Feeling great today. Designed a business card for my son’s electrical business and am now about to do some writing.

It’s a relatively warm day for winter. The sun is shining through the clouds and it feels like Spring is closer.

I finally got all our stuff moved back into the house yesterday. Whew, glad that job is done.

My only concern now is that I get enough gym exercise to be ready for next month’s Big Climb. I’m moving a bit slower this year and need to get the kinks out so I can make it all the way to the top.

If you want more info about the climb please see my post about it. If you want to donate to sponsor my climb just click on the notice you see at the top right of this page.

Take care all.

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Data Next GenerationNow that my daughter’s family has moved into their new home (they stayed with us for a year and a half while their house was being built) we are moving our stuff back in from storage.

I moved most of it yesterday and have a bit more to do today. I am doing the moving by myself. It’s mostly boxes. It’s nice to know I can do it. I had to rest a few times but this old body is still operating.

I’m so lucky that Leuk hasn’t brought me down yet. Though I get tired sometimes, I am still “functioning within normal parameters” as Star Trek’s Data would say.

It’s strange having this invisible thing inside me. Leuk is lurking somewhere in there. He’s not too strong yet but I know that could change. Hopefully not for a long time.

My biggest worry is that I will become a burden to my wife. She is strong and would make it happen but still I don’t want to make her life harder. She is such a blessing to me and she doesn’t deserve this.

Oh well, I might be worrying about a future that will never happen. I am 65 years old after all. CLL can be a slow moving type of leukemia so as long as it doesn’t speed up I might make it to old age just fine. It’s not really worth worrying about.

In fact, I should take my own advise about worrying. God knows I’ve written enough posts about it.

So I’ll shut up and live for each day.

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Well, I’m going for it again. I will be participating in the 31st Annual Big Climb on Sunday, March 26th.

I’ve started my fundraising a little late this year and have only until March 26th to raise at least $500.

You can sponsor my climb with a donation by clicking the ‘donate’ button on my Fundraising Page. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. All of the donations go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight leukemia and related blood cancers.

The Big Climb is a stair climb up the Columbia Center – the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 floors of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what many of my readers are going through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Take a look at the  video above. It captures the true spirit of the Big Climb.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Every day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 10 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.

Thanks for your support.

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A bottle of cougar urine

I was cleaning out my office and guess what I found…

Yes it really is cougar pee. Back when I was having trouble with beavers invading my property I had big hopes for this stuff. I planned on spreading it around the ditch where they build their dam in order to scare them away.

But then I read the warning label: “May attract other Cougars”.

Wisely I decided to not use it. The question is what do I do with it now?

Perhaps an even more interesting question is how exactly do they collect the stuff? This in not synthetic. It’s the real thing. So, they buy a sample cup from a medical supply house then walk up to the cougar and say ‘please give me a sample’?

Whomever does this job I hope they’re paying him enough.

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Feeling good today. I have to go in and get poked for a blood test but at least the phlebotomist is pretty. Unless I get Brunhilda with her needle the size of a 16 penny nail.

I’ll be working on my book today. I say working because that is what it is. There was a book published in the seventies called “The Joy of Sex”. Now that’s understandable. But if there’s one called “The Joy of Writing” the author is obviously in need of serious therapy.

As I sit here writing this blog I can’t help but think of my wife. I drove her to town this morning and watched her disappear into the building where she works. She is holding off her retirement to help keep our finances intact while I sit here at home typing on this computer. I sometimes feel a bit guilty: her working so hard and me having the freedom to get up, roam around the house, and even flake out watching a movie instead of writing. (Don’t tell her I do that last one!)

Her life is more structured than mine, making her get up every morning, even though she’s tired, and spend the day at work.

We have been friends nearly all our lives. I’ve known her for 60 of my 65 years. It’s probably that friendship that has saved our marriage. I’ve not always been the best of husbands but she has stuck with me. She’s a tough, little Icelandic gal with a brave and loyal heart. I don’t deserve her. That’s why I do the dishes, clean the house, and feed her; hopefully all that will give her a reason to keep me around.

Kidding aside, I appreciate all she is doing for me, for us.

Love you, babe.

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