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Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015 - Jason's 32nd birthday

Happy Birthday Jason! Jason turned 32 years old today, and it was a wonderful day for all of us. We woke up to the sound of Kojak winning and waking everybody up. Apparently Jason was keeping him in his kennel for a little while and Kojak didn't like it, and Kojak can "sing" pretty loud. Linda went down stairs to see what was going on and helped Jason by taking Kojak out to the backyard. He was happy again and in a few minutes they were back inside and Linda was coming back up to the room. After all, it wasn't quite 05:00 yet, and she wanted to get back to sleep.

Funny part is, it gave her a chance to be the first one to wish Jason a Happy Birthday. We did manage to get back to sleep and slept for almost an hour and woke up again. Shortly after that we had a visit from Jackie, and she was full of energy. After about 15 minutes we realized we were going to have to be getting up, so we did. Jackie bounded back down the stairs to go see what Daddy was doing, and she wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday, too. As it turned out, Stacy was also in with Daddy, and they were all playing in the bed.

Shortly after all this crazy fun, we managed to get the girls dressed and eat some breakfast. It was starting to get a little later in the morning and didn't want to be late to church . Jason wasn't going with us this time, as he wanted to just stay down, and I was totally happy with that. The girls always look forward to Sunday School, and today was no exception - just wish we could take them every Sunday.

We came home and the rest of the day was pretty "normal" and relaxed. We had lunch and the girls went down for their "brain-rest" - that's what they like to say instead of, "Nap." The only other thing I did was to go to Costco and pick up a few things and take the Fusion to the car wash, since they indicated that today was  to be the last day for the Free car wash. I was hoping to get the van back over, and vacuum it out one more time, but I'm not sure if that is going to happen now, without having to pay for a wash that it doesn't need.

Dinner tonight was grilled New York Steaks, and they came out very nice. We had bake potatoes and salad, along with some vegetables and Hawaiian Sweet Bread. Then for dessert we had a chocolate cake - or I guess I should say, they had the chocolate cake, and I just had ice cream. The girls gave him their gift (a framed photo) and they wrapped it themselves. They used plain paper and drew on it for decorations. It was really very nice. By now it is getting pretty late so Linda took the girls up to the bath and I cleaned the kitchen (I think I got the easier task). They went to bed after Grandma read them a story and the rest of us aren't far behind. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30, 2015

Kind of a busy day today, with the morning starting out with me taking Jason's truck over to the new car wash that just opened up. I wanted to go there for a couple of reasons, with the biggest one being related to the fact that they have excellent vacuum stations for the cars and trucks, and because of the dogs, Jason's truck really needed vacuuming. Another big factor is the fact that the car wash is FREE!

I'm guessing they are wanting to let people know they're there and are giving away washes this first few days and hope to build a base. The quality of the wash is good, and like I said, the vacuum stations are very good. The only down I see is their wheel cleaning ability, and that is not very good at all. Still, that is a minor thing, considering the cost, and they do have you in and out relatively quickly - they advertise a 3-minute car wash (doesn't include the vacuum, and you have to do that yourself).

After the car wash I came back to the house and helped Linda with some of the cleaning she was doing. Actually I was entertaining the kids mostly while she cleaned, and that lasted for a little while. She had made breakfast earlier, so I was able to sit down and eat before I had to head off, back up to Anthony's "old" house to finish picking up the stuff he was storing for us, and also to give him a hand at loading some things into his truck. I ended up staying there and working a little longer than I had originally planned, though I think the help was seriously needed since Anthony has some physical limitations and the only other person there was Angelica's son, George. George and I carried the remaining heavy stuff and put it in the trailer or the bed of the truck; I helped tie it down and moved a few other things; and, then I had to get going so I could unload the van.

I had gone up in the van and it was now full. By the time I was done putting all the stuff in our storage it was about 14:30 (2:30pm) and I was getting a little hungry. I was also getting to be a bit tired now, and just wanted to sit down and take a little rest. Basically, my day was over except that I was going to be cooking dinner later. The girls were napping at this point and Linda wanted to get out and take care of some of her errands.

Dinner was simple and nice, as I fixed some fish sticks with rice and vegetables. Not sure how we have been so lucky, but the girls actually asked for vegetables for dinner, and as far as we're concerned we'll provide that every time. This evening was nice as I was getting the blog written I saw a notice that the "Free" MLB game of the week was the Giants game, so I get to see a Giants home game, and its free. I truly enjoy watching Timmy pitch. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

Kind of a different day for us, as we came into our Friday, with the girls. Jason had an appointment at Balboa Hospital and was to home by 11:00. I picked up Jackie at about 10:30 for her speech therapy and then Linda picked up Stacy at about 10:45. Both girls were on a minimum school day today, and when we all got home we left to Camp Pendleton to see some of Jason's buddies at their EOD site. One of the senior guys, a MGySgt, was retiring after 25 years with the Marines, and it was officially a send off for him, and a Family Day for everyone else. When Gavin (the retiring Marine) and I spoke on the phone he said it would be great to have all of us there, and I mentioned that Jason's birthday is actually on the 31st. He said, "That's great! We can get him a cake and present it to him after all the other presentations are done." As it turned out there were several guys who were being presented with plaques, and I said we will be there, sometime after noon ... we arrived at about 13:00 (1pm).

The presentations were fun and very interesting, as it is always interesting to see how a bunch of EOD Marines are going to honor each other, and a great deal of it is with humor. Most of the humor is very related to the type work they do (EOD techs have about the most dangerous job in the military), so I figure they have earned the right to be a little different with their humor, and they all seemed to like it. Jason's cake presentation was the last thing and like the rest of it he took it in stride and had a great time with the rest of them. Funny part is, he thought he was being brought up for an entirely different reason. One of the traditions they have is that if you're on TV, for any reason at all, you have to buy the company a round of drinks, and Jason had been on TV several times over the past several months, sometimes without even knowing it. When it turned out to be about his birthday he was very surprised, and that's what we wanted. We all had a great time and the girls even got to play in a jumpy house, for just about as long as they wanted. We finally had to get going home, and we had to get them out of the jumpy house.

The drive home was pretty slow, as I think everybody decided to get out on the road, and be going away from San Diego, or towards, so both sides were kind of packed. It is about a 40 minute drive to get up to Pendleton and it was about a 90  minute drive home. I guess the good part is that the girls fell asleep on the way home, and this gave them some time to nap. You could tell Jason had a good time there, as he was talking a bit more on the way home, and this is when he was tired, and usually pretty quiet. Then finally, once we did get back home and settled back down I received a phone call from my brother Charlie - I hadn't heard from him in a few years, so it was another nice surprise. We talked for a little more than half an hour and then he had to get going - with the promise of him coming to a visit, in another 6-weeks or so. It will be good to see him again.

Over the past few days I have said I would get some pictures up on the blog, so tonight I'm gong to post a few of the house and let you see how it is coming along. Also some of the pictures of the Rolling Stones concert, and I think that's about all we have for right now. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Jason's new kitchen is coming together

Food pantry

North end of the house, just prior to stucco 

South end of the house just after stucco

The workers applying the stucco to the back of the house - guess which one is the boss

Grandma and Grandpa's kitchen, and the girls are standing where the refrigerator is going

Tile work is almost done in Linda's and George's bathroom

Grandpa with Stacy
Grandma with Jackie

Jason's fireplace

Girls hiding in the entertainment center

Three of us at the Stones Concert



Mick Jagger performing

Mick Jagger performing


Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

Today was a day to get things done, and we did ...

I did get up for a short and fast 10 miles on the bike - I say "fast" as a reflection on my speed, as it was a little faster than I usually go. At one point, while circling Fiesta Island (which isn't really an island), I was at the last part of the four mile loop. I was feeling pretty good and had a good pace of about 17.5 mph going. Then I looked to my left and here came this lady (at least I think it was a lady) and she blew my doors off. I didn't let it get me down though, and just kept on going. The head wind was minimal and there were things to do, so I simply headed back home and kept the ride down to the 10 miles I had planned.

Jason had an appointment today, and also stopped in to see a couple of folks we know. It was a very nice visit for him, for a couple of reasons, and mostly because he simply went on his own. He didn't even take Gracie with him. This tells me that his confidence level is getting very strong and he doesn't mind getting out by himself. Linda and I stayed at home with the dogs, and did some planning and strategic work. We need to get some mirrors for the house, and Linda has requested that she be given the control of what actually goes into the bathrooms. The contractors were more than happy to allow her to do this, as were Jason and I, and I think it made her feel more useful with the overall project. Anyway, she has found some and already purchased some and now all we need to do is get them to the house when they're ready to be installed.

The other big thing that went on today was that Anthony and Angelica are moving out of their rented house and moving into their own house. This is great, except that Linda and I have (had?) some items stored at their place, in their garage. The house is just about ready to be handed over, so we need to get all our things out, so we went up there today, after stopping off at Jason's place in Fallbrook. We went up to Fallbrook to check on some of the mirrors I was talking about earlier. We got up to the house, in Fallbrook and the tile work is probably 85% completed and it really looks good. I think Jason is going to love the way his bath and shower turned out, as he wanted it to look sort of cave-ish, and they did a great job of getting it there.

From the Fallbrook house we went over to Anthony's and picked up a bunch of our stuff, though not all of it. We have a storage unit, so we can move it there until we need to get it to the new house. The moving of the boxes and things went smoothly enough, though I have to admit, my back was getting a little tired by the end of the day. I don't twist and turn as easily as I used too, I guess. Besides moving our things, I was also assisting Anthony with moving some of his things, and it is all good now.

We finally went to our storage unit and pulled everything out of the van and put it in to the storage unit. That really didn't take too long, and I was glad, since I was running out of steam, and I felt pretty much like we had been moving pretty hard all day. Linda was moving almost as many of the boxes as I was, so I know she was getting a bit worn down too. I think we'll both sleep soundly tonight. Thank you, for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

Today was a very nice day for me, personally, and I think a good day for Jason and Linda, too. The girls got off to school, this morning, and a couple of hours later I took Jackie to an appointment, while Linda took care of a couple of other errands. Jason had an appointment of his own, so our morning was pretty full of activities.

Since the two of them were going to be out for a couple of hours,  I decided that it would be good to get out and go for another bike ride, and so I did. The weather down here is still a bit unsettled, and very cloudy, with the biggest impact to a bike ride being the wind. Probably no more than a 5 mph breeze with some gusts, yet riding 20+ miles against it and with cross winds, tended to make it a little more of a challenge. I managed to get the ride in and back home just before Jason returned. Linda was going to be out with her friend until almost 17:00 (5pm), so we really didn't expect to see her any sooner than that.

Those few hours of just laying around and relaxing felt great. I don't get many days where there are that many hours of nothing scheduled. Jason and I had lunch and the animals were taken care of, but for the  most part I just kicked back and relaxed. After Linda came home we had a few things to do, as she bought some things for the new house, and they had to be taken care of, but it was still kind of nice and easy. Linda and I later walked over to the local strip mall, and walked around a bit, with the best part being that we didn't buy anything. The entire day felt like a vacation day or something.

Tomorrow we have some work to do, and we'll be busy for most of it, so I don't know if I'll be able to get a ride in, but that's okay. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

A very nice day for us today, though very full. It began with the girls getting up and getting ready for school, and with that Grandma (Linda) and Grandpa (me) were busy getting them up and dressed, while also getting their breakfast and lunches ready. We've actually gotten it down to a pretty good routine, and it runs pretty smooth - which is good since the school year is ending (that's sarcasm, for those that couldn't tell). Once the new year gets started it will be starting all over again, and you know what... we wouldn't change it for the world.

Once the girls were at school, Jason and Linda had some running around to take care of, and that lasted for a little over an hour. This gave me a chance to take care of a couple tasks at the house, and to do some catch up on some of my emails and FB posts. Well, we also had a chance to get some exercising in, though not what we normally do. I look forward to getting back into a more regular routine of riding my bike, and right now it just doesn't seem to work. While Jason and Linda were at Balboa Hospital they picked up Tae Harris, Wounded Warrior Recovery Coordinator and brought her back to the house. After a short visit, Linda, Tae and I went to lunch. For the past couple of months we have been wanting to go to lunch with Tae, and each time something comes up. Unfortunately she is moving to Texas, to be closer to family, and she is going to be missed, though she has promised to come back for visits.

The lunch with Tae was great, and right after that we took off to go up to Fallbrook, to see Linda's parents. Linda's parents were traveling back from Arizona and wanted to get a chance to see Jason's house. They were already on their way, yet we managed to get to the property only a short time after they did - and no, I didn't drive excessively fast, we just had a great tail wind.

We toured the house and we were very pleased at all the progress: the tile work and granite counters are really looking great. About the only down aspect for today is that we found out that our son David, apparently had to have a surgery today. Fortunately is wasn't a major operation, but I still don't like to hear that any of our sons has to go through these kinds of things. David is doing fine and is expected to be back up and moving around in a matter of a short period of time.

We got back home and Joselyn had already gotten our Taco Tuesday meal going, and actually just about finished - our timing was really good. The girls were happy to see us, and it was nice to get a chance to sit back down and relax for a little bit. Tomorrow isn't going to be as busy, and who knows, I might even get a bike ride in. Thanks, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day

Today is a day of honoring the men and women who have served the country and especially a time to remember those that gave paid the ultimate sacrifice. This weekend is seen by a large number of people as a chance to get out and go to the beach or have a picnic, and yet a large number of them don't take the time to think about all the blood that was spent, so they could do those things. I am continuing to hope that we, as a country, can continue to grow and survive, as this great experiment is still needed in the world. God bless America is needed more than ever.

On  Sunday, Jason and I spoke at both services of the Point Loma Presbyterian Church, and had a wonderful reception from the congregation. We were invited to be a part of their Memorial Day worship service and it went very well. Linda was recognized as a strong member of the team and was sitting in the front pew, while we had participated in a "dialogue sermon"  with Pastor John Powell. We greeted people, as they were leaving the church, and so many of them thanked us and made the comment that we were inspirational, with most of that coming from Jason. He talked about how he was injured and how he has been able to survive with his strong determination and wanting to be there for his girls. I spoke how our lives have changed, and how our faith in God has sustained us. Over all, I think it was as good for us, as it was for the congregation.

Last night Jason, Linda and I went to the Rolling Stones concert, via a gift of tickets from the City Council of San Diego, or at least that is what I was led to believe. We had a great time and saw some things we had never seen before, like a bunch of really old guys jumping around and looking kind of silly, not caring what anyone else thought about them. And those were just the people in the audience. The "Stones" were just about as good as you'd expect them to be, as they are professional, and it was impressive how much noise they can still generate. Actually, the level of noise was a major factor in why we had to leave a little early. Jason can not tolerate the decibels, like he did before and unfortunately his discomfort got to him - and he really wanted to see the entire show. We're all glad to have had the chance to go, and will remember it.

The other great thing, this weekend was that we took the girls up to the house in Fallbrook, and found it has come along way with the roof being completed, and the stucco almost finished; the interior is also coming along very nicely with a large portion  of the tile work being  completed, and it looking very much like a house. The girls were very excited to see what their rooms look like and Jackie in particular was dancing around the great room and dinning area. We are all becoming more excited and looking forward to the dedication, coming up in August. What we're doing now is trying to figure out just what we're bringing to the new house, and where it is all going to go. These are the kinds of puzzles we like to work on... ;-) I guess this would be a good opportunity to simply say, "thank you!" to the Gary Sinise Foundation, as without them, this would not have been possible. They have shown Jason, and our family, that they really care and are willing to go out that extra mile to help us. Please remember to keep them in your prayers.

Otherwise these past couple of days have been busy with things to do, or places to go (like the concert) and we've been getting to bed later than usual. Even today, working on catching up on email, Facebook, and my blog - my computer started acting up and for some reason it was not allowing me to get anything posted, or entered. My guess is that it was a network issue, and the bandwidth just wasn't great enough. I do recall hearing that the cable companies were going to start slowing data speeds down, so perhaps that is what has happened, and it makes it more of a challenge to do things, unless you want to pay for premium service. But that is just what I heard.

Tomorrow the girls go back to school, after a long weekend, and we get back to a regular routine. We have been experiencing significant moisture in the atmosphere, and that is a good thing. I just wish it would rain, and stop with the drizzle. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

Coming into Memorial Day weekend our attention turns to the Military and all those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We are a nation of people who have shown a tremendous ability to fight with ourselves over some very petty issues; as well as some very tough issues. There are those among us who feel they have all the right ideas and that anyone who thinks differently should be taken away and given a mental reworking to get their thinking straight. We have some very patriotic people and we have some who really don't like our government, yet don't know how to cast a vote at election time. Our country is made up of a vast mix of different types and attitudes and we still manage to keep our country and this great experiment going. Most of it because of the ability of this great nation to create men and women who will defend the Constitution.

Yesterday we went up to Fallbrook and got a chance to see the house and all the progress that has continued on it. We now have a full roof, and it really looks good. It has been raining quite a bit lately, so I'm glad to see it there. There is also a great deal of progress with some of the interior work that has to be done before the "finishing" work can get started. Linda took some pictures (I am so glad that she remembers to take pictures - I would tend to just walk around with the camera and never use it). The ground was trenched because of the utility work that is going on, so we went up and brought the paramobile with us. Jason's wheelchair would not have been able to make it around. The main topic of discussion for this visit was landscaping and what we should expect, as well as some of the thoughts as to what we wanted. Personally, I think it was a good meeting up there, and more will be seen, as it progresses.

It was a busy day with the girls yesterday and by the end of the day I was just a little tired out, so I didn't post anything. One of the things we did last night was to have a family movie night and we let the girls stay up until almost 20:45 (8:45pm) to watch The Velveteen Rabbit (there was no school the next day).  They had not seen it and it is a great story, especially just before going to bed. I made a bunch of popcorn (and a mess in the kitchen) and everybody had a great time. After getting them to bed I worked on the kitchen and Linda worked on some laundry. As it was, we still didn't get to bed until almost 23:00 (11pm), and we were happy though tired.

Today, we got to deal with more rain, though, like yesterday, it wasn't much, just enough to be a bother. Towards the later parts of the day it started to clear up and was better, so we still had a good time. I took the girls to the park, a new destination for us. There really wasn't much there, and in fact, less than what we have seen at other parks. The girls, however, felt that it was a  "new" park and had a great time running around and playing on the play structures. We stayed there for about 90 minutes and then we needed to get back home, as I needed to make a trip to Costco.

Linda and I went to Costco, while the girls napped. Joselyn and Jason were at the house, so we knew they would be okay, if they should wake up (they didn't) while we were gone. Linda is becoming a champ at finding very cool stuff, as she found a copy of Sound of Music, while at Costco, so we had to purchase it. Our old VHS copy just doesn't cut it, nor do we have a player to play it.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, then Jason received a phone call. Jason had been selected to receive tickets to go see the Rolling Stones concert, on this coming Sunday. Actually, there were three guys to get two tickets each,  and when they were attempting to distribute the tickets only two of the guys took advantage of the tickets. I felt sorry for the one guy who lost out on his tickets, but on the other hand it made it possible for all three of us to go now. What they did was to take those two last ticket and gave one to Jason and one to the other guy, so that they now had three each. Prior to that third ticket Linda had already said Jason and I should go, so we were so very happy when we found out that she could come with us.

The end of the day was nice and everyone got to bed at a reasonable hour - sort of. I tend to stay up a little later because of the blog and Linda stays up to help edit. Tomorrow I am hoping to get a chance to get a short ride in, but that remains to be seen. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015

A very nice couple of days for us, as yesterday brought us some nice clear weather, and the temperature stayed around 70 degrees. The girls had a great time at school and with the family at home, and Jason made a little more progress with both Gracie and Kojak. The progress is in Kojak's socialization (getting more used to people and other surroundings) and in Gracie just getting used to the fact that Kojak is now a part of the family. Gracie is kind of an interesting study, in that she is very laid back and yet likes to do whatever she can to please Jason. With Kojak introduced to the picture you can see a little jealous streak, but nothing serious, as they seem to get along and play often. That was pretty much the day yesterday, and it was also why there was no post yesterday - it was quiet and comfortable, and not much to write about.

Today was also a nice day, though much busier in the morning and into the afternoon. We got up and the girls off to school, as we usually do, then Jason and I needed to get over to Balboa Hospital. About a month ago Jason was scheduled to have surgery on the 19th, and that was postponed due to a few conflicting things. The surgery is probably going to be in June, though we need to get a solid date from the doctors, when we meet with them again on June 1. In the mean time Jason is reasonably comfortable and this extra time allows him to be able to work more with Kojak and get him used to working with the rest of the family, as well as Gracie. Jason and I had to get over to Balboa because of a regular Wound Care visit, and we brought both dogs with us. As expected Kojak was all over the place and that made travel through the courtyard just a little bit of a challenge. The folks there were really happy to see Kojak, as they had heard about him for weeks, and finally seeing him was really nice. The visit went well, and though they were not pleased with how the wounds have opened up some, I did explain to them that they were beginning to close back down again, and Jason has said he will spend less time in the chair, and that will help greatly.

After Wound Care we went over to the airport to pick up our friend Anthony Netto, and then got Jason back over to the house to get him back down. Linda and I took Anthony back up to his home in Oceanside, and Jason relaxed. Anthony and Angelica are purchasing a home up in Vista, so they will be much closer to us, after we're all moved to our new homes. The down side is that any trips to the airport are going to be much longer (we're only about 10 minutes from the airport now).

After dropping Anthony off, and visiting with Angelica for a little bit, we turned around and headed back to our home in San Diego (where we live now). It was now about 12:30 and we didn't have any more trips to make, other than to go do some shopping. We had a chance to relax before going to pick up the girls from school. We have the girls the entire week, so that is a little bit of a change, and those are the kinds of changes we like.

I did make a quick trip over to Target, and shortly after that Linda and I started dinner. Dinner was simple and the girls did an amazing job of eating everything on their plates. Then we went outside to the patio and they played. They also drew on the concrete and played some games, then we all came back in to read and finally get ready for bed. Linda read some stories to them and then I went in to say good night, of course all this after they went to say good night to Daddy. These are the kinds of days I really do enjoy, and it seems we all do around here. Thank you , for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

 Quite a nice day here, with lite clouds and blue skies. It didn't get much beyond 70 degrees so it was just comfortable for most of the day. The girls got up without a problem or any difficulty and we were all ready to go with time to spare. Part of that is the fact that the sun seems to show up a little earlier each day, and just seeing the light tends to give us more energy.

I got a nice bike ride in, and am hoping to get another one in tomorrow, or maybe on Thursday. I already know that Wednesday is out, due to some medical appointments for Jason, and that's okay, as I have some questions I would like to go over with the doctors. Then again, now that I think about it, Thursday we will be heading up to Fallbrook for a meeting about landscaping.

Really not much to write about for today, and maybe that's a good thing. We continue to get closer to the new house, yet it is still several months out. Jason is putting forth a concerted effort to not be up in his chair any more than he has to be, and we're all happy about that one. I need to get in touch with a few people, so I have to remember to take a look at my dry-erase board, that has all my notes on it. I've completely erased the board a couple of times, and then in a matter of just a couple of weeks it is back, full of information. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17, 2015

Not sure what it is, but time is just flying by, and we're going to be at the half way point in this year in just a matter of a few more weeks - okay about six weeks. Days just seem to fold into each other and we wonder where all the time went. The good news is that we're all doing well and watching the girls and watching our grandsons grow is so very rewarding. Just taking the time to think about what we've been through these past few years makes this all so much more rewarding.

Today I got up and out on the bike before 07:30. I think it would have been nice to have gotten out even earlier, but sometimes it takes me a bit to get going, and I generally need something in my tummy before I get out (I ate an orange). I had thought I was going to get out before the girls got up, but Jackie made sure she saw me, and that was also another reason I was delayed a bit. Linda was still in bed and I took the time to help her with some things she needed. She then went in to see Jason and they got to watch cartoons together. My ride was rather nice, and it was just a little over 12.5 miles, and I managed to get it all in, in under an hour.

When I got back home, Linda was not only up, she was just about done fixing breakfast, so my timing was really good. We had pancakes and eggs and it was delicious. We had plenty of time, since church wasn't until after 10:00, and all of us were going today. Jason and I needed to meet with the Senior Paster, Dr. John Powell, and discuss with him next Sundays services. Jason and I will be very much involved with the sermon and we needed to be sure we had all our thoughts coordinated. It is a special Memorial Day Service, and John asked us to be a part of it. Linda will be up with us as well, and if the opportunity happens she'll get to speak also. I'm looking forward to it, and I think it is going to be kind of fun.

The rest of the day, after church was pretty laid back. We had a visit from Serving Spoons, as they brought us dinner today, and Stacy had a birthday party to go to. Otherwise we simply enjoyed each other's company and relaxed, for the most part. Linda did work with Jackie, on a school project, that is focused on Jackie. Through the year, each of the students gets to put together a poster, "All About Me" and it was Jackie's turn to do so. This isn't the first one Linda has done, as she also did Stacy's poster, back a couple years ago. The girls are going to be with us for this next week, so we are looking for a fun week to keep us busy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015

A very nice day for us, as I was able to get my bike "repaired" (I fixed a flat, and I think the tire is road ready now); Linda was able to get out to a Blue Star Mother's Luncheon; and Jason is making an effort to stay down more.

I'll start with the bike repair - I got up and had it in my head that I needed to take the time, since I now had some, to see how badly the tire had been damaged. First the girls were up and were in bed with Daddy (Jason), watching some cartoons. I'm not sure who enjoys this more, Jason or the girls, I just know I think it is good for all of them. I pulled the bike in and began working on the tire and found that the damage to the tire, itself, wasn't as bad as I first thought. I replaced the tube (it was totally shot) and remounted the tire and it looked great. I needed to get out on it, and take it for a short ride, so that is what I wanted to do. By this time Linda had been up for about an hour or so and was looking at getting ready for her Blue Star Mother's Luncheon, and I told her I wanted to take the bike for a short ride to make sure it was working okay.

Now you have to appreciate her reaction, because I have said in the past that I was going to go for a short ride, and it turned into about 17 - 20 mile ride, so when I said "short ride" you can imagine the thought going through her head. She wanted to be sure to let Jason know I was going and that he might be left with the girls for about 1/2 an hour, so I told him that was a possibility. He was totally comfortable with that, as the girls listen to him pretty well, and they would probably spend most of the time in bed with him, anyway. As it turned out, I did get a "short" ride in, about 7.5 miles, and I was back rather quickly. The two things that happened while I was out; 1, the tire held up fine and I was even able to sustain a pace of about 20 mph for several minutes; and 2, it started to rain a little so I really didn't want to be out any longer than I needed anyway.

When I got back to the house, Linda was still getting ready and so I said I would be happy to take her, if she could wait until I cooled down and showered. There was time so she was happy to have me drive her. As it was, the location of her meeting was on part of one of my regular rides, up Linda Vista Road, so I had an idea of where it was. The girls were up and running around the house now, so I asked them if they'd like to go along and both of them did. We made it to the Luncheon with a little time to spare. She had a good time at the Luncheon and even helped out with the next meeting (the one following the Blue Star Mother's), as they needed some assistance. She met some new folks and had some great conversations.  Loretta, the President of the Northern San Diego Blue Star Mother's, gave Linda a ride home.

For the rest of the day we had a pretty relaxed afternoon and evening. The one thing that came along, that kind of surprised us, was that we were asked to keep the girls until next weekend. This was a bit of a surprise, as most of these requests are, and we really do enjoy having the girls with us, we just wish we had a little more notice before hand. Both Linda and I had alternate plans for parts of the week, coming up, and this kind of puts a bit of a challenge we didn't have before. I think we can still have the girls with us, and still get everything done, so it won't be too much of a challenge. We're just trying to get things ready for the up coming move. I am still counting on August as a move in date (probably late August), and the time from now until then is going to go by quickly.

Tomorrow we will be going in to church, and Jason and I will be meeting with Rev. John Powell, to discuss the Memorial Day service. John has asked us to be a part of that service and we need to make sure we have all our responsibilities understood and we can truly help make it successful. The rest of the day is very dependent on the weather, so I am hopeful that it will be a great day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

These last couple of days have been very wet for us, down here in San Diego. We must have gotten well over an inch of rain, and probably more than 2 inches. Considering the amount of rain that normally falls here, that's a lot. With that much rain coming down, I was not about to attempt to get out on my bike, though I wouldn't have anyway as I blew out my tire a few days ago, and have not yet gotten it repaired. For those that don't know, I ran over something that had a significant screw in it and it pretty well chewed up the tire, as well as the tube. Anyway, I wouldn't have been riding these last couple of days, mostly because of the rain fall. On the bright side, it did knock off a bunch of dust and dirt the vehicles had collected ... ;-)

Kojak and Jason are getting along very well now, with Kojak wanting to be sure he is with Jason, or at least being able to see him at all times. A couple of times we had to put him back in his kennel and within a few minutes he was yelping and barking, wanting to just see Jason. He really doesn't mind being in the kennel, as long as he knows Jason is near by - he is definitely Jason's dog. The concern I have is that it is causing Jason to be up more than he should be, and it is having a negative affect on the healing of his wounds. I told him today that we need to get in to see the Wound Care folks next week, because I didn't like what I was seeing. On the positive side, Jason hasn't noticed any additional discomfort, or pain, so I'm grateful for that.

The house is coming along and the good thing about where they are right now is that this recent rain isn't going to have too much affect on its progress. Most of the work now is inside the house, and aside from a couple of small places, it is pretty well water tight now. Well, the garage doors are still not installed yet, but the rest of the house is looking pretty good. Also, we have been given a date window for the completion of the house, and it looks to be around the end of August. This is good as that is also about the time when the girls will be going back to school, and that was a big concern of ours. That should make the transition a bit easier.

One of the other aspects of the house is that we are working with all of the finishing suppliers and it feels very close to being a finished product. We are meeting with a Fallbrook landscaper next week and Jason has had a good discussion with our new neighbor, Dan, about a shared fence as well as some ideas about how to fence the rest of the yard. There are so many more details that I don't think Jason ever thought about, and that just makes it all the more fun. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015

Linda and I went up to the house today and did some measurements for some of the furniture we already have, and to just check out what was going on. We were pleased to see the continued progress, even from just yesterday. Linda found some places where she was happy with how the furniture is going to fit, and how we can make different things fit. As a result of that visit we came back down to San Diego and I went over to our storage unit and began moving some things around so that we could get a better idea of just what we actually had. Now, I also have to say I didn't do this alone - Bobbie Bryan offered to give me a hand, and because I had his help we were able to get through more than I expected. Tomorrow Linda and I will be going back to storage and going through the unit to identify just what we are going to be keeping, selling and donating. We do have a bunch of stuff, and most of it will not be coming to the new house, simply because it won't work, or fit. Now, we're not talking about dishes and clothes, we're talking about furniture.

When Linda moved down from Livermore she went through what I kind of think of as stage-1 of our new environment. She sold and got rid of a bunch of stuff. Now we are approaching stage-2, where we don't have as much, yet we still need to reduce so that moving into the new house will be easier and more comfortable. The hard part is that some of the items have emotional value, as well as the intrinsic value of the dollar.

I think Jason is beginning to get the excitement "bug" about moving to a new home/house. He is always so cool and calm, and now he is showing signs like when he talks with the contractors and gets more involved with any of the design aspects. For example they recently got the cabinets installed and Jason was able to test out some of them. He was very pleased with how they worked, and so were the cabinet installers. We will continue to go back and forth between the house in Fallbrook and San Diego, and I will do my best to keep you all informed of how it is coming along. Also, I will be posting pictures, just as soon as I figure out why my latest pictures are not being loaded to the computer. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015

We had a very good day today, mostly because just about everything that we did today, went smoothly, and without any problems. The girls got up and off to school; we were able to get up to Jason's new house build site; we had a great family dinner, with Jason at the table this time; and, we seem to be working towards an organized effort to get our stuff in order, so that we can move when we need to. On top of that, Kojak seems to be getting more used to the family, and is showing some signs that he is learning his name. There is one other things, as I said earlier, "... just about everything..." There was one item that hasn't gone too smoothly, and it is rather puzzling.

I attempted to load some pictures from my camera on to the computer and the computer just doesn't seem to want them. I have hooked it up, same as I have done many times before, and there is more than adequate disk space, and both devices indicate there is communication going on. Just that when I attempt to down load the pictures the system just sits. Heck, I'd be happy if I'd at least get an error or something, but it doesn't do anything. I guess this is going to be another one of those things I'm going to have to trouble shoot.

Jason and I will be heading out to Balboa Naval Hospital tomorrow morning, after the girls get off to school. I don't suspect the visit will take too long, as I think it is a regular Wound Care Visit. Then we have to take the dogs to the vet, and get them to their regularly scheduled office visit. Joselyn's son, Robert, will be coming over to help me move some heavy items, and I don't believe there is much else to get done. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

Mondays can be busy, and then they can also be relaxed ... this was not one of the relaxed ones...

Got up early and Jason and I headed in to Balboa to take care of getting the surgery schedule corrected. Originally it was supposed to be on May 19, but that was changed to June 9 and now, due to other issues, it is being pushed again. I specifically asked that it get pushed one week, but they were not able to provide us any update - the doctors were all out. In fact they might not be able to let us know until June 1, when Jason has to go back in for another visit. One of the challenges of dealing with Military Medicine.

Once we finished there and headed over to the pet store (Jason needed a few things, and also to pick up some food for the dogs), and then we came back home. So far it has been a pretty good day, and it is still relatively early in the morning. I told Jason that I would be getting out on my bike and riding down town, to take care of a quick banking issue and then  continue on, on Harbor Blvd. I also told him and Linda that I should be able to get back by noon, or at least close to it.

The ride out was fine and traffic was actually a little on the lite side. This made me feel pretty good, as I was at about 10 miles by the time I got to the bank. They have recently installed new bike racks, so I had a place to lock up the bike, while I went into the bank. Once completed there I headed back out on the streets to head on down to Harbor, and all was going smooth, even if it was mostly up hill. I got to Harbor and road on through the pedestrian traffic, as well as some bicycles and made the turn to head on back home. I was feeling pretty good, going up the last uphill section when I heard this sound like I'd just run over something, only I didn't see anything. Well, in about two seconds, maybe less, I heard a small snap, or bang and my rear tire was flat. Apparently I had run over something that had a good sized screw in it, and it was now penetrating through my tire and tube. I stopped.

I quickly decided that it would be faster to just walk home, rather than attempt to change the tube, and besides the tire looked damaged. I thought about calling Linda and again, thought that just walking was the fastest way home, so that's what I did. Actually, I felt like attempting to run some and got in about 1/2 a mile then decided it was just a bit too awkward trying to run while pushing a bike and wearing a backpack (I always ride with my backpack). The total ride was about 17.5 miles and I was still able to get home at a reasonable time, only about 15 minutes later than first thought. I now have to figure out how I can repair the tire.

We next had to get over and pick up Stacy, from school, as they get out at 14:00 (2pm) on Monday, and then take her off to another appointment, just a half an hour later. After that, Jackie has to be picked up at 15:00 (3pm), and this time Linda did that as I was taking Stacy to her appointment. Now I need to bring you up on something, as I am working on a project for a friend. While Stacy was at the appointment I felt I had time to work on the project, and made some progress. After the appointment Stacy and I headed back home and within just a few minutes of leaving she was asleep in the back seat - one of those times when I really appreciate how car seats are made, and help to keep her head up.

We were back at the house in about 45 minutes, and part of that is because I was tired of fighting the traffic and jumped off the freeway to drive surface streets. Fortunately I am pretty familiar with those streets, as I frequently ride over in those areas. I carried Stacy into the house and within about five seconds she was wide awake and ready to play. Unfortunately, though, she had some homework so the play time would just have to wait.

Linda made dinner, a little while after our arrival, and we all sat down to eat, except for Jason who remained in his bed. That pretty much brought us to the end of the day, and the girls got to play a little before heading off to bed. I read them a story and we all told them good night, and then I helped Jason with his shower. With all this done I kind of just collapsed back on to the couch and thought, where did this day go? Not sure what it is about Mondays, but they sure do seem busy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all of you, out there. Today was a nice Mother's Day for Linda and we all basically relaxed and did our best to not work too hard (OK, there was a few hours where Linda and I went through some of the stuff in our garage, but it wasn't too bad).

Mother's Day is a day to reflect on what your mother has done for you in your life, and why she is so important to you. We are fortunate to have Linda's mom, Jess,  still around, she provides some advice and she usually sees things from a perspective that we hadn't thought about. I guess that's where Linda gets it, and I do take advantage of that. A funnier aspect of the day was that Jason offered to take Mom out to breakfast, and instead Linda said she would rather go shopping, and so he took her to the store, where they purchased a vacuum cleaner. This made Linda happy, as it was something she has been wanting, and it made Jason happy, because he made Mom happy. David sent flowers, and she also heard from Sean today (George called yesterday).

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day, and that your day was as nice as ours. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 9, 2015

We woke up this morning, up in Los Angeles, to the sounds of two little boys running around having a great time. It is such an amazing contrast to our two granddaughters, and we love every moment of it. Then, again, boys are supposed to be different from girls and it all definitely shows, as they continue to grow. We really do enjoy having all the time we do with the girls, but it sure would be nice to have more time with Dylan and Ethan. Perhaps, once we move up to Fallbrook it will be a little easier to spend time with them.

David made breakfast this morning, with the help of Miriam and the boys. David made scratch pancakes, with both blue berries or strawberries, and some times a mix of the two. They were really good, and I probably ate more than I should have. We had planned on leaving late morning and in hind sight we might have been able to stay a little longer, but we don't like leaving Jason on his own for too long, especially with a new puppy. We finished breakfast, packed and out the door by 09:45. We got traveling down the road and well on our way when David called. We had left a bag at the house, so we turned around and went back. Traffic was wonderfully lite, so it took up a little less time than it could have, and we were back at the house by 10:30. Again, we were back out the door and on our way, only this time it was closer to 10:45 (what was that about leaving later in the morning?). The traffic was a little heavier this time, but still moved pretty well, and we made some pretty reasonable time.

We would have gotten home by about 14:00 (2pm) except that we decided to stop by the new house, and see the progress. Actually, we had called Jason and asked how he was doing and determined we had the time to take a look, since it was going to be a fast visit. As it was, we got home to San Diego just before 15:00 (3pm). There were some flowers sitting on the table for Linda's Mother's Day, and they looked very nice. Linda was honestly a little surprised, while at the same time happy. I took off to go shopping at Costco, while Linda stayed home, and I also had a little side errand to do, that was another surprise for Linda. David had asked me to go to a specific flower shop and pick up some flowers he had purchased, also for Mother's Day. When I got home Linda was again surprised, and now there are even more flowers. The house is going to smell nice for a few days.

The rest of the day was a little more relaxed, and I was able to help Jason with his shower, a little earlier than previously. We had a nice simple dinner and then, after I took Kojak outside for another little walk around the yard, to take care of business, we decided it was enough for the day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

Full day at David and Miriam's place, and had a very enjoyable time, being able to get up and do all the different things we did. The morning began with me getting up at 05:30 and going for a run with David. It was a relatively short run, of just a couple of miles, and we were walking back in to the house in about 1/2 an hour. It was the first real run I've been on in quite a long time, and it felt pretty good. I did have to walk a portion of it, though still did better than I expected.

The next thing was to get ready to go to Dylan's school with him, as today is Grandparents Day, for the school. David drove us over and a comment he made was that there was a lot less traffic than he would normally have expected. As a result, we were able to arrive a little earlier than first planned. David and Dylan walked us over to Dylan's class/preschool and we met his teachers. This took all of about 5 minutes, then we were directed to the breakfast and reception; we would be coming back to the room afterward. The breakfast was quite good, and on top of that Miriam was involved with a big portion of the preparation.

We were entertained at the breakfast, by the older kids of the school and had a key note presenter, who spoke on the value and importance of a good foundation for education. This took well over an hour, though it only seemed like it was about 30 minutes, and then we were directed to go to the class rooms. Once there Dylan showed us around his school and we went to their play structures and had a bunch of fun for several minutes, and then we were able to sign him out, at which point he was able to escort us around the school. We saw all they had to offer and some of the activities they were all involved with, such as art and some science aspects of their education.

By noon we were finished with the visit and Miriam came and picked us up, to take us to lunch. It was particularly fun to get to meet several of the other grand parents. Miriam took us to lunch, and apparently just about everyone else in the close vicinity also wanted to go to this restaurant. Now, it also has to be understood that it has been raining off and on since last night, and it was raining now. this restaurant specializes in noodle soups, so that could explain some of the popularity. After lunch we headed back to the house and simply relaxed for a while.

The boys had a party to go to, so later in the afternoon, after their naps, Miriam took them to their party, and Linda and I found ourselves just quietly relaxing in the house... we both took a nap. Tonight, after they came back from the party, Linda and I played with the boys for a short while, and had the honor of getting them to bed. David and Miriam were out (one of the benefits of having us there). It was a nice change for us, instead of having two girls we had two boys, to get to bed. I told them a couple of stories and Linda sang them one of their favorite songs, and then they went to sleep, pretty quickly actually.

As far as Jason, and how he was doing, we heard from him, that he was doing well, and that even Kojak was doing a little better. We will be heading back down tomorrow, and we are both glad to hear that he did okay without us being there. Of course we had Joselyn coming in to check on him, and that made this weekend possible. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

Today was a good day, all around - though I didn't get my bike ride in. We had a minor impact to our schedule with a visit from the housing folks, for where we are living right now. Apparently they decided it was time to make a change to the air conditioning, and a general cleaning of the system. Now I'm not opposed to that type of cleaning, I just wish it could have been delayed by a week or so, when we weren't planning on coming up to visit with Linda's folks and then on up to Los Angeles to see David and his family.

The drive up was WAY better than I had anticipated, and the first stop up to see Joe and Jess was accomplished much faster than I had thought it would. Then Jess fed us a very nice lunch of a soup and sandwich combination. Now, normally one might expect that "soup and sandwich" was pretty regular and not special at all, but  Jess made a soup by just putting some things together that was excellent. And the sandwiches are always far superior to most that you can get anywhere else. My biggest challenge is that I tend to want to eat too much whenever I go there.

After lunch and a nice visit we headed on up to see David and Miriam, and their two sons Dylan and Ethan, our Grandsons. We were invited to attend the school's Grandparents Day, where Dylan goes to school. We went last year and it was really fun, so we were very happy to go again. The drive up I5 was amazingly easy, for the most part. There were a couple of spots where it got sluggish, and it didn't take too long to get through those areas. We ended up arriving at their house more than an hour sooner than I thought we would.

Once there the boys were very happy to see us and we had a great time playing for a couple of hours, while Miriam finished preparing dinner. Ralph, Miriam's dad, showed up a little while before dinner, so he was going to be joining us as well, and we were very pleased to have that happen. It seems like we hadn't seen Ralph in over a year. The only down side was that Holly, his wife, was out of town, so we didn't get to see her. Dinner was excellent, as Miriam is also a good cook, and on top of that she made this great bread that I don't know the name of, but it seemed like a carrot-nut bread, and everyone at the table liked it. There wasn't much left by the time we were all done. Ralph was able to stay and visit for a short while and the boys loved having us all there.

The boys were put to bed and then Linda offered to finish cleaning up the kitchen. While she was doing that I was busy trying to get on the local network, and get started on this blog. Their cat, Luna, came over to visit me a few times, while I was typing, and likes to walk across the keyboard, and amazingly without compressing any of the keys. Still, it does make it a challenge sometimes to type a continuous sentence, without getting cat hair in the face, from a swishing tail.

I did check in with Jason, and he is doing fine. We did our best to make sure he had plenty of food and Linda communicated with Joselyn prior to us coming up here. I guess that is always going to be one of those things that we, as parents, will continue to do ... worry about our kids, in this case Jason. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo has become more an a holiday in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, and that is something that has always kind of intrigued me. Our culture always seems to want to celebrate something, and early May seems like it needs something more than just the first day in May.

We had a very good day and other than get a good bike ride in, and a visit by Brian McMillan, the VA caregiver coordinator, it has been a rather ordinary day - and I like it that way. Oh, it was still Taco Tuesday and we all had fun at dinner, but not much else happened.  There was the Giants game, against the Padres, and that turned out pretty good, but not much else.

Okay, maybe something did happen - Kojak is back home with us. Jason and I went to the doctor's office and picked him up today, and Jason and Kojak were both very happy for that to happen. It is good to see Kojak acting more like what one would expect a puppy to act like. Prior to the hospital stay he was lethargic and very subdued. My guess is that over the next few days he will get used to his new home and the people who live here, and he will be a happy puppy.

Tomorrow we will be heading out to the paint dealer, to select paints for Jason's new home, and it should be kind of a fun activity. My guess is that it won't take more than an hour, but then, I could be totally wrong. Jason also has expressed an desire to get out and see the new Avenger movie, so we might get that in tomorrow as well. Otherwise, not much planned, and I hope that we can have a nice relaxed day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

We had a good start to the day today, though the girls sure didn't want to get out of bed. Linda and I were up a little early, actually, with the idea that an easier and slower start to the day might be better. We were in error with that kind of thinking. The girls wanted to just stay in bed and we finally got them going about 10 minutes later than our normal time. This meant that the time window for breakfast was just a little bit tighter, and we went from a relaxed slow day to a more hurried "got'a get going" kinda day. As it turned out, we still made it to school with a little time to spare, and the girls were, or at least seemed to be, totally unaware of Grandma and Grandpa encouraging to get them going. Sometimes I wish I was six years old again - - -  Not!

Once we were done with that aspect of the day, and back at the house, I got ready for a much needed bike ride. The idea was that I was going to go for a nice 20 mile ride and be back in time to head over to the hospital at Balboa, with Jason. Linda had some errands she wanted to get done in the morning and take Jackie to her speech and occupational therapy. When I got back home at close to 11:00 I didn't think anything about no vehicles being there. Jason had said he was going to be going over to check on Kojak (he's doing much better and we'll probably have him home tomorrow), and then I thought he was coming home so we could both go in for the appointment. Jason, apparently, decided that I needed a rest and that he could take care of the appointment on his own, so that 's what happened. I would have liked to have been able to speak with the doctor(s) directly, but that was in the plan this time.

When Jason did get back home, this is also after Linda had returned, he informed us that he had pushed the date for the surgery out to June 9. It is meant to give us a better transition with Kojak, but my personal feeling is that we would have worked out better with the 19th of this month. It does allow more flexibility with a couple of other things we have simmering on the back burners, so-to-speak, so I guess that's the silver lining. It has been done, and so we will just have to go with what we now have, I would have just liked it better to get the issue taken care of.

The rest of the day was still pretty good, and we had a simple hamburgers kind of meal, that the girls really enjoyed. They like when Grandpa cooks hamburgers, and actually, I think Jason does, too. Not sure about what is going to be happening tomorrow, other than Linda and I heading over to our storage units to begin doing some needed rearranging and sorting. With the up coming move we have to decide what is going and what is not. We have a couple of months to get it figured out, and our feeling is that the sooner we get this done, the better we'll be. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3, 2015

Sunday has been a nice day, though Linda wasn't feeling well, for most of the day. I was hoping that Jason would spend most, if not all the day in bed, but he had other plans. He went to go visit Kojak, and I can see that it was probably a good thing for the puppy (when Jason comes in there is a distinct attitude improvement with Kojak, and he wants to stay with Jason), I just wish he'd stay down a bit more, for the next several days. He has been up a bit too much, on too many days and the wounds are showing signs of the wear it is causing. I'm doing my best to keep them padded and covered, though the biggest issue is that he simply up on his chair and the extra pressure causes some problems, and the wounds start to open up again. I guess until they do come up with a reasonable seating solution for him, this is simply the way it is going to be.  As a solid plus for the visit with Kojak - it looks like the puppy will be coming home on Monday, tomorrow.

The girls and I had a great day together, though I would have liked to have had a little more time to get them out side. We discovered more fun things to do at Balboa Park, and they were disappointed that we couldn't stay and play, and explore. I told them that the next time we were together on a weekend I would do my best to get them back over to Balboa and we would have some fun there.

Not much else going on - as I fixed a simple chicken and rice dinner, with vegetables, and then got the girls up to take their bath. Linda is starting to feel a little better, so I am hopeful that she will be back up close to 100% tomorrow and be her normal happy self. I am also hoping that I can get another bike ride in, since Jason and I don't have to head over to the hospital  until almost noon. This is the pre-visit for the surgery coming up on the 19th. I'm really not sure what they are going to be doing, but I suspect that the visit won't go too long. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2, 2015

Yesterday was a special day, as we picked up the girls from school at about 12:30 (it was an early release day) and then we got all packed up to head up to the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook. We had been given tickets to the Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias show at the Pala Casino/Hotel & Spa (found out the two are not connected). The show was great and we had a wonderful time. The tickets to the show were as a result of the Gary Sinise Foundation contacting the Casino/Hotel and getting tickets - and since the show was already sold out, it was especially cool that they made them available. We had four seats, being me, Linda, Jason and Cristin, our friend from the Gary Sinise Foundation (Cristin and Jason really get along well). We were given VIP treatment and escorted to our seats, and as the show was ending we were given some gifts from Fluffy. The hospitality shown to us was above and beyond or expectations, and we'll keep our eyes open to see if there is any other shows we might want to go see.

Now, on the other hand, at the Pala Mesa Resort, about 15 minutes away, in Fallbrook, and our stay there was not quite so good. The room we were given, for Jason was ADA, by definition, but some of the accommodations were challenging, at best. Jason normally gets into his bed from the side, as it is easier for him to maneuver and get comfortable. With this room he could only get on at the foot of the bed, as his chair would not fit along the side. I attempted to move the bed and found it was secured in place, so no moving. The roll-in shower had just enough room for his chair for him to get to the shower, and then he was unable to maneuver to get to the bench, without some serious reaching on his part. Fortunately he has big and strong arms. Also, with the shower, the water pressure was low, very low, and it was again another challenge to effectively get clean. Now, the bed it self was less than wonderfully comfortable, and finally the A/C of the room remained on all the time and the room remained moderately warm. The temperature wouldn't have been much of an issue for most of us, but for Jason it is a bigger issue, since he still has challenges moderating body temperature. This morning I asked him how he slept and he said he thinks he might have gotten four hours.

I took this to the hotel staff and they effectively didn't seem to care and only said that next year they were going to be renovating the hotel. I even attempted to draw them a picture of how a minor change would make a big difference, and they just smiled and said thank you, as I walked away with that drawing. I seriously doubt that we will be ever staying there again, or recommending them to any of our friends who might come up to visit us, in Fallbrook. Yes, it isn't very far from Jason's new house. I did mention it to the Casino/Hotel, via email today, though I don't know if they are connected.

We left at about 09:00 this morning, feeling tired and hungry. Fortunately the girls were spending the evening with Anthony and Angelica, so we didn't have to worry about them, through all of this. We went directly to Anthony and Angelica's house, in Ocean Side, and they were having a great time and everyone seemed in good spirits. The van was again loaded up and we headed for Point Loma. Traffic wasn't bad and we got back down here in just a little over 30 minutes. We got the van unloaded and parked and then Jason took off to go visit Kojak.

The good news is that Kojak is doing much better, and will probably be coming home on Monday. Kojak has really started to connect with Jason, and each of the visits by Jason has shown that Kojak likes to be with him, and today's visit he showed the most activity so far, also a good sign that he is feeling better. We have gone through and did a major cleaning of the environment and made sure all his bedding is new and clean. We are all anxious to have him back home.

The rest of the day has been relaxed and calm. Linda and I (and even Jason) got to take a nap, about the same time the girls took their naps. It was very refreshing to have the short nap, as I got up before the girls did. A little while later, while I was finishing the Giants baseball game, Jackie came out and wanted to play with me (I hope some, or all, of you got to see the Giants game, as it ended in a very unusual way, so if you haven't seen it, check it out). After about 30 minutes Jackie wanted to go up to see Grandma, so I let her, and she headed up stairs and woke Grandma.

Not much else happened tonight, other than some good old fashion relaxing, Tomorrow we will be attempting to get back into our regular Sunday routine, and then cruse into another great week. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and that your week, next week, is a great one. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.
Jason, Cristin, Linda, George at the Fluffy performance

Jason and Cristin having a good time.