Time for another post already! Time sure flies when your having fun. (And even when you don't) There's just no stopping it, is there?
Point in case, this week I got a few 'friend' requests from people I hadn't seen since High School!
Talking about time passing by ... but I must say, they all haven't changed a bit. And yet, we're almost 40 years older ... how is that even possible?
It sure is great to hear from them though and I had a great time reading through their 'timelines'.
Meanwhile, 'here at the ranch', it really is a quiet time at the moment. We're about the only ones left, besides the 'perms'.
There's mornings I won't see anybody at all during my walks. But that's OK, I like it that way.
I always come across something that peaks my interest though. Like these beautiful early Camellias. I don't know their names but aren't they lovely?
And these last flowers of this Bindweed. Very pretty, especially after the rain with those raindrops, but rather poisonous! Well, .. only if you'd eat them ...
A little further down the path I reach the river, where there's always something going on.
This time, I found a wild Cleome, or spider flower, still blooming, and a Blackheaded Phoebe, resting very decoratively, just for my sake, on a couple of logs sticking up out of the water.
But the best had yet to come ... when I started to follow the riverbank as I usually do, I heard the unmistakable sound of a Kingfisher!
On my Audubon bird-clock, whom I've mentioned before, he is the voice of 9 o'clock, and although I've heard him around here many times, I've never actually seen him.
Well, there he was! Doing what he does best ... fishing...
Such a treat!
He's such a busy guy. Just dive-bombing away. Geronimo!
Arriving back home, I glanced towards the lake through the back window, while sipping the first of my morning coffees, when something caught my eye ...
.... eh ... that's not a tree-branch, there towards the bottom right of the picture ... !
It was an honest-to-God real alligator!
Apparently he swam into the lake somewhere during the last flood. The office is going to try to shoot him, and there's already several people who want some of the meat!
Although I don't necessarily like him that close, I hope he'll decide to move on before they get him. I mean, why does everything always immediately need to be killed?
On to some better news. The truck is repaired and running! Yahoo!
I can just kiss the darn thing! Such a relieve to have it available again.
We'll be forever in James boss' dept for helping us out, by loaning us his truck and flatbed, we'd been toast without him, but it's sure good to have our own wheels again!
Talking about repairs, James had his own repairs taken care off last week!
He had developed a small Hernia, and needed it surgically repaired.
Since we are not insured (gasp!), and had to pay this out of pocket, we did a lot of googling around, until we found a clinic in Rockville, Maryland, just out of Washington DC, that does the surgery for a flat, very cheap, fee of $1900, all in.
Even with the airfare and hotel cost, this turned out to be a lot cheaper than anywhere else!
The clinic gets a lot of patients from all over the country who are in the same 'boat' as we are and they have the whole procedure pretty much 'down-packed'.
All appointments are lined up seamlessly, they have a deal with some hotels close by, and even have a 'visiting-angels' service who will bring you back to your hotel in case you're all by yourself.
We actually found a great package deal on Hotwire for the flight, hotel and rental car. The flight was out of New Orleans, only about 45 minutes from us, and we arranged for close-by parking and a shuttle to the airport.
Everything went very smoothly, just as advertised. The surgery took only about 30 minutes and within a couple of hours he was back in his hotel (after having lunch at IHOP, since he was starving!)
That day, he had almost no pain, but the next day it caught up with him! He had no problem driving to and from the airport and back home, but having to walk was another story!
|How some small surgery can bring you to your knees!|
It's now 6 days later and he's finally doing a lot better. Still taking small steps and some pain pills but it looks like the worst is behind him.
The timing was actually perfect since this Thursday is Thanksgiving so taking the week off (only 3 work-days) turned out to be no problem.
Time for some R&R.
Like sitting at the edge of the lake around Happy Hour with a nice glass of wine ....