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Old 04-11-2011, 04:00 PM   #7301
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Made plane reservations for DS and two grandsons (6 and 4) to come visit in July. We haven't seen them in almost 18 months so looking forward to visiting.

Also made reservations for all of us at Disneyland during their visit...this will be quite the adventure since I'm not crazy about crowds
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Dawg I just saw your post, I am very sorry that your Mom fell. I hope she will recover well and have many more good years with you. I second the others who said that you are a great son; you really are.

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Made plane reservations for DS and two grandsons (6 and 4) to come visit in July. We haven't seen them in almost 18 months so looking forward to visiting.

Also made reservations for all of us at Disneyland during their visit...this will be quite the adventure since I'm not crazy about crowds

But think how great it will be seeing Disney from your grand children's eyes !
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So, Al, in reading the Bike Forums, I thought I might try to ride my age this year. Having never ridden more than about 20mi, it's quite a leap. So far, though, the usual Texas spring winds have limited my riding. Yes, I'm a wuss in the face of 20-30 mph winds...
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So, Al, in reading the Bike Forums, I thought I might try to ride my age this year. Having never ridden more than about 20mi, it's quite a leap. So far, though, the usual Texas spring winds have limited my riding. Yes, I'm a wuss in the face of 20-30 mph winds...
Go for it! Build up gradually and you should have no trouble. IIRC you are 56 now, and will be 57 sometime in mid-August . Headwinds are tough though.

1. I mind winds less if I can ride home with a tailwind, so I plan my rides based on the wind forecast. You don't get all the energy back (because you spend more time in the headwind) but it feels like putting money in the bank, then being forces to withdraw it.

2. If winds will increase in the afternoon, you can ride upwind before they get strong.

3. You can plan your route based on shelter. I ride on the freeway when the wind is with me, and on the smaller hilly foresty road when it's against me.

4. Lena doesn't believe in drafting, so I tuck in behind her when it gets windy.
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Go for it! Build up gradually and you should have no trouble. IIRC you are 56 now, and will be 57 sometime in mid-August . Headwinds are tough though.

1. I mind winds less if I can ride home with a tailwind, so I plan my rides based on the wind forecast. You don't get all the energy back (because you spend more time in the headwind) but it feels like putting money in the bank, then being forces to withdraw it.

2. If winds will increase in the afternoon, you can ride upwind before they get strong.

3. You can plan your route based on shelter. I ride on the freeway when the wind is with me, and on the smaller hilly foresty road when it's against me.

4. Lena doesn't believe in drafting, so I tuck in behind her when it gets windy.
The winds will throttle back in the summer.

As for the route, I can do it all on MPTs.
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Dawg I just saw your post, I am very sorry that your Mom fell. I hope she will recover well and have many more good years with you. I second the others who said that you are a great son; you really are.

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Thanks. Her recovery started off pretty good but seems to have gone backwards the last 1.5 days. Not eating anything much and can barely hear her voice. They tested to see if she was low on blood, but it came back pretty close to normal. So not sure what is going on. Obviously at 93, this is tough on her body and pain killers will make her weak. Hopefully she will perk up some tomorrow. I toured a couple of nursing homes today as she will need one for rehab. They didn't look all that depressing either, so that is a good thing.

Oh well, time for a few z's. Need to get back to hospital early so I don't miss the doctor on his rounds.
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So not sure what is going on. Obviously at 93, this is tough on her body and pain killers will make her weak. Hopefully she will perk up some tomorrow.
I toured a couple of nursing homes today as she will need one for rehab. They didn't look all that depressing either, so that is a good thing.
Dawg, my sympathies.

When my father was in the hospital last month, the difference between "on painkillers" and "painkiller free" was night & day. His last day on Dilaudid I thought he'd never walk unaided again. By the second day off Dilaudid he was roaming freely and itching to "go home".

If you haven't already done this, I'd strongly recommend hiring a geriatric care provider to help you with the process. They know how to accelerate the process with the hospital's discharge coordinator and they can immediately help you sort through the nursing-home options. I paid one roughly $100/hour but it would have taken us weeks to achieve worse results.
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Counter tops in, done. Trimwork mostly done. Cork floor install starts tomorrow, with the added stink of glue and first finish coat. Think I'll sleep in my trailer tomorrow night. DW seems immune to such unpleasant stuff, I'm super allergic to most chemicals.
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Mr B and I divided up and re-wrapped 6 lbs of cold cuts, 3 lbs of cheese and 2 lbs of slab BACON that we bought from the Mennonite store the other day. The prices there are almost half of what we would pay anywhere else. The quality of the meats is fabulous. We normally buy half the amount, but with gas prices where they are...this haul will last us at least 3 weeks if not longer.

I found half of a rotisserie chicken and a 1/4 rack of Dinosaur BBQ short ribs in the freezer. They are cooking nice and slow in the oven with a good slathering of Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce over them to moisten them up. Mmmm...mmmm...mmmmmmmmm
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