Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ready for the New Year

This morning, the last day of 2009, sitting in my favorite chair, alone, enjoying my cup of coffee, my mind is thinking what the new year will be like for Wilma and I.

First thought is I have pretty much made up my mind that I will be retiring this year. The exact month is not known as of yet. Our Union contract expires in October, and if all goes well and they sign a contract I would like to continue until the Christmas holidays. If the talks go south and it looks like trouble for the workers, I may just retire prior the end of the contract. Time will tell, but I'm pretty sure, well almost 100% I will retire in 2010.

I now have four days off from work, and I am happy the 10 hour / 7 day work weeks have come to an end! The pay checks were great, but a ticket to an early grave is not worth it. This 59 and a half year old body tells me to slow down.

This evening, Wilma, Myself, Eddie and Beth (Wilma's brother and his wife) are going to my friend, Gary's home to celebrate New Years Eve. There is a hall in his town that has a party every year. He and his wife Cheryl have gone to it the last two years and they really enjoyed themselves. So this year we (the 6 of us) are going. No need to worry about too much adult refreshments as each of the three women do not drink. So if the "boys" consume just a little too much adult refreshments, we have  plenty of designated drivers to get back home safely. I'm really not too worried about it though because at my age I value the "day after" feeling more than the party night feeling! I HATE HANGOVERS!

Another 2 inches of snow fell last night, now I believe we have a total of 3 inches on the ground total. Not bad for this time of year. I haven't even started the snow blower yet. Oh Oh...I think I may have just jinxed myself.  ;-(

To all my blog readers, Wilma and I wish a very safe, and healthy New Year to you all.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Family Christmas Celebration

Today we celebrated our annual Christmas Celebration with my family, meaning my father, brother, and both sisters, along with their families.

DSC_0003 We started with a reservation at 1:00pm at Michael's Kitchen. A great family restaurant with great food at a great price.

 

 

 

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The Grandkids had a table to themselves, with the supervision of Aunt Angel.

Fed 7 for only $42.00 and two Grandkids took home a left over.

 

 

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From the restaurant we all went over to my brother Ken’s home, where we were met with this wonderful desert table they had prepared.

 

 

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Opapa, as my Grandkids call my father, was the first to receive a gift from my daughter Angel and her daughter Brooke.

 

 

So from the eldest to the youngest, gifts were exchanged along with much conversations, joking and laughing.

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Let me introduce Hayden, around 5 weeks old now. He is the second Grandson of my Brother Ken, and the youngest addition to the family.

 

 

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He is the first child to Melissa and Nick, Brother Ken’s daughter and son-in-law.

What proud parents they are!

 

We were only missing a few members of the family. Tina, my daughter was home with a bad sore throat and her daughter Haley who stayed home to take care of  mom.

Also my sister Judy’s son Derek. Along with his wife Veronica and daughter Marissa. He just returned home from Afganistan and is in California with his family. He will be here in Michigan in early January.

I just felt that we needed to take some family photo’s… so here are some of my family.

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Starting on the left is Judy, Catherine, Dad, Me and Ken.

 

 

Dad, myself, Judy and Ken were all born in the month of May. Except for Dad of course, we were all born exactly 2 years apart. Judy being 2 years younger than me, and Ken being 4 years younger than me.  So by the end of May we were all pretty tired of birthday cake every year growing up. ;-)  Catherine came exactly 10 years after I was born but in the month of August.

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Here I am with my wonderful wife Wilma.

Sometimes know as “The Flintstones”.  ;-)

 

 

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Then comes Judy with her friend Steve.

 

 

 

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Next is my Brother Ken and his wife Margie daughter Melissa and son Kenny.

 

 

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Finally my Sister Catherine, her husband Scott and two sons, Austin and Nathan.

 

 

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Here is Kenny with wife Jamie and son Brian. Brian is all boy and a spitten image in character to his dad, my nephew, Kenny.

 

 

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Melissa with husband Nick and new son Heyden.

 

 

 

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Angel, my daughter with her daughter Brooke.

 

 

 

Oh NO! I didn’t get a picture of my other Grandkids, Tina’s family! I’m in big trouble now….. Ok….well….my excuse has to be this. Haley, the oldest Grandchild wasn’t present. You just can’t leave anyone out now can you ? ! ? 

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So to cover myself, here they all are from a shot taken at my house on Christmas Day, along with Wilma’s brother Eddie and his wife Beth.

 

 

What a great time we all had today.

Except for missing Mom really bad Christmas evening, this has been one GREAT CHRISTMAS. How I love my family!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas with the family was Great!

Our “out of state” company, Eddie & Beth (Eddie is Wilma’s brother) arrived at 6pm on Wednesday the 23rd. They plan on staying here until January 2nd. except for a few days to spend with Connie, (Wilma & Eddie’s sister) who lives about 5 miles north of us.

Wilma had a great meal prepared for their arrival, and we could tell they were as ready as I was to enjoy the dinner.

The following day we went to Greektown Casino in Detroit. Angel, our daughter asked if she could go with us, as her daughter Brooke was with her dad, and she was home alone. We arrived around 11:15am and we all made arrangements to meet at a given spot at 12:30pm.

We actually didn’t have to worry too much about loosing each other as we were always within eye site of each other.

Wilma asked me where I was going to start, I held up my hand and started walking. Within 4 steps I said this one, and pointed to a 2cent slot machine.

Wilma and I only allowed ourselves $40.00 each to gamble with. When that was gone….we were gone.

So I slipped the first $20 bill into the machine. Bet the max, what ever that was, and won nothing. Pushed the “replay” button and HIT! Great…hit for $207.00! WOW…..so I cashed out. Wilma and Angel were still within eye site and couldn’t believe it. Actually I couldn’t either, as I have never won at any Casino.

After our excitement, Angel, Wilma and I split up, each finding our special machine. Within 10 minutes on another machine I hit again! This time for around $246.00! Holy Smokes! I cashed out again and moved to another machine. Found my third machine, started playing and after about 15 minutes and loosing about $5.00 I hit again! Another $200.00 plus! I just couldn’t believe it! So I cashed out of that one. Now I’m holding 3 receipts totaling a little over $700.00.  Found another machine that I felt lucky with and lost a couple dollars. Cashed out and I was done.

We all decided to eat lunch at the Casino and I had no problem at all buying the 5 meals. What a wonderful day.

Christmas morning came, Tina and her family, and Angel and Brooke arrived around 10am.

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It’s a new tradition that Eddie and myself fix the breakfast for the family  prior to opening gifts.

 

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EveryDSC_0231one enjoyed opening their gifts, laughing, joking, and in general having a great time.

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Seemed everyone liked all their gifts and there will be no returns this year.

 

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Later in the afternoon, Eddie and Beth left to spend a few days with Connie. Wilma and I had the house to ourselves. We both relaxed and watched a little TV before Wilma said she wanted to take a short nap.

I headed for the computer where I felt I had time to install Windows 7 and remove Vista on my desktop machine. Just about 4 hours later, using the Windows 7 Upgrade disk, I had a complete install. Actually you have to install it twice to get a “complete” install and format the C drive.

As of today I haven’t gotten around to installing every program I had prior to the Win7 install, but I’m finding out I really don’t need all of them.

So far, so good on the way the computer is running. I have heard many great reviews about Win7 and very little complaints. Most of the complaints were with the installations. But I found that not to be as difficult as I had feared.

I’ll leave you today with this wish from Wilma and myself, that each of you have a wonderful Holiday season, and a better New Year than the last.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We are both doing fine…

We invited Dad over for dinner this evening. Wilma fixed a roast beef cooked in cream of mushroom soup. Mashed potatoes, Bushes backed beans, and bisquits. Mmm Goood!

Dad was telling us that his sight is much better in the eye that the cataract was removed. He had to put on an old pair of glasses so he could see better at a distance. So now he is troubled about his other eye. He claims the Dr. is going to tell him that he will need cataract surgery in the other eye. That his eyes are now fighting to see differently. I assured him it was because he needed an eye exam to get a correct prescription. But he just has it made up in his mind that he will have to undergo another surgery.

I won’t debate the issue with him, as I don’t really know what he is seeing out of his right eye, the one he claims has to have surgery on.

So I assured him again, if he needs the surgery to remove a cataract in his right eye then have it done. Afterward he can get an eye exam and get a new pair of glasses which he will be able to see great in.

His next Dr.’s appointment is set for this Monday. Until then Dad is pretty “up tight” with worry. He is just that kind of guy.

Me, well I’m doing ok I guess. The redness has left my eye completely. However I can’t tell if my Dr. injected a drug or plain water! No change at all to my vision.

I asked Wilma if she remembered how long it took my eye to clear up when this happened 25 years ago. She thinks it took around 9 months or so before my vision returned to normal. So….this month makes 5 months now, hopefully by April my vision should be back to normal. I guess I just have to let mother nature take care of the healing.

On January 5th. I have to go back to the eye Dr. that gave me the shot in the eye. For me this is only going to be a check up to make sure there is no hidden infection of any kind. Then I’ll hear his prognosis. I’ll then thank him for everything he has done and leave for good. I won’t be back.

I’m still working 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. All the guys at work are starting to show the strain of the working. I thought it was just me because of my young age of 59! Nope, even the guys in their early 40’s are starting to complain of needing a day off.

In the meantime Wilma is holding down the fort. Getting ready for the busy Holiday, keeping the housework done, taking the grandkids to school everyday, and a hundred other things. We are both counting the days until December 23rd when I will have 4 days in a row off, and can get some much needed rest and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

Speaking of needing rest……I’m in need of some Zzzz’s now!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Needle in the eye!

WARNING - - AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE IS A GRAPHIC PICTURE OF MY EYE THE DAY AFTER.

Wilma took me to the eye Dr. for my scheduled appointment this past Tuesday. 3:50pm I arrived, and by 4pm they started putting drops in my left eye to start the numbing process. A total of 4 separate drugs were used. Then into another waiting room for 45 minutes to let the drugs work.

Finally I was led to the room that the Dr. was going to perform the procedure. Oh what the heck I’ll just say it like it is. He was getting ready to stick a needle in my eye, inject some drug that relieves the eye pressure, and hopefully my sight will be improved.

After sitting in the room for what seemed like an hour, really it was only about 10 minutes he entered. Of course he tried to make conversation by asking how I was doing. I told him that seeing that I’ve never had a needle in the eye before, I was pretty darn scared and nervous.

He assured me there would be no pain what so ever. I kind of relaxed, trusting in him.

He said first would be a swab with a stronger numbing drug. Sitting upright, I was told to look up and to the right. As he placed the swab on the lower section of my eye I could feel a stinging sensation. Letting him know this he added another drop of a different drug to numb the area. There he said now you won’t feel anything. He re-applied the first swab again with more of the strong numbing drug. I felt nothing. I was by now kind of relaxing a little.

He moved back to his table of instruments…..and the NEEDLES. I kept looking away. He approached again, said to look upward and to the right. Re-assuring me there would be no pain he would wait a minute to let the drugs take full affect. He then asked how I was doing. I said fine, no pain, kind of relaxed for under the circumstance.

He then said, well if I didn’t hurt you by now I won’t hurt you. We are done. Just have to add more anti-biotic solution.

Within another 10 minutes I was walking out of the office with Wilma.

It’s amazing but I felt nothing more than what you would feel if you got an eye lash in your eye.

I asked Wilma to take a picture so I could post it here and I could get a good look myself of what my eye looked like. So here it is….DSC_0048

 

A blood shot eye. Looks much worse than it feels, but I don’t want to go through with this procedure ever again!

 

It’s Thursday evening, two days after the procedure and I still feel like there is something in my eye. But it isn’t where the shot was, it’s on the other side of my eye, the upper right side. I tell everyone I think the Doc used too long of a needle and came out the other side of my eye and that’s why I feel like there is something in my eye there. 

I know….bad joke….but it did get allot of funny looking faces from the guys at work today! A couple guys almost passed out!  ;>)) 

Dad came through his cataract surgery fine on Wednesday. I took him dinner Wednesday night and ate with him. After dinner we talked for a little while and I could tell he wanted to go to bed for the night. It was a long and stressful afternoon for him. Hopefully it was a success and he won’t have the blurry vision in that eye.

So, until our next adventure, take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Eye Dr. Appointment

I had an appointment with my Eye Dr. today at 2:30pm. I have been seeing this specialist since the middle of July, it was my 3 appointment with him.

Last July while on Vacation in Virginia, I had a problem with my left eye. Seems I was under much more stress than I thought I was just before our trip home. While I was putting the hoses away getting ready to leave Virginia Beach, I noticed a blur in my left eye. I cleaned my glasses but it did no good. I then knew immediately what had happened.

Back in my younger years, my mid 30's I was under allot of stress at home. It affected my sight in my left eye. The diagnosis then from the Eye Dr. was a ruptured blood vein in front of the optic nerve. Back in those days there was no cure except to let mother nature take its course and the blood would dissolve and sight would return. This indeed happened, it took almost a year but gradually my vision became 20/20 again.

So when it happened again in Virginia, I knew exactly what had happened. Upon returning home from our vacation trip to Virginia the Eye Dr. confirmed what I suspected and I have been under his care since. Today after my exam he asked if there was any improvement since the last appointment. Upon telling him I don't see any improvement he looked at the pictures taken of the inside of my eyes closer, and with his instruments and BRIGHT lights looked into my eyes again. He then suggested that we  proceed further to the next step. Asking him what that would be, he informed me that he would inject a medication into my eye that would relieve the swelling and in turn allow the excess blood to dissolve.

Imagine my horror when I heard that! A shot in the eye! Was he serious! Oh NO!

He assured me that I would feel no pain whatsoever. Then he said, did I notice all the elderly men and women in his waiting room? Yes I said, and he said half of them have had to have injections and they walk out of the office without any complications.

Well I didn't feel particularly convinced by that statement, but I told him I have to put my faith in him as he was the specialist, and if this is what he believes will help me then we should do it.

So next Tuesday, the 8th. at 4pm I go get my first and hopefully last shot in the eye. As he mentioned that I will have to have a driver, Wilma will be my designated driver from the Dr.'s office after the procedure.

It still gives me the creeps.... sounds like something out of a Frankenstein movie!

Then the very next day, my Dad has to have a cataract removed from his left eye.

I'm not looking forward to next week at all. And I ask for your kind thoughts and prayers that both procedures, mine and my Dad's, are totally successful.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.