Thursday, January 5

Time Flies .... No It Doesn't

I guess it has been awhile since I posted. A bit over three months ago was the last one. I would love to take the time and share all the fun stuff I have been doing, and post pictures of where I have been traveling to/from. But, I haven't been traveling (to exotic or to places other than work, or hospital). I haven't had tons of fun, like being on a beach in some tropical, all-inclusive resort. No, mostly just been doing LIFE.

But over the past three months, there have been some events going on I am able to share ... which means I probably am going to, so if you don't want to be really bored, quit reading.

I found out that I am going to be a Grandpa! The Daughter and SIL are expecting their first in April of 2017. In November, an ultrasound revealed that they are 90% sure it will be a girl. Just this past weekend, they shared the name they have decided on for her. The first one I didn't recognize, but the middle is the same as the Wife's first name. The kids had decided some weird thing about including grandparent names in whatever way to get the child's name. I just said whatever. I'll end up calling her some nickname I make up anyways. Heck, the boys around here are Buddy, Booger and Monkeybutt. I'm sure I'll figure out one for her when she arrives.

Thanksgiving went fine. We had gone over to the SIL's parents home for lunch, bringing my MIL along as well. Then the day after, we shared another meal with my parents. Then earl.y December, we had a fire. Saturday around 2am, our middle son woke us up with "Mom, Dad .... the shed is on fire". I went tearing through the house and out the back barefooted. Our wood shed was completely engulfed in flame, as well a portion of our back wooden fence. Fire department was called and arrived, in time to have the electric line to our house burn through. Somehow through the mad dash I did to the back yard, and trying to hose down the fire (which was pointless with a garden hose - as I couldn't get within 20 feet of the blaze) I ended up slicing the arch of my right foot, as well as de-gloving completely the little toe of the same foot. That means I had a 2 1/5" gash and a little toe that had skin ripped off of it from the base of the toe, over the tip to the nail. I was so pumped with adrenaline, the Wife finally asked if I was cut as she saw spots of blood (as big as the gash) around the cement at the front door/driveway area, where we were waiting for the Fire Dept to finish. After FD had left, the power company was able to restore a line of power tot he house within a couple hours, but the phone line had been burnt/fused so we had no Internet/phone at the house. While power was being restored, the Wife took me to the ER, and I ended up with eight stitches in the foot. I was told to stay off it for minimum of a week, and then gradually start walking on it. Yeah right. I called my boss, and explained it would hopefully only be a couple days and I would try to be back in to work. Need less to say, it took 4 days to even be able to get a shoe on, and I was off work that whole week. As of today, the stitches were removed a couple weeks ago, and it has scabbed over pretty well. I have barely a limp when I walk, though with the thick scab, it feels like a pebble in the arch when I step on it. A couple more weeks and I hope it goes with the scab. Overall, we lost the shed, and about 20 or so feet of wooden fence. And my injury. The house and everyone else was fine. Phone services were restored by Tuesday. Official conclusion by the fire inspector is "unconfirmed source" as to the cause. However, and the inspector was aware of this as well, the neighbor behind us, who's chain-link fence abuts our wooden one, had two clay "ovens" (made of clay, with a round-ish body, and a chimney that people use sort of like a backyard fireplace) right next to the fence, and the chimneys had soot on them. Meaning they had been used. Though the inspector was not able to check them out, as they were on other property, and I am sure that neighbor was not allowing them access. So, we are int he process of figuring what kind of shed we will get to replace the one, as well as fencing options. The Wife wants block, but the cost.....

Christmas came and went. I scored pretty good on summer sausages and T-shirts. There were fewer presents as everyone is pretty hard to shop for, my family or the extended families. The Boys have gotten older, and their tastes more expensive, but I think overall everyone was satisfied. We did the usual home, MIL, then my parents trips that day, ending with lunch at Reverend Mother's. New Year's eve we just stayed home, as well as NYD. Sis invited everyone over for NYD lunch, but I had declined as we had tentative plans that didn't work out.

So not much has been going on. Waiting on the oldest Son to figure out his classes for the spring semester at the local community college so we can pay the fees. The other two boys return to school on Monday, I believe. Had a nice free breakfast this morning where the boss treated. We were going to have a small meeting with the techs, but of the seven, only one showed. Their loss. Either way I am killing time before I actually need to head to work. At least another hour plus before that time comes.


Friday, September 30

End of an Era

Today ends my Birthday month. It has been quite the party, but like all good things, it has reached its end. Anything major happen in the last 30 days? Well, aside from me hitting the ripe age of 45.... my Redskins (1-2) finally won their first game (and hopefully the start of a good, long, winning streak). The oldest son had his first car mishap (explanation later on). The temps in AZ have been below 100 for over a week now. I can't think of much more that would be worthy of mention.

So, about a week ago, the oldest son, new to driving (on his own) as he has only had his license maybe a month, had his first accident. Thankfully he wasn't hurt, and there wasn't much damage. Seems on his way to classes one morning, another driver was "driving pretty fast, faster than the speed limit" somehow glanced off the Son's passenger front fender. Minor dents, pushed in the wheel well area a little, and luckily didn't rip the bumper off, or break the headlight assembly. The wheel well was pushed in just enough it would rub the tire when he hit a speed bump. When I got home that night, I was able to pull it out about a half inch, and he said later that did the trick so it isn't rubbing anymore. The worst of the whole situation, is the other driver didn't even bother to stop AT ALL. Our guess was they were probably un-insured, as too many seem to be out here. That, or possibly even illegal. I felt good that my Son handled himself well, and wasn't hurt. Bonus was that the car wasn't damaged so bad it would not be able to be driven. I just bought that thing!

I had a Doctor visit this past week. Nothing to do with age, just a 3 month check-up following being released back to work after the back injury. Doc wanted to go over blood results from a draw I did last week, for this appointment. Liver activity was high, as were the Triglycerides. I got the usual quit drinking, quit smoking, lose weight speech. I had gained 3 pounds. Got a prescription for something to help lower/manage my triglycerides. Was stressed at to quit/cut-back on the drinking, to be sure I don't get cirrhosis of the liver, or pancreatic problems. Well, the birthday month is over, so the drinking will slow down again. I'm going to be more aware of portions and what I eat. I am sure the alcohol intake being reduced will help with the weight loss.

Supposed to be 96 degrees today. I'll still use the AC in the truck until the sun goes down. After that, it feels nice to be out and driving. Work is the same. have a new tech starting soon, and just had one go on medical leave - ripped his bicep muscle. Probably be out 4-6 months. Saves me about 20-30 minutes of driving to/from his house. He is the furthest out I go to.

Guess that is about all I got for now....


Monday, September 19

And Here I Go Again ....

.... too bad it isn't like the video from Whitesnake.

It is Monday once again, and I am up earlier than I feel I should be. I could be sleeping for another two hours, but such is not my luck today.

The middle son got a new phone this weekend. The iphone he had, I had gotten the replacement screen. Saturday I went to do the repair. Needless to say, it got messed up and it wasn't working anymore. I didn't even complete the repair. The flowchart sent witht the kit, the video and the flowchart on the video did not even match each other at all. So I quit after the 2nd step (removing 5 screws) and tried to put it back to together (5 screws) but still something went wrong and it wouldn't even power up. Need less to say, he got a Samsung now, with the phone plan insurance on it.

Nothing else much to say. My Redskins suck it seems this year. Already 0-2, and I am losing hope fast.


Wednesday, September 14

Slow Moving Mornings

My birthday was just shortly over a week ago. I turned 45. This morning's aches and pains, did not just suddenly appear once I hit that age marker. The arthritis and other general pains, have been present for years. Though they may be more persistent and stronger now, they are still not debilitating. Hence, me still going to work. I do admit, however, this morning found me wondering how much longer I will be able to do this much of a physical job that I do now.....

It is barely past 7am this morning, and I find myself awake and aching. The other night Preacher Tom had texted me asking about breakfast this morning. We had fallen out of our routine of them more often since I had a weirder work schedule due to vacations. I'm guessing he feels it has been awhile since we had one. Personally, I would rather the sleep-in time .... but we all do what we can.

The middle son broke the screen on his phone awhile back. Reverend Mother had given us an old phone she had, an iPhone 4s, that they no longer needed. We just had service to it turned on when we added him to the plan. No insurance on the phone, so of course he gets the screen broke. Found a repair kit online for a decent price, and it arrived the other day. I sat down after work last night, waiting for him to come home from band practice, thinking I would get it done. Not a chance in Hell. Just reading through the instructions informed me the whole process on average is 45 minutes (experienced techs) they also recommend watching the video (on YouTube at just short of 35 minutes), and then watching the video as you do the repair. No way was I doing all that at 9pm. I told him it would have to wait until Saturday.

Oh shit. That reminds me... something going on Saturday. Thankfully you could not see, but after several minutes of pondering (meaning slapping my forehead) I remembered that the Daughter and SIL are coming up this weekend. Saturday I set aside for dinner out with them.

So between the aches and pains of getting older, memory losses or shortages, Life can sometimes be good.


Tuesday, September 13

I'm Beat

This week has started off pretty crappy. Yesterday (Monday) I had an oil change scheduled for my truck. I set them up so I am the first one at the shop at 7:30am, and it also gives them time to check the truck over and if something needed has to be done, I have a couple extra hours before needing to be at work. That also means, I need to be on the road about 6-630am to get to the shop in time, as it is across the Valley from mt house. Yesterday started out normal enough. Left at 6, dropped off the middle son at school, and was on the freeway by 6:15. In Phoenix, the two major freeways (I-10 & I-17) cross at two different points, one going through downtown, one going more around it, then joining back up. By the time I hit the "Stack", the 10 was already backed up, so I stayed on 17 - a normal occurrence for this trip in the mornings I have done previously. Four miles down the road, I hit the parking lot.

Actually, it was worse than a parking lot. At 7:30, the time of my appointment, I called the garage and said I was running late due to a rig had overturned, closing the freeway pretty much. They said no prob. An hour later, I called back and told them I had only moved a mile and a half, and I needed to reschedule. We did for Friday. I continued on, heading to work (same direction) just to avoid the problem later in the morning. All in all, it took 3 hours to get to work (a normally 45 minute drive).

Needless to say, I was more tired than usual from getting up earlier. Then add the sitting in traffic waiting tiredness. I was pretty beat last night. This morning, still feeling tired, too.


Tuesday, September 6

Holy Crap! It's September Already!

I hadn't fully realized that it had been a month since I last wrote anything here. I know that Life has seemingly been keeping me busy ,,, or if nothing else, my schedule is nuts.

Today is the 6th, and follows the Labor Day weekend. It also marks my 45th birthday. Normally, this day would be a normal work day for me, except of all the texts, Facebook notifications, and calls that have come in, preventing me from sleeping in to my regular 9am wake up time. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate them ... just appreciate the sleep prior to work even more.

So what has happened in the last month? School started for the two younger boys. The Oldest Son started college and got his drivers license. The Wife and I ... we got to work jobs and pay bills. Nothing new there.

Went out to Olve Garden for my birthday last night. Had a good meal. They had the Eat one there and take home special going on, so I have Raviolis for tonight ... but no OG salad. I even brought home some of the pepperoni fettuccine Alfredo I had (and the rest of oldest Son's, too) that I may have prior to going into work today.

Guess that is about all I have today.


Friday, August 12

First Week Done

Today is the last day, of the first week of the boys going back to school. I realize I am going to have to get better at getting up at 6am to take the middle son, but otherwise wasn't a terrible week.

Work is pretty much the same. My back is fine, and hasn't given me any problems. Things are picking up, as we head into our more busier time of year. Who's think that appliance repair would have a busy season versus just steady work?

Rev Mom and Preacher Tom are headed out this weekend. RM celebrated another birthday just a few days ago, and being the black sheep I am, I still haven't gotten her bday card(s) over to her. I know she won't mind if I wait until they get back, but still....

Guess that is all I have today...