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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015

Another exciting day for the Ross household. Linda got me up at a little before 04:00, so that I could take her and some of her friends to the Air Port. Linda and those friends are all part of the Blue Star Mothers  organization, and they were headed for Cleveland, OH. They are going to be participating in a national convention, and this will be Linda's first one, with them. She was pretty excited about going, and I'm sure she will have fun, as well as learn a great deal - - none-the-less, I'm going to miss her.

Today, with her gone, I definitely felt the affect of not having her around, since we had the girls with us, and that meant I needed to figure out how to balance my time (I'm working at 06:00 in the morning) with their needs, along with Jason's needs. Fortunately, Jason is able to help with this and they did spend a great deal of time with him... more than they normally would. I was also able to help Jason with his VA appointment, today, and the girls came along with us, at the same time.

Tonight was Taco Tuesday, as is normal for the family. and the girls were very much expecting tacos for dinner. Fortunately, Joselyn has been with us long enough that she knows what to do, and really helped out a bunch in this area. As we all sat down for our dinner, which was getting close to 18:00 (6pm), Joselyn was getting ready to head home, to her family. After dinner I took the girls to the new park I found, and they got to play on the swings, as well as the other climbing equipment and playground. We'd been there a couple of times, in the past, so it wasn't that much of a surprise for them, to be there. The big surprise was that there was some sort of soccer clinic going on, and there were more cars and people than I'd ever seen there previously. We still had full access to the swings though, so it was all good.

We stayed at the park for about 45 minutes, and then headed back home. It was getting a little late and I still needed to get the girls their bath. Bath time is one of their favorite things to do, so I let them play for a little while, then make sure they're actually clean, and then get them out of the tub. I'm not sure how well this is going to work at the new house, since Stacy announced that she is learning how to take a shower now, and will be switching over to showers after we move. Jackie has no interest in taking showers, and in fact is a little afraid of showering, just as Stacy was. She'll come around eventually, so I'm not worried about it.

Bed time was good, as I started to read them a story, and made it most of the way through the book, when Stacy said she wanted to read the last few pages. This was kind of fun, and I did have to help her in a couple places, but she is really getting to be a good reader. They wanted what they call "rock-a-baby", where I swing them a little and then drop them on to their respective beds. They think this is the best thing and lots of fun. Problem is, I promised Linda I wouldn't be swinging them for another several days, so they were a little disappointed.  I'll start it up again, next week. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive. -

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2, 2015

Another nice day for the Ross household, here in Pt. Loma - San Diego, CA - We got up and I felt pretty good, considering I've not felt 100% for the past several days. Not sure what was bothering me so much, but it seems like whatever it was, is behind me now, and I can once again move forward. I have to hand it to Linda, she allowed me to rest and sleep and kept right on taking care of things. Anyway, we got up and Linda and I went to church and had a great time. Jason chose not to come as he as feeling like he needed to stay down for as much as he could today.

I'm looking forward to these next couple of weeks, as I attempt to get some traction with a couple of different groups that should provide some real help in determining a seating solution for Jason. There is a team of engineers working on this, out of Cal Poly, and I have also been made aware of some potential help from another group, who I won't mention just yet, as I don't want to say something until I know it is accurate. I've said other things in the past, and was wrong, and all that did was get me embarrassed.

I'm also looking forward to my new week, week-3, at work. I suspect that there are going to be some solid steps towards putting some solid definition around the work, and make it easy for the team to get moving with the project. I think I have most of the basic stuff under control now, so I just keep moving forward.

Linda is getting ready to head out, Tuesday, for a Blue Star Mothers National Convention, in Ohio, so she'll be gone for a few days. I don't think it will be too disruptive, to have her gone, but it is another opportunity for Jason and I to spend some time with the girls, and see what kind of trouble we can get into. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1, 2015

I didn't update the blog yesterday, mostly because we, Linda and I, went to a fund raising event for multiple 501(c) groups, GSF being one of them. As it was, Semper Fi was there too, and I had a great conversation with a GySgt named Jon Coffey and it was nice just getting a chance to see all the folks from the Gary Sinise Foundation. Two of them, Charlie and Cristin, we hadn't seen or heard from in a little while, so it was good to catch up. The only down side was that it was over an hour drive to get there and get back, and we didn't get back until after midnight.

Otherwise yesterday and today were pretty much the same. Linda did a more packing and took care of some chores, and I just had a nice relaxing time. Jason's wounds are coming along nicely and I am hopeful that by dedication time only the right side will remain, and it will be much smaller than it is right now.

My new job has not been too challenging yet, though I expect it to start getting a bit more ramped up over the next couple of weeks. The team I'm working with are all pretty good people, and I look forward to actually meeting them, face-to-face some time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

A good day, and for the most part not much happened that was out of the normal. We got up, the girls went over to their mothers house (Linda took them), and we took care of things around here. There were a couple of things that were a little different, and one of them was me going to the follow up Dr. visit, from when I was in the hospital recently.

I walked in to see the doctor and she said, "So, it looks like you had a little heart attack." My reply was, "No, I did not. It was a false positive on the test, and that is what the doctors at the VA told me." She apologized and said she hadn't looked closely enough at my records and said, "Oh, my I guess your heart is in pretty good shape. They didn't find ANY blockages. Keep up the exercise and keep eating right." Then we went over the other regular meds I take and discussed the need for me to drop a few pounds (I'd like to loose about 15). The visit was pretty much over at that point and then I went back home, well, actually to go pick up Linda, who was shopping during this time... and that is the other item that happened today.

Linda, as a member of the Blue Star Mothers, took on the task of putting together some "gift" baskets for some female veterans who are living in a shelter. The Blue Star Mothers are doing something to help them get back on their feet again, and Linda is helping in this way. I think it is a great thing and hope it does provide some positive lift for these women. Linda was shopping while I was at the doctor's office, and when I was done I picked her up.

Otherwise, the day was very relaxed and we all had a laid back kind of day. Jason did have a regular appointment and once he was back home we all kind of took the rest of the day off. We, Linda and I, thought about going to the movies, but decided it was better to just relax at home and watch a video - costs less that way, too. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015

Today, has been a pretty normal, that's the new normal, day for us. I was up pretty early today, as I was at the computer for work at 04:20 this morning. Other than that, it was much like any of these recent days, and I am still getting to know what it is I'm going to be doing. Linda got up a little on the early side as well, and by the end of the day she was feeling like she had been up for most of the day, and in fact, she was.

Linda took the girls to the library this morning, and that is probably one of the most fun things they all like to do. I say, "all" because Linda likes going to the library almost as much as the girls do. We have already figured out that we will need to locate the local library as soon as we can, so the girls will be able to get going there, just like here.

We've been hearing back from a bunch of our friends and they're letting us know they intend to be at the dedication of the house. Pastor John Powell, from the church we've been attending, will take part in Jason's home dedication. We've already met the new pastor, up in Fallbrook, and have attended his church a couple of times. We are wanting to make the transition as smooth and easy as possible, for all of us.

Jason had a couple of appointments today, and one of those was with urology. They determined that he has yet another bladder infection, and he is, again on antibiotics for the next 10 days. Fortunately Jason is becoming quite good at catching these infections before they become too much of an issue, and they can be dealt with pretty quickly. I still get nervous when they happen, so I continue to look for ways to mitigate them as quickly as possible.

Tomorrow is going to be another early day, so I'll be needing to get to bed, myself here, pretty quick. Jason has a couple of appointments tomorrow, and I even have an appointment (a follow up from my recent hospital stay). Otherwise it should be a relatively calm Wednesday. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015

I got up a little early, as I have gotten back in to that work-a-day world, and had a bunch of stuff going through my head. I did my best to not disturb Linda and simply got up and started getting ready for my day at work. At a little after 06:00 I came back into the bedroom and woke her, since she wanted to get up a little early, and I have a regular conference call each morning at 07:00. There is so much to read and learn about this new environment, and on top of that I am enjoying it.

Linda did get up and was moving before 07:00, even though she didn't get to bed, herself, until about 02:00 this morning. She was taking the girls to a movie showing of some kids movie, and that meant she needed to be up and ready and then also have the girls up and ready to go by about 09:00, or something like that. They managed to get out and made it to the movie, because they didn't come back for about 2 hours.

Jason had a couple of appointments at Balboa, so he was out the door a little on the early side as well. I helped him get Gracie ready and then he was off. He is getting the handling of the two dogs down pretty well, and they both seem to be learning what it is they're supposed to do. He had his appointments and he didn't get back until almost noon - a little after the ladies came back. I had the house totally to myself for a couple of hours.

I must have read through four large documents (20 or more pages each), and by the time I was done my eyes were feeling pretty tired. My head was about as full as it was going to get today, so I was kind of glad when I was finished. The great part is that we, the team, are all building a whole new organization support group, and if feels like we're making progress.

The rest of the day was kind of relaxed. We managed to get a few more things packed up, and we'll continue to do this for as long as we can. The more we get packed now the better off we'll be. The girls were asking why we had all these boxes, and I think they are beginning to figure it out. Tomorrow is going to be another day, with the end of the day being TACO TUESDAY! This has become a pretty good tradition for us, so we'll continue as long as we all enjoy it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Jason with Stacy and Jackie, in front of the fire place, and Gracie and Kojak

This is what the front of the house looked like in early June

Linda is very proud of her Purple Heart Roses - they will be at the new house

Jackie with her teacher at St. Charles Pre-school

Stacy with her Kindergarten teacher at St. Charles

Jason (yeah that's him under all that hair) scoping out the property around the house

George taking a break in Jason's new kitchen

Grandpa with Stacy and Jackie on the 4th of July

Riding the train at Balboa Park

Face painting at Balboa Park

Jason was first to park in his garage, of the new house

Citrus trees in the backyard 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 27, 2015

A nice quiet and relaxing Sunday, with the whole family together - that is me, Linda, Jason, Stacy and Jackie; Gracie and Kojak are here too, Linda started out the day at Barona Casino, with her Aunt and cousin. She got up early enough to drive back to the house and get here before we left for church, and she did make it, by a couple of minutes. The girls were particularly excited to go to church this morning, Today was the first Sunday since Vacation Bible School, and they knew there would be some sort of recognition for last week, and they weren't disappointed.

We got a few things done around the house and then a little later in the afternoon, after the girls went down for their nap, Sophia, from Serving Spoons came by. She was with her mom, and bringing us the last meal they will be delivering to us, since we're headed to Fallbrook. They did promise to come up for a visit, but said they would not be able to make deliveries any more, since it is kind of a distance north of here. They have, for the past couple of years, been bringing one meal a month, just to give us a break from having to fix a dinner, and the food has always been very good. On top of that they like to do gourmet cooking, and it is always a nice change.

Tomorrow I begin week 2 of my new job, and so far it has been interesting, and it feel very good to just get back to work. Linda has some fun things planned with the girls so for a good part of the day Jason and I will have the house to ourselves, and that's probably a good thing, since I do most of my work on the phone and on the computer.

We're starting to make plans for the move to the new house, and I am hopeful that we can get everything together and packed neatly, so that the move will go smoothly. I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date on our progress, and tomorrow I'll post some new pictures - I've heard from a few that I need to do that. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.