Gone With the Wind

Yesterday, the movie from 1939, “Gone With the Wind” was playing at the local theater. Barb was going to go with a friend of hers, but the friend got sick and so rather than make her go by herself, I went with her. It was four hours long. I was pretty tired by the end, but we got cokes and popcorn and it was pretty nice. It’s a good movie even if it is very long.

Today, continued working on Elton John (up to over 6000 word now which is about 40% of the way. Hope to be done by the end of next week. Also helped Dennis send in one more iteration of his book. Hope we get it right this time. It’s the third time we’ve done this, so third time is the charm, they say. I hope they’re right.

Took Barb to Elder Quest. She has a class on personal histories and one on the Dead Sea Scrolls and one on the Book of Revelation and one on Socrates, the philosopher. I also went over and had lunch with her. So, all in all, it was a pretty productive day.

I’ve decided my life isn’t interesting enough to write every day. I will write when something happens. Just saying the same thing happened today don’t help anyone. So, if I have nothing to say, I won’t write.

So, done for today…..

Sept 17, 2014

OK, this will be a short one. Not much happened today. Barb and I went to the Senior Center for lunch today. There was supposed to be a Square Dancing Demonstration, but they cancelled and we got to hear one of the ladies play the flute for a half-hour. It’s not as bad as it sounds. She was actually pretty good. We had meatloaf.

I worked most of the day on my new Halloween site, www.everything4haloween.com and had it up and running and then decided to change everything and when I took it down, I messed up something and so had to call Hostgator to get them to fix it. Now I have to start all over again, tomorrow, or whenever they get it fixed. Hope to have Halloween done by the end of the month, so I can get started on the Christmas site.

Heard from Dennis Hepler today. He’s in my ward and has been writing an LDS children’s book and I’ve been helping him publish it. He got the proof copy in the mail today and he’s excited. There was some problem with his cover, so we have to re-publish the book with the new cover and I told him I would help him do that. I’ve spent about 10 hours, so far, working with him to get his book out the door. It’s a long process.

For devotional, tonight, we are reading from a book about Joseph Smith and the Relief Society. How, even though the women don’t directly hold the Priesthood, they still receive all the blessings from the Priesthood. The book quotes much of what Joseph said when the R.S. was organized. It’s very cool and we are enjoying it a lot.

I did work on Elton John a little, but not much. I’m shooting for having it done by the first of October, but probably won’t make it. Took me 6 weeks to write James Brown, I don’t know why I think I can get Elton done in 2, but we’ll see. Stay tuned for updates.

Right now I have 5 books (physical books) to package and mail in the morning.

Good night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 16, 2014

I am taking a family history class and today’s lesson was about Journals and writing in Journals. When the teacher asked who was willing to write at least 8 minutes a day for the length of the class, I raised my hand. I guess I’m a follower like that.

So, to document the day, it goes as follows: I got up this morning and had my 9 o’clock call with Doug and we talked about the four books (two copies of the Sixties mega-book, the paperback and the Kindle, then I published James Brown and the Spanish version of The Everly Brothers.) Who knows if any of them will sell, but I keep hoping} I published over the weekend. He is working on getting products from China to sell and he told me he is going on vacation to Mexico in a couple weeks.

After talking to Doug, I took Barb to work where she spent the day at Heinselmens Yarn shop. I drove home, stopping to pick up a prescription at the drug store and then heading over to the church for the Family History class. After class, I came home and did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day.

I have a new class I got online about selling on Amazon and plan to go through that in the next couple days. I hope to have a site up and running before the end of September for the Halloween business and then get my Christmas site up by the end of October to take advantage of Black Friday and the Holiday buyers.

Oh, and I am working on my next book: Elton John.

I went and picked up Barb at 6 and we had supper and then watched TV for the evening. Watched Masterpiece Mysteries with Hercole Peirot, Agatha Christie’s detective. It was pretty good. Not much on right now as the new season hasn’t started yet and the summer shows are winding down.

Our devotional was held after the news and tonight, we decided to abandon Elder Bednar’s book and instead read a book about the early days of the Relief Society. It is much easier to read and I think will be very inspirational. I am so glad of the testimony that I have of the church. We talked of praying out loud instead of just silent prayers. I suggested that we should, maybe, go out to the car and just sit in the car in the garage and speak to our Heavenly Father. We heard a talk on Sunday from Elder Scott (One of the 12 Apostles) about how our Father in Heaven is, literally, our father and he wants us to talk to him, but silent prayers always seem so forced. You should get away from other people and talk to Him like another person and what a difference that can make. I am going to try that tomorrow.

Well, it’s been about 8 minutes, so I will quit. Time for bed. Good night.

Current: A Day of Ups and Downs

Thursday, March 12 was a tough day. We needed to go to St George to a funeral on Friday. Barb’s sister-in-law’s father passed away and since Barb knew the gentle man, she wanted to attend his funeral. So, we decided to go down on Thursday and go to the St George Temple with Matt and Step in the afternoon.

So, we spent the morning driving to St George where we hooked up with Matt and Steph and the four of us headed for the Temple. We got into the 12:40 session. Now this may not seem significant except that neither Barb nor I have gone to the temple in a long time. I am in lot worse shape now than I was the last time I went through and I worried about how I would do. It was tough, but we made it.

Then we got back to Matt’s only to hear that Chad was in the hospital and ready to have open-heart surgery on Friday. So, after the spirit of the temple, we now were very worried about Chad. He had surgery on Friday and, I understand, is doing very well. We are so glad that he is pulling through this and hope he’s back on his feet soon.

Get well soon, Chad. We all love you and have you in our prayers.

Dad

Current: All Shook Up

Well, I’ve taken a month or so off from this blog. I feel like it might be time to start writing again. I’ve found some stuff from when I went to high school which I don’t think I have mentioned before, so I will be posting that in the coming days. I also found a journal I wrote from about the years 1975 until the mid eighties. It covers leaving North Dakota and some of the time living in Eyota. I think you all might be interested in some of that. So, I guess the history is not done after all.

 Also, I had sort of stopped when I met Barb. I wasn’t sure if you all were interested in what had happened since, but I think I should write some about it. That’s part if my life, too.

So, I guess I’m back. We’ll see how it goes. As a point of news, Barb and I went to the Hale Theater in Orem on Saturday night (Feb 28) to see a play (musical) called “All Shook Up”. It takes place in the fifties and reminded me of the movie “Footloose”. However, it contains nothing but Elvis Presley songs. This guy comes to this small town on a motorcycle. They have a bunch of laws against public kissing and dancing and, in general, having fun. He is like Elvis and swivels his hips and sings all of the rockin’ Elvis songs. They try to arrest him and run him out of town, but the local kids all become converted to him and in the end everybody is dancing.

It’s a fun play and a very enjoyable two hours. We ate dinner at Red Lobster before we went to the play. Then we had a nice dinner at home on Sunday. So, I got two good dinners and a play for our anniversary. By the way, this is nine years. Not bad for the second time around. 

More later….

Dad 

2009 Is Going To Be My Year

I just discovered a very cool coincidence. It’s actually a result of the way the days of the year are laid out, but it’s still cool. I noticed that 2009 has exactly the same calendar as 1942, the year I was born.

Now, that’s not a real rare event but it only happens every six or eleven years. The last time it happened was 1998. So, it’s been eleven years since it last happened. It’s only happened about 6 times since I was born. Now, I’m not one to believe in signs or astrology or anything like that. But when I noticed this, I decided that this will me my year. I will probably retire this year. (That’s more up to AMEX than me) I will get my business to be profitable.

I am pumped. 2009 is the year!

Dad

Current – A New Year

I actually wrote this on the 1st. Took me a few days to get it in the blog.

It’s Jan 1, 2009 and a new year has started. We just got back from a night in Wendover, NV. We went to a concert which featured The Comets and then had dinner and rang in the new year. You probably have never heard of the Comets, but you might remember “Rock Around the Clock”. It was a big hit in the 50’s and some say, the first rock and roll song. It was done by Bill Haley and the Comets. Well, Haley died several years ago and the Comets are going on without him, playing the old rock music of the 50’s.

Needless to say, it was great. They had 5 members of the band, but only 3 were originals. One is 74 years old, one is 75 and the drummer is 84 years old. I am 66 and can barely walk. This guy is 84 and can play the drums for 2 hours in a fast paced, high energy concert. They were really great. They said they are opening for an extended run in Branson, MO at Andy Williams’ show room. Barb and I are trying to figure out how to get to Branson so we can see them again.

It brought back the memory of  something that happened to me a few years ago. I think I was working at Magellan, but it might have been before that. A fellow came to work in our area and some of the guys told him that I was pretty knowlegable in music. He was very sceptical. So, he said to me: If you know so much, tell me this. What is the song that’s on the flipside of the original 45 record for “Rock Around the Clock”? You have probably already guesed that I knew the answer. I have the original 45 of the song and the B-side is called “Thirteen Women”. This guy was so impressed. He said he had never found someone who knew the answer to that question. I thought about this during the concert as we listened to the orginal band doing “Rock Around the Clock”.

Dad

Current: Veteran’s Day

I’ve probably said most of this before, but I got a call this morning from Matt and he said he had been thinking about me and my Dad (grandpa to him) and how we were veterans. So, I’ve been thinking about that all day. I was never too close to my Dad, but I’m proud of the fact that he served in the Army during World War II. You might remember that he spent most of his tour of duty in Italy.

Italy was part of the Axis along with Germany and was definitely our enemy. My Dad spent basic training in Kansas where my mother went to visit him when I was a baby. Then he sent to Italy where he fought until he got shot in the leg by an Italian bullet. Wounded, the war was over for him and after a time in the hospital, he came home. He received a Purple Heart for that bullet.

Unfortunately, when he got home he had decide that he didn’t want to be married anymore. The war had done something to him to make him want to be on his own. So he left and my mother raised me by herself. At least for awhile.

I am technically a veteran, even though I never fought in a war. I was enlisted in the Air Force during a time that is officially considered part of the Vietnam War. Today, I’m considered a veteran for things like VA loans (if I wanted one).

A few weeks ago, I went to a concert at the Church Conference Center. They had patriotic portion of the presentation and they asked everyone in the audience who where in the various services to stand while they played the theme song of that service. When they announced everyone who was in the Air Force, I stood with about 50 other guys while they played “Wild Blue Yonder” which is the Air Force’s theme song. I was really proud to have served my country. I never fired a gun (except on a rifle range), but I did contribute something to the country by my efforts and I’m proud of that.

I really enjoyed the four years I spent in the service. I gave a lot of thought to re-enlisting, but knew that a career in the service wasn’t really in my future.

Dad

Current: Had an Epidural Today

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. I looked up the word epidural on the web and it seems to just apply to pregnant women. Since that isn’t me, maybe it was another word. At any rate, I spent most of the day today at the hospital getting a needle stuck in my back. I was scheduled to go in at 2:15. They called and told me to come at 11 instead. Then they made me wait in the little room for two hours before they took me into the operating room.

They lay you face down on the operating table, then they inject stuff in your IV for pain. Then they inject something they called “like valium” except without the side effects. This was intended to mellow me out, but that is the last thing I remember as I’m pretty sure I fell asleep or passed out or something. Anyway, the next I knew I was being rolled back into the little room where Barb was waiting for me.

While I was out, they injected cortisone into my spine. I think this is the same drug that athletes take to improve their performance. I had it in my mind to ask the doctor before they injected me if this meant I’d never be able to play professional ball again, but I passed out so fast that I forgot. I think it would have been a good joke, though.

I am home now and for a short while after the procedure, I felt really good. I think that was the drugs talking. I told Barb maybe I need to become a drug addict. I’m totally down now, but I think it’s working a little. My legs are still numb when I walk, but they don’t hurt near so much. We’ll see how long it lasts. I think I’m going to need more than just a shot for long term relief. I’ll keep you all up to date.

Love, Dad

Current: My Latest Medical News

It’s time to bring you all up to date on my medical problems. I am finding it harder and harder to walk these days and finally decided to go back to my doctor and complain. I told him if this was the way it’s going to be the rest of my life, then OK, I will live with it, but if there was any way to fix it, then I wanted to do that.

I have, basically, two problems. My legs go numb and then start to hurt after I’ve been on my feet for more than a minute or so. The back surgery I had last year was supposed to fix that but didn’t. It really had no effect at all. The second problem is that I get out of breath just crossing a room.

So, my doctor started working on the first problem by sending me to an imaging service to get a MRI. I had that done last week and the results came back saying I have two pinched nerves in my back. This is certainly causing me the back pain I feel and may be causing the leg problems also. So, they want to start by giving me a cordisone shot in the spin. They did that last year and it had no effect. But, we are going to try it again. I am going to have that done next Wednesday, October 22. If that doesn’t help, I may need surgery again. We’ll see.

I also had an appointment this week with my sleep doctor who is interested in my sleep apnea and how things are going in that respect. So, while I was there, I asked him about the shortness of breath. He said that shortness of breath can be caused by my conditioning (overweight), but more likely it was caused by some kind of heart problem. The heart is not delivering enough blood to the lungs or something like that. The lungs are not functioning properly and I can’t breathe when I have a little exersion (like walking or getting out of a chair)

So, I have to go back to my cardiologist and get another test on my heart. The doctor said there are medications I can take to fix the breathe problem. So, we’ll see what happens. It sucks to get old. I just don’t want to spend the years I have left felly miserable all the time if it can be helped.

I will try to keep you all up to date on what’s happening. Thank God for insurance. Talk to you again.

Dad