Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Brother Ken has a torn retina!

A few months ago my brother Ken had a torn retina for no apparent reason. He under went surgery to correct and repair the retina, and was in the healing mode. Everything seemed to be going perfect. He went last Wednesday to the eye surgeon for his check up. They dilated his eye and he was given the “everything looks great” prognosis. Thursday he couldn’t see out of the eye, thought he would wait until Monday to see if it would clear up over the weekend. He figured that something from the dilation drug may have caused something in his eye to loose sight again.





My Brother Ken & his wife Margie.







Friday morning came and he could not see out of the eye so instead of going to work he headed for the Dr. The Dr. examined his eye and said that his retina is now 85% torn and he will have to have surgery again. Tuesday was the day for surgery.

He is home now resting. Will be off from work for at least a week. He has been given restrictions so he doesn’t re-injure the retina as it’s healing. Hopefully this surgery will be successful and everything will be back to normal for Ken.

I went to see him after work today, and to mow his lawn. At first he didn’t think the lawn needed mowing, but I persisted and as he was watching me mow his lawn, I think he then realized that it did need mowing. I don’t believe mowing his lawn is one of the jobs he is allowed to do.

Please keep him in your prayers.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A bit of history

Went out to dinner with Dad this evening. Upon returning to his house he showed me a picture and asked me if I knew who it was.

Of course I said. That’s a picture of your dad.  He smiled when I told him he looks like the son of the man in the picture.


Dad at 18 Yrs. old


My dad around the age of 19. He is on the left. That’s his Mother, my Grandmother, Lena in the middle. Norman, his younger brother is on the right. Norman fought in the Korean war and was wounded.




William Hagedorn

Here is my Grandfather, William. 

He was born on Jan. 15, 1881.

Married Lena May 21,1913.

Passed away on February 18, 1933.

I’m guessing in the picture he is about 30 years of age.


He died at the age of 52, when his appendix burst before he could get to a hospital. My father was only 5 years old.

Speaking of heredity and coincidences for a moment, here is something to think about. My Grandparents were married on May 21st. My father was born on May 21st. of course 14 years later. As my Grandfather died from an appendix bursting, I also had an appendix burst. BUT, I was on the operating table having it removed by a surgeon. As he handed my appendix to his assistant, it burst in her hands!

I just had to share this bit of history with you. Maybe you can see the resemblance of my father and his father?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Torn Ligaments, Another Birthday, and things.

Monday the 12th.

Wilma received a call from the specialist about her arm. Seems he needs her to come in TODAY. So she was scheduled between other patients. Wow! Seems pretty serious. She was there promptly at the time they gave her, not knowing what was in store for her.

His diagnosis was 2 torn ligaments. Or 2 tears in one ligament, we didn’t quite understand which. So she received 2 cortisone shots in her upper arm and in the back of the shoulder. She said she has never felt pain like that, and hopes she never will have to get another cortisone shot again.  He instructed her to not keep her arm in a sling all the time, but to move it around. NO pulling, pushing or lifting though. We hope now her arm will heal at a quicker rate.

Tuesday the 13th.

Judy my sister came over to look at some pictures that was E-Mailed from her son in Iowa. Judy doesn’t have internet so I told her I would let her know when I received any pictures for her. She had a ball picking out the ones she wanted printed out. I uploaded them to Walgreens and by the time she arrived there, only 1/4 mile away, they were ready. This way I store all her pictures for her so she will have access to them in the future if needed.

Wednesday the 14th.

After work I went out to dinner with Dad. Like Wilma says, he really is starting to look forward to going out every Wednesday with me. This gives us precious time together where we can talk over things that happened in the past week. I am seeing him more now than when my Mom was alive, not very proud of that fact at all. Wish I would have spent more time with them both.

Thursday the 15th.

My buddy Joe came over with part of the enclosure he is working on for my TV in the Motor home. We both decided on a different plan, one that will be much more sturdy and be able to hold the 25 inch TV I have purchased. Hopefully it will be easier for him now, as he says it will be.

Friday the 16th.

Since Monday evening I have been doing extra chores around the home, helping out Wilma so she won’t put undue strain on her arm. Laundry, dinner, and dishes was calling for me. Received a phone call from the company that is putting the tow bar on my Malibu. Seems the parts have finally arrived and we set 9am Monday as the time to finish the install. I’ll be so happy when that is done and I’m able to tow my car behind my Motor home again.

Saturday the 17th.

Was planning on working in the yard today. Cold, cold, cold is back. Dang it! It never got out of the 40’s today. More inside house work was accomplished. The family all gathered at Dad’s home for Austin’s 13th. Birthday Party. Austin is the son of my youngest sister Catherine. Austin brought along his buddy who is taking a strong interest in Magic. After dinner we were entertained by his magic! Gotta say the kid was pretty darn good. Had us really fooled on a couple of the tricks. It was a fun evening not only for Austin but for the rest of the family.

Sunday the 18th.

Still cold outside, cloudy, looking like it could start raining anytime. More house work, laundry, and dinner was  accomplished by yours truly. Tomorrow will be a busy day for me. First to the Cummings dealer to have the tow bar installation completed. Then a trip to 2 Credit unions to take care of some financial business. (I’m getting completely out of the “banks”). Maybe if the weather is a little warmer, I’ll have time to work on the Motor Home. I have an air leak in the rear air bag system. I really need to find where its coming from and get it fixed. The little air compressor is running twice as much as it should be to keep the pressure up. 

Until next week….be safe and God Bless.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

A busy Week

The last week has been very busy for us.

Easter Sunday was perfect! Bright sunny skies and warm for our annual Easter egg hunt with the grandkids.

After the hunt, was dinner of oven baked chicken and all the fixens. With tummies full, and candy to eat, the kids had to head for outside for some fun.


Brooke, Haley, Savannah & Rebecca enjoying the “Giant Bubbles”.






Haley and Dakota.




While the kids were “burning up the energy”, the adults were also “burning up the energy” as you can see below.


Myself, Dad, and sister Judy.

Dad & Judy stopped in for a short visit and to see the “gang”.



Wednesday the 8th.

Rebecca turned 10 today! Everyone was at our house to enjoy Pa’s famous hamburgers, eat some cake and ice cream, and celebrate Rebecca’s Birthday. What fun we all had.


Here is Rebecca opening cards and gifts.





Proud Mom with her 10 year old daughter Rebecca.

Forgetting the birthday candles, we improvised with one large candle.

Rebecca received many gifts and all were a huge hit with her. Meaning, she liked them all. Can’t go wrong when NaNa took her shopping to get what she wanted for her birthday. Very smart NaNa I thought!

Friday the 9th.

Friday morning started with a visit to the Dentist. This was the first of four visits that I will be going through to replace all the fillings from 30 some years ago. I figure as I’m going to be retiring at the end of the year, I better get all this medical stuff taken care of now. The visit went with no hitches. I have to say the dentist and his assistant did a superb job and I look forward to getting the next 3 visits done as soon as possible. My next visit is in two weeks.

After the dentist, Wilma and I went TV shopping for the Motor home. Off to Wal-Mart we went, found a display we liked, found a sales rep, and was told they were sold out. She checked with the other stores and one was located at another Wal-Mart about 15 miles away. So off we go to purchase the TV.

Arriving at the 2nd Wal-Mart, the sales rep went to the back of the store to get the 19” TV.  While he was gone, Wilma and I also  found the 25” TV that would fit in the living room of the Motor home. When the sales rep returned with the 19” TV we asked him if he had the 25” TV in stock. Of course the answer would have to be NO as this was Wal-Mart. BUT….they have the 25” TV at a 3rd. Wal-Mart, which was 22 miles away. We asked if they could call and hold it for us, which he did. So out comes the American Express to pay for the 19” TV, and off we head for the 3rd. Wal-Mart.

Never being to this new Wal-Mart, I had to use my On Star navigation to get us there. This worked pretty well for us and we arrived without any problem.

We head to the electronics section to get our 25” TV. They had it for us and I get the American Express out to pay for it. REJECTED! What?!?! NO WAY! Try again. Rejected again! The sales lady says it was probably put on a hold because of the distance between Wal-Mart's and the prior purchase of a TV. Kind of looks like the card may have been stolen she tells us. So I get out the Master Charge card. No problem…we now own TWO brand new TV’s that we traveled at least 40 miles to purchase!

Back in the car, I suggest to Wilma that we stop and get something to eat as now its 2pm and we haven’t had lunch yet. She agreed, so I push On Star again. Take us to the Olive Garden restaurant, and off we go.

We arrive without any problems, enter and were seated. I get out my American Express card and call them. They informed me that the card was put on a “Security hold” for suspicious use. After assuring them I was the owner of the card, and answering all the private questions successfully they took the security hold off. I mentioned to them that I was in an Olive Garden restaurant and would I have a problem using it. No problem, you may use the card, I was told. Which I did with no problem.

I guess I should have been thankful that American Express caught the purchases as a possible stolen card. Now that I think of it, most thieves would go for new TV’s first. But it sure did have my face a little on the red side when I was rejected. I’m glad that’s over and taken care of!

So after I post this I’m getting on the internet to purchase a mounting plate for the 25” TV. I need to get it in my possession soon as Joe should be finishing up the cabinetry within the next couple weeks. Then I’ll be ready to mount the TV in the Motor home. 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Work starts on the MH & Denises’ Computer

This morning around 10am, Joe, my friend and camping buddy, came over to take measurements for a new cabinet where the old TV was.

I removed the old TV, and as the opening won’t fit the new LED TV’s I needed Joe’s expertise. He works with wood as a hobby. Makes some great furniture!



As you see here the TV is now removed and I’m getting ready to remove the steel structure that held it in place.





A close up of the frame. You can see the back side of the running lights sticking through the blown in insulation.





Here is what it looks like now with the steel structure removed. Had to use the Saws-All to do the cutting.



The new cabinet should enclose all that you see above and extend from the present two cabinets. Plus we are not going to drop it lower than the two cabinets, which will stop all future head banging.

Around noon Wilma and I went over to see Denise. Comcast was scheduled to install her cable internet connection between noon and 3pm.

It was hooked up and she was online by 2pm. Wilma and I set up a new Yahoo Email and messenger account for her. I think she was pretty impressed with the new service compared with dial up.

Tomorrow the family will be over for our annual Easter egg hunt and Chicken dinner. Hope the weather holds up as nice as it has for the last few days.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.