Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sunday was a tiring day but it ended quite well. I wasn’t sure I could rent a kayak today so I didn’t sleep that well and at 7 I drove down and called Shawn and he told me I could definitely get one at 11 do I emailed my kayak friend and she okayed the time. I went back to sleep for a while, after playing some piano and doing one set of exercises. I got to Tangent about twenty minutes early and then my friend and Mark Shanley showed up and we got out boats and headed to Dudley’s landing. It was a fun trip and Mark spent a good bit of time collecting golf balls from the River Course (he got 28 keepers) and my friend and I had a lot of laughs and a good chat. The river was very low (2.1) but it didn’t cause any real problems. Then I drove to my office for a nap and then off to Craig creek for a drive then to Roanoke College for a 45 minute bike ride just before dark. I drove to Applebees for dinner and my lumosity training and my blog.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I didn’t sleep too well and it took a long time to get back to sleep (I didn’t use the otc sleep aid) but at least I got one set of exercises in and when I finally got up it was after nine so I drank a cup of coffee and finally got going a little, doing another set of exercises and my weights and heading off just in time to meet Claire for lunch at Red Lobster. We had a good conversation about her upcoming marriage and it was nice to see her. After that I took a quick nap in my truck, then headed over to the Toyota dealer to have my oil changed and the tires rotated. I got a lot of work done there (including finished my outlines for the fall) and doing my lumosity training. Toyota finished just in time for me to make the 4:50 Star Trek movie (good but not great and pretty slow starting). After that I headed over to the Huckleberry trail for a 45 minute bike ride. Then it was time for dinner at Panera, where I also got a gift card for Total Motion.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Another good day, with two sets of exercises, a hike, weights and piano and then teaching a good class. I went and played 18 holes (two balls on the back nine) and shot pretty well. I went back to my office and got a few things out that I don’t need and then rode my bike for 40 minutes (with no Tylenol) and no knee pain. My kayak friend emailed me and we may still go on Sunday, a lot depending on the weather.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
My knee was very good today and I only took 2 tylenol all day. I took a hike in the morning, did my weights, practiced piano, did a set of exercises, then showered and headed in to teach. Class was fine and I have only a couple of real teaching classes left, then paper classes. After class, I took a quick nap and headed to therapy. My knee got down to 3 degrees and it didn’t hurt too much when I was done. After therapy I drove out to Walker Creek and caught 3 red-eye bass and then rode my bike for 35 minutes at New River Community College. Now I am at O’Charley’s, having finished my chicken salad, and finishing up my blog.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
I ended up meeting Maddie and Claire and it was nice to see them both. After dropping them off I drove out to the Walker Creek bridge and got two fish, a bluegill and a bass. I had a nice drive back and then stopped at the Armstrong parking lot to ride my bike. I was doing fine until I was going up a slight incline when I couldn’t do it and I fell over. I was really scared that I had hurt my knee but after a few seconds of lying on the ground, I was able to get up and nothing seemed too bad. My knee hurt but not much more than at other times when I have overdone it. I went for dessert at O’Charley’s and then drove home. I iced my knee and took two Tylenol and thought it was a bit messed up but I thought there was no permanent damage. In the morning my knee hurt, but I decided to go cut the grass and my knee didn’t hurt too much. Later, I did two single sets of exercises and iced my knee both times and thought I was okay but I didn’t do any exercise bike or much walking. I did all my piano and my weights while watching the Open, and when I got ready to shower, I found the area just above my ankle was swollen. That freaked me a bit but I put the compression sock back on and then after I took a 20 minute walk on the Huckleberry, the swelling had gone down some. I went to my office to do my lumosity training and my blog and get the stuff ready for when I go to Social Security on September 1st. I am pretty sure I didn’t damage the knee surgery but I will keep taking it easy for at least another day. I had some good email exchanges with my kayak friend.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday was the end of my third week of classes and class went well and I treated the class to pizza. Two more weeks left and I am on my way to Canada. In the morning I did my exercises, some medium weights, piano, and did a few things around the house. After teaching I headed out to play 18 holes of 80 yard golf, then went for a good walk with Rob on the Tom’s creek trail, then rode my bike for a half hour at VT. I shouldn’t have ridden my bike so when I was done my knee was pretty stressed. I didn’t do any exercises when I got home, just iced my leg and watched some more of the Open. In the morning my knee was a bit swollen and very stiff so I walked a little, did some tasks around the house (putting the bottle holder on my bike, getting the recycling together, getting a bag of garbage ready, watering the greenhouse (the only thing left are the tomato plants and I’m not sure they will ripen before I leave. I cut up the cardboard boxes and fixed my fishing gear so I am ready for my next time out. I also saw that I can get my golf bag under the bed so that is where it will probably stay, thus giving me more room. I did some weights and practiced piano and then headed in for my therapy session. Dan’s sister Theresa was there and she was fun to joke with. I didn’t do much damage to my knee so Dan thought it would be okay to ride my bike a little bit later on. I drove to my office , walked over to the library to get The Rise of David Levinsky and American Beauty so I will have some reading for my summer trip and the movie for class on Tuesday. In about an hour, I will meet Maddie for dinner. Had a nice chat with Dave and I think it was good for him.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
On Monday I was able to take the tractor out for the first time and I filled three potholes and scraped the road in a few spots. I also did some trimming around the house. I did some weights but only half of my practicing. At Radford, I gave the first part of the midterm and then headed out to play golf and then take a walk with Rob. Tuesday was also pretty busy but I got my exercises done and half my practicing. I also took a walk to the big White Pine and that was comforting. I talked to Omnicare and the new bill is down to 358 and they didn’t file the insurance yet so it should be even less. I would be okay with 200 but if I can get it lower that would be fine. My class went very well and I let them go early after we looked at the two stories assigned. I took a quick walk around campus before my office hour and that felt good. Talked with my kayak friend outside Russell for a few minutes and I hope to take a walk with her and Hank later this week. I decided to drive out to Walker even though it was iffy weather and when I got there the weather was okay and I caught two red-eye bass. I then cut over to Eggleston and walked by the river for twenty five minutes. I sent belated birthday greeting to Claire and I am going to take the girls out on Friday and I will give Claire her present then.