October 20, 2017

Wow! I slipped again. Maybe I'm being directed to do this on Friday, rather than on Thursday. Anyway, it has been a busy week for the Ross household. The girls both moved up a rank with their Taekwondo skills, and the event was pretty cool. There were probably 50 to 60 people in attendance and nearly that many students. Apparently Master Kramers is very well known and respected in the world of martial arts, and he is also an amazing instructor for the girls. We've gotten to know his family, including his wife, son, and mother, but I'm getting off subject. The girls are both one level up and very excited about continuing.

Jason is going to sled hockey practice in the morning, and that means we leave the house about 05:30, in the morning and then he will get to work hard and have fun, and I might take a few more pictures. Then tomorrow evening he and the Ducks (the sled hockey team) get to participate with their first league hockey game. We're all excited about this and …

October 14, 2017

There has been some positive development with Jason's wounds, and I am starting to feel pretty positive that they are finally going to be healed. Of course there are a number of weeks before that is to happen, but it is looking so good right now I feel confident in saying it. We had to have an  adjustment to the prosthetic and it seems to have been the right thing to do. The challenge is that as Jason continues to change in his body shape, the corresponding change needs to be made and there is always a lag time associated with that. The prosthetist and the doctor we are working with seems pretty focused on helping Jason, and so we're pleased at this point.

Jason is also making progress with his sled hockey. The coach said he is very pleased with Jason's progress, for only having had four weeks of practice. The photos below show a little of what he looks like on the ice and what his practice runs are. Both Blue-Line drills and stick work are a regular part of their practice…

September 28, 2017

Last week I talked about Linda going to North Carolina and then on to Washington, D.C. and now I am happy to say she will be coming home this weekend (Saturday). It is going to be a bit of a rough trip for Linda, as she will be flying in and arriving in San Diego at about 11:30 and then we head off to Legoland to spend the rest of the day there, with the girls and another family. The Zbic family has three children, and two of the are the same age as Stacy and Jackie, so it should be a fun evening (Their third child is much younger).

We went to a Team Building event with Jason's sled hockey team, on Wednesday. It was over at Mission Bay, pretty close to where we used to live, and it gave Jason a chance to get to know some of the other players a little more, away from the ice. I was there because I was invited, and also because Jason doesn't like to drive at night... actually, I think most people don't like to drive at night. We were at the event until it got pretty dark, an…

September 22, 2017

Sorry for the delay in getting this out, but for whatever reason, yesterday I was unable to get the network to connect, and finally just went to bed... Having said that, Here's the blog post for September 21, 2017.

Things are going pretty good right now. Jason is feeling positive about his new hockey interest and he is exercising to be able to provide a better showing on the ice. He is about the biggest player on the ice, so it will be interesting to see just how much better of a presence  he will bring. Saturdays are going to be almost exclusively focused on Hockey now, along with some Tuesdays and Thursdays. I know some of the days will be a challenge, but he's going to do his best to be there.

Jason did something a little different, and that is he went to a movie, with a friend, while I didn't go. In the past 6 1/2 years I think this was the first time for that to happen, and it was really kinda strange for me. I'm getting ahead of myself... Jason and I went to Balb…

September 14, 2017

Jason has gotten into ice hockey! The actual name is sled hockey, and they play it on the ice and use a puck and hockey sticks. The interesting part is that because of the way they have to sit on the sleds, Jason is one of, if not the biggest player out there. Most of the other players are either paralyzed or amputees, and so far Jason has recruited two other guys to join the team (both Wounded Warriors). They have practice each Saturday at 06:30, we have to get up VERY early in order to get there on time, but so far he seems to be pretty jazzed about it. We are excited that he is excited and we look forward to seeing just how well he does with this.

Otherwise, not much else to go over. We will be heading over to a retirement ceremony, this weekend, and this will give him another chance to socialize with a bunch of the guys at Camp Pendleton. I will be there with him, while Linda is with the girls doing other things, like going to see the new movie, Nut Job 2. I think the day is going…

August 31, 2017

We have had a pretty good week and Jason is getting back to his more active self. This new prosthetic is doing a great job, and it is allowing him to get out and do more. Tomorrow we will be heading off to the gym, and then this weekend we may get some time at the ice rink. He seems pretty happy about the prospect of getting into hockey, and to be frank about it, Linda and I are also pretty happy to see him with the focus.

His other "hobbies" are his tropical fish, coin collecting, shooting and his guns, and all those wonderful collectables. Having said all that, the newest interest is his chickens, and they are all growing bigger all the time. I do a great deal of the feeding and such, and whenever I get over to the pen area, attached to the chicken coop, they come out to greet me and want to know what new food (or water) I brought them. The two big Reds are still pretty stand offish, but that's okay, it gives the smaller ones a chance to eat and drink.

The girls are al…

August 24, 2017

Well, so what did you think about the solar eclips? I didn't get to see it, so I don't have much of an opinion... I did, however, get a new telescope - Celestron GS 130 - it is for novice viewers, like myself and Stacy, Jason's oldest daughter, is developing a love of astronomy. I haven't had a bunch of opportunities to use it yet, as we continue to experience high fog, but I'm patient, I'll get my clear night sky, and then I'll look at the moon, or maybe Mars.

The family is doing well, and Jason is continuing to heal well. This is all very good since he wants to get more involved with the sled hockey. This weekend he is going to be going out to Paway to do some fitting and maybe even get out on the ice, if they can get him a set up. I know it would go very far to making him happy.

He has also been going to the gym again. I've been able to go with him and had a nice simply workout. He, on the other hand, had a very vigorous workout. We were both sweatin…

January 2017

January 2017
Jason gets a visit from Gen. Jon Monett

January 2017

January 2017
With Gary at the GSF Office