As some of my recent writings have reflected, my 90 year old father is actively dying, his replaced aortic valve no longer working. One month ago today, we formally enrolled him in hospice care. It has been quite the month. As Dad’s eldest child, I was given responsibility of being his general power of attorney […]Read More On Mother’s Day in a Month of Father’s Days
It’s my day to be with Dad. I’m packing up for a 24 hour stint. Toothbrush, pillow, coffee, laptop. Ziggy the cat knows something is up, and is following me around, howling to be picked up or simply climbing my leg. I’m due there in about an hour, so time to finish my packing, eat […]Read More The only constant, part 2
Way back in the 1980’s, I was a resident in Family Medicine. Our training was a mix of hospital-based clinical training, rotating through all the usual specialties: internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, etc. Another significant part of our training was outpatient clinical work. We started slowly, one half day per week […]Read More Medical Misinformation
Its Earth Day, and in fact the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As someone who remembers the first one, and back then started adjusting my life habits to be gentle on the earth and continues to be aware, it is with surprise that so many people are unaware or unconcerned. For me, its “old news” […]Read More Earth Day
yes, that’s good word for today. covid-19 plenty for any of us. My dad is ill, in home hospice for one week now after 4 days in hospital his wife not coping well with this challenge. wants to put him in the nursing home part of their retirement community In lockdown due to virus. no […]Read More overwhelmed.
With apologies and gratitude to the Rolling Stones. The link below takes you to a youtube recording, the full tune as released on Let it Bleed. Songs from my youth. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. This is one of […]Read More You Can’t Always Get What You Want
I wrote yesterday about going in to serve at a new temporary shelter for ill individuals without a home. I arrived at the appointed time along with others who would also be present in various roles. We were oriented to the shelter, taken through mask and glove and safety precautions and how the shelter would […]Read More Hurry Up and Wait
Indeed. We are all adjusting to having this novel coronavirus, COVID-19 be such a huge part of our world and daily lives. So much uncertainty and change. I just got another piece of that, when I received an email today with the heading of MRCBC Deployment Information. As you may or may not know, I […]Read More Strange Times
I haven’t posted much over the last year or so. Life’s been busy, there have been changes and health challenges for family members, my time and energy have been focused in other ways. And today I feel like writing. One of my current challenges regards my father. He turned 90 in January, and his health […]Read More Pi Day Surprises
Meet Ziggy. He’s the new kid in our household. Adopted from the Boulder Humane Society on Monday, he’s a 10 year old Siamese mix. Z’s a friendly and very affectionate fellow once you make his “approved” list. He hides from strangers, although he came right up to BA and I when we were introduced at […]Read More A New Kid in Town
Meet Lucille Van White. You may recall Lucy One White, my late cat who wrote a Friday column for some time. Lucy the cat has been physically gone a year now, although she still transmits plenty of comments to our household. Twenty years leaves a lasting presence. But I digress. Back to Lucy Van. Lucy […]Read More Van Life: Meet the new Lucy
Directionals, blinkers, dinkers, turn indicators, signals, call them what you like, just use them. A pet peeve of mine is people not indicating their upcoming turns. I’m sure that I, too, fail periodically at this task, but I do indicate more often than not. Simple courtesy and not difficult to do. As a local bumper […]Read More Use Them, Please!
The weather folks were right this time, and yesterday’s rain turned to snow overnight. We got about 4 inches. The roads are mostly clear, as the retained heat melts the snow on contact. It’s a different story for the plants. Leafed out trees bow low, and I’m sure there will be some broken limbs from […]Read More Spring Snow
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Eyebrow. I chose it in response to some recent sightings of what appeared to be very curious stenciled eyebrows. At the fabric store, the clerk cutting my material had brows that were at least 3 times the usual size painted across her brow and forehead. I’ve seen these a […]Read More Strange Looks
I had something else in mind for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Bench, and then life, with its attendant adjustments of time and commitments intervened. Instead, I’ll give you the photos I took yesterday while walking through the small arboretum near my home. A fine variety of benches, for resting, art, eating, visiting or simply […]Read More Arboretum Benches
This is a rerun in honor of today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Snake. It was originally published March 2018. It’s a little hard for me to believe that Lucy has been gone for 8 months now. Her presence is still strong in our hearts. .Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today, I’m going to […]Read More Lucy, Snake Hunter.
As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I bought a van for traveling. The young couple who originally owned it had lived in it full time for over a year and had built it to suit their needs. There were good bones, and it didn’t completely suit my purposes. Weather and time permitting, I’ve been working on […]Read More A New Favorite
A month ago, I hadn’t heard this term. When I first heard it, I thought “over dramatizing again”. Now we’ve had two in the past month. A bomb cyclone is a weather phenomenon, defined by a very rapid drop it atmospheric pressure; falling more than 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. Warm and cold […]Read More BOMB CYCLONE
From the time I went off to college until I bought my house some 14 years later, I was a user of laundromats. No just tossing a load in the washer while I did something else, a convenience I now enjoy. However, for efficiency of time, the laundromat was great. I’d go in at 6 […]Read More Washing Up
Someone I knew once commented that gardeners are optimists, looking ahead to possibility and planning for growth and a future reward. As I gardener, I do recognize this in myself, and the excitement that comes as seeds are purchased and started for the upcoming season. I started my tomato seeds last weekend, under lights and […]Read More Summer’s Hope
I had a friend who worked in meteorology when she was in the military. Her branch was known colloquially as “the weather guessers”. I was reminded of this yesterday morning when the “light morning snow, accumulations less than an inch” turned into several inches of snow in just a few hours. There were a few […]Read More Weather Guessing
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Pet. I’ve had pets most of my life. We got our first kitten when I was in early grade school. Jose was his name, an orange tiger, one of several kittens born to a neighbor’s cat. Another from that litter was Seymour, a grey tabby who went to live around […]Read More Still Missing Them
So what is a chore? Stuff that needs to get done. As I look at definitions, the most consistent meaning is a routine task of a domestic nature. Often, there is an additional connotation of unpleasantness. In my experience, the unpleasant part is optional. Some days I enjoy doing the dishes. Warm water, soap, very […]Read More Listing
I wrote a few days back about BA’s adventure with vestibular neuritis. The good news is that she’s continuing to improve, and while not back to “normal” she’s much better, walking on her own, doing stuff around the house and feeling stronger every day. She’s not driving yet, but thinking about it. Clearly, we’re in […]Read More Alert
The holidays are fading into memory as “normal” life resumes for many. Around our house, they were even quieter than usual as my partner BA developed a nasty cold around Christmas. She wasn’t terribly ill, just tired and not feeling well. By New Year’s Day she was feeling better and thinking that the next day […]Read More Hospitals and Hospitality
Good morning. Its Christmas Eve, and today there will be a lot of celebrations and a great many Christmas Eve services, focusing on the nativity story. There are carols, pageants with children and live animals, all manner of events. Some are attended by those in resplendent finery, others come in casual wear, with their kids […]Read More Wake Up, Mary!
You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been writing much these past few months. There are a number of reasons behind that, all part of life. A major contributor is my purchase of a van last August. A van? Well yes, a van. Specifically, a 2016 Ram Promaster 2500, 159 wheelbase hightop. […]Read More Building More Than Blogging
As previously mentioned, BA and I are in Madison Wisconsin for a few days. Today, walking from our lodgings to breakfast, we discovered what the sounds we had been hearing were about. A large old tree is being taken down a few houses down the street. Its quite the production to remove a tree. And […]Read More Timberrrrrr!
BA and I are in Madison, WI for a few days, visiting some of her family and going to see a cousin’s photography on display at the Chazen museum. We’re staying at an airbnb. Its a small one bedroom apartment in the walkout lower level of a home. Quiet and just fine for our needs. […]Read More Friend
I am sad that this song from the musical Hair, fifty years old, feels more pertinent today than ever. I object to current use of violence, lies, disrespect and manipulation in the service of greed and power. Open your hearts to the people, planet, the universe. Release the fear, remember the beauty. From the same musical, […]Read More Let the Sun Shine