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The Strangest Grocery List

24 Dec
This is an email I sent to my family this morning:
SO……….Mom gave me a shopping list this morning.  And this morning I was late taking my Parkinson’s meds.

Went to the bank, then to Meijers. First item on the list: Prunes. Have you ever tried to find prunes in that store?  Don’t try.  AND I WAS NOT going to take my old, grey hair up to a clerk and ask “where are your prunes”!!

Next item – Gin (Mom wanted a small amount for a recipe).  I didn’t find any small sample bottles, so I had to pick up a large bottle with BIG letters shouting “GIN” from the label.  Then I set about trying – again – to find prunes.

So, here I am, wandering around Meijers for 5 minutes with a bit of my shuffling, short Parkinson’s steps still hanging around, carrying my bottle of “GIN”, looking for prunes.

Five minutes later, I thought “forget the prunes” (sorry, honey).

Next and last item: fresh mint.  Carrying my bottle of “GIN” to the mint display, I spotted the mint right away, but tasted a tip of it just to be sure!  Mom told me several times not to get mint mixed up with all the herbs at the display. It was mint.

On my way to the SELF SERVE cash register with my “GIN” bottle and fresh mint, I grabbed a box of Little Debbie “Swiss Rolls” which are known worldwide as medicine for a wounded pride.  That was my shopping trip this morning.  Carol, we still need prunes!!



A New Look At The Declaration of Independence for July 4

3 Jul

Last Saturday morning at the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at  Fairhaven Church, our leader, Don, read from the Declaration of Independence.  Hearing the complaints of the colonies sounded strangely present day, so I took a few minutes to look it up.  What do you think?

Declaration of Independence –

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.  (Presidential Executive Orders for illegal immigrants and other orders, bypassing Congress ).

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. (President’s Czars and 4,000 new IRS agents)

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent (Democrats jammed Obamacare through congress with one party vote, by special rules, and by paying off members of congress if they voted for the bill)

I am very concerned about our country and the current direction the majority party in the senate and this president is taking us.  My hope is for the majority of concerned citizens who believe in freedom, governance by and for the people, and a limited federal government will become involved in the election and vote for a change in administrations and the leadership of congress!  Fortunately God is sovereign over all governments.  There is hope for this country but not a promise, especially for a civilization which has largely rejected God.

Shower Mat Nazi

28 Jun

Kettering Rehab – Self Portrait on Cell Phone

Well there is a saying (or verse)-“the Lord gives and the Lord takes away”. Because of slipping on the shower mat and hitting my left leg on the side of the tub, I have broken the femur and have lost the ability to put any pressure on my leg for 6 or more weeks.  This puts a huge hole in my weekly calender!!! But on the good side I have gained enough metal in my leg to get a good start on building a battleship. The x-ray of my leg post operation looks like a huge shoehorn with scary protrusions.  I am now a “shower mat Nazi”, checking with everyone I meet to make sure they are not to using a shower mat.  My wife has put down a bunch of gritty decals in the bottom of the deadly shower.

As God’s economy goes there is always some kind of rainbow after a storm. Let me explain this rainbow sighting. For a number of months my “Parkinson’s speech” has grown less and less understandable to those around me. With Parkinson’s a patient hears himself as speaking at a normal speaking level and in their brain can not (without help) hear that they are actually speaking very softly and indistinctly (weird disease!!!). Part of my therapy at Kettering Rehab has been to work on my speech.  Speech therapy is a normal requirement for them since they get a lot of stroke patients there. Terri and the other speech therapists have been patiently teaching me what normal speech sounds like. To me inside my head I seem to be yelling but to the outside world it is a normal level or maybe a little loud but hugely more understandable. The method is for me to think “loud” and diction, breath support, etc. follow. To be honest my relationship with Carol and the kids has been impacted negatively because sometimes it just is not worth the effort, concentration, and constant hard work to be heard and understood. This causes me to withdraw into my own little world where Carol, who has loving and patiently understood, still in the end often feels left out of my life. Pressure was slowly building as I was isolating myself even from her. Because of the intensive therapy thinking LOUD is becoming much more of a habit and I am catching my times of mumbling and soft voice.

Bottom line is a broken leg, while not in itself a blessing or fun (and I have to say has been very painful) is in our loving and all-knowing Savior’s economy a path for me back to community with my loving, dedicated wife, great kids, and my friends who have all surrounded me with prayer, love and support. Thank you!

Snow and Ice Outside, Flowers Inside

21 Jan

Well, we had an ice/snow storm last night.  What is a photographer to do?  I played with my speedlight which can be remotely operated off camera.

Question:  how many different looks can I get from one flower?  How about 30 different views of one flower.  Take a look at my website to see the different views:

Alfie the Cocker Spaniel takes over the keyboard!

26 Feb

Hi, this is Alfie, the Cocker Spaniel.  My dad was too tired to write anything tonight, so I took over.  After all, it is all about me! Cockers rule!

Today my dad took me and Riley, my rowdy baby cousin, on a long walk to get the car from the car fix it-up place.  It was a great walk.  Got to eat some snow, smell some good poop smells, and almost got to pick up another tennis ball to add to my collection.  I got to see some new parts of my town.  My fur got really messy and muddy – that was the greatest thing about the walk!

Well, we got in the car and I found a rawhide bone under the front car seat!  That made up for the tennis ball I didn’t get to pick up.  When we got back to my house Dad ran water in the bath tub.  I knew I was doomed.  Wow, I hate baths.  Here is a picture of me in the bath tub.  Not happy in the least.

This will probably lead to a brushing.  I hate those brushes.  I think I will hide them sometime.  After I got out of the bath tub I ran around like a crazy woman with Riley chasing me and biting at me while I rubbed on the carpet and couch to dry off.  I got mad at Riley and his sharp baby teeth!  What a little brat!  Well, I guess I am kind of getting used to having her around.  Except for those sharp teeth!

That was my day.  Lots of boring sleeping then the longest walk I have had in a while!  I think I’ll take a nap.