Heads Up . . .

Just a quick note to tell you that I suspect a new fraud scheme is in use.  I got a call today that set my nerves on edge.

First off – the caller had a computer-generated voice, like he is using some voice-masking software to hide his real voice.  Second, he said he was calling from Publisher’s Clearing House.  When I asked what he was calling about, he said it was in regards to a cashier’s check for $4 Million USD that I had won in one of their giveaways.

I do enter PCH contests quite often.  That also means that I get correspondence from PCH on a regular basis, and more than once I’ve gotten “advance notice” from them telling me EXACTLY what to expect if I win a major prize.  Never have they said anyone would attempt to call me before they arrive at my door to deliver the “big check”.

Anyhow, I told the caller that I was at home, and if the Prize Patrol was in town attempting to deliver my prize, they would have no trouble finding me.  He hung up.


Saturday Posts . . .

My wife emailed this joke to me, and it was so cute that I had to share it . . . .V


Gotta love those grand-kids ..

I was eating breakfast with my  10-year-old Granddaughter and I asked her, “What day is tomorrow?”
Without skipping a beat she said, “It’s President’s Day!”  ..
She’s smart, so I asked her “What does President’s Day mean?” 
I was waiting for something about Obama, Bush or Clinton, etc.
She replied, “President’s Day is when the President steps out of  the White House, And if he sees his shadow, we have another year of full of cow poop.”
You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose. 

Saturday Posts

The above image is a sign frequently seen in US restaurants, which reads, “No shirt, No shoes, No service.”  In many places, this is a matter of law, ostensibly for hygiene reasons.

What occurred to me is – it seems it would be perfectly legal and acceptable for men or women to walk into establishments displaying this sign, and as long as they wore a shirt and shoes, they need wear nothing else!  LOL!

Updates and/or confessions . . .

Well, it has certainly been a year.  My wife and I were talking recently about all that has happened since Halloween 2016, which was about when we put the gas fireplace insert in the house, and trying to do the numbers.

Here is what I came up with:

Fireplace Insert             $3500.00

Hot Water Heater             500.00

New HVAC System       4500.00

Refrigerator                       450.00

Car starter (2x)                 300.00

Repair Oil Leak              1000.00

Which, I do believe, tallies up to just over $10K in house and car maintenance, in just over one year.  On the agenda for the coming year – replace our 20 year old car, and try to regain access to our garage.

Now for the confession.  This is something that has been in the back of my mind since my Thanksgiving post about my friend Francine.  So far, we haven’t heard any news about a change in her status, but the truth is, even if there had been a change, her family would be so busy with everything that they wouldn’t likely be thinking of updating a Facebook page.

But, the fact that she is dying (or has died) from cancer got me thinking of how surprised I was to hear the news.  Which reflected back on me – some things I haven’t put in my blog, so none of you know anything about them.  While they aren’t as imminently life threatening as cancer, it still feels dishonest to not tell you what is going on.

So, let’s back up about 6-7 months.  I’d been using my home gym to build strength, and muscle tone, and I really felt things were starting to turn around for my health and fitness.  Then, one day I woke up, and couldn’t raise my left arm up to shoulder level in any direction.  The pain of attempting to move it at all was severe.  My initial reaction was, “Oh,, I probably pushed that last workout a bit hard, and I’ll just need a few days off.”  Well, a few days became a couple of weeks with no improvement, so I asked my wife what she thought I should do.  After some discussion, she said she thought it was “frozen shoulder” – something I’d never heard of before, and suggested I go to the chiropractor.  And I did.  It didn’t even take him a whole minute to confirm her suspicion.  “Oh, yeah, that’s frozen shoulder, alright.”  He ran me through some range-of-motion tests, then gave me some home-exercises to do to “loosen it up.”  He also said that, while cheap, this was the LONG, SLOW path to recovery, but it would work.

Now, today, I only sleep about 1 1/2 hours at a time, and it has been like this for 6 months.  I’m in pain constantly, and while the exercises have my range of motion back to about 85% of normal, the pain has not reduced one bit.  When bad weather affects arthritis, or migraines kick in, that is on top of the trouble with the shoulder.  It has reduced me to a babbling wreck more than once, as well as causing me to miss some past Saturday posts.  I don’t know what to do anymore.  I even have trouble remembering what day it is, without help from my computer.

So, this isn’t actually killing me, but it has seriously screwed up my quality of life.

Oh, and in keeping with the updates and confession theme of this post, the new program I’m doing for the migraines has had a noticeable effect now.  While the migraines aren’t usually as sharp as they were, they also don’t tend to go away anymore – ever.  It has been like this for a couple of weeks.

I’m ready for a new game, perhaps even a new avatar.  This one is busted.

Next lifetime – can I be Supergirl?  PLEASE?