Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Let The Healing Begin

On Monday I finally had my ankle surgery completed. Talk about a long day. I wasn't scheduled until 3 PM but the surgery before me ran long so I didn't go into the OR until 4:30. Of course I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since midnight, but at that point I was too nervous to think about my stomach anyway. Unfortunately, my doctor found that more work had to be done than expected. First of all, that extra time from me being sick made my bones heal more but not correctly. Then apparently, but not surprisingly, I have osteoporosis and they couldn't get the screws to stay put.  So they put a plate on both sides of the bones with screws all the way through attaching the plates. I compare it to a rotten wood Abaco dinghy... similar to when we repaired the ribs in the hull, we did the same thing.

My procedure was done outpatient and I got to go home that night at about 8. I was smart enough to accept the offer of a right leg nerve block which total numbness lasts 10-24 hours. This was plenty of time to get me settled in my bedroom recliner and sleep before the pain gradually took over. Since then I have been sleeping with my meds for about 18 hours a day because it sure makes me dizzy. The pain was about an 8 yesterday but so far about a 6 today. Hopefully every day will be better!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Carrier

It figures that this weekend I started getting a sore throat. I kept telling myself it was all in my head. I couldn't get a dr appointment until 3 pm today. Wonderful, I have strep throat with a fever. I had Dave get checked too since he has had laryngitis off and on for a month. Guess what... he's the carrier! So now we are both on antibiotics and my surgery has been postponed until Monday. I feel like by the time they do it I will be healed. Oh well, we wait some more.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Waiting Game

I just found out that my surgery isn't until October 11 so just as I am becoming pain free, I will be starting all over again. I'm glad I have lots of books at least. " Tropical Depression" is setting in too, since it's raining and only 49 degrees out. It's going to be a long 6-8 weeks!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Payback Time

Four years ago, when Dave had his accident and was incapacitated, I had to help him and do lots of jobs that I wasn't used to. Well it's payback time... I have broken my ankle! I twisted my ankle and then fell on it, so both bones are broken. It was also dislocated and boy was that ugly! It happened in Ticonderoga and we went to the hospital there where they set and splinted it. Today I had an orthopedic doctor appointment and unfortunately I will need surgery to install a plate and screws. This means we won't be in Florida or Hope Town for quite a few weeks as I recover. We'll enjoy the New England fall (no pun intended) and spend more time in the south in the spring to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, Dave is taking great care of me and all the jobs I usually do, while I sit and point. I'll keep you posted on my recuperation.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hydroplanes in the Fog

The Schroon Lake Wet Meet started out in the fog last weekend and made it even better! The sun did come out after awhile, but the eerie effect of the fog was mesmerizing. Below are a few of the sights of this annual meet. I'm sorry that you can't hear the sounds the engines made though! For more info and photos check out the Mohawk Hudson Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club's website and Facebook page.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Not All Fun

Sometimes there's things that have to be done. We haven't attempted any driveway sealing ourselves since we did our quarter mile long driveway, before we moved 10 years ago. I guess that was enough time for Dave to forget what an awful job it is. At least our two driveways and pathways in Ticonderoga aren't as long...and it came out great! Thanks Dave!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekends of Fun

During the summer we tend to lay low during the weekends because they are so busy everywhere. Labor Day starts our fun fall activities. Even Labor Day weekend wasn't as busy as normal, because of the cool weather that has plagued us this summer. After a great lunch at Jiminy Peak, the Thunderbird climbed to the top of Mt. Greylock.

We have Hope Town friends that hiked the Appalachian Trail this summer. I did my part by walking about 100 feet of it at the summit! Our friends later told us the climb up the mountain was challenging and when a thunderstorm came through, they spent the night in the log cabin that is provided for hikers there. I'm glad we drove!

The weekend after Labor Day is always packed full of events that we traditionally attend. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate for a trip to Lake George to see the Adirondack Nationals car show, and Dave was sick and we didn't go to the last Guptill's Car Show on Monday. However on Saturday we attended the Tugboat Round-up in Waterford. Once again the chilly weather kept some people away, and it didn't look quite as well attended as in previous years. That worked in our favor though.

We came across this display of wildlife bird rehabilitators which was amazing. They had three different owls and a raven which were so interesting. These birds had issues and would never be able to be returned to the wild, so they are displayed for educational purposes. Kudos to the Whispering Willow Wild Care group!

On Sunday, despite coming down with the flu, Dave went to the Rice-o-Rama motorcycle show in Massachusetts (I wonder how many people he infected...). The show was twice as large as previous years and more people than ever were thrilled with this one day a year event.

Of course his Widowmaker ride got an enormous amount of attention.

Dave didn't take too many photos, but if you are a Facebook fan, you can see plenty of shots from other's cameras on Rice-o-Rama's page.

Our friend Jim even got a 2nd place trophy for his Honda 50 in the 0-100cc class. Congratulations Jim!

Now that fall is here, we'll be looking forward to more events, although finally the weather is summer-like...we'll take it!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spectacular Kayaking Day

What a gorgeous day to kayak on Eagle Lake! It was flat calm with reflections of the mountains. The loons were calling each other and echoing off the shore. Only two small fishing boats were out so I pretty much was on my own. Unfortunately Dave was home trying to recuperate from a respiratory virus and laryngitis. I feel so bad that he couldn't join me on this rare fall day of exploration.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Just a quick post to let you know that my mother and family are fine in Daytona. It has been quite the two days glued to the TV trying to see what damage there is and where exactly Hurricane Irma was going. I am still glued to the internet via data and library to try and see what has happened in the Florida Keys, since we used to own a home there and have friends that live there. The little information that I can find shows devastating destruction, flooding and damage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this monster storm including the Caribbean, lower Bahamas, and Florida. Now all eyes are on Hurricane Jose which is going around in circles in the Atlantic Ocean and may head to Abaco!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Out of the Time Warp!

Wow, when I titled my last post Time Warp, I didn't know that I would actually be stuck in one! It's been a cool, wet summer, but we have done our best to make the most of it, mainly doing things that we have in previous years. Moxie was out on our few really hot days and Dave became quite good at catching and releasing turtles...

We had a nice get-together with Hope Town friends on Putnam Pond. Jim and Sharon were in their tandem kayak, we had our two kayaks (Romine and Pink Floyd), and Bobbie and Ed rented a canoe.

Bobbie sent this photo of us at the beach.

We had a fun packed day in Lake George Village with friends Ken, Terri, and Noah. We had gone to see the annual boat show there.

As an added attraction, there was a Fort William reenactment between the British and French soldiers that was interesting to watch, and hearing the cannons firing was well... a blast!

Noah was going to be scalped...

We also headed up Prospect Mountain where the views of the lake are fantastic.

Before Labor Day we finally had several days of predicted nice weather to head to the 1000 Islands to try out our camper van Gulliver.

It was awesome staying in the NYS campgrounds right on the St. Lawrence. Ships and can't ask for more!

Plus boating, hiking, kayaking, and a really intense sunset made for a perfect birthday celebration for me....

We were hoping that we would also be able to take Gulliver to Cape Cod this fall, but our weather has just turned too chilly for that, so we'll most likely save that adventure for next year. However, it took a few days to get used to the smallness, but we are ready to live in the camper for a couple of weeks in Florida before heading to the Bahamas. For now though, all eyes and thoughts are on Hurricane Irma and Florida (right now if the prediction is correct, the Abacos should be okay with 'only' tropical storm force winds). My mother's assisted living facility is quite secure and they have a large generator, so they will not evacuate residents at this time. My brother and his family will board up and remain in their house. Other friends have mandatory evacuations and are heading northward in the traffic. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in this storm's path. I will keep you posted when I can.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time Warp

We woke up recently to the troops walking by our house in Ticonderoga! Good thing I follow the fort's Facebook page and had just read that the staff and volunteers were doing a reenactment, or else I really would have wondered what was going on. They rowed a couple of boats on Lake George and then landed and walked the approximately 5 miles down The Portage and to the fort on Lake Champlain.

They did 'cheat' a little, unlike the days of old, and their boats were trailered by truck from Lake George. Originally they had to carry their boats from one lake to the other, hence the street name "The Portage!"

Monday, July 24, 2017

Annual Hudson River Cruise

Dave and I took the Sea Fox skiff down the Hudson River last week. It was a perfect day for cruising from Catskill to Kingston. We saw many barges being towed, and in fact one tugboat was pushing 6 barges tied up together. Then we saw the barge below. If anyone knows or can even guess what this is, please let me know!

Esopus and Roundout Creek Lighthouses:

Bridges across the Roundout Creek in Kingston...I can picture a train derailing and plunging into the water:

Roundout Wooden Boat School:

Old PT Boats just sitting and waiting for revival:

Many old wooden barge skeletons are strewn along the shore. We wondered how many were below us that we couldn't see. This used to be quite an important port.

Tugs line the shore too, waiting for repairs.

Lots of barges waiting to be hauled out for restoring. It was the busiest we have ever seen it.

The whole Roundout Creek is so interesting, but the end by the falls is the prettiest.

We're already looking forward to going back next summer!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Horizon

Or as Dave calls it...a dry horizon. Meet Gulliver (as in Gulliver's Travels), a 1994 Dodge Pleasure Way camper van.

Although we have been wondering where we're going to stay in Daytona, now that my mother's house has been sold, this was a spontaneous decision when we were in the 1000 Islands. We saw it for sale on the side of the road and thought about all the new adventures we could have. Plus no more motels (aka bedbugs) and reservations. We can stay at so many different campsites along the St. Lawrence when we go there. Then in the fall when we head south, we can stay within walking distance of Mom's assisted care facility for a week or so before flying to Hope Town. We have a bathroom, fridge, stove, microwave oven,and double bed in the back. Plus a/c, heat, a generator, a great stereo system (cassettes lol!), and a trailer hitch for towing. Our kayaks can fit inside too.

A true miniature land yacht that we are ready to explore a new horizon with!