Monthly Archives: February 2009

February 28, 2009 – Saturday Morning

February is just about over.  It has been a pretty cold, windy, snowy month, with just a couple of short warmer days.  We are ready for warmer weather.

Carol is doing a lot better.  She gets around with a cane now and sometimes even walks around without it.  But the issue remains pain management and therapy to get the muscles and ligaments stretched back to normal (if that is possible) again.

Last night we watched THE PASSION OF CHRIST for the first time.  It is a very tough movie to watch.  Makes you wonder if that is maybe what is really was like back then.  It is very possible.  I’m sure those were violent times.  There are areas of the world where violence is much more acceptable (or at least tolerated) than here in North America.  And also attitudes and approaches have changed and softened over time. 

Since today is Saturday, it is a good day to listen to WCMU Public Radio.  Lots of good shows.  Jazz and blues this morning.  Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me this afternoon.  And of course Garrison Keeler this evening.  I love this stuff.

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February 27, 2009 – Breakfast

Went to see my “new” urologist this morning.  We reviewed my history.  He was not at all concerned with my PSA reading being 5.something.  He said to come back in a year.  Have another PSA test three weeks prior to my next visit. 

After the visit with the urologist, I went over to visit my friend, Bob.  Caught up on things.  A friend of his dropped by while I was there.  We talked about putting down flooring.  Both Bob and his friend are about to start flooring projects. 

After his friend left to head back home, Bob and I went to the Wortley Roadhouse for breakfast.  Neither one of us had eaten.  It was my first visit to the Roadhouse, although I have heard alot about the place and have long wanted to check it out.  Breakfast was good and we sat there a long time drinking coffee and talked about getting older and wiser.

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February 26, 2009 – Figure something out

I made it through the procedure yesterday.  Took about an hour.  Somewhat uncomfortable because they fill your bowel with a mixture of barium and gas.  So the bloated sensation is not all that pleasant.  But there wasn’t any pain or anything.  Afterwards, I came home and had a nice meal. 

Got alot of reading done yesterday.  Still re-reading the THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO.  Want to finish it soon, because I have about three other books waiting around that are all shouting “Read me next”. 

Not sure if I meantioned it in a previous entry, but my company was bought out by INTERNATION PETROLEUM INVESTMENT COMPANY, a company from Abu Daubi, (in Saudi Arabia??).  The deal was announced this past Monday.  And with, the re-structuring plans, my retirment plans, have been stopped.  Shit.  I was all set to retire with a nice package (Thank you very much).  But now, who knows.  Might be stuck there for another 3-4 years, if they decide to keep our portion of the company running.  Will be very interesting.

Carol has a couple of things that she wants me to do around the house.  There are a bunch of boxes that need to be cut up for the re-cycle bin.  A little plumbing work on the kitchen faucet.  Some groceries.  I need to get some bird seed, too.  And of course, I want to get in some reading. 

Tomorrow I go to see the urologist.  8 in the morning. 

Some vacation.  Almost looking forward to going back to work on Monday.  There are REAL vacations, and then there are just stay at home and work around the house vacations.

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February 25, 2009 – Preparation

On Monday the van was in the shop.  A new O2 sensor was installed and a basic tune-up was performed.  The van then passed the emission test.  Tuesday, I took the emission test results to the license bureau.  Got my new sticker for my license plate.  I also got an oil change and had my tires rotated.  So I am hopeful that this vehicle will last a while longer.  500,000 km.  Hang in there baby. 

At noon on Tuesday I started my prep for the barium enema.  Lots of fluids and some phophate liquids (Fleet Phospho-Soda) and four little pills (Dulcolax).  It hit me around 4 PM.  And I spent the rest of the day and evening on the toilet.  A pretty good flushing of the system.  Check at the hospital is this morning at 8:45.  Haven’t had any solid food since yesterday morning at breakfast.  Once the procedure is complete, I can eat again.  Think I will go out for a late breakfast.

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February 23, 2009 – The week ahead

Well, I am taking the week off work.  The week is pretty well booked.  Between getting work done on the van, a barium enema to check my bowels (a two-day excercise), meeting with my urologist for follow-up to a “high” PSA number, shoveling the driveway, reading and maybe even driving some back roads to look for whatever birds I can find, I will keep plenty busy.  Ain’t life great!!! 

Just heard a song by Lacy J Dalton on KPIG (internet).  “16th Avenue”  What a great song.  I love her voice.

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February 22, 2009 – A new TV

Well we finally bought our new TV.  After 3 weeks of wandering around big box stores, talking to salesman and seeking advice from friends, I brought one home yesterday.  It is a 47LG70.  So that is 47″.  The other two measurements”  1080 p and 120 hz.  Most of the newer TV’s are 1080 p.  But the 120 hz raises the notch a tad more and provides an even sharper picture when it comes to movement.  We have called Rogers Cable and ordered a new “high definition” box.

We had to move our old TV upstairs.  And that was not an easy task.  Very heavy.  My neighbor came over to help.  My back was sore last night and even more so this morning. 

I will finish setting it up today.  The wiring will be interesting.  Wish me luck.

Well most things are working,  When the high def box gets here this week, hopefully everything else will fall into place. 

Had to shovel the driveway again.  Spent the rest of the day reading and watching the birds at the feeder.  After supper (ham and scalloped potatoes), I will be taking Bailei back home.

Busy day planned for tomorrow.  Mostly with getting the car in shape.

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February 19, 2009 – Strange event

Good evening.  Such a good day at work.  Things came together nicely for me.  Still not completely caught up, but made great strides. 

Carol had supper ready so we ate as soon as I got home.  Sausage and sauerkraut.  Had plans for this evening.  Two different meetings scheduled for later tonight.  But Carol was feeling sore so she was going to stay home.  I decided to go to the meeting at church.  Went to the store to pick up a few groceries first.  My ATM card wouldn’t work.  So I tried to use my credit card and that didn’t work either.  So I left my groceries, came home and started making phone calls.  Turns out my cards, both my cards, had been potentially compromised.  Nothing amiss with out accounts.  But the police had notified the card companies and they blocked my cards.  They wouldn’t release much info.  Just said they are investigating a local machine where both my cards had been used and as a precaution, they notified the card companies.  What a strange thing.  It had to be a machine where I have used both my cards.  And I can only think of one place.  I am tempted contact the police.  I want to know more about it.  Carol just says forget about it.  They are sending me new cards.  But this really shook me.

Left my book at work.  But the latest edition of a magazine I subscribe to arrived in the mail today.  So I have some reading material for tonight.  Good night my friends.

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