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16 December 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! Well, those 50 degree temps were great while they lasted. Tonight, we drop down to around 23F or so. On the plus side, the drizzling rain and wind are supposed to go somewhere else. DW was crying and in pain because of her wrist in the wee hours of the morning. The velcro cast she had on was so tight around from her thumb halfway up the arm, that I think it was having the opposite effect than what it was trying to achieve; I think it was forcing the wrist bones into an unnatural position. As soon as I loosened the cast, she was fine. Geez! Today she is supposed to be out Christmas shopping with DD. I suspect there is a good meal or two in it for DD again; hmmm, seems to be a pattern developing here.

So, I'm cooking tonight. That either means Subway, or leftovers. We had ham and beans for supper, and I had ham and beans for lunch. I'm already a hoot (or perhaps I should say "Toot") to be around; I don't think I'm going to eat ham and beans for supper. There may be an explosion when I light off the fireplace.

Well, our piano player has flown south for the winter, and I am the instrumentalist. Ha, that's funny! I am mostly a strummer, but in all reality, all I have to do is get the congregation going; we can do it acapella if we have to. Adapt, improvise and overcome. Hoo Rah! We're doing Christmas songs right now, and most of them are a little high for me, and I know I could play them in different keys to suit myself, but then that makes it rough on my singing partner. If she quits, I'm history. I don't think she will though; she's the Pastor's wife. LOL!

I have a doctors appointment right after work this evening. I had my blood workup done last week, and tonight he's going to discuss the results with me. I don't expect any real surprises. I would have rather had a more impressive weight loss, but it is what it is. Other than wrapping some presents for DW, and fixing a few things on the little car, there's nothing holding me back from getting to work on the house again. Everything goes on hold this time of the year - including my weight loss. I'll be glad to get a little time off over the Christmas holidays, but that time just seems to fly by. Oh well, guess I had better accomplish something while I'm still a young Whippersnapper. :D Here's wishing you all a great evening, and a better day tomorrow! Toodles!

15 December 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! I've been rather negligent in updating my journal. This is the busy time of the year for Santa, I mean me. Haha. Or I guess I should say, "Ho Ho Ho!" I took off Thursday afternoon and all day Friday to use the rest of my vacation time. It was quite a weekend. Friday, DD and I went on our annual shopping excursion. Even though I had already bought DW her main present, we still had to shop for the kids for the American Legion Christmas party, and for stocking stuffers and such. I usually manage to find something that tickles DD's fancy as well, and I buy it for her. This time, she didn't have a watch on because hers was broken. So, we were browsing watches that they had out on the floor displays. I think they were only $20 or $30 varieties. So, I told her to check out the watches that were in the jewelry cabinet, since they were usually higher quality. She really liked a couple of them, and they didn't have prices on them. I thought, "Oh boy, here it comes!" So, I asked the sales clerk how much they were. She told me. They were the same price as the ones out on the floor. I said, "How come these are as cheap as the ones out there on the floor?" She said, "Oh, I just periodically swap out the ones on the floor for the cabinet display; these are on clearance for 1/2 the price." Haha, I ended up buying her the two she liked the best, for the price of one of them that were out on the floor!" I love it when a plan comes together! I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she told me that she had already told DW that she wanted a microwave; hers was on its last legs. We had already bought that for her and it was hidden in my den. The highlight of our shopping excursion is always . . . yeah, you guessed it - eating. For lunch we went to the Burger Barge, a place on the river that puts everything under the sun on their burgers, and lots of things that should never go on a burger. She had some concoction with a spicey sauce over various cheeses, peppers, mushrooms and of course a big burger. I was more civilized and had a burger topped with thinly sliced ribeye steak, grilled onions, cheese, and tomato. We both had a boatload of french fries, which I had to wash down with a bud lite draft. Not to fear, by the time we finished I am pretty sure any alcohol was out of my system. However, after walking that off for about 4 hours, we hit the Lonestar Steakhouse. I forced myself to indulge in a Porterhouse steak and baked potato. I'm thinking you guys don't want to hear all of this but, it's our tradition, even if I have to pay for it later - which I will.

Yesterday we had the American Legion Christmas party, where of course I played Santa. Since I have to fill the suit, I made sure that I ate my fill of roast turkey, green bean casserole, sage dressing and gravy. Are you recognizing a pattern here? It appears that the strategy didn't work anyway; the elastic was gone in the Santa suit, and the waist was twice my diameter. I was in a bit of a panic when I went to change. I had to hold the pants up with one hand, put the coat on, and try and fasten the Santa suit belt around the coat as tight as I could, hoping that it would suffice to keep the pants up. This was not an easy task. When I was all suited up, I pinched the whole works and yanked up on the pants beneath the suit to the point of giving myself a wedgie. Then, I had to let go and hope for the best because it took both hands to hoist the bag of gifts up on my shoulder, and afterward with bell in hand, I headed out the one door to make my entrance into another door, all the time feeling very loose around the waist, and dreading that I was going to burst through the door, with a healthy "Ho Ho Ho," only to have my pants drop to my ankles! I just know you're hoping that was what happened, but sorry, it didn't, even though it felt the entire time like it was going to, for sure. It went well. I made it out the door fully clothed, while breathing one big sigh of relief, thanking the Good Lord that He didn't choose that event to humble me.

Well, all good things must come to an end, and the joy of the evening did as well. Earlier that day, and before I got to the American Legion, DW had gone up the inside tall and steep steps, and tripped over the step at the top of the stairs. The last step is taller than the others, and she didn't lift her leg up high enough, and apparently went sprawling, landing on knee, hip, shoulder and breaking her fall with her left wrist. She had an ace bandage on it when I got there. We finished out the evening and I went to the ER with her. X-rays of everything, and though they couldn't tell whether the fine line on the wrist xray was a fracture or a shadow, they gave her pain meds, wrapped the wrist with a removable wrist brace, and sent us home. They said if it is still hurting in 4 or 5 days, we will have to come back in for more xrays. DW is supposed to have a day out shopping with DD today. Have you noticed that DD is making out pretty well?

OK, so this is my time for completing final performance documents for all my team, so I've been really busy, and probably will be right up until we take our break for the Christmas holidays. It's the best of times, and the worst of times. I've got a good group working for me, but politics always come into play when it comes time to defend the ratings. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry about it; it's not important. Just suffice it to know that I have to have well documented justifications for the levels at which I rate my team members.

As you can probably tell, my eating plan is not going real well; I'm not planning; just eating. I'm still well under where I started at the beginning of the year, so that is something anyway. I'm about to start back up running, or at least a combination of running and walking. I don't, or haven't been, taking any pain medications, so we'll see how it goes. At least, I don't have any of the surprises that bring me to my knees, or I would have been incapacitated when I hoisted that bag of toys up on my shoulder. LOL! It's all good. Hope everyone has a wonamous day. Toodles!

13 December 2014

08 December 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! I don't know about you guys, but it seems like there isn't Thanksgiving and Christmas anymore; it just seems like it's one endless buffet from the 4th Thursday in November until January 2nd of the followiing year. It's pretty bizarre when you start feeling like it's been a successful holiday when you only have to give up 10 pounds to get back to where you were!

Saw the doctor, got some muscle relaxers and pain killers, but I don't take them unless I'm really having a bad day. They bind me up and that's worse than the back pain; makes me feel like I'm trying to pass a bowling ball. Anyway, the situation with my back is good enough that I'm going to phase the running back in. I'll probably do a walk/run routine for my long runs; there's really no benefit to killing myself on 10 to 15 mile runs, except for the sake of pride, and there wouldn't be much of that if I was stove up.

Well, we had a Christmas pot luck at the church yesterday, with turkey, dressing, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, chicken and noodles, and about every other thing you could imagine over the holidays. Deserts filling two long tables. Did I mention this was only for about 40 people? Haha, and then DW brings more food home than we took. So, we traded turkey, stuffing, gravy and pudding cake for banana bread, lemon squares, ham and who knows what. She's like a squirrel stocking up for the winter. Geez!

I did a solo in the Church Sunday named, "For those Tears I Died." Normally, I just sing a special like that,during the offering, accompanied by a terrific piano player, and I walk out the side door and join the congregation, without any fanfare. This time, when I finished and put the mike back in the stand and was walking off, a young woman in the congregation spurted out, "That song made me cry!" Now, I don't like to make people cry, but I've got to tell you, it makes me feel good when something I do touches someone like that. Makes it all worthwhile.

My great granddaughter told her mother that she wanted a real guitar with a case for Christmas. She's 5 years old. Now, I don't know if she will have the commitment and determination to keep at it, but I decided to buy her one. It listed for $99 and was on sale for $39.something. I got it, because it was so pretty, but it sounded awful. I put new strings on it, and it sounded better, but the tuning machines had so much slop in them that it wouldn't stay in tune for even a minute. I didn't want to send it back, because even though I could buy her a better guitar, I couldn't find one that looked like this, that would get her as excited. So, I ordered new tuners for it, and I see that they arrived at home today. I am sure that it will have an acceptable tone when I'm done with it - at least good enough to make her happy over Christmas. Considering the cost of the guitar, the case, the strap, the electronic tuner, songbook, and tuning machines, the investment gets to about $150.00 for a $39.99 guitar. Funny how that works! Cost of the package - $150; the smile on her face - priceless! I hope.

That's about all I've got for today. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. Toodles!

Pink Guitar

02 December 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Well, DW worked some magic and got me into the doctor yesterday. She goes so often that she is on a first name basis with the whole staff. Anyway, as luck would have it, I get back to the examination room and I feel fine - just a little tenderness in the lower left of my back. So he says he thinks I just tweaked a muscle and prescribes a muscle relaxer and a pain med. I told him I still had some vicodin left over from my pinched nerve injury a couple years ago. He looks it up in the chart and it was 4 years ago. Haha, how time flies! I guess I'm not addicted to pain meds if I've taken about 20 pills in 4 years. I told him that if that was all he thought it was, I might as well start running again. He said, "That's what I would do.

Had the Village Board Mtg last night. Mayor resigned from the village board to sit on the county board, and because he can't hold two voting positions, he switched places with the county clerk. So we still benefit from his experience, and hopefully he will still have the time to participate in our little village affairs. You gotta love small town politics!

Not much to report. Went and had my routine semi-annual blood work done this morning. I'm sure I wil be fine. Going to work on finishing up performance documents, and couinting down the days until our Christmas shutdown. Here's wishing everyone a wonamous day! Toodles!

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