Thursday, February 22, 2024


It was an old iPad that woke me up at 3 a.m. this morning.  Good thing too, because it was time for me to take a Percocet pill.  Kelly had bought this refurbished iPad in Spencerport New York years ago and kinda forgot she had it.  Wednesday night she dug it out, dusted it off, and programmed it as an alarm clock to wake me up.  Yep, I sure do like those Apple products alright:)) 
I had to scratch my head for a bit today trying to think of something to write about other than my medical situation at the moment.  I'm sure it gets to be a bit much after a while for blog readers to read all this stuff.  With today's temps well above freezing and most of our snow gone I had the first slight urge to venture outside.  And, had the Sun been shining I might have found it hard to resist that urge.  However, the day remained mostly cloudy and I remained inside.  My next challenge was to find a few photos for tonight's post.  No easy task under my present circumstances.

I feel so sorry for Pheebs because she just doesn't understand why we are not out in the morning for our Jeep rides.  She stands and stares at me with doggy question marks in her eyes.  This morning she was lying on the sunroom floor and when I went clomping by in the hall she didn't even look at me or lift her head.  The saddest part was when she flopped her tail a couple times.  Usually, that tail would be wagging a hundred miles an hour.  I can tell she is depressed.  But, early this afternoon I was able to get my shoes on, and with my walker, I opened the sunroom door and walked out onto our front deck and porch to take a few photos.  Tomorrow, with Kelly's help to get my walker down the steps I'm sure Pheebs and I can take a little walk around in our driveway.  With a secure railing, going up and down stairs is not a problem.  And anyone who has done that, knows that.

Kelly loves her Blackberry smartphone and has patiently nursed it along ever since its inception back in the age of the cellular Dinosaur.  Hardly able to retain a charge anymore, Kelly is at the point where the writing is on the wall and she needs a new phone.  For a long time now she has been hesitant to change but the time is now upon her.  She researches everything diligently and spent time on the phone again today discussing her options with various smartphone people.  We'll see what happens but I think she might be leaning towards an iPhone this time.  

I have gone through a few books since I last did a book report.  I found fighter pilot Peter Townsend's book entitled, Duel Of Eagles: The Classic Pilot's Account of the Battle Of Britain. (this was a long 27-hour read) It is the best historically detailed and accurate account of the air war between England and Germany I have ever read. Complete with many backstories. Townsend writes this book from both the English and German points of view beginning with the end of the first world war.  He also wrote a follow-up book entitled, Duel In The Dark: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Blitz.  Again written with a view to both sides in the bombing of London England.  Another recently finished book I read was, Life After Death and Medical Mysteries.  Another fascinating read if one can willingly free their mind enough to expand their knowledge. 

Al's Music Box:)) Turn! Turn! Turn! is a song written by Pete Seeger in 1959. The lyrics – except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song, and the final two lines – consist of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes.  The song was adapted by the Byrds in a folk rock arrangement and released as a single by Columbia Records on October 1, 1965.  The song was also included on the band's second album, Turn! Turn! Turn!, which was released on December 6, 1965. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" had first been arranged by the Byrds' lead guitarist Jim McGuinn in a chamber-folk style during session for Judy Collins' 1963 album, Judy Collins 3.  The idea of reviving the song came to McGuinn during the Byrds' July 1965 tour of the American Midwest, when his future wife, Dolores, requested the tune on the Byrds' tour bus.  The rendering that McGuinn dutifully played came out sounding not like a folk song but more like a rock/folk hybrid, perfectly in keeping with the Byrds' status as pioneers of the folk-rock genre.  McGuinn explained, "It was a standard folk song by that time, but I played it and it came out rock 'n' roll because that's what I was programmed to do like a computer. I couldn't do it as it was traditionally. It came out with that samba beat, and we thought it would make a good single."  The master recording of the song reportedly took the Byrds 78 takes, spread over five days of recording, to complete.

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A traveling salesman from New York was traveling through Georgia around Christmas time and stopped at a convenience store next to a church.  He told the lady cashier that the nativity scene next door was really beautiful but he couldn't understand why the three wise men had firemen's helmets on.  The lady said "that's the trouble with you yankees, you never read your Bibles or you would know."  He said "maam, I have read my Bible through three times and I have never seen anything to explain this."  She said, " I will show you" and opened up her bible. " It says right here that the three wise men came from a "far".


A new patient was quite upset when the doctor’s nurse led him to a small, curtained cubicle and told him to undress. "But I only want the doctor to look at an ingrown toenail!" he protested. "Our rule is that everyone must undress," replied the nurse. "That’s a stupid rule," grumbled the patient, "making me undress just to look at my toe." "That’s nothing," growled a voice from the next cubicle. "I just came here to fix the phones!"




  1. My daughter bought her newest iPhone second hand from a site. I can pass the link on to Kelly if she wants it.

  2. Hoping Pheebs and you manage to get outside together soon,stay safe ,too, okay? Mary

  3. Glad you are sounding more upbeat. You're not out of the woods yet, but as the Pain eases, you can lower the dosage. Then you might even be able to go for short walks with Pheebs.
    Hoping Kelly finds a suitable Phone to replace her Blackberry.
    Stay Safe and Enjoy the recovery.

    It's about time.

  4. Good photo of Pheebs at the first. Sometimes I feel like that. Anyway, no, medical stuff is part of your life now, and not to be avoided. Meanwhile, hope your planned expeditions go careful. But I guess you know that. I was dragged kicking and screaming to an iPhone, but we get along very well now. TOO well. It's like Amazon. They have me for life.

  5. Well I am certainly glad my surgery was in September plus SE AZ weather. I could get out multiple times per day and do laps around my backyard then moved to the sidewalks. Tell Kelly ... GO APPLE, she won't regret it. My first one was the Apple 3S. Hang in there and do what you can ... you're getting better if you have the urge to get outside. Good sign.

  6. I have no problem with your medical and weather commentary. I'm 12 years younger than you, could be your experiences will be of benefit to me in the future!

  7. Medical and health news is all okay, as I guess a fair few of us have been there to some degree, maybe not hip surgery, but in other places.iPhone, go for it, get the latest and the one you want !!!

  8. Good to hear of your progress Al. Just know each day will find you stronger and soon you and Pheebs will be out and about again. I too vote for an iPhone for Kelly. I am on my second one and just love it.

  9. Ron from TN- Love your bird photos . You are a wealth of information. I just finished participating in the annual Great backyard bird count coordinated By Cornell Lab of Ornithology , Audubon society and Birds Canada. It was fun and I realize Feb 16-19 was not a good time for you this year but may be better in the future. You may get further information from Birds Canada or We are loyal followers and infrequent commenters. Glad you are making progress.

  10. Poor Pheebs! When I had my knee done Mike was in charge of walking Emmi and she just couldn't understand why I wasn't going along too. I have an iPhone which I love, Mike has always resisted becoming an Apple user until recently. He has a Samsung phone which he rarely uses as a phone and a Samsung tablet. I have a hard time helping him with issues related to those two devices. So, he has finally decided to get an iPhone next time he is in the market for a phone.

  11. Awww, you really touched my heart when you described how Pheebs is depressed. Doesn't understand, didn't look at you, & just flopped her tail a couple times. In that last photo of her she looks so young.! Well, just think how excited you will Both be - when in a month or so (maybe the 1st day of Spring) - you will rattle those keys & head out to the Jeep.! Or maybe the Subaru (whichever is most comfort & easy to get in & out of). Best wishes, Always.

  12. We love our iPhones, but then we also use a Mac laptop and iPads.

  13. My first thought when clicking was: How's Al today? Great Pheebs photos. Loved the first & last ones. Can't help with the phone, got rid of mine & put a landline back in. My son still has one for emergencies & texting a few folks. Loved the groaners. So true about the houses. Did that spray on the snow for valentines day one year. Love ya! Barb in FL