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2013-08-02 London!!!

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We were met after Customs by our driver, Howard. Man, he loved to talk! I didn’t think it was possible to talk non-stop between London Heathrow and near St. Pancras train station but he did just that. Seemed like hours but he was a really nice Brit.

We checked in at Hilton London Euston. It was still too early for our room to be ready so we grabbed the Big Bus tour bus across the street; green line to the red line to the Tower of London. Ed was totally exhausted but I refused to let him sleep. I felt he needed to stay awake as long as he could so that we could get our body clocks on the same wave link as our current time zone. It kinda worked. I went and exchanged our vouchers for tickets and I got a hotdog (awful) and I got Ed fish and chips (worse). Fast food at the Tower of London, hmmm. It perked him up a little bit but he was not doing well. We got to see Traitors Gate and where Anne Boleyn was beheaded but missed the long line for the crown jewels. I got him an audio tour but it was just too much for him, as tired as he was. We took the Big Bus back to the hotel and FINLLY got there. It seemed forever for Ed, I’m sure.

You can’t tell easily but the wild animals in the pictures ares made up of wire mesh. Amazing!!!

Patti, daughter Margaret, and grandson James decided to make it very easy on us and they came to our hotel for tea. Ed quickly got a shower so he was refreshed when they showed up. We had tea, coffee, and scones and it was great just sitting and talking with Patti. Ed said she was much more vivacious than she usually is when she comes to visit Texas. Duh! I’m sure she says the same about us now!

Margaret had trouble enjoying the visit as she had to keep up with a very active two-year-old. I think she was concerned that Patti and we weren’t enjoying the visit but we did, thoroughly! They didn’t stay all that long but it was SO great to see Patti and to meet Margaret & James. Patti looked good but it was funny about Margaret. You could hear a little bit of London and a little bit of Texas in her voice. I didn’t hear much London in Patti’s voice though.

We ate dinner after they left, went back to the room and totally collapsed!

Just as I was starting to go to bed, Ed’s cell phone rang. What????? It was Drake, just checking to see if he could get us. How funny! I had forgotten to put Ed’s phone on Airplane Mode so that was quite an expensive call but it definitely was worth it. It was great to he
ar his voice. It’s amazing how much you miss home and the people you left behind, not to mention the dogs and goat and chickens and the garden and my massage therapist and my manicurist and … yeah, I was homesick a little. But it was good to know that we could get in touch with home if needed.

Tomorrow, the train from St. Pancras to Brusssels!


One of Those Days

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Today has been that day for me.

It started off so well!  I had a massage first thing this morning and that really helped my entire demeanor.  As some of you know, I REALLY look forward to my massage and am so relaxed when I get home.  I guess that’s why the rest of the day seemed so much more frustrating than it usually would have.

One of my tenants griped at my maintenance man at the Meadows Building because, instead of doing what he asked, Ken told him to talk to me about it.  Ok, there are indeed sticker burrs in spots in the parking lot but I had already asked the landscapers to spray them.  Ken is my maintenance man, not my gardener, at the Meadows Building.  It’s not his job to spray and dig up stickers!  I was ready for bear by the time I got down to the Meadows Building.

Yes, I addressed the problem with the tenant.  I also said not to make any changes to the Meadows Building without running it by me first, such as painting and putting up signs, which was done earlier this summer.  Man, did I get ticked! 

I had seen my next door neighbor’s new pavement, right next door to the Meadows Building, and recently they striped it to make for more organized parking.  I can understand that but it wasn’t until today, when a long pickup truck was parked in-between the two buildings, that it became apparent how much room those parking spots were actually taking away from the Meadows Building parking. 

At one time, I hoped to pave my parking lot also but it was way out of my budget so I’ll have to wait a few years.  When they paved next door, they paved to the middle of the space between the buildings but they only own a few feet next to their building so they paved some of my lot.  Ok, no big deal.  I appreciate it.  Thank you.

I have been told that those parking spaces can be used for the Meadows Building also but there is no “Public Parking” sign on those spaces and, since they are now paved and mine are not, it looks like there is a distinct line of demarcation between the two buildings.  The customers for my building don’t seem to be parking there.  Am I being too picky here???

I have mulled and mulled for the past week about the $2k bill I got from my landscapers and, after today, I have decided that I just can’t afford this guy any more.  He takes care of the sprinkler systems at the Meadows Building and my mom’s house and plants seasonal flowers at both places.  But $2,000 worth???  I just can’t afford that, not in this fiscal environment.  After how today went, I was on a roll so I called and fired him.  I don’t know who I’ll get to take it over but I will negotiate a much better deal AND I will make sure that the new landscapers clear all expenses with me before I get billed!

Sitting here tonight and stewing, it finally dawned on me what was wrong.  I don’t like it when people do something and don’t give me fair warning when it concerns something that I own.  Tell me what you are going to do before you do it and I will probably be fine with it but give me the opportunity to do something better or different or more effective or just something MY way.  If you want to pave or paint or stripe or make 35 trips, tell me about it and ask my opinion.  Don’t just assume that I will be grateful!

One thing that I AM grateful for is having Ed’s health back.  I feel like he has been MIA for over a year and I am grateful to his doctors, his nurses, and the technology for helping us.  Yes, there are things he can’t do for a while but that will pass.  We are taking our barge trip for my mom and will sit on the river barge on the Danube with some of her friends and drink a toast to her, we will tell stories about her, and we will celebrate her life.  I know that she will be there also, enjoying everything but the scotch.  I’m glad that Ed will be there because he can enjoy that scotch for her.  I’m also grateful that Ed will be there so he can now enjoy all the walking tours with me and we can be totally exhausted after a fun day … together.

A Whirlwind Week!

This week has been a whirlwind of activity! 

Ed had difficulty getting a contact out of his left eye early this week and irritated the eye.  We went to Dallas to his optometrist on Wednesday.  Somehow he scratched his cornea so now he has antibiotic eye drops. 

Yesterday, Ed had an appointment with Dr. Naceem to discuss the results of the stress test last week.  The doctor recommended a pacemaker.  We could’ve tried a surgery to get rid of the atrial fibrillation however, if it didn’t work, we would be back to having a pacemaker.  Later, Dr. Naceem said that he didn’t think Ed had a-fib at all; Ed’s heart just worked that way.  On a brighter note, Dr. Naceem said that Ed had the body of a 65 year old.  I guess all that weight-lifting has paid off!

Knowing that we are soon to go on vacation, Dr. Naceem wanted to get the surgery over with quickly so that he would have lots of time to monitor Ed before we left and he felt it would be much better for Ed to go on vacation with a pacemaker.  The surgery occurred around noon today.  Is that quick enough for you, Doc???

I left Ed about 6:30 tonight and he was feeling great.  He ate a late lunch today and was eating dinner when I left.  His heart rate is now strong and steady.  What a great sound to hear!  He is still on bed rest until tomorrow so we don’t know yet if he has more energy or if he will get out of breath when he walks but the doctor assures us that he will feel so much better and will do fine with all the walking on our trip.  Woo-hoo!!!

I will bring Ed home tomorrow.  He can’t life anything heavy for a month.  In fact, he can’t even lift his left arm over shoulder height for a month.  And they don’t want him to drive for a month.  Not that he couldn’t drive, of course.  He could drive just fine but if he jerked the wheel to avoid a collision or something, he could tear loose the wires they screwed into his heart and that would mean surgery to fix them. 

What that means I that I will be doing all the driving for the next 2 weeks, I will be lifting all of the luggage on our trip, and he will have to call me to lift groceries and laundry the next 2 weeks.  Geez, thanks, Doc!!!  Man, will I be glad when we get back from vacation and his month of limitations is over!!!

I Wish I Had a Picture of That

Sam and SoLow spend most of their days either sleeping or playing.  Sometimes they come to us for petting but usually they just like to play and sleep. 

It’s easy to see when Sam wants to play with SoLow.  She will walk up to SoLow and crouch, as if she’s going to jump on her.  If SoLow doesn’t respond, Sam will stand up and swat her with her right paw a few times on the shoulder.  That always gets SoLow charging toward Sam and off they go.

Now, if SoLow wants to play, usually she will just dance around, back and forth, and act like she’s going to take off running.  That usually gets Sam dancing and running with SoLow through the house.  SoLow takes advantage of it by trying to bite Sam’s ankles as she runs and sometimes they both go tumbling and sliding on the tile floor.  Rarely does SoLow ever actually catch Sam’s ankle but I have seen it happen.  What a hoot to watch.

But for the first time, today I saw SoLow sit up on her butt, balanced by her tail, little paws sticking straight out, nosing Sam in the face.  And Sam was just standing there and taking it!  The funny thing is that SoLow is a dachshund and Sam is a Sheltie.  SoLow HAS to sit that way for her face to be at the same level as Sam’s.  It would’ve done no good for me to take a picture because SoLow was sitting at my feet but I so wish Ed had been holding a camera right at that moment.

Why is it that when something funny … or interesting … or memorable happens, we never seem to have a camera in hand?  And that moment is gone before we have time to capture it.  Thankfully, I will always have the memories of Sam and SoLow playing and I hope to have Sam and SoLow to watch for years to come.  Can you tell?  I missed my dogs while I was on vacation!

It’s been a while …

I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog so I thought I’d better post a short note to let everyone know what’s going on.

Ed is doing great!  He has way more energy and continues to feel better each day.  He’s actually been going outside to water plants, which he hasn’t done in months and months.  And his car is using more gas nowadays than it has in a long time.  Yes, he feels very comfortable driving again.  Woo-hoo!  If he doesn’t get out of Argyle once a day, he gets a mini-case of cabin fever.  I, on the other hand, would be satisfied with putzing around Argyle, if I get out of the house at all!

For me, however, I have had terrible allergies this year.  I’m still trying to find an allergy medication that actually works!  A few weeks ago, all that drainage turned into bronchitis.  I’ve been taking my medications but they were done on Thursday and Friday last week.  This weekend, (grrrrr) I started getting the symptoms back again.  Of course, it would happen on the weekend when the doctor’s office is closed.  Yes, I’ve already called the doctor and I go in to see him on Wednesday morning.

I’ve been trying to stay away from people the past two weeks.  I don’t think I was contagious this past week but I sure didn’t want to take any chances.  I’ll be back in circulation soon though, I hope.  Until then, y’all take care and stay as cool as you can.  We sure seem to have gotten August heat early this year, don’t ya think???


Still here … and then not

1:00 pm: Yes, we’re still in the hospital waiting to see the doctor.  Thankfully, I brought Ed his iPad so he could read email (my previous posts, of course!) and his normal web sites.  Add the TV, time for lunch, … Continue reading


People Stories 2

Ed was his usual funny self and totally had the nurses wrapped around his finger.  “He was a good boy,” they told me after surgery.  Of course, at the time, he was lying in the bed, red-faced, eyes closed, shaking … Continue reading