Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home

After 15 days away, I am finally back home. My sutures have been removed, but the middle of the incision opened up so I have to be very careful about not getting dirt in it and getting another infection. I have to continue the antibiotic ointment until the wound is totally healed. It's great to be back and see all Dave has done and all the bushes and flower gardens are blooming! From now on, hopefully the blog posts will be more entertaining.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Taking an Unanticipated Break

I apologize to all my faithful readers for taking so long to update the blog. I do have a couple of fun things to post, but they are taking a back seat to the latest event affecting us. I am back in Daytona trying to recover from surgery on my forehead for squamous cell skin cancer. Both Dave and I had gone to see a dermatologist when we were here last and the little itchy spot that I have had for a long time ended up not being a dermatitis that another doctor told me. Even though this dr. did a biopsy, I really didn't think it was anything so we went back home. After much contemplation as to what to do, I decided to come back down for a week and have it taken care of. The nurse made it sound like it wasn't a big deal. Unfortunately it was and the roots were deep and long so they had to go in three times during the Moh's procedure. I have a horizontal 2" incision on my forehead...but hey there are no more wrinkles because they had to pull the skin up to meet my scalp. The swelling and bleeding were bad and the swelling went down into my eyelids and below my eyes. Then for some reason it is now infected and I may be having a reaction to the sutures. I am awaiting culture results. I'm glad I don't have my camera to take photos. It's been quite an ordeal. If I had known it would be this intense I would have had Dave come with me. Now I have been told I may not be able to go home for two weeks. We'll see and I'll keep you posted. Some day I'll get back to writing about the fun stuff too....

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Remember This?

I am pleased to report that mother and the triplets are still around and doing well! The yearlings still stay quite close to the doe as they meander through the back yard every night at about dusk. We saw them in the woods when we were cleaning up the trails today, and all four of them went leaping off together with their white tails up in the alert position.

We've also had another set of deer which look to be a mother and twin yearlings. The first evening they were munching on berry bushes and grass and Dave noticed a big orange tabby cat walking by our fish pond. It kept walking out towards the Den of Antiquities when all three of the deer spotted it. The doe froze in its spot, but kids will be be kids and one of them headed over to check out this strange little animal. It was so funny watching the pursuit. The cat ended up hiding under the Farmall but the deer still kept stalking it. Next thing I saw was a blur of orange streaking through the yard as the cat made a run for it, which freaked out all the animals and they all bounded into the woods. Gee, you never know what you're going to see in our yard! It's like being in a Disney movie.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Getting Better

The weather has improved somewhat and we have been doing a lot of yard work. Thank goodness for the New Holland tractor, Billy Goat blower, and Dave's back pack blower. With all this, we barely need to rake much. Dave even discovered a better way to get rid of leaves in the fish pond, cellar window wells and even the flower gardens....vacuum them! It sure makes much less mess.

Now the trees are starting to bud, the plants are sticking their heads up, and I even saw the first spring flowers blooming.

The pond has been filled with water since I took this photo, but all the lawn ornaments are out. Time for the goldfish to come home.

 It may not feel like summer, but at least it looks more like it!

Friday, April 24, 2015


I jinxed us by putting that snowflake on the last post. Little did I know that we would be running into snow showers on our way back from Ticonderoga yesterday. We even saw some snow banks and one of the ponds in the mountains still had some ice on it. I didn't have my camera with me so I borrowed this photo from the internet to show what the roads looked like on the way home. The snow was even accumulating under the windshield wipers.

Today is even colder and as I sit here writing this, there are snow flurries outside the window. Reading Facebook posts about the Family Island Regatta being held this week back in George Town, Bahamas, makes us wonder if perhaps we might stay later and join in the fun next year. What a contrast between John's video in the snow he just posted, and Stafford's George Town photos. Decisions, decisions...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Too Soon?

We are back home and wondering if we have come home too soon. We heard last week that it was in the 70's, so we packed up and had a fine trip north, and are now ready for lots of yard work and projects. However, today it's 50 degrees (maybe) and raining. The weatherman has predicted something called graupel that I have never heard of. Naturally I Googled it and found out that graupel can turn into balls of rime. Huh? Apparently it all has to do with ice pellets and conditions that we people that are used to 75-85 degree weather know nothing about. Brrrrrrr!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Eclectic Eatery

Rick, Eva, Dave, and I went to this really unusual restaurant aptly named Hidden Treasure. The owner is a collector just like we are...only he has more antique outboards! What an experience walking around and seeing so many different things on the walls, rafters, and ceiling.

 We'll definitely have to go back, because we certainly couldn't take it all in during one visit.

Next stop...Glenville! We leave at first light Monday morning. Stay tuned for more posts from the north country...