I feel better today than I have since before the pneumonia. I slept
well last night with the help of a Xanax tablet and my eyes are allowing
me to write this short blog post if nothing else. The weights on my
knees are working but I don’t know how far they will go with
straightening the leg. Anyway, I was able to walk better this morning
and I can tell the leg feels stronger.
I’ve had some good porch time the past two mornings. The worst
distraction is that there is a patch of white clover blooms in front of
the porch but I have yet to see a honey bee on any of them. When I was a
lad, white clovers with their attending honey bees were a bane to this
barefoot boy; it was normal to be stung on the feet several time each
week. Alas, the bees are all but extinct from some places and it is
saddening that we so much ignore our natural world.
The title is my favorite quote from the movie The Matrix.
Feeling pretty good except for my blurry eyes and perpetually sore
knees. I bought ten pounds (4.5 kg) of weights to place on my new knee
while the leg is stretched between two chairs. Doctor wants me to have
the knee crushed again but as long as soreness from fluid is there it
won’t do much good because I cannot do the exercises properly.
Have you heard the old saying “he looks like he is knocking on
death’s door”? I don’t think I have been knocking on his door but I do
believe I have been slumming around his neighborhood too much recently.
The boys are growing. Jaden is at eighteen pounds (8.1 kg), Mason is
thirty-four pounds (15.4 kg), and Sammy is thirty-five pounds (15.9 kg).
Sammy’s hair has turned a dark copper color.
When a fifteen month old little boy (Mason) walks into a room full of
unused but familiar laps and comes to me to pick him up and then
puts his head against my chest and his arms around my neck, it makes me
feel like I have been doing something right with my life.
A plague of locusts. That is about all that is left to hit California
where Jeremy and Courtney are living. So far this year they have had
earth quakes, drought, flash floods, wild fires, and searingly dry
Here is my annual tribute to the best love movie I’ve seen–The Notebook–and to the song writer Dave Loggins and to the performance by Three Dog Night.
I seem to have overcome this last bout of
pneumonia and I say it is the worst one I’ve ever had and I’ve had many.
It took a trip to emergency room to get me on the path to being rid of
it, at least for awhile. I truly thank Alice, Jola, Sandy, Mark, and
Maggie for your concern and get well vibes. You all are blessing in my
Sunday I got a bit of a surprise. An old
friend I haven’t seen in many years called me and within a few hours he
and another friend from back in the day were sitting with me at my
house. It was Ken Moore and Mike Townsend. Our relationship goes back to
the nineteen seventy-three. I was very happy to see them.