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GETTING MORE TIME.

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Now, that the Wife’s knee is healing better, I’m able to get “out there” more & more.  No longer does she need constant help to walk or do things around the house.  The 7″ incision in her right knee is looking better all the time.  By the end of this month she should be back walking like nothing happened.

The is a bit of sacrafice to be made when you have surgery like she did.  She will never be able to just get up and run.  Nor will she be able to bend down using her legs.  It is much better than having the pain & discomfort like before.  She still has to sit with her leg elevated with ice cubes in a plastic bag to keep down the swelling, even though alot of the edema is gone.

If anyone out there is going to have this type of surgery, I give you fair warning.  It’s no fun the 1st 2 weeks!  There will be much discomfort, but pain med’s will help out.  Pain med’s are not the cure all.  They just keep what was done under control.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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SURGERY!

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Here I am.  The image was taken at the Grandaughters Graduation in West Virginia State University a few weeks ago.

Now, on to what’s been going on here.  On the morning of June 4th, my Wife had major knee surgery to replace her bad knee on her left leg.  She had been suffering from pain for just under a year.  Her joint was bone on bone.  Not good.  The surgery process went very good.  The Sergon did a great job.  He was so very pleasant & comforting to her.  After the surgery was done, she stayed in the Reading Hospital for 2 days after to recover.  The Nursing Staff had her up & walking not but an hour after surgery, if you can believe that!  She did very well.  However, that was because the drugs & medication did not quite wear off yet.  The painful time is yet to come.

Brought her Home here and had to help her in just about everything she tried to do.  The second day she was home, is a very painful time.  It was a very trying time for us both.  We were told that the 1st week will be nasty.  They were right.  Eileen had to take pain meds every 4 hours to keep the painful incision from hurting more than what it did.  Me, being her caregiver, had to help her keep ice on her knee to keep the swelling down.  Change the ice most every hour & a half.  It’s a lot of work.  She did not sleep well, nor did I for the 1st week.

The 2nd week started to get better.  Not quite as much pain, but it was still there.  She had to start some Rehab at Mountain Lake Rehab where certified people help her along the road to recovery.  Every other day, she had to go.  Her knee did get better & better, but it’s no picnic quite yet.  Learning to put weight on a leg & knee that had a major operation is no fun!  Learning to walk is another obstacle to overcome.

Now, into the 3rd week, it’s much, much better.  She can walk with a cane, but still needs attention so there is no falling!  Eileen can do much more now, and the incision is healing very nicely.  Very soon she will be up and walking just like she did before.  Like nothing happened.

It has been rough on us both.  I can’t really go anywhere for long periods of time.  About 2 hrs. is the max.  I’m more than sure that she does not want to go thru this again!  Me, either!

 

Thanks for reading.

Les

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BAD WEEK!

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Ever had one of those weeks when things go wrong and get expensive?  Well, last week was one of them for us.  Was not good.

The first one was while washing some dishes, we noticed that the Water in the sink was not getting very hot.  Did not think much of it, until I went down into the laundry room and noticed the water heater leaking water on the floor!  Not good.  Should not do that.  Called a good friend of ours and told him about it.  Was told that the heater might be going bad!  Crap!  Just what we need.  More expense.  Called UGI to come out and take a look.  No good!  Thought that the Pilot Light might be out.  Nope, it’s dead!  Here we go.  He gave us a quote on a new one.  His price was rather expensive, I thought.  Called around for other prices and found some people that were much cheaper!  They could come out that same day and install one!  Great.  Do it.  2 guy’s came here and had a new Water Heater installed in 2.5 hrs.  They were very good.  Thanks to them for a great job.

Then about 2 day’s later, my Wife noticed that the Toilet was not flushing right.  Oh No!  What’s wrong now?  I took a look at it and she was right.  It was flushing very slow, with hardly any water coming out.  Now what?  Thought that the holes under the lip of the bowl might be clogged with calcium from hard water, so I poked around in them.  Got some calcium out, but not anywhere near enough.  Still was not flushing right.  Checked the “innards” of the tank.  That was ok.  Pleanty of water coming in.  Not that.  It must be those water holes under the bowl lip.  Called a friend of mine who is a Plumber.  He told me to get a new one.  This one has had it!  It’s been there for over 30 yrs.  Damm.  Here we go again.  Ordered another Toilet from a business that was recommended to us.  It was here in 3 day’s.  It’s one of those “low flush” toilet’s that are out on the market now.  Plastic seat and it sits up higher.  Now, I have to install it.  Oh Boy.  More fun!

I’ve installed toilets before, but I’m afraid of that darn “seal” that goes around the pipe to the sewer.  You get one chance to set the toilet down on the seal!  If it does not seal right you start all over again with a new seal!  I hate that.  Well, I took my time on lifting the toilet on to the wax seal and did it in one try!  Whew!  Connected everything up and it worked real good!

Now, this one was the bad one.  A day or so later I was here on the Laptop and was making a Post on Facebook when all of a sudden the screen shut off and the Laptop shut off!!  Oh.  What’s this?  Tried to re-start.  Nothing.  Tired again.  Nothing.  Oh my!  Now what’s wrong?  Did not know.  Thought I’d let it sit over-night and see what happens.  Next day, still dead.  Now, I don’t know what to do, so I called Micro Air Computers and asked them.  I was told to bring it up to them.  They will take a look and see what’s wrong.  Well, found out next day that it’s dead!!!  No power.  Some of the important componats went bad after more than 8 yrs. of use.  Not worth the repair.  What else is going to go wrong!!

Ok, so I knew I had to get another one, but which one?  I use this System for Photography editing and other stuff.  Shopped around for a bit and decided on this HP Envy Notebook e360.  Has a much faster system than I had before, but not as much memory.  My other one had 750GB.  This one has only 256GB.  Should be enough for what I use it for.  This one has a HD Screen.  Nice.  So, now I had to recover the Programs that I paid for over time.  LightroomCC, PaintShop Pro, Picasa, AururaHD, and Aurura2019 I had to re-download.  I lost most everything else.  All my Images that I wanted to keep are gone!  Should have made a Disk of them.  This System run’s on Windows 10.  Getting used to it.  It’s different than Windows 8.1

That’s how last week went!  Not good.  Don’t think we can handle much more.  To say the least, I was not a happy camper at all!  My nerves were done.  All I can say is I hope that was the last of it, but who knows.

Thanks for reading,

Les

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BEFORE IT MELTS AWAY

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Well, it looks like the month of March is coming in as a Lion, so far.  It snowed again last night.  This was the 3rd time this week-end.

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The 1st snow we got was on Friday evening.  That time it was just about 2 inches of white stuff.  The 2nd time was on Saturday evening that snow fell leaving just about 2 inches, again.

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Yesterday, it started snowing again.  This time it lasted most of the day and into the night.  I got up and was greeted by a Winter Wonder Land.  The snow was on the Wet side so that made it cling to most everything it fell on.  This type of snow makes for real pretty Landscape shots.  This one was taken from my back yard.  My Butterfly Bush in the foregound can’t take the weight as well as my Rocket Trees behind.  Everything is all dressed in White.

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Wanted to take a drive up to the local watershed, where I’ve been many times before, but the roads have not been plowed very well quite yet.  I thought it best not to venture out.  No need to damage the car.

I do enjoy it when Nature shows Her splendor.  It’s up to the beholder to take notice.  I do just that!  Always have.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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READING A BOOK

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 I have a number of books.  Most of the books I have are on History, Photography, Instructional, and The Civil War.  But, there is a big problem that I seem to have.  That is I just can’t seem to sit down and read what I have!  I’ve had this problem for a long, long time.

Just why I have this, I have trouble explaining.  I can remember back in HS, when I was told to read a number of chapters in the book, but never really did.  I should have.  Would probably have gotten better grades.  Why do I still have the same problem?

I will go buy or order a book that has my interest.  I want to read about it and what the Author is trying to tell the reader.  I want to know what is being told, but I just don’t do it!  I have just received books I ordered named “The End of Detroit, The Story about the Purple Gang in Chicago, and The Story about Scarface and the Untouchables”  They have been sitting around for awhile now.  I’ve picked them up, read a few paragraphs, then put it down.

I’m finding that if the book does not hold my interest from the very start I’ll get bored with it!  Then later on, I’ll try again, but the same thing happens.  I’m told that reading a good book is very good for your brain and well being.  Is it?  Don’t know that.  Maybe what I should do is just force myself to start reading and hold yourself to it.  Read slowly and understand what the Author is telling you.  Maybe I just don’t have the patience to keep reading?  Not sure.

I’m going to keep trying.  With constant doing I just may get into more reading about what I want.  Maybe some of you out there have the same problem?  Leave me a comment, if you want.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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MAIN ST. IN READING, PA

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This is the Main St. in Reading, PA my home town.  Taken as a Snapshot from my Dash Cam that I bought a few weeks ago.  Here I will provide some more information on what this shows.

I have lived here, but on the outskirts, of the City most all my Life.  I was born not far from here in the Reading Hospital in March 1947.

Much of what you see here was not the City years ago.  It has changed much over the years that I remember.  The City was much better back then.  Starting with looking at the right side of the Image, most of the orginal stores are gone.  The City used to be just full of all kinds of different merchants that people would shop in.  Furniture stores, shoes, clothing shops, etc. are not here anymore.  Other business has taken their place.  The tall building on the right used to be a popular shopping place called Pomroyes.  I remember well my Mother taking me into Pomroyes many times in it’s past.  Over the years, it lost business and was not profitiable any longer.  It was torn down and the Wells Fargo building took it’s place.

There was no divider in the Center of the street.  Us teenagers used to Cruise Main St. on a Friday & Saturday night hoping to meet some new Ladies that were doing the same thing as us boys.  Called “Crusin’ back then, that’s long gone now.  No one does it anymore.  There used to be Trolley’s that ran up & down the Main St., but the last one ran in 1951.  The tracks are now torn up or paved over.

The Tall Building on the left was not there, either.  Before there were other small business’s there, but they are gone.  On the right again, the Woolworth Store is gone also.  It was a popular eating place.  It was well known for it’s “Soda Fountain” that many Woolworth Stores had thru the Country.  The “Crystal Restraunt” was another nice place to eat.  Well known for it’s good food, Mom would take me in there for lunch.  I had to eat all of what she ordered or I could not “go to the Toy Box” to pick out a Toy!  I did, even though I hated peas!  That too, is long gone.  In the 70’s, it caught fire and burned to the ground.  It never did return.

There is so much of the City that has changed that I can’t mention it all.  Now, the City is not known for what it was.  It’s full of drugs & crime in certain area’s.  I avoid the City when-ever possible.  Only go in there if I have to.  I’m truly sorry to see my City get like it is.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

SNOW SQUALL

Yesterday morning was turning out to be a nice looking day.  Sun was out, was not windy or cloudy.  So, I thought I’d go “out there’ even though it was on the cold side with my camera and see what I could find.

Had to stop over at the local Best Buy Store to see if I could purchase some earbuds with a microphone so I could install a narrative to video’s that I shoot.  When I got there, I noticed the sky was starting to turn cloudy.  Just my luck.  Went into the store, shopped around for something not expensive, but will work well.  Found what I wanted, paid for it, and left.

Going back outside, I saw it snowing!  What the heck!  From sunny to snow in about 20 minutes.  Thought that it was just a Snow Shower that would only last a few minutes.  It did, but the sky still did not look right.  Decided to head home and try another day.

It’s good I did.  No sooner than getting home, I saw the snow return.  This time it was snowing, and blowing worse than before.  Quick ran and got my Nikon and recorded what you see above.  This Snow Squall lasted about 20 minutes with no real accumlation.  It stopped as quick as it started.  Then the sun came back out!

Sometimes I think I just can’t win during Winter months!

Thanks for viewing.

Les