Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cathy's operation is a success

It is Saturday night and the best news is that Cathy Gallo is recovering slowly but reasonably well from her diverticulitus surgery. I saw her yesterday hours after the operation and she was out of it. Maddie was there and we had a nice time chatting and joking for over two hours. I got home pretty late and slept reasonably well. In the morning I took a fine hike to the orchard (doing more pruning, now about half done) and then took a nap. I did some house straightening and everything looks pretty good. I watched Tiger Woods play for the first time in a year and a half and he ended up minus 8 for three rounds, not too shabby. I drove into town and was going to ride my bike but it turned out that it was better to visit Cathy at 4, which I did. I chatted with Claire for a few minutes and then she left for dinner with her dad and Maddie. Cathy and I then had a decent chat although she was in a lot of pain and hadn’t eaten anything since Tuesday and still couldn’t drink any water. It was painful to watch her and I had the same kind of surgery so I really know what she is going through. After my visit I went to Walmart to pick up supplies and then headed over the Eats to get Wheatgrass. Then it was over to Macado’s for soup and salad and my lumosity training and my blog.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

rain but a nice morning hike

Wednesday turned out to be okay. I got a morning hike to the orchard and found that my retirement accounts went up 4.8 K, which was much more (.8) than I expected. I did my exercises, my weights and yoga, and a little bit of cleaning the house. I picked up Maddie around 1 and we had a nice chat on the way to Tech. She is going to stay in touch about Cathy’s operation on Friday. I did some shopping since it was raining and I took a nap before my office hour so I would be fresh for the presentation and class. The presentation was pretty good and She’s the Man less good. It was raining heavily so I decided just to have dinner at Panera and then to go home to ride the stationary bike and watch the Indiana/North Carolina game.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

closer to the end

Tuesday went pretty well. It was raining outside so I did my exercises, practiced my piano, cleaned the dishes, did my weights and yoga and cleaned up the house a bit. I drove in and showed Water for Elephants in the first class, went back to my office for a nap and some work. I then showed the movie in the second class and did an almost 50 minute bike ride just before dark. Another nap and off to Panera for soup and salad and an apple, then my lumosity training and my blog.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

still waiting

Sunday didn’t end up with a kayak trip but I did get to see my kayak friend for a couple of hours, visiting the dog walk and then to Cold Stone for ice cream cupcakes. I couldn’t take a chance on the kayak trip because I couldn’t predict what was going to happen when. I did some bike riding at home and also took a nice hike up to the orchard (it is strenuous enough to get me breathing heavy). I did my yoga and weights, played my piano, and straightened up the house a bit. I did get to the dinner for Michael Van Crowder and he seemed professional and quite affable. I think Rosemary appreciated my coming, especially since Robert was stuck in traffic. I talked to Cathy briefly and told her that I was pretty certain I could give Maddie a ride tomorrow. I did my lumosity training and my blog at Panera.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Things are still uneasy

Friday turned out okay but it involved a lot of bathroom work just before I headed out (I had to drive back to the house twice to avoid problems). In addition I stopped in the middle of the Sisson road after my bottom gave up. I had done a hike up to the orchard earlier, and two washes, and all my exercises, plus almost all my piano work, and my weights and yoga. I was pretty restless last night questioning a number of things but after all the things I got done I felt much calmer. I cleaned out the truck also, and that helped. I left around 2:45 and when I got to the golf course I had to head for the bathroom. I played pretty well starting from the forward tees and moving back as I stayed around bogey golf. I headed to Macado’s in Radford for Margie’s Cashew Chicken salad and lumosity training and my blog

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not a great trip to NY

I will have to summarize a bit since my visit to NY was not the best. On the drive up I stopped to watch the VT-Notre Dame game and my problems began. I ordered a trio of inedible but tasty appetizers instead of soup or salad. Big mistake. I stayed clogged the rest of the night and into my first day of visiting New York. I went to the World Trade Center Memorial and then went to see Fantastic Beasts and then had dinner at Blue Smoke (eating barbequed beef brisket was not the best idea). Finally, I headed home and took 3 ducolax just before getting to my room at the Hampton. The pills didn’t work so I took 3 more in the middle of the night and finally they worked in the morning. What a great sense of relief. I did my exercises and got ready to go to the city and I headed to Columbus Circle to rent a bike at the rental place there. As I was filling out the form, my lower body exploded and I was left backed into a wall with an incredible mess. The rental guy told me you couldn’t see anything so I strolled to a nearby bathroom in the park, where I met a homeless man buttoning his pants. Thankfully there was a free stall and I took off my lower clothes and my jacket and sweater, placing the clean stuff over the edge of the door. My long johns and underwear were ruined but I had my bike pants with me so after cleaning myself as well as I could I pulled on the bike pants, dried my regular pants as much as I could, then put my socks and shoes back on. After I put my sweater and jacket on I noticed that my good gloves had been stolen. Hopefully the homeless person had warm hands for a while. I then went back to finish the rental and did ride around the park for 20 minutes with no problems. After my ride I bought some Immodium and that calmed things down even more so I walked through Central Park for a few minutes then down to 42nd street. It led me to decide to head home early and I am now finishing my Thursday blog in Salem after two bike rides today.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving, finally

I am finished for a week and that feels pretty good. My ear doesn’t hurt so that should not be a problem for the trip. I had two decent classes and I had two bike rides. Andrew is acting like a total asshole. I asked him to stop texting me but he can’t stop himself. He really needs help. What a bully he is and how one dimensional. I could shred him if I wanted but I have no desire to get in an endless battle like he has going on with Gyorgyi. I am watching the Louisville game and they are getting killed 31 to 0.