Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Got some real good news from Geisingers today. The biopsy came back negative. Right now Peter is cancer free and that sure made our day. The spots that the Doctor saw were inflammations from the last treatment that he received. What a relieve!
I was diagnosed with Microscopic Colitis and to top it off, I have a couple of ulcers in the esophagus. Hopefully it’ll heal soon, because I am so tired of this garbage that started already last winter in California. I suppose that is what they mean when they say ‘the Golden Years?’
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Now we are home and waiting for the snow storm. I guess we are leaving later than we thought we would, due to the storm. Better safe than sorry.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
At this time, I realized that I really don’t want to drive home anymore, because by the time he got out of recovery, it was 6:30 pm. We took advantage of an offer to stay at Geisingers ‘House of Care’ for $15 a night. It was a little different. It’s almost like a B&B. You share a bathroom. You get fresh linens and make up your own bed. I liked that, because I knew the linens were washed and the mattress was covered with plastic. Everything was very clean. In the morning you have to take off the linen and put it into the hamper outside in the hallway. I took some pictures of the room in the morning with our un-made beds.
Everyone was very friendly. The common area was all decorated for Christmas and there even was a fully furnished and equipped kitchen. We were very pleased. Another reason why we drive 4 hours for Peter. Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and courteous.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Happy Birthday Elisabeth!
Judy took off from there and off we drove to the hospital. Kia was once again left in the car and she did real good. We were at the hospital for about two hours and I checked her in between and warmed up the car as well. She was very cozy in her blanket and I must say it over and over again, I have one adorable f&%$ing dog!
The day went good….. up to the point when the doctor told Peter that she wants to do another biopsy (going in with anesthesia) on the 21st of December, because she saw a red spot again. So we’ll have to return on or before that day. They will call us with the exact time. Oh well…just what we needed before Christmas, another trip to PA. I am just hoping for decent weather.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Every morning our Goldi has the run of the house for a little while. Kia loves it, because she thinks that he wants to play with her. Little does she know that he really doesn’t give a hoot about her. (I haven’t told her that.) Today, as Peter poured the the OJ, Goldi flew and landed on the table and before you knew it, he started drinking. I guess, once in a while he needs to drink something else besides water.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Almost as long as we live in the area, we visited occasionally the Sandcastle Diner in Beachwood. It used to be an excellent place to eat. They had very good food for a reasonable price. Over the years they went from a soup to nuts menu to an a la card dinner menu. That was somewhat more expensive, but as long as the food was good, we didn’t mind. Over the years the food went from excellent to so la la…
About a year or so ago, we went there for breakfast and it actually was pretty good. Right after that the diner was renovated. Tammy and Dan, who always went there for breakfast, informed us that the prices went up, despite the fact that the owners had a sign outside claimed the price didn’t go up, even though they renovated. Needless to say that they stopped going there.
A few days ago, I was able to purchase a $25 gift certificate on-line for this diner for only $10. Good deal, you say…I thought so.
So we went today. Peter ordered his usual diner food, a Ruben on Rye. I ordered Chicken Scampi. Because I ordered from the ‘Early Bird’ special, I got a salad and dessert with my meal. I also ordered an onion soup, which was extra. Let’s put it this way….it was not bad, but I am not raving about it either.
Peter told me that the Ruben was the worst one he ever had. The served it open-faced, which was not the problem. The sauerkraut was put right on top of the rye, then the (very tasteless) meat, topped with cheese. Needless to say that the sauerkraut made the rye totally soggy and gross. Obviously, they never heard that you put the meat first on the rye and usually the rye is slightly toasted. For our beverage Peter and I ordered hot tea. When I asked for a refill, the waitress brought a fresh teabag and filled up my cup with semi-hot water. She turned around, looked at Peter’s almost empty cup and said: “Let me refresh your tea.” As she said that, she poured hot water on top of his half an inch that was left in the cup. No tea bag…just water…. We were so dumbfounded, we didn’t know what to say. Anyway, the bill came to $25.10. I tipped the waitress and went to the front with my $25 certificate. Will we go back? NEVER!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Of course, like any other time when we leave the house for more than about 5 hours, we worry about Kia being by herself for all that time. We put her in her pen (2x6 feet) in the kitchen with her bed and water. Well…..coming home, she greeted us by the door. Needless to say, that this was the last time we used the gate in the house. LOL
Gheez, I have no idea why the time flies by so fast. I am ‘almost’ done with Christmas shopping (do I dare and say Christmas** shopping?) and now there are a few Dr.’s appointments, get-to-gethers, Christmas Eve and packing for Florida. The last few years we had Christmas Eve over Tammy and Dan’s house. I guess more or less as a matter of convenience. The house is bigger and since we always leave on the 27th, I don’t ever put up a tree anymore. I miss having our tree up around the holiday, but I just don’t want to have to rush to take it down right after Christmas day and I really don’t want to come home to a tree in February.
**I have something to say about this ridiculous matter not being politically correct to name certain functions “Christmas”; like Christmas Market or wishing people a Merry Christmas. I don’t mind saying Happy Holiday, after all…..it IS a holiday. However, if I want to say ‘Merry Christmas’, I will say it loud and clear. If businesses wants to put up a sign that says ‘Merry Christmas’, by all means…let them! If there is a Christmas Market somewhere, don’t rename it to Holiday Market!!! If you are not a Christian, open up your own friggin’ market. Call it what ever you want, like Buddha Market, Kwanza Market, Chanukah Market, etc. I really don’t care and if I am in the area and you make me feel welcome, I will stop by and enjoy your tradition, just like I would want you to enjoy mine.
Phew….I had to say this, because all this stupid politically correctness makes me mad!!