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  • Monday, May 20th, 2013

    My father is undergoing a surgery to correct a bone spur on his back this morning. At 80, all surgery is serious, but my brother and sister are there with my mother and will monitor the situation for me. My prayers are for his safety and the success of the operation. This spur has been making it increasingly hard for him to walk, which to my father is like being confined in a box. He walks about 2 miles a day for his exercise at about 4 ½ miles an hour.

    Monday afternoon

    FB text from sis, followed by a call from my brother, Jack. Dad is fine, no problems with bleeding or the anesthesia. He's sitting up having something to eat and talking with my mother. Thank you, Jesus, for guiding the surgeon's hands and protecting my father and my mother. Thank you for siblings who love and care for all of us. Thank you for the blessing of life. Amen.

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

    Here I sit at my keyboard, instead of assaulting several of the “honey-do's” I have on a list. Yes, I really do have a list, otherwise I would never get anything done.

    We have had thunderstorms the last two nights, so there is nothing to be done with the lawn, but thankfully I accomplished that on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday, I disassembled, completely cleaned all the joints, and reassembled one of the two antique dining room chairs I discovered when we bought this home over twenty year ago. Unfortunately, the two were the only remnants of the set of four I am sure existed at one time.

    So today, I will repeat the process on the final chair. They have already been refinished, I am simply tightening up what repeated wear has worn.

    In addition to which I have several small chores that need to be accomplished; a trip to the bank to deposit a check, a trip to Walgreen's to obtain some benadryl, and a trip to the hardware store for a can of exterior paint to finish the handrail I installed last week with the help of my son, Clyde. There are several other projects, of course, but they will have to be accomplished in time.

    Later today....

    Spoke with Dad at the hospital. He is in good spirits and expects to be released tomorrow. For the initial walk, the nurse asked him if he could take a walk to the nurse's station and back. Instead of one lap, Dad made three before deciding he was ready to sit down. Don't know if that was the success of the operation of my father's stubbornness kicking in, but was grateful to hear it. He'll be 81 years old July 13th, and yes, he was born on a Friday. So much for superstitions.

    The chair is three/fourths complete, just a few more hours of drying glue and some assembly and number 2 of 6 will be complete. Somewhere in my mind I chuckled at the thought of it being 7 of 9, but other distractions came up to quickly dismiss the Trek reference. (And yes, you get extra points if you know which of the Star Trek spin offs that came from, bonus points if you can name the actress.)

    So I am about to get out of my street clothes and into my shorts and t-shirt to relax and watch the final installments of Dancing with the Stars. Hoping the gymnast, Alexandra, will win, but the competition is very stiff at this point, so who knows.

    I did get my third Bible study book compiled today, have to work on a cover tomorrow and continue on with the next book. The new one, a study in the minor epistles, will be entitled “The Other Guys” since these are the short letters written by Peter, John, James and Jude. The next book will be a study in the epistles of Paul, which will be a long one.
  • Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

    7:30 a.m. alarm, came down the stairs, poured my coffee and grabbed my Bible and headed out to view the day. It rained again last night, and the sky is a little less sunny than yesterday, but apparently the flowers all enjoyed it, as you can see by the photos attached.

    The irises in the corner are going crazy, even the dark purple one at the right side.
  • The wildflowers have wasted no time. There will soon be some brilliant yellows and smokey blues joining the parade of orange and pink. And the beauty is they'll bloom all summer long, a perpetual sea of color against the summer skies.
  • I was particularly pleased to see the white peony has opened, and will soon be joined by several others on this bush. Hopefully next year it will have a sister from the root I planted last week.
  • My first knockout rose bud will be open later today or tomorrow. When this bush is in full bloom, the colors are spectacular.
  • And as you can see, the yellow wild rose bush has been at it for several days. This one also blooms until late in the summer, and if I am able to trim a few of the roses back, perhaps longer.
  • This cluster of hostas is the most persistent in the yard. I have to do nothing at all, they simply come back every year.
  • This young hydrangea bush is just coming up. It will be late in the summer before the flowers erupt, and since I just planted this one last year, I have no idea which color will prevail.
  • The vegetable garden is enjoying the rain, and I am enjoying the occasional weeding and careful examination I have to make to maintain it. The work is constant, but the rewards will be wonderful.
  • The peach irises against the house have grown so thick and heavy that several are drooping, thanks to their volume and the rain.
  • The red peony bush is fully opened, as you can tell. Not only are they beautiful, but they have an aroma that will lift your spirits and warm your heart. I'll be bringing a few of them into the house along with some irises later today.
  • And finally the yellow and purple irises at the edge of the driveway seem to be getting along nicely with the hosta as a neighbor.

    While these flowers will soon fade, others will take their place.

    I expect to have a very colorful summer.

    Well, off to finish assembling the chair and start on #3. I have a couple of other chores to complete, some insect spraying at the edges of the basement and in a couple of crawl spaces. The weather is not certain, so I'll hold off painting the handrail until tomorrow.

    Oh, I was as surprised as Len (judging from the look on his face) by the fan decision to eliminate Alexandra Raisman from the competition on Dancing with the Stars before Jacoby Jones. But I realize it had to be by mere inches. All four of the final contestants were excellent dancers, and it is a shame that only one could win. And with the end of that contest, my Monday and Tuesday nights are now free until the next season.

    I realize this particular entry is just, well, pedestrian. But isn't that an adequate description of life? Gardens and flowers grow, people undergo surgeries, and there is always one more chore to do. We live our lives from day to day and little actually changes. But slowly, almost imperceptibly, life has this funny way of changing while we aren't paying attention.

    “Life is what happens to you while you're making other plans.” - John Lennon.

    ~Fred~
  • The song you are listening to was found in the Community Audio archives. It is sung in Japanese by a young lady with a beautiful voice who unfortunately was not identified. The song is entitled "Family".
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