Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Deck Chairs, Death, & Surgery

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From the title you can tell it's been another busy week.
First I tackled the job of replacing the fabric on the deck chairs that were given to us by Wilma's sister Connie. She had replace the fabric once before and didn't want to do it again.
Now I'm no seamstress by a long shot. Never even plugged in the sewing machine. First off I had to get out the instruction booklet to familiarize myself with this machine. Then how to install the thread, load the bobbin, install the bobbin, yada yada yada... This process took 2 hours alone!
OK, I think I understand how to make that needle go up and down.
Now comes the scary part. Measure the piece of fabric and cut it into 4 pieces, 2 different sizes. Can't make a mistake here, this fabric was mega expensive, even on sale!
Measure twice, cut once is the old saying.
My way, measure about 6 times, questioning myself after each measurement, and YIKES...cut once. I did it! And to almost my surprise, it came out the exact size I wanted. (Now it was time to wipe the sweat beads off the ol fore head).

Let the sewing begin! More sweat beads, damn near bit off my tongue!

Ok, the stitches aren't pretty, and you wouldn't want me to make any type of clothing to wear. But after all, it's just for a deck chair, and it looked pretty darn good if I say so myself!

What ya think?

This is the "Before" deck chair.

This is the "After" deck chair.

As last Sunday the temps got up to 84 outside, Wilma just had to try one of them out. She gave it her approval. Job well done.
Today, Tuesday the 28th. my brother Ken went into the hospital to have a hip replacement. He is 4 years younger than I am, and in better shape weight wise. He doesn't know why he has been having such problems with his hip, but the pain got pretty bad so the Dr. scheduled him for the surgery. Hopefully as I write this he is resting comfortably in the hospital bed. He is expected to be released from the hospital this Friday.
Margie, Ken's wife received word today, while at the hospital with Ken, that her father had passed away. It was expected as his health was failing rapidly in the convalescent home. Hospice was called it to take care of him last Saturday. God rest his soul, as he has suffered many years with his health.
So....until next time, be safe and God Bless you.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Too Much Happening for One Week

Monday, April 13, 2009


Another week gone, and the "adventures" we are experiencing is starting to feel overwhelming!

Sunday, April 5th. I received a phone call from my "ol" partner's daughter. She informed me that her dad, Earl had passed away. He was 75. The family was devastated not expecting him to pass away as he did.

Earl was a kind, quiet, good natured man. I first met him when I was hired at Chrysler Defense. This was in 1980. We worked side by side 5 days a week for 14 years. He retired in 1994 at the age of 60. This year he just turned 75, when he passed away.

Lung Cancer had finally taken him. He was pronounced cleared of the disease months ago after going through chemo and radiation. His daughter said he complained a few days before his death, of a pain in his shoulder. Re-admitted to the hospital, the Dr.'s found another tumor. He passed away just a few days later.

Last summer was the last time I talked to Earl. I stopped by his house to see him, and return to him his old shop coat. It had been hanging on a nail in the parts building since his retirement. I just somehow felt I had to return it to him. Kind of as a joke, so we could both reminisce a while.

When I drove up to his house, his wife Jean let me in. "Earl is in the back room" I was told. I entered and found him running the vacuum. When he saw me a smile broke out on his face. He turned off the vacuum and I asked if this is what I have to look forward to when I retire! More laughs. I gave him his old shop coat. He was amazed I had kept it this long. I told him the only way we could keep it is because I told the other workers that your shop coat had "super seniority" and it was not to be touched! More laughs.

I stayed about a half hour. Had to get back to work, as I was just on a my lunch break. Who would of thought I would never see him alive again! Monday, April 6th, was the last time I saw him. Resting peacefully in the funeral home. God rest your soul, Earl, you were a good man. The best "partner" I have ever had the privilege to work with.

Tuesday, April 7th. Grand daughter Rebecca's 9th Birthday celebration! Time to have the family gathered in the home, to enjoy ourselves and celebrate her special day.

Everyone had a great time and she especially enjoyed her gifts. Seems the cards with the "Cash" inside were her favorites. Happy Birthday Rebecca!

PS: Nice tattoo on the arm kido! :~)

Wednesday & Thursday I had been calling several Cement Contractors to replace the sidewalk that is lifted by the Maple Tree roots. The judge gave me 120 days or I would be in contempt of court. That magic day is May 8! Got to get this done now. Lined up 4 contractors to come over to my home on Saturday, look at the job and give me a bid. Another contractor came on Thursday and would "get back with me with his bid".

Saturday came and went. None of them showed up or even called. Damn I hate it when people set up a time and then stand me up. Inconsiderate, &#$$...they must think they are the only ones with a life. Nobody else counts. Needless to say none of them will get the job from me now!

Easter Sunday, April 12. Happy and blessed Easter to all! The family arrived around 12:30. Grand kids all hyped up for the festivities. First, we eat lunch, Na-Na & Pa are starving.

So grab a plate, fill it up, and dig in! More than enough food to go around. Mmm Good.

Then the "Famous Easter Egg Hunt" commenced.

Each of the 5 Grand kids had different colored plastic eggs to find. Scattered out in the yard by Easter Bunny Na-Na. What a great time everyone was having. Each egg had either a small amount of candy, or coins inside. Na-Na (Easter Bunny) was pretty generous this year. I'm sure they will have fun finding something to buy at Meijer or Walmart.

The festivities were just about to a close, when the phone rang.

Our neighbor, just three doors down and well known, passed away this morning. Wow! Another death. Seems that Joe had triple by-pass on Good Friday. Surgery was successful. Joe told his family on Saturday that he was feeling great and that this Easter would be great having the family together. Little did the family know, that that was the last time they would see their father and husband alive!

Then a little before 4am a massive hemorrhage occurred in the chest. They (the medical staff) didn't even have time to rush him to the OR. The opened him back up in his room to stop the bleeding. Loosing too much blood, Joe passed away at 4am Easter Sunday. You can only imagine how devastated Joe's family is. One day he is feeling great, ready to come home, and 12 hours later he is gone.

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 14th, Wilma and I will be going to the funeral home to see Joe one last time, console the family that we have known for the last 30 years, and say a prayer or two. God bless you and welcome your soul in His home, Joe, you will be missed.

A month's worth of "Adventurers" in a week.

Until next week, be safe & God Bless.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Another week gone.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Another week has flown by. This is getting a little scary, seems the older I get the faster time goes by. Everyone I talk to tells me its happening to them also.
I had placed an order at Amazon.com to purchase a gizmo called Dazzle, to upload my analog videos to the computer and converting them to digital. Last week I started doing some of them. It is a very time consuming job but I know it will be worth it in the long run. The older video we have is almost 40 years old, and they will no doubt start to loose some quality with age. Converting them to digital, they actually came out better than the original. This has convinced me to continue with this long project.
Actually I started with the most recently taken video. The youngest grand baby, Savannah, now 4 got to see herself when she was only a couple weeks old, and again when she was about 6 months old.
We gathered in the living room in front of the TV. She sitting next to Na-Na. I put the DVD in and turned it on. As I have seen this video about a dozen times, (from editing it) I just focused on her face as she watched herself.
Words cannot explain the feelings that went through me. Those precious eyes of hers never left sight of the TV. The expressions on her face as she sat with total amazement, laughing at herself as a tiny baby. It was another wonderful memory she had just given me.
I now have my 450 Gig hard drive in my computer about 95% filled. So another order went into Amazon.com for an external hard drive. I will use the external hard drive to store them plus I will burn DVD's, store them in protective covers and put them in my strong box where they won't be exposed to light.
Hopefully they will last longer than I will! I guess it would be safe to check on them every 5 to 8 years to make sure the DVD's still work. Of course there will be several copies made for the "kids" to take home and watch on their TV's.
Tuesday, Tina called and asked about where to purchase a new stove. I gave my advice, she will now be able to make her own decision. Today she called and said her new stove was installed and she is looking forward to doing some baking. I just had to do what any father would do.....I placed my order for Brownies with walnuts! :~)
Today looks like Spring is finally starting to show. It got up around 58 and sunshine. The grass is starting to turn green. The Maple trees have been budding out now for about a week. Then I turn on the computer to update the blog and notice we are in a severe weather alert. What ! Looking outside it's still sunny, no breeze and still 52 at 7pm. But they are predicting rain moving in for tonight and tomorrow, with a high only 46. Monday is a high of only 35 with snow mixed with rain.
Wilma just walked in the room telling me she just got off the phone with Angel. Seems Angel just saw the latest weather forecast, calling for 8 to 10 inches of SNOW on Monday! Dang it ..... this winter just won't leave us! Angel is saying she is moving to Florida! I just can't blame her.....wait for me Angel!!!
Got to go make me a mix drink and wait for the snow. :~(
Another adventure, another day. Until next time, be safe and God Bless.