat hit me on cold days. Sure hope Micah can make it in May, long time no see. Calico cat has been with us for ten days now & she is fitting in well. Linda has named her Sheba. Linda is on vacation this week so we are remodeling one of the rooms so it will be her sewing & puter room when she retires.
Hello Everybody February 20, 2006
Thanks Dave, Peyton is doing great and Jeremiah is a character and a half. For those of you I haven't told yet, we had some bad news last month from Tim and Julie. They are going to get a divorce I hadn't said anything until now because I was hoping they would work it out and get on with the good life, but it looks like that will not be the case. It is difficult to believe it could be happening immediately after the birth of their second child, but it looks like it is.
I wish I had better news, but that's it for now. Hoping for a miracle.
February 21, 2006
Sorry to hear about Tim & Julie, hope they can work things out, if not hope they can keep things good for the boys. We got a couple inches of snow Saturday & today is the first day we have been above freezing. Hope all is melted away by tomorrow, getting cabin fever need to get out & hit the links.
February 24, 2006
Just back from a week in Sacramento. Was hoping to meet little Peyton while there, but that did not work out. Will do it next month. PK and Bev took me to a "very cool" tea house in Old Sacramento---Earl Grey Tea House.
We did receive the petition a while back, too, BL. I remember you saying we don't need to do anything.
We got our new stove (the day I left for Sac). I have it on right now, and loving it. I saw Keith and Bev's electric fire place----It is very nice, cozy.
Love to you all,
Hello.................... March 10, 2006
Where is everyone????????? I keep checking, and no new entries. Maybe that means all is well with all.
I had a bit of a scare. I was called back to do more chest x-rays because of a shadow in my left lung. Went back took 3 more pictures----was told I do not have a "mass"-----I guess that would mean cancer. I was certainly relieved to hear this from my doctor. The official mail I received was..."xray shows changes consistent with COPD or emphysema. There is also a possible density at the left lung base". I take more xrays in 3 months. I have not talked with the doctor since all of this. I am pretty sure I have emphysema. I smoked a lot, and Mom had it. Thank God I quit when I did.
This Sunday Elaine, Kathy, Bruce and I are doing the Butte hike. This weather---rain and more rain---had us a bit nervous, but it is a "go".
March 11, 2006
Hi all-- I have been busy getting the ELD secret garden cleaned up & putting my compost & mulched leaves in the veggie garden. This is my favorite time of year everything starting fresh again. Rhonda has been having some bad headaches & the medication helps but it makes her feel crazy & irritable so she has decided to have the surgery on the tumor. April 13th is her surgery day. A Ft. Smith doctor, she says she feels he is good, kinda scary. Lila glad your xray showed no mass. As much as we smoked in our hay days I am sure I have emphysema too, plus this getting a year older so fast isn't helping. David & his girl friend in Ak. broke up & he is back living in Ark. I went down & got my airline ticket for the May 27th celebration.
Buttes March 12, 2006
Today was the big day as Lila, Elaine, Kathy, and I headed for a hike in the Buttes. Things started out with high hopes and only a light rain that we hoped would clear. We found a small waterfall near a little lake where our tourguide, Marty, was giving one of his talks. Things just continued to get more wet and wild as we reached the summit.
Buttes March 13, 2006
Since the weather didn't let up during the two hour hike up, we decided to head back as soon as we reached the summit. Altogether it was quite an adventure and one we would like to do again when the weather is not quite so challenging.
Buttes March 13, 2006
And of course, here is our leader, Marty, the owner of this section of the Buttes.
Prius March 30, 2006
Kathy and I are in Colorado to buy an 02 Toyota Prius which I think was a good enough deal to pay for our trip. We drove around Colorado Springs today and enjoyed it very much.
March 31, 2006
Lovely! Is that one of those part battery/part gas cars? My friend, Alan, bought one a couple of years ago, and he is very happy with it. It makes no noise when running on the battery part. I was very impressed with it------the way to go.
Prius April 2, 2006
Yes, it is a hybrid and the gas motor quits when you come to a stop at an intersection which feels a little disconcerting at first. Overall, it drives pretty well for such a little thing.
Rhonda April 13, 2006
Today is the day of Rhonda's surgery. Thinking about her, and sending love her way. Let us know how it goes, Dave.
April 13, 2006
Aimee called & said Rhonda was in surgery little over seven hours. The doctor said he is sure he got it all & it was larger than they thought it was. She will be in ICU for couple days then on the floor for five or six days if everything goes well. Linda & I are going to drive over on Saturday, will write more after the visit.
Rhonda April 13, 2006
Sounds good so far Dave, praying for her complete recovery. Hopefully that will be the end of her headaches
Rhonda April 13, 2006
That sounds promising. Glad they are confident they got all of it. What hospital is she in?
April 16, 2006
Went to see Rhonda yesterday she seems to be doing good. High spirits with little pain she is getting morphine every hour when needed. She looks a lot better than I thought she would. Two black eyes & small amt swelling in face. They only had to cut a small patch of hair right in the front. If all goes well she will get out of ICU today & be on the ward for about four to six days. She is at Sparks hospital in Ft. Smith. The doctor told her good thing they did it now & not wait cuz it was larger than they thought. He said it was about the size of a ping pong ball.
Rhonda April 16, 2006
That's so good that Rhonda is responding so well. I thought they might keep her in a drug induced coma until she recovered a bit more from her wound.
Looks like her gut feeling to do it now was the right one. Any idea yet as to when she'll be heading home?
Rhonda April 16, 2006
Love and hugs to Rhonda, and all of you there with her.
Rhonda Home? April 22, 2006
Wondering if Rhonda is home yet, and how she is feeling?
Our May Gathering is coming up on us.....May 27th, right? Does anyone have any thoughts on the day? You have the plaque don't you, Bruce?
How long are you staying, Dave? Hoping you will have time to come to YC.
April 22, 2006
Talked with Rhonda on the phone last night she has been home for a couple days now & says she is doing good. Still weak & has the black eyes & small amt of swelling but no drainage & is down to two pain pills a day.
I will be getting into Sac Friday 26th & flying out on Sunday 28th. I guess we will do the plaque at the tree & what ever y'all come up with.
Rhonda April 22, 2006
Sounds like Rhonda is recovering at a good pace. I thought her hospital stay would be much longer. Can you send me her home address Dave. I had all my addresses in an electronic rolodex and when the battery went out I lost everything and it was not backed up. I couldn't believe it would not be there when I put the new batteries in. Bummer design.
I'm wondering if we are going to have the same people at the gathering as we had last year. Does anybody know who all is coming?
Rhonda April 23, 2006
That's so good to hear that Rhonda is back home and doing well. Sounds like most of it is over with and she can concentrate on getting back to normal.
I do have the plaque. I heard that some people put a coating on them to preserve the apearance since the letters aren't the raised type but inscribed in the brass. So, I will try to do that soon.
I just noticed that I have a flaw in my dating system. Keith's message says Sunday April 22. I think that is because a while ago I discovered that if a message was sent after 9 p.m. (Pacific time)it was imporperly showing it as the next day. So, I must have changed the date to account for that, but not the day of the week.
Gathering April 23, 2006
I know y'all are feeling blessed to have Rhonda home, and doing well...........so good, good, good.
As far as I know, you are the only "out of towner" coming, Dave. I have not heard any more from Micah on the subject. Maybe I'll drop him a line.
I will be hooking up with Dean soon, and then we can set definate times----get a plan.
Final Distribution April 26, 2006
Good News! The Browns Valley property was finally transferred yesterday. I will pay the court costs for the transfer from the account and then distribute the balance. Checks should be received in a few days. That should close the account and end the trust. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
Final Distribution April 26, 2006
That sounds good to me Bruce. Thank you for all your work in that area, good job brother.
April 27, 2006
Bruce--- We thank you for the work you had to do.
We're glad we have a brother like you.
See everyone in about a month.
April 27, 2006
That is really good news, BL----thank you. I am finally trying to get my bedroom floor and the wash room floor finished. So mine is spent all ready.
Elaine and I are planting a small garden----yikes! Lot's of work----but that is good work.
Look forward to seeing you all on the 27th---if not sooner.
Final Distribution April 28, 2006
Just a "FYI" I got my check today. Very welcome addition to the finances.
Final Distribution April 29, 2006
Testing May 12, 2006
Sorry, still checking this out to see if I can send a picture of David's garden.
Testing May 13, 2006
The only limitation is that the picture should be about 50k or less in size.
David's garden May 14, 2006
From: David & Linda
Attempting picture again
David's garden May 17, 2006
Nice shade garden Dave. Wish I could get a ground cover to do so well, like a thick carpet.
David's garden May 17, 2006
Garden looks great and the gardener looks sooo happy.
Gardens May 21, 2006
Love what you do in the yard, Dave. Looking forward to seeing you here in Sac. & YC-----hope to pick your mind a bit.
I was going gung-ho on our yard/garden when I got zapped-----been down for 2 weeks now. Thanks, to Elaine, everything didn't die out there. I am coming around now----still not up to par. Hope to be totally back on track by the 27th.
It was my emphysema----I over did it mowing etc, and the air was bad----and lots of pollen was floating aroung out there. Brought me to my knees. I think I learned a good lesson, and was reminded that I am coming up on 71 now----things are different. While I was at the doctors she did a follow up on my lung exray. Have not heard anything----taking that as good news.
See you all next Saturday
Plaque May 29, 2006
Putting a picture up from Saturday to see how it looks.
May 30, 2006
Hi all-- was great getting to see almost everyone. I had a great time thanks. The flight back was better than the flight out. Linda & I mowed most of the day yesterday a chance of rain this afternoon so today I am going to just lay around & rest up. Lila & Elaine I forgot to tell you I read that putting used cat litter in gopher & mole tunnels will drive them away.
May 30, 2006
Saturday was a lovely day----enjoyed our time together very much. Missed Elaine, but glad that Dave made it to YC. Don't know what is going on---so much "sickness" going on. Elaine is still not up to par, and I am beginning to feel like I will never be "normal" again. I go back to the doctor on Friday. Hopefully I will be feeling better by then--or find out why I am not feeling better.
How interesting, Dave,----used cat litter to drive out gophers and moles. Believe me, we have a lot of that. Will have to give it a try.
Nice picture, BL. I just discovered that I can print our the pictures you put on the family page. So cool! I guess I will break down and get a color ink cartilage.
Photos May 31, 2006
Those were challenging conditions for pictures in the bright sun. If the sun wasn't directly on the face, it went dark in that harsh shadow effect. Lila's red top in that photo above does add a nice focal point. The memorial tree is on the right.
Family Day June 3, 2006
I know the get together has just passed, but I think this might be a good time to open the discussion of where we are going to meet next year.
I've heard it mentioned a couple of times that we should try to find a meeting place halfway between Sacramento and Fort Gibson.
I'm thinking if we do that we should plan to stay at least three days, or maybe more?
I suppose the most difficult thing will be finding a time that will work for everybody. I don't know how many are in favor, or opposed to the notion so maybe y'all can fill in the blanks on that.
Family Day June 8, 2006
Not too soon to be thinking about next year---in my opinon. My suggestion would be a place where camping is an option. If Elaine and I both go we will be bringing the dogs. I have no ideas on where or where half way between Sac, and FT. Gibson would be. Thinking Dave and Linda would be a bit familar with the trip...........yes?
June 8, 2006
I would think either western New Mexico or eastern Arizona would be close to 1/2 way. I would think there would be some nice parks for camping in either state. Super hot here might hit the triple digits this weekend. Tomorrow my friend & I are going to Wolf Ridge golf course to meet Kirk & his friend. Hoping we can beat them this time, last time we played they won two rounds & we tied one.
Family Day June 11, 2006
That area sounds good and that would probably be the perfect time of year to visit. I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hot there in mid-May.
Rentals June 28, 2006
Yes I think May will be a good time to avoid the heat and the summer rush, but we should avoid Memorial Day weekend. Also, I heard about the possibility of finding a rental....like we did at the beach (can't think of the name) for Ellie's 75th birthday. I have a couple on line addresses( which I can't find at the moment). But I will check into if everyone is interested?
Rentals June 30, 2006
That sounds like a good idea Elaine. That type of place could accommodate pets as well?
Rentals July 6, 2006
That sounds good to us Elaine, let us know as soon as you get the info. Yep we should avoid Memorial Day weekend. I think the 1st or 2nd week in May be good time. Get home before the holiday traffic gets started.
July 12, 2006
Well went & had CAT-scan of my chest & abdomen today. It was bad news they found nodules on my lung & liver. The doctor wants me to go back tomorrow for another CAT-scan of abdomen & pelvis to get a closer look to see if it is operable. Will let you know as soon as we find out what the score is.
Cat-scan July 12, 2006
So bummed about your cat-scan results, David. Sounds like the operation will be the good news? Keeping thoughts of health and healing for you. Lila's Dr. finally got back to her about her lung situation.....said it is probably just from the pneumonia and will just "watch It". Love you, Elaine
Cat-scan July 12, 2006
Thinking about you, Dave and Linda, and sending love and prayers for your healing.
My cat-scan showed something still in my lungs (I think the doctor called it a shadow). She feels that most likely it is from the pneumonia I just got over, and I go back in 3 months for another scan.
Wish you guys were not so far away............missing you....love you
Cat-scan July 13, 2006
I've not been on here for over a week and just saw your last message. I guess you had your second cat-scan yesterday. I pray it is encouraging and that situation can be successfully operated on and get you back in your garden.
Will be in constant prayer, let us know as soon as you find out anything.
Cat-Scan July 13, 2006
I misread the date on your post. You're probably having that second cat-scan right now. So hopefully we'll get the good news tomorrow.
Dave's diagnosis July 19, 2006
From: Linda & Dave
The news about David is not good. He has large cell carcinoma of the lung with a very large mass in the upper and mid lobes of the right lung and numerous nodules throughout both lungs and mets to the liver and pancrease. We have an appointment to discuss chemotherapy one week from Thursday.He is very weak today as we just got home from the hospital and the reality of the diagnosis has just him him really hard.
I will be quitting work to take care of him-wish us the best. It is going to be rough but he wants to fight it -so we will fight it together. Love to all-Linda
Dave's diagnosis July 19, 2006
God bless you Dave and Linda. I will be in constant prayer for the fight you are putting up. Needless to say everybody here is stunned. I appreciate you very much. I know there are no words of comfort that are possible right now, just know that you are greatly loved.
Dave's diagnosis July 19, 2006
Dearest Dave and Linda,
Love you both very much, and my prayers are with you.
Thank you for the detailed update, Linda. Feeling very emotional right now----will be in touch.
Love you all
Dave's diagnosis July 20, 2006
Dave and Linda: If there is anything you need or anything we can do, don't hesitate to ask.
I'm still stunned but trying to think of positive good thoughts about all this.
Family Discussion July 20, 2006
Dave & Linda: Bruce and I send our love across the miles to help in your recovery. I'm still in shock over the news. Kathy
Family Discussion July 20, 2006
We received Keith's e-mail about the family coming to visit-I printed the e-mail for David to read and he said he appreciates the thoughts but he really doesn't want any visitors. He isn't able to talk on the phone very often and then just for a few minutes because he starts coughing and wheezing and then it takes a long time for him to quit coughing and wears him out.
I would love to see everyone but I just don't think David could tolerate it. The kids all want to see him and he says if they only stay an hour and only 15 minutes if he is having a coughing episode.
We do appreciate your thoughts and prayers and hope for a miracle. We have another Dr. appointment at 1:30 tomorrow to get more medicine for breathing treatments and more antibiotics.
Love to all of you, Linda
July 26, 2006
I was suppose to go to Muskogee tomorrow at the cancer care associates but after Linda checked them out it didn't sound like a good deal. Now I have an appt. with the Cancer Care Center of America Friday in Tulsa. If we are happy with them I will start my treatments on Monday. They give chemo, radition, surgery, organic diet & massage therpy. Holistic approach. Thanks to all for the good thoughts & offers. See y'all in May if not sooner. Take care Love Dave
Treatment July 27, 2006
That sounds real good, Dave. Covers all the bases. Hope it turns out to be good to you---and you will be starting your treatments on Monday. Keep us posted.
Treatment July 27, 2006
That does sound like a good approach. It makes sense to treat patients in as many ways as possible, or at least to have that option.
July 28, 2006
We were real pleased with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Went around & met my chemo doctor, case worker, patient advocate & patient education nurse. We signed all the paper work & I had my blood work done. Monday we go back & meet the Pulmonoligist & get Xray's then meet the person in charge of Naturopath medicine. Then they will put a porta-cath in & they will start the chemo on Tuesday it takes six hours. They have rooms so we will spend Monday night & Tuesday night there & if everything goes ok we come home Wednesday. After that I go back one day every three weeks for my six hour chemo treatment. Then after four treatments they do some cat-scan & if everything ok keep same drugs & routine for six months. If not responding to these two drugs then start over with other drugs. According to my chemo doctor my large cell cancer usally responds well to the two drugs he is starting me out on. My patient education nurse said some people say the side effects are not real bad & only last about a week, but more say they feel sick & weak & don't start feeling ok until a couple days before another treatment, bummer but if it will put it in remission after six months it be worth it.
Treatment July 29, 2006
Hey Dave & Linda,
I'm glad to hear you've found, what sounds to be, an excellent treatment and therapy organization. How are you feeling? Apparently I had the wrong slant on the Chemo treatment. I was thinking it was a medicine you ingest. What all does it involve?
I hope to see you before May. Let us know when you will be up to the company.
My surgery was originally scheduled for the 30th of August, but yesterday I had a conference with the surgeon and he moved it up to the 16th. He said I will be recuperating anywhere from six to twelve weeks. If indeed it is 12 mos that will be into November. I'm hoping for the six week version.
Keep on getting better and maybe we can get in a round or two of ping-pong baseball in preparation for the big tournament in 2026.
August 3, 2006
Got back from the cancer treatment center last evening. Had porta-cath put in lt.side my chest cath sutured into my subclavin vein for my chemo. Had my first dose of chemo Tue evening & so far no nausea so I am sure happy about that. Tomorrow have to go back & have a bronch done to see if they can do Bracky therapy, (planting small raditioactive seeds around the large tumor in my rt. lung which is right at the middle lobe where the bronch comes in & that is what making me short of breath. If they can & it works it will shrink it & that will be great to be able to get a full breath again. Also had consults with psychologist, nutrition therapist & naturopathie physician. Started on natural organic supplements to maximize chemo benefits & minimize side effects. Right now about all I do is lay around & sleep & read. Hope it won't be long before I get back some of my vim & vigor & can work out in the gardens. Love to all Dave
August 3, 2006
That is good news that the chemo is not causing nausea. Hope it is feasible to plant the seeds and shrink the tumor. Get lots of R&R so you can get back out in the garden!
big brothers August 3, 2006
Hey big brothers.... tender years return, spinning into the unknown of aging... Oh, I feel so sad, knowing that you are both being slowed down due to circunstances beyond control. But when I read your emails, I feel hopeful that you will fight the good fight and come out bouncing. Sounds like you are both in good spirits, considering. I'm keeping you both in my thoughts.
August 4, 2006
So glad to read that it went well for you at the cancer treatment center, Dave. Hope you are soon out there in your wonderful gardens. I know that would be good therapy.
I am here at Dean's place. He, Steph, and the four kids fly to Hawaii this morning. I am house/dog sitting..........me, with Roxy, Wendy, and Sadie. Right now the dogs are all hyped up----being here, and the three of them arranging their "pack". It is very interesting to watch. Wendy is the big boss (a bit like her Mom, yes?). She keeps busy making sure the other dogs do what she thinks they should be doing, and especially that Roxy does not get too much of my attention. Ms Sadie seems to have a hard time to just relax and enjoy herself (a bit like her Mom, yes?). She totally enjoys being with Roxy, but she has to keep her eye on me most of the time. I'm thinking when I'm not here she might let-go a bit. And of course, Roxy, is thrilled to have all this company. She grabs her toy, and runs all over with it---like a happy kid. I'm sure this will mellow out...in time. We will be here about 2 weeks-----Elaine will come and stay for a couple of days next week. And I will return to YC for a couple of nights. Will check up on all the cats living at Monroe Road. I guess I have really turned into the little old women in tennis shoes. Who would have thunk it?????
Love to you all.
August 4, 2006
I'm really happy to hear you are tolerating the chemo with no sickness Dave. That's one big hurdle. Most of that other stuff you wrote is a bit over my head, but I like the part about shrinking the large tumor and helping you to breathe better. If that happens maybe you'll get a lot of that energy back. I love your attitude and I think that is very important in winning that struggle. In the meantime getting a lot of sleep is probably one of the best things you can do to help get your strength up.
Thanks for the nice thoughts Elaine. I do have a confidence that my surgery will be a success and I am looking forward to being afib free. We'll see.
August 5, 2006
David asked me to write and to let everyone know that he was premature in his initial assessment of the Chemo. Yesterday he started having severe joint pain and today the nausea started and he is very weak. He said to tell you that he may not be writing for a while. We went to the Cancer Center yesterday and he could have nothing to eat or drink from 7:30 AM until 4:15 PM which of course made all of the adverse symptoms much worse. The broncoscopy went well and Dr.Nader stated the original large mass was no longer blocking his main breathing tubes and he thinks David also has emphysema in addition to the cancer. Dr. Nader stated there would be no need for the radiation seeds as the main breathing tubes are fairly clear now and the only option is the chemo.
After we were released from the surgery area, we had to wait another 2.5 hours to be seen by a medical Dr. who could write a script for pain pills and by that time the facility pharmacy was closed and we had to find a pharmacy in Broken Arrow so David could get some relief. It was a very rough day for the Okies.
This morning he started having nausea but at least this time we were prepared as I had talked with David's case manager yesterday and got a script for nausea meds in case he needed them over the weekend. I am hoping the aching and nausea will not last long but we are just taking it one day at a time right now. Good luck to Keith with your cardiac surgery-we will be thinking of you. Love to all.
August 5, 2006
That is some hard news. Once a patient has such a reaction, what are the odds that he will continue to suffer from the chemo? Is there a good liklihood that his system will adjust and begin to handle it better?
How severe is the emphysema? I pray it is not going to cause any more complications.
At least it is good news about the main breathing tubes being clear. I hope that will help with the recovery.
I know this has to be very difficult for you Linda, seeing Dave suffering like that. I pray the Lord will grant you extra strength and stamina to help you in this time and to speed Dave's recovery.
August 11, 2006
Well today has been a really good day for me, yesterday Linda & I went to the cancer treatment center to see the pulmonolgist & my pain management doctor. The pulmonolgist said the biopsy they took last week showed I have MRSA & it is just colinized right now & if I were in normal condition he wouldn't do any treatment but since I take the chemo & it lowers the WBC which fights infections he starting me on an antibiotic so if my WBC get to low to fight it's spreading the antibiotics will do the trick. Then after I told my pain magmnt doctor how rough last week was he has started me on a stronger pain med & a med to take at night for anxiety. So far so good -last night got my first good full night sleep & very mild pain in the knees. PK I asked the doctor if I would get to where I can tolerate the pain & nausea better each time. He said people react by either having as much pain each time or being able to tolerate it more as time passes. But then he said what I really loved hearing if this pain med I am taking now doesn't do the trick we will go stronger to keep me as pain free as possible. Cuz the more pain free you are the better your body can fight the cancer. This cancer center is great- everyone seems concerned & really cares about you.
PK let us know Monday what the doc says & what your schedule is. We will be sending good thought all next week.
I am hoping by next week I will be able to get out & do a little work in the secret garden, poor Linda has been having to take care of everything, she has done a great job.
Love to all,
Good days August 11, 2006
So glad to hear you're back into good days. What is MRSA? Hoping you have many more such days and stay pain free.
All I know about my surgery schedule is that I am second on the list. I don't know what type of operation #1 is having, nor do I know if the number 2 relates to the operating room, or the doctor's schedule.
I'll put a post on here the 15th, I'll know as much then as I'm going to know.
August 11, 2006
Dave, good to hear you are getting a handle on things. Hope the pain is manageable. If the temp I saw for Tulsa is right, you guys are still cooking. 107!
PK, I looked up MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a specific strain of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. Sounds like a staph infection.
I'm sure you'll have a smooth operation on the bypass and the Maze . . and a speedy recovery.
August 12, 2006
Good to read that you are doing so much better, Dave, and that you have such a good support system working with you. Is Bruce right----107? Yikes. I am so ready for this hot weather to be over.
Elaine is going to help me do a KHC job in Danville on Monday. We have to pick up a lot of housewares from a 3 bedroom house----big job. I'm so glad E is able to help me. Hope we manage to get out of the bay area before the traffic gets bad.
I will be heading home on Wed----the day of your surgery, Keith. Will be thinking of you, and sending my love.
Right now sending love to all 3 of you brothers!
August 15, 2006
I just got back from the hospital and am full of information. The surgery is on for tomorrow and the guy that was number one on the list got bumped and I am now numero uno. I have to be there at 5:30 a.m.
The hospital gave me a PIN to give to all my relatives. The number is 6580 and if you call while I am in ICU the 16th and 17th the phone number is 916-453-4444. Give the PIN number and they will give you protected health information about me. After I am out of ICU my phone number will be 453-4434.
I am upbeat and looking forward to having this behind me. The doc said the first two days post op are pretty rough then it smooths out. He said I will be asked to get out of bed and walk to the toilet the first evening and each day thereafter a little bit more and by day five I should be walking all around the hospital. Sounds good to me.
Hopefully by day six I'll be on my way home with no more blockage and no more afib.
August 15, 2006
From: Dave & Linda
Keith-- We will be pulling for you tomorrow that all goes smooth-we will keep you in our thoughts and hearts.
Dave & Linda
Keith's Surgery August 16, 2006
I just checked at the hospital and Keith was just getting settled in after surgery. I didn't get the details because they said the nurse was in the room with the family, but he seemed to come through fine.
Keith's Surgery August 17, 2006
Called this morn & talked with PK's nurse she said his vital signs were good & he got up this morn & sat in chair, & had a bowl of jello. She said the only problem he had was a little A-Fib during the night but that wasn't uncommon following surgery. Sounds like he is doing good hope his recovery is fast.
Keith's Surgery August 19, 2006
Just saw Keith this morning. He looks pretty good and seemed to be in good spirits. He's still in an ICU, but a different one than he was first in. He said they did a five way bypass and took veins from both legs. There is also the possibility that they could put in a pacemaker, which has something to do with the Maze procedure they did to cure the A-fib. When Kathy and I left, Jennifer, Beverly, Cody, and others were there so he'll have lots of company today.
Keith's Surgery August 20, 2006
I had talked to Bev yesterday, and she said they were a bit disappointed that Keith did not get out of ICU the other day. But she said it is a much nicer space for him. When i talked to Keith's nurse he said he had a temporary pace maker---that it is standard procedure after heart surgery. It is all very confusing---I am just praying that this will be the end of his A-fib problems. Elaine and I are headed to Sac, to see Keith, on Tuesday. Bev also said he is very unhappy with the hospital food.
Thinking about you and Linda, Dave. Hope you are feeling stronger, and able to check out the gardens. My garden is full of grass, but I am getting cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, butternut squash, and basil. Exciting for me.
Headed out to Ruth's now. Love you all
Keith's Surgery August 20, 2006
Keith is out of ICU now and in a private room. He is moving around better, but it still takes a lot out of him to walk a bit. He has the temporary pacemaker and they are still considering a permanent one just depending on how he reacts. Also, he has some draining tubes still in, which he was hoping to get out before now. Seems like he is making good progress day by day.
Keith's Surgery August 23, 2006
Lila and I visited Keith yesterday. I thought he looked amazingly well, considering all he has gone through. His spirits were high too. He managed to tell at least two jokes in the short time we were there. He was eager to get home, but said the hospital experience was good. Had his own room and appreciated the nurses working with him. David, he said you sounded good on the phone and that you were playing golf again. Good to hear. Am keeping you both in my thoughts.
Keith's Surgery August 25, 2006
Keith just got approval to go home this evening so if everything goes well he should be home soon, if not already.
Home again August 26, 2006
I was happy to get home last night. Believe it or not my biggest post-surgical problem is a yeast (thrush mouth)infection that came along to rain on my parade. I first noticed it maybe the 22nd and wasn't too put off by it at first, but it got worse and worse and I brought it to the nurse's attention. Even though it was getting troubling I still didn't think it was going to be so bad. I was wrong. Since I have an upper plate and my palate was so sore, I could not chew at all. The teeth had to stay out. I was getting very little nourishment the last couple of days and started feeling sick because of it. Beverly put the Vita-Mix to use and I have been getting good nourishment all this day. I feel so much better tonight, but the yeast is still wreaking havoc over my mouth. I was told the medication I am on will take care of it in a couple of days--has the word couple been redefined?
Sorry to start this off with such a complaint. I really am thrilled with how well everything has gone and do anticipate a full recovery. I had heard right along that Mercy General was the best for heart treatment and I certainly agree. If it weren't for the state of OK we'd have the best nurses in the country right here.
I guess I am a slow learner when it comes to learning to slow down. They kept telling me in the hosp to slow down, slow down and it seemed so weird because it didn't seem possible to go any slower than I was going, but I'm finally starting to learn. I guess I'm just a compulsive speeder.
I love you all and thank you all very much for your support, it was a great comfort.
August 28, 2006
Here's hoping that your mouth problem is on the way out, PK. That has to be miserable.
Our garden is getting lots of butternut squash. The good thing about butternut is they keep a long time, and I have a great recipe for a butternut pie. Sounds very weird, but it is good (and it is pretty healthy). We are also getting several eggplants now. Not doing so well with the tomatoes (darn). Got some new ones coming on, but doubt that they will ripen...........then there is always fried green tomatoes---yum. Still getting good cucumbers (cukes and tomatoes make me think of Dad, and his gardens).
Getting ready to head over to Ruth's place---will spend tonight with her. Elaine is off tomorrow--so she will deal with all the animals.
The senior center, here, has a senior handyman program. They have sent us a fellow (Dick) to unstick our windows, and put screens on. As a bonus he is fixing my "cat-window"----so I can close it off in the winter, but the cats can still go in and out. He is a retired teacher (neat fellow). What a great program!!! I say thank you.................
Wondering how it goes in OK? Good to hear that you are out golfing again, Dave.
What is going on with you and Kathy, BL?
Love ya all.
August 29, 2006
Hi all-- Keith hope you have that thrush under control now, when I first started chemo my case worker told me I might get sores in mouth so I started gargling with salt & baking soda so far so good. Lila & Elaine sounds like you have a great garden going my veggie garden is done since I didn't get to water & care for it during those very hot days, Linda has kept the secret garden going & now that the weather is cooling down some I am hoping to be able to get out & do some weeding & pruning soon. It has been six days since I had my last chemo the nausea & joint pain finally over today, I just feel weak & tired. Maybe by Thur I will feel good enough to go golfing in senior scramble & start working outside some. Has anyone come up with a meeting place for are get together in May?
Love to all Dave
August 29, 2006
Hi siblings, Kathy and I are doing pretty well. I have started landscaping with a little more vengence since we had that heat wave and I couldn't get out to do much. No veggies though, I envy those with fresh picked produce. We will soon be losing our big American Elm in our front yard. It got Dutch elm disease and the City will remove it soon. It'll take some time to adjust after being so used to seeing it there for so long. My native plants are going through a challenge. Too much summer sun for the shade plants so I'll have to transplant them. They did so well in the winter and spring. Also, my native redbud (state tree of OK) is being eaten by someting, but still keeps growing.
Kathy and I are still doing Yoga-Chi on Saturdays. For quite a while in the spring, we were the only ones showing up for class. I thought we might lose it for lack of interest so we made up some flyers and put them out at the community center. Don't know if that had an effect but now we have a pretty healthy class again. A little mixed emotions though, now we don't get all the personal attention we had when it was just the two of us.
Fall September 1, 2006
So glad to hear everyone is out and about enjoying the cooler weather. I have to say, I am reluctant to welcome in fall... I haven't had nearly enough time up on the beautiful Yuba river. Intended to get up there last week but didn't feel up to it. Am hoping to go next week for a (probably last of season) fling. Yes, it has been wonderful having the garden fresh veggies from Lila's garden. One of my favorite treats is cuke, tomatoes, basil sprinkled with a bit of olive oil. I could eat that evey day and not get tired of it. Sorry to hear about your tree, Bruce. I'm sure it will be weird without it. Wonder what is eating your redbuds? So far, ours are doing well. The little manzanita died though. Think it didn't get enough sun. David, I have not checked into the rental houses because I have misplaced(not lost) the contact info. But I think it can be found on the net thing-a-ma-bob. So hopefully will soon have some info about that. Love to all.
September 8, 2006
Hi All--- The weather has been real nice this last week, so we have been getting quite abit of work done in the gardens. Lots of weed pulling, dead heading & pruning. Christian made the 6 year old football team he started out at running back but now is playing quarterback. He is real excited. Yesterday was my lucky day at the senior golf scramble. My 1st partner & I took 1st place with 5 under par to win forty bucks each. Then my 2nd partner & I took 3td place with 2 under par for fifteen more bucks. Tomorrow I am going to go to another tournament & see if my luck holds out. Then Sunday & Monday will try getting lots done in the garden if it doesn't rain, 40% chance of rain they say, I sure hope we get some of it. Next Tuesday I go for my third chemo treatment so will not be doing much for that week.
Love to all
September 14, 2006
Hi all-- Just got back from the Cancer Treatment Center. Had my third dose of chemo, Dr Dave (Dahvay)he is from India. He said I have gained five pounds & my color & circulation is good. My blood work was all very good the only thing high was my Liver function was a little high but it was better than three weeks ago. He said with everything looking so good he is 90% sure the chemo is working. I go back in three weeks for my fourth dose & then after that they will set me up with appt. for Cat-Scan then he will know if it's working. If it is then I will only have two more chemo treatments & then come just for test make sure it is staying in remission.
Love to all
Dave & Linda
September 14, 2006
Wonderful news, Dave-----regarding your treatments. Yea--go ahead on! And you are back at the golf--a winner again.
Our weather has cooled off today (turned on the heater), and I am so ready for it. The heat, along with the bad air from a fire going on in the foothills, has been hard on me. Keith said he felt it in his lungs, too, when he was doing his walk.
Next week I am going to Ft. Bragg (did I say this already?). Going to meet Alan there. He is feeling stronger now, and says he is up for the trip. He is doing chemo for his CLL, and having good results.
Too bad about your tree, BL. When Dean lost some trees, at Bullion, due to disease, the city gave him replacements for free. Do you plan on putting in another tree there?
I planted a little Japanese Maple, and it is struggling to make it. But I keep watering it, and it is hanging in there. Sure hope it makes it. I also have a dwarf lemon to plant----waiting for the weather to stay cool. I dug a hole for it, and before I got it in the ground a bunch morning glorys (sp?) filled up the hole. Oh well, it seems to be fine in the pot---even has a lemon on it.
Love ya all.
September 14, 2006
That news sounds about as good as it gets Dave. Is your system handling this last dose well? With that news it has to make any problem area a lot easier to put up with.
Bruce drove me to my appointment with my surgeon's Nurse Practitioner today. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to see the surgeon himself, but the nurse was very informative and she's a lot cuter so it worked out pretty well. She said everything is looking good. I was given clearance to start driving tomorrow so I won't have to be bugging folks for rides anymore. It was sure nice and greatly appreciated to get so much help from so many while I was grounded though. And I thank you Lila and Elaine for the home visits. They were a blessing to me. And thank you Bruce for the faithful hospital visits, I greatly enjoyed the times you spent with me there.
I would be feeling much better today if I hadn't gone for a walk in that bad air Tuesday. I was totally over my cough, but now it is back with me. Oh well, the good news makes everything better. They said I could get back on the tread mill so no more worries about bad air!
Congrats again Dave on your great news.
Take care all,
Love Keith & Bev
September 15, 2006
Good news yesterday for Dave and Keith both. Wasn't that Dean's birthday . . and a good news day?
Kathy said they are grinding our stump as I type. They are all city trees along the street and they usually replace them with new ones. I'll have to call and see if they have plans to do that in our case.
Hugs to all
September 16, 2006
Yes, it was Dean's birthday. Can you all believe that my son is 51!!! He is a "senior"--hard on me.
Tree October 3, 2006
Our tree is history. It came down last week and they put in a new one already. This one is supposed to resist the disease the other one had. I think I'll put in some shrubs around it if the ground isn't too thick with roots.
We might take a cruise in March. Kathy has always wanted to go and she found a vegetarian cruise that leaves from Florida.
I'll try to put up a before and after pic of the tree if it's not too dark.
Tree Etc........... October 4, 2006
That was a beautiful tree you and Kathy lost, Bruce. The before/after difference is pretty stark. Kinda sad. I don't see the new tree in the picture----was it planted in the same spot?
A cruise in March sounds exciting---I had no idea there was such a thing as a vegetarian cruise. Mom would have loved it!
I am hoping to go to Hawaii in March. Did I tell you all that I shall be a grandmother again? Danny's wife, Ginna, is expecting around March 15. I would like to go after the baby is born.
I went to Ft. Bragg for 3 days----picked up Ezzie at Wilbur, and we met Alan (from Arcata) there. It was foggy the whole time---was fine with me. Walked, talked, and ate----good time.
Elaine is headed south later this month.
I have a short story that Gram wrote when she was a young women----won a contest with it. If I send it to you, Bruce, can you put it on our page? I think it is quite good.
How is it going with you and Linda, Dave?
Love to all................
Tree Etc........... October 5, 2006
They hadn't taken out the stump or put in the new tree when I took the picture. The new tree isn't much to look at anyway, only a tall stick with some yellowing leaves. It is planted near the old one but farther from the neighbor's driveway, as the old one was right next to the driveway. I had always wondered why they put so many of the trees right next to the driveways in this area. It just now occurred to me that the trees were probably put in first and they added driveways later. I think originally the garages were accessed from the alley.
I should be able to put Gram's story up here one way or the other. Send it to me and I'll give it a try.
October 5, 2006
Just got back from Cancer Center had my fourth chemo treatment. Will go back on the 25th for a CT Scan of the lungs, liver & pancreas & see if they a shriking. Then the next day I will get my 5th treatment of chemo. Dr. Dave said if it is working then I will only need two more treatments.
Sad to see that tree had to go Bruce, I lost two tree's out in the back field I will need to cut down this winter. Thought I was going to lose my Japanese Maple during the drought & heat in July but it looks like it's going to make it now.
That's good Lila you got to see Ezzie & Alan, how is Alan doing? Tell Danny & Ginna we send congrat's.
Input October 7, 2006
Hi to all. Good to hear you are doing well David. Didn't know you had a JapanseMaple. Lila planted one last spring, but it has been struggling all summer. Hope it makes it. Interesting before and after pictures, Bruce. I didn't realize your house was built in the Alley days. Do you still have the alley in back of your house? Cruise sounds good. Keith, hope you are feeling better every day. Lila said you had a bit of a set back that you will tell us about Tues. If you are up to driving here, I'm thinking you are feeling darn good??? Lila I was surprised to hear you are planning a trip to Hawaii...Very exciting.
October 8, 2006
Elaine--What you are talking about is the fact that when I was on the treadmill last week taking a stress test with the EKG monitor hooked up, I had what the medical folks refer to as a triple ventricular heartbeat. It is an irregular heartbeat but is not related to atrial fibrillation. The nurse said it could be a serious thing. She said a single beat or even a double beat is no sweat, but a triple beat, as I said, could be a problem. The doctor put me back on a beta blocker, much to my chagrin. I was so happy to get off those drugs. I see my cardio next Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. (That should not hinder my going to Gridley if all else is well so I hope to see you then). I'm not anxious about seeing him because when I do I'm going to tell him I quit taking the statin drug he had me on because of all the horrid reports I've read about it of late. I know he will try to convince me that it would be in my best interest to go back on them but I will be armed with a lot of literature that he will have to convince me is wrong and I don't think he'll be able to do it.
Bruce--When I saw Gram's picture on the side, above I thought her story would be below. After I thought about it though I realized you probably haven't even gotten it from Lila as yet. I just saw the picture for the first time today, how long has it been there? I'm excited about seeing Gram's story.
Dave--We're rooting for the CT Scan on the 25th. I have a strong feeling it is going to be good news.
Lila--Hope to see you Tuesday. Do you think Ruth will be ready for some pinochle? No brainer!
Gram October 9, 2006
I just put the picture Gram up a couple of days ago. As they would say in the industry, it's a "tease." I was thinking about making the picture a link to the story. So stay tuned!
Gram October 11, 2006
The story written by Gram is up now. Click on the picture of her on the left to get to it. I tried to leave it as typed, but I did make a few small changes. Let me know when you see a typo so I can fix it.
October 11, 2006
Didn't see a typo. Very enjoyable story.
October 12, 2006
I enjoyed the story Gramma wrote. Brought back memories of her in Gridley & C.C. Always take time to stop & smell the roses.
Gram October 12, 2006
That story had an engaging style, quite literary. I especially liked the use of the clouds and weather to reflect her feelings. One line puzzled me though. "Together we burned the midnight oil trying to capture that elusive something, but failed." At first I thought that Ruth was helping Mary write her book, but I'm not so sure.
October 12, 2006
I just re-read the story.
October 12, 2006
I just re-read the story.
October 12, 2006
Those previous comments were posted prematurely. Somehow I managed to hit submit. I have no idea how that happened. And how I got it on there twice is way beyond my grasp. Sorry about that.
Anyway what I was going to say is that it strikes me that Mary's book was not something that she was physically writing, but the life that she was living. Each event in her life brought about another chapter. Most notably the losses she suffered and the children she bore. Thus, her ultimate crown--Motherhood.
Dave: That is a great photo of Christian. I showed it to Lila and she said that he looks like you. As we looked at the picture together I commented that the left side and the right side of his face look like two different people. Lila said that is exactly what was said about a picture of you when you were about that age. Anyway after she mentioned it I definitely agree with her, your grandson looks like you! Have you been told that already?
October 13, 2006
Bruce--I agree Gramma's writing was great, I loved some of the lines like fleecy clouds were lazily drifting. I don't think Ruth was helping Mary with the book.
PK-- No nobody has ever said Chriatian looks like me even a tiny bit. I think he looks like Kirk & Sindee. Maybe it just the picture, they use to say in my pictures one side look different than the other. It was cuz when I smiled my lip went up on right side & not on left.
October 14, 2006
Dave: When I first saw the picture, I definitely thought he looked a lot like Kirk at that age. But I'll bet none of those people who never said Christian looks like you, ever saw a picture of you at that age. (funny sentence).
That's what Lila said about your half-face smile, I think.
Lila, are you going to weigh in on this?
October 14, 2006
Yes, that is what I said about Dave's picture. I especially recall the large photo of you, Dave, that Floyd hand painted. Do you have that picture? It was probably a class picture----like a 5x7 or maybe even bigger. I definitely do see Dave in that picture of Christian......a real cutie, too.
This is the first time I have tuned in since I saw PK on Wednesday. Been feeling real lousy---sleeping a lot.....yada, yada, yada. Elaine has been down with a bug (flu?) since Wednesday. Hope you other sibs are faring well.
Regarding Gram's story: that is a confusing paragraph you referred to. Ruth had success, and Mary's chapter's crept up to the attic. When I first read, together we burned the midnight oil etc, I thought Mary was helping Ruth. Not clear to me----what/who failed. Do you all think Gram felt like a failure? I tried to print the story, but it cuts off the right side-----any way I can move it a bit to the left?
Love to all
October 15, 2006
Well PK & LL you got me curious about Christian looking like me, so I went out to the garage & got out my old album. I don't have the picture you mentioned Lila but I found a couple of me at about Christian's age & I really don't see any resemblance at all.
Both Linda & I feeling good today, it's been raining since 5:30am so it's a nice lazy day. Hope Lila & Elaine have shaken off the bug now & everyone is feeling tip-top
October 15, 2006
Here is a picture of me relaxing with Sheba
October 15, 2006
Dave--Glad to hear you guys are doing so well:I can see that Sheba is more than a little content. You look good and happy in that picture and I'm going to agree with you that you don't look anything like Christian. Enjoy the rain. May it keep you moist throughout the year.
Lila and Elaine--I join Dave in hoping you are both recovered from whatever it was that had you down.
October 16, 2006
On gram's story: Since those chapters huddled together and crept up to the attic, literally or figuratively, it seems a safe bet that Ruth wasn't helping Mary with the book. Mary was helping Ruth or they were working on something together? The failure was capturing that elusive something. Whatever that something was, I didn't get the feeling that Mary (or Gram) was saying she was a failure, but just failed at something that they tried hard to achieve.
On printing from web pages: It is common that the right side gets cut off. There is a way to work around it but I can't remember it. I do this instead: (1) select (highlight) all of the text of the story, (2) copy it, (3) paste it into a program like Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. It usually comes out looking pretty good.
Hope all the sibs are up to par this week.
October 17, 2006
Also about Gram's Story: I don't know how chapters could huddle together and creep up to the attic, but children can do that. It looks like, to me, that in this story, chapters are the children. It's more than a little confusing that she says she was writing a chapter in her book, when talking to Jane in the very first paragraph of the story. Then after little John showed she says she wrote the first chapter in her book. However she did mention that when love came her way the real world showed up and the make believe faded into insignificance. So John is the first real chapter, the others were either of no significance or just unwritten? She also said when she fell in love with John she lost track of her brainchild (book) so perhaps she just started anew.
The elusive something was so elusive it seems she didn't even know what it was. I think it has to have something to do with writing. That line came right after talking about the crown of success shining like a halo on Ruthís head. It also seemed that Mary wanted her children to be writers when she spoke of them and wondered, Writers, yes, no, maybe, etc.
A final thought: if Gram felt that Ruth won the crown of success for writing the best essay in high school she must have donned that crown herself when she was awarded first prize in the contest for this story.
October 27, 2006
Just got back from the CTCA on Wednesday had my scans done & then Thursday saw doctor Dave. He was real pleased with the scans the largest tumor in my lung was 3.5 cenimeters in the beginning now it is only 1.6 centimeters & all the smaller tumors were shrinking too. The tumor in the Kidney & Pancreas are both shrinking too. Then I went & had my chemo yesterday & he has ordered two more after this one then he will repeat the scans. If all clear then I will return in three months for checkup. Even if not all clear he going give me some time off from the chemo to let my body get rejuveated. Going to go rest now after I get feeling stronger about four or five days will send ervyone an e-mail.
Love to all
October 27, 2006
Sounds like things are going very well for you, Dave. So happy to read that. I love the picture of you and Sheba----good looking bald man and beautiful tortie cat----good book title, yes?
Elaine is home from Ojai----she saw Micah while there. Said he looks good and is kept busy with work and school. Hard to believe he is 24 years----yikes. David, too. Days pass, and grandkids grow up, and we grow old----reality!
Elaine said she felt good while down south--we are thinking about how healthy this valley is for us, but the thought moving again is real--real overwhelming.
I am doing okay--energy goes up and down. Had my cat scan on the 22nd. Have not heard anything---that's good. I really do expect this to be the end of it. My blood tests were all in the normal range.
Regarding Gram's Crown: that is a good thought, PK. I bet winning with her story was a crown for her. I did get the story printed---thanks.
You all know that May will be here before we know it....has anyone had a chance to check out a place to meet? I'm thinking someone computer-savy----BL or PK----perhaps.
Love you all.
Good news abounds October 27, 2006
That news sounds like it is just what we were hoping for Dave. Looks like those tumors are being squeezed out of there. Is remission the best we can look for, or is the total elimination of the cancer yet a possibility? What is the date of the next CT scan? I will bet you are looking forward to that break from the chemo. Very happy for you brother.
You too Lila. Though I'm surprised you haven't heard anything after five days. But you said that was good news so I guess if it had been bad they would have let you know by now. I hope you get your energy back to stay. I know what you mean about hating to move. I think Elaine is doing a search on a halfway meeting spot isn't she? Oh,and thanks for the compliment, but don't put me in BL's league when it comes to computers, I may be about halfway between you and Bruce.
Elaine: When you were living in Ojai were you feeling healthy for most of that time? If so maybe it is the valley that is getting you two down--me too since I got this pulmonary problem. However I am getting better with it, just kind of like the post office--moving very slowly. It's so much fun to make postal jokes now that I don't work for them anymore, seems like I never did.
October 29, 2006
Dave, that sounds like significant progress in shrinking the tumors. It's great that they are responding so well to the chemo. They must have really effective drugs now.
I thought Elaine had some place in mind for a meeting spot and was just looking for the misplaced material on it.
Did everyone remember to set his or her clock back?
Yes October 31, 2006
David is looking so good.....I would love to shave my head, but scared I wouldn"t look so good. In beauty my you walk, David. I am lost about Gram's story. Am I just not remembering? Or was there another story besides the crown??? I haven't been on this line for a while. I just signed up to pay phone bill on line, so I guess that will mean I will be visiting more regularly. Keith, I did enjoy the story you wrote; did you share that on this page? It would be fun to share with others?? Will call you about Thurs. I have an address for vacation rentals, but haven't checked it out yet. The address is www.ownerdirect.com , in case anyone wants to check it out too. Yes, I felt relieved of all allergy syptoms while in Ojai. As soon as I got back in the valley, I was hit hard and felt lousy again. We remembered to set our clocks back Bruce. Are you still reccommending the temperpedic matress? I still haven't made a decision and am still not getting a good night's rest.
November 1, 2006
It has been six days since I had my chemo so starting to feel OK now. Lila did you get your results from scan? Yep these grandkids sure growing up lot faster than we did. I also have energy problems up & down.
PK sounds like your doing good, but like you said in the email at our age & problems we will have some breathing problems. My next chemo treatment is Nov 15th. I am hoping it will be my last one for awhile. There is complete remission where cancer no longer evidenced in test, scans or xray. Then there is partial remission cancer that has shrunk but still present. Complete may be cured but in some cases comes back & partial almost always returns.
BL yep so far so good on responding to chemo, I am looking forward to a break from chemo but a little nervous about tumors making a come back. All our clocks were set back in time. I will leave it up to y'all on the May celebration site.
EF bet you had a great time down in Ojai to bad the allergies have to be so hard on you in YC. I am putting in a section in the secret garden with all herbs. So far have Basil, Parsley & Sage hoping to find a good Rosemary plant like you & Lila have. Every time I walk by it the Basil smells soooo gooood.
All take care, hope to see everyone in six months.
May Gathering November 2, 2006
As I recall we were thinking about getting together somewhere in the area of Eastern Arizona or Western New Mexico. Does that still sound like the plan?
Elaine, the temperpedic had helped my back quite a bit over an old spring mattress. I wouldn't say I notice any better night's sleep though. But then I heard that on the average old men start losing the ability to have a night of sound sleep. That is I.
Lila, any news yet?
Dave, I hope you won't be doing chemo in May.
November 4, 2006
Bruce Yep that was the plan eastern Ariz or western N.M. will work for Linda & I. If I am still doing the chemo in May, will figure out what week will be my good week & let you know.
November 6, 2006
Hello you all----Dave suggested that I call my doctor regarding my scan. So I did it today. Something is still showing in my lung----so I am going to see a lung specialist on the 16th. It seems that my doctor was waiting for me to call????? Thanks, to you, Dave for giving me the push----I was quite content with all is fine if I don't hear from her. Dr Katz says she really does not think it is cancer, but wants to have a specialist check it out. She feels it is scar tissue from my days of smoking. Some how that does not make me feel real secure, but I am hoping she is right.
Yes, BL, as one ages (please don't refere to yourself as an old man---that is not possible) sleeping patterns change. Waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning is not uncommon for me, and even Elaine has had a few of those nights. Remember how Dad would wake up real early----fix and eat breakfast, and then sit in his big chair and sleep the rest of the morning? But he always prided himself on being an early riser.
How long of a drive is N M and Ariz. from us? I have always wanted to see New Mexico.
November 7, 2006
Reading the news and it sure looks bad.... we're all getting old; realizing the reality that "old" means near the end of life as we know it. I have always had abandonment issues and it scares me so much to realize that this is the final stage of life for us. I often feel that I am ready for the end for myself, but I am not ready for the end for anyone else. So bummed about Lila's situation now. Of course David and P.K. have been good role models. And even if it proves to be more than scar tissue for Lila, doesn't mean it is "the end". David, so glad you told Lila to call her Dr. I don't mean to be so morbid, just feeling a bit down and worried. I did go to the site about rentals and was unable to stick with it long enough to find anything interesting. Just got this message when checking out the taos area, "nothing available for the number of people and that length of stay," How long are we thinking of staying? I said 4 days. One note said nothing less than a week at $1200. is available. Hope someone with more computer patience will check it out.
November 8, 2006
It has been two weeks since my chemo so feeling quite chipper now. Went & hit the links today & for the first time in the fifteen years I have been golfing Linda came with me. I think she enjoyed it. Lila glad you got ahold of the doctor & got the scan report. We hope everything turns out for the best on the 16th.
I know in age we are all getting into our twilight years, but it seems to me we are all still young at heart & will never be old people. Meet y'all at the campfire in May, and have a hot game of badminton.
Adios & hugs to all
May Gathering November 9, 2006
Hi all: Lila, I don't know how long it takes to drive to the New Mexico/Arizona area. Have never done it but it looks like a couple of days. Taos is supposed to be a nice area but that is more in central New Mexico, so it would be farther.
Elaine, I had the same feeling about accepting my own fate but when it comes to others it just seems unacceptable. That is an odd feeling.
May Gathering November 12, 2006
Hello to all: Any place you guys come up with, for our gathering, is fine with me. I know you and Linda plan on driving, Dave. How about you PK & BL? I was just assuming we would drive----take the dogs. But I don't know........we are thinking about it now. I am wondering if any of the "kids" are going?
Good to read that you are feeling so chipper, Dave.
Did Linda golf or just go along for the ride?
Elaine has planted some lettuce and spinach in our garden-----hoping for a winter garden----we also have some chard growing. Our basil is still there--smelling wonderful, but I think it will disappear. Is that right? Can you believe that some of our tomatoes are turning red? I am pretty excited about that.
Will post after I see the doctor on Thursday. I am not feeling real, heavy duty, concern. Wondering if it is scar tissue, why it just now showed up---I have had chest xrays before----question I shall ask.
Love to ya all
N.M./ AZ November 12, 2006
I too am wondering who all is going on the May excursion. I know we've mentioned renting a motorhome for those of us in CA but have not heard a solid suggestion to that effect. I think most MHs can sleep up to six persons, maybe more. If we wind up having eight or ten of us maybe we could rent two. I know they are not cheap but don't know what a ballpark figure might be. If there are enough of us who are interested in it, I will get some prices.
Lila & Elaine: I don't know how you would feel about taking the dogs in a MH, or if it would be allowed. If not, would that shoot it down for you or would you consider leaving them with somebody?
One of the good things about a MH is we could play games on the journey and say loser drives next.
I'm looking forward to that badminton game Dave. Hope I'll be able to hit that birdie. My athletic skills are deserting me.
Lila: I think you are right to not be too concerned over the spot(s). Your doctor has reason to believe they are scar tissue and that is most likely true. I understand what you are saying about why haven't they shown up in other x-rays, but maybe they have better equipment now and they are finding things they would not found have in the past.
N.M./ AZ November 14, 2006
I haven't decided how I'll travel. That is an intriguing idea about the MH for the trip. I don't know a thing about them though. I just remember when Dad bought his little MH and he pulled into a gas station to dump the sewer, he didn't get it hooked up properly and it spewed all over the parking lot of the station. I wonder if they offer a training class with it.
N.M./AZ November 14, 2006
I checked into a couple MH rentals and they are not cheap. I've forgotten what the deposit is, but I assume we'd get that back if we return it in one piece. I will find that out. Anyway, a 31 footer with a slide out is $220 per night, plus $.29 a mile after the first hundred miles per day, plus whatever the gas cost is and I doubt they get 10 MPG. According to my figures that comes out to about $2637. That's figuring 2000 miles, at $2.50 per gallon. Plus the previously mentioned charges. (figuring 4 families) Divided by four that would be about $660 per family. We could save $40 per day by going with a 28 footer with no slide out. It might save some fuel expense as well, but not much probably. If it were six people per MH and we were figuring by person instead of by family it would be about $439.50 per person. We have a while before we have to decide so take your time. If you already know for sure you don't want to do it, then I would appreciate if you let me know that right away.
Back to work for me Thursday. Talked about mixed emotions.
November 15, 2006
The deposit on a MH rental is $700. $200 of it goes to reserve the MH and is not refundable. $500 is a security deposit and it is refundable.
If we do it they will take us on a tour of the home and point out everything we need to know about dumping the waste tanks and whatever else.
So if we bring it back in good condition we would get the $500 back and only $200 would be added to the charges I already listed.
N.M./ AZ November 15, 2006
I talked to Jennifer and she is not going to be able to get away in May, however Cody is going.
Lila: Can you check with Dean and see if he or anyone in his family is going and let me know?
I can't think of anybody else that might be interested in going. If anybody out there knows of someone who would like to go, let me know. I don't see any reason why this should be restricted to family members but if anyone feels it should be I would have no problem with that either.
May Trip November 15, 2006
Thanks for checking out the M Home thing, PK. I am not clear on what the price is for----600 something or 400 something per family (4 families)---a day? The other thing is I don't think I would want to drive the M Home, myself. Also I am a bit concerned that Elaine and I will not have a lot of days that we both can be gone.
Dean would like to go, but from the middle of May on through May is a very busy time for him. So he could not commit too far in advance. Early May would be better for him, but he said don't make plans based on that, because he still may not be able to make it for sure. I talked to Gail, and she said to let her know when we have dates, and they will see if it is doable. Have not talked with Dan, yet. But they will have a new baby in March, so that may make a trip difficult for them.
Who else, but family, would want to go, PK?
Elaine and I are headed to OV for Thanksgiving. Will be thinking of you all, and wishing you a lovely day of thanks.