July 20th, 2019

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe that fifty years ago today a man actually walked on another planet. Despite the fact that it was solely done to give a metaphorical finger to “those commie bastards”, the fact is it was an amazing achievement for ALL mankind.

Perspective – an iPhone has enough power in it to manage 120 MILLION moon missions simultaneously! Think about that backwards – in terms of how little computers may have done. That is just amazing.

There is an excellent three-part documentary on PBS about it and I learned so much about it – the good and bad. I thought back to what they had done, but seeing how political it was really was very disheartening; it was not for the exploration of our universe.

I remember seeing the missions on TV as a boy; you really had no choice as ALL THREE TV CHANNELS covered it. I remember thinking about what these brave explorers were accomplishing but I also remember discussing it in school and, at the ripe old age of 9, creating a “protest poster” asking why we are wasting money doing this. The money would be better spent fighting cancer and feeding people was my thought. Boy, that really hits close to me these days in one regard. It turns out that it would have been a better choice of things to do with all those billions of dollars.

Regardless of the disgusting politics involved it still takes nothing away from the accomplishments of all the people involved and it was so amazing to be able to witness the history unfold.

Otherwise, I am still recovering from my surgery and I have a long way to go. I still cannot drive, but at least I can take the bus to pick up groceries and mail and get to my PT appointments. I have not been more than eight miles from my house the last six weeks and it probably won’t change anytime soon. I had so many things I wanted to do this summer – road trips especially – but those things are not going to be happening and it’s so frustrating. It looks like there will probably be nothing happening like that until late this year.

At least the weather has been nice so I can get out for walks and get to the bus without getting soaked. The rain has pretty much stopped so I can care even less about how tall the yard is. The cherries on my cherry tree came and went and they were sweet and delicious! When Meghan and Addie were here we ate quite a few of those along with the raspberries on my raspberry bush and my sugar snap peas. Even the dogs were picking peas and raspberries to eat!

I’m still really excited to get my dog but he won’t be a puppy any longer by the time I get him. Unfortunately Meghan had to take him back because we weren’t sure if I would’ve been able to handle him while recovering. It seemed like the smart thing to do and it was. I really hate to miss out on some of that puppy stuff, but Meghan will be able to whip him into shape until I can get him.

Otherwise life is pretty uneventful. I’m just trying to get through all this recovery and I’m anxious to move on with my life.

I need a vacation really badly.

July 2nd, 2019

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

I know it has been a while since I have posted; there’s been a lot going on, yet nothing at all.

My world has been rocked pretty hard. I got injured at work during the last part of April. I hurt my shoulder pretty badly, snapping the long head tendon on my bicep (I heard it pop), completely tearing one muscle on my rotator cuff and partially tearing another. After numerous delays I finally underwent surgery almost three weeks ago and my arm is in a sling so I cannot even drive let alone go to work. It will be a long recovery and so far it really sucks. They told me straight up that it is painful and one of the longest and worst surgeries to recover from. They were right. It absolutely sucks and I hope to never have to do this again.

I am trying to stay positive and upbeat through this but it is pretty difficult being unable to drive and losing out on my entire summer. I even had to have Meghan and a neighbor put the cover back on the trailer since I won’t be able to take it anywhere until probably Fall…if even then. It can possibly be a year of physical therapy and recovery, and even then I don’t know how it will end up as far as any loss of use. I am doing my exercises and will start physical therapy this afternoon. I can already tell my right arm is quite a bit weaker than it used to be.

Most of the smaller details of the last two weeks are pretty much lost to history with the pain meds I have been taking. Meghan came over to help me along with Addy, her dog Flint, and Rider, my new puppy! Unfortunately I couldn’t keep him here due to my injuries but I am really looking forward to getting him. We will have a lot of fun I am sure. Hope he likes to travel – there will be a lot of that in his future!

I have been watching quite a bit of TV – cannot do much else – but trying to get exercise when I can. It’s been pretty warm and sunny so that has been nice to be out enjoying. The cherries have come and gone on my trees, and they were fantastic. The peas are about done in my garden, and Meghan’s dog Flint was picking those off the vine as well as some delicious raspberries in the back yard. Yes…two of her dogs curl their lips up and pick berries to eat. And they only pick the ripe ones!

Well, that’s all I have for now.