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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

We had a wonderful start to today, in that I got up very early, before 06:00 and managed to get a few things done (and cleaned) before Linda got home. That's right, Linda came home today. She is back from that road trip she took with her parents, up to Utah. They went up there to spend a few days with Linda's sister, Lisa, and it sounds like it was a good trip. On the way up they stopped at a few other places and saw some other family and friends, including a stop in the S.F. Bay Area. We're just glad that she is home safely and that Joe and Jess made is back home as well, after dropping Linda off. What happened was that they drove down, and when they were in San Bernadino (or close) they called and we drove up to Fallbrook, to meet them. As it turned out, they arrived about two (2) minutes after we did. I hadn't even finished getting the van closed back up, when they drove up. It sure felt good to see Linda, and the girls (yeah, we had them with us) were all over Grandma, when they saw her. We all walked through the house and after a short visit, Joe and Jess took off to go back up to their place and we took off south.

Like I said, we were up in Fallbrook, and you know we're going to go see the property once we get there. The appliances are all installed, now and the place looks great. There really isn't much left to be done, except for stuff out side the house. We all had a wonderful time walking through the house and seeing all that had been done. This was Jason's first visit to the house in several weeks, so he saw some big changes. Everything is really looking exceptional.

Imagine that, the month of June is over and perhaps we can get out of this "June-Gloom" that we're going through down in San Diego. We even had thunderstorms and rain today, on top of the humidity that we usually don't have. Don't get me wrong, the weather here is generally pretty good, and I found out that up in Livermore, where we're from, they hit 109 - and that is a bit toasty, even for me. On a positive - the rain knocked some of the dirt off the car - - - okay, now the car really looks like it needs to be washed. I am hoping that the drought doesn't last much longer. We really do need the rain, and I don't like not being able to wash my own car. There are plenty of car washes in Pt. Loma, so they do tend to stay relatively clean. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

I got up this morning about 05:45 and couldn't go back to sleep. Actually, it was probably a good thing I couldn't go back to sleep, as I had some things to do, and I needed to get started on them anyway. As it turned out, there were no scheduled things going on and so I went for a 25 mile bike ride. Actually, there was something scheduled, and I simply forgot about it. Jackie was supposed to go to a speech class, and I completely forgot about it, until Linda reminded me tonight, when I spoke with her. The bike ride was good for me, though, and it gave me a chance to just get out and take a little bit of time to think about life and the environment.

There wasn't much else going on today, except for an appointment for Stacy, and I did manage to get her there, and with a little time to spare. The rest of the evening was pretty relaxed, and we had a nice dinner - I made salmon, rice and vegetables. Both girls enjoy salmon, so it is one of the easiest and healthiest of meals I can prepare. When they went to bed I read a story to them, Purpleishus, for about the 10th time. Both of them have the story memorized, so I don't have to worry about forgetting anything, or having two pages stuck together. They both let me know when something is left out or slightly changed.

After they got to bed Jason had his shower, and that's when I do the dressing change, and both sides are looking better, especially the left side. Since he had the surgery he has been reluctant to be up any more than he needs to. I am taking full advantage of this "extra" down time to focus on keeping his wounds dressed and clean. the extra attention and liter load has allowed the healing to take place.

Linda will be coming home tomorrow, and we'll be going up to Fallbrook to meet up with them. I need to get up to Fallbrook anyway, so it all works out better this way. Jason and both girls will be going with me, and it will give all of them a chance to see the house, and to see the progress. I have been instructed to bring the camera so a good chance some new pics will be posted soon. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers.Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

Hard to believe this month is almost done, and we'll be half way through this year. As they say, "Time flies, when you're having fun."

I got the girls up this morning and because I didn't have them take a bath last night, had them take a bath this morning. It was a little out of the regular schedule, but they dealt with it. I didn't wash their hair (it really wasn't too bad anyway) because I didn't want to have to deal with wet hair and get them ready for church. The funny thing is, Stacy dressed herself today, and she looked great! She even got a few compliments on how nice she looked. I hope she maintains the sense of style. Jackie wasn't hard to get dressed, though she did want to wear other clothes than what I picked out for her. I also got some help from Stacy, and if Stacy likes it, Jackie is going to like it - generally.

We spent the rest of the day at home, where I was able to get a couple loads of laundry done and the rest of the days chores out of the way. It really has been a relaxed kind of day, all around. Jason had to deal with his new puppy, Kojak. For whatever reason, Kojak just doesn't like those dog beds. Jason has bought 3 of them since getting Kojak, and last night or early this morning Kojak attacked the third bed, and it is now out in the trash. I don't think Jason is going to be buying another bed for a couple of months, in hopes that Kojak will grow out of it. Gracie likes the beds...

We had a visit from Serving Spoons and Annie, the original contact person for us, was with them. She is home for summer break, as she will begin her second year at college, and she is looking all so grown up now. They brought us dinner, and it was very good, as it usually it. I was particularly happy to see them, because that meant I didn't have to make dinner.

Stacy and Jackie got to stay up past 20:00 (8 pm) tonight than then she read a story before going to bed. It was a story about Mickey and Goofy going to Australia, and except for a few words, she was able to get through the book pretty well. She loves to read and is always looking for new things to read and working so hard at increasing her own vocabulary. Not much else going on, so I'll sign off now, and for those that would like to buy a brick for Jason's home, just check out my FB page and you can find the information there. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27, 2015

Got up this morning and decided that it was a better idea for me to head over to the gym, instead of trying to get out on my bike. I got a good work out in, and the girls were still sleeping when I left, so I felt like it was the right decision. When I got back, about and hour later, the girls were now up and in with their daddy, having a great time. I asked them what they wanted to for breakfast and we all decided it was going to be French Toast. Well, it was more of a directional kind of deciding, as I had already bought the bread (Texas Toast) and I kind of encouraged them to go that direction. Anyway, that's what I ended up cooking.

After breakfast I had promised to take the girls out on their bikes, so we went on over to the local school and the girls managed to get a ride in, around the parking lot. Jason called me after a single loop and asked us to come back home. Kojak had gotten himself tangled up in some wires/cables under his bed and he couldn't get Kojak out. Funny thing is, that as we were on our way back to the house it started to sprinkle a little, and so after getting Kojak untangled we decided to stay home for a little bit, and instead head over to the library. The girls wanted to get some new books and Jackie was now old enough to get her own library card.  We remained at the library for a little over an hour and then headed back home with new books and a new card for Jackie. She was very happy and proud of her new card and told Stacy that she didn't have to get her books anymore.

We decided, at that point to eat a quick lunch, as the girls said they still weren't very hungry, though they both ate a full sandwich, and all the rest of their lunches. Then it was time to get back over to the school, to ride their bikes. As we were leaving, Gary K. was showing up, and wanted to go visit Jason. I thought this was great, as I didn't have to worry about anything going wrong while we were away. As we returned (again, we were gone for about an hour) Gary was getting ready to say his good byes, and so the timing was good. I spoke with Gary about the Buy-A-Brick for Jason's house and he said he would be happy to help, and asked if it was on the blog or somewhere else. This gave me the idea of seeing if I could get it on the blog. In my search I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't go well on the blog, though I did get it on my Facebook page. So... for all those who know me via FB, you can pull down a copy from there, for right now. Just go to my page and either see it, or do a search for Build-A-Brick and you should be able to find it.

Dinner was simple tonight, as I fixed chicken pot pies, and then it was time to hit the sack, for the girls. I also needed to get some laundry done, so that happened, and then I was given a bit of a nice surprise - - - Stacy read the story tonight, before going to sleep. I helped her a little, but she managed to get all the way through the story, and it was really kind of fun. She is really starting to grow up and we're enjoying it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

The day began with an early call to my lovely wife, Linda, and though it was supposed to be a wake-up call, she was already up and heading out the door, to take their dog for a walk. The dog is going to miss Linda, when she and her folks head on back home next week. Seems like she has been gone for a long time now, and I am ready for her to come back home.

I went up to Fallbrook today, to check out the house and it is looking Great!. The floor is done, with only the base-board to be installed, and some other trim work. Most of the fixtures are in place as are most of the sinks and bathroom items. Next week they start the concrete work and not too long after that the yard work and landscaping begins. We are really getting close, and we're all excited. About the only thing that isn't moving fast are the Buy-a-Brick sales. I keep leaving them behind anytime I go anywhere, and keep missing opportunities to get some sold. Once Linda is back I'll be putting much more effort into it. I was hoping to have a bunch of them sold by now, and we've only been able to move about a dozen or so. If you're interested in finding out more about this, please get in touch with me, or just leave a comment. The blog has been open to comments for some time now, so if you've had problems in the past, please try again.

While up in Fallbrook I stopped in at Bonsal, and visited with their Chamber of Commerce. They are wanting to put together a music festival and as a result of previous conversations they asked me to stop and chat with them. I gave them some pointers and even attempted to get them connected with a few people, so I hope I've been of help. Also, while up there I got in a short 15 mile ride, and my legs sure feel it. The hills in that area are a bit more steep and though the ride "home" is fun and mostly down hill, the initial ride out is up some gnarly hills.

The rest of the evening has been quiet, and I am looking forward to my rest tonight. The girls will be coming in the morning, so we get to have some fun with more library visits and such. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015

A good day, again and we even had a visitor drop by. The girls went back to their mother's place and we'll see them again on Friday. Jason had an appointment with Wound Care, and things looked great there, so, aside from the continued soarness, things are going pretty good. It is probably going to be another few days (maybe a week?) before Jason is feeling like doing much more than he is right now.

The visitor we had was retired Master Chief, Fred Thomson. He is a gentelman we met a few years ago, when Jason went to go "turn wood." Fred, along with retired Maj. Gen. Tom Lighter have been running and building the turning program for the vets for several years now, and it shows just how good they are at helping these guys recover from the challenges of war and battle. Fred and Jason talked about all kinds of things, though it frequently returned to wood turning. I think Jason is thinking about setting up a turning lathe at his new house, as soon as he can get things together.

The rest of the day was just the two of us hanging around the house and doing our best to get some extra rest. Jason got the rest and I dealt with phone calls. A few of those calls were from Linda, and I'm always happyto  talk with her. Tomorrow Jason will be spending a good part of the day on his own, as I will be heading up to Fallbrook before Joselyn gets here. Heck, I might even be back before she arrives, depending on how quickly I can finish up there.

There is a new program called, "Buy a Brick," to help with the cost of the flag poll at Jason's house, and I am trying to get folks interested in at least looking at the program. The bricks cost $100, so they aren't cheap, though you do get your name in a very nice design, around Jason's flag poll, at the front of the house. That's part of what I'll be doing tomorrow, druming up interest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

One of those days where not much happened, and that is kind of a good thing. Jason's wounds are showing signs of healing more and we're all happy about that. Jason is still recovering from the surgery and feeling a bit tender in places, so he is better off just staying down and relaxing, and I believe that is all that is needed to keep the healing moving in a positive direction. The hard part is that Jason likes to get up and move around - something we're dealing with.

I did take the girls to the library, today, and they had a great time. Stacy and Jackie both had a chance to play a video learning game that have there. It is a Dora The Explorer game and they told me all about her. Stacy checked out four books, and even got one for Jackie. Jackie doesn't have a library card yet, though that is being rectified with paperwork.

It is getting late and I need to get to bed, so that is all I have for the blog tonight. Thank you all, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Quite the nice day at the Ross homestead. We got up before 07:00 and when I came down stairs a few minutes after getting up, I find the girls in with their daddy, watching cartoons. I think this is one of the best times for the three of them, usually with Stacy snuggled up against Jason and Jackie close up next to Stacy. They look so comfortable I decided to leave them alone and go back and finish taking care of the kitchen - since I hadn't completed it last night.

I finally tell them that I need to get breakfast going, and that Jackie has an appointment this morning. Reluctantly they get up and Jason tells the girls that they need to go get some breakfast. I get Jason's breakfast to him and the girls are soon eating, afterward. Jackie's appointment is over at Dewey School, which is about 1/3 mile away, so it isn't too far, and we all decide to walk over - that is, Stacy, Jackie and I. Jackie has a 1-hour appointment so Stacy and I walk back home and then walk back over when it is time to pick her up. I tell the girls that tomorrow we get to go to the library, and they are both pretty excited abou it, and it made the walk back home even more fun.

For whatever reason, both the girls love going to the library, and I guess I have to give most of the credit to Linda. She got into the habit of taking them to the library all last summer, and even a few times through the school year. Both Stacy and Jackie love going through books, and now Stacy is beginning to even read those books. She likes to stop at signs along the walk and attempt to read what is written, and she does a pretty good job.

Shortly after lunch the girls go down for their "brain-rest" (they like that better than taking a nap), and then Stacy has to get to her appointment with Dr. K. Both girls like to go, as it is another "adventure" and there are things for Jackie to do there, so she isn't just sitting and waiting. Once that appointment is over we head back to the house and I am amazed, and surprised that the traffic is much better than I had anticipated.

The rest of the day, and evening was pretty easy with the girls spending more time with their daddy, and then it got to be bed time. They picked a couple of stories to be read to them and then the day was done. Jason is continuing to improve and feel better, after the surgery, and though it is slow, it is still positive. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015 - Happy Father's Day

Well, about mid-day, yesterday, we experienced the summer solstice, and today we enjoyed the first full day of Summer! Oh, yeah, and a Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there, and even to those who are only at the point of thinking about becoming a dad. Do think about it though, as it is a very big responsibilty, and shouldn't be appraoched lightly.

Today we enjoyed having the girls come over to the house at a little after 08:00 this morning, and they were all excited about seeing Daddy and Grandpa. They gave Jason his Father's Day gift, and then I received one as well. Linda had put all this together before she left, part of her on going effort to make sure things go right, even when she isn't here. I guess that's why she was working so hard before taking off to go with her parents.

A little after the girls arrived, and the Father's Day gifts were given I told the girls we would still be going to church, and they were going to be able to go to Sunday School. Both of them became very excited and wanted to know when we were going to leave. First they had to get dressed, as I did not feel what they were wearing was appropriate for church. They were definitely wearing their "kick-back" clothes and looked "comfortable." I also had to take care of their hair, as it had not been brushed, and I know God doesn't care what you wear, or what you look like, but I think that if you can go looking better then you should.

After church we stopped and picked up a chocolate donut for Jason, and a couple for the girls. They wanted to be sure that Daddy got one. There really wasn't a great deal more done today, other than me making a quick run to the store, and me making some phone calls. I spoke with my sons, when they called me, and I also spoke with two of my brothers, when I called them. I also coordinated with a few of our friends and arranged for them to come to the house, just for a visit with Jason. I think he would like to have some visitors, just so he can look at someone, other than me. I'll make some more calls tomorrow, and see if I can get a few more friends to drop by.

We had salmon, mashed potatoes and vegetables, with a fruit salad for dinner, and I prepared it all myself. Then again, for those that know me, this is no big deal, as I like to cool. The girls got a bath and I washed their hair and even brushed it out afterward, before they went to bed. Heck, I even braded Stacy's hair and tried something different with Jackie (she didn't want a brade). I just hope they don't have a bunch of tangles in the morning. There is no school now, so they can sleep in some, and that means I can too... ;-) Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015

Jason text'd me early this morning and let me know that they were talking about letting him come back home today. This was a good bit of news to wake up to, as I wasn't sure what was going to be going on. I had too wait for Joselyn to arrive, so that I could leave the dogs at the house, and Jason wouldn't be able to get up before noon anyway.

When Joselyn arrived, it was about 10:00 and I immediately loaded my bike into the van and headed over to the bike shop. I had made an appointment to get it tuned so all I had to do was drop it off and then I headed off to the  hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, Jason was watching television and simply waiting to get the final word from the doctor. About 10 minutes after I arrived the doctor walked in and we had a very good discussion about what happened; what Jason's condition was; and, whether or not Jason should be coming home. Everything was going great until we got to the "going-home" part. Jason was at the end of fighting off another infection and they recommended that Jason stay over the weekend. Not that he needed to stay, just that they thought it would be better for him to be in the hospital, because they didn't want to put me in a position of having to take care of him. We talked about what I've been doing over the past few years and the fact that we only lived a few minutes from the hospital, and then I asked the doctor what he would do, if it were he in the hospital and he said he would go home. Therefore we decided it was okay to come home.

We got home and the first thing he wanted to do was go through all his mail - he had a pretty good stack on the table. Next thing was to get a shower in. He hadn't taken a shower in about four days, and he was feeling kind of grungy. He is still taking one antibiotic, for the next few days and then he'll be finished with all the "new" meds he is taking, and will be back to his regular regimen. The rest of this evening was just go pick up my bike and then relax, so that 's what we did. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015

A nice relaxed kind of day, or at least that was how it started....

I got up this morning and before I could get my teeth brushed Linda called me. Darn, I wanted to call her. She and her parents are doing well and plan on making it to Nevada later in the afternoon, and as you might expect, they do. They are headed there to visit some friends and spend a little time resting and enjoying themselves. I miss having Linda around here to keep me on point, but for now I am doing my best to write lots of notes to myself.

I went to the gym, once I got off the phone from Linda, and it was still kind of early, about 07:45. The fortunate thing about where we are living is that not too many of the residents seem to want to use the gym in the earlier hours of the day. I figured I'd get some time in on the treadmill, since I didn't think I had time to go for a bike ride. I can jog and walk for an hour, and I need more than that if I want a good bike ride in. I ended up going about 5 miles and I felt pretty good afterward. It said my average speed was 4.6 mph, so I equate that to a really fast walk.

After that I came right back to the house and within a few minutes Joselyn and her husband Robert showed up. Robert is taking Jason's truck to get some work done on it, since Jason is still in the hospital. We really appreciate all that Robert is doing and continues to do for Jason, and also for Joselyn, for all that she has done. They have definitely made life easier for us all, and the girls love it when Joselyn is around.

Within a half an hour of Robert picking up the truck I was on my way to see Jason and to see how he was doing. He was feeling a little better, though they have found that he has another infection and I am concerned that, that might require him to stay in the hospital another day or two. I'll know more tomorrow. I hung around for a little over an hour and we talked about different things, and mostly the house, cause that was where I was going next.

I went up to Fallbrook to deliver some mirrors that needed to be installed. Linda had requested that she be allowed to order most of the mirrors for the house, and they agreed. I had some of those mirrors in the garage. I managed to get them up to the house by 12:30, and once I got there I walked the house with the builder. They are getting so much done and it all looks great. I stayed at the house for probably another hour, and then went on in to Bonsell (the little city just outside of Fallbrook). I finally got myself something to eat. I had not eaten anything to that point, and I was starting to get hungry.

I also met up with the Chamber of Commerce manager, while I was there and we had a great little conversation. Apparently they are very familiar with Jason and are looking forward to us moving in, though I know that they are really mostly interested in having Jason living near by. The entire neighborhood and even in to Bonsell, are so friendly. It really does remind me of when we first moved into Livermore.

While I was up at the house I received a phone call, from the technicians at Quantum Power Chairs, and they wanted to come work on Jason's chair (the new one that isn't quite right yet). I had to call Joselyn to let her know what was going on, and asked her to allow them to work on the chair, in the garage. I guess they got done what they wanted because when I got back home there was a note from them, telling me what they did, and what they wanted us to do next. My guess is that it will be end of next week before Jason is up to playing with a new chair.

I gave  another call to Jason and asked him if he would like to see the dogs, and of course he said he would. It was now about 15:30 (3:30pm) so I loaded up the dogs into the van and we got over to the base. Because of the time there was no issue about parking - many open slots. We got up to the room and Kojak immediately went under the bed. Gracie was greeting and making sure that Jason was okay, and then she settled down. I asked Jason if they had done a dressing change, and they had not. One of the "new" nurses came in and said that Wound Care was supposed to come up, but never made it. I offered to do the dressing change and the nurse seemed very relieved. The nurse is an Air Force reserve Captain, and he and another corpsman, a sergeant in the Air Force reserve and there putting in their time. The nurse watched carefully, while I did the change and thanked me for showing him how it was done. He said he would make sure I didn't have to do it tomorrow.

I had dinner with Jason, as the Marine Family Support came by with dinner, and I was also offered something. This was good for me, as I wasn't sure what I was going to be doing for dinner tonight anyway. We had dinner, and talked about the house and some of the stuff going on, and then he told me about the infection. This was disappointing,  though I would rather know about it now, rather than to find out tomorrow. I stayed for a few hours and then had to get back home with the dogs. They need to be able to get outside, and right now they were kind of stuck in the room with us.

Tomorrow is going to be another day of figuring out what is going on, one step at a time, and then we'll just have to deal with what happens as it happens. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive... One last note, since I don't have my editor here to help me (Linda), I apologize for any of the oopses you might run across.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 - evening

Good day for all of us. Jason is doing well at the hospital, and they should be allowing him to go to more solid foods tomorrow. He is in good spirits, though he is getting tired of "clear liquid" diet - one can only eat so much jello... ;-) The doctors are saying that he should be out in four days, so I'm guessing that he will be coming home sometime on Friday, or worst case, Saturday.

I managed to get in a short bike ride this morning, though I did seem to misplace my backpack. I always ride with my backpack, as it carries all my stuff, like spare tubes and bike lock and such. I finally did find it, after I had made a second one and got back from the ride. I ended up with  about 20 miles, on a relatively flat ride (only a few small hills). Tomorrow I don't think I'll be able to get out for a ride, though I should have some time to get over to the gym in the early hours. The dogs should be okay for a little over an hour, by themselves. A real positive is that Kojak is starting to warm up to me a little more, and that is a good thing, we'll see how it goes after Jason gets back home.

Tomorrow I'll be going in to see Jason a little earlier, so that I can get with the Wound Care folks, who are also coming in. I'm supposed to be there around 09:30, so I'll do my best to do that. I intend to get to sleep a little earlier tonight. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

June 17, 2015

Jason's surgery went well, yesterday and though it did take a little longer than originally expected, he came through wonderfully. I spoke with the doctors and he was very pleased with all that took place, and even got to speak with Jason, who was still coming around from the anesthesia. Jason is now in the hospital, and will be there for a few days, probably three, and then be coming back home. This is good, as it makes it easier to take care of the animals (Gracie and Kojak).

Actually, last night I took the girls, Stacy and Jackie, to go see their daddy and also brought along the dogs. Gracie handled it like a veteran support/service dog that she is and Kojak behaved himself better than I expected. I think both dogs are trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and Kojak is spending a great deal of his time under Jason's bed. The girls were happy to see Daddy, as they did not fully understand what was going on, and neither of them wanted to leave when it was time to come back home. We did manage to get back to the van and once back home they new it was getting late, so a quick bath and then bed time was in order.

On top of everything else, it was still Taco Tuesday! Fortunately, Joselyn knows us pretty well now and had everything going by the time I initially came back from the hospital, right after Jason's surgery. This made it a lot easier on me, so I am very appreciative of her. She is going to be continuing to help a little more, over these next few days, and that will probably allow me to maintain my sanity. For example, I will be taking the girls back to their mother's, this morning and then after Joselyn comes I will be going for a much needed bike ride. After that I'll go on in to see Jason and play it by ear from there.

Other than that, there is going to be an effort to get to a more relaxed and "normal" life flow. Linda and her parents are up in Livermore, right now, visiting for a couple of days, and then heading north. I suspect they will be gone the full two weeks, and then, depending on how things are going, may head on back down or take another week to visit other family. We get to talk, at least twice a day, and it sounds like they are having a good and relaxing time, and I am very pleased with that. I miss having Linda around, yet fully understand the need for this trip, and am glad she can help. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015

Perhaps I'll need to start blogging and posting in the early morning hours. Last night we (Jason and I) were up kind of late, due to some extra challenges, and I didn't get to my blogging until late. As I attempted to write this up my connection became very sketchy, and it was taking more than a minute to write a single word. This morning it is much better, so maybe I need to switch to morning. Heck I normally wake early anyway, we'll see how it goes.

Yesterday and the day before were very busy for us. We went to the Gary Sinise Foundation / Lt. Dan Band concert at the Hotel Del Coronado and had a great time. Getting ready to go was a bit of a challenge, as things kept going in different directions and we had to work to stay focused on getting to the event/concert. We made it to the hotel and checked in with the idea that Jason was going to get some rest, prior to the concert. I guess the excitement was a bit much for everyone and Jason wanted to get some social time in, visiting. Linda and I had promised the girls we'd take them to the beach and when we left, one of the last things I asked of Jason was to be sure to get some rest before the reception, at 15:15 (3:15pm).  When we got back from the beach, Jason was not in the room, so I went to go find him. It was now about 14:30 (2:30pm) so that meant very little rest time left available. Jason showed up about 10 minutes later and did finally lay down, but that also meant he was only getting 15 minutes of rest, rather than a couple of hours.

We went to the reception and got to do more socializing and meeting up with some friends we hadn't seen in months. We all felt pretty good, and the girls were really having a great time. At about 16:30 we all started to make our way to the stage that was set up on the beach, and because we were VIP guests, we got taken right up to the front. We then took the girls around to behind the stage and saw Gary, getting ready. Gary is such a great guy - even while he is under the pressure of having to hit a deadline to get on stage, he is gracious and considerate of us, and our interruption. We leave and get back to our seats, about two minutes later. Even the security is going out of their way to be very courteous and yet solid.

The performance was wonderful, and Gary had a great connection with the audience. The down side came towards the end of the performance. This is where the lack of rest showed up and Jason had to get back to the hotel room. Fortunately there were a few people there from the Carrington Foundation as well, and Brandon and Kurt were able to help us get the girls and all our stuff (we brought chairs and other items - the performance was on the beach, after all) back to the room. We all just sort of collapsed for a few minutes and then Linda started with getting the girls ready. Shortly after that I started getting some things ready and helping with the packing. All together it took us about an hour to get back out of the room. Some of that was due to the hotel being busy, and trying to get a luggage cart to the room, though we finally did check out. The room was made available to us, through GSF and the hotel, so that was very nice.

Once we got home we just did a quick job of putting stuff away and getting the girls to bed. It was late for them (about 21:30/9:30pm) and we'd had a great day. Everyone was tired and we had another exciting day ahead of us...

Yesterday, Linda had to get the final touches together so that she could go with her parents, on their road trip. This was something that we talked about for days, and she struggled with. Should she be going when Jason is going in for surgery? We finally came to the conclusion that her going was the right decision, as her parents are both getting older and a long drive isn't always that easy to do. This is probably their last long road trip, and having Linda along makes it much more safe. Jason is going in to a hospital where there is a level of confidence and comfort that allows us to feel that this is going to be a relatively safe way to go, for all of us. On top of that I have taken care of Jason and the girls, on my own in the past, and the girls are now older, and that makes it a little easier. Anyway, she got off to the train (she road the train up to their place, to meet them there) and they are now on the road, headed to Utah, to go see Lisa and Michael (Linda's sister and her husband).

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, and basically just getting Jason ready for the surgery. That meant taking the right medications at the right times, throughout the day. We learned a great deal about what it means to get ready for this type surgery, especially for Jason, and if there is every a need to do this kind of thing again we will be better prepared. We did run into some challenges, later in the day, and that kept us up, late last night. The good thing was that the girls had gone to bed and that meant the focus was totally on Jason. We made it through and now it is a matter of just getting over to the hospital, when we're supposed to. Joselyn will be coming over to help with everything, and that makes me feel a little more relaxed (Jason, too). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 14, 2015

I woke up this morning, at about 05:50 and felt like I was wide awake. We were planing on going to the Gary Sinise Foundation  concert of the Lt. Dan Band a little later in the day, but for now we just had a few little things to do. With this in mind I decided to go for a quick bike ride, and get some needed exercise. I managed to get in about 15 miles and I was gone almost exactly one hour. At that point, everybody was up and we all needed to start getting ready for heading out.

Linda did the packing, so that the girls would be able to get into the water. once we got to Coronado Island, and the Hotel Del Coronado. The concert was to be on the beach, right there by the hotel, so it all worked out nicely. I was hoping to get out by 10:45, but we didn't make it, and actually left at about 11:45. Since I had not driven to the hotel I was grateful that Anthony and Angelica were also going, and they stopped by to pickup Jason's paramobile. We just followed them, as he had driven there previously, and knew where we were supposed to go, to get to the correct parking.

When we checked in there was a little surprise, and that was Gary Sinise was checking in at the same time. He took the time to come over and chat with us for a little while, and the girls were very excited to see him again. Once we were in the hotel we took the girls out to the beach and they got to play in the water with Grandpa, while Grandma watched all our stuff, up on shore. One of the cool sights was that some dolphins actually swam up pretty close to where I was in the water, and they were swimming around, having their own fun. Shortly after that we went back up to the hotel, and started to get ready for the reception, and then the show.

We had a great time at the reception, as we got to see a bunch of people we hadn't seen in quite a long time. It also seemed like we hadn't seen some of the folks from GSF in several months, so it was kind of like a reunion of sorts. From the reception we made our way to the area were the concert was to take place, and then on to get some food, so we could eat, and enjoy the performance. We had VIP seating and it was an excellent location. People were coming up to Jason and thanking him and shaking his hand, and we felt a great deal of love and support there. The only down side was that Jason did push himself a little more than I would have liked, and I could tell that he was very tired by the time we started to head back to the hotel, and go home.

Over all, it was an excellent day, and we had a great time. I highly recommend seeing the Lt. Dan Band, if you get the chance. They really know how to perform and they are constantly adding new songs to their performance. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

Today was the last day of school for Jackie, and she got to go to school (pre-school) in her pajamas. I remember the excitement of being able to do silly things at school, and I hope she remembers this one. The sad part was that some of the parents/kids didn't get the message and when they saw the others in their pajamas they became very upset that they didn't get to wear their pajamas. Jackie had a great time, and I was to come back at 11:30 to pick her up. Problem with that though was that for whatever reason, I had it in my head that it was 12:30, and so yes, I was late. Funny part is, I thought I was actually a little early - it all worked out.

Linda was off taking care of a bunch of errands and getting ready for her trip with her parents. For the past couple of days she has been running from place to place getting things for the trip; getting things for the girls; and, getting things for the house. She is even taking some time to breath, a little. The one thing that I think will help her get through all this is that her dad will be doing a bunch of the driving and that will give her a chance to just relax a little - - - I hope.

Jason went in to Balboa Hospital today, to take care of a couple things, and I didn't have to go in with him. One was a simple procedure that he decided to not do, because he was going to be going in for surgery this coming Tuesday, so he'll just have it all done at the same time. I think that is actually a better way to go, and ultimately be more comfortable for him. Speaking of comfort - one of the biggest challenges he has is getting around in his chair and staying reasonably comfortable. We have been working with this new chair supplier and we think the chair they have shows a great deal of promise, but it sure seems difficult to get it to be just how Jason wants it. Right now the back system they offer just doesn't provide the right kind of support, so now we're waiting on an after-market provider, and hope they have a better and more comfortable back. If they can get that right then we will have a new chair, and Jason will have a more comfortable ride. I still don't think he will be able to be in his chair for more than a few hours at a time, but at least it will be a little better.

Tomorrow we will be heading up to Los Angeles, to share in our grandson, Ethan's 3rd birthday.  We will be going up in the van and stopping to pick up Linda's parents. Stacy and Jackie are very excited about seeing Nana, Tata and their cousins again, and we should all have a great time. Jason will be staying back here, so that he can get some rest and quiet time, with Joselyn coming in to make sure he is taken care of. I sure wish Jason could get to the point of being able to visit with people more frequently, but that just doesn't seem to be on the near horizon. We'll be leaving the house at about 07:30, so that we can get Linda's folks and still be to the party with plenty of time to spare. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 10, 2015

Today started out early - Linda was up a little after 04:00 because Kojak was being a puppy and again chewing on things that he shouldn't be chewing on. In this case he managed to pull up some vinyl and fortunately Linda caught him early enough that the damage was kept to a minimum. None-the-less, she was up and there were things to be done so she didn't come back to bed. I managed to sleep in until a little after 06:00 and decided to get up, since I was the only one in bed... ;-).

I need to get up early, anyway, as I wanted to get Jason's new track chair on to the carrier, which needed to be mounted on to the van. This also meant that I had to clear things in the garage so that I could get the chair out. I managed to do this, despite the fact that Jason's truck was parked right out side the garage door and limited my maneuverability.  I moved a bunch of things and there was my clear path. Before bringing the chair out I decided I should get the rack mounted on to the van. Because it weighs about 120 lbs. by itself I went over and asked Paris, our next door neighbor to help me with it. We had actually made this arrangement yesterday, so he was waiting for me, and it was now closer to 07:30. We were able to get the carrier mounted on to the van, with a little work and then I went to move the track chair. Everything was going great - I thought. Just as I broke the plain of the garage door, with the chair, it stopped working. The best I can figure out is that I must have had my hand on the power switch, because that was the end result. At the time I didn't know what I had done, nor did I know what to do to get it corrected. The display was not providing me with enough information, so I called the service number, and got their voicemail. I did my best to figure out what was wrong but to no avail.

I finally decided that I would instead load up the paramobile. We were headed to Nick Kimmel's ground breaking ceremony and this would be an alternative that would work in place of the track chair. Problem is that the paramobile has a set up like a trike with the rear wheel mounted in the center and the ramp on the carrier is not set up for a 3-wheeler. I had to jury rig a ramp that would hold it getting up to the carrier, and that only took a few minutes, and I was back in business. Or at least I thought. The platform on the carrier is set up for the track chair, not the paramobile and I came to discover, the platform is too small for the paramobile. Now I had to get it back down, and that was only slightly easier than getting it up on the carrier.

Now I had to get everything back in to the garage and we were running out of time. All the moving and lifting had caused me to get a little bit of a sweat going, so I also needed a shower, and then to get dressed. We finally did get in to the van, with an empty carrier on the back, and we were headed down the road. Traffic wasn't an issue, but then we really didn't know where we were going, as we had not been there before. We finally made it to the event, and it was already underway. We didn't mean to make a noisy entrance, but in this case we really didn't have much choice. The ground breaking was still done and it went off very well. The San Diego Padres even had people there, as that is where Nick is working now. The fun part is that I knew some of them and it was good to get a chance to catch up a little. We had Stacy with us and she had fun, and kept busy "helping" with a shovel digging in the dirt.

After all this, and taking a few minutes to visit and talk with a bunch of friends we decided to go on over to Jason's smart home. As it was, the contractor wanted us to go over some of the concrete work that was planned, and it was a good thing we did. Some changes were implemented and Jason was able to express his plans for how he wants to put up his fence (He wants to fence in a pretty large area so that the dogs can have a place where they can run and have fun while outside). Another thing was shown to us, and that is the flag pole location. We found out that the Gary Sinise Foundation would like to offer people a chance to buy a brick, that will be used to help build the base for the flag pole. Each brick will be "bought" as a donation and this will help with some of the costs of building Jason's house and other expenses, and at the same time provide some recognition to people who would simply like to help. For all those interested, please contact Gary Sinise Foundation Events Coordinator, Hannah Hauserman at (818) 432-8975 or email hhauserman@garysinisefoundation.org. Or you can contact me, though that would probably be a slower process.  After heading back home (traffic was really kind of heavy on the return trip, and it wasn't even 12:30 yet) took a little longer than the trip up. Once we got back to the house we fixed lunch and I went out to work on the garage and the track chair. I had received a call from the service folks and the "fix" was actually very simple, and the chair was working again. I will have to wait until tomorrow to get the carrier off though, as it is just too awkward for me to attempt to do it alone.

Finally, this evening there was a promotional ceremony at Jackie's pre-school and we went over to watch the program, and Jackie's moving along. Jason also had an appointment to attend to so he was still being kept busy. After the ceremony, we took the girl to the Olive Garden, as that is what they asked for. I was okay with that, as I enjoy the food there. We came back home and the girls simply went into their room and played until it was time to go to bed. Linda read them a couple of stories and effectively the day was over for all of us. Obviously Linda and I didn't go right to bed, though Jason did. In fact he was asleep before they were - he had had a very busy day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June9. 2015

This morning started out as normal as any that we have. We got the girls up and Jackie off to her pre-school, and that was that. Stacy managed to stay in her pajamas a little while longer and finally got dressed, so that she could spend some time with Grandma, since she was going to be going to take care of some errands. In the mean time, Jason and I had an appointment with the folks at The Ability Center, where I needed to get the lift system looked at and some possible minor adjustments. When I dropped the van off I made sure to ask that it be ready before the end of the day, since we were going to be needing it tomorrow.

I had put my bike in the back of the van, so that I could ride, to get myself back home. I decided to head over to A1 storage to make a payment, on the way back, and it still provided me a little over 10 miles, with most of it being down hill. Kind of a fun ride, but I have to admit, it wasn't any where near the exercise I really need. As it was, they called about an hour after I got back home, to let me know the van was ready, and I considered that a plus.

Not much else going on, for the rest of the day, until later this evening. Linda picked up Jackie at about 15:00 (3pm) and then we just sort of spent the next several minutes just cleaning up around the place. We had guests coming over, and we kind of like having a clean place for them to visit. It was Tae, and her friend Mel, and we had invited them over for Taco Tuesday. As it turned out, it was one of the best Tuesdays we've had, for Tacos, and it all worked out great. The down side is that Tae and Mel are headed for Texas in a couple of days, and we won't be seeing them for a few months. The positive is that we will be seeing them again, as they plan on coming back for a visit; and, Linda and I may even get a chance to go out to Texas and visit them.

Tomorrow we will be going up to Fallbrook, not only to see the progress of Jason's new house, but to join in with the fun at Nick Kimmel's ground breaking ceremony. It looks like his house has finally been set to get built, and tomorrow is day number 1. This is going to be so much fun, because it will be all about him and we can be spectators for a change. Not sure what else we'll be doing, but I do know that we will be keeping the girls for a little while longer, as we've been asked, again, to keep them with us. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

We got up this morning, with pretty much the usual Monday morning craziness that happens around here, especially when we have the girls with us. This is the final week of school for Jackie, and Stacy is now enjoying her summer vacation. Jackie's class had a "favorite costume" day, and she decided she wanted to go as a Ladybug. Linda had found a ladybug costume a few months ago, and it still does fit, but just barely. Jackie was very happy, and we all went to her class with a very high level of energy and excitement from the girls. Of course Stacy's was simply because she knew she got to walk back home after dropping Jackie off, and that's okay.

After getting back to the house we had a quick breakfast and then Jason and I started to get ready for our trip to the VA. He had an appointment with their Wound Care folks, and as it turned out, I'm glad we went. His wounds have not closed, and in fact they have grown considerably since the last time we were there. The NP (nurse practitioner) was very concerned about the size of the larger of the two and asked us to follow up with the team that is supposed to be providing a seating solution for Jason. She basically spoke to Jason about the need to get them healed, and that he was being very risky by not getting this done. We now have an open door to get to the right people, and the next step is simply going through that "door." Otherwise the visit was good and Jason is doing very well.

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for a new ground breaking ceremony for another wounded warrior, that is coming up in a couple of days; and, then we'll be going to the Gary Sinise Foundation and Lt. Dan Band event over at Hotel Del Coronado on Flag Day. We're looking forward to it, and hope to have a good time just relaxing and enjoying the music, as much as we can. The hotel and GSF is providing a room so that Jason can rest, as we want to give him as much rest as possible. Two days after this event, Jason will be headed to Balboa for his surgery.

This evening was relaxed, and we had a dinner of left overs, and sometimes that is the best dinner. We will be going with our Taco Tuesday, tomorrow, as we are having a couple of friends over to join us. Tae, and her friend are coming, and this is going to be the last dinner we have with Tae, at least for a while; as she is moving to Texas, in a couple of days. We're going to miss her, since she is a great resource for information, as well as being a good friend. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015

Today was a "work" day... again. We are in the midst of beginning our packing for the big move, and there is so much to go through. On the positive side, and there are many positives, Jason has been able to just stay down in the bed for most of the past two days, and that makes us happy. It allows his wounds to get a little more healing in, and that is something that we really need to happen. Each day also brings us closer to the big move, and that is definitely a positive. It is also "forcing" us to go through all our stuff and thus organizing it better. The down side is that we didn't get over to the storage to work on reducing that down. We found out this morning that the girls would be coming over this evening (they're actually here now), and we needed to get a few more things ready for them, than we originally thought. They normally would not have come until Monday morning. The other down is that we didn't get to go to church this morning, and we really do enjoy the time there, as well as the fellowship we enjoy.

As it turned out, I ended up putting in some extra hours on the backyard because Kojak is really starting to get more comfortable here, and is acting more like a puppy - a big puppy - but a puppy none-the-less. Puppies like to play, and they like to chew on things. In his case, he seems to enjoy destroying plants, and doing his best to dig under them. Fortunately all his digging has been away from the fence, so at least that is one less thing to worry about. He has also discovered shoes, and just how great they "taste." Looks like Jason is going to be buying Linda a new pair of tennis shoes, as Kojak ripped through a pair of her shoes. He grabbed a pair of mine, but Jason caught it before he was able to do any damage. That's another thing we've been working on today, "puppy-proofing" the house as best we can - time will tell.

Otherwise, this has been a busy and productive weekend. It seems like we managed to get a great deal accomplished, and there is still a great deal more to be done. Tomorrow we have multiple appointments to get to (Jason and I), and Linda has a few errands to take care of, so we'll all be busy enough. Having the girls with us, is just an added bonus, especially for Linda, as Stacy is going to be spending most of the day with her - school is out for summer. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take car and stay positive.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

Yesterday was a physically taxing day, with me moving more boxes and things than I have had to do in quite a long time. As a result of that I was quite tired by the time I got to bed, and with that I slept pretty soundly. That is, until about 06:00 this morning, when Linda woke and said she was getting up. She had plans on getting up to a memorial, in Vista. She was asked to attend as a member of Blue Star Mothers, and she was going to meet up with one or two other members to show support for the family. As it turned out, it was a very nice memorial/funeral - the kind I think I'd like to have. Most of the men were dressed in Aloha shirts and they basically celebrated the man's life. When I go I want to have the people enjoying themselves and remembering the good times.

Anyway, I drove Linda up to Vista, and since Vista is relatively close to Fallbrook, I decided to take my bike with us, and while Linda was there I would be out doing a little exploring of the Fallbrook area. I got in a 17 mile ride, and found that from our house on Ramona Dr. I had to ride about seven miles to get to a significant part of Fallbrook. Once there I spent a couple of miles just riding around looking at different places, and finding out that Fallbrook is very much like Livermore was, a couple of decades ago. A bid difference though is that Fallbrook has lots of hills, and there is a significant climb just to get to the town center. Coming back home was much easier and at one point, while going back down the main hill, I was doing almost 40 mph - quite exciting.

After I got back to the house I rested a bit and ate some oranges, and waited to hear from Linda. When she called, about an hour later, I took off to go pick her up and then we decided to get in touch with Anthony and Angelica, to see their new home. They literally just moved in a few days ago. The new house is very nice, and it is such a great step for the two of them, as they had been renting prior to this, and now they OWNED their own place. It is a great feeling to own your own home, and on the other side, moving in can be quite trying... so many boxes and so much to put away. Something we get to look forward to in just a couple of months.

Tomorrow we need to spend some time over at our storage units, and won't be able to go to church. We have two units that we need to condense down to just one unit, and it has to be done in the next few days. Either that or we have to pay for another month of rent, and we'd rather not have to do that. It has been a busy few days, and it really feels pretty good because we're getting things done. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015

Busy day today - We got up a little prior to 07:00 and actually had to hurry to get ready, as we needed to be over at the girls school. They are not staying with us for the next couple of days, but we wanted to go anyway. Jason got to wear his SF Giants shirt, as it was Jackie's Father's Day sports day for their favorite sports team, and Jackie and Jason are both SF Giants fans (so are Linda and I). It was fun being there and having the kids sing "Take Me Out to The Ball Game" and then we got to look around. This was a special visit as it is going to be the final week for Jackie next week, and then she will be moving on to her new school.

Stacy was involved with yet another program at the same school, and because of what was going on at Jackie's area we didn't get to see the beginning of Stacy's program. Linda was able to see more than Jason and I (she went over ahead of us), but we did get to see her sing with her class and then complete the Kindergarten promotion ceremony. It was fun to watch them all and especially Stacy as she was obviously having a great time. Once all this was done we headed back over to the house, as we had lots of work to do.

When we got home, the first thing we did was have breakfast. It was getting to be a little after 10:00 and we were getting hungry. Actually, Jason had an appointment of sorts. He was heading over to the hospital and was going to be talking with one of the other Wounded Warriors. This other young man was experiencing some tough times and he wanted to talk with Jason. As it turned out I think Jason was the right guy for the task. Jason has a natural ability to calm and help other guys who are having difficulties adjusting.

 After eating we went out to the garage, and asked Jason to park out in the street so that we could use the driveway. The task at hand was to clear the garage and reorganize, as well as identify items we could remove from the garage. Over all, it took about six hours to get all the work done, and the work paid off. The garage looks much better, and there appears to be more room, as well as Linda found a number of boxes of stuff that we have removed - It will be sold, given away, donated or something, over the next several days.

On top of all this, today is David's birthday. Both Linda and I attempted to contact him, as I think Jason did also. He is in Pennsylvania with his family, and I hope they're having a great little vacation. He works very hard to support his family, and we are so very proud of all his continues to do. The rest of the day was simply sitting back and relaxing. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

Another day, that felt like we were very busy getting some loose ends tied up, yet it doesn't feel like we got much accomplished. I did take Jason's truck in, as there were some issues going on with the electrical. As it turned out the Chevy dealership said it was a problem with how the lift system was installed, and not their problem. We are now planning on taking the truck back to Ability Center and having them look at it one more time. Funny part is, last time we were there we asked about the electrical problem, and they took some time to check it out - they said it was a Chevy problem. Guess we'll see what happens next.

Linda spent a big part of the day doing clean up around the house and then the two of us went down to the consignment store to take another piece of property - it was a popcorn popper. They have been the place to go to sell some of the stuff we are no longer going to be needing. This was probably one of the best ideas that Linda came up with, as far as what to do with all the stuff we have. We are hoping to have a bunch of it gone by the time we move in to the new house.

We did do something a little different, and that is just the two of us went down to one of the local restaurants and we had a bowl of clam chowder. It was nice, as we don't get a chance to get out and away, by ourselves, very often and this just sort of happened. We enjoyed watching the water on the Bay, and we actually relaxed and had a quiet conversation - -  well, it was a loud conversation since the place was packed and quite noisy. The chowder was pretty good, too. Thanks, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015

Not much to report on, again, for a second day. We did do a few things, like working on our storage and getting things moving on reducing what we have. We need to get as much down prior to the move, so that we will know that it all fits. We have our remaining possessions from the house in Livermore, and also Jason's possessions, so in affect we are putting two houses into one, and on top of that with the new smart home there is going to be some donated furniture. Because of this we need to be sure that what we have is what we want and need. Linda and I worked for a few hours moving and "inventorying" what is there. Needless to say, we were worn out by this evening, so we decided to just take it easy.

I made a quick dinner, an orange sesame seed chicken and Linda made a wonderful fruit salad. These are foods that Jason really enjoys, and so do we. After dinner we sat down and watched a couple of movies and stayed up too late, but the girls are gone, so we can stay up a little later. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

WOW! Coming into the sixth month of the year, and it seems like it was Christmas just a short while ago.

We woke up early this morning, to the sound of my phone going off. Jason kind of uses it as an intercom when he wants to get some help with something, and early this morning, about 03:30, he needed help with Kojak. Seems Kojak had had an accident in the house, and unfortunately when he did, it prevented Jason from taking care of it himself. Actually, Kojak has only had a couple of accidents in the house, and considering that he is a puppy, and not yet quite house trained, that's pretty good. Even more impressive is the fact that Jason has been able to clean up after him, with this time being the exception. I have to admit I wasn't too happy about getting up, and even more interesting was the fact that it took me awhile to figure out it was my phone that was ringing. I just sort of stared at it for a few seconds before I realized I needed to answer it - I was very asleep when he called.  I came down and took care of it in a matter of a few minutes, and was back in bed well before 04:00, and managed to get back to sleep, just a little before we had to get up.

I got up, and did my best to not disturb Linda, she has been working really hard organizing and repacking and made my way down stairs. Fortunately both girls were already up, and it wasn't even 07:00 yet. They were in bed with their Daddy, and all were having a great time watching some sort of cartoon on the screen. I had to solicit Jason's assistance, and we managed to get the girls back to their room, where I started to help them get dressed and ready for school. I guess I was working about five or six minutes when Linda came into the room. I was totally surprised and very happy to see her. This allowed me to get back out to the kitchen and she took over in their room - I was sweating having to brush and do something with their hair - I really don't have a strong ability to braid hair, and invariably, that's what they want. Linda/Grandma, is very good at it.

Breakfast and lunches is where I excel, and the girls were soon sitting down eating their breakfast and I was finishing up their lunches. Soon we had the girls off to school and we were all walking over to St. Charles Borromeo. This is their last week there, and we're all going to be missing our morning walks to school and being able to great so many familiar faces and friends. As soon as we got back to the house, Jason and I had to eat our breakfasts and then off to the appointment at the hospital.

The appointment was a little late, mostly due to the computer systems not functioning. We did get in to see the doctors at a reasonable time, though it caused a ripple affect by delaying us for the next appointment, up at the house in Fallbrook. The hospital visit was to get the final schedule for Jason's upcoming operation, and to allow us, and the doctors, to go over anything that was still unsure or sitting as a question in our mind. As it was, the operation is set for June 16th, and I think all our questions were answered. Dr. Pothula was great, and has a wonderful way of working with his patients. He gave us his personal phone number to be sure we could get in touch with him, if anything come up. Most doctors don't do that.

Our next stop was at Wells Fargo, where Jason banks, to get some business taken care of, and that only lasted about 10 minutes, then we were off to Fallbrook. We were a later than we wanted, but at least we were now moving up that way. There was a special piece of equipment going in, and they wanted Jason to be there for the install, just in case there was a question or an adjustment had to be made. Fortunately the installers had the time to be flexible, and it all worked out. They had the install done and we were all very happy with how it came out. The other big plus is that this visit allowed Jason to go through the house and see some of the progress that Linda and I had seen, and the house is moving along very nicely.

We headed back down to San Diego, and we were both getting hungry. The drive down was easy and without incident, the way I like it. I made lunch for Jason and I, and as I was making lunch Linda came in from the errands she had been working on. Since I was involved with making the lunches she said she would go pick up Stacy, as Jackie would be picked up an hour later. The rest of the day was pretty relaxed and "normal", or whatever you would like to call it. We had sliders for dinner, and the girls were thrilled, since those are one of their favorite foods, and I was happy since they're easy to make.

Stacy worked on homemade cards (I kind of call them memory cards, as they are to be given to her friends so that they remember her and she wanted to give them her new address in Fallbrook), to hand out to the kids in the class. Linda had been running around getting all the stuff for them, today (her errands I mentioned earlier), and the two of them finished them up tonight. The girls got to go play for a little while, and then that was the end of the day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.