One day last week, we had to make a trip to the VA Clinic so George could provide a urine sample. It’s a new rule at the VA and will be a regular twice a year as long as he is taking narcotics, due to some (a few?) of those receiving opiates for pain control selling their meds. I wonder how much of that is due to the displaced, jobless, homeless situation of far too many veterans?
One day I was so wiped by the heat I didn’t have the oomph to put up my hair off my neck so George did it for me. He had never before offered to do anything with my hair.
I am hoping the coming weekend isn’t a disaster. It is the Mt Shasta 4th walk/run for which the radio club does the usual “health and welfare” thing. Temperatures are due to be over 100°. I will wear white and a straw hat, keep a bottle (or two) of water in hand, stay in any shade available as much as possible, and hope things aren’t as hot as they are predicting.
We were finally able to meet with a neurologist to discuss George’s back. Seems his case is textbook for folks our age … initial injury followed by no discomfort for several days followed by SEVERE pain followed by medication and tincture of time followed by optimal healing followed by continued caution and a return to as near normal as possible.
However, there are always things at which to smile. As we started up the KBar hill on the way home, this is what we saw. No idea who or why … but no one can say Hammond Ranch doesn’t provide conveniences.
My backyard living space is blessed. There is a Bufo living in and near the pond.
SCOTUS … interesting group … some members really understanding and using the law, others interested in bending the law to support individual opinions. Thomas, who is not a criminal because of a previous “marriage” decision, voting against the same privilege for others. Scalia throwing a tantrum and trying to ridicule. Roberts waffling in re states’ rights. Alito mixing the (Christian?) requirement for procreation with blame for unwed mothers.
In spite of some of the Justices (interesting title), sometimes they get it right.
A young niece, who has a three-year-old, said it quite well when she said she hopes that someday, when he is grown, her son will wonder why there was all the fuss over something so basic.
Individual choice is the key. I decide for me. You decide for you.
We may suggest and show by example, but not demand.
Oh well …
Lock me up for a loony?
When I go to the backdoor and look up, here’s what I see …
and I may have shared this before. It is the view from our hydro intake. I think it is worth sharing again.
This year the season of the flying spiders has come early. Usually it is August before the babies take off at the end of a silken thread to fly as far as possible. There was a time when small children and I would lie on our backs at the edge of a tree cluster to watch the spider kites sparkle in the light.
Memories of those adventures with the children are precious, and I still enjoy the sight.
The catalpa and the campion and the mock orange are in bloom. Lovely …
and herbs are drying … comfrey, yarrow, all heal, dream wort, mullein, fever few, chamomile, sage, oregano, mint … with thyme, lavender, St John’s wort, other mints, and some additional others left to go.
And finally for this week, here’s an abridged statement from a friend (abridgement not meant to demean his belief system, but to include all others) …
[Each] morning, as I wake, I take a moment to say Good Morning, Thank You. I know some may think me nuts, that’s ok. I have found … Love [is] stronger in my life today more than ever. I know I will be Happy if I allow my self to accept it. I have found Happiness is simply a by product of doing the next right thing in pursuit of worthwhile goals. I hope you will come along for the ride, I will do my best to make it fun and interesting. I hope you enjoy and have an adventurous life, step out on that limb, take a chance, know [the Creator] will not fail thee.
Thank you, Tony.
Bless us all !
… so, ’til next week …