Sunday, January 31, 2010

My brother Ken & Sister Catherine

Friday evening Ken had invited us out to dinner and made the statement that they wanted to come over to our home afterward. Wilma and I just knew something was up. Some news of some kind, hopefully good news.

We enjoyed our dinner with Ken and Margie, great conversations, great food. Ken mentioned that they are in the process of joining another church. This did not surprise me.

A little history might be in need here.

Mom born Catholic, Dad born Lutheran, both agreed prior to their marriage that the children would be raised Catholic. Mom did a great job of getting us kids to church every Sunday. At the age of 18 she announced that she had fulfilled her promise to God and now at the age of 18 we were on our own as to what church and what religion we wanted to attend.

After I met Wilma, who was raised a Baptist, was introduced to a Baptist congregation. I was moved by the service, which opened my curiosity to other religions. Our life progressed, moving to several churches, but not feeling 100% ready to join any of them. We consider ourselves Christian, just have not found our “home church” if you will.

Ken has always been what I would consider a “stronger, more dedicated” Christian than I. Probably because he works as maintenance for a Catholic Church. He has met several Priest’s and got to see the inner workings of the faith. Quite different than what the ordinary parishioner would see.

He became very interested in the Bible, reading it, studying it on a daily basis. He found a version that made it very easy to interpret and was telling us about it. It rose my curiosity, as I just could never interpret the words true meaning. I guess I must of made a comment to him at the time that I would be interested in this copy of the Holy Bible.

So back to Friday evening. Ken and Margie, after dinner are at our home. We sit in the living room and continue our conversations from the restaurant. Then he tells me to sit next to Wilma on the couch, he has something for us. He hands us a Christmas wrapped gift. Wilma takes it, stating that it is quite heavy for its size. Opening it we find a book. This book is the Bible Ken had been talking about. Its name is “The Macarthur Study Bible”   New American Standard Bible.

I have not sat down with it as of yet, but plan on learning from it. What better gift can one receive? Hopefully God will enlighten me through these pages. I have hope and faith He will, just by seeing how my brother Ken has changed through the years. Especially with the trying times he and his family have endured. Thank you Ken for this wonderful gift!

Saturday afternoon.

I arrive at Catherine’s home to take her to the Cemetery. She has never been to Moms grave site, and being it’s Mom’s Birthday, she thought it would be nice if Mom’s eldest and youngest make a visit. I felt privileged to be the one to take her to see Mom’s resting place. Both of us at different times had tears. Mine came when Cath looked at the marker and said, “Happy Birthday Mom, I miss you”. I had to turn, not wanting her to see me with a tear. I had to be strong for her.

IMG_0014 Our visit went well. On leaving the Cemetery I made sure, showing Cath how easy it was to find Mom. This way she won’t have a difficult time when she goes on her own.

From the Cemetery we returned to her home to introduce her to Picasa, a Google photo program.

She commented that she doesn’t know much about computers and that their internet connection is slow.

Within a minute of seeing how it was having trouble getting on the internet, I told her we have to do some maintenance first to get her computer working correctly. An hour or so went by as I did my “magic”. After using my software to find all the “junk” slowing her computer, which it found over 1200 items, and cleaning those out, her IE7 seemed to connect up to the internet a little better, but no where acceptable for me. So the first thing I did was download Firefox and install it.

She was totally amazed at the speed now. I expressed my feelings about the internet explorer that comes with windows. Don’t use it! Use Firefox, a much more secure and quicker browser. She agreed.

Downloaded and installed Picasa and gave her a much too quick introduction to the program. It was getting late and getting close to her time to pick up the kids from the sitter.

I told her I will return to explain it more and set up her Gmail better. We kid each other that she is now a student and looks forward to my classes. I keep telling her I’m no Geek, there is way too much that I don’t know, but she informed me that “Yes Fred…you are a geek!” We both had a laugh at that.

But I do look forward to helping her, so she can enjoy “putering” as much as I do.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A busy Week-end planned

A couple days ago, my brothers wife Margie called and invited us out to dinner. Then she said they wanted to stop over at our home after dinner for a visit. So tonight, we will have dinner with them at a local restaurant.

Wilma and I both think something might be wrong and they need to share the news with us. Hopefully we are both wrong, and they just want to sit and chat a bit. That would be great because we never seem to have time for good visits. We haven’t seen them since Christmas, and they only live about 1/4 mile away! I know…that’s pretty bad. We all really need to find time and slow down a little.

Saturday morning at 9:15am I will have my third visit to the chiropractor. I’m hopeful that he will get my neck and arm feeling better.

Wilma will go visit a cousin that she hasn’t seen in years. She has about a 25 mile drive, and she has never been to her home. So I will be putting in her address in our GPS, Sleazy Sally, so she won’t get lost. Hopefully that is. Wilma will leave about the time I leave for the Chiropractor.

Catherine, my youngest sister wrote an email to me a couple days ago also. She said she is having a tough time, missing Mom. Asked if I had any words of advice from a big brother. I just had to call her. Email isn’t good enough on this subject. I phoned her and we had a nice talk.

We have decided that I would go over to her home Saturday late afternoon. She needs guidance downloading Picasa. I suggested that before we do the computer work, we go out to the cemetery, seeing how she has not been there yet. She said, “How nice, Mom’s youngest and oldest will be with her on her birthday”.  I agreed, that would be nice, as I held back a tear. I just gotta be strong for her, especially Saturday evening at the cemetery.

Wilma tells me that I’m not updating the Blog enough. I just don’t know about “rambling on” about every day life. Seems it would be a little boring to all. But she says…it doesn’t matter, just put down something.

Ok Hon….I’ll try to post more often.

So until then, be safe all, and God Bless.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Visit with the Chiropractor

About two weeks ago I spent a long Saturday in front of the computer uploading photo’s. After about the 6th hour I felt a sting in my neck. Didn’t think much about it at the time. But by the next day I knew I must have pinched a nerve or something. If I turned my head and looked up at the ceiling I got a shooting pain down my right arm to the elbow.

I figured I would give it a rest, keep away from the desk a couple days and hopefully it will take care of itself.

Today, still in just as much pain, I made the decision to visit my old Chiropractor, Jeffrey Mattar. (Click on his name to go to his web site). I haven’t seen him since 1988! Wow has the time flew by. He was surprised and happy to see me, and we talked about what has been going on in our lives since I last saw him.

He has been treating my daughter, granddaughter, and sister for several years now. All of them speak highly of him. So I figured he may have “learned his trade” by now, so it’s safe for me to see him again! ha ha ha… I don’t have alot of faith in Chiropractors, but I might as well give it a try again.

After the X-Rays he spotted two places that needed adjustment. Going to work on me right away, my neck and back sounded like a pan of popping corn. But my neck did feel better when he was done. So far this evening I can only feel a little of the stiffness in my neck easing up. Still have the pain going to the right elbow.

Thursday he wants to see me again and maybe do another adjustment. Glad I have insurance that covers this….man o man, I’m in the wrong business!

So I’ll get off the computer, take a hot shower, and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wow…another Virus!

Wilma called me to her computer around 11am. She had been on it for about an hour when all heck broke loose on her computer again.

When I saw how it was reacting there was no doubt that there was some kind of virus taking over the computer. I tried to get IE to go to the Microsoft website to download a virus scan, but kept getting directed to a bogus web site.

So when all else fails, you have to re-boot and hit the F-10 key. This makes the system go back in time to when it was new, AND keep all your settings.

Within an hour I had it back on the internet, working satisfactory. Of course she lost all her doc’s and pictures. It seems the only settings that were saved is all those bazillion XP updates!

So my conclusion on these so called FREE anti virus software….ALL BUNK! In the past couple years now we have had 3 different anti virus software running and all three failed us. They are AVG free, Avast, and Avira.

To my knowledge all three are rated right on top as being protective. I’m beginning to believe that “you get what you pay for”! Pay for nothing, get nothing!

So what to do? This time I went to Microsoft Security Essentials and installed their “free” anti virus software. But I don’t have much faith in it either. Like I said, you get what you pay for. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I did tell her that when her computer “bites the dust” she is going to get a Mac. Enough with these virus machines!

I can’t blame her either for clicking on bad links like we all hear about. She is pretty computer savey, and knows what to look out for. She said she was on Facebook. Doing the same as she always does, when the computer started acting weird.

What’s really weird is this. I’ve been told that using a router helps protect you from virus attacks also, because of its built in Firewall. I am connected to a Linksys, Wi-Fi router. So if that’s the case, then how did this virus get past it’s firewall?

Tomorrow its back to work.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Granddaughter Savannah’s 6th. Birthday

Last Sunday we celebrated our youngest Grandchild’s birthday. Savannah turned 6 this day.

It wasn’t a large party, but from all the gifts received you would think there were a house full of people here to celebrate.

She enjoyed opening all her gifts. Some were (boring) clothes, some really neat toys, and of course CASH. I still think she would rather have the toys than cash, but her mom, Tina, said this way she can take her to the toy store and help her pick out something she would really like.

Of course we had to have Opapa, (Great Grandpa, my dad) here to enjoy this time with the family. I think he really had a good time. The pictures show him with his winter coat still on. He seems to always be cold, so he said he would rather keep it on then to be cool. Even at his home were he keeps it 73 he is cool you will find him with his thick sweater on.

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Here is Opapa watching Savannah open her gift from him.

 

 

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Giving Opapa a kiss of thank you.

 

 

After opening the presents, it was “Cake & Ice Cream” time. It was cute watching her blow out, or should I say try to blow out her candles. It took several tries, but she managed to get all 6 of them out.

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Another great memory….

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Our latest Eye Report.

The other day was my appointment to see my Eye Dr. The one that gave me a shot in the eye last month. All day long I had made up my mind that I was not going to continue seeing him after this check up. So I was prepared when I entered the office.

I had to take off work an hour early to make it on time for my appointment. When I finally was called back to a room for my “pre-examination” by the tech, it was already 40 minutes past my set appointment. I mentioned that I should not have taken off work and hour early just to sit in the waiting room for 40 minutes past my appointment. I guess he hears comments like that all the time because he just kind of ignored my statement.

He continued with, well it looks like you are to receive 4 drops in your left eye to prepare you for your injection today. I told him NO, there will be NO injection. He was ready to give me a hundred and one reasons why I had to do what the Dr. ordered, when I stopped him and told him, “What part of NO INJECTION” didn’t he understand.” I think by then he knew I wasn’t kidding.

So all I got was a dialation drop in the left eye so the Dr. could take a look into my eye. After the drop was put in, I was escorted back to the “waiting” room for another half hour before I was called and placed in the room the Dr. uses.

There on the tray was the shot, with my name on it I presume. I kind of chuckled to myself knowing that this Dr. probably never had a more firm patient than myself. Then I got a little peeved knowing that this Dr. is, in my opinion, “ripping off the insurance industry” administering unnecessary procedures.

So, a little while later the Dr. walks in looking at my chart. I just know he sees that I refused to sign the paperwork for him to send to my insurance company. Leaving him without any way of getting paid for giving me another shot in the eye.

He questions me on how things are going, and if there were any improvement since the last appointment. I told him very little. I then reminded him that I had this same thing happen to my eye 30 years ago and it cleared itself up, and that my close friends wife had this happen to both of her eyes at the same time. And that it took a year for it to clear up.

Ten minutes go by as he looks at my records. Nothing was inserted this day, so he is just looking at old info that he already acted on. At the same time I’m thinking he is trying to find the right words to convince me to let him stick another needle in my eye! I almost chuckle with the thoughts going through my head, thinking of what kind of a look he will get on his face when I tell him NO SHOT!

The time comes for him to stop looking at my record, and he asked me if it would be alright with me if he have a look in my eye to visually see if the area is healing. Sure I say, and the bright light with his magnifier glass approaches my eye.

Ah, yes, he  says. This is looking very good. Actually amazing that it has progressed with only one injection.  To which leads me to say: Well that’s great news because there was never going to be any more injections.

Silence. No responce from him at all.

Then he said I would like to see you again in 4 weeks to see how your progressing. If the pressure in your eye increases, and you have vision problems, we may have to proceed with further treatments. But if you don’t have any vision problem then there will be no need for further treatment.

I thanked him as I left the room and he handed me my my folder of charts. Please take this to the reception desk, he says.

I arrive at the reception desk, hand the folder with my charts to the girl recording the next appointments. She asks what time would I like to arrive. I said as late as possible because I don’t want to miss any work like I did today. Well, Mr. Hagedorn, this is the latest appointment for injections. I assured her there would be NO injection at the next appointment. She said that he put it down in my record that you still need the next two injections.

I assured her there would be NO injections. She said, but you don’t understand, the injections come in a series of 3, so you need two more injections.

I chuckled at her and told her I think my health insurance company needs to hear this to start a complete investigation of this Dr. She looked at me with a stare. I then told her NO INJECTIONS!  She said yes sir Mr. Hagedorn, we will see you at 3pm in 3 months.

As I walked out of the office, I just knew I would never return. I have had enough of this zoo!

So….now I wait like I did 30 years ago, and pray the area heals itself again. I’m anxious as its time to renew my prescription for a new pair of glasses. It’s getting harder to see through my right eye, my good eye.

As for Dad. He had his second eye operated on to remove the cataract in his right eye. It went great for him as he went to the Dr. yesterday and was given a good report on the surgery. He is to return in a month for his eye exam and to get another pair of reading glasses. He no longer needs glasses for distance! Amazing.

And last but not least, I’m off the 7 day overtime schedule! No more 70 hour work weeks. I’m back to 40 hours a week and loving it. Of course I’ll miss the extra in the pay check, but that’s a small price to pay for better health.

I think it was Vera who wrote me and told me about working too many hours. That even horses die from working too hard. Good advice, and well taken.

So until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Where has the time gone?

So far this year the time is just flying by for me. Look...it's already the end of the 5th. day in the New Year and I'm just now posting about our New Years Eve Party. I gotta really start paying better attention to the Blog!

We, Wilma, myself, Eddie and Beth, arrived at Gary and Cheryl's home around 4:30pm new years eve. Wilma and I had a small gift to give Gary and Cheryl, so after they opened their gift we took pictures of us all. Kinda like a before and after the party pictures.

Then we headed for the local banquet hall where the New Years Eve Party was being held.

What can I say except the food was good, the band was good, and the company was great! We all had a wonderful time, arriving back at Gary and Cheryl's home around 1am. We stayed up until 2am when we all being really tired went to bed.

The next morning Gary and Cheryl had a delicious breakfast for us all to enjoy. Gary gave us each a Mamosa drink. I was hesitant, not liking Champaigne mixed with orange juice, but it was really tasty.

We left and headed for home after breakfast to just lay around resting and enjoying each others company.

The slide show below says it all, enjoy.



Until next time, be safe and God Bless.