Panic

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I must admit that there are few times when I felt truly panicked.  This morning was one of them.

It started our ordinarily enough.  We have a prediction of about 5 inches of snow falling throughout the day.  I thought about the new snow blower I have sitting in the garage.  This might be the first time I will have to use it.  But wait.  What good will the snow blower do if there is no gas to put in it.  I should have thought about this yesterday but didn’t.  Since the heave snow hasn’t started I will go get some gas so I am ready.  After all, if I can’t get the car out tomorrow that snow blower would do me no good.

Since I am going out anyway maybe I’ll make a quick stop at the store.  We could use some bananas and a few other things.  I had a plan.  Coat on, hat on gloves on I go out to the car and head for the store first.

I find a good parking spot, turn off the car and with keys in hand enter the store.  I always hold my keys since the store card is attached to the key ring.  I stop at the bananas and pick out two nice ones.  Then I go to check out the cashews, I like a handful a day.  At that point for whatever reason I decide to shift keys from one hand to the other.

Wait.  Keys aren’t there.  Where are they?  Are they in one of my pockets?  I check all of my coat pockets.  No keys.  Did I put them in my pants pocket?  I check.   No keys.  Where could they be?  I am always careful with them.

Did I maybe put them down on the banana stand while I was looking for the perfect bananas?  I retrace my steps.  I look around.  No keys.  A stock person was putting out new banana.  I ask him if he happened to find a set of car keys.  He did not.

I am panicking now because what will I do?  It was not only my car keys that I lost but the house key as well.  I had only been to two places in the store and retraced my steps several times.  No keys.

Did I maybe think I took the keys with me when they were possibly still in the car’s ignition?  Did the maybe fall from my  hand and and on the ground and because of the heavy gloves I was wearing I didn’t feel them slip.  I went out to the car.  I looked inside the car.  No keys.  I looked around the car.  No keys.  I walked back into the store looking down the entire time.  No keys.  Even though it is cold I started breaking out in a cold sweat.  What to do.

I didn’t take my cell phone with me so I couldn’t call Kathy.  I had one option left.  Go to the courtesy desk and see if someone found keys and turned them in.  I did and someone did.  A big sigh of relief.

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In My Dreams

In my dreams
I run free
My long powerful legs
Carrying me through the woods
Not a care in the world

In my dreams
Friends admire me
Enemies cower before me
All are aware of who I am

In my dreams
I am a leader
Rewarding loyalty and hard work
With strength and protection

In my dreams
I let out a powerful
ROAR
That reverberates
Throughout the area

In mu dreams
I am KING!

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Resolutions

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2017 is over and a new year is beginning.  Like many people, I have made resolutions in past years that I never end up keeping.  I could do the same this year.  Fro example, I could resolve to go to the gym more often.  However, since the closest gym is a 30 minute ride from home I don’t see that happening.

I could resolve to quit smoking.  However, I don’t smoke.  What resolutions can I make that I know I will have a better chance of keeping?  After some soul searching and hard thought I have come up with a list of 10 things I know I can do.  I know that 10 seems a bit ambitious, but I plan to aim big.

So here goes.  Here are my 10 resolutions for 2018 in no particular order.  I resolve to…

  1.  Tell Kathy I love her at least once a day.
  2. Pet any cat that decides to curl up for a nap on my lap.
  3. Take Kathy out for lunch or dinner at least once a week.
  4. Have lunch with former co-workers once a month just to keep in touch.
  5. Take in at least 2 Broadway plays this summer.
  6. Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner on special occasions (birthdays, anniversary…)
  7. Cook dinner at least once a week.
  8. Not feel guilty about eating a slice of cake if there is some in the house.
  9. Smile at people in passing.
  10. Be a better person today than I was yesterday.

With these resolutions I think I will have a pretty good success rate of keeping them.  Wishing all of you a healthy and Happy 2018.

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A Great Gift

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To me one of the best gifts one can get is having a health problem fixed.  Many times we know that something is wrong but we are not quite sure what it is.  If you don’t know what’s wrong how can you fix it?

While we were in Australia Kathy had a difficult time walking because her legs would cramp on her.  This happened most often when we were walking uphill or on uneven pavements.

This didn’t happen too much before we left so we didn’t give it too much thought as to it being a problem while we were traveling.  Some people on the trip suggested she try drinking tonic water.  The said the quinine would help.  It did, somewhat.  One person complained that we knew before the trip that we should be able to walk distances.  We honestly thought she could.

Anyway, when we got home and Kathy had her next doctor’s appointment she told him about the problem.  He decided to run some tests and discovered that she had blockages in the arteries  in both legs. She was scheduled for an angioplasty last Wednesday.

We got to the hospital for 7:30 A.M. so that she could be prepped and ready for her scheduled 9:00 procedure.  We met with the doctor who would perform the angio and she spent about 20 minutes explaining the pros and cons of the procedure.

He didn’t know exactly where the blockage was, if a stent could be inserted, if a balloon could be used to open up the artery, or if nothing would work and she would need bypass surgery.  He also wasn’t sure if opening the artery would solve the cramping problem or if the cramping was being caused by something else.  He wanted to make sure we understood all of the ramifications before Kathy signed off on the procedure.  We did and she did.

I left for the waiting room and the doctor did his thing.  About an hour later he came out and got me.  He told me all went well and he thought he solved the problem.  He showed me before and after pictures of Kathy’s legs.  It was amazing.  Both legs had blockages in the exact same spot behind the knee.  Because the left leg caused her more pain than the right one that is the one he decided to fix first.  He put in a balloon, inflated it, and blood flow was free flowing.

Because they went in through the femoral artery she couldn’t leave until the bleeding stopped.  Years ago they would put a sandbag on the site for pressure.  Now they use a plug.  The plug didn’t work for Kathy.  The site kept oozing and they kept changing the dressing.  After the third change they brought the doctor back up.  He suggested a heavy gauze pad tightly taped in place.  This was done and we were sent home.  It was now 4:30 P.M.

To see if he fixed the problem and before he did the right leg the doctor wanted Kathy to go for a walk the next day and take note of any discomfort.  We did.  Her left leg was fine.  The right leg cramped.  She was able to talk with me as we walked which she couldn’t do before.  Seems like problem solved.  In two or three weeks he will do the other leg and Kathy should be cramp free.

Couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.

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Searching For A Topic

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I am sitting here trying to decide what my topic for today’s post should be.  I would like to say that there are dozens of possibilities running through my head, but that would be a lie.  In truth there is nothing in my head…don’t say it, I know this is often the case.

I guess I could write about one of the cats, but I did that last week.  Besides, they haven’t done anything really interesting this week.  Of course there was that one day…maybe I’ll save that for another post.

I could write about the warm shift in temperatures we are having and how I don’t dream of a white Christmas since we do some traveling on that day, but talking about the weather is kind of a boring fall back topic.

I could write about the theatre tickets I for for our annual August New York trip, but maybe I’ll wait until closer to the time of the trip.  After all, I didn’t make any dinner reservations yet.  Anyone have a good suggestion for a good restaurant in NYC’s theater district?

Yes, these are things I could write about but really don’t want to.  Maybe I’ll just skip this week and see if something comes to me for next Tuesday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Laundry Day

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It never fails.  No matter what I do it still comes around at least once a week, sometimes more.  Laundry Day.  Well, if I want clean clothes I guess the laundry must be done.

Let’s start by taking a look at the basket to see how full it is.

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Yep, I guess it is time to wash some clothes.  First thing I need to do is separate the clothes by colors.

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Hmm..,looks like there are more darks than lights so I guess darks it is.

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The clothes are arranged in the washer.  I like to distribute them around the agitator so that they don’t clump.

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Next it is time to add the detergent and softener.  After all, the clothes won’t become clean and smell nice if I don’t add them.

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OK, looks like everything is set and ready to go.

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Now it is just wait until the clothes are clean and dry.

Ahhh, there is nothing like the feel and smell of clean soft clothes.

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I guess I’d better get them folded so that I can put them away.

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I need to make some room in the drawer.  If I push things closer together there is plenty of room.

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Yes, I knew everything would fit.

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Maybe I should just tamp them down so the drawer closes more easily.

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The laundry basket is now empty.  I should be good for a few days.

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After all of that hard work it is time for a rest.  Hey, don’t judge.  You rest where you like and I’ll rest where I like.

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OK, maybe this is more comfortable.  Until next time…

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Joys of Owning a Home

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I am sure that most houses have their subtle sounds that the homeowner is aware of and just shrugs off as being part of the house.  It might be a creaking floorboard.  Maybe it is the sound of the wind coming through the not quite fully sealed window.  Most sounds can be ignored and nothing major needs to be done.

I wish I could say the same for my problem.  It started a few days ago.  I had gone to bed early because I was tired.  I thought I was in a sound sleep when I heard the commode flush.  Just Kathy in the bathroom I thought, but why was she using the one in the powder room?  Oh, well.  I went back to sleep.

The next day Kathy and I were  sitting having breakfast.  The commode flushed again.  We were both there so it wasn’t us.  The cats were waiting for their milk so they didn’t do it.  There was no one else in the house that I knew of so who flushed?  Do we have ghosts?  Did some phantom flush just to let us know we are not alone?

What should I do?  Well, I chose the only logical path…ignore it and it will go away.  I ignored, but it did not go away.  In fact, the flushes became more frequent.  We had a phantom flush that needed to be dealt with.  I could call a plumber or I could go to the hardware store and get a new flapper unit and fix it myself.

Here is the culprit.

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Maybe if I dumped those jugs of kitty litter into the tank that might solve the problem.  No, I guess it would just make matters worse.

So, this morning I went to the hardware store and bought this.

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I like the words Easy Install.  We will see.  You now know what my project for the afternoon will be.  Wish me luck.  Who knows.  May it will lead to next week’s post.

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