Less Than Expected

Hurricane Irene turned out to be less than expected, for us at least, though I’m not discounting the problems she’s caused all the way up the northeast for everyone else. We somehow ended up in a protected area as the storm split and went around us in two directions, traveling up the state of New…


Battening The Hatches

This will be the shortest entry to date as we “batten the hatches” and get ready for the coming storm this evening or tomorrow morning. We are not used to having the kind of weather that is predicted with Hurricaine Irene’s arrival, and though we are miles inland, we are directly in it’s expected path….


I Don’t Believe This!

You know, of all the things that were depressing me last week, the worst was a low level worry I didn’t even mention. Because underlying all the reasons for feeling low laid this one, something I didn’t even want to think about: I’m having new tooth pain. That realization distressed me so much I couldn’t…


Am I Depressed?

I’ve been trying to figure out what to call this posting and “Am I Depressed?” was the best I could come up with. While emailing my Clinic friend in Florida, I found myself going off on a rant that would be better served here. I feel like I’ve been having too many problems lately and…


Oh, Doesn’t That Just Figure?

As we closed in our Tuesday phone consultation with Dr. Huggins I was wondering what I would find out from my blood test results. And then–amazement of amazements–at ten minutes till 3:00 PM Tuesday afternoon as I sat waiting for the appointed hour, we had an short and rather violent rainstorm. Worse, at five of…


Acceptable Ranges

OK, they call it a blood ‘test’, and there really are answers to be found in the process. But sometimes, looking over the results, I have to wonder what we’re proving. Last week’s answers were a mixed bag, with things I can’t interpret without Dr. Huggins’ help. Thankfully, that’s coming next week, and I’m looking…


Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch

It occurs to me that it’s been a while since I actually wrote about the current state of my health. With all the things going on with my immediate family (and today you can add the fact that my mother needs a pacemaker and will be staying with us as soon as the surgery is…


Requiem or Memorial?

Death is a time of consideration, of looking back on the past and looking forward to the future. In my case, the loss of my mother-in-law last Saturday (July 2nd) has become a reason to look back and forward at the same time. How did I want to remember her, and what method would be…


Spiritual Fireworks

As I faced summer vacation last week I had no idea that mine was going to begin with a proverbial bang. Yes, the 4th of July is right around the corner, but that didn’t prepare me for the ‘spiritual fireworks’ that awaited. My mother-in-law Judy’s condition (she has breast cancer), has steadily deteriorated, but we…


Summer Vacation

I officially finished my fourth quarter and final report for the 2010-2011 school year on Thursday, so Joelle and I are finally on summer vacation. She finished her last test Monday morning; my reports took a few days longer, but the end result is the same. We’re both looking forward to not having classes every…