Thursday, January 29, 2009


Accident During Surgery

As some of you know I went in for hernia surgery on Tuesday. Colleen stayed with me until they wheeled me down to O. R. at about noon. Then she headed home

In O. R. they gave me a spinal and then something else and I was out like a light.
Then the accident happened.
Was it an unsteady hand?
Was it poor footing?
Was it over compensation?
Was it ...

Whatever the cause, the instrument, instead of making a slow curve, did a complete u-turn and came to rest up against a...

Before I go any further, let me remind you that I was totally out of it, sedated and frozen from above the waist down. I had absolutely nothing to do with what happen. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

Colleen was the first person to realize that something was wrong. But all she could do was brace herself for the inevitable.

She was on her way home from the hospital, slowly rounding an icy curve about a block from our home when she suddenly realized what was about to happen. He car spun like a top, landed in a snow bank, and banged into a tree. She braced herself and was unhurt. However the car did not fare so well.

Then I regained consciousness. By the time I was back in my recovery room, Colleen was there to greet me. She gradually let me in on what a happened. I guess she figured I'd had enough stress for one day.

By about 5:00 p.m. the freezing was out and I was steady enough on my feet to be discharged. So Colleen and I went home for supper.

I did not see our car until the next day. The driver's door was smashed in and the mirror totally gone. The window was not broken but the quarter panel below the door was bent in about an inch. We are still awaiting a decision from the insurance company. The last we had heard, they sounded like they would fix it rather than write it off. The car is a 1990. It was my Mom's and for about 8 years was used very little, spending the rest of its time in a heated indoor parkade. So its still in good shape, well, except for the door!

And my surgery? Its been 48 hours and I'm feeling better all the time. Apparently it will be two to three weeks before I can lift much. Right now I'm not even allowed to hold my grandson. He's over the weight limit.

We'll see who gets back to normal first, me or the car.

Monday, January 12, 2009


An Unemployed Person's Day Off.

Well, I decided to take the day off today. I preached in Ponoka yesterday. That went very well. Thank you Lord! But I came home tired. So the decision stated above.

What did my day look like?
7:30 a.m. Get up and get Thomas up and ready for school.
8:15 a.m. Take Thomas to the bus stop.
8:30 a.m. Go back to bed!
9:30 a.m. Get up and say "Hi" to Brian when he comes to pick up Roger and Suzanne. (Brian was coming off a sleep over shift.)
10:00 a.m. Go back to bed.
10:30 a.m. Do some reading including looking through the want adds for a job. (None!)
11:30 a.m. Visit with Colleen before she gets ready for work.
12:30 p.m. Have lunch (left over Pizza from last night.)
1:15 p.m. Take Colleen to work. Get the oil changed in the car and do some shopping.
3:00 p.m. Stop at the walking track on the way home. Walk 2 miles (indoors).
4:00 p.m. Have a bath.
4:30 p.m. Do some home books.
5:30 p.m. Go to Suzanne's for supper.
6:15 p.m. Look after Thomas and Roger at their place while Suzanne goes and leads her "Divorce Care" class.
10:10 p.m. Pick up Colleen from work.

Then I'll need to get into bed because tomorrow is the one day I have to work. (It's a small maintenance job.)
Good night!

Monday, January 05, 2009


Congratulate Me!

I just succeeded at accomplishing New Year's Resolution #9. Actually, I knew the $1,000,000 answer on the previous game but spelled it wrong when I typed it in. So I tried another game right away and won! Now if only the $1,000,000 were for real!



We've been hibernating quite a bit the past few days. The Christmas and Boxing Week rushes are over. It was quite cold so we put our feet up for a while. In fact it was 40 below, more with the wind chill, Friday night and Sat.

At church on Sunday, our Pastor shared this:

Top Ten Ways to Know its Cold Outside

10. When you milk the cows you get ice cream, and when you milk the brown cows you get chocolate ice cream!

9. Your shadow freezes to the sidewalk.

8. The showman knocks on the door and asks to sleep on the couch.

7. Only people like "Ed" and "Bob" have enough time to write their names in the snow. (Yes he said that!)

6. You have to open the fridge to heat the house.

5. The police tell a robber to freeze, and he does.

4. People look forward to getting a fever.

3. The fire department advises you to set your house on fire.

2. Chickens are storming the local KFC restaurant to use the deep fryer.

1. Lawyers and politicians have their hands in their own pockets.

Don't dispare, today it's a balmy -10 C (+14 F). So I washed a couple of vehicles.

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