Monday, October 15, 2018

Nighttime Fears

K is having her first issue with her gut(diverticulitis) since her exploding intestine last December where she spent 11 days and surgery in the hospital.  Around midnight she got scared and said to take her to the ER.  I had her call her GI doc first and he responded immediately.  He assuaged her fears somewhat about having to go to the ER.  We are supposed to call him this AM and see if we can get in or if he wants to send her some antibiotics.  This condition will be with her her entire life.  But his was the first time since since her surgery and some fear is to be expected.  Being night time just compounded that and she has admitted that.  I wasn't really worried about her health, but I was worried about her mental and emotional state.  Consequently she wasn't planning on calling her doctor for instructions.  Fear does funny things to you and night time just makes it worse it seems.  If you have ever spent time in an ER, they always seem to be busier at night.  I won't postulate about the psychology of fear and night.  I just know it happens.  In the meantime we wait to see what happens with the doctor.

Most of Texas is feeling the brunt of the first real cold front this morning.  I hear there is even snow in the panhandle, that is pretty rare for this early in the year.  It is about 10 degrees colder than the weather guessers predicted.  It's about 42* and extremely windy as I write this at 8 AM.  Oh and it is raining again.  Already have had 1.5 inches.  I'm glad it's cooler but this makes it hard on the dog and with all the issues he has.  It is really hard to get him in and out of the house in the rain when he needs to go out.  His weakness makes him stumble and fall easily and this is not good when it so wet, it is even easier and he gets really soggy with all that hair.

The bucks have been pretty active the last couple weeks.  I think they may be in full rut this morning with this colder weather.  I saw this big boy this morning while trying to get Buster outside.  

I only had my phone so it doesn't do him justice.  he has 10 points and they are very heavy horns.  heaviest I have seen in a long time.  When it is this windy we don't usually see any deer.  They will lay up as the wind plays havoc with their senses, detecting motion (everything is moving) smell is being blown away.  This guy was more interested in the doe you could just barely see in the video.  The rut makes them nuts and lose their good sense.  

K just got off the phone with the doc's office.  They took her information and will either call her to come in or send her a prescription to the pharmacy.  Her fever is now down and she isn't anxious at the moment.

Happy Trails

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday and Great Weather

The weather here has finally turned cool.  In fact, on this morning's walk with Buster I was a bit chilled.  It was only 59* which really isn't all that cool, but the air is finally dryer and there was a slight breeze, and with me refusing to wear anything but shorts until the heater in the house is needed I was cooler than I expected.  Also for the last couple weeks the bucks are getting frisky and have been seen showing interest in chasing does.  That means the bigger bucks have been around, the ones we don't normally see until they start chasing does.  

This is one like that, that will show up only this time of year.

Hopefully today (Thursday) I can get out and finally cut the grass in my yard that has gone nuts with all the rain.  We had rain earlier in the week along with a couple other things that put it off farther than I wanted too.  Then we will head of to the depot of homes and get a few things.  I need to replace a flood light fixture for the front of the house.  The current motion detector one has quit on me.  With all the rain I now can see some fire ant mounds that need to be treated and I am out of Amdro.  There are a couple other things also that I can't remember as I write this but I have them written down.  I have to write them down as I have gone so many times to pick up a few things and have left without one or two I intended.  It is much too far to go to make two trips.  Hey, I'm old.

We finally got around to visiting my parents yesterday.  It had been a longer stretch than usual for our trip over with all the treatments we both were undergoing along with the usual life things.  It had been so long that my Mother even called us about it, which she never really does.  The only issue we had was that this is a pretty long distance, almost 30 miles one way, to get to their house.  Normally that isn't too bad but yesterday all the jack wagons were out driving on that same highway we were on.  And there were a lot of them.  Traffic bugs me more and more, more than I ever expected it to since I used to drive through heavy traffic when I was working.  

Happy Trails

Monday, October 8, 2018

Great Weekend

What great weekend we had.  Everything still has a decided burnt orange glow.  If you have been out somewhere like Outer Slobovia you may not be aware that my favorite football team won the big game against the hated land thieves from that place north of the Red River.  That was a great game.  Yes, I know I probably would not have thought so if it had turned out any different.  However, this one will go down as one of the all time greatest in the long history of this rivalry.  Part of what made this a great weekend is that my oldest son and his son (my Grandson) came to watch the game with Poppy.  I had forgotten that the previous year we had decided to get together to watch this game.  We used to watch every game together when he was at home.  He is just as big a fan as I am and now we have already indoctrinated his son.  He is only 8 and probably doesn't really understand all that goes on in football, but every time Texas scored he would yell 'in your face sucker.'  No idea where he got that but it was funny the first time he said it.  Neither of us went to UT.  I am just a sports fan, and don't really care about what comes out of the college there since they are one of the most liberal of all the colleges in the views of the world.  I became a football fan at a very early age, due to my Uncle and Aunt that met there back in the late 40's early 50's.  Even though they lived in Denver they came to Austin to almost every game and were a big part of several organizations there.  My Uncle was Captain of the Golf team that won the conference championship every year he was there.  His only personal loss was to some guy named Arnold Palmer.  There is so much more I could tell about him but I will cut this short for now.  When that Uncle and Aunt got older they weren't able to attend as often.  By that time my Son was old enough to go with me to a couple games a year on their season tickets they sent us to the games they didn't plan on seeing.  What great memories those are for both of us.

We were also able to spend some time with some great friends from church at a small party.  Our parties aren't really parties and we mostly eat, visit, and then sing songs and the singing is great.  That is one of our favorite things to do.  Yes, I can sing a little.  Usually the bass part.  No I can't really read music but can follow notes and the rest is by ear.  That all just added to a very fine day, although I did miss what was surely a burnt orange sunset.

For the first time in over a month we have no real appointments requiring us to be somewhere, mostly doctors.  We aren't quite sure what to do with ourselves.  I do need to get some yard work done and we will probably go see my parents.  We haven't been over to see them in over two months and we have been reminded of that by my Mother.  Maybe Wednesday will be the day for that.  

We are just going to enjoy the week as it comes and try not to get to busy.  We may make a short day trip to the outlet malls.  I need to replace some old worn out clothes and we have always had good luck there.  And it is near the Cabela's store that I like to go to.  I don't need anything from there but it is fun to look around.

Happy Trails

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018


One more day til the big game and another trolling of the land thieves.

Hook 'em