Sunday, August 2, 2015

End of the Month Catch Up

Since I haven't written anything over the past two weeks, thought I better do a little catching up with my blog.  We just returned home from a five day trip to Wyoming to help celebrate grandson Isaiah's 14th birthday.  The weather was just beautiful and we had a great time visiting.

I had the nerve denervations done and my back is finally doing much better.  It takes about four weeks before you start to feel better.  I head back to pain management for a follow up in about two weeks.

John's arm is completely healed and he has been back playing golf--I hope to start up again tomorrow since the weather is going to be much cooler.  We had some hot, steamy weather for almost two weeks and I just don't like playing when it's like that.

John and Josh hauled some slab wood back to our place and got it unloaded.  It has been sitting in the back yard waiting for John to get busy.

The fair is this week, so John and I spent time getting some of my pictures ready for the Original Arts building display.  We'll be working at the fair a couple of days helping with entries, setting up, and working in the building during the fair. 

The garden is doing great and it won't be long before we start harvesting and canning.  We brought some Texas wildflower seeds home, planted them in the front flowerbed, and they have grown beyond our expectations.

 I'll try to do a little better with posting on the blog. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mid July Catch Up

I thought it was probably time for a little update from here in northern Minnesota.  John and I have been enjoying a nice quiet summer here on the home front.  We do plan to take a trip to Wyoming in about two weeks.  The garden should be at a spot where nothing will be ready for harvesting until we return home.

I had to have the nerve denervation one side at a time and one week apart.  Last week I had the second side done and so far the pain levels have been low.  

John had been playing golf every day, but last Friday he tore something in his arm and had a lot of bleeding under the skin.  He saw the doctor yesterday and was told the body would heal itself, just apply heat, and take a couple of weeks off from golfing.  John was very happy to hear that it didn't involve any shoulder injury.  I haven't played golf since July 3rd as I have been resting my back and recovering from the procedures that were done.  I hope to get back out next week--John will have to be my caddy.

We had a few days of cooler weather last week, so John had Josh come down and help split and stack wood.  The shed is just about full.  

  I have been busy selling on Ebay and shipping out something  just about every day.  We have been surprised at how many of the leftover components from the business we have been able to sell.  There is not too much left now.

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.