Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowed big time...

Snowed big time - for us anyway.  Of course everyone here in south Louisiana went crazy, went outside, built snowmen took a zillion photos, and all at 3AM in the morning.

My son texted my wife at 3 and then she woke up my grandaughter who was staying with us then she woke me up and we all had to go see. The snow was pretty and it was all lit up  from area lights plus the moon. They had to go take a lot of pictures, play a bit and I - the old gizzer - went back to bed. I've seen this before but my granddaughter had not.

Ffinally they came in and went  back to sleep. By 7AM it was still snowing and they got to really go play in it when they could really see it. My granddaughter's gloves kept getting wet and her fingers kept getting "frozen" so she kept coming in to warm them up. In and out, in and out, in an out, she and my wife went on to around 9 or so.

At that point they finally had enough and came in to really warm up, eat breakfast and thaw out. We saw photos of the whole area on the local TV station flooded with pictures of snowmen and snow photos of houses, kids, roads, everything all covered in white. It was pretty but by noon it was all beginning to melt away.

Friday-Sat night it got down to below freezing but no moisture, no snow, just cold. And for us, below freezing is REALLY COLD. In south Louisiana, 50 milies from the Gulf coast it is REALLY, REALLY COLD!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lots has happened since......

Lots has happened since I last blogged. My daughter had day-surgery, I now know all the kitten's new names, I had my eye exam and bought new glasses, got a new credit card that covers people AND pets plus we have a Vet appointment tomorrow. I am STILL waiting on a time set up for my dental appointment and my doctor's appointmet is in a couple of weeks. Plus to add to all this my wife "said" we are going to go get new i-phones today - same numbers but new upgrades. I'll tell you about it if I see it.

My daughter had surgery on her abcessed hip which she said was unexpected and SUDDEN. She is better now but 'laid up' for a week or two.

The one kitten name I did not kown well but she became Shawdow, alias Black in her new forever home. And she seems to be doing well. The gray tabby became ours and his doing very well.

I had my eye exam yesterday and it went well BUT  expensive. But then again my old glasses are over 10 years old so I really can't complain.

We took both cats and dog to the Vet today for their checkups and shots. All news was great, Little Bit was just over three pounds now and very healthy said the Vet. Doc seemed a little stressed but tooks his shots like real trooper and then as we were heading out to leave he tinkled about a dozen times and pooped once. TJ, our older male cat did really well. He took his shots without clawing anyone.

We came home. I feed them all. They ate well. It's still cold outside and raining so they all want to stay inside. All are sleeping/napping right now.

Yesterday my wife and I went to get new iPhones. We upgrade to the 8's  - my wife from a 6 and me from a 4. My wife is giving her dad her old 6. He is 91+ and just 'wants' anything new.

I have uploaded a dozen hew items to TPT but no real sales yet.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Names, names, names....

My wife is still coming up with various names for our gray tabby. Even my grand-daughter is in on the search, She has even gone through a website of names but nothing stricks their fancy. Names we have tried, talked about have include Lil' Bit, Snuggles, Spice, Lil' One, Gray, Mittens, Tabby. and yesterday Kitty.

My ideas don't count so I try to stay out of it but my wife says we should just try the names on her each for a day or two and see how it fits. So far "Kitty" seems to fit better than any of the others. Lil' One is out of the running since it was the name of my wife's former kitten that was run over last year. Spice was my idea but it was shot down quickly.

Little Bitty Kittie has seemed to fit gray really well for now at least.

We still don't know the name of Black, White is now named Charlie - both a girl's name OR a boy's name.

No more kitten's I hope but who knows what will happen at my father-in-law and with my wife.

My daughter is still sick but "refuses" to go to the nearest Urgent Care or hosital ER. I guess she just wants to stay sick. She's going to need a doctors excuse to go back to work at SOMETIME in the future.

More on that later.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy T02222han2222222ksgiving

Little Bit is helping mr typr and watching every botton I pus23335hz!!!!!!11143333333333333

Finally, an hour later I get to come back to this blog. The kitten is wandering around the rest of the house - or should I say RUNNING around the rest of the house. He acts just like nothing has changed, like Black did not disappear, nothing. He slept in our bedroom/bed last night. Sleep is not the true word I was looking for since cats/kittens are nocturnal animals. They sleep all day and are up all night it seems.

I wanted to get a picture of him helping me type but as soon as I got my phone he was gone, doing something else. He runs up and down the hall, jumps up on the bed, explores everything. It's a new experience being out of the kitchen. But he is so lovable and snuggles big time, climbs on my shoulders, pulls my glasses off.

More as I get time. Here he comes again....

Happy Thanksgiving.....


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New home for "Black"...

We finally found a new home for Black which means we only have one kitten left and we are keeping it. So for now we are back to 'normal' after 13 weeks of kitten-sitting. It has been interesting. fun. challenging, tough, sad, fun, Vet filled, trying and all in-between.

Black's new home is with a young girl who works at Pampered Paws and has another kitten about two weeks older than Black. She knows about kittens, dogs, and taking care of them and she wanted a 'playmate for her other young kitten. It should be a match made in heaven. We were out putting up flyers when we went by Pampered Paws and she told my wife "I think I just hold on to this..." Two days later she called to pick Black up.

Gray - better known to us as Little Bit, does not and has not taken anything from the dog or anyone else for that matter. He may only have one eye and is the runt of the bunch but he stands his ground. He is 100% lovable and our 11 year old male cat loves him which is a plus.

Here is a photo of all three kittens before they got their forever homes. White was first to go. His name is now Charlie and the girl who got him loves him and sends us pictures/videos weekly. Black goes today and Little Bit found love with my wife.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Now the kittens are "All cleared"...

Black was the last kitten pronounced "All clear" by the Vet yesterday. That is such a good sign but we knew she had to be cleared since the others were cleared. White, "Charlie", now has a forever home, so does Gray, "Tabby", now all we have to do is find black a new forever home but we are looking.

They are eating MUCH better, much neater, and pooping better. This morning I had the chance to restless them from the kitchen confines they have been in for the past 11 weeks. They ran all over, the dog chased them, then hid everywhere and they ran faster than the dog does.

We took them out of the kitchen last night and the Dog was put on his leash just to keep him under control. He did much better as I held on to him.

Monday, November 13, 2017

One gone, one kept, one to go

ONE gone, one kept, one to go and today is the start of a great week. One kitten to going to his new home today as a birthday gift to our waitress at Hollier's. She has been waiting on 'him' thru all his Vet visits, parasites, meds and more meds, and other delays. But she has been patient thru all these weeks and weeks and weeks - 12 to be exact. She has seen pictures of him and heard us talk about him for weeks.

The ONE we are keeping is also clear but he is the rut of the group - the Tabby that our male cat seems to like an gets along with. He is also the one who only has one eye. Our last one to give away is the black female and she is so well trained and so 'lovey' that we "hate" to give her away but KNOW we have to.

White - new name is Charlie - is gone. He was picked up last night and headed to his Forever Home. We are so happy but so sad to see him gone. It was the new ower's birthday and she had been waiting on his "All Clear" for weeks and weeks. We will know how he is doing since we eat at the restaurant where the waitress works plus she has my wife's number and vowed to send pictures etc.

The black kitten will have her 'stool' checked today and hopefully get the all-clear and we can post a notice to her adoption at the Vet's office.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Strange, but I haven't blogged since October

Strange, but I haven't blogged since October 31. Things have gone good around here. The kitten's are fine the cat and dog are good, my wife and I are fine also so all is well.

Except, that I went through a case of the 24 hour bug a couple of days ago and at that time I was shivering, had the runs, was throwing up, hurt all over, could not sleep, wanted to do things did not want to do things, thought I was gonna die, knew I wasn't; but just had to make it "through it". A day late but I felt today I feel much more like my old self.

Our washing machine is leaking and about to quit on us. My wife decided we need to invest in another so she began her exhausted search for a new one - which lead to needing a new dryer also, need flooring in the laundry room which led to driving around, checking this one, then these and then this and that,

Phew. Plus my son's fiancĂ©; live-in girlfriend, house mate for the past five+ years had her birthday and w  in, thee were all invited. He/she chose a very noisy place. After two and a half hours there my daughter wanted us to come by - where we spent another 3-4 hours talking about the old house. When  we finally got home the cat wanted in, the dog wanted/NEEDED to go out, the kittens NEEDED to be feed, and this was all after we had been gone 7 hours. We got home after midnight from a party that began at 5.
Story goes that we did not get to bed til well after 1am.

Friday, was just more of the same sort of. We went out shopping then about 6ish we swung by my son's house so my wife could look at his machines - that lasted a long while. Then he suggested a place to go eat while she wash a load of her clothes. She did then we went to eat clear across town. But the Mexican food was good but the spoke no "ENGLISH" and service was slow since it was a game night. We got back to my son's house late which meant we got home late again.

Saturday turned out to be good sort of again. We got the animals fed, walked, cleaned up after, and played with. The we tackled what we could before we could leave. ad to run by vet with 'stool sample from kittens' to be checked. I shampooed the carpet outside the laundry room.

When my wife got back she said she had news. "The kittens are "CLEAR" of parasites and free for their FOREVER HOMES! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cool outside....

It is cool outside and I'm rocking away and typing on my laptop as a REAL LAPTOP. My wife is out here to worki... of no....playing on her iPad.

The kittens are asleep after paying a long time this morning and eating well. Our dog and cat are outside to enjoying the breeze. I wonder where we might go for lunch, also I know I am not going to CiCi's tonight with my wife. I am going to stay home and watch the Astros's game - alone - but I'm ok with that.

Things are much better overall today. Seems like like the kittens are doing so much better, the dog is  looking like he is back to his old self, the cat is doing very well. My wife's health is looking much better and mine is as good as I an expect, considering.

There is really nothing to blog about today other than I really would rather be doing something with my life if I could. I just have to think that God has a plan for me but I don't know what, when, where, etc.

Wife has gone off to 'work' CiCi's tonight with/for our son and I have stayed home in the dark to watch Astros game hoping to see them win the WS tonight.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Perfect weather, nearly perfect kittens, dog & cat....

Perfect weather, nearly perfect kittens, dog & cat. Let's take then one at a time. Weather could not have been better the last couple of days. Starts very cool - hum, cold in the early AM and warms up to cool during the rest  of the day. My Satsuma's are loving this weather. The dog doesn't like it to much in the AM but during the mid-day he loves beginning out on the porch.

The kittens seem to be getting a little better. We have had to separate them at night but we are getting thru it so far. During the day we are letting them have pay time together, just taking their litter box away till we separate them again  and make them go separate. They are eating better, playing better, snuggling more and better. Just being better 'kittens'. Just hope all goes well and we can adopt them out - all but one really. Runt may just become ours but he is doing so much better and getting bigger.

The dog is so much better and is so sad that he can't play with the kittens. We also know he just want of 'our' time instead of the kittens getting ALL of our attention. He is earing so much better, has taken all of his meds - as much as we could get down him. He still loves his 'me' time at night with momma.

Our lone large. old tomcat is still up and around. He generally sleeps with me at night and just hangs around the porch sleeping most of the day. He has not enjoyed the cold mornings but by mid day he would rather be outside than in.

On a side note. tomorrow is payday which we both love and are looking forward to. It is also Halloween, which we not be here for. We are no longer into that scene so it's 'lights off' and get out of town for us old people. We may go help our son at CiCi's or I might just stay and watch the Astro's game 6 with all the lights out or go to CiCi's to watch the game.....

Today our "lupper" may be at Waffle House just for a change of pace. We never know where we will eat but I am so looking forward to getting back to home cooked veggies and less money spent eating out everyday. I just want some more me, dog and cat time on the front porch.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Not perfect but close

We are not perfect with the kittens but close. We are not keeping the white one separated 24/7 for 14 days but as near as we can. We are still letting him out with the other two kittens during the day just so he can "socialize" with the other two and us. We are not that mean to him but we are doing as much as possible during him time.

My wife found a couple of ring worms in the poop of one of the kittens yesterday meaning that the meds are working.  All three kittens are looking a little slimmer today which is good.

We have been so careful about keeping the kittens apart for part of the day. My wife and I feed them separate, clean their litter boxes separate, make sure they sleep in different rooms at night but we still let them play together much of the day except when we leave for our daily "lupper".

It has been getting much colder 'round here. Even the dog does not want to stay outside for long.

Just a side note...the Astros won again last night....that's now a 2-1 series lead.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dog is clean and clear....

Our dog seemed to be clear Sunday of his illness. He woke up perky and did all his business outside like normal. He came in and wanted to play with kittens again but can't not yet anyway. The kittens are still battling their own illness but the kittens and dog go back to the vet this week.

Dog's poop looks good and solid for now.

After visiting the Vet on Wednesday we found out the 2 of 3 kittens are clear but they all have to still be on the meds another two  weeks - plus they all have ring worms and have to be medicated for that for two weeks.

One thing after another. Vet said she knows we are doing EVERYTHING we can but the way they began life way have been what caused the problem in the first place.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Third visit to Vet this week....

Dog made us visit the Vet for the third time this week. His dehydration and diarrhea has just gotten worse as the week wears on. We became worried and it was FRIDAY so we figured it would be better today than a visit to the urgent care for pets - which cost us over $300 last time. Today's visit was only $50 - much better.

He was given food to eat, they took a couple of stool samples and sent him home with a notice to come back Monday if he is not any better.

As we came home we began to realize just how much trouble this would be - the dog meals every two hours and meds twice a day, the kittens need to be medicated once a day for the next four days and be separated. We can't give them away until we know they are clear and healthy. We told the vet we were doing MOST of what he asked for - but not all.

It has been a vicious circle - one thing after another,

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dog is better, we are better, my daughter is happier,,,

Dog is better, we are better, my daughter is happier, all seems to be better on the home front. The kittens are eating much better. We are giving them their daily meds but not following Vets orders to the 'T' due to the fact it would just be to hard to do, stressful for them and us.

We took Doc with us today as we headed out to country and he felt much better. He got to chase a cat that under our country house while we were eating lunch. I cut some grass and my wife cleaned and rearranged the house getting ready for Lowe's delivery late this evening.

They finally made the delivery after dark due to getting lost due to bad GPS directions. We got home late tonight, fed the kittens, fed Doc, fed TJ, fed ourselves. And made plans for tomorrow.

All in all not a bad day. Doc is still battling the runs but eating better but hates to drink water.

We went out to eat and.....

We went out to eat and talked a great deal about how to deal with the kittens illness and my wife's father and my daughter's needs and my wife's anxiety and well a bit of everything but we still had a great meal - sort of. Both of us left the restaurant with a stuffed feeling, needing Tums or some type of antacids meds.

We then drove out to the country to measure for the appliances we/my daughter might need out there. On the way back we stopped at the Dollar Store to get some Tums  and boy did that do the trick. Within a few minutes we both felt much better.

Came back to find dog had bad diarrhea, which meant a visit to Vet thinking he might had gotten what kittens have. But my wife read up on it and discovered it might just be stress. She had fused at him the day before and REALLY fused at him; which she never does.

We took him in the next morning only to find out he was clear of any kitten parasites and it was only stress related to fussing and lack of attention the past five weeks. we have been making an effort to not leave him out of his normal attention getting. The cat either.

We did not go out to eat either that day and just stayed home except for going out to order all the items my wife/daughter needed/wanted for country house.

They are delivering them today so after lunch we will head back to country to wait on them. More tomorrow,,,,,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Things are going MUCH better....EXCEPT....

Things are going MUCH better today since we found out the kittens will and have eaten a little dry kitten food from Fancy Fest. I got up fed the kittens, fed the dog, fed the cat, took the dog out, all before my wife got up.

When my wife got up I had cleaned the kitchen, all the dog and cat bowls, cleaned the litter box - as much as the kitten's would let me. All while my wife was on the phone with our daughter. Then she came in and sat and played with kittens a bit.

Then she tried a little dry food because the kittens were still acting hungry. Then were both feeding them dry and they were lapping it up. After about five minutes, one seemed to be full and went to get some water, then another went to get some, and all started playing - acting like kittens.

All was going good for the day until...first we took the kittens by to show my wife's dad and went well at first. Then he had to show us how he has been pampering kittens and brought two of them inside. They were scared to death because they had never been inside. They slipped away and hid. We finally found them then her dad asked us if we could find them homes? Then he started talking about shooting all the cats he had around his house and turned my wife off again. We left then.

From there we went to meet a girl who had wanted one of the kittens but she ended up deciding NO, not now. From there we went to see the Vet - just a quick, normal check in. That's when things turned bad.

The kittens kitten's still have a parasite and we will have to medicate tem for another week PLUS separate them from each other for a week. Ouch!

We came home feed them, put them to sleep and headed to "lupper" to tell the other girl she now could have the white kitten after we keep them for another to get them fully weaned to dry food. Did not lie, but did not tell her the whole truth.

From there we went to Wal*Mart to get items we were going to need to fulfill the Vet's orders. All this while dealing with my daughter's desire to move to the country, my wife's getting money out of her account to purchase items for the country......

All it all it went from a very good day to a bad day with the Vet's discovery and orders.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Things going well.....

Things are going well on the health front and the kitten front. It seems to be almost a daily improvement with the kittens. They are eating well with very little mess, sleeping well, being able to be played with, being gentle with their claws, playing well, all the things kittens should do.

My wife is doing much better now also. The anxiety meds seem to be working well plus the idea that the kittens are leaving us more time. We actually had time after 'luper' yesterday to stop by my sister's house and visit for a while.

They seem to be getting healthier, getting bigger, and not having any health issues. They are using their litter box on a regular basis, drinking water sometimes. and not being 'antsy' with their meals.

They play very well in the mornings between about the time I get up - 6:30ish - to the time I get my wife up - about 8:30ish. They don't make any noise, don't fight, they go to the litter box, and act like normal kittens should.

I fix them a "snack", a mix of watered-down small dry cat food which fills the need to make noise, climb my pants legs, scratch me, just the normal thing they do early in the morning. It also allows me to read the paper eat a little breakfast and let my wife sleep in for a while longer.

I have to keep checking on them from time to time because they get VERY quiet in the kitchen.

I just check them and they are all napping now after their early morning 'snack'.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kitten high five

It is so strange to see the kittens progress so much and so fast. Now it is NOT at blistering speed but if you see them daily you can see the change from day to day. Yesterday we watched them go from making a huge mess as they ate to eating out of a 'bowl' style dish and being so neat about it. We watched as our dachshund licked them up after each meal to not having 'anything' to do but play with them after each meal.

It has been so much fun to work up them, going from bottle to eating normal kitten food, from messy to just eating from having to clean them up after every meal to the dog cleaning them to them cleaning themselves.

They were wandering around the kitchen this morning in the near dark as I got up around 6. Their kennels have been left open and the doorway to the rest of the house blocked off so they free range of the kitchen area, their litter boxes, their water dish. Generally when you check on them in the late evening they are snoozing away either in their kennels or on top of them. They are not forced to go to their kennels, they just know it is a protect space.

I have not made a sound or checked up on them in the past hour and I know they are all asleepon the other side of the wall. It's 7:30 and I about to take the dog out and get my wife up.

Things started well today then fizzled as the day wore on. End up having to take my wife our local urgent care - nothing MAJOR - but the doctor suggested that she go to the local ER to get checked out and let them run a stress test. We did go but after 9pm and the fact that she came home, fed the kittens, cleaned up, took a shower, packed a get the picture.

After we get to the ER we sat in a very crowded waiting room full of needy people all complaining about the wait. - which, for us did not seem to be long. My wife was pulled to triage for an EKG, then later pulled from waiting room for X-ray then pulled for blood work then pulled for a urine test, all before we were finally taken into ER for another heart monitoring test a visit with doctor. The doctor was super nice and told us lots of good news from all the test and what he thought was going on.

He released her and said she needs to see her own doctor and the problem was to many things going on in her life and not enough "me time". We were released at about 12:05 and got home about 12:30.

This morning was a much better day. We tried a few new tricks for the kittens which worked super in morning a even better at lunch. The trick we tried was feeding them a little watered down dry cat food - Fancy Feast that our older cat loves. I went well and get my wife time fix their wet kitten food.

At lunch we tried it again and it worked perfectly. We also tried having them eat from bowls we bought yesterday on a rubberize baking sheet which also kept them from sliding the bowls across the table which saved a lot of mess.

Round 5 weeks won.......

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kittens Four, er, three...Part Four

The story of the kittens when very well yesterday as we had our granddaughter for the day and she was a very big help. She managed to help get them all to finally eat out of a dish - not a bottle. By their evening meal they were all eating a full meal then playing a long time.

The evening/night went well and we all went to bed at about 9pm. All but me got up around 7:30. I got up at 5 and read the paper, read my emails, etc. The kittens got up at about 7am and my GD and wife got up about 7:45.

The kittens ate really, really well and played all morning then went to sleep around 10.

Today they were crying around 7 but I left them in their kennels until I put out their litter boxes, took my meds, then let them out and each made a bee-line straight to the litter boxes. I slipped out and left them to play, settle down, and I got my shoes on took the dog out.

When I came back in they were quiet, I managed to slip in a fix my own breakfast, re do my meds into my pillbox, and do my last minute choses in the kitchen. Then I slipped out again and now they are quiet as can be.

My wife is now up yet I'm letting her sleep a bit longer - which is a good thing. I'm blogging away and it is still very quiet. I CAN hear patter of tiny feet so I know they are okay, so far.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kitten's part three

Kitten's part three, or I think this is part three. It could be part six, seven, eight or who knows. Things have been so crazy around here that my wife and I don't even know what day it is or when they started doing....

Even today things are going "different". One, I decided to NOT turn the light on as I got up this morning in the room next to where the kitten's sleep. It's been a good sign so far. I have had an hours worth of eating, reading my emails, reading the paper, and now continuing this blog page and not a peep out of them....

I'm actually ready for them to wake up and get fed because we are scheduled to go lunch with our grand-daughter, then go out to eat ourselves, come home and wake the kittens, then feed them and take them to their vet appointment. Will we get it all done?

Who knows? It's early yet......

Did we make it? Yes we did sort of. Got them up, fed and back to sleep. Then we made it to eat lunch with our GD, our own lunch. back home, woke them up, fed them - sort of - and made it to vet's office just 5 minutes late.

We got back home and they were all passed out sleeping. My wife ran off to LC again to do what she had promised for a fellow orchestra and I ran to Walmart while the kittens are still sleeping.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kitten sitting part two

The time of kitten-sitting has gotten much better and much worse. The better is that they are now eating - semi-eating - semi- soft - food and that is the start towards real eating which would be a good thing.

They are still being bottle fed but we can live with that. Their schedule is getting better by the day. We are getting a little relief during the day - it may not be a lot but it is something.

The worse news is that we lost one kitten the other evening. She just went peacefully into the next life while we were rocking it outside on the porch. It sort of chocked/coughed and passed away right there in my wife's hands. We buried her today.

Today the remaining three have a vet visit this afternoon.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kitten sitting......

This is a very tough time for my wife since her dad is going down in health, sort of. She went over Friday and found out he now had three new kittens that were abandoned by their mother/mothers and were "crying" like crazy. She went out, bought kitten formula and a small bottle a tried to help he dad. 91. to learn how to feed them. On Sunday we went back and he 'said' he tried to feed them two or three times that day but we think they weren't feed.

After a little talking my wife and I decided to bring them home with us. They would be dead with a couple of days if we had not. Bottle feeding four two week old kittens has been a major chore. My wife has read more and more and more online about how to care for them. She has taken one to the vet for information, talked me into helping feed one which helps a little bit.

She has gotten attached to one of them, the little gray runt. It reminds her of the cat she lost about a year ago that got hit by a car.

He dad just can not deal with all his feral cats. He loves feeding them but complains that it is too expensive yet he simple takes a bowl of dry cat food and tosses it out the back door - not enough to really feed them but enough to keep them around. We keep telling him that 1) if he would feed the mom's more they might stay around and nirse their babies, and 2) if he would just STOP feeding them they would evenvially now away and he would not have the problems of so many feral cats - he has 8-10 now.

As the days have passed on and on, the kittens have become better to deal with, they are taking much longer naps giving general only one or two to feed at a time. My wife learned to separate each of them into separate kennels so that they don't poop on each other or waller in each other mess.

we actually get to enjoy them a bit more, they tend to snuggle with me a little better, she gets to train them a little more on eating and cleaning them up a little more each day. We generally don't get much time to go out to eat unless we can catch some time BETWEEN  feedings.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back from our "Funeral tour" but.....

Back from our "Funeral tour" but never again said my wife. The trip was just too long for 'old' people like us. The driving was just too long, the finding hotels was just too painful, her lack of meds too upsetting, meals too unlikeable, the trip back too weird.

First, we had to 'leave' right after funeral number two for our granddaughter's other paw-paw; he was just 49. From there it was a VERY LONG DRIVE to get to Dallas area but we could not find a hotel due to the upcoming Dallas/Giants game.

When we finally got to OK City things seemed to turn 'nice' We got to visit with family and friends and had a great time. There was a strange funeral service but still it was nice, then we had a nice meal with family and ended the day with more family time then a nice hotel stay.

We headed to Fort Worth which is where the trouble began. The hotel we had panned on was 'not right', it turned to be an old hotel reimaged to look nice but no way. It caused us hours of looking before we could find a hotel with space for us that night.

After finding a hotel in the DFW/FW area, it turned out to be really nice, so nice that we booked a second night even though it was a long way from my wife's sister.

After a really nice time with my wife's sister, a great day visiting, having lunch, and visiting with her dog, being turned down filling my wife's prescription, we were now ready to head home - we thought.

The next morning we found a nearby Catholic Church and stayed for a great service before heading back home. My wife was without her meds because Texas would not fill them even though she had a legal Louisiana prescription. So we had to wait til we ot to Louisiana to get it filled making the trip home 'looooooooooooong and stressssssssful'.

The trip home started nice with a nice lunch at the Collins Street Bakery but as we drove it just wore on my wife. As we got nearer and nearer to the Louisiana state line we got more and more on edge. Finally we had to just stop at small grocery store in DeQuincy and just get out, walk around, purchase a few small items before getting back on the road.

Finally after hours on the road avoiding the swollen Sabine River we made it home about dark. The cat was very glad to see us, the dog spent another nice at the PP boarding place before we would go pick him up tomorrow.

All in all it was a very strange "funeral tour" but my wife is now convinced that we will never do it again, She said "we will fly" from now on. No more long drives.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Awoke and started thinling about death......

Awoke and started thinking about death and about all the things that I need to do before it gets me so that my kids have what info they need.

Then this morning my wife took our granddaughter to school. The our grandkid's mom called to tell my wife that our grandchild's other grandpaw passed away during the night. He was much younger than us but we knew he had cancer and was in the hospital with not much time to 'live'.

He was my granddaughter's FAVORITE pawpaw. She always loved up on him, hugged him. He took her fishing, camping... I played third or fourth fiddle to her. Her mawmaw gets more attention than I do.

The other day at her birthday party she never even noticed I was there. I hate the feeling but I will just live with it for now. One day she will miss me.

We have been trying now to deal with THREE deaths in one week. One relative on my wife's side, one relative on my side and now one on OUR side of the family. Been one service already, got one to go to out of town and just waiting on the day and time for the "our" funeral.

Just got news that the 'our side of the family funeral' will be early Friday, leaving us just enough time to get out of town to make my family service.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another "new" teacher wants/asks for help.....

Another "new" teacher wants/asks/emails me requesting help. I have NEVER turned down a request. Maybe that's why I am not making a ton of money on TPT. I just never say "no" to ant new teacher who ask for my help.

Over my 27 years of teaching I had dozens upon dozens of student teacher in my classroom from the university, and not once did I ever say "no" to any of them. That's partly why I came up with my own website - www.louisiana101. It was just to help them out. The name came from an early college class I took way back when. 

I remember each of them fondly and many went on to teaching - and many ARE still teaching. Some went on to become asst. principals, several to become principals. But I can say they all began with me way back in their early days.

Her question again started to make me think about items I have done for my store and items I need to do for my store. Sure I currently have over 570 items in my online store but I also have more I can do. The items I've done over the last two weeks have been selling about one or two a week - for "new" items. I loe the fact that I must be helping someone out there.

Maybe I'm not "teaching" anywhere but I am teaching. I still have contact with new teachers in my subject area. Thanks Kimbely.
And many thanks to all those that preceded her.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey has finally moved on....

Harvey has finally moved on and with it comes dryer weather. Now that does not mean DRYER non-rainy weather but at least less rain and just maybe my yard can dry out somewhat. I can at least take the dog out in the mornings and sit in the rocking chair on the front porch for a short while.

I might get to finally go somewhere to eat later today, my son's restaurant, our favorite restaurant or two or three or four, any place just to get out of the house after a week of being cooped up inside. I have been going "stir-crazy".

When I have taken the dog out, the ground is mushy and the yard is full for limbs, branches, leaves blown down by Harvey's winds. But for now the tree is still standing, for now.

I really just want to go over to Walmart just to walk around. I don't really want to BUY anything just walk around, meet people I know, visit with strangers, just talk to someone else for a change.

I have to go put my shoes on and get ready to take the dog out for his early morning constitutional trip.

Did that, now planning for our 'lunch' trip to CiCi's, my son's store, for a little pizza and salad plus just a time away.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why do I need to study history?

I taught history for 27 years and loved most of my years - except for teaching world history. I did love American history and my own Louisiana state history.

"And it was then that I realized why I am a HISTORIAN.  I am a historian because each child that learns about American/Louisiana History from an outdated textbook, or is taught to believe that the study of history is only a grudging requirement for academic purposes, is being short-changed.  The history of our country/state is complicated, so chillingly complicated, that certainly there must be a parceling-out of that knowledge or a student would be overwhelmed.  But, to negate the reasons for studying our nation’s/state's past by not giving a better justification of why we study it is terrifying.

I hope my students will someday appreciate why their historian teacher made the effort to provide a fuller historical picture for them, countering the arguments presented in their limited school texts with each homework assignment.  If nothing else, the lesson I learned at school (albeit my student’s middle school) is that as a historian, sometimes it isn’t the big philosophical questions that matter, but the small, everyday questions that are critical.  That it is important to convey that History is not singular, but plural.  That point-of-view matters.  That History is a constantly evolving field, dependent upon curious scholars.  That History is more than old textbooks full of the long-dead; History is also our future.  And that is why we study History."

I know I need to get out to the country to cut grass again but it rains almost every day. I did get most- only most - of my city lot cut on Monday before it rained again.

I'm tired of looking at all the "going back to school" pictures on FB. I kills me because I can't be there with the kids of my former students. It just makes me sick.

So I just sit here creating one item after another for my store online. I have created about 15 different items in the past two to three weeks. Some have lead to others and those have lead me to - well you get the picture,

I've done several monthly activities celebrating its such as women, the Honey Bee, Military, Asian, Jazz,  etc, etc, etc. I have done a long list of them. See them at I also created several for festivals. See them at

I've also been creating a big list on general history items plus I am running sales at TPT for these and most of the rest of my online store.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blogging TpT teachers again....

I just sent this email to all my followers and fellow teachers at TeachersPayTeachers....

Hello Fellow Educators and Followers,

It is mid August and let the fun begin.

The school supplies are in the stores, the children/students will be/are entering our classrooms now/soon.  This is my favorite time of the year – always has been, always will be!

There is no telling where you are in the opening of school – first week, two weeks away, been in school a week,, preparing for school, into first chapter – who knows. But I do know you "may be" looking  around TpT for items that will help you throughout the weeks, months, the year and here they are. Here is a big 25% off Sale and I would do larger if I could – promise me, I've been in your shoes. Anything helps. Email me personally if you need help and I will see what I do/create/prepare for you.

This means ALL items in my store are marked down 25%.  Yes, over 575 items on SALE!

Also, I've been busy updating and uploading many new items over the summer.  Please take a minute to check out a few of these items. I even uploading some yesterday and today. They are all on SALE now.

Finally, I want to thank you for your support and wish you a SUPER start to your 'new' year.  I hope I can continue to help you and your students throughout the new school year with new and innovative lessons, activities and projects. Be sure to email me or comment on my TpT site.

Best of luck with the start of the school year, and like I always say, "Work smarter, not harder!"

Greg "MrE"                         

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I just wanted them to know that I currently have all my online store on sale. That means all 575 items even the ones I uploaded yesterday are on sale. I would love to do them 50% off but TpT won't let me.
As I looked I realized just how long I have been on TpT and just how man items I have created over the years. Mostly middle school history items but I have been branching out over the past year.
I haven been creating more high school items more art items and more ELA type items. I have been on since 2010 and even more so since my mini-stroke in 2013.
I want a "job", no I don't want a job, yes I heard about a "job", yes I emailed about the job, then I sent my resume, then I got a phone call. and was told the position was already filled. But I did learn they did want me but I'm on the waiting list - HIGH on the waiting list.
The job is "teaching" job of sorts. Mentoring high school students working on their final credits towards graduation - just like my grandson did before he went off to the Marines.
But if I can get this job it would get me out of the house 3-5 days a week, 20 hours a week, no duty, no lesson plans, nothing but helping kids (students) black, white, Asians, etc who really want to learn and finish school. No trouble makers, no disturbing class, just workers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

After 27 years.....

After teaching 27 years I was never tired of teaching, never drowning in paperwork, never sick of the day-to-day of teaching, never timed of my students, never just ready to quit, give it up, or stop what I was doing. I loved teaching. I loved my daily grind so to speak. I just was never ready to quit teaching But then I suffered my mini-stroke and use forced to 'rethink' my life's work. God had another plan for me.

After five years, I never knew God's plan and I really still don't. But I think I might be getting an idea. I still love the idea of teaching students, still have the dream of helping young people see what their own future has in store for them. I still have that burning desire to help "pay it forward", doing what someone else did for me all those years ago.

Even a mini-stroke can't slow me down. I have put in the years of retirement crafting my skills, creating lots, and lots of lesson ideas for someone else to use, I have worked almost daily on my webpage for other teachers to use to give them ideas for our subject matter - history, I have watched hours and hours of history-style shows crafting ideas that could make a teacher's life better.

In other words, I never stopped teaching. Oh, there have been UP days and DOWN days but all were helping me get better at my own 'craft' and I still have the feeling that God is/was preparing me for something better.

I still don't really know what he has in store for me but I think I MAY know what is next for me...the Simon Youth Foundation (Academy). It is designed to help students who struggle to connect with material to finish high school and get on to college/university somewhere. The program was created by Simon Malls in 12 states and I have one right here in our own area.

Our own SYF serves only 30 students each working towards their own goals and need older adult mentors to help them succeed. My own grandson went there and now he is an upstanding, strong, and proud U.S. Marine. And maybe this is my own calling, to pay it forward, to help those in need of help in their time of need.

God, if this is your calling, please help me answer your call, give me strength to answer your call, give me strength to 'get up and go' towards your call, give me strength to go forward in this endeavor.

I just checked my old blogs and it has been 4 years since my mini-stroke, four years of boredom.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It may be....

It maybe just some time off but it means there is just something that needs to be done. I tend to have time to think when it is nice outside. The weather is COOL, not cold but cool at least for July as a front moved thru and push out the humidity which is/was nice. I even got to rock out on the front porch with the cat and dog and it was NICE. I hated to come inside.

I have been working on another TPT lesson idea about Social Media in Social Studies. It is going well for now but not near finished.
I have lots to do to complete this but the ideas are there now I just need to finish it. I spent nearly all night thinking about this and got up early to start on it. The cover is there, the teacher info is done and part of the worksheets are done. I just need to sit down and finish it - which is tuffer than you might think.
My grandson and his wife just posted some of their wedding photos which are very cool. I really like this one from the end of their wedding. It is so Marine of him and his fellow Marines. He said they got over 750 photos but he only posted about 100 of the best.
I spent part of the day out in the country cutting grass again until it just got to HOT to keep going.
My wife is work kid's day at CiCi's for my son but generally she will make nearly nothing but she enjoys her day there. She will bring our granddaughter home to spend the night since her mom has to go in to work early tomorrow. But that's okay with me.
I have been to Wal*mart to pick up a few items plus I went by Dominos Pizza (but not for pizza) and when I get out later I will go up to Walgreens to pick up my meds for the month.
After I eat lunch I plan to go take a short nap, or as I tell my - a catnap. After that I will take the dog out and maybe sit out on the front porch and rock myself to near sleep again.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Grass has been cut.....

Grass has been cut - somewhat. But it feels better and I am planning on going back next Tuesday to finish the job I started out in the country. The weather is predicted to be a little cooler and things might be a bit better.

I did get the front of the old house cut, got every thing "Round-up"ed, trees trimmed, and I hope that will make my job much easier on Tuesday. My wife will be busy at her 'job' working for our son and I will be out doing what I love doing - just cutting grass, enjoying the breeze, watching the birds, and just 'thinking' to myself.

Life does not get any better than that. I have several small trees to cut down, bushes to trim, grapes to check on, Satsuma's to check on, pears and figs to check on and stick/limbs to cut up but it's all in a day's work out there.

But I LIKE going out there even IF it does cost me money. It gives me something to do and gets me out of my chair at home. Then when I get back I can cut my city yard again if I feel like it or wait another day to do it.

I will try to get ahold of the administrator of the Simon Youth Academy  about the job that is being offered me for this fall. I am LOOKING forward to getting back to "teaching" and I know it is what God has in store for me to just bring me out of my 'funk'. It is just mentoring high school youth but it is the part of me that hated leaving teaching in the first place. And I can make a few bucks in the meantime.

Life is good - I hope - for the best.

My numbers continue to look really great. My BP numbers are good, my BS numbers are really strong and my weight is continuing to fall. Six months ago I was at 242ish and that was down from 440 when I had surgery six years ago but now it has fallen to 207 and it keeps falling. Slowly but surely. It tends to scare me just a bit but I'm okay as it falls slowly. Should make my doctor happy.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My car - FINALLY....

I finally have my car. My wife loaned me the money to get my car out of the shop and paid - temporarily - my deductible. I guess she did not want to leave me again today without any mode of transportation. I could have managed but I will gladly take my car after it has been in the shop nearly a full month.

Things have gone well since we have been back from our LONG, TIRING trip to North Carolina. I am glad that's over and don't want to do that again - at least not the same way. If we go back again, we will fly. It would be cheaper and faster.

I hope to go out to country later this week to cut grass. It has been almost a month since I was out there the last time but with rain, the trip, more rain; I'm hopping things are not completely overgrown.

I have a few items I need to take care of around here since the rain is no longer an issue. I have weed eating, Round-up spraying, and a few other chores to take care of here first before I can head out to country later this week.

Having my own car back is a very nice touch so I can drive myself to get a few things done.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Back home from the wedding

We are back home from the wedding of our grandson in North Carolina. It was a huge amount of traveling - 5 days of just driving/traveling out of 7 days gone from home. Never again says my wife. We will fly and cut down on hotels, gas, meals, etc.

Our cat seemed to do well all by himself during that time. Our dog - well we are going to pick him up this morning. And I hope to get my car - finally - this morning also.

Life can finally get back to normal. I'm oning to cut grass at our city home today and our country home tomorrow - weather permitting.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Someone else is reading....

It seems someone else is reading this blog but it came to me by a lone email about a very old blog. A former student teacher , which should tell you how old the writer/blog reader is, just sent me an email about one of my blogs from back in October. But hey, she blogs from time to time also.

I have gotten an email that just might get me back into teaching - kind of, sort of, maybe. It's a mentor's position helping at-risk, high school students. It pays a MINIMAL SALARY but who cares. It would get me out of the house, put me to doing what I should be doing, and it will use my tech skills, reasoning skills, and allow me to work with kids; something my brain has been screaming for years. God MAY have found me a place to use my talents and be a creative person - even if it is just a part-time job.

I saw the story on the local news and my wife and I BOTH looked at each other and she pointed at me and I said MAYBE. So I emailed the head of the program the next morning. I am so happy.

I got all the grass cut; plus got the yard weed-eated and soon afterwards, it began to rain  now - but I don't care.

It rain but later I took the dog out for a bit. My wife is/was tied up working at our son's pizza place.

Monday, July 10, 2017

At least I KNOW someone is reading...

At least I KNOW someone is reading my blog. It's better than no one at least.

The trash truck finally came by, it's a day late but hey they needed the fourth off too. I take that, at least THEY keep tp their schedule unlike the auto repair shop that DOESN'T. They told me yesterday that they "found" more damage then they estimated for and had to get ahold of the insurance company and car wont be ready for another few days. I told them just to HOLD my car when they finish it 'cuz I leaving for an out of state wedding. They can just hold in their VERY LIMITED parking area for 7-10 days - just like they TOLD me 11 days ago.

How much damage can you find in a scratch? I think they are just trying to rip off the insurance company. Plus they have ripped me off by not starting the repair work UNTIL 7-8 days after I was told to bring it in. THEN they found an issue - bullc*&%*.

They will get nothing but complains from me and no recommendations either.

We gave away the last kitten to a good home. They have a small son and a small dog that is the same age as the kitten almost. The couple seemed nice and very happy as we presented them with the kitten. All smiles around.

We made plans for the first night of our "wedding trip" by booking a room at a Drury Inn. We have stayed at Drury's before. They are great, breakfast, supper, snacks, good clean rooms and right on our route. Can't get much better than that.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I don't know anything...

I don't seem to know anything about anything. Our granddaughter DID NOT come to spend time with us yesterday. I was given ORDERS to book a hotel for our NC trip in a couple of weeks but I wasn't given the card number so I could book it. Then I WAS given the card number but told.... oh well, I did book it. But I still don't know how long it will take to drive there. It's a 1,070+ trip and I have no clue as to when - what time - we are going to leave.

Are we going to stop in Atlanta? Birmingham? Augusta? Charlotte? I just KNOW I have book our hotel for the wedding stay but that's it. I do know our son, his long-time girlfriend and his daughter are traveling with us - there and back - which limits our "vacation" time.

I had hoped to stop and visit my own cousin in Pensacola on the way back but that may or may not be a possibility. I'm not making the plans I guess.

After several days I have "learned" several things. 1) My son and his family is flying to NC not driving with us. They are leaving Sunday after the wedding and flying back. 2) My brother and his wife are leaving Sunday also for Savannah which will leave us alone up there. 3) Therefore we cancelled our stay for Sunday night and well go ahead a travel to Pensacola.

Well, at least now "I know something". Not all good news but "something".

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another week has come and gone..

Today/nearly today starts a whole new month. I still don't have my car, I'm trying to plan our trip for our grandson's wedding but I'm told to but told not to because I can't pay for it but I'm supposed to plan it. I have been given a note showing the dates of ABOUT when but I don't know if and when my son can leave his work behind.

I don't know if and when we are going to stop the first night on the way there - it's a 1,070+ mile trip to NC - do we drive it in one day or not. My son, his long-time girl-friend and his daughter is going with us so I don't know what TIME we are leaving. I was going to plan it but I got up the other morning and my wife said she knew what hotel we were going to stay at - but could not tell me two days, three, four, five days, nothing.

Oh well, I'll "book" it - I hope - whenever I told too. I will just go read a book till then. Our granddaughter is coming to spend part of the day today but I can't tell you when because I don't get told these things.

More of my "I don't knows" later.

Happy 4th of July coming up. I do know that.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

End of June

It seems to be the end of something.
  1. My car is still not fixed
  2. We have had bad weather
  3. Our Summer Concert Series is still going on
  4. Our annual doctors appointment is now due
  5. My BP/BS/Weight all look goods

It may be getting towards the end of June but there are items that still need to be taken of. Like my new car. The adjuster called yesterday - finally - and set a date for my car to into the shop to be fixed. It has been over two weeks since it was hit. Then she told me my rental car was approved - but it is a dealer in Lake Charles. Why could you not do one here in Sulphur? I guess you just take the good with the bad.

We just dealt with a tropical storm  - rain and not much wind. Did not really affect us even thought it came right through us.

My wife's concert series has gone on even with rain. It has all been indoors this summer. The Catch A Concert series has been really good this year and her dad has made each one so far.

Friday we went to have Blood work drawn before our Annual Doctor's appointment Monday - of course it's our "annual" but for me it is just another routine 'every three months' routine. Mine is due to my mine stroke, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight issue - which are all good.

All seems to be coming together on Monday - take my car in to be repaired that morning (HOORAY), doctor's appointment that afternoon, concert that evening. WOW!

Friday, June 23, 2017

The last week and a half....

There has been so many things that have happened in the past 10-12 days. It all really 'started' at the end of last but 'formerly' within the past two weeks. It all started when I decided to get a new car.

I had been researching a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, After much thoughts, daydreaming, and thinking about it I decided to trade in my 2012 Equinox. I made my way to my local Chevy dealer and started looking around. I fell in love with a new 'sunburst orange' Equinox and I was hooked. My salesmen loved it to and I ended up buying it. Wrong move #1.

The car is so new my salesman had no real clues about it other he lived the color. I bought it knowing that it should be better than my 2012 Equinox. Nope, the salesman nor I knew that Chevy had decided to cut Sirius XM from the basic Equinox. After having in the 2009-2017 Equinox basic models it was now no longer an option on the 2018. Heck, XM was the only thing I listen too. Chevy also deleted the CD play also. What a bummer this was!

I was now stuck - no complaining to the dealership, salesman, Chevy themselves, nothing. Strike number one. I then went to Wal*mart to pickup a few items. I could not find a handicap parking spot anywhere, so I parked across from the handicapped and went inside. When I came out I noticed someone had backed into my new car from a handicap space and left no note, no phone number, nothing. I went back in and talked to Wal*mart about looking at their tapes.

We saw a car back out of a handicap space. make a wide swing out and bump into my car then pull out and left. In Louisiana there is no front plate and there was no handicap hang tag. Therefore, we figured they were parked illeagally anyway, that's no note. With a note they would have been in trouble. Strike two.

I went to my insurance place immediately, filed the paperwork, had photos taken, told where to take it. went to have it appraised, then took it to a second shop, had it appraised again, then came home. It was just a 'little' ding but the cost were $2,800 and $2,300 - for a little ding. But both told me they HAD  to appraise high then pay low if the repair cost much less. Ball one.

Then I found out from the Shelter adjuster that I would have a rental car and I have a $500 deductible. Not bad but I can live with it. I just have to wait on a call back from the repair place I selected. Ball two.

While waiting I also have been researching a zero-turn mower for father's day since my old mower just quit on me. I have compare several, talked to my nephew who has his on lawn service, compared them to our zero-turn out in the country which cost over nine grand. I read reviews, read comments, thought about it for days, looked over warranties, compared notes, over-analyzed, figured out where I would buy it, who would deliver it, when they would deliver it, how much savings I would get, etc., etc., etc. Where could I buy it online, pay for it on line, and I even "chatted" with a salesperson online about it. I looked a all the pros and cons. There were several cons - nothing major, and several pros - nothing major either, Then I waited till the very last minute to purchase it.

I purchased it just before Father's Day and it was delivered on Father's Day from the store just around the corner. It was MUCH less than the nine grand commercial unit we have in the country. Much smaller than the 60" in the country. Much under the commercial, acre-sized machine we have in the country, much less gas tank than our country baby but it should do just fine for our in-town yard here. It's a 42" mower but fine for a half acre here. I went from an EX-Mark to a John Deere. Ball three.

Full count. Now I going to go to the collision place this mourning to see went they can take my car, then come cut the grass and see how the mower works.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hospital stay...

Hospital stay but NOT for me. My wife's dad went in yesterday (Thursday) for Congestive Heart Failure and they kept him overnight. He is 92 and drove himself, then called us and let us know where he was.

If they let him out today he plans to drive himself back home. That's what he thinks. That's not what my wife plans.

He thinks he can still drive and do all the things he used to do but not so much anymore. But I'm not the one to make those decisions. I did that years ago for my dad. It's time for someone else to make those decisions.

I will just sit back and wait...

They DID NOT let him go home. He had to stay several more days, then just when we thought they were going to keep him for ever more days, he called my wife EARLY Sunday morning about 7:30 to tell her "The Doctor released him, and he was packed and ready to go home."

Toke my wife by surprise. She is on the list as his 'power of attorney' and they did not even call her. Course, he dad only tells her what he wants to. She managed to find out that the heart issues are to serious to handle right now so her dad just said "NO, he will probability die soon anyway". He's 92 so you just don't know. Come to find out the diabetic nurse has not seen him yet, the nurses have not released him yet, we have taken his car home so there is not much he can do but WAIT for my wife to get there.

Ten he calls back to ask if she just wants to pick him up at the "emergency room where they started last Thursday". My just told him "NO", just sit in the room till I get there". But he does not really understand.

She is going to have problem when she does get there but I wish he the best.