You never know when…

Dr. Pagi phlox in the back yard.

I started out my day by going to the dentist for my semi-annual teeth cleaning. I also had a molar that has suffered from my ‘love of crunch.’ I ate some ‘Spanish Mix’ which had some hard things in it and when done, realized my upper left molar was missing a piece.

When I arrived, I noticed that my dentist was looking a little tired, but normal otherwise. I had asked him how he was and he responded in the normal way, not giving details, but led me to believe that he was holding something back.

I pursued it.

In doing so, I found out that he had pretty much died and was resuscitated.

He said that he had recently seen his doctor and was doing well in all areas. He had no reason, other than past heart history, to think anything was wrong. He was brushing his teeth and apparently passed out, pretty much gone. His son performed CPR, the ambulance was called, and the rest was just touch and go. He said to his adult son, “Now I know why I have you living here.”

To make a long story short, he told me that 98% of the people who have happen to them what happened to him don’t survive. He was one of the lucky 2% who managed to pull through.

Once in the hospital, they put him into a drug induced coma and hoped and prayed for the best. His issue was caused by an ‘electrical problem’ which is now taken care of by a pacemaker.

For all practical purposes, he should not be among us and yet, after one week in the hospital and another for convalescence, he was back at work.

All I can say is ‘amazing!’

So, today when you read this, remember that our lives are so fragile and that it is by sure serendipity and luck that we survive.

Carpe Diem!

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Thoughts of Subaru, Compost, Being rear-ended, and broken teeth

My new ‘Nature Bible’ from Mary Reynolds. Check out the film about her ‘Dare to Be Wild’ on Netflix.

We started out the day by taking my car to the garage for service. While returning from Canada (and I thought I heard an inkling of it beforehand), we heard what I correctly recognized as exhaust system issues. I had been waiting for that for some ten years! The car is almost eleven years old, has well over one hundred thousand miles, and the exhaust system has never been touched. I have never owned a car like that before, to say the least although I am kind of guessing that Subaru is not the only auto that has this going for it.

Our other car is in the body shop. Before going to Canada, I was at a standstill as the light was red going north on Waukegan Road in Deerfield and I was directly in front of the fire station. A very nice guy from San Francisco in a rental car rear-ended me. Insurance, thank you State Farm, took care of everything and gave us a loaner car for the duration of the repair.

We are thus down to one car, something I know the future probably portends for us. Personally, I am hoping that it is a long way off.

Today, I took harvested compost and filled the cracks in the back lawn, hoping as Mary Reynolds said, that it would help break down the clay. I thought of it as a great idea since I have a compost barrel of new soil. I then used a hose to wash it into the cracks and watered the parched lawn. I am hoping to fortify it once and for all, as it still has not come totally back from the original patio installation. It has been years of work.

Tomorrow it is the dentist and I will get my teeth cleaned and hopefully my filling repaired as I was eating some wonderful Spanish mix with hard corn and once again cracked a part of a tooth. That stuff is off limits to me now.

It feels like rain. I am on the patio with the beautiful birds attending to the feeders. They are going crazy for food this week. Life is good. Malbor is in his house. YES!

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Getting my Maple Sugar Candy on!

I love maple sugar candy. I have enjoyed it since I was a kid. I am one of those people who look with horror upon people who put what they deem to be maple syrup on their pancakes from bottles reading Mrs. Butterworth or Log Cabin. To me, that is nothing more than a sweet, non-descript syrup manufactured to appeal to a sweet tooth and nothing more. To me, it has not one iota of personality.

Maple syrup is culture and something with a personality. I am guessing that maybe it might even have antioxidants. I am not checking because I fear possibly being disappointed.

When I came into my wife’s family I was shocked by the rampant usage of fake Maple syrup. I was especially amazed since my father-in-law was from the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and thought nothing of using the counterfeit syrup.

My children were raised on maple syrup, the real thing. We also did that for peanut butter and countless other food items.

I was raised on Peter Pan and Skippy because we didn’t know the true possibilities. I was also raised on having a choice with syrups; we almost always had the real thing in the house. Strangely enough, Ohio has maple sugar festivals and produces the real syrup. You only have to go to Heinen’s in either Ohio or Illinois to find Ohio produced maple syrup. I remember going to the festivals as a kid.

So when I come across the real maple syrup, I buy it. Luckily, I can find it anywhere. When I come across the maple sugar candies, I buy them. I need a yearly fix of the latter. I could have it more often but I am not sure my teeth could tolerate my sweet indiscretions. Stratford, Ontario always makes it a no brainer for me.

Gotta love maple sugar candy!

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Where to go with that Facebook account?

I just keep wondering if we have all been hoodwinked.

I spent some time this morning checking out the pros and cons of deleting Facebook accounts as I continue to feel more and more uneasy with the algorithms and things that keep appearing in ads. I keep wondering whether staying in touch is worth the evils that the social media vehicle may bring. I cannot help but wonder how Social Media may have helped tip our elections and aided and abetted the enemies of democracy. Then one wonders, are we just so entrenched in it already that even deleting it might just be nothing more than a meaningless effort?

There are so many world events that occur and you have to wonder how social media may have adversely affected them.

The one thing that stands out in my mini-research is that Facebook is a business. Business, as we know, is by nature out for itself. Business is more often than not totally unconcerned with true values and moral behavior. We have only to look at the man in the White House, a great representative of American business, to realize that we should all tread carefully with the Media.

Early on, before the infamous national elections, I set out to be a social media activist of sorts. I have continued. Have we seen any results of this? It sure doesn’t seem so. Does that mean it is not being effective? No. However, it makes me wonder if when we make our posts, are we just preaching to the choir?

This morning, an article appeared in the Sunday Trib written by Chris Jones, theatre critic, about Facebook, which tipped me over the edge in my thoughts of where I should go with all of this.

My current thought is that perhaps I am going to be less active with social media. It doesn’t seem to be serving my needs. I don’t want to lose contact with my connections, but I am concerned about where this is all going. I think that within the national, state, and local arenas, we need to be vigilant, do our research, and get out the vote. We have to continue to resist, because all I keep seeing is Nazi Germany looming in our view. I think we all need to pursue more carefully protection of our personal info.

There are no easy answers. The foe is unclear, crafty, and so good at distraction and lie telling and we cannot let up.

God help us!

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Nutscene and it isn’t just my domicile!

The best twine ever!

I got home from Stratford and of course immediately fell into my work routine and started noticing things that needed my attention.

The intense heat had depleted the water supply of the pond, which is clear by the way, and despite Michael having given it to drink from the rain barrels, it was needy. The rain barrels have pretty much run dry.

We did some spot watering here and there as it is extremely hot.

I pulled out some caulking that I had purchased and used it to repair mortar that is showing the need of tuck-pointing. I had done some ealier this summer and went to purchase more of this caulk that is cleanable with water and yet super strong. I went online and Home Depot’s price was literally twice what I had paid at the local Mutual True Value Hardware Store. I went there and purchased the last three tubes of it (for half of Home Depot’s price), but this time I got smart and purchased it in tan instead of gray. I did that before going to the pool with two of my grandchildren and their mother. It was one messy job but the hot day was perfect for it and now the brick looks better and is protected. I still have a bit more in the other area of the house, but I will not attack that today. I shall hold myself back.

Another thing I attacked was the extremely tall mums that I should cut back. Last year I did several times and I seriously did not see a big difference. The reason one cuts them back is to force more growth and keep them from being too lanky. I didn’t see much of that last year so this year I am being lazy. So I grabbed my twine, Nutscene, that is. It is, as advertised, the ‘ideal garden twine, waste proof, will not tangle, jute twine, and soft, pliable and strong.’ You grab the twine from the top of the can and it easily comes out. Christian, our eldest, told me that he needed to know where I got it from since it is perfect for his climbing pickle cucumbers. I use it to tie up any of my plants and it is the only one that lasts forever, or so it seems. I went on Amazon and although it is not cheap, it IS worth it.

I guess you would say that this ‘nut’ is really back into the ‘scene,’ if you know what I mean.

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