Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas tasks winding down.

Location, At Home

The majority of the Christmas shopping is done. Packages have been mailed and received.

We will make tamales tomorrow. The pork is cooking in the crock pot today. It is a labor intensive job but they do taste good when we are done.

My root canal turned out just fine. I had 2 sessions with the endodontist for the root canal part. He managed to save the tooth. Later I went to my regular dentist to have the cap re-plugged where it had been drilled through for the root canal. I really had no pain through this whole process and feel very fortunate to have the tooth saved.

We will spend Christmas day with our niece Chelsea and family. I will cook a turkey the day before on the Weber kettle as usual for our Christmas dinner.

This spring we had the large Chinese Elm tree removed from our backyard. At the time the stump was also ground out. That process took two sessions with the grinder but in reality, a lot of large roots remained in the ground. Craig has been chopping, digging, and sawing more of the roots over the summer and fall as he feels like working on it.

He screened all the ground and removed rocks and more roots. A soil amendment was added and a ficus tree that has sat in a pot on our patio for years is now planted.

Chinese Elm


 I am sure this tree will also grow fairly large in the spot but by then I will be too old to care.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who may read this.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Not much happening.

Location, At Home

Clyda has done very well with physical therapy since her surgery. Other than resting and “icing” her knee frequently, she is walking and moving freely.

I, on the other hand have not gotten much done. I did put up the Christmas tree and decorations and put up the outdoor lights. Both the tree lights and the outdoor strings are experiencing “old age” as several bulbs have quit working on both. I bought a string of lights for the tree to cover the bottom branches where one string has quit. I left the old lights on and added the new over them. From a distance it is not really noticeable. I guess I need to bite the bullet and either replace the strings or buy a new tree next year.

I am having problems with a tooth and tomorrow I have the pleasure of having a root canal done. If the tooth is cracked too badly it will need to be removed and an implant put in its place. Oh the joys of old age!!!!

I’ll end with a sunset photo from my recent trip to Death Valley.