Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!!

We are truly into summer here in northern Minnesota with warmer temps and long hours of daylight.  The only problem is the wildfires in Canada are causing our days to be very hazy and at times we can barely see the sun.

John and I have continued to play golf in the mornings and then spend the rest of the day doing things around the house.  Lawn mowing is still taking up a large portion of John's time.

Amy's family arrived on Thursday afternoon and we spent some time visiting with them before they headed up to Matt's place where they are staying.  John and I along with JD's family have been at Matt's every evening for supper and visiting.  Today was our annual July 4th get together with fireworks after dark.

Chef Matt

Some of the grand kids roasting marshmellows

Sitting around the fire waiting for the fireworks
 Some of our backyard fireworks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beautiful Summer Weather

Our weather has been just beautiful with sunny skies and very comfortable temps.  John and I have played golf just about every morning--at least John does, I take a day off now and then.  Lawn mowing consumes at least part of John's days.  He likes to keep the grass cut low and trimed up because that helps keep the mosquitos down around the house.  

Today John and I were up and out bright and early as I had a 9 a.m. appointment at the Center for Pain Management.  It was nerve denervation day.  Dr. G. met with me and said he decided to do only one side today as he felt the nerve pain afterwards would be too much.  He was taking a more agressive approach and would be doing the nerves at L 3, 4, and 5 (he only did 4 and 5 the last time).
I was sedated and didn't feel a thing and, so far this evening, I am feeling pretty good.  I know things will probably change over the next several days as the nerves try to figure out a new route.  

Once I was done with the procedure, John and I went to breakfast at Perkins and then did some shopping at Hobby Lobby and Wal Mart.  Back home I rested for a bit and then did some baking for the upcoming holiday.  Amy and family will be coming in from Wyoming, so we'll all be gathering at Matt's for meals and fun.

Friday, June 26, 2015

AC Back On Today

The golf course was closed today due to the Summerfest golf tournament.  John and I have been playing every morning, so it felt good to sleep in a little longer this morning.  The weather was perfect this morning, so we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast out on the porch while watching the hummingbirds at the feeder.

Following breakfast, John headed up to JD's to help with replacing another section of his porch roof that was leaking.  They had already done the repair once, but found another leak a little higher on the roof after our recent rain.  While John was gone, I did some more ebay shipping and researched a few items we want to sell.  Once John got home, we headed to Bemidji for lunch and some shopping.

With rain showers and long days of sunshine, our garden is coming along very nicely.

John uses plastic bags and netting to
protect ripening berries from the birds
 Carrots, lettuce, and onions

John picked a bucket of strawberries the other day, so I guess we'll be having some strawberry shortcake this weekend.

Pain management called yesterday and I am scheduled for another nerve denervation on Wednesday morning.  The doctor plans to be a little more agressive in the treatment this time and do the nerves at three different levels.  The only drawback is the pain usually gets worse before it gets better following the procedure.   

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We're Still Here

Thought I'd better do a little updating on the blog.  Things have been very quiet around here.   Our weather has warmed up but we still seem to get rain showers just about every evening which leads to high humidity.  I was back to pain management last week and the doctor decided that I would benefit from another nerve denervation, so right now I'm waiting for them to call and give me a date for the procedure.  It seems I am dealing with two separate back problems.  The injections I had a month ago are still keeping the hip and leg pain away.  Just need to get the lower back pain under control now.  John worked with Matt and Sam yesterday and finally completed the bathroom job they had started a few weeks ago.  Garden is coming along pretty nicely--we got our first strawberry today.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Brief Update

Just as the title says, this is going to be a brief update to let you know that we are still alive and well here in northern Minnesota.  Our weather was beautiful last week with many sunny days in a row.  John and I have been playing golf every morning and then the remainder of the days have been spent gardening, mowing lawn, and just taking care of household chores.

We got together with Sam, Matt, and Sara at the drive-in last Monday evening for an ice cream treat to celebrate Matt's birthday (Rachel and Hanna were out of town for a basketball tournament).  I was back to the Center for Pain Management Friday afternoon for another diagnostic test with consisted of four injections into my back.  They will call me tomorrow to see how much pain relief I experienced and then set up an appointment to see the doctor where it will be decided if I will have another nerve denervation done. 


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AC On Today

Today felt like the middle of summer with high temps and humidity.  We had off and on showers most of the weekend with some pretty heavy rains at times.  John has a steady job grass cutting right now.

Things are pretty quiet around here now that school is out and track is over.  We've just been hanging out around the house and playing golf early in the mornings while it's cooler.  John and I did some sorting in the old shop and found more things to put on ebay, so I've been keeping busy listing items and shipping those that sell.  I can't believe how much stuff we've shipped over the last couple of weeks.  I think this is going to be a summer-long project.

Friday, June 5, 2015


The title of this posting tells it all.  The weather has been back and forth between rain and sunshine, so we've had to fit in outside activities whenever possible.  With the warmer weather and moisture, John has been mowing the lawn twice a week in between the rain showers.  We did get  a couple of rounds of golf in this last week including one this morning.  Our golf course is in beautiful condition and we are enjoying playing on the nice fairways.

As I mentioned in my last update, Sam made it to the state track meet which started today at Hamline University in the Twin Cities.  He competed in the preliminaries of the open 100 and 400 but didn't qualify for the finals; however, he achieved his personal goal of breaking the school record in the 400.  The record stood for 25 years.  Rain is in the forecast again for tomorrow, so it looks like we'll have keep busy inside.