Friday, May 07, 2021

FIRST CRITTER OF THE SEASON

 

I was out in our backyard yesterday.

There was a huge grasshopper on the wall.

The thing measured about 3 inches.

We don't usually have these critters this big.

It was so nice of him to pause and pose for me before leaving his post.

I guess Summer is definitely on its way.



He was way up on the wall so I didn't get the greatest photo of him.

There was sort of a red stripe down his back.

I sure hope he isn't going to eat all of our plants.


Thursday, May 06, 2021

THANKFUL THROWBACK THURSDAY

 

On this Thursday there is so much to be thankful for.

I am so grateful for all the rich memories and fun Dave and I have had over the years.

These photos are from 2005.

In one way they seem so current and in others it seems like a lifetime ago.



Our Granddaughter Amanda took this portrait of us so many years and pounds ago.

I really think she did a fantastic job.



So much has changed at Disneyland.

2005 still had a wonderful band that entertained us before the Park opened for the day.

What a special time that was.

Great memories and Good Times.


Tuesday, May 04, 2021

MY LATEST PHOTO CLUB CHALLENGE

 Last night was our online Photo Club.

What a good time we had with a core group from here in No. CA. and many from other states.

Lots of good conversation and great photo challenge results.

Here's mine for the week.

" SUMMER VIBES "



There is nothing like something cold on a hot summer day.

Root Beer Floats fill the bill.

Of course, Dave and I had to split this one after photographing it..

Diet...Not ...

Today...

Yes...


Monday, May 03, 2021

MONDAY MEANDERINGS

 

Wow, how the weeks just keep rolling on.

It's Monday again and I really don't have much to say.

We were blessed to have our son and daughter in law come over after church yesterday

and bring us a yummy lunch and then Steve installed a new shower head for Dave.

We are so grateful for all the love and concern that has been given us.

Now this photo doesn't have anything to do with that...

I'm archive diving and I don't think I ever posted this picture.

It's from 2017.

Spring time at the Iris Gardens in Placerville, CA.



Sometimes you gotta capture something that's Alien to every day life....

😀


Friday, April 30, 2021

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

 

Again I am jumping back into my archives for my FLASHBACK FRIDAY post.

Dave went to a successful Physical Therapy session yesterday.

It really tires both of us out a lot.

So, I haven't felt very creative in the photography department.

Here's my contribution for the day.



Happy Weekend to you !!


Monday, April 26, 2021

A NEW PHOTO CLUB CHALLENGE

 Our on line Photo Club meets tonight.

The challenge for this week is " ORANGE ".

We are always challenged to think "Outside the Box" and to not be lazy...

So, I got this brilliant idea to do a sliced Orange with Orange slices...

SILLY

But Fun and I did complete the challenge before the deadline!



This photo looks best enlarged.

Technically not perfection by any means..

But

I had a good time thinking and doing it.

We enjoyed the orange slices and the slices of orange.. 😛


Friday, April 23, 2021

EARTH DAY ... ONE DAY LATE

 

Just looking in my Archive Fodder for a post today.

Since I missed Earth Day yesterday, I thought I would post this photo again.

I guess we can call it Flashback Friday too.



Happy Weekend...


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

THANKFUL THURSDAY

 

Thank you everybody!!

Thanks for all your love, concern and encouragement.

Yesterday went very well at Kaiser Physical Therapy.

The transfers were not easy but were successful..

Practice will make perfect.

Dave has a fantastic PT.

She is young, perky and listened to Dave....attitude is half the battle.

She was so pleased with his progress but said this type of fracture is the most difficult healing and it's just a very long process.

We were exhausted by the time we got home.

A gift from heaven came a bit later in the day.

A dear friend delivered a full hot dinner for us.

We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts.

She brought Chicken Divan, yummy Caesar salad and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

God is so good and knows our needs.




Tuesday, April 20, 2021

TUESDAY THOUGHTS

 

Today is the first day of Physical Therapy for Dave at Kaiser.

I have to admit I'm a bit nervous...mostly because i have to get him into the car and out to get him into the building...park my car...and get him situated.

It's awkward but Dave is a big help in getting around but this isn't "home"...lots of unknown.

I know I am a worry wart but it's all new to me...going over the different possibilities in my mind.

So

I need to practice what I preach and Trust the Lord...

One Day at a Time...



Have a great day..


Saturday, April 17, 2021

JUNK YARD ARTSY FARTSY

 I haven't been on a photo shoot for so long.

Desperate times call for Desperate measures.

Back into my archives...

Just a couple of fun shots....

Just because I want to...



I like the Mondrian style lines of this shot.



I really liked the shadow play on the old car.



Beauty in Chaos

Definitely in the eye of the beholder...

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

THANKFUL THURSDAY and THROWBACK THURSDAY

 

It's Thursday and I thought I would throw 2 themes together for this post.

Throwback Thursday.... my Hubby Dave in 1963.

While we were engaged.


This photo makes me Thankful too.

We are still together after 57 years of Wedded Bliss....😊

Rehab is coming along but it sure is a long haul.

Each day is better.

The Therapy person is here so I will close now.




Tuesday, April 13, 2021

OUR PHOTO CLUB CHALLENGE THIS WEEK

 Our photo club challenge this week is 

WILDLIFE

Since Dave and I aren't out and about , I had to dive back into our archives.

This is TRUE Wildlife from our trip to Kenya.

Photos from the Masai Mara Game Reserve.



This majestic Lion and his Pride blended into the brown grass so well.



This sweet little baby walked right up to our van and gave us a smile.

These are such special memories.

Never forgotten.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

IS THIS A SUNFLOWER?

 

I always thought sunflowers were  fall flowers.

This pretty blossom has appeared in my friends garden..all by itself.

I think it's a volunteer, perhaps "planted" by a passing bird.

Anyway...

It's pretty and makes me feel happy.

Enjoy your Sunday.




Friday, April 09, 2021

FRIDAY AND WHAT TO POST??

 Well another week has slide around and here we are again at Friday.



Dave update...

The Surgeon was satisfied with how his Xrays look and the healing is on its way.

His bombshell was that he didn't see Dave walking until July-ish....

Not what my poor Hubby wanted to hear.

This surgeon has absolutely no bedside manner and I'm glad we don't have to see him again for another 5 weeks.

There is plenty to whine about but I'm trying to take the High Road and be Dave's biggest cheerleader.

So dear friends..

One Day at a Time.

On another subject this photo is of my friends Tulip Tree blossom "posterized".

I kind of like the abstract quality of it.



Monday, April 05, 2021

MY PHOTO CLUB'S CHALLENGE THIS WEEK

 

The challenge for my photo club this week is entitled : At the Cross...

Here's my contribution


ON A HILL FARAWAY.....



This photo was taken a few years ago.

These crosses stand at the front of a church we used to attend.


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Friday, April 02, 2021

NATURE SPRINGING ALL AROUND US

 

This is Easter weekend.

I thought I would just post a photo of mine that depicts

Nature springing out around us.

This is also Good Friday...but Sunday's coming.



I thank the Lord for each new day.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

BABY STEPS OF PROGRESS

 

So happy to have my Dave home and I see the baby steps of progress each day.

Together, we have gotten him out of the hospital bed and into the wheelchair.

He was finally able to wheel himself to the patio door  and see

what's left of the culprit that broke his leg.

I find it encouraging for him to be up a bit.

Changing positions makes a big difference on his attitude, among other things.



The in home physical therapist comes today...

Let the FUN begin !!

One Day at a Time.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN !

 

This Saturday is full of good news.

My Honey is home.

Lots of work ahead for complete healing...

But

Being home , having the right equipment, and his 24/7 "nurse"

will make things progress smoothly.

Things will be so much more comfortable, and doing things on our schedule will make things better.




A great young man brought him home in a wheelchair transport.

He was so kind and gentle.

The temps. are in the low 70's...

We couldn't ask for anything better.

Right now he's sleeping away, making up for lost sleep during this last week.

Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts.

Let the "fun" begin!!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

HUBBY'S DISCHARGE COMING SOON

 

This is THANKFUL THURSDAY.

I am so thankful that it looks like my Honey will be coming home this weekend.

The rest of his recuperation can be done from home.

I'm thankful for the progress he is making and the incentive of home-cooked meals

Seems to be pushing him forward. 😀

I am thankful for the new life that is springing forth in our backyard.

It's saying "Welcome Home Dave".



The Wisteria and rose type flowers have popped out within the last few days.








My photos are The Poetry of Everyday Life.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

PROGRESS BUT STILL AN UNKNOWN DISCHARGE DATE

 

Thank you dear friends for all of your prayers and good thoughts on Dave's and my behalf.

I'm thankful that yesterday was a good day for him.

He and his new PT really connected and this made a lot of difference to his attitude.

Tomorrow all the Drs. consult together and I am hoping for good reports and a definitive plan moving forward.


Dave took this photo of his leg right before they took out the 20 staples and stitches

10 days after surgery.

Now he has many pins and gizmos holding everything together.

I know this isn't pleasant to see but I am doing this to have a record for my journal.



His view from his room window.

He says there is a Blue Jay that comes many times a day to pick twigs off this tree.

There must be a nest close by.

I'm glad he has something to look at besides 4 plain walls.



This is what's left of the culprit that put Dave in the hospital.

Its still "crying" after 2 weeks.

The Elder constantly drips day and night.

I have never experienced something like this before.



Before my son left to go back to Oregon we took a walk in our local park.

It was quite breezy so my hair is flying but it was nice to get out and get

a bit of Vitamin D.

And so it goes...

One Day at a Time !!!


Saturday, March 20, 2021

THE HOUSE FEELS EMPTY

 

I have absolutely loved having my younger son Mark here for a full week.

We have talked fast and furious... ran many errands... and accomplished some

"need to be done" things around the house.



Now the house feels empty.

Mark had to return home to go back to work

And Dave is still in the Care facility until he can be a bit more mobile.

No weight bearing for at least another 4 weeks.

Physical Therapy , and just fun things like learning to get out of the hospital bed and into 

a wheelchair.

But you know...God is good...I have wonderful friends and family.

We will get through this and come out the other side Stronger.

ONE DAY AT A TIME !


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

I AM LOVING HAVING MY SON HOME WITH ME

 

Despite my Hubby being in a care facility for the short term,

It brought our younger son here from Oregon to help us for a week.

We've accomplished some small projects and its been nice having a chauffeur too.

I'm posting these photos mostly for me and my blog journal.



We went out to breakfast yesterday and then did a bunch of errands.



We also went for a walk at Quarry Park.

It was a lovely, cool crisp morning.



I always like to do different angles on this old truck.



The geese were enjoying the morning too.



I'm going to miss this guy a lot.


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Hubby update

 

Just to let you wonderful friends know that my Hubby Dave is in a short term rehab care facility.

His pain level from surgery and the complete lack of mobility at this time made it impossible for him to come home.

I physically couldn't transfer him out of the bed or to chairs.

We both would have been on the floor.

He's depressed from the circumstances and not being able to go in to see him is hard on all of us.

Then yesterday when our younger son Mark had arrived from Oregon we went to the care facility to bring him a few things.

They made arrangements and rolled his bed from his room to a visitors room and we were able to talk with our phones and see him.

This is going to be a very long haul for all of us.



Our friend George came early Saturday morning and did the final cutting on Dave's nemesis.



And the deed is done!!

Fantastic friends Kim and George...we are forever grateful.



Dave's leg after surgery in the brace from thigh to just above the ankle.  No weight bearing or bending of the knee for a long time.



The facility rolled Dave's bed from his room to a visitors room and we talked to him with our phones.

Dave was so happy that our Son came down from Oregon and he could at least see him through the window.



We were with our other son Steve and daughter in law.  I like the reflections showing the brothers looking at Dave's brace.

I look forward to talking to the Doctors and hearing what the time frame for things will be.

One day at a time!


Thursday, March 11, 2021

SURGERY COMPLETED...QUITE A FIASCO

 

Just a quick up date on my Hubby's surgery for his fractured leg.

Thank heavens that part is finally done.

I can't go into all the details but so many in the medical system dropped the ball.

It put so much stress on Dave and myself.  Not a great way to go into surgery.

I'm not sure if he is coming home today or not.

Dave does not take kindly to some of the meds.

This is going to be a very long haul because of the type of breaks.

Just doing basic daily things will be difficult..

I'm not going to dump myself into doom and gloom but this is going to be very hard on us old geezers.



Kind of how I feel this morning...

A little saggy

A little tired and maybe a bit old.

Thanks everyone for your concern.


Sunday, March 07, 2021

A BIG CHANGE OF EVENTS

 

Well Friday started out great and ended up not so good for us.

Our friend came to cut down our tree and long story short...

The large limb being cut had other ideas.

Instead of falling where it it was suppose to it bounced back and hit my Hubby Dave right below the kneecap.

Everything had been done safely, Dave wasn't climbing any ladders or using the chain saw...just being in the wrong place.

911 was called and Dave was taken to ER.

Xrays showed broken bones all around the knee..tibia and fibia...

He is home in an hospital bed and surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

He is in an immobialization splint from thigh to shin on his left leg.

Lots of pain but today is a lot better if he doesn't move.

Ambulance will have to come and bring him back to hospital since he can't bend his leg and no weight bearing...there is no way he could get in our car.

So I am full time nurse along with so much help from my Daughter in Love and her cousin is a nurse practiciner.  She brought over a good bed and all the things necessary for the next 2 months probably of healing.

Things will be a whole lot better once the pins are in place.

Sure not the way we expected to spend our time!

Thank heavens for insurance.  We could never make it through this with out it.

Of course it goes without saying that prayers get us through.  God is good and we know he has all of this right in his hands.

I probably will not be answering many blog comments but just wanted you to know whats going on with us. 



We will continue to travel this Road of Life any way we can.



Thursday, March 04, 2021

THANKFUL THURSDAY

 

We have so much to be thankful for, but today I have a very special thanksgiving.

Dave and I have attempted to cut down a tree in our backyard.

The tree has become the Host to the Box Elder Beetle.

Last spring and summer we couldn't even sit out on our patio because of the ugly critters.

No sprays or chemicals worked.

So it is time to have our tree removed.

Too costly for us to hire someone at this time so we have been "trimming " it bit by bit.

To make a long story short???

Our friend saw some photos my Hubby posted on FB and he is coming to completely remove the tree for us.

He has the equipment and experience to do it safely.   

I am thanking the Lord for friendship and kindness.

Here are photos of us and our work.

Friday we will show the finished project.













Can you see the water droplet on the right hand side of this picture?

The tree was CRYING...

Water poured from every cut we made.

It lasted over night...





Dave called me his " LUMBER JILL"

I think this is what convinced our friend that we needed help...😀




More to come.