Good evening everyone. It was cold and raining here this morning. We actually all slept well. I never do in a hotel. This was new and warmly accepted. We had the hotel breakfast and headed for Rushmore. The rain let up enough to enjoy it. We were here exactly 20 years ago for our honeymoon. We wanted to bring the boys and share it with them.
We went to Rushmore Cave next. It's an easy 1hr tour. Then we had lunch and headed for Reptile Gardens. We went there before as well. It has been made even nicer than we remebered. The grounds are very nice and there are all sorts of snakes and reptiles to see.
After all of that it was almost 4 and we were good for one day. Tomorrow we have a bit more rain forecasted so we are planning to head for Deadwood and maybe the Needles Highway. We will see what the day brings.
The weather being cold and damp I am not feeling very good, but I will enjoy my time here. I hope you all have a wonderful night. Take care and pace.
Good evening everyone. We left home at 4:30am to head for Rapid City SD. It's just over 700 miles. We got here without issue. The drive was good. The DW drove the first hundred miles, I took over for the next 400, then she finished up. It was hard to move once we got here but I have loosened up some now.
Tomorrow will be Mt Rushmore, Reptile Gardens, and whatever we may have time for after that. There are no tight schedules on this trip. We will take it day by day relax.
Mimi, I hope your GS is feeling better. It's no fun when the little ones don't feel good. I'm glad your foot is doing better. It's amazing how much a toe can hurt.
Nancy, sounds like a house full. Stand your ground on the chair. I know how you need your sleep. The Forester is great. The Rav is as well. I am sold on Subaru snow traction. We need it up here.
Things are good here except forgetting my computer. It took a while to find the forum with my phone. Have a good night and pace.
Good morning Mimi and all who follow. It will be 90 and humid here again today, they say 68 by Tuesday. Fall is already going to say hello. I am not ready yet.
It is the DW's 40th Birthday today. I made her a good breakfast and we are preparing for our trip. We are having dinner with good friends early so we can be in bed early tonight. We leave sometime after 4. The DW says 4, I say get up at 4. We will likely fall somewhere in the middle.
I did get here a new car. We had a small Subaru that was very nice. The boys didn't fit so well in the back and it was low to the ground. They hold value very well and we got a very good deal on a Forester. It is a small SUV that is far easier to get in and out of. Momma is happy.
My hearing is back to normal. No more ringing. I am done with the ant-viral meds and tapering off steroids. I just wish I knew what caused it. There are many possible ones. I hope it does not ever come back but I have my doubts.
Things are good here. I will have my computer on the trip so I should be able to pop in and see how everyone is doing.
Mimi, I'm glad you had your toe checked out. I hope everything works out ok. Take it easy.
To all, stay cool. It looks like we all will get some relief from the heat the in next few days. Take care and pace.
Good evening everyone. It's been a pretty good day here for the most part. Work was quiet, just mildly frustrating. I had computer work to do on a real gem. It has to be the oldest, slowest computer allowed to exist. It took about 2 hours before I gave up finishing the task. I will try again tomorrow.
My hearing is slowly improving the last couple of days. I am hoping for a full recovery like last time. I have no clue what causes it or why it has happened twice now. I am just happy it's getting better.
The MRI appointment yesterday was almost missed due to a high level of traffic from road construction. I left with 20 extra minutes to do the 40 minute drive and used every one of them. Now I just have to wait and see the course of action.
Not much else going on here, just relaxing as weather is moving in. It may be too cloudy to see the stars. If I am up I will take a look though for sure.
Good evening everyone. I hope you are all doing well. It's been a pretty good day here today, sunny and warm.
Work was alright. I was a little worried about it. With the added meds for my ear combined with my others, I'm definitely not 100%. It feel a little dizzy and tired, makes for a longer day. One down, four to go.
Tomorrow is my MRI, hopefully they find something with my knee so I can move forward with it. It's been pretty frustrating. My wrist did improve with the job change, but that thing won't let up. I'm ready.
This weekend we prep for the family trip to SD and we leave Sunday. It will be nice to revisit the Rapid City area. We haven't been there since 95.
Mimi, sorry about your toe, no fun at all. I had a similar thing with my foot as a teen. I waited to go to the doctor for a week. It was broken. I hope you get it looked at soon and that it heals up fast.
Mel, school starts here in September. My oldest wants to do cross country this year. I think it will be very good for him.
Maggie, welcome back, good to hear from you. I have had knee issues since my 20's. The one would pop in and out I thought. I had torn cartilage and it was moving around in there. The other felt the same later on and they found nothing other than a loose joint and sent me to PT. It's hard to say what it is but I feel your frustration.
Jeanne, the slow weekend sounds nice. I had one as well. Don't forget to pace this week now with your projects.
Sara, lots of good stuff in journaling. I need to put more than what I do in mine. These are good reminders. There is water everywhere you look up here. I do love that about this place.
good morning gang. It's a cloudy and cool morning here in northern MN. 65 right now and it feels like more rain may be coming. We do need it though.
My ear is ringing loudly and I can't hear any midrange. What it does pick up sounds like its being filtered through a pillow and then rattled around in a metal can. I am getting used to it but it's driving me a little nuts. This is the same sudden loss I had 2 years ago. They never found the cause. The ear doctor suspected and inflammatory disease or similar. Nothing has showed. Since then I have shown inflammatory arthritis but we don't know which one. The 2 days before it came back I had horrible arthritis pain and my sharp stabbing muscle pains I got before gabapentin. I am sure it's whatever is going on there causing it.
They have me back on Famciclovir and Prednisone again. Last time it took 5 days to improve. I just hope it does. There is a fair chance of it working or not. steroids are bad for the body but I do remember feeling no pain after a few days. It's a nice break from myself.
We fished yesterday and it went very good. It has been slow this year. We caught three keepers and it was a nice distraction for me. The lake was calm and quiet. After we got home, by the time I had all the gear put away and the fish cleaned, I was wrecked though, too much for one day. I took it very easy the rest of the day.
My knee MRI is Tuesday, hopefully get somewhere with this. It woke me in horrible pain yesterday morning and I am ready for it to be better. It will lead to cortisone or surgery, the latter either way. I will keep you posted.
Nancy, work has been good. The whole department knew exactly who I was. This really helped me slide right into this position. I demand the best of each person, and no mare than they are capable of, with a kind voice. So far, so good. They also know if they do decide to butt heads with me they will not defeat me. So far o challengers.
Mimi, sounds like stress keeping you up again. I assume the mom brain never shuts off as is the case with my DW. I do hope this settles down soon so you can rest.
I hope you all have a wonderful day, time to get up and move. Take care and pace.
Good evening everyone. After a long while with almost no rain, we are supposed to get an inch or so the next couple of days. We do need it.
It's been a little rough today. I woke this morning with a slight ringing in my right ear. The trouble is that I knew what it was. Almost exactly two years ago this happened. They put me on steroids and antibiotics right away to prevent a permanent loss. They said only half of the time it comes back. I lucked out and it did, but they never found the cause. Well it's back. Tomorrow I have to make some calls and see if I can skip the referral and go right to the ear specialist.
Once home from work I tended to some plants that tipped over in the front yard and smacked my head on a pot hanger on my front porch enough to bleed a bit. I was worried It would need stitches, but it stopped after a few minutes.
My cat sat with me, and the puppy, and the big orange cat. I guess they sense things.
Good evening everyone. It seems like I am extra busy lately, I'm probably not, but my brain sure is. By evening when I usually post I have been tired and relaxing in my chair with the cat.
It's been cooler here, in the 70's. It's also less humid by far. It's been a lot nicer working weather for sure, even though I don't mind the heat.
Work is going quite well. Things are headed in a good direction. I have been able to implement the changes I want with good results. I can't ask for more than that.
I have had ongoing issues with my knee and I hope to be able to figure something out for that soon. I have an MRI on Tuesday to get the ball rolling. It has slowed me down quite a bit and I'm about fed up with it. It's time to do something.
Mimi, I remember how it threw the whole house's schedule off when I worked shift, switching days to nights over and over. I know how tough it can be. It will be so nice for you both when that is behind him.
Mel, Happy Birthday to your son. Mine will be 12 and 15 next month. It sure goes by fast!
Jeanne, I swear P5P has helped me as well. I have had back issues for many years so I gave it a try. I thought it helped but wasn't sure how much until I ran out. I bought some more to give it another go and it helps for sure. You will just have to try it and see.
To everyone, stay cool, take care, and pace. Have a good night.
Good evening everyone. It is late for me so I will have to keep it short. It has been hot and humid for us, in the mid 80's with 80% or more humidity. It will be in the low 70's this week, a nice and welcome change. I have had a hard time with the few random showers that have come in the last few days, the cause me all kinds of pain issues.
Things are good overall, I can't complain. Today we went to my second youngest sister's, daughter's 3rd b-day. I know it's a mouthful, but I have 4 siblings and 8 nieces and nephews. We had a good time and it was good to catch up with the family. I miss them all.
It's back to work for 2 weeks then the next three months are busy again with different things. Summer goes by far too fast. Fall is my favorite time and it's filling up already. There is so much to do in so little time.
I know there is a lot going on with all of you, take care and pace. Take care everyone.