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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015

Jason has spent almost two full days, without the wound-vac, and I think he has been quite happy about it. The reason I removed the vac is because we are out of a specific piece, that is important for the wound-vac to work properly, without damaging any of the good tissue. We'll have that material again tomorrow, and he'll probably have to wear the vac again. He has an appointment tomorrow, and they'll take a look. Personally I think it is looking pretty good, though it has a ways to go to be able to be considered healed.

The girls came home from school yesterday, and Jackie was so very tired. Stacy wasn't anywhere near as tired, though she wasn't full of energy either. We were just glad to have them back home, and Linda had them go to bed a little earlier than usual, and I didn't get them up this morning, until I had to. Tonight, they are doing much better and I think they feel better. The challenge is that we won't see them again, after they go to school in the morning, until Friday afternoon.

My job has been keeping me VERY busy, and that has been a little extra strain on me. I think we'll get used to it in a couple of months, we just have to work our way through this. I feel kind of bad, in that when I'm tired I really am not putting forth the best effort, and producing the best product. Seems funny, thinking about the 1990's as the "Good Old Days," but that has passed through my mind, a few times. We were much younger then and we were doing great, and in general, the world was doing much better than it is today. If I recall, back in the 19th century (before my time), they had the "Gay 90's" and in the 20th century we had our "Gay 90's"... I wonder, does that mean the world will have to wait until the 2090's to have good times again... I hope not.

Things are going well right now, and we're making progress around the house. The garage is getting put into better shape; Jason's truck was just serviced and is operating quiet well. The van is now in for its service maintenance so all we have left to do is get our little Fusion in and all vehicles will be ready for another run around town. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24, 2015

An excellent day for getting some things done, and clearing out a portion of the garage. We were up very early and right after breakfast Linda and I were working on the garage. We want to be able to have at least the one side open for Jason to be able to park his truck inside the garage. There is just so much stuff that it is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Thanks, to the efforts put forth today, we made some excellent progress, and I'd say that maybe in another week or so we'll have that goal accomplished.

Jason also had some friends over, Joselynn and her son Bobby, and they helped Jason work on a few things he wanted to get done. Actually, the big thing he wanted done was to get his guns cleaned and right now I think Bobby is the only one he feels comfortable doing this. It was good to see them any way. We were all done by about 17:30, and felt very tired. Tomorrow I don't plan on working too much on the garage, but I'm sure I'll get some time in. Linda does plan on doing a little more, so I know she'll try to get it finished.

The rest of the day, the evening was relaxed and we just sat back and watched a movie, we also had dinner, as I fixed some pork chops and baked potatoes. We are still anxiously wait for Jason to be able to do more, so we'll just have to be patient. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015

Did a dressing change on Jason today, and the wound is looking better. I felt compelled to say that right up front, because the rest of the story looked a little rough. It was a busy day for us, and we were moving about as fast as we could, to deal with all the different issues and things coming at us. I had made a couple of appointments for Linda and I to go see the optometrist and found out that my eyes are still in pretty good shape, though I do need to wear reading glasses. I passed 60, more than a couple of years ago, so I'm happy that my eyes are as good as they are. My distance vision is still pretty good, so I am still listed as 20/20. Linda, on the other hand still has her need for glasses, and so he wrote up a prescription for her, and she is getting some cool looking glasses - sun glasses, actually, as she can use them for driving, and she almost always wears sunglasses when she drives.

We're trying to put together a small get away for the two of us, for our 40th anniversary. I've been able to secure a place we both like, and I think I've found somebody who will be able to come in and help support Jason while we are out. If we can't find somebody, then we don't go. I spoke with Jon (that's all I'll call him for now) today, and he has a medical background and training, so it could be a perfect fit. He would come over with his wife and either stay here while we're out, or drive back and forth from his home in Oceanside, to here.

Like I said, I did a dressing change for Jason and he is looking much better. The concern I had was the amount of blood that came from the wound. He normally doesn't bleed that much, and there was some definite irritation on his skin from the bandages that have been used. The trouble is that because of the wound-vac we have to treat his wound care this way. He did feel a great deal better after  his shower, though, and that is a very good thing.

Not much more happening, so I'll close for now. Tomorrow we might be going over to a neighbor's house - one of the new people we've met, since moving in. If we do, we won't be staying long, but we want to cultivate new friendships so that we can get to feeling more like we are really at home. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

The day started out without much difference, as Linda got the girls off to school, while I stayed at the house with Jason, and worked. I work from home and that makes it a little easier to balance our work-life situations. Linda came back from the school and shortly thereafter she was getting ready to go out with Jason, to his medical appointments.

The medical appointments were good, and they did find out that Jason is healing, but there was also a concern expressed, by his doctor that more needed to be accomplished with getting adequate seating for Jason. We are working with the team at Cal Poly, and we feel they are doing their best to provide a solid solution for Jason, but we also don't want that to be an excuse or distraction for the VA and keep them from doing what they can to provide a good seat for Jason. Bottom line is that he, Dr. Sheu called the VA and he is continuing a dialog with them, so that they don't "sit back." Linda and I need to step up our vigilance to keep the folks at the VA focused, as well.

Today, since the girls are not with us for the next several days (5 days), Linda and I decided to go out to dinner. Loretta had come over, and she came along with us, and it was nice being able to just sit back and relax and talk, and not have to worry about the meal. Jason did not come, as he had been up way too long, with the medical appointments, so he wanted to remain down, and quite frankly, I was in total agreement with him. We came back from dinner, and we got to come in the new gated entrance, and it was pretty cool. Everything worked just like it was supposed to, so we felt pretty good about the entire evening.

One of the reasons that Loretta had come over was so that she and Linda could work on going through more of the boxes in the garage. We have way too much to go through, and it will probably be another year (maybe more) before we have the garage completely free of "move" stuff. In the mean time, the two of them will continue to work on the boxes - tonight they went through five more boxes. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

Another interesting day, and one that ended with a very nice visit from some friends of ours. It started out, very much like many other days and progressed upward from there. The girls were at school on time, and Linda was taking care of the house. George was at work and Jason was playing one of his favorite video games and bouncing around on Face Book. This is how many of our days begin, and I guess we can expect to see many more of them.

An early arrival at the house was the two guys who were to finish working on the entry gate to Jason's property. The gates are looking very good and both the fence and the gates compliment each other. The two installers were here for the better part of today, and when they left the gate was working. It wasn't doing everything they had basically promised, but it was close, and like I said, the gate is now functional. The big issue missing is the connection to our phone system. It is supposed to be that when someone comes up, that doesn't know Jason's code, they can simply call in from the intercom box, by the gate, and we can open the gate from the phone. Because we're stuck with DSL the communications is a little more tricky so we have to have our communications guys here also, so that they can work together. I really do wish we had something better than DSL. They will come back once I have both parties coordinated to show up, here, at about the same time.

We also had a visit from TJ, of MLA (the contractor who built the house) and Kurt, the project coordinator/manager from Carrington, who was helping to insure the project was on time. Anyway, they came over to let us know that Home Depot had awarded a grant (the Gary Sinise Foundation had applied for the grant) for some outdoor items and we need to pick out what we would like. The only challenge is that what we can order has to be done quickly, so that it can be here by November 10, and we hadn't even had a chance to look at the choices, at that point. Fortunately, they came prior to the girls coming, so both Linda and I could focus on the discussion, and there was plenty of that. Working with Jason, Linda and I were able to come up with some suggestions, and it looks like we're going to be receiving a few more things for the house. If I understand it correctly, it looks like the  Home Depot grant is available for only a few of the houses, and we feel fortunate to be one of the recipients.

Finally, this evening we had two more visitors, Stephanie Lanier and Mike Shlitz (a Wounded Warrior) whom we got to meet some time back, and they wanted to come by and visit with Jason. Stephanie works for the Gary Sinise Foundation, and does a lot of the event coordination and planning. Mike tours the country, speaking as a motivational speaker, and is also a GSF Ambassador, and helps the foundation out where he can. It was really great to have them come by and spend some time with Jason, and they were able to even stay for dinner. We all sat around the main table with Jason sitting at the head of the table. Seeing as how today is Tuesday, that means we know already what dinner is going to be ... It's Taco Tuesday! Stephanie and Mike were able to stay for a few hours and we felt blessed to have them visit. As it was, Stephanie was our first guest to drive through the new gates. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015

Today was one of those days where you kind of sit back and say to yourself, "What happened with the day today?" It was a very busy day for all of us, and before we realized it, it was over, and I wasn't really sure what was accomplished. How can a day be so busy and it felt like not much happened?

The day started with us getting up at a little after 06:00 and then getting the girls moving. I can usually get out of the bedroom faster than Linda, so I went down and woke the two sleeping beauties, and within a few minutes, probably no more than three, Linda was making sure they were still getting out of bed, and starting to get ready for school. While she did that I got Jason something to eat. Right after that I went to work.

Work was spent on the same tasks and challenges we've had for the past several weeks, and that is to get a program moving and off the ground, for the client - in this case, the VA. The great thing about doing this with the team, is that we support each other and help each other with all the different things we need to work on.

Tonight Jason was going to be making dinner, then decided that he wasn't ready to be up that much, and gave the instructions to Linda, on what he wanted to do. He calls it his Tater-tot casserole, and I have to admit, it does taste pretty good. My personal taste is that I like to put some Cholula on it to give it a little more punch - but that's me. After dinner, we put the girls to bed and then Linda and I did something we often don't get a chance to do, and that is simply relax and talk. No one asking us for anything, and Jason had fallen asleep already. It was very nice. Not too much happened after that and we are just about ready to hit the sack ourselves. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18, 2015

I nice relaxed day. So relaxed, in fact that we didn't get up until quite late. I am typically up by 07:15, even on the weekend, and today that stretched out to 09:15. I guess we just needed to get some sleep and it felt pretty good. Of course it threw our schedule completely off, and we didn't get to church, as we were already late. Linda did make it to her Blue Star Mothers meeting, but all-in-all, I think it was okay. Obviously we needed to rest, and we finally did.

The girls and I walked the entire property today, just looking at plants and different things. I picked up a few things that the fence people left behind, and that was a little disappointing, though at least now I know it has been picked up. The girls were very excited to walk it with me, and to get a better idea of just how big Daddy's yard is, and to have a better understanding of how it is all laid out. The property on our left is occupied and looking nice, and the lot on our right is still totally open.

The one bit of unexpected excitement was when my phone stopped working. I went down to Sprint and upgraded, and it went smoother than expected. The new phone is a droid or Samsun S6, and it is supposed to be a better phone, and camera. I need to get all the data transferred from the old phone to the new one, and that might prove to be a challenge. The guys at Sprint gave me some ideas, so I'll work on that tomorrow.

The evening was spent with us doing some cleaning and just enjoying each other's company. Linda fixed a  very nice chicken dinner, and then the girls got their dessert. Jason took his shower, and I did a dressing adjustment - I can't say change, because most of it remained the same. I just needed to adjust some parts so that the wound-vac could continue to function. The good news is that it is looking better, and we will continue to work to get it to improve even more. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

A nice relaxed day here at the Ross household. I got up a little earlier than the rest of the house, though it was still after 07:30. Yes, I actually slept in a little. I probably would have slept/rested a little longer, but I wanted to get out for a bike ride. Something I haven't done in a few months or so. I needed to find all my stuff, though I basically knew where it was, and do a little minor adjustments on the bike and make sure the tires were full. I did walk the house and woke up the girls. Jason was already awake, and Linda had gotten up a little while after I did. Then I was out the door and on my ride.

The ride was short - about 5 miles, and all of it hills. Fallbrook has lots of hills and some of them are actually pretty steep. I met one of the folks along the way, who doesn't live too far from us. He has been living here for about 50 years, and is also a bike rider. He told me of a few trails and said that the hills could be tough, but that was part of the benefit of riding here. We talked for about 5 minutes and then I was off, headed up the rest of the way, up the hill I was on at the time.

The only other thing we did was to take the girls to go get some shoes at Stride Rite, and was I surprised. Both of them are growing fast. Stacy has gotten out of children's sizes and now wears a 1-1/2 and Jackie is right at 13 in children's size. It was a bit of a family adventure, though Jason wasn't able to come with us. We were gone for about an hour or so, and then the rest of the day we were at home.

One of the interesting things we saw, when we returned was a hole, very close to the house, that looks like it might have been made by a ground squirrel or some other rodent. I'm going to be attempting to catch it tomorrow, and then see if I can encourage it to live somewhere else. I really don't want to have to deal with a bunch of holes in the yard, and have to concern myself with people spraining their ankles or worse. I have to admit though, we were aware of the rodent populations around here, they even have a "Gopher Canyon" not too far from here (about 6 miles).

Tomorrow should be another good day to relax - though Linda has to take care of some Blue Star Mothers responsibilities. The rest of us will be staying home, and taking care of things around here, after we get home from Church. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015

Okay, we have two weeks until Halloween. I guess we're going to need to see what we can do about putting some decorations up, though I honestly don't expect to see any kids come to the house. Jason has a gate on the entrance now, so coming up would be a bit of a challenge, to say the least. I don't think he is attempting to isolate the property, just establishing some security for the family, and especially his girls. Also, on the plus side is the gate and fence that will soon be in place, really does look nice.

We didn't do much today, other than the normal stuff around the house, and I went to work, at my bedroom desk. Linda got her plantation shutters installed today, and they look very nice. Actually the installer did it while I was "at work," and he didn't bother the conference call that I was on, at all. He was in and out in a matter of just a few minutes. I got to see him do a little of the work, and it was obvious he had done this before.

Another thing that we did was to go to Joe's Hardware, a locally owned, and independent, hardware store, to pick up some parts for the sprinklers. While there Linda and the girls looked at Fall decorations and before we left she took our picture, by one of the Fall displays - the three of us have our heads in the "pumpkin" cut outs. The girls enjoyed it and I did too.

Jason had a shower today, and I did a complete change out of the wound-vac dressing. The wound continues to improve, though it has a ways to go. I'm going to stand by my two to three weeks of the wound-vac, though I'm concerned it might go a little longer. I'm hoping that Jason can get a few more visitors to drop by, as that helps. He has been getting a few each week, and that helps, I just want to see it continue. The other thing we're continuing with is finding another health aid for Jason. The one we thought we had, suddenly had to stop, so we're back at square one, and interviewing. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015

Today was like so many other days, with Linda getting the girls up and ready for school (I helped a little), while I was working. I actually got up at about 04:30 and was on the phone with my team lead before 05:00. He is on the East Coast, so it wasn't particularly early for him, it just happened to be the best time for us to get together to discuss the project we are working on. I'm enjoying being involved with working again, but I am also starting to recognize that I don't bounce back like I did when I was in my 20's and 30's (I wonder what happened??? :-))

Anyway, Linda got the girls off to school and they will be gone for a couple of days now, and then we'll have them for another 5-day period. It seems very strange not having them around now, we've gotten so used to them being here. Even Jason's dogs seem to be looking for them, when they walk around the house.

Jason had his regular appointment with Wound Care, at Balboa Hospital, and the news was just as I expected, that he would be wearing the Wound-Vac for another week, and probably next week as well. The good news is that things continue to heal, and the left side has remained closed up. Getting out is a big plus for Jason, as he spends all that time in bed. I'm just glad that the internet provides so much diversion for him. He can only watch so much TV and play video games. It is a long slow process, but it is at least making progress. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

Because I haven't posted in a couple of days, I figured I better get something out there. It will be short, as I have to get up early, but at least it is a minimum update.

Linda and I were at the Carrington Golf Classic, in Newport Coast at the Pelican Resort. We went for a couple of days - well, almost two full days, and had a nice relaxed time. We were asked to come, so that I could speak to the folks there, and give them a brief glimpse of Jason's story, and it was well received. While there I did relax a little and Linda got a full Spa day.

While there Jason was being attended to by Joselynn, who stayed at the house with him, for the two days. He relaxed and really didn't do too much, other than what he would normally do, right now, and that is play video games and watch some TV. We're hoping that the continued resting and staying down is going to be the key to his healing, and so far it seems to be working. Not much more to report on right now, so thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

A quick catch up for yesterday, is that the installers, building the rest of the fence around the property, and installing the gate have made some progress. The entry gate is going to look really cool, and as friendly as a gate can be, I guess. The rest of the fence is pretty much the same as the other fence that Jason had installed, just not as tall, only six feet, around the property. One other thing about the gate is the sign that Jason wanted set on one of the pillars. Jason received the sign from our friend, and fellow Marine, Tim Kirk. I need to take a picture of it, so I can show you how it looks.

He did have a couple of visitors last night, from the group that helps with the training of the service dogs. They brought dinner by and stayed to visit with Jason for a while. It was a nice change of pace for him, and the best part was that the husband was a former EOD tech, and is still a Marine, so he and Jason had more to talk about. I think it was as good for Byron (the husband) as it was for Jason. Otherwise we worked around the house and Linda was able to get some shopping done.

Today was a little different, as Linda took off early this morning to go to a Blue Star Mothers meeting, and was gone until about 14:30 (2:30pm). This meant that it was Jason and I, all to ourselves, which means not too much was done around the house, until Linda got back home. As it was I had a number of tasks to get done, and focused on those and Jason was also able to focus on taking care of a couple of things, and also play a video game or two.

One of the other things we did yesterday was watch Lethal Weapon 2, since we watched the original movie, Lethal Weapon, Thursday night. Tonight we watched Lethal Weapon 3, and it was as crazy as the other two were, and very typical of the exploding cars and car chases, and don't forget the shoot outs as well as explosions. The real fun though, has been to watch the development of technology,as the theme gets a little older. The first one, was made in the early 1980's and it even had a "cell-phone", that they carried around, sometimes. It was huge! This last one, Lethal Weapon 3, the cell phones were of the 1990's versions. A bit smaller, but still kind of bulky in comparison to today's cell phones. I guess I'm still a geek at heart and I just enjoy looking at that kind of stuff.

Jason and I watched some programs together, while Linda was gone, and it was good to be able to just relax and talk about the different stuff that was being shown. It ranged from geological tectonics to astronomical ideas about how the planets are moving at very high speeds away from each other, or towards each other, depending on the scenario. It is almost falling back into that comfortable feeling of just being together, and forgetting about the injuries for a little while.

Dinner tonight was a bit of a catchall, leftovers kind of night. Jason ended up having some burritos, from the turkey and beans we had cooked up and then I had the rest of Jason's soup. I also had one burrito, and Linda had two burritos, and we were able to eliminate most of the leftovers. All-in-all it has been a nice evening. Thank you, for your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 9, 2015

Got up this morning and was already to be on a call within a few minutes, okay, several minutes - it was about 06:20, and then I remembered there was a call scheduled for 06:00 - I was already late for the call and I hadn't yet booted my system. By the time I was able to join the call it was in full swing and I managed to "sneak" in quietly. We, the team, completed the call and the client was happy. I was able to engage in part of the conversation, and actually be a part of the call. Once the call was over, the client got off the and the team remained on, and we stayed on for almost another 90 minutes. I was very happy that Linda was there to help get Jason his breakfast before having to take off for her appointments and errands.

Jason was up a couple of times today, and even has a good conversation with a couple of the contractors, still working around the property. He is having an entry gate put in, along with fencing the rest of the property. The progress is very good, and they should be done in less than a week, and we'll have it so the dogs can move around a little more. I'm sure Jason won't want them out front still, but its nice to know that with the fence we'll have a little more security.

When I helped Jason with his shower and did the dressing change, it was one of the easiest I've had the opportunity to do. Typically I set aside an hour to do everything, from start of the shower, changing of the sheets on his bed, to addressing the needs of the wound care; and, it usually takes close to that amount of time, plus or minus a few minutes. Today, it was like it took maybe closer to 40 minutes, and everything worked very smoothly.

Jason has a meeting set up with the teachers and the administration from the girls school and they are coming to the house to talk with him. The cool part about this is because of Linda's efforts, this is happening. She went and let then know that they had an obligation to speak with a dad who is interested in his kids education, and the fact that he could not come to them, they needed to come to him. The principle agreed and now it is happening... Way to go Linda! Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

Yesterday was a busy day for us, as I had to work a few extra hours to get some things done that we needed for a presentation today. I think I got to bed at about 23:30 (11:30), and then back up at 06:15 this morning. Linda has been taking care of the house and the girls and also working crazy hours, and we both need a break. I'm looking at next year, after the first of the year, before things are going to slow down a little.

We also had a nice visit from a couple we've gotten to know, over the past couple of years. Dan and Kelly came by, and stayed for a nice little visit. They actually came while we were out, with the girls getting them jackets, and spent some time with Jason. I thought that was very good, as it gave Jason something else to do, rather than just play video games, and it allowed him a chance to visit with some friends that we only get to see a few times a year. Well, actually, we'll be seeing them more often now, as they told us they were moving to Fallbrook. They've already secured a place to stay, and they should be moved in, in a matter of a few weeks.

I was just thinking that what I just wrote might have sounded a little harsh on Jason, but the reality is that he is putting forth a great deal of effort to get himself healed up. In fact Linda and I were talking about what he goes through, by just staying in bed. He could be up and moving around, but he knows that it would not be good for the wounds, so he stays down. I don't think I could do what he does, and not get grouchy or go crazy. He is an amazing young man.

Today, like I said, we were up a little after 6:00, and I went to get the girls up and moving, while Linda took a little time to get herself ready. Its kind of the pattern we've developed, since Linda has to be ready to go out with the girls and take them to school and I only have to sit in front of a computer - it doesn't matter what I look like. The sad part about this morning was that the girls will be gone for the next 5-days, and it is really going to be strange around here without them.

Tonight Linda went with our friend, Loretta, to go shopping and to spend a little "girl time" together. For fun they went to Costco and spent some time just wandering around the store. Okay, maybe not "wandering", but they did buy a few things. They were back home at about 20:00 (8pm) and then I got to help unload the car. That was pretty much the day.

Well, tomorrow is going to be another exciting day, and I am hoping that I get a chance to maybe get out side and do a few things around the house. The yard has a bunch of new plant growth in some areas, and I want to get rid of it, before it gets too big. It looks like tumble-weed, and that stuff is really bad to have to deal with, once it starts growing. The weather looks to be nice for the next couple of days, then it might start to rain again. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015

The daily grind is continuing and surprisingly, it is beginning to feel like it is the normal flow of things, and we get to the end of the day and we don't feel totally wiped out. The "we" I'm speaking of is Linda and I, and we are developing a nice team approach to everything we are doing, then again, it is almost necessary, for us to survive. The girls are doing well, and seem very happy to be here with us, and they are getting to spend more and more time with their daddy, and Jason is really enjoying it. I think  moving to this new home has been better than we ever imagined, and it is going to be where Jason finds his new purpose in life, besides being the girl's daddy.

Linda got the girls off to school and I was involved with work for most of the day. I did get out of the "office" a few times and took care of Jason's needs - usually more water. He goes through more water than just about anyone else around. He must drink at least a gallon a day, and probably more. The reason he drinks so much is because of the medicines he takes, and I think he just likes water anyway.
Linda fixed him and the girls lunch, though not at the same time, and I fixed dinner. Breakfast we kind of work together, when I can help.

Tonight we had chicken and rice with some steamed veggies, and then apple pie for dessert, along with ice cream of course. After dinner we relaxed a little and I even received a phone call from my brother Charlie - well, he actually called just prior to dessert. It was good to hear from him, as I had not for the past couple of months. I was hoping that he would get a chance to come down sometime this year, but it is starting to look like next Spring will be as soon as he can get here.

Anyway, as Linda got the girls ready for bed and a story, I was helping Jason with his shower and a dressing change. The wound-vac continues to do its job, and the healing is moving. It is a slow process, and we just have to be patient. This coming Sunday and Monday, Linda and I will be taking a couple of days to ourselves, as we have been invited to an event up at Dana Point. We will be speaking to a crowd of people there and sharing our story about Jason and how it has affected the entire family. This is an annual event, put on by the Carrington Charitable Foundation, as one of their major fund raisers, so they can support the Gary Sinise Foundation, and other support organizations. Hope we can get through it without getting too emotional. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 4, 2015

Today turned out to be a pretty good day. I woke up and found that it was still wet outside from an earlier rain. Linda was still sleeping, and I didn't want to bother her, so I got up and walked out of our bedroom, and saw a bit of a mess. First a little back ground on what happened. Jason had purchased a "Dogie-Door" for the dogs, and I only just recently installed it (about a week ago). Both dogs are very comfortable with it now and go in and out of his bedroom and the backyard very frequently. Well, as you might expect with a fresh rain, there is also some fresh mud, and Kojak found it. Gracie is the type that won't go out in to the rain, unless she absolutely has to, and then come right back when she is done. Kojak, on the other hand, seems to enjoy it very much and when he came back in he left trails all over the place, of where he had been, in the house. So, as a result, one of the first things I did was to start cleaning up the floor. It really didn't take too long, probably no more than 1/2 an hour, and it was quite work.

Jason was awake and I think he was enjoying the rain, as we haven't really had much in the past several months, so this was kind of nice. Along with cleaning up after the dogs I also took down the umbrella, from the patio, and put it in the garage, and then took down the flags, as Jason didn't want to leave them out, in case it began to rain again (which it did a bit later). After getting all that done I ran down to the store to pick up some eggs, so that I could fix the pancake and eggs breakfast I had promised the girls.

The rest of the day was just sitting around having a nice relaxed time, enjoying the weather and each other's company. The girls all got up a little later than usual (they had stayed up late last night) and Linda was needing some extra sleep, as she is dealing with a little bug or something. She was feeling better by this evening, so I think the extra sleep and just kicking back was good for her, too.

The real surprise today, though, was that Jason decided to fix dinner, and then right after, he stayed out and had dinner with us, at the table. Jason sat at the head of the table with Stacy and Jackie on each side. You could tell the girls were very excited and happy to have Daddy sitting with them. AND, he said grace before we ate. We haven't had Jason say grace in a long time. And for those who are wondering - Dinner was Jason's soup. It was excellent, as usual and this time he made enough that we have some left over. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015

A very nice day that started with a breakfast of French Toast, and as per usual, we ate nearly the entire loaf of Texas Toast. The surprising part was that Stacy ate more than Jackie, and usually it is the other way around, and on top of that Linda didn't eat anything. She was busy getting things ready for the Picture People, as we were heading that direction right after breakfast - and so we did.

Once we were at the photo place, we didn't have to wait too long, and we were soon in with a photographer who has a great deal more patience than I do, when it comes to that sort of thing. Jackie is still a very active 5-year old, who thought of the session as a great game and she wanted to play. Of course the photographer is used to working with all kinds of kids and so Jackie was actually pretty easy for her, and Stacy was even better. Stacy does pretty much exactly what you ask her to do, and then she'll hold the position as long as you need her to.

Once the session was over Linda wanted to wait, rather than have to drive back down later. This was okay, because the girls had seen a small train on the third level of the mall, and so while Linda waited at the store I took them up to go for a ride on the "train." It was a neat little set of linked cars that pulled around by an engine that I think is gas powered, though I may be mistaken. When the ride was over we went and had a little snack and then back to the photo store where Linda was viewing the pictures, and almost done. We didn't have to wait too long and then we were out the door, headed back to the van (we rode in the van to the mall). We drove home and then made lunch for everybody.

After lunch it was time for a nap (brain rest) and everybody took some time to relax. We were expecting some guests (Glenn and Anne Pickette) were coming for dinner tonight. They are the wonderful people who took care of Candy and Pumpkin while we lived in Pt. Loma. They came over and we had lasagna and it was very good. They had gone to an Italian restaurant that they liked and now we have one that we're going to be checking out more. Dinner was very good and nice to have some one spend the time with Jason too.

We all went out side to take a look at the stars for a short while and hoped to see an iridium flair, but for whatever reason we didn't see it. Perhaps it was still too early in the day, as it wasn't quite dark yet. Anyway, shortly after that we came back in and sat down to watch Scooby-Doo with the girls, because the Pickettes had brought the movie with them, specifically for the girls. It was a silly movie, about chasing monsters and bad guys, and the girls loved it.

Once that was over it was time for the girls to get to bed and then once that was done the Pickettes needed to get back home, and so the day was pretty much done. It has been a good relaxed day, and we actually managed to clean up a few things. Tomorrow I expect to see less activity, though you never really know what to expect. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayer. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015

I know there are a number of folks out there who like to read this, on a regular basis. There really hasn't been much change, other than a new gate going up, in front of the house. It will probably be completed in a few days, depending on how long it takes the concrete to dry. Otherwise, Jason is doing well, and continuing to heal. The girls are spending lots of time with us, and are doing well in school. Linda is taking them to the Picture People, tomorrow (I'm going along to help where I can) to get some good pictures for our enjoyment. I'm kind of tired right now because we stayed up and watched Casper the Friendly Ghost with the girls, and now I'm ready for bed (I was up later because of catching up on emails, after the movie). Look for more of a post tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.