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I sure hope I’m not too late for this… After all, it is Wednesday now (Oyyyy).  I can’t seem to get myself on track with my blogging schedule lately.  I was a day late doing a coffee chat on my personal blog and ended up missing the deadline.

So what’s going on around here, you ask??  Well Monday we drove up to Phoenix to send our son up to Oregon to visit grandpa.  The drive up there wasn’t too bad except we got a good bit of rain part of the way up there which slowed traffic down a little bit (of course part of the slowing and congestion had everythign to do with the fact that we were getting close to Phoenix).  The car did run quite a bit better than it has been lately – amazing what a change of spark plugs and spark plugs wire can do, and yes – we did end up doing the work pretty much ourselves (with the help of our neighbor across the street, whom we had gone over to ask if he had a tool we could burrow.  It’s still sluggish but that probably has something to do with the fact that it’s a little 4-cylinder but the hesitating and not wanting to accelerate without throwing a fit has gone away….  So, where was I?!?…. Ohhh, right, My son, Phoenix, Airport. 

This is the first time my son has really flown by himself (as in not as an unaccompanied minor) but everything went off without a hitch (well except for the fact that he almost boarded w/o his carry on – LOL).  We were able to go down to the gate with him and stay with him while he got on the plane….  We even watched the plane push back and take off:


It seems that, possibly, a storm or something caused a bit of a delay.  In fact, shen we first got to the gate there was a line of planes on the tarmac awaiting to take off.    As you can see in the video above by the time my son’s plane was taking off the line of planes was gone.


It was kind of a sight to see with all the airplanes lined up, slowly “marching” there way to the end of the run way for take-off.  I’d upload the video of the planes taking off in this scenario but I’m having a hard enough time getting the one video up so I’ll just leave it at that one.  I did l also capture this little guy 


So seemingly out of place with all the other big planes (sorry I wasn’t able to show the big planes that were in front of and behind him.  This little guy had actually just landed and was taxing to his parking or gate area, it appeared.

Yesterday, The Hubby had cataract surgery.  He was suppose to be awake for the procedure with just some light sedation but they ended up having to put him lightly under to do the procedure.  I say “lightly under” because there are (as I understand) varying levels or degrees in which a person can be put under – everything from barely under where they are mostly asleep but may still wake up during a procedure (in that case they would not feel a thing and may not even remember waking up) to completely and fully under (in which case they would not wake up during the procedure and would, possibly, be temproarily paralyzed.  There might even be a breathing tube used).  So in the case of my husband they did actually end up putting him to sleep to do the procedure but it was at the lightest degree…  Just enough to stop his eyeballs from bouncing about.  You see,  several year ago, back in 09, The Hubby had sufferred a stroke (yeah 250/150 Blood Pressure isn’t really a very good number). One of the symptoms of the stroke is that his right eye bounces up & down (well not the whole eye, but the pupils I believe it is).  Other than having to be put under instead of just sedated everything went just fine and he awoke without difficulty.    He is a bit more tired than he was the last time, partly due to having to be put under like he was….  Of course the whole working on the car, then driving up to Phoenix (a nearly 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive) and back, then having surgery (incuding being put under) has pretty much worn him out.  As he put it, his body is saying, well, “F You” or “S You” which everyou want to use there.

Back to our son for a moment… Apparently we do not feed our son enough, LOL, because when grandpa called to let us know he had arrived safely he mentioned that our son was “devouring a steak”.  So now my son has flying by himself under his belt — well okay not completely, I mean we did go down to the gate with him to make sure he got on safely and grandpa was able to meet him at the gate on that end so really the only time he was “by himself” in terms of being a passenger was only during the flight itself and he has actually flown before a number of times, it’s just that he has either flown with family (grandpa or gramma) or as an “unaccompanied minor”

So that’s what’s been going on around here, in our little neck of the woods, with my family.

Wishing you all a wonderful & blessed rest of the week.


Good Morning to everyone.  Welcome to another week of Tuesday Chatter hosted by Eugenia at BrewNSpew.

Last week I told you all that I was going on a ridealong with our local fire department – NorthwestFire.   I believe we went on something like 7 calls, most of them medical in nature (did you know that something like 80+% of calls are medical in nature), though one turned out to be nothing but some homeless folks sleeping, so we cleared pretty quick from that call. The day (for me) ended on a move up to cover in the area of another fire department (Golder Ranch) for a major house fire.  

Speaking of Northwest Fire, Golder Ranch, and another in the area – Mountain Vista Fire District…  There is some big news around the corner – Starting May 1st, when a call comes in it will be the closest station that goes on the call (no longer will it be based solely on whose district the call originated in).  This will help to get help to people quicker.  Also, it appears that a consolidation between Mountain Vista and Golder Ranch is in the works (atleast on the drawing table).
I could continue on about the ridealong and how wonderful these guys are, how well they work together, and the level of care & concern they show for the patients under their care… but this is suppose to be a family blog so I should talk about the rest of the family.  Got word (notification via email) of an update to my son’s grades for history.  So let me back up a little bit.  Last week, my son took his history final.  I haven’t been able to view the grade he got on the final itself but I was able to see the final grade for the course and he got a B+.  He takes his Physics final today.  Also, it does appear that he may very well be up for receiving the next rank in scouts – which would be his Star.  I didn’t think he was actually up to receive it but it seems he was closer than we realized.  All he needs to do is have his ScoutMaster conference (which would also include the part about how he’s been living and acting as a scout) and then the Board of Review.  I’m hoping he can get the ScoutMaster conference done this week so the Board Review can be done the following.

Hubby goes in, later this morning, for cataract surgery on one eye.  The other eye will need to get done as well, but we’re dealing with issues with medical insurance.  It’s a long story and a complete mess.  Apparently our insurance is dropping the doctors that my husband sees (that whole group of doctors) so my husband is having to change insurances which is causing some problems (in otherwords we’re getting the runaround).

So that’s what’s going on around here.  What all is going on in your neck of the woods.  Hopefully you all had a great weekend and your week has started out, and continues to go, well.  


Having trouble thinking of things to put down…  I mean it’s not as if things are going terribly for us, but nothing stands out being as extra smile-worthy.  Life around here pretty much just is – Not good bad, Not bad just is.

Well one thing we can, cautiously, smile about is that a bit of a situation we had to deal with here looks as if it is going to work out ok.  I’ll tell you, though, there was a bit stress running through our veins.

Another “smile” is that we are go for The Pappa’s cataract surgery next Tuesday.  He also has transportation to get to the follow up appointment the following day.

I’m also smiling because I’ll be going on another ridealong come Monday.  It’ll be the same station as before but a different shift.  Looking forward to an interesting and educational time.  No matter what, I’m sure they’ll be lots for me to learn.

Keep smiling.  See y’all next week.

Weekly Smile is hosted by Trent over at Trents World (The Blog)