2020 January 06 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas
ot much sleep again. These pains in my back and side make it hard to be comfortable for sleeping.
irst thing this morning I made an appointment with the nurse practitioner for 1:45. I also made one for Ella at 2:00.
fter a simple breakfast of oatmeal, we drive into Leander and the laundromat. I left Ella and the laundry and went to Jiffy Lube. I spent just under$200.00. However, I got the transmission cleaned and refilled. Same routine with the radiator. I can’t remember having these two maintenance items done previously. I know. I know that’s really sad. Once the truck was ready, I went back to the laundry to get Ella and the clothes. We had two and a half hours before the doctor appointments.
e went back to Liberty Hill for lunch at Golden Chick. My pain level was such that I didn’t really want anything. However they been advertising chicken rice soup. That sounded like something I could eat. That’s what I ordered only to be told that they were out. So I ordered 4 chicken fingers and ate them very slowly. Ella had her usual broasted chicken and fried okra. I tried to give her part of my lunch. But she didn’t take any, so it was thrown away.
e managed to kill an hour. Then we went to a gas station and filled the tank. That didn’t take much time.
e went to the doctor and stayed in the parking lot. Once it was down to about 20 minutes, a went inside and got checked in.
efore long we were issued into an exam room. Vitals were taken. Before long the nurse practitioner came in. Before long I was diagnosed with shingles. And not the good kind that waterproof your roof. Years ago we had both received a shingles vaccine. Unfortunately it wasn’t very effective and was replaced by a newer vaccine. We never got the newer vaccine. So now I have shingles. I’m told that once they clear up, I can get the newer vaccine.
rescriptions were called into the pharmacy. So we back tracked into a couple towns over. As of course they weren’t ready. While we were at Wal-Mart, Ella wanted a haircut. However, “her beautician” was not working today. Eventually, the prescriptions were filled as we went home.
e had planned to go to an Emmaus meeting at Cross Tracks Church tonight. However, I’d been uncomfortable or in pain all day and decided to stay home tonight.
THINKING ABOUT RAIN
like rain. I particularly like gentle, windless rains. Those are the best rains for walking in. Not bent over, collar up, running through the rain. Walking head back, mouth and eyes open, twirling in circles, laughing at the sky!
f course, since I’m over seventy years old and a rather large man, that may frighten some people!
ave you ever noticed how rain changes the smell of things? Oddly enough when it first starts to rain the air smells dusty (if you’re in country). In the city the rain, at first, seems to bring out the smells of hot sidewalks and old oil.
sually you can smell the rain coming before it arrives. During the rain, smells are suppressed. All you smell is rain! Now! After the rain! That’s when everything smells fresh and cool and clean.
xcept the dog!
God bless and g’nite
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