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Friday, June 29, 2012

Post-Surgery - Recovery going fine

Post-Surgery - Recovery going fine

Let's start with the Crepe Myrtle blooming nicely all-June-long!

Had my surgery on Wednesday, June 13. Got to come home on Saturday. Thanks for Annette for helping Mom, visiting me, and driving us home. I didn't drive for two weeks from surgery.

On June 28, Nancy and I went back to see Dr. Matthew G. Mutch to have my staples removed. Recovery has been normal, with no issues. No cancer. Happy all around - except it is too hot out!

Here is long view of the cabin and the flowers, this year.

It is another very good day!  ;-)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Annette in Branson - pre-surgery visit

Annette in Branson - pre-surgery visit

With fire near her house in Utah, it may seem strange that oldest daughter Annette is here in Branson. This was part of the pre-planned June activities that had her in NYC for a few days and flying into St. Louis to meet Nancy and I as I was scheduled for surgery there TODAY, June 8. Does anything ever go as you actually plan it?

After all those plans were in place to stay in St. Louis for up to a week, the surgeon's office called and changed the date to Wednesday, June 13. So, on Wednesday, June 6, rather than 'getting ready' to go to St. Louis - we drove to St. Louis and picked up Annette and brought her back here for a few days. Now, we will be returning on Tuesday, to St. Louis, for the surgery stay... hope it all goes off as planned, this time! ;-)

Annette and Allison found time to go to a movie yesterday, and then met us at Bob Evans for an early supper - so there was a 'photo op' to record the visit.

It was a very good day, but not surgery day, today!  ;-)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June first week - Fire on the Mountain

June first week - Fire on the Mountain

The last week of May, while at Boulder Mountain in Utah, I took this photo out the west deck of Annette and Larry's house, to show the mountain that direction:

Note the two little 'peaks' near center, and just left of center. Earlier this week, from over the weekend, the Lost Lake Wildfire appeared over this ridge. Annette was in NYC and Larry was alone at the house. By mid-afternoon, he was ordered by the Sheriff to 'evacuate' - here are his reasons why:

Also, here: 

The fire came within about 3/4 of a mile, but did not come down the valley. 

From down in the valley; at the turnoff to Teasdale on Highway 24:

With the winds abating, the Forest Service dispatched firemen to the nearest homes to the National Forest, one of which was this one. The truck has foam that could be used to cover the house, if it came this way.

These fellows will stay at the house for a week or so. Higher winds are projected over the coming weekend, not as high as before, but they take no chances. Crews are in the area from all over the country, as they do for these fires. They are on the mountain doing "containment" including helicopter water drops on hot spots. Here is an example.

Larry is staying in the RV which is 'in storage' down in the valley - he just sleeps there, no elec or water, but it is shelter. He can come up to the house for a half hour or so, two or three times a day.

Annette is actually back here in Branson, getting ready for my trip to St. Louis for surgery next week.

These have been 'interesting' times...  ;-)