Jan 3 we
were off to the VA hosp for some followup. Had an orientation, lab work and Dr.
visit. All looks Ok. Cholesteral is a little high so they put me on Zocor to
help bring it down. My checkup in S. Il last Oct showed my level was OK. So we
questioned this and Dr explained that since I had the little episode, my age,
overweight--these factors all mean I need to have it even lower. That made sense
so now we are working on that. Everything else checked out OK. Dr asked about my
CPAP card. I asked "What card?". So she set me up with an appt at the
respiratory clinic. Evidently the newer CPAP's have a card similar to a credit
card to register your breathing, etc. Every couple of months you send it in,
they read it and return it with any recommended changes. My old one didn't.
Kay was off to Savannah again. For this next 3 months it worked out that she was
here one week and Savannah the next. Long, boring rides for her but she was
really needed up there. Not much I could do so it worked out OK for me to stay
here. It is warmer here also.
cleaning the stove top. Took it all apart and thoroughly cleaned it. Put it back
together and only had 2 left over screws. Not bad!
the respiratory clinic appt. They fitted me for the new CPAP and explained the
procedures. This is a really nice unit. Can't believe the changes in them since
I first got one back in mid 90's. On the way back we stopped at a Lowe's for a
couple of things. I always check the kitchen faucets to see what they have. We
want one with the pull out sprayer. Found one we liked and it was on sale.
But--none in stock. They called another Lowe's that was on our way home, they
had one so we stopped there and picked it up. Now that is service. I installed
it the next day. Not hard to do but hard to access. Had to take part of a
cabinet apart. No left over parts this time!
heard about Solomon's Castle
from a couple of the other volunteers. They said it was unique and
had good food. So off we went (B&D, Kay & I). Was only about a 40 min
drive. Now this place is something else as you will see in the pics. The story
goes that Howard Solomon bought the property and later moved down there. It was
dry when he bought it but was very wet when he moved there. So he decided to do
something special with the place. He is a sculptor & artist. The whole
outside of the castle is covered with aluminum printing plates from a newspaper
printing plant. He did all the work and he is creative. Lots of metal
sculptures, stained glass & paintings
inside. But these are not your ordinary sculptures. He has a very imaginative
mind. We took the guided tour of the house and they had names for all the things
he made but I cannot remember them. With my bad hearing and trying to take pics
I didn't hear everything either. For example: The elephant
sculpture--check out it's tail--it's an oilcan spout. And the 'bird'
in the tree--it is a shovel (spade) head, 2 lawn rakes and a sickle. This is
typical of all the objects in the house. The restaurant is styled as an old
pirate ship. Generous portions and tasty. We were done with the tour and
ready to leave. I started talking with one of the tour guides and asked if
Howard was around. She said he was back in his shop and to go on back. So I
walked back there and he was toiling away. He stopped and talked and showed me
some of his new creations. He has quite a workshop. I highly recommend a visit
if you are in the area. It is east of Bradenton on RT 64. Check out his website
(www.solomonscastle.com) if it is
back up again. He said he was having problems with it.
of problems with a website. The people hosting my site sold out and the new
people never notified me or anything, just cut me off. So I was checking around
and found out my son-in-law will host it for me. Only problem is I created my
site with MSFrontPage and he doesn't support FP. So I have been fiddling around
trying to figure out how to change things around. Probably have to wait until we
get up to SC in mid-April and have him help me.
our major projects at the park this year were: painting the park
managers house (it is a park owned house), painting the inside of the
visitor's center, painting the bathroom in the shop, painting one room in the
ranger station, replacing the bad boards on the steps
and deck of the visitors center. Plus the small
projects that crop up while we are here. In the next 2 years we will paint the
ranger station, visitor's center, pavilions, & shop. The state came up with
a new color scheme (instead of dark brown with darker trim, they went lighter)
and the parks have 3 years to complete the change.
working on the above my feet started hurting and I decided it was my tennis
shoes. I had and old pair packed away so I found them and wore them. The first
day I wore them the soles fell apart. So I quit
for the day and headed for a shoe store. Not a "shoes 'r' us" type
store but one where they fit you properly (Red Wing). When they measured my feet
they said that I wore an 11. I had always been buying
a 10. As you get older your foot size will change so next time any of you
need shoes go to an actual shoe store and have them measure you. You will be
happy. Kay, Bob & Donna all went up there later and their sizes had changed
feeling sore and achy. Muscles all hurt and when done for the day I just crashed
in my recliner. Wasn't able to do anything on the MH that I planned as a winter
project. This went on for Jan/Feb. We all got to talking, and Donna and Bryan
(new guy to the park) both said that happened to them when they were on Zocor. I
checked my VA meds and the cholesterol meds they issued me was Zocor. Called VA,
they had me come over, ran tests and said that was most likely the problem. I
quit taking them and within 5 days I was back to normal. Felt great. Didn't even
occur to me that it was a reaction to the meds.
eating something and felt a filling come out. Went to a dentist and he said
either a root canal (pricey) or pull it (not as pricey). She opted to pull it as
it was a back tooth. If she had wanted the root canal done then we would have
found the money somewhere to do it. I can understand why some poor people have
the dental problems they have. They can't afford to get it done. We got some
insurance for Kay but it won't take effect til this summer.