August 17, 2014 - Happy Birthday Linda

Yesterday was a pretty good day for Jason and all the Ross family, here in San Diego. We got up, not too early, but still early enough. We headed out to take Gracie and Jason to their service-dog training, though Linda chose to stay back at the house. I think she was more in the mood to go do some shopping and taking care of a few things on the home front. The training was good - while they trained I stayed back in the van and either read or just relaxed, until Jason came back.

Once back in the van we headed over to Anthony Netto's place, where we were to meet up and then go on to some target practice. Jason bought a new scope set up for his rifle, and he wanted to see if he could get it zeroed in. As it turned out, it was a little more of a challenge than he originally thought. It is one of those higher end scopes and as a result it is a little delicate in the tuning. While he was doing that, Anthony and I were basically having a good time with his rifle, and I even managed to hit the target a few times, near the bull's eye. After about three and a half (3 1/2) hours of shooting we all began to realize that we were hungry, and we hadn't even picked up a pistol. Actually Anthony and Jason did all the pistol shooting and when I was asked if I'd like to shoot I simply said, "No, I'm just hungry right now." At that point we just kind of stopped and said enough for the day and headed off to get some food. Prior to leaving we called Linda and let her know what we were doing and she informed us about a messed up I8, due to a major traffic accident, that involved about 5 vehicles. Fortunately, it hadn't impacted where we were, by too much, so we finally did get something to eat.

The drive home was much easier than we thought was going to be, and by the time we had made it home we were both getting pretty tired. Being out in the sun, as long as we were is very draining on the body, and I am just not as young as I used to be. Actually, both Anthony and Jason were teasing me about wearing so much sun block, but it paid off; I had little sun burn to deal with, and both of them had signs, though not much. And that was pretty much yesterday.

Today is Linda's birthday, and she turned 21! Okay maybe a little older than that, but she can still act like she's 21 sometimes. As I said, Jason and I were feeling the affects of the sun, from yesterday and this morning I didn't wake up until 07:30, and that is a lot later than I usually do. On top of that I'm fighting a bit of a cold, and that also tends to make you want to sleep a bit more. Linda woke a little after that and we talked for a little while and then I guess I just sort of closed my eyes and when I opened them again it was nearly 10:00. Linda told me I had been snoring, so I guess I fell back asleep, and didn't even know it. We finally got up a bit later and I fixed breakfast, which was more like lunch now. Even Jason had been sleeping a bunch more than usual, so he wasn't bothered at all by the schedule shift.

Not much else went down today, and Linda got to enjoy a very nice and relaxed birthday. She wanted me to cook some kab-bobs so I did, and they came out great. We finished the day off with watching a video and just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. There was no birthday cake, we ate an apple pie with ice cream, instead, and we enjoyed it. We're ready for the new week, and look forward to all the challenges it just might bring, and will keep you all posted on what generally happens. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Happy Birthday, Linda! Hope you had a really special day!
    Such amazing words of comfort!
    John 11:25-27 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.


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