Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Health Concern

"Colorado Aspen"

Acrylics, 16" x 20"
painted by N. McCarroll and
Gifted to Eva this week

Today I go in for an MRI to determine the cause of rib pain, left side, under previous breast cancer site.  It kept me awake while I was in Maine since I could not sleep on my side, but it did not keep me from having a very enjoyable time playing Scrabble, visiting with friends, and savoring lobster and the gorgeous views of water and greenery.  It was a wonderful week.

This health issue is worrying, of course, and I will post results when available.  Thank you in advance for your caring.  

Psalm 103:2-4 “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Main Fun Times in Maine

Summer Solstice with a Strawberry Moon outside our cabin

Sunset on Penobscot Bay Sail

Castine Cottages where we occupied four cottages

Lupine Showing Off

Lobster traps

Sailing on Penobscot Bay


Lighthouse in Castine

Lobster traps on a haul

Relaxing at Andrea's house

Andrea, right, a most gracious hostess.  We all had a marvelous week playing Scrabble!

A few of us before departing Castine...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tea Party

Tuesday was the Tea Party for four manor residents.

Gene went to the grocery store for most of the party fare and bought cookies and cucumbers and thin white bread for buttered tea sandwiches.  He even found the Queen's recipe! 

For my part, I cleaned the patio and cut roses and whipped up scones, and made an ice ring with silk flowers frozen between layers of water.  During The Purge of Kitchen Doodads several years ago, our ancient handed down punch bowl, cups and ladle were dismissed with fond farewell.  So for tea, other utensil improvisations were in order. It all worked out.  More or less. Except we limped along without a ladle, pouring sherbet and 7-up punch from a pitcher into clear plastic cups.

This week I accompanied Julie when she went to her long awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist.  After the exam, he launched into a speil about how she would be having corrective surgery on her crossed eyes later in the summer at Children's Hospital in Denver.  I stopped him in his tracks when I brought up her winter flight to Denver for medical reasons, explained issues with pressure sores, the ambulance ride home that exacerbated the wounds, and ended my diatribe with the declaration that it would be very difficult to get her transported over to Denver.  
Long story, but the female ophthalmologist who corrected her eyes back in 1993 is still practicing in Denver and this current specialist with confer with that woman, reaching back 23 years into Julie's medical records and will likely, hopefully, be doing the corrective eye surgery on Julie in August.  Yes, Julie definitely needed a change in lens prescription but will wait for new lenses until after the eye surgery.

I am leaving today for Bangor, ME for the Cineast Scrabble Tournament in Castine, Maine.  It should be lots of fun, and I will be glad to get away for a week. Julie has been testy.