Tuesday Tidbits

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I overdid things yesterday, walking completely around our very long block. Last night I slept about three hours, and lay awake the rest of the night.  I am just past the three-month date of my knee replacement surgery, but grow impatient with wanting to be back to “normal.”  My doctor said it takes six months to recover.  Grrrr.

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This morning, David and I attended the “seminar” on aging in place.  Mostly it was a sales pitch from this religiously affiliated ‘non-profit’ organization.  One member of the audience asked how it differed from long-term care, and the moderator suggested it supplemented it.  Darned if I could figure that out.  I won’t go into specifics, but attendees mostly got up and left half-way through. Very costly, but then everything in this area is unreasonable for those of us who are not poor, but at the bottom end of the socio-economic middle class.

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Bob, our plumber guy came by earlier to let me know another appraiser would be scheduling a look-see to give us a price estimate for a redo of our small shower.  After reading Mage’s comment regarding her shower, (they found mold and had to take it back to the studs) I figure a complete overhaul of the tiles is necessary.  Half measures avail us nothing and another patch job simply won’t work.

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On my walk yesterday, I spoke with Kathy.  She is recovering nicely from the glaucoma surgery.  Helene is going to take her to the hospital on Friday for the lumpectomy surgery.  She says Sue and Helene will spend the nights and be with her during the days on the weekend.  Meanwhile we aging-in-place neighbors are working out a schedule for radiation.  Kathy says she hopes she does not need chemo.  Cathy, another neighbor, had both radiation and chemo, and has neuropathy in her hands.

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Johnny bolted up the road yesterday.  Neighbor Eddie helped David corral him in another neighbor’s yard.  About that time, neighbor Marry arrived home from work, and she and her husband jumped out of their truck and chased Johnny back down the road to me.  Everyone knows my darling dogs, who are frequently seen with 85-year old David in  hot pursuit.

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Oh East is East and West is West, Take me where the cement grows…

Where Wimmen are Wimmen in silks and satins, and I’m all yours in Buttons and Bows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1e7CIMvD74

Many photos of my grandchildren this week.  Below, my gorgeous West-coast grandson Jacob (boy in the tuxedo vest) with his buddies all dressed up for their first prom.  Below the photo of Jacob is my East Coast granddaughter Joy at Virginia Tech with one of her cows.

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A day in the pumpkin patch

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Good Grief, its 1:30 PM and other then make breakfast, I have done nothing today.  I am becoming good at doing nothing.  At this rate, I am in danger of becoming good for nothing.  Not really of course, because I am retired, and when you are retired it is okay to be non-productive.  I must keep reminding myself of this over and over.  I often have the feeling I should be doing something…anything…and usually I am.

For one thing, I have been finalizing arrangements with my family regarding my trip to CA next week.

Yesterday, DIL Wendy posted family photos from trip to the pumpkin patch.  The patch looked a bit sparse to me, perhaps from over picking or drought.  Sadly, its awfully dry out there in CA.  Inspired, I asked David to buy a pumpkin at the farmer’s mart.  We usually carve our Jack-o-Lantern and place it on the porch.  I love to look at the glowing orange light from the candle.

I suppose the farmer’s mart has pumpkins for sale.  We certainly have had more than enough rain, so the crops are fairly good.  But too much rain is as bad as too little when it comes to melons.  Pumpkins are NOT in the melon family, however, like melons they lay on the ground while they are growing and are susceptible to rot.

I have a book about squash somewhere around here, and without looking it up, I think pumpkins are a type of squash.  here’s what Wiki says:

Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae native to and originally cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica. The Cucurbita genus is an important source of human food and is used for other purposes such as beverages, medicine, oil, and detergent. Some Cucurbita species were brought to Europe after the discovery of America and are now used in many parts of the world. The plants, referred to as squash, pumpkin or gourd depending on species, variety and local parlance, are grown for their edible fruits and seeds. Real (bottle-)gourds, used as utensils or vessels, belong to the genus Lagenaria and are native to Africa. Lagenaria are in the same family and subfamily as Cucurbita, but in different tribes.

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A repair a day keeps the house from falling down

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Seth from Merrifield Gardens called this morning.  I have decided to schedule the yard work for early December. I’ve paid half the fee as a deposit, but postponing  payment of the other half due at time of the completion of … Continue reading