About My Extended Stay in Ft Worth…

Even though all the test results will not be in for as many as two weeks, the pulmonary specialist said “shame on the information about ILD on the web.”
He indicated that her cat scan showed ‘inflammation’ instead of ‘infection’ which is night and day for the prognosis.
They did the biopsy and it was done through the nasal passages down the bronchial tubes. I did not know they could do that. It was an outpatient procedure done yesterday, and she slept most of the rest of the day after we got back to the in-laws around 1:30…actually, we both slept the rest of the afternoon.
The pathology lab results will be back Monday, at which time the pulmonary doc will let the rhumatologist know, and she will then decide on treatment for her RA, which is the cause of all this.
We will likely be heading south on Wednesday to the ranch.
This is great news for us, as things looked pretty dismal last week as you well know.
In my appreciation to my sister in law for letting us stay with them, I have been cooking breakfasts and dinners; breakfast tacos, pot roast, braised sirloin with noodles, enchiladas with Spanish rice and refries, and tonight is lasagne. Maybe tomorrow will be chicken parmigiana with fettuccine Alfredo. after that, need to restock.
My brother in law is a movie fanatic. He has a 10ft HD projection TV with a full blown sound system. He downloads movies off the web, and has no less than 4TB of movies stored. We went to see “A Dog’s Purpose” at the theater earlier this week. Those of you dog lovers out there will really appreciate it.
We bought a GPS of the Garmin variety for travel around the big metro. It has made a huge difference for a couple of small town country bumpkins.
We are obviously relieved that her prognosis is not death in two years, as previously believed.
Again, thanks to you readers for your prayers and thoughts.

‘Nuther Update

This is another hard one to write.
My wife was diagnosed with ILD this past week.
We are traveling to Ft. Worth tomorrow to see a lung specialist. The prognosis is not good.
Things were going so well too.
I got my rototiller in and have been tilling two trailer loads of horseshit into the corn field.
I bought a Cub Cadet RT-65 after some research. Works great.
I got the chipper fixed. After the valve job, I cleaned the carb again and found a clogged pickup.
Ordered a bunch of onion and potato sets and flower bulbs for the wife.
We’ll probably have to sell the ranch, as she will likely have to resign her position.
Will update.


Plumbing repairs are all holding…good.
Had to do some last minute checking on exposed water lines, as we are expecting snow tomorrow with temps likely to keep me indoors a couple days.
I rebuilt the carb on my chipper today as well. Still won’t start. Will run briefly if I prime it. Probably needs a valve job. Must get more tools.
Checked the air filter on my riding mower; remember the one I replaced the engine in June? That sombitch collapsed. I ordered three today, and commandeered the keys. That’s my project for next week.
I found a whole case of Castrol 10W-40 oil in the shed. What can I do with that?
Special congrats to Dr jim soon to be Grampa jim!

So What’s Goin’ On?

The new year arrived quieter than being in the city. Sure country folk shoot fireworks too, but expended ordnance doesn’t land on my roof.
It’s been unseasonably warm here with temps in the seventies, which will change by the weekend.
Wife went back yesterday, and does not return to the classroom until next week. She did manage to schedule a colonoscopy for herself on the 23 to address a problem she has been having. The last time she had it scheduled, she…you don’t want to know. I shall have to drive south to accompany her.
I have had more plumbing problems here. The kitchen faucet began leaking, and required replacement.
Well lemme tell you this: the leaking refused to be uninstalled, and for the life of me, I could not remove the nut that held the faucet to sink.
It seemed simple enough; one nut screwed onto a pipe, to which the sprayer was attached, just needed to be removed so as pull the faucet off the top.
At first, I was able to get a small crescent onto the nut, and turn it about an eighth of a turn, fighting for room with the general small space behind the sink bowls. Keep in mind that the space under the sink is not designed for a 270 lb 6 foot tall guy lying on his side. Then I figgered I could disassemble the faucet from the topside. That would work wouldn’t it?
FUCK no. There were more parts in that faucet than a 747 turbine.
Still not enough.
Back under I go with hammer and chisel. I chiseled about half the nut off before I realized I had missed the chisel so many times, my hand was now bleeding.
All right. That’s it.
Back under with the vice grips, with which I finally broke the damn spacer. The nut is still attached, however, but it came off.
Installation went much better.
Am I done?
Hell no.
All that thumping around under there, I musta bumped the trap as it began to leak.
At least I have running water now. It just a new compression washer.
Am I done now?
The water heater in the spare bathroom keeps popping the thermal breaker, so I bought a new element.
The guy at HD tried to sell me an element wrench, and I scoffed saying I would use my trusty crescent.
My 12 inch was too small, so I drug out the 15 incher.
Funny, the $7.87 for the element wrench doesn’t seem so ridiculous now.
The unit is not leaking, nor did the thermal breaker pop and the water is hot, so we’re calling the plumbing issues fixed (knock on wood).
It was such a nice day out, I shoulda been working outside on the chipper. S’posed to get colder as the week progresses.
No internet yet outside of the phones, and few options.
Am looking forward to purchasing a large tiller.
Will update.

It’s Christmastime…

This will be our first Christmas at the ranch. The wife will be driving up after her last day of school on the 22nd. She will stay through the first of the year. I just hope the kid doesn’t burn down our house while we’re away.
It has been a year of ups and downs, and I’m sure I speak for all of you as well as our family. This will be the first Christmas in my 60 years without Pop.

Some of the dancers remind me of the Petula Clark video I posted the other day.

3 years ago

Merry Christmas everyone