|Wouldn't you like to know what's on my mind?|
So what is this man (me) laughing about? I just shared with my good friend Lar the big surprise I'm planning for next year's Bloggerpalooza should it come off. Last week's Bloggerpalooza was such a success that I have received several suggestions that we do it again. I am quite willing to organize it again. I thoroughly enjoyed planning, participating and meeting all my blogger friends and would love to make this an annual event. After all, none of us are getting any younger, especially me. By the way, the "big surprise?", only Lar and I will know. No one, but NO ONE else will know until the night of the event. Providing of course we have the event and everything falls into place.
|Jay, Anne Marie, Java and Ron|
Next year's possible Bloggerpalooza is only one of the subjects of this post. I have a few things on deck that I have to clear off. This is the week I meet with my urologist and oncologist. Yes folks, that "little" issue with my prostate is still with me. Thank goodness last week's events took my mind off of my upcoming procedure. That "event" takes place May 2nd. They'll knock me out (thank goodness because I definitely DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSCIOUS) when then implant me with 80 to 90 radioactive seeds. This week's meeting with my doctors is to lay out the game plan, so to speak. Can't wait.
|I bet I get to wear my hospital frock again - lovely - BTW folks, only T-shirt socks and shoes on Ron in this pic - I felt like I was ready for my porn audition|
Yesterday Bill and I went down to Enterprise Car Rental in Rehoboth and reserved a mini-van for our annual trek south. Bill visits his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia. I visit my brother John and his wife Barbara in Greenville, South Carolina. And I visit my father's ancestral homeland in the mountains of western North Carolina. Yes folks, I'm looking for more old family cemeteries in them thar hill, especially the one of my great-great grandfather John Tipton (1830-1863) who died during the Civil War (he was recruiting for the Union Forces in the western North Carolina mountains where he lived with his family and was ambushed and killed by a Confederate Calvary which was there to stamp out men like him recruiting for the Union forces). I just found out where he was buried with his brother-in-law Curtis Bailey this past year. I am most anxious to visit his grave and take photos.
|Glenn and Wanda Renfro - Pigeon Roost, North Carolina - Wanda is my cousin (her grandmother and my grandfather were brother and sister) - I have a TON of cousins up there in those mountains!|
Bill and I always enjoy these trips because of our time together. I especially enjoy these trips because Bill loves the mountains and here I have him trapped on the flat coastal shores of eastern Delaware. At least once a year I can get Bill out to "soak up the mountains." I am so happy when he is happy. Bill will be 85 this year and this will probably be his last trip. We all have an expiration date and I'm afraid that date is coming at us at warp speed. This trip will be made before my procedure so hopefully it will take my mind off of that nasty piece of business for a little while longer.
|I love those North Carolina mountains!|
Keep smiling folks!