Saturday, July 11, 2015

What a Week!

I "graduated" from physical therapy - here with "Rich", my physical therapist


What a week I've had.

My regular blog followers will notice that I haven't posted in a week.  When was the last time that happened?  I don't think it has ever happened.  

So what happened?  I don't think it was any one event but a combination of events.  

First, I'm back at work and you know that always takes a chunk out of my time.  Even though I only work two days a week this is the height of the tourist season and Old Ron is exhausted after an eight hour shift of concierge duty at the hotel where I work.  It takes me a whole day to recover.

Another reason for my tardiness in posting is that I have to maintain my gardening at its usual high standard.  After all I do have  reputation in this neighborhood to maintain. Recently the Japanese beetles have invaded and are munching away happily on my roses and crepe myrtle trees. And here I thought I had a problem with my Resident Rabbit.  Yes folks, I do collect and kill  dispose of the Japanese beetles several times daily. I don't like doing this because I like to let all living things go freely but I do makes exceptions with certain insects.  Add flies, mosquitoes and yellow jackets to my execution list.

A big reason for my neglect of daily postings on my blog was my Canadian friend Pat paid a visit.  Although he only stayed a few days, those days were totally devoted to Pat.  You all know about our special friendship.




Pat was down for the settlement on the sale of his lot in Milton.  What an experience that was but thankfully I can report that all ended well and Pat left with $$$$$$$ and now a young couple has a beautiful lot in Milton.

While he was down I took advantage of his driving and we went down to Rehoboth on Wednesday evening.  Normally in the summertime, when the tourist season starts, I stay away from Rehoboth Beach, especially on the weekends because it is just too crowded and crazy.  But I do like to experience the Summer Feeling at least once during the summer.  Bill won't go with me and I don't like to do the Solo Act so when Pat arrived, I persuaded him to taxi me down to the boardwalk.  

We had dinner at a favorite restaurant of mine, marred only by - yes - A SCREAMING KID.  We were only minutes into our booth when I heard this ear piercing scream.  


OH.MY.GOD!


I looked up and THERE SHE


WAS.  "It" was a little two year old girl jumping up and down in her booth, DEMANDING attention.  Folks, I have to tell you that her scream was the LOUDEST and most PIERCING I've ever had.  Ah yes, now my "dining experience" was complete.  Almost aways when I dine out in the tourist season, my Dining Experience is accompanied by crying babies or screaming kids.  But enough of my complaining on this subject, you've heard it all before. 

Of course the Big News this week was my last day of physical therapy.  I think I've been going for about a month and a half (six weeks - one loses track of time when one is having a good time). 

So how is my leg? I'm walking and talking.  MY leg is still a bit swollen but is not as painful as it first was (I couldn't sleep).  I can bend my leg back almost all the way now but I still walk with a slight limp.  My leg won't be completely back to normal for another six to eight months but as my physical therapist Rich says "You've made great progress Ron!" And indeed I have.  Seriously folks, I am so glad I'm able to walk on my own now without the aid of a walker or a cane.  You never know how vulnerable and dependent you are until you lose the use of your mobility.  

So I'm back folks.  I hope to get back to making more frequent blog posts but right now I have to get back to my online Scrabble games.  I have to get my ELO rating up!



21 comments:

  1. Congrats on ending the physical therapy. Now enjoy life more! :)
    I know how kids, little ones can be such a pain. Just move along.

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    1. Hot guys pictures,
      Thanks! As for the kids, I don't blame them I blame the parents. They don't set limits. It is the parent's responsibility to raise and train their kids in proper manners. Unfortunately, all too often in these days many parents just don't care or unable to control their kids. I understand a kid will be a kid but I remember when I (and my two younger brothers) were that age. We would EVEN think of making a fuss out in public. NOT.EVEN.THINK.ABOUT.IT. I know I can be a bore complaining about screaming kids (the crying kids are another whole matter, usually they're too young to bring to a restaurant but parents bring them anyway): But I am "moving along" as you say (smile).
      Ron

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  2. Glad to know you are well and busy (when Ron doesn't blog for a week, Jon gets worried).
    Congratulations on finally completing physical therapy!!!!! That's a milestone........is it only my imagination, or are all physical therapists named "Rich"...??

    It's great that you got to see Pat again and that he sold his property.
    As for screaming kids - - don't get me started on the subject - - (LOUD SCREAM INSERTED HERE)

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    1. Jon,
      I didn't realize a whole week went by. I am SO GLAD i completed physical therapy. While I enjoyed going there (three times a week for an hour or more), it was starting to get old. But one thing I will say, the physical therapy worked! I am so much better now and able to get around.
      Pat and I get along so well together. He's low key (unlike Bill) and nothing much bothers him. He is good for my stress level. Bill is hyper. But I love both of them!
      Screaming kids in a restaurant. I'm telling you, that little girl's scream was so piercing (and it happened right as I was about to order) that I thought she had damaged my ear drums. I looked at "the dad" and he was just saying every so politely to his little darling "Now stop that." He obviously doesn't know how to control his child and she knew it and that's why she continued to scream for attention. She wasn't crying, just screaming. He doesn't have to hit her just use a tone of voice that she knows he means it. By his ever so softly "Now stop that" she knew she could get away with her ill mannered ways. When they went by our booth (from the bathroom, maybe that's why she was screaming) I said to Pat "There goes the little monster." Her father heard me and stopped and gave me a puzzled look. I was ready to take him on but he thought better of it and after a three second stop to mull over his next action, he turned around and continued back to their booth. Funny thing, there was no more screaming little girl. Maybe he finally got her under control or she just took a poop.
      Ron

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  3. I thought Pat was going to build a house down in DE? That plan changed I guess.

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    1. He was Denise but he ran into all kinds of snags about his dual citizenship. The annual cost of HOA and mowing the grass was approaching $2,000 a year so it was time to pull the plug on this lot. If and when his dual citizenship becomes a reality, he can buy another lot. In the meantime we visit each other several times a year. Next visit is my turn to visit Toronto next month.
      Ron

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  4. Ron,

    I was a wondering where you disappear to. By the way, Canada does not have a National Bird, but there is a campaign on to name one. Here are the current crop of nominees: Canada Goose, Common Loon, Red Tailed Hawk, Grey Jay and Tundra Swan.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      What!? Canada doesn't have a national bird? I thought every country has a national bird and surely Canada's was the Canada Goose. You could've knocked me over with a (goose) feather.
      Ron

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    2. I do wish Canada would reclaim all these damned Canada geese that have taken up residence in Virginia! We hate them! Nasty creatures all the way around - rats with feathers!!! Maybe global warming will eventually make Canada once again their place of residence. Me, I prefer the loon. Their song is beautiful, and watching them is always entertaining!

      Peace <3
      Jay

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    3. I though Jay would go for the Gray Jay.

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  5. How nice to see you and Pat together again, even for a brief stay. I am glad PT is over with and you are feeling good and strong. You certainly are looking great and very happy.

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    1. Thank you as always Nadege for your kind comment. Pat's stay was brief but always a treat, for both me and Bill. When I take a break from being the "host with the most", Pat and Bill engage in conversation. We still can't get Bill to go out with us to dine though, he doesn't like noisy restaurants. And yes, I am stronger now that I can maneuver around with my injured leg (it's working!) without the aid of a cane. And I am very happy. I don't know what I did to deserve this good life but I'm appreciating every day. Pat is back in Tornonto now but I will be joining him at the end of next month. We have a regular "routine" now.
      Ron

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  6. All good news! Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Pat just recently buy that lot to build a house on? Is he now staying in Canada?

    Glad you are about healed. It took my wrist and arm something like 3 months to regain its 110% (the benchmark was my left hand/arm at 100%, and since I am right-handed, it should be 10% stronger). So yeah, it's slow but steady. Just think, in medieval days, you'd be dead now!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  7. Welcome back, I wondered where you went

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    1. David,
      You know how it is, all the daily activity and before you know it a week has passed. I'm back though and done with PT although it will probably take until the end of the year until my leg is completely back to normal.
      Ron

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  8. I too was pondering on what could have happened, Ron, and it's with some relief to see that not only had nothing untoward occurred but that you'd passed another milestone in your progress, which is most reassuring. So happiness is on that front, at least. Now if only you were able to add 'screaming infants' to your 'execution list' the world would be a much improved place!

    Btw: Unable to play your film, as you'll know, which seems to be a permanent state of affairs until a new apparatus can be acquired. (I'll stop saying that every time now.)

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    1. Ray,
      I am soon happy that I am done with PT. Although I liked the three times a week session, and the folks at the physical therapy center couldn't have been better, I am glad I'm done with that two month routine. Slowly but surly my life is getting back to normal. Now if I can just do something about the "screaming infants." Alas, I fear there is no solution to that problem because too many parents these days just don't care who their untrained kids annoy.
      Ron

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  9. Hey, Ron? Guess what? Out of frustration at being unable to play any videos I uninstalled my entire Adobe programs, including all the updates - and now, quite amazingly, I find that I CAN play your clip. Very strange! Maybe not quite as flawless as I'd like (a bit of unsynchronicity between vision and sound) but much, MUCH better than before. I've checked on Anne Marie's blog and her weekly video clip has come up as well when I thought they'd be a thing of the past. What an odd think to happen!
    Anyway, for now, I'm happy - and it was really good to see thee and Pat engaging in relaxed discussion with us viewers. So, it appears that this senile machine (the computer, I mean) is not quite on a one-way decline.

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    1. This is wonderful news Ray! I am so happy for you! Now you can see and hear us! I hope your computer continues to perform.
      Ron

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    2. Oh it's still on the way down, Ron - getting ever slower until it'll just stop. But the video aspect, very welcome as it is, is just an unexpected shaft of light before the blinds close completely

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  10. all good things, yes.

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