Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boating day

We had visited around our neighborhood via our vessel a cruise of our local canals to see how they were doing post Hurricane Irma.
You see, we do have a whole lot of snowbirds in the area.
Definition of snowbird: northerner who has second home to travel to when the snow or cold weather begins where they live the other half or quarter of the year!

We were never snowbirds when we moved here the deal was final, back on August 19, 1986.
 Although we did vacation here in Florida for short term visits on and off for ten years as a family; once as long as three weeks before then.
But I personally had first come to Florida the winter of 1957-58, and then again the summer of '67.
So we really knew our way around.

Charlotte County has significant mileage of man-made canals, yep fifty-five miles!
All the blue stuff is water and waterways! So we decided to do some touring nearby our own waterway B-7 and the rest of the alphabet area!

We found that many people had more damage than what we had thought.
And many of those who had not had repairs done yet might be of the snowbird variety.
As many lovely yards were there, destroyed looking unkempt were there too... waterfront properties that famously are of the more expensive nature, ya know?

Many hurricanes can do that.

So these people will have a lot to do when they arrive.
And I had mistakenly thought that we did not suffer that badly in our county.
We are on the front lines for most all storms, although no storm surge was incurred apparently we all suffered different amounts of wind damage.
Wind can be nasty!
Leveling homes from the top down.
That is the reason we cover windows to prevent the wind from entering and imploding our homes, not just fear of broken glass!
So tape is just ridiculous!
And portions of pieces of wood of coverage is the same, just plain stupid!

You must logically have the entire window shuttered with fasteners or in recessed windows 3/4" plywood covering with Plylox:, creating a suction seal!
Garage doors should be reinforced on the interior with two by fours nailed inside the metal brackets, and/or roll your vehicle against it.
Garages are notorious for allowing the air/wind in to destroy your home!
Lanais now have pop out screening. 

There are so many ways to minimize damage, but if you are not here... you can call a neighbor to do it!
Many folks when they leave to go home up north for the summer they close up their homes with all hurricane protection, sounds like a good idea, hmm?

Not necessarily, fires are harder to put out when no entry is available causing house loss, robberies occur due to looking empty, and on and it's damn if you do and damned if you don' the friend idea is the best or hire someone.

After Hurricane Charley I wrote an item for the paper about ghost pools, homes were gone but those in-ground pools stayed without anyone to enjoy them, and became hazards for children and health.
The law went into affect to fence them around that time.

So much weirdness after the disasters, a truck was thrown into a tree, a very high tree... but, ya know something, no matter how many times nature misbehaves we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again!

On that note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here, ya hear!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Hubby!

His celebration began Wednesday with...
Number One Son purchasing his birthday cake!

I on the other hand extended it through Friday, his actual birthday!
And he is the one with the recent removal of his cataracts! Mine were removed in 2010 and 2014!
Sorry, he threw me off with his entire height thing, he should have been sitting, really, ha; it's my excuse and I am sticking to it!
So actually I should have NO excuse.

Imagine the rest of his handsome head, heaven knows that you have all seen it before enough.
Although, just minus the cataracts, now, hee hee!

So what did Tobi buy for Hubby for his birthday?
A great card and a fishing shirt, sunglasses with so-called cheaters in the bottom (reading glasses), and lunch at his choice of restaurants!
Oddly enough he chose Ruby Tuesday's since they also have a healthy choice section with calories stated, he did it for me... what a guy! On HIS BIRTHDAY!
I protested and wanted him to go to his favorite Mexican restaurant, but lately I have been saying how unhealthy their menu was... he remembered.
Better for both of us; brainwashing does work with love!

We did try wine a few weeks back, and oddly enough to me it tasted like straight rubbing alcohol, could be our cheapness in choices, and no I have never ever tried rubbing alcohol internally, i.e.
Hubby too lost his taste for the stuff.
You see, with my bariatric sleeve surgery I had to sign an agreement to not drink any alcohol for one year, but Hubby and I chose about a year before that to discontinue it, ha joke on them!
So abstaining for two years and so we thought why not try it?
And we decided nah.
Any-who, with Hubby now joining me in quitting smoking for nearly a year for him now!
We are goodie, goodie two shoes with more money to spend elsewhere! Aha!

We are only on drugs, physicians prescribed ones that is... with lotsa of vitamins too!

On that note of now knowing Hubby is once again a year my senior, hip, hip, hooray!
Allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night, and HUBBY A HAPPY BIRTHDAY another oldie but goodie, and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's not like my ...

...head was moved to another location, ya know?
Then how come I cannot remember where it is when I bend down to get something?
Again I hit my noggin, this time on the inside of the fridge!
No hard surfaces too hard for heads to make contact with that is one that has been injured due to my stupid moves!

Same side as the other head banging, but lower in the temple area south of my farhead where the other lump resides, but both on my left side.
Ice pack is being applied as I write tonight, but I also have been applying it to my farhead bump too! Not as easy to do as one might think while trying to tap on these keys to do this!

In the old days I would have smacked myself for this ignorant self harming maneuver, even by accident it is ridiculous, but as we all know now that would just be foolishly redundant to do and probably just cause the need for a third ice pack and I do not have enough hands for that, hmm really?

Actually, if I lean back just right in my bed where I am currently lying the one on my farhead and the one on my temple just lie nicely flat in their locations with their ice packs doing their thing, and allowing my both hands to be freed up to write, Ta DA!

By George I think I got it!

Moving on...

Any-who, Hubby now has had both of his cataracts removed and his eyesight so far is doing what it should be doing... working just fine!
No glasses already!
With lefty just done yesterday pretty great!
Righty was done just over a week ago!

I do believe he is very happy with his outcome.

On this note allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night, and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

You know how you know you should feel something?


Feelings are sad when any family member passes, no doubt about that!
Rocky roads of decades to have fixes or failures and friends and foes, family or estranged family, trying and giving up, realizing that sometimes you have no other choice.
Although, you cannot change the fact that you are related, whether by marriage or blood... FAMILY can make you joyful, overwhelmed or incensed, such is life of decades of how it could/might be?

My parents both passed away way long ago in 1982 and 1986, Mom first a week before her seventy-first birthday, and with her no matter how angry we made each other within hours we would make up and we were so very close and spoke daily on the phone, I miss her still.
Dad too was a forgiving doll and never ever let anything fester for long even if it was way crazy, as a teen as I could be, but I always knew that he too loved me, he died at seventy-nine, back in 1986.
I truly had their unconditional love, and so did Hubby from them.

Hubby on the other hand did not have it as easy.
And his parents came with conditions to their love, and so in many ways this meant there would be highs and lows to his and therefore my relationships with them.
Foolishly, in the beginning I tried to be miss fix it, and tried to encourage overlooking harsh realities of how they were.
Condemning us for not doing things religious wise as they would have preferred.

Hubby and I were raised in two different, very different religions, and though my parents never interfered in how or in what religion we should raise our sons, at first Hubby's Mom had.
Though, after a while she respected our feelings and we chose to raises them as heathens, ha! 
Yes, without formal religious training but knowledge of their roots of their families heritages.
As adults they found their own ways and are happy with that freedom of nothing being shoved down their throats; thank you very much!

Over the years my MIL, Mother-in-law who showed me much love and compassion even calling me more like a daughter than a daughter- in- law!
We showed her a wonderful time whenever she visited us, and for that she did seem very happy!
Even when she started to lose herself from dementia she seemed to reach out to her middle child, my Hubby with moments of rational thinking.
She even cut from the newspaper something that she had difficulty verbalizing... a picture that spoke volumes of what she herself was unable to enunciate. What it says is, "From the Heart, I love you." Written in the sand.

This woman who gave Hubby, his sister and his brother their lives as well as sadness and strife and perhaps many times over also much joy, passed away yesterday peacefully in her sleep somewhere in a Pennsylvania nursing home or a hospital after having unsuccessful surgery for a blood clot at the very good age of ninety-six, not far from her ninety-seventh birthday this coming January 17th.

Mom farewell, knowing you for me has been if nothing else interesting, heart-stopping, infuriating, loving, and at times rewarding and you allowed your middle child and myself to say good-bye to the most of the old you before you were totally lost to us forever, and for that I thank you.

A church going woman who volunteered with the church and never said no to helping elderly friends when a younger woman.

Mom leaves in her life's wake, three adult married children, eight grandchildren, six or more great grandchildren, (sorry lost count) so in a way she will always live all families do!

Adelaide Kruegel 1/17/21-11/14/17, may she rest in peace, she will be sorely missed by many.
Me included.
To be factual, Mom hasn't been Mom since before 2010, due to dementia, sadly then we had to say good-bye.

Odd notification from an unusual family, sister in PA calls eldest brother in WA, eldest brother notifies middle son/child in FL via email.
One grandson, son of middle son, visiting is told in person, youngest son somewhere in Fl also told via email, that he hates for this sort of thing, but again no choice no other way.
And the sad legacy continues...!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Going to be a quickie tonight.

Number One Son visiting earlier today!
Went out shopping and to dinner... relaxing now.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Good news!

We left the homestead late this afternoon 3:50 P.M. for Hubby's check of his right eye and according to the doc he is doing just fine!
That news allows for his left one to be done this week, YAY!

From there we thought we were going to pick up something hot for dinner from Winn Dixie's prepared foods, but we did not see anything we liked, so... we actually picked up two big Macs and one medium fries and one chocolate shake to share right in their parking lot at the local McDonald's.
I ate less than half of the big Mac and handed back some of the fries I took to Hubby, he also finished my big Mac; I had taken less than half the chocolate shake and added skim milk to it and it was fine.

I had a bad night last night and a mediocre day today too, rest wise.
Yesterday, I did something stupid, as usual.
I bent down in our shared shower room seeing something on the floor, and hit my head, basically clunking it on the porcelain toilet edge.
I saw stars and felt a bit dizzy, but got into the shower anyway.
After, I rubbed the sore spot and was somewhat relieved that there was no bump.
The bump came later, much later.

So I put one of my many ice packs on it that night switching out with cold ones all night long, and I was apparently afraid to sleep.
You see, over the years I have had three medically diagnosed concussions, so you remember what to do for them.
I even had a cracked skull once that showed up on one of my MRIs.
My head seems to get in my way a lot, and for some reason with balance issues I have a chronic problem of hitting my head first on my way down in falling.

Thus so many headaches, besides from my allergies.
Caffeine helps headaches as well as Vicks Vapor Rub under the nose after using Simply Saline for sinus related causes I have found.
Thus what makes me, me are a culmination of those noggin knocks?
Not unlike football players I suspect, and with Multiple Sclerosis lesions I am screwed brain wise!
Legal/legit excuses I suspect?

Oh darn.
And lack of sleep, since fear of blood clots or hemorrhages... makes sense to me...

Night, night, sleep tight or loose, or not at all, whatever is better for you personally, ha!

Take care and be aware of those wayward toilets jumping out in your way! Shelves, counters, desks, tables, walls, doors etc, you get the idea...

Allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and share all those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sorry folks.

Nothing earth shattering in our inner world, re: to our home that has occurred.
Although, the news on the other hand was flourishing with many fake and true newsworthy information for our souls to see and hear and learn from with access from many modes.

Hubby and I for some odd reason sat in the same room and watched a Stephen King novella based movie, 1922. Mixed reviews.
We were not that frightened, some of King's stories are scary as any of your worst nightmares!
When I was a child I read all of Poe, i.e. Edgar Allan Poe.
To me Stephen King was/is a modern day macabre stylized Poe, so I read him.
In the 1970's he could not write fast enough for me!
My favorite to this day, is his, The Stand, that I must have read four times, yes several hundred pages and newer versions with additional pages!
As a child and into adulthood I read all of Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. those sorts of oldies, but goodies!
To be fair I also read Anne of Green Gables, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew series.
So many authors since then from Robin Cook to James W. Hall to Randy Wayne White and on and on ... many women authors too.
Reading does help with writing as any English teacher will tell you.
But forget about helping with grammar due to dialects, mannerisms of how real people speak in dialogue in most stories...see I do have an excuse, ha!

But really folks if you can give your children one gift, a cheapo one, it should be the joy of reading and the enjoyment of BOOKS!
Besides helping with mandatory studies in all levels of school, it is downright fun, and the original bargain basement escapism! 

On that note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!