I Changed My Room Again
On April 1, 2009, Wednesday, April
I got up at 6:45 am - No Foolin'. I found I was connected to the router, but
not to the internet, though the signal was strong. I rebooted my computer, but
then the computer could find no wireless signals.
Before breakfast, I added Genesis 26.
Before lunch, I added Genesis 27,
Genesis 29, and
After lunch, I added Genesis 31.
I waited outside for the Elderplace bus until 2:00 pm. Then went inside.
I changed ponchos. Matthew picked me up. He had been delayed, waiting 17
minutes for someone else. We were only late a very few minutes for my podiatrist
appointment. Dr. Yoon found that my calluses were thicker, but there were no open
ulcers on my toes. He wants to see me again in 5 weeks. Gary was waiting for me
as soon as the doctor was through with me, but he had to stop at a Kaiser pharmacy
to pick up a prescription. That didn't take long. He took I-84 home to save time,
but it took as long as it usually takes taking Powell. I was home a little after
4 pm. The installer for the home vacuum system (in the walls) was just finished.
Before supper, I added Genesis 32.
After supper, I rearranged my room again, moving my recliner under the window
and my computer onto the other big set of shelves. I swapped my drawers and
microwave with the recliner.
I added Genesis 33,
Genesis 34, and
I got my internet connection after 10 pm. I checked my emails and my SodaHead
messages. I chatted with my daughter. I watched Mousehunt.
On April 2, 2009, Thursday,
I didn't get to bed until 2 am, so after breakfast I napped to the BeeGees.
After lunch, I connected with my daughter online just before she left to meet
her friends. I watched Highlander and Becker, then napped
until supper. After supper, I uploaded my new web pages to the internet.
I added Genesis 36 and
I checked out hulu.com and watched an Airwolf episode.
The Cable Guy Truck
On April 3, 2009, Friday,
I got up with my alarm. I checked my bank balance and found my Disability
had been deposited. After breakfast, I wrote checks for tithing, rent, and
pay-in to the state for health care. The Verizon man arrived to hook us up
to the fiber optics. I began to watch episode 2 of Airwolf but
my computer crashed. After shutting it down, waiting a minute, and rebooting,
It seems to be fine. I chatted with Erin and answered my SodaHead replies.
I lost my internet connection at noon. It was the cable guy, getting ready
to switch over to Verizon. Ed came over. We watched Song of Hiawatha
on DVD, then a NUMB3RS episode. We left about 4:45 pm to go get supper.
We went to Taco Bell/Long John Silver's. I had the L7 meal with fish instead
of the chicken. Afterward, we went to Dairy Queen where I had a small strawberry
sundae and Ed had a banana split. I took photos while we were out.
Ed dropped me off at my place then left to
do some errands. I couldn't get video, but did get audio, through my HDTV
Tuner, so I hooked up the Verizon box to my old 13" TV. That worked fine, but
they have rearranged the channels so it will take time to get accustomed to
them. I have an internet connection, even though my computer is telling me
I only have local access - as long as it works. They had to revert to Dan's
original router for some reason. I began exploring the new channel alignment.
I checked my email and my SodaHead replies. I watched Stargate: Continuum
On April 4, 2009, Saturday,
I got up with my alarm. I managed to reconnect my HDTV Tuner and Monitor to
the Verizon box and got it working. After breakfast, I discussed the wireless
and TV channel situation.
General Conference started at 9:00 am on Channel 23
(it was also on the BYU Channel). President Monson conducted the first session.
Neil Lindon Andersen sustained as an Apostle to replace Elder Wirthlin who
had died.Pres. Thomas S. Monson spoke first of the mission of the Church
and of Br. Wirthlin no doubt still being part of that mission in the spirit
Elder Robert D. Hales spoke on being a Provident Provider.
Stay out of debt, avoid dependencies (addictive behavior), do not covet.
Lessons in Provident Living:
1. "We can't afford it". and
2. "Are you buying this for me, or for you".
"I will give away all my sins to know thee."
Sis. Margaret S. Lifferth spoke on being examples of respect
and reverence. Reverence invites revelation. Pray humbly, use the proper
language, and the names of deity properly. Call each other brother and
sister, bishop, president, etc. Socialize only in the foyer. Turn off
our cell phones.
Elder Michael A. Neider spoke on being virtuous. Study,
obtain God's word. Do your homework. Quorum principles.
Elder Allan F. Packer Learning to know how to receive revelation.
Testimony and conversion. First desire, plant the word in your heart,
test the word (Alma 32). Thoughts and feelings.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson spoke of a woman of Peru who lost
her home and belongings in and earthquake, yet was smiling and happy, content
that the Lord provided all that they really need. The covenants we make with
God, starting with the baptismal covenant. Blessings and power
Pres. Henry B. Eyring said, we all have this in common, we all
deal with adversity. How could this happen to the blameless? Heavenly Father
loves all humanity. We must learn to make righteous choices when the choices
are difficult. Christ knows how to heal and to help us. The Lord always suits
the relief to the person in need. The Lord knows our true needs.
I was going to connect my computer via a TV Tuner to the cable so I could
record TV programs. I found I lacked a short coaxial cable. I organized the
shelf below the TV, printer, and karaoke machine.
I watched a press conference for our new apostle broadcast by BYU TV: 40,000
converts last year in Brazil. The Church is not growing as fast in Europe.
He spent much of his teenage life moving irrigation pipes. He has no idea
what to expect from this new calling, just hoping and willing to do what he
is called upon to do. Apostle, seer, revelator: I know that Jesus is the Christ
with a sure and certain witness. He and His Father communicate with us (the
general authorities), gained through prayer and supplication, scripture study,
as all of us must. Greatest challenge: the rapid growth of the Church. The
nature of the governance of the Church is changing as the membership of the
Church is changing.
After lunch (mushroom soup), I watched a broadcast about the Joseph Smith Papers
and the revelations he received and that continue to be received in the Church.
Story of Joseph Smith meeting Mary Todd Lincoln at a party is certainly not
true. Mormon history is Joseph Smith and his continued effect upon the saints.
Where the Saints Gather
The second session of the 179th Annual General Conference of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began at 1:00 pm. Pres. Dieter F.
Uchtdorf presided. He presented the names of the General Authorities for
sustaining by the Church. We sustained a new General Presidency of the
Sunday School, and a new Young Men's Presidency.
Robert W. Cantwell reported on the Finances.
Brook P. Hales reported 28,109 Wards and Branches
and 52,494 full time missionaries.
Elder M. Russell Ballard told the Youth of the Church to listen
carefully and learn. There are answers in the Scriptures and in the words
of present and past apostles and prophets. Lessons to be learned from the
past. Cycles of pride recur because people forget the past. God doesn't leave
us, we leave Him. Testimony comes through desire, study, prayer, obedience,
Elder Quentin L. Cook spoke of stumbling blocks to faith. Charles
Dickens witnessed the saints shipping from England to America to join others
in the West. The witness of the world is often untrue. Miracles are hard for
unbelievers to accept. Tradition that the heavens are closed and that the
Bible is all of the word of God. Hell has been misinterpreted by most
Elder Kevin W. Pearson said as parents we have been commanded to
teach our children to understand the doctrines of Christ. Faith is complete
trust in Him. Faith is kindled by the testimonies of those who have faith.
Faith requires exact obedience, even in the smallest details. Particles of
faith become molecules, and so on. We need to constantly overcome sources of
disbelief, discouragement and distractions (bad habits), which lead to
Elder Rafael E. Pino lost a three year old daughter in a drowning
accident. He was comforted by the knowledge that she was born under the
covenant. The only true comfort comes from the Lord. Pres. Kimball taught,
"There is no tragedy in death, but only in sin." The tragedy helped him
better understand the sufferings of our Savior.
Elder Richard G. Scott said many neglect to use temples that are
conveniently located while others will make great sacrifices to attend a
distant temple. Set goals for temple attendance. Express gratitude for temple
ordinances. Listen carefully in the sessions. Once is not enough; repetition
is key. The ordinance must be sealed by the Holy Ghost and all primary participants
must be pure for the ordinance to be effective. 14 years ago, the Lord took his
wife beyond the vail. He did not complain; he knew it was the Lord's will. Earlier,
they had lost two young children.
Elder Russell M. Nelson said as the Savior submitted His will to
the Father, Pres. Monson submits his will to the Savior. Clarifications to parts
of the Lord's Prayer. Avoid vain repetitions and pray in this manner. John 17 -
Garden prayer. "I pray for them." Keep His commandments and endure to the end.
Likewise, we should pray for others. "Pray unto the Father always in my name."
Pray for the Holy Ghost, for ourselves and for others. Public prayers should be
shorter rather than longer. Special pronouns for deity. "Be thou humble."
Revelation 3:20 - That door is opened when we pray in Jesus' name. Family and
personal prayers. "Thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever."
Pray for the furtherance of the gospel and the kingdom of God on earth.
I checked my email and SodaHead replies. I chatted with my daughter and watched
a documentary on the gospel in Hawaii. I watched a movie about Sister
Missionaries in Austria, The Errand of Angels on BYU, Channel 290.
I watched Torchwood on Channel 189. I watched As Time Goes By
and My Family on Channel 10.
On April 5, 2009, Palm Sunday,
I woke up a little after 7 am, but my wall clock said it was after 8. This
was the old schedule for the Daylight Saving Time change and my smart clock
doesn't know it was changed. After breakfast (waffles and eggs), I reset my
wall clock and moved it to another wall. I moved my TV and accidentally
disconnected the cable. After I had reconnected it, I had trouble getting
the TV (HDTV tuner, monitor, and karaoke speakers) working again, but I
General Conference started at 9:00 am on BYU TV.
Pres. Thomas S. Monson conducted.Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf said it is fitting that we should have
this coming week to focus on our Savior, the life He lived, what He suffered,
and what He accomplished for us. All of the solutions the world offers us
have some truth but fall short of giving us the peace that we want. The
gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope and faith. It is not a quick fix. "We
have to stay with it." We have to wait for the seed we planted to sprout
and grow and flower and bear fruit. Ours is not a second hand religion. We
need to get off the sidelines and practice what we preach. We can
walk the path where Christ leads. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of
forever. He invited all to follow Christ - it is never too late to
Elder Neil L. Andersen says that he knows "with pure and certain
clarity" that Jesus is the Christ. Quoting Pres. Monson, "The Lord will shape
the back to fit the burden placed upon it." He has seen the power of God
at work in lives around the world. He has been trying to become what his
wife Kathy already thought he was. There is much we can learn from good
people around the world, but we must not shrink from that which is unique
in the restored gospel.
Elder Steven E. Snow said, "We need to get on with our lives."
"Maybe we are too comfortable, fearful, or lacking in faith." 1. Follow the
prophets. 2. Keep an eternal perspective. 3. Have faith. 4. Be of good
cheer. These are the way to meet unexpected changes in our life.
Sis. Barbara Thompson said the LORD has promised
that He will strengthen us. We are to strengthen our own family and help to
strengthen others'. Are we not all beggars?
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland directed his words especially who are
alone, or feel alone. The loneliest journey ever made, the
LORD's mission to atone for our sins in our place.
Because He made that journey, we will never have to, to be utterly alone.
"I will not leave you comfortless. My Father and I will come to you."
Pres. Thomas S. Monson spoke of the world financial situation.
It would be easy to become cynical or fearful about it. He said to focus upon
our blessings as members of the Church. None of us makes it through life
without troubles and tragedies. "Men are that they might have joy." How
can we have joy? By making the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of our lives.
Faith gives strength. Three examples:
1. His paternal great grandparents:
Lived in comfort, listened to the missionaries, were converted. They sold
their possessions except for one tiny trunk. Eight weeks as sea with poor
food, poor water. Young Nathanael became ill. No drugs, no doctors. He died.
They held on. Comforted by the words, "In the world ye shall have tribulation,
but behold, I have overcome the world."
2. Br. Muli, who became blind, learned the good news of
Jesus Christ. He once again found hope and joy. He learned of one who held
the priesthood of God. and traveled by canoe to receive a blessing. He
acknowledged that the gospel was now the light of his life.
3. East Prussian woman, whose husband had recently been
killed in war. She was required to travel a thousand miles. She took with
her a strong faith in God. With her 4 children, she had to gather food from
fields and forests along the way. One morning, she found her 3 year old
daughter had died. All the children died one by one. As she knelt digging
the last grave, she was prompted to pray. She did, and being reminded of
what Christ had done for her and her family, she found strength to finish
her journey alone. She later bore testimony that she knew if she was
faithful and continued on, she would be reunited with her family.
I watched Writer's Block, then Money or Mission on BYU TV.
We each had a hot dog in a bun for lunch. I watched part of a program on
Channel 291, the Presence about the Ark of the Covenant as
representing God's throne in heaven. Acacia wood has a red sap. The Mercy
Seat. The two cherubim of on piece with the Mercy Seat. Kept in the most
holy place. It was Jesus, the Shepherd of Israel, Jehovah of Hosts, who
dwelt between the cherubim.
I learned that Temples are to be built in Mexico City, Kansas City,
Philadelphia, and Calgary.
The afternoon session of Conference began at 1 pm. Pres. Henry B. Eyring
Houses of the LORD
Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted Matthew
16:24-25, Latter-day Saints are unique in doing so. All Stake and Ward
leaders and lay members serve in their callings without money. LDS are
likewise known for cooperative efforts with others in caring for the
needy. These attributes come from our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
and our commitment to the covenants we make with God. We are called to
declare the Lord's standards, not to bow to the world's standards.
Satan wanted to become God apart from God. We believe we can become gods
by aligning ourselves with and joining ourselves to God.
Self-centeredness kills spirituality.
Elder Stephen A. Bednar said serving in the Temple is important:
That the sheaves may not be wasted at the last day. Houses built unto My Name.
Christ will manifest Himself unto His people there. We are strengthened by
adversity, and adversity will come as we do what will further our closeness
to our God. Protection provided in our temple covenants. Let the fire of the
covenants burn in your hearts. Places of refuge. Be worthy of the ordinances
and blessings of the temple. Repent, prepare, and do whatever needs to be done
to return to the temple.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson said, "You are never lost when you can
see the temple." We can make our homes a house of the Lord.
Elder Jose A. Teixeira said, "We are not left alone." There
is a plan, that makes it possible for us to qualify for heaven. The gift of
choice between good and evil (choices have consequences attached). The gift
of the light of Christ (conscience). The Lord's commandments. The testimonies
of others. The prophets.
Elder F. Michael Watson grew up in Spring City, Utah. How to
get home in thick fog - "Give the horse the reigns." "How can I, except
some man should guide me." D&C Section 1, "Search these commandments ...
Whether by mine own voice, or by my servants, it is the same."
Elder L. Tom Perry said, "As members of the Church, sometimes we
seem to be missing in action." We should not leave the missionary work
to the full-time missionaries. Like sending paramedics to do the shepherd's
job. We must warn our neighbors. Open our mouths. "How great shall be your
joy in the kingdom of my Father?"
Pres. Thomas S. Monson said "my soul delighteth in the song of the
heart." Warned of the dangers of pornography wherever it may be encountered.
Cease now. Attend the temple often.
I watched a program on Channel 27 (PCC) on the Constitution of the United
States. I watched a program on the authenticity of the details surrounding
Christ's life. After supper, I went online and checked email and other messages.
I watched a program about archaeology and the Book of Mormon.
Cornelia (fellow writer) and Matthew (driver)
On April 6, 2009, Monday,
I got up with my alarm (got a good night's sleep). After breakfast, I copied
my web page changes to the internet. I prepared three pieces for submission
to Write Around Portland for publication. The Birdbath Bird,
The Acts of the Apostles, and Coffee Reverie. I shaved.
Nurse Linda came from Elderplace and interviewed me for my care review.
I bathed. After lunch I cropped the photo I want to submit for the WAP
publication. It was a sunny day. I wore a cap and Blue Ray lenses over my
tri-focals. Matthew picked me up at 12:44 pm. We arrived nearly ten
minutes early for the workshop. Several people did not show up. I prepared
my own submissions, then helped Cornelia write out some of hers.
The only exercise (7 minutes): Either
a. "In their place at the table ...", or b. "When they said goodbye ...":
When they said goodbye, they continued to visit in the entry. After
a bit they said goodbye again, but having stepped through the doorway,
turned and continued talking as if they hadn't finished with "goodbye".
If the weather had been less temperate, it might have driven them away.
Then everyone walked together out to the car, and it seemed forever
before they were in their care and driving away, with a wave from the
passenger seat and another "goodbye". I heard recently that "Aloha"
means "an intimate sharing of spirit". Maybe that's what "goodbye" means
to some people.
Matthew picked us up about 3:20 pm and I was home at 4 pm. I downloaded
photos from my camera to my computer. Norma came over at supper time.
I remained at the table until 6:30 pm, chewing carrot sticks and watching
TV. When I got back to my room, I discovered that my internet connection
was gone. I watched TV. I got my internet back and surfed SodaHead. By
the end of the day, the temperature matched the previous record for the
day, 78o F.
On April 7, 2009, Tuesday,
Because I didn't get to sleep until almost 4 am, I went back to bed after
breakfast and slept until lunch. After lunch, I added
Coffee Reverie to my Poetry pages:
Mom's Diner, SAWYER'S LUNCH
The smell of coffee takes me back.
I haven't had coffee for years.
Not that I like it.
I had one cup of coffee
I thought tasted good
And I don't remember the brand.
My Mom always had a pot on
When I was young.
She had a small diner where
She served Boyd's coffee,
For free, if you can believe that.
Little tables with red and white checkered cloths,
Stainless steel napkin holders,
And tall glass sugar dispensers.
An electronic game in the corner
Where you propelled a steel puck
Toward targets at the other end.
In a neighbor's yard behind the diner
I suffered my first broken bones
While rough-housing with another boy.
Mom closed her diner, took me next door,
The grocer's wife splinted my arm with a magazine,
Drove us to the doctor's,
Who put me to sleep with ether
To put a plaster cast on my arm.
I watched a BYU program on "DNA and the Dead Sea Scrolls". All books of our
current Old Testament are there, except for Esther. Other writings, too. They
are our oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible today. 300 scrolls of scripture,
500 scrolls of other writings. Written between 150 BC and 68 BC, Discovered,
beginning in 1947, in 11 caves near Qumran. Most of the scrolls have been
published. 10,000 to 40,000 fragments to be reassembled. The speaker, Scott
R. Woodward, Professor of Microbiology at BYU, described the process of
isolating the desired DNA for examination for species identification, herd
identification, and Individual identification. They tested the procedures on
a 200 year old scroll of Esther made of twelve different pieces of skin sewn
together to make the scroll. It was made from one cow and several sheep. As
to the Dead Sea fragments they were given to test turned out to be of a small
gazelle-like deer and goat. The Temple Scroll is known as a new law, a new
Deuteronomy, supposedly a new revelation. It has instructions for building a
temple. All of the fragments came from goat. The scrolls that are thought
to be written by the community, were from cow skins from lots of different
1. We can recover DNA from ancient parchments.
2. We can identify the species.
3. Qumran used cow, goat, and deer, but not sheep.
4. Community scrolls may have been written elsewhere and brought to
I added Genesis 38 and
I downloaded the April Ensign magazine in PDF format and printed
the First Presidency Message for Home Teaching. I printed a picture of the
resurrected Savior with Mary Magdalene for my wall. After supper, I watched
TV and browsed my SodaHead replies.
On April 8, 2009, Wednesday,
I spent most of my time online and watching TV. I did shave and dress in case
I might be called to go home teaching, but I was not.
On April 9, 2009, Thursday,
Mostly online (SodaHead, mostly) and in the evening, watching TV, too.
Lunch at Elderplace
On April 10, 2009, Good Friday,
I was picked up for Elderplace after breakfast. Vicki had bus #15 and still
had 8 passengers. When I got there I was weighed, 321.1 lbs, and someone
else checked my vitals. My blood pressure was 138/82. Zarina lent me a
dollar for pop. Lisa was ten minutes late for her discussion group and
at first there was just the two of us. Nanette joined us and we continued.
Then someone fetcher her away just as she would have begun reading to her
reading group, to take her upstairs to the clinic. I began my karaoke early.
Lunch was brought in at 11:30 am (I had cod). I bought two cans of diet
Coke from the machine. They didn't call me to the
clinic until after 12:30 pm. Sana checked me and Dr. Tierney checked me,
and looked at my feet. We discussed my Docusate and she agreed that I could
quit it. It was 1:20 pm before I got downstairs, but Vicki saw me immediately
and we all got loaded into the bus. I was home about 2:30 pm. I went online
until supper, then watched TV.
On April 11, 2009, Saturday,
Pretty lazy, but went online and watched some TV.
Rainy Easter after Church
On April 12, 2009, Easter Sunday,
After breakfast, I shaved, washed up, and dressed for Church. Larry picked
me up at 10:30 am. I brought a pad of paper but forgot to bring a pencil or
pen. The Hymns were: "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today", "I Stand All Amazed",
and "He Is Risen". Our Youth Speaker, Lindsey Woodward, spoke of the many
things Christ has done for her. Then the choir sang, "I Walked Today Where
Jesus Walked", a song I once sang as a solo for a United Methodist church
in Salem in the 60's. Sister Jody Woodward spoke next, again on what Christ
means to her. Finally, Br. Keith Kearsly spoke.
Sis. Childs taught the Sunday School class on the revelations to Joseph
Smith that brought new understandings to the saints.
Br. Paxson led the High Priests in discussing being Valiant in the Gospel,
Going on even in adversity, Striving to improve.
Larry drove me home after church. Someone was measuring the couches in the
living room for new coverings. I wrote a poem:
Early on a vernal morn,
Angels came, the boulder torn;
Stirring from His deathly sleep,
The Savior rose His vow to keep,
Evermore to live above,
Restoring us in God's pure love.
I added it to my Poetry pages. I watched The Errand of Angels again.
I updated my journal.
Dan on Motorcycle he's trying to sell
On April 13, 2009, Monday,
I didn't get up until 7:45 am, having messed up pressing the snooze bar.
After breakfast, I went to SodaHead. I copied my
EASTER poem into my Writing Journal. I downloaded photos from my camera.
I added Genesis 40.
While waiting for my ride after lunch, I took photos of some red-tailed hawks,
as well as airplanes, blue sky and white clouds, and Dan riding a motorcycle.
Gary picked me up at 1 pm. Then we picked up Cornelia, who wasn't feeling well so
she would be taken to Gresham Elderplace. Gary got me to the Writing Workshop only
15 minutes late. The first exercise was already in progress. I had (4-5 minutes):
I picked a prompt from a bag on the third try, "When she falls":
"When she falls", the engineer said, looking up at the leaning evergreen,
"she'll take out two or three of those houses," pointing to the development
below. An ice storm was expected overnight, and a crew could not be brought
in before then to eliminate the hazard.
Red Tailed Hawks
We discussed the Public Reading on the evening of May 27th.
The second exercise (4 minutes): Either
a. "A change in the air ...", or b. "People like us ...":
People like us
Want to know what is expected of us.
People like us
Want to not be told what to do.
People like us
Want to live and let live.
People like us
Want to live to the fullest.
People like us
Want to take care of themselves.
People like us
Want to share with others.
The newer driver picked me up and took me home by 3:45 pm. I updated my
web journal and uploaded photos from my camera. After supper, I replied on
SodaHead, chatted with my daughter, and watched TV, mostly BYU.
Lawn of Foster Care Home 2 blocks away
On April 14, 2009, Tuesday, Abraham Lincoln's
I slept until nearly 11:00 am, except for Breakfast, because I had gotten up between 3 and 4
am, not being able to go back to sleep.
I added Genesis 41.
I emailed four photos of Dan on his motorbike to him.
After lunch, I added $15 to my pre-paid cell phone account. At 1:43 pm, we had a very short
but complete blackout. About 2:30 pm, I took my wheelchair down to Fred Meyer. I got two boxes
of instant oatmeal packets, a 5-gallon water container (blue) for my room, a lantern for camping,
3 Hawaiian Love Songs CDs, and a kit for cleaning my TV and computer screens. I got home about
4:10 pm. I rinsed and filled my water container and placed it on a shelf - it took a while since
only about a third of the water from the shower head made it into the opening. I updated my
After supper, I added Genesis 42,
Genesis 44, and
Winda brought me a bag of bagels for snacks. For tonight, I had a bowl of my instant
On April 15, 2009, Wednesday, Tax Day,
I got up at 7:40 am (my alarm was off). After breakfast, I went online.
After lunch, I added Genesis 46,
Genesis 47, and
Genesis 48 while watching FOX News.
After supper, I added Genesis 49 and
Genesis 50. I watched Halloweentown on TV.
On April 16, 2009, Thursday,
I got up at 7:30 am to my Hawaiian Love Songs music.
After Breakfast, I went on SodaHead. I added
Psalms 2, and
Ed stopped by to visit.
After Lunch, I added
Psalms 9, and
While watching the opera Abinadi, I added
Psalms 17, and
ED went home. After supper, I added
Psalms 24, and
On April 17, 2009, Friday,
I woke up just before my alarm went off. Vicki picked me up just after breakfast
for Elderplace. We were earlier getting there than I remember before. I studied
Hebrew, planning a transliteration for my website. Lisa led her discussion group,
then Nanette read from her book, then I sang karaoke. I had salmon for lunch and
two bread puddings. I weighed 323.2 lbs. Becket, my Social Worker, interviewed me
for a periodic evaluation of my care/satisfaction. I told her I was thinking about
looking into the possibility of moving to Salem/Keizer to be closer to family.
She said she would get me some information. Vicki got me home by 2:30 pm. Ed showed
up about 3 pm. We watched Fox News and BYU TV. Ed and I went out. He stopped at
WinCo for something, then we went to DQ for supper. I had two hot dogs, onion
rings, and a strawberry shake. We returned home for a little bit, then he left.
I added Hebrew transliterations to Psalm 23 and Genesis 1.
Psalms 29, and
On April 18, 2009, Saturday,
I got up at 5:30 am. Before breakfast, I added
Psalms 34, and
After breakfast, I went on SodaHead, I researched how I might add comments that
would appear when the mouse passed over a word, unsuccessfully. I added
Psalms 36 and
After lunch, I added
Psalms 39, and
I added a Commentary page on The
I got my copper/magnetic bracelet and ring in the mail.
After supper, I watched TV and replied on SodaHead.
On April 19, 2009, Sunday,
I got up with my alarm. After breakfast, I tried "dry" shaving, like in the
Army, because the sink was cluttered. That had mixed results. Diana got
the sink cleaned out so I could finish shaving. Then I bathed and dressed
for Church. Diana provided me an apple and a pudding cup for my lunch.
I studied the Priesthood Lesson, " 'God Shall Be with You Forever and Ever':
The Prophet in Liberty Jail".
From the Life of Joseph Smith
No affliction can separate us from the love of God and fellowship with
Adversity lasts only a small moment; if we endure well, we will be
exalted in the presence of God.
God's power is greater than any evil, and the truths of the gospel will
The Savior understands all our suffering, And He will be with us
forever and ever.
The still, small voice whispers consolation to our souls in the depths
of sorrow and distress.
Mt. Hood from Boring, Oregon
It was bright and sunny, so I went out on the front porch early and took
some pictures. Larry picked me up for Church. I told him I was in need of
renewing my temple recommend this month and he told me whom to contact. When
we arrived, I stayed outside and took some more pictures. Sis. Arter told me
her little grandaughter saw me in my wheelchair and thought I was her
grandpa. I said, "I would like to be somebody's grandpa." When I went into
the chapel, I got hugged by the greeting lady. I mentioned that I have said
she was the only one who hugs me and she gave me another hug. Then another
Sister who overheard it, gave me a hug, too. Br. Dickey came to me and told
me that since Steve's son is now ordained, they will be home teaching
together. The High Priest Group leaders will meet to determine who will be
assigned to me during the coming week.
The Sacrament theme was Prayer.Youth Speaker, Olivia Treanor: Begin and end the day with prayer. We need
to be humble enough to accept God's answers. Listen to the Spirit, even if
He tells you to clean your room. Missionaries did so and found an address.
When they checked out the address, they found someone who had been waiting
for the gospel, and he introduced them to friends and neighbors. C. S.
Lewis said, "There are two kinds of good: the expected good, and the given
The Young Women Choir sang, "How Shall I Live?"
Speaker, Sister Arter: She quoted from a talk by Pres. Monson, who listed
many of the challenges we face. A sign, "Have You Tried Prayer?", placed on
a counselor's desk as a joke, is really sometimes the best answer. The Lord
told the Brother of Nephi "Thou shalt not ask anything that is contrary
to my will." She quoted Elder Maxwell, "Knees often bend before minds."
Speaker, Brother Chipman: Said he only remembers one occasion where his
(earthly) father didn't give him what he asked. We pray to Heavenly Father,
in the name of Jesus Christ, by the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
D&C 88:63-65, "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me
diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you. Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall
be given unto you, that is expedient for you; And if ye ask anything that is
not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation." and 3 Nephi
13:5, "And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites, for
they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their
reward." He told of a time when he locked his keys inside a secured
mail center. After trying everything he could think of, his wife asked him
if they should pray. He prayed, "Please have someone come by to get their mail."
Within 5 minutes, someone did, and let him in to retrieve his keys. Another
time when he was having no success in finding work, he had determined that
if he didn't find work within a week, he would sell all he owned and he
and his wife would go on a mission for the Church. He prayed that God would
confirm his decision. The next day, he got a phone call from someone about
work and he was soon employed.
Sister Conklin taught the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class on The Law of
Consecration. Besides discussing how it was among the Latter-day Saints, I
thought back to the City of Enoch, and Jesus with His disciples, and the
early Church in Jerusalem, who all sold all they had and used it for the
poor, the needs of the saints, and missionary work, and generally building
up the kingdom of God.
I led the discussion on "The Prophet in Liberty Jail". I asked for a show of
hands for how many had been to the Liberty Jail site, and more than three-quarters
of them raised their hands. Several told of what they saw and experienced while
they were there and I think it contributed a great deal to the discussion. I
bore my testimony, that, though I have never been through the things he went
through for his testimony, I have been though trials myself and the Lord was
with me. I know that God will be with each of us to strengthen and comfort us
in our trials.
Orient, Oregon on My Way Home
Brother Koch (pronounced Cook) arranged for me to be interviewed by Br. card,
a relative of Orson Scott Card (who I know as a writer of fiction and computer
programs). He interviewed me for my worthiness to go to the Temple. A second
interview, with the Stake presidency, will follow, perhaps next Sunday.
Larry gave me a ride home (I took more photos). He will pick me up Tuesday night
about 6 pm to go to the Temple for either a sealing or endowment session. I took
more photos from the porch before going inside. I phoned Mom and Dad for about
45 minutes. Dad seems to be doing pretty well considering. He seemed to be glad
to hear my voice, as I was to hear his. I updated my journal. I copied my photos
from my camera to my computer. After supper, I edited and viewed my photos. I
chatted with my daughter online. It was 80o F in my room when I went
to bed bout 11 pm.
Wayne from Southern Oregon
On April 20, 2009, Monday,
It was only down to 75o F in my room when I got up at 7:40 am.
After breakfast, I helped Winda thinking of ways to immobilize the risers
for her couch, so that they wouldn't be flipped over when moving the couch.
I set my alarm for 6:30 am, so I would have time for morning prayer. I went
on SodaHead. After lunch, I waited outside, taking pictures, for my ride
to my last writing workshop, but they didn't come. Winda called Elderplace
but they had not scheduled a ride for me, not understanding that the series
had been extended by one week. I wheeled to Fred Meyer. Erin caught up
with me on the way and we visited while moving. At the bottom of the hill,
Erin went south and I went north. I bought 4 small cans of Vienna sausage
for $3 and got $3 cash back for tomorrow night. On the way home, I stopped
to rest in the shade at the bottom of the hill. I visited with a fellow
named Wayne. Wayne grew up is Southern Oregon. I shared my photo of Mt. Hood
with him. He has been on all sides of the mountain and described it. I
finally headed home and arrived by 3 pm. I copied my photos from my camera
and updated my journal. I went on SodaHead. It got to 80o outside
today, supposed to get there again tomorrow. After supper, I fell asleep in
my recliner for a while. Then I chatted with Erin, went on SodaHead, and
chatted with my daughter. It was 83o in my room. I went to bed
On April 21, 2009, Tuesday,
It was 68o in my room when I got up at 7:20 am. I checked my
recliner - something is broken in it. After breakfast, Winda phoned
my nurse and left a message that I need a hospital bed. I napped in my
room. Because the footrest doesn't stay down, it is really hard to
get into. Just before lunch, I overheard Winda talking to Sana, but
I didn't get up before the the conversation was done. I left a message
that one of my problems was acid reflux. After lunch, I went back to
my room and napped. I got up at 3 pm and went on SodaHead. About 4 pm,
I shaved and got my socks and shoes on. It was very difficult because
the recliner's getting worse. I found a broken dowel on the floor, probably
the first part of the chair to break.
Portland Oregon Temple (LDS)
I gathered the tihings I want to
take with me to the temple. After supper I put on my white shirt and tie.
Larry called me to say he'd pick me up at 5:45 pm. It's 81o
outside, 79o in my room. Larry picked me up at 5:50 pm.
I took photos along the way, and when we arrived at the temple. I rented
my temple clothing and changed into them. Larry and I went up to a sealing
room to wait for others to arrive. Our Ward was sent into Sealing Room
#5. There were 7 of us, me, Larry, Joe, John and Chelsea, and two
Sisters I wasn't familiar with. I acted as witness part of the time,
husband part of the time, and son part of the time. Several of us used
chairs instead of the kneeling cushions. It was a good session and I
reflected on the blessings of being born under the covenant which my
daughter has already. Larry got me home by 9:30. My feet were aching by
then. I copied my photos to the computer. I chatted with my daughter and
sent her a picture of the temple I stitched together from four separate
My Inflamed Toes
On April 22, 2009, Wednesday, Earth Day,
I got up just before 7 am. I sorted my new batch of meds. After breakfast,
I soaked my feet in Epsom-salted water. On my left foot, the big toe and the
one next to it have gotten red and shiny. I actually noticed this yesterday
but was either napping or too busy to do anything about it. I chatted with my
daughter online. After lunch, I began reorganizing my room to make room for
a bed. When I got my computer set up again, I found that it was connecting to the
router in the house but I couldn't got on the internet. I went to bed at 8:30 pm
after clearing everything off my recliner.
My Bed, Built from Futon Parts
On April 23, 2009, Thursday,
I got up about 7 am. After breakfast, Winda said that Becket had called to say
the odds were slim that I would get a hospital bed. I thought of a way to use
parts of the old futon to make a bed. I showed Winda my toes. She left a message
for Sana. I told her about my lack of internet connection and she phoned Verizon.
She, and I, and Dan talked to Kyle at Verizon. We found out that Verizon only
guaranteed the wireless signal from their router for ten feet, and we are using
the old router, not the verizon router.After lunch, Ed arrived and we watched
Dinotopia: the Movie, followed by What I like about You. Dawn,
from Write Around Portland phoned to find out if I wanted to read at the public
Reading in May. She also said it looked like they will be able to print my
"The Birdbath Bird" photo. Ed left about 7 pm. I was offline all day.
A Sunny Day in Gresham
On April 24, 2009, Friday,
I got up at 7:30 am. Just before I had to leave, my computer connected to the
internet via linksys. Vicki arrived by 8:30 am to pick me up for Elderplace.
They moved the Reading Group and Karaoke from the McKenzie Room to the
Sandy Room. We had Lisa's Discussion Group in the McKenzie Room still.
Sana looked at my inflamed toe and drew blood for an A1c test. After lunch
(salmon), someone took my vitals. I weighed 321.4 lbs. My blood pressure
was 140/78. Sana and Dr. Tierney saw me in the clinic. They will send me
a wedge for my bed. The Dr. will order antibiotics for my foot. I talked with
Becket about transportion to the Public Reading for Write Around Portland and
about the bed. She said she had not yet had a chance to look into the possibilities
for Salem. I experimented
with the TIFF photo format, but saw no real difference between it and the JPG
format, and it takes a whole lot more memory. Vicky had me home at 2 pm. Ed
showed up shortly after. I activated my new Debit Card.
Ed left about 6 pm. I began reading A Politically
Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. Just before 8 pm, Winda brought
me my antibiotics, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. I am to take two tablets,
twice a day. I took my first dose at 8 pm.
On April 25, 2009, Saturday,
When I got up at 7:30 am, I had lost any signal from the router.
After breakfast, I went back to bed and watched TV. Ed came about
11 am. We watched Paint Your Wagon and I Married a
Monster from Outer Space. Ed left at 3:30 pm. I watched
Funny Girl, the first half of The Lion in Winter,
As Time Goes By, and My Family. I wrote a poem,
for Erin's birthday, then put it on a graphic to make a birthday card
to email, but still did not have internet connection. I was offline all
On April 26, 2009, Sunday,
I got up at 7:30 am. After breakfast, I went back to bed. At 10:30 am
I woke to find I had an internet connection. It was through linksys and
it was slow, but I checked my e-mail and e-mailed to Erin her birthday
poem. I lost my connection before 11:30 am. In the afternoon, Larry phoned
me to tell me that next Sunday our meeting schedule changes - 11:30 am
until 2:30 pm. Dan and Veraun came to home teach. Veraun gave the lesson
on Teaching True Doctrine. I got the internet back, linksys, but it was
too slow to load pages.
On April 27, 2009, Monday,
I got up at 7:30 am. After breakfast, I learned that the MJKNB network
is the Verizon hub here in the house. I got the code key from Dan and
had no trouble getting on. I checked my emails and SodaHead replies.
I chatted with Erin who shared some photos from her birthday party.
I slept most of the afternoon. After supper, I moved my bed near the
computer. My connection to the router changed to Local Access Only.
On April 28, 2009, Tuesday,
I woke up at 7:30 am. Still had Local Access Only. Later, my internet
connection came back.
On April 29, 2009, Wednesday,
I got up at 7:36 am. I went on SodaHead.
After lunch, Winda brought me a package. It was my
new "swamp" cooler. I set it up, including filling it with water.
About 2:30 pm, I lost my internet connection.
On May 1, 2009, Friday, Pay Day,
I got up at 6:00 am and checked my bank balance. I wrote out checks for tithing,
room and board, and SPD. I took the last of the antibiotic for my foot.
After breakfast, Vicki picked me up for Elderplace. The
weather was nice. Someone moved the karaoke machine to the McKenzie Room. Sana
and the doctor looked at my foot and were still concerned about it. They said they
would give me another week of the antibiotic for it. I was sent to the Sandy Room
for karaoke, but the karaoke machine was still in the McKenzie Room, so I never
got to sing.
Harry's Fresh Deli
On May 2, 2009, Saturday,
Ed came over in the morning and we went to Harry's Fresh Deli in North Portland
for lunch. I had "Just a Dog" (with a pickle and chips), a side order of potato
salad, and a bottle of milk. After that, we went to his Credit Union where I got
cash from its ATM. We went to his house for a bit, then picked up his mother from
a care home on Glisan Street, took her to the pharmacy, and took her home again.
On May 3, 2009, Sunday,
I stayed home from Church again because of my foot. The antibiotics I was
promised finally arrived at 10:30 am (after two days without) and I began taking
On May 4, 2009, Monday,
I spent most of the afternoon and evening online and listening to the TV.
On May 5, 2009, Tuesday,
I spent most of the afternoon and evening online and listening to the TV.
On May 6, 2009, Wednesday,
I spent most of the afternoon and evening online and listening to the TV.
On May 7, 2009, Thursday,
A MedWest driver picked me up to take me to my podiatrist appointment in the afternoon.
At first he said he couldn't take me without foot rests on my wheelchair until I told
him I could transfer if he had a seat for me to sit in. He did. Dr. Yoon didn't see
any problems with my feet, though I told him about the infection and and the antibiotics
I was taking for it. An Elderplace driver, Matt, picked me up and took me home.
Before going to bed, I moved some shelves to between my bed and the wall.
Our Front Porch
On May 8, 2009, Friday,
Vicki picked me up as usual for Elderplace. They took me to the Sandy Room to sing
karaoke, which I did, though the room was empty. At 10:45 am, I went to the McKenzie
Room for Nanette's reading group, but was pulled away almost immediately to be seen
by Sana and the Doctor. My blood pressure was 128/66. I'm not sure they were convinced
my toe was alright, but they didn't prescribe any more antibiotics. They said they
would have the occupational therapist see me about the wedge for my bed. I went back
downstairs and sang in the Sandy Room until lunch time. I had the apricot chicken.
I weighed 325.0 lbs.
On May 9, 2009, Saturday,
Ed came over in the Morning. we went to the Stark Street Cinema to see the 10:45
am showing of the New Star Trek movie (the 11th). I bought a container of Dibs for
a snack. The movie was very good, but I missed a few minutes when I had to go to
the restroom. After it was over, we went to Taco Bell/Long John Silver's on Stark
for lunch. I had two pieces of fish filet (instead of my usual three), fries,
coleslaw, and a soda. Ed stopped at a Home Depot before returning me home.
On May 10, 2009, Sunday, Mothers' Day,
I shaved and dressed for Church. Diana gave me an apple and a lemon meringue pudding
to take for my lunch. Larry picked me up. Sacrament meeting was about Mother's, of
course. The Primary children sang a song, too. Potted flowers were given to the mothers
at the end of the meeting. Sunday School was "The Law of Tithing and the Law of the
Fast". Before the Priesthood opening I checked with Br. Koch and he arranged for my
second interview for my Temple recommend with Pres. Pale. It was complete before we
sang "Called to Serve" in Priesthood Opening. In the Quorum, Br. Paxon led the lesson
of "Responding to Persecution with Faith and Courage". Larry took me home by 3 pm.
About 4 pm, I phoned Mom to wish her a Happy Mothers' Day. Jim is away in Eastern Oregon,
but both he and John (in Idaho) had already phoned her. MY Priesthood lesson for next
week has been moved to the following week due to next week being Ward Conference.
On May 11, 2009, Monday,
I looked up a possible solution for a problem Willy has with his Canon camera. It
is a problem with the lens mechanism, but I was unable to fix it. It seems to have
been dropped a number of times or deliberately smashed. I told him that if he
decides to discard the camera, not to let the memory chip go (it is 256MB).
On May 12, 2009, Tuesday,
I rearranged my room, putting my bed back under the window and the mirror over the bed.
I moved my computer to the wall where the head of the bed had been. After supper
(we had a Burrito Supreme, nachos, and potato salad), I took my wheelchair and went
to Fred Meyer. I bought ten cans of Van Camp's Pork & Beans (at 39 cents each), a
small can of Vienna Sausage, a bag of Ginger Snaps, a 32 oz bottle of honey, and a
bottle of Dr. Pepper. I found I had to rest several times on the way home. I poured
about a third of the honey I bought into an empty container to keep in my room and
put the rest out on the dining table for everyone to use. I snacked on ginger snaps.
On May 13, 2009, Wednesday,
I got up at 5:30 am. I had a cough from a tickle in my throat, and nasal
congestion. I began updating my journal for the last two weeks. Some days are
just gone from memory. I downloaded pnotos from my camera.
After breakfast, Winda phoned Sana about my cough and congestion. She took my
vitals: BP 120/90, temp 97.0o, pulse 76. I finished updating my
journal and added a couple of photos. I added
Psalms 41 and
I updated my web pages on the internet.
After lunch, I chatted with my daughter (she at school) online.
I napped about an hour before getting ready for my ride to the optometrist.
A MedWest driver picked me up. I told her how to get there. The doctor tested
my eyes several ways. I do not have macular degeneration. He fitted me for new
lenses and dilated my eyes so he could check for diabetic deterioration and
found none. I left the office just at 5 pm and phoned Winda to let her know I
was on my way. I had corn on the cob, a chicken leg, and potato salad for supper.
On May 14, 2009, Thursday,
I got up at 7:40 am. After breakfast, Winda made me a warm lemonade to which
I added honey, and later more hot water. It did help to soothe my throat.
I washed my personal dishes and silverware in the bathroom sink.
Psalms 43 and
Ed came over while I was having lunch. We watched Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy. An Occupational Therapist from Elderplace came over to check
out my bed. She seemed to be pushing a hospital bed. I told her I was happy
with my self-engineered bed. She said I could bring home a wedge from
Elderplace when I'm there tomorrow.
After the movie, Ed and I watched Fox News. He left at supper time.
After supper, I watched NCIS and Reba.
On May 15, 2009, Friday,
Vicki arrived after breakfast with the wedge I was promised for my bed. She drove
me and six others to Elderplace. One of the workers took my vitals:
I weighed 327.9 lbs, my BP was 120/70, and my tempe was 99.4o.
I went to the McKenzie Room and waited for Lisa's Discussion Group to gather.
We had barely begun when someone came and said I was wanted in the Meds Room.
I took the elevator up. The Meds person wants me to bring my blood glucose monitor
in at least every other week, and to check my strips each time I open a new container.
Sana caught me before I went back downstairs and checked me out. She rechecked my
vitals: BP was 120/64, temp 98.9o. She said she would ask the doctor to
prescribe some cough syrup for my cough. When I went back downstairs, I went to
the Columbia Room and listened to Rachael sing. I requested a John Denver song for
her last and she sang "Sunshine on My Shoulders". I was really sad I couldn't sing
along because of my cough. I had fish for lunch. I got some photos of Mt. Hood on
my way home.
I tried out the wedge. It was the perfect width, but I couldn't sleep on it, so I
went back to my blankets for support.
The cough syrup arrived late and I began taking it just after 8 pm.
On May 16, 2009, Saturday,
Ed came by about 10 am and left at 7 pm. We watched episodes of NCIS. He brought
3 cases of Caffiene-free Pepsi with him, but after I had drank two cans, I checked
my blood sugar and found it was high. Then I checked the can and discovered they
were not diet Pepsis.
On May 17, 2009, Sunday,
At 2 am, I decided to not take any more of the cough syrup. It seemed to impair
my ability to clear my breathing. The effects wore off very quickly after 2:15 am.
I began to have a productive cough. I stayed home from Church, of course, and
watched the BYU channel. Boyd K. Packer told of a time he was asked to tell how
he could "know" that God is. He told he was inspired to ask, "Do you know what
salt is?" He said it's like explaining what salt tastes like to someone who has
never tasted salt. Another speaker, said that Jesus re-introduced the idea that
God is our Father in Heaven to the Jews. I thought that was odd, so I looked it up.
There are just more than a handful of passages that link God or Jehovah to the idea
of Father, and they all appear to refer to Christ rather than to the Father of our
spirits. Even the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day did not claim God as their Father,
On May 18, 2009, Monday, Mt. St. Helens erupted
I was up early, unable to go back to sleep. I was unable to go online, but updated
my web journal. At 6:50 am, Dan knocked on my door (I know his knock). When I asked
why the knock, I got no response. I thought to myself, If this is a fire drill,
they're going to have to do more than that. At 7:15 am, Dan knocked again, and
this time responded. He said everyone was eating. I asked him if he knew what time
it was (apparently, he didn't). I got myself ready (pills and all) and went out.
After breakfast, I went back to my room. I watched BYU TV. After lunch, We watched
Merv Griffin's Crossword, then I went back to my room and continued watching
BYU TV. After supper, I went out on the front porch and enjoyed the cool breeze and
the fresh air. I watched BYU TV nand then NCIS before going to bed.
On May 19, 2009, Tuesday,
I woke up at 8 am to Dan's knock for breakfast. Feeling much better and hoping
to become productive again. I spent most of the day writing a poem,
What Is Truth?.
On May 20, 2009, Wednesday,
I printed a poster photo of Mt Hood and pasted it to the back of my old food tray,
making it a framed picture for my wall.
On May 21, 2009, Thursday,
I sang karaoke until lunch. I hooked the video up through my computer monitor because
the karaoke screen was scrambled and the TV monitor would not work. I managed to get
online off and on and cleared my e-mails.
On May 22, 2009, Friday,
I woke up at 6 am without remembering whether I woke up before that or not. I
napped until 6:30 when the alarm went off and listened to four or five Hawaiian
love songs before getting up. I shaved, bathed, and dressed. I entered all of the
CBG results into my spreadsheet. For breakfast, I had a scrambled egg sandwich
and oatmeal. I got ready for Elderplace, including finding one of my leis to wear
for Hawaiian week. Vicki was quite early (8:25 am). And we were early getting to
Elderplace as well. I gave my CBG tester to Merga who delivered it to the Meds
person. Sana had me go upstairs to the clinic at 10 am. My blood
pressure was 122/70. She checked the redness on the toes of my left foot. I went
down to the McKenzie Room for Lisa's Discussion Group and stayed for Nanette's
Reading Group. I was Nanette's whole audience. At 11 am, an aide got me to check
my weight. I weighed 321.7 lbs. Then I went to the Sandy Room and set up for my
karaoke while the Art instructor was cleaning up her stuff. I sang until 11:40 when
they served lunch (I had chicken with peaches). Someone brought me my CBG tester after
I had finished most of my meal - At that time my blood sugar was 137.
After eating, I resumed singing until Ken was ready to watch his Lawrence Welk tape.
I waited outside with Mr. Burley and took photographs. I got one of a hummingbird
perched near the top of a small tree. Vicki got me home by about 2 pm. I uploaded
the photos from my camera and updated my journal.
On May 23, 2009, Saturday,
This was Tess' first day on the job. She is taking over the weekends in
place of Diana.I sang karaoke before lunch. In the afternoon, Ed came over. We watched
The DaVinci Code on DVD, then we watched NCIS. He
left at 7 pm.
On May 24, 2009, Sunday, 34th Anniversary
of my Baptism,
I got up at 7:45 am. After breakfast, I shaved. When getting dressed for Church,
I noticed my left big toe was red and swollen again. I studied some more on my
Priesthood lesson. Larry picked me up for church. The Sacrament theme was Sacrifice.
We had to wait until after the first talk and the special music for the Sacrament
because the bread had not arrived. When it did, we resang the first two verses of
the hymn and received the bread and water. Sunday School was on the Plan of Salvation.
My lesson went well. Due to other matters being discussed in the Quorum I had only
12 minutes (I took 17). We touched on the Gift of Healing and the Gift of Discerning
of Spirits. Larry got me home by 3 pm.
On May 25, 2009, Monday, Memorial Day,
After breakfast, I showed Winda my toe. She phone the after-hours number for
Elderplace and described it to them. I spent most of the day with my foot up on my bed
and chatting online with some TV.
Plane Approaching to Land at PDX
On May 26, 2009, Tuesday,
When I got up, my toe didn't look to be any worse than yesterday morning. Sana
phoned Winda and said she would set up an appointment for transportation to
Elderplace for me. About 10 am, a driver arrived to pick me up, but not being
told when I would be picked up, I wasn't ready. I put on my shoes and socks,
and gathered up other things I needed to take with me and went to Elderplace.
I arrived a little afte 10:30 (I was the only passenger). I sat in on the last
of the guitar player's songs, then went to the Sandy Room. I put in a CD of
Lawrence Welk music. Lunch was late and there were no menus. I asked for fish
and got salmon. It was good. After lunch, Sana took me upstairs and checked my
vitals. My blood pressure was about 140/80. She checked my toes and then called
the doctor in. They decided it didn't look too bad and to treat it as a fungal
infection this time. They want me to see the foot doctor, too. They gave me
an anti-fungal creme to put on my toes twice a day for two weeks. Back downstairs,
the occupational therapist asked me about the wedge. I told her it didn't work out
though the width was perfect. Sherry, bus 34, took me home at 2 pm. I was home by
After 8 pm, I soaked my foot in warm, soapy water, dried it, and applied the
On May 27, 2009, Wednesday,
I got word of a podiatrist appointment for tomorrow; I will be picked up at
12:45 pm. Winda told me they are going to start me on antibiotics, too, as
soon as it is delivered. I couldn't get online between breakfast and lunch.
After lunch, I was on and off (involuntarily) several times.
On May 28, 2009, Thursday, would have been Jane's
The Comcast guy showed up about 11:30, and Tess called us to lunch 25 minutes
early. At 12:30 pm, I went out front to wait for my ride. I took some photos
of airplanes. I saw a MetroWest van driving down 5th and assumed he was looking
for me, so I shouted and waved. He turned around and came back. But he was
looking for William, on the other side of 5th. He called my name in and I wasn't
on their list, so it was an Elderplace van I was looking for. Marty arrived about
12:55 in a wagon for me. He got me to the podiatrist's just in time. Dr. Yoon
looked at my foot. He found a tiny piece of glass imbedded in my heal, but
unrelated to the infection in my toes. He found two breaks in the skin under my
third and fifth toes. He recommended antibiotics. At 2:30 pm, Dawn picked me up
to take me home. She picked another man up from a dental office across the street,
took him home to Glendoveer Elderplace, then took me home. I talked to Sana on
the phone. She said to discontinue the anti-fungal creme and they would send me
and antibiotic, amoxicillin, this evening. The Comcast guy was done, but my TV was
not connected, so I worked out the connections for my HDTVTuner and my WinTVR tuner.
I haven't figured out how to work my karaoke machine yet.
After supper, I managed to get online through linksys, but kept getting bumped off.
At 7:45 pm I got my antibiotics and started taking them.
On May 29, 2009, Friday,
I really wanted to go camping, but I had not been able to reach the person
I had expected I might get a ride with today or last night. Ed phoned before
supper that he had worked late and wouldn't be over. Linksys worked all day
but either the signal was too weak or SodaHead was slow so that I was unable
to reply or send mail, except for the first answer on questions. I got an email
from my daughter. Her Mom has mild diabetes.
Me viewed by my Web Cam
On May 30, 2009, Saturday,
This is at least the third day of eighty degree weather with no end in sight.
With the window wide open (but screened), my room only cooled to 74 degrees
overnight. I closed up in the morning to try to keep the heat out. Before
lunch, I swapped the monitors I used for TV and computer. Since I pretty much
know how to get the older monitor to work now, it gives me a larger screen for
reading, though the two monitors are almost the same width. Linksys came back
after lunch but wouldn't let me online.
Psalms 45 and
Larry phoned to say that he would be out of town the next two weeks. He will
let Br. Dickey know that I will need a ride the first Sunday next month.
No internet all day.
On May 31, 2009, Sunday,
Psalms 47 and
I also added original language text for Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1.
After lunch, I added
Psalms 49 and
My home teachers came by at 3:30 pm and left a message on Unselfish Service.
I was offline all day.
On June 1, 2009, Monday,
I worked out a new floorplan for my next room rearrangement.
Default connected to the internet at 3:20 pm. I went online and checked my
email and SodaHead. I still can't do a lot of things on SodaHead - could be
Before supper, my older monitor that I was using for my computer quit on
me. After supper, I disconnected it and set up my newer monitor to use with
the computer and WinTV. After I got set up, Linksys connected to the internet
and I suddenly found I could do everything on SodaHead that I hadn't been
able to do for days.
I dismantled my old monitor to look for anything I might find worth keeping.
I kept the base and the several plastic and glass layers that made up the
screen. The flourescent light is like no flourescent light I had ever seen.
It will have to be disposed of carefully because it contains mercury.
On June 2, 2009, Tuesday,
I woke up at 4:30 am and couldn't go back to sleep. The computer connection
had been lost while I slept. My room was only down to 78o, even
with the fan in the window. I tried to sleep again before brekfast. The Comcast
man came and added a tuner box to the TV in the dining room. He left boxes for
the rest of the TVs in the house, too. I set mine up, but was left with a blank
screen with a message to call Comcast for activation. Dan didn't want to do the
rest of the TVs until tomorrow. I reconnected the cable to my WinTV Tuner until
then. Later, I got an internet connection (Linksys) and checked my email and
SodaHead, also my bank record. I sorted my craft drawer.
On June 3, 2009, Thursday, Becky's Birthday,
I got up with strong hopes of rearranging my room. I made out checks for the usual things
as it was Pay Day. I hooked up my new cable box and
in the process of getting to a dropped cable, knocked my computer, monitor, karaoke
machine, and alarm off. The monitor was hanging by it's cords, the rest made it to
the floor. Happily, everything still seems to work. It was hot again, so this is why
I think I never got my room rearranged. I did get my fish from the 5-gallon tank and
put them in the 10-gallon tank. I spent a lot of time on the Internet.
On June 4, 2009, Thursday, Nat'l Frozen Yogurt
I got up at 7 am, having dreamed about being distractedly ready to die. I shaved.
After breakfast, when I closed my window, it was 57o outside, but
74o in my room. I took a bath and dressed to go to the Podiatrist
Matthew picked me up and took me to the foot doctor. Dr. Yoon chcked both feet.
He said my cellulitis is looking much better. He removed part of an ingrown toenail
from my left big toe. He wants me to soak my feet in Epsom salts each day.
I got home a little after noon and had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and macaroni
salad for lunch.
Ed came over. He took me to a store over on Airport Way where I bought a desk lamp,
popcorn, granola bars, and a license plate saying "One Nation under God".
Then we went to Dairy Queen where we each had a banana split. Then we went to
Hollywood Video where I bought "City of Ember" and "The Clone Wars". We went to
Fred Meyer where I bought a large bottle of honey, a large box of Kleenex, and
a large bag of Epsom Salt. When we got home, we watched "City of Ember" togetrher,
then he left. We had a thunderstorm about 5:30 pm. I watched "The Clone Wars",
On June 5, 2009, Friday,
I got up at 7 am and soaked my feet in Epsom salt. It was raining. After
Breakfast, Matthew picked me up for Elderplace (he was running Vicki's route).
He had a total of 8 passengers, would have had nine but he didn't have to pick
one up. Someone weighed me (320.6 lbs). I participated in Lisa's Discussion
group until Merga came and got me for Sana. When I got upstairs, I gave the
Meds lady my CBG tester. Sana agreed that my foot was doing much better. My
blood pressure was 120/72. When Sana was through with me, the Meds lady gave
my tester back. I went to the Therapy office and asked about a cup holder for
my wheelchair. They said they would pass the request to the person who could
handle it. I went down to the Sandy Room to sing karaoke, but I had brought
the wrong video cable, so I put on a CD of Lawrence Welk music instead. I had
salmon for lunch. I went outside and took photos until Matt was ready to load
us. When I got home, I found I was pretty tired. I spent the evening on the
computer and watching TV.
On June 6, 2009, Saturday,
I got up at 7:30 am. After breakfast, I began rearranging my room. By lunch,
I had cleared out the closet and moved the shelves into it. By supper, I had
the dresser and black cabinet moved to the inside wall. By 11 pm, I had the
Computer and TV hooked up (internet working, and the bed cleared off, but there
was still a pile of things in the middle of the floor.
On June 7, 2009, Sunday,
I got up at 7:30 am. After breakfast, I soaked my feet and dressed for
Church even though I had not heard from anyone about a ride. No one
came. I rested the rest of the day.
On June 8, 2009, Monday,
I got up at 7:00 am. I spent the day sorting through the stuff left on the
floor Saturday. I also went through boxes of papers and miscellaneous. By
7 pm, I had things pretty well cleaned up.
On June 9, 2009, Tuesday,
I got up at 6:00 am. I went on the internet. Ed Owen dropped by, visited
and picked up some cans of Pepsi. After lunch, I wheeled to Fred Meyer.
They are still renovating. The grocery end was all blocked off except for
a narrow walkway to the entrance. They move the Home Electronics Dept and
I had to ask directions. I bought a set of speakers for my computer and a
mouse pad with a flag on it. I wheeled back home, taking photos all the way.
I got photos of a dragonfly. At home, I hooked up the speakers - they work good.
After supper, I chatted online with my daughter who was staying over night
with her friend Miriam to study for her Speech Final.
On June 10, 2009, Wednesday,
Mom's 80th Birthday:
I got up about 6:30 am. I phoned Mom in the morning to wish her a Happy
Birthday. My Social Worker from the County called and made an appointment
to come see me on Tuesday morning at 9:30. I took a nap in the afternoon.
My nurse called to ask about my CBG readings and my foot.
On June 11, 2009, Thursday,
Ed came over and we watched movies on DVD: "Enchanted", "Titan AE",
"Romancing the Stone", and "Nim's Island".
On June 12, 2009, Friday,
I got up at 6:30 am to get ready for Elderplace. I took back my walker
and the wedge they gave me for the bed. Vicki had 9 passengers. On the
bus I discovered I hadn't taken my breakfast pills, so I took them with
a can of diet Pepsi. I will take my noon pill when I get home and the
Supper Metformin at 8 pm. I returned
the things to Therapy, then delivered my CBG monitor to Meds. I bought a
book, "A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes", by
Stephen Hawking, and the first episode of "Saving Grace" on DVD (proceeds
going to the Oregon Food Bank). I took part in Lisa's Discussion Group,
then went to the Sandy Room and sang karaoke until lunch. The transition
to digital seemed to go off without a hitch.
On June 13, 2009, Saturday,
I read in the Stephen Hawking book.
On June 14, 2009, Sunday,
Flag Day, and National Strawberry Shortcake Day,
I got up at 7:30 am. After breakfast, I shaved, bathed and dressed for Church.
Larry picked me up after 11 am. The Sacrament talks were on Joseph Smith.
Sister Waddington introduced her new husband, they are moving this week.
Sunday School was on the Word of Wisdom. The Priesthood lesson was on
the importance of forgiveness.
On June 15, 2009, Monday, My
I got up at 8:00 am because my alarm didn't go off. I got an email from my sister
wishing me a Happy Birthday from her family and Mom and Dad. I listened to Rush
Limbaugh on KEX AM radio. For lunch, I had an egg salad sandwich, potato salad,
and strawberry shortcake (biscuit). I went online then took a nap.
On June 16, 2009, Tuesday,
The case worker from the County Seniors and Disabilities came to do my yearly
evaluation. We also discussed the payments I have been asked to make to them
which are larger than what I get in my bank account. President Obama, during
an interview was buzzed by a housefly which he swatted with one try.
On June 17, 2009, Wednesday,
I got a call from a Medicare surveyor and answered her questions to the best of
my ability, but based on the kinds of questions asked, I can't tell what they
can possibly learn from them. Senator Barbara Boxer prefers being called
Senator rather than Ma'am, even by a Brigadier General.
On June 18, 2009, Thursday,
I heard that North Korea may soon launch a missle across Japan toward the
U.S. (Hawaiian islands?) in the near future. They also have a cargo ship
hugging the China coast that is suspected of carrying illegal weapons and
the Navy wants to search it when it leaves China's waters. I got my new
batch of medications at lunchtime. For supper, I had salmon,
baked potato, and apple pie. Winda gave me a baked potato for my night
snack. Obama's poll ratings are starting to drop. His health care plan
is having trouble in the Legislature - appears to cost too much, and several
important parts have not yet been revealed. GE is now under the Federal
Reserve. I cut my own hair to about 1/8 inch.
On June 19, 2009, Friday,
I got up at 7:30 am. I shaved. Vicki picked me up at 8:25 am. She only had
six passengers today. I took my CBG monitor upstairs. I was weighed at 320.9
lbs. I studied my Priesthood lesson in the McKenzie Room. Someone asked me
if they could give me a new CBG monitor. Someone else asked me if I would
sing karaoke in the Columbia Room at 10 am. When I got there, they were
having a Participants meeting, so I didn't start singing until almost 10:30 am.
I sang until after 11 am, then went to the Sandy Room for Nanette's Reading.
It soon became so noisy there as people gathered and the aid was setting up
for lunch that I doubt if even the ladies at her table could hear what she
was reading. I had the parmesan chicken (w/ tomato sauce) for lunch. Vicki
brought me home by 2 pm (only 5 passengers). Ed was already parked out front.
He had a new Emergency Weather Radio. Starting about 3 pm, we had a torrential
downpour and a thunderstorm. We watched 5 episodes of "Saving Grace".
After five episodes, it didn't look like the story was ever going to save
Grace. Without the sexual situations and the foul language, it might have been
a good story. I got word of a podiatrist appointment for next Thursday. Ed
went home about 5:30 pm, but he left his radio behind. I had corn on the cob
Bird on Roof
On June 20, 2009, Saturday,
After breakfast, I wheeled down to Fred Meyer. I got cash from the ATM.
I found a CD wallet to hold
336 CDs or DVDs. I found the light bulbs for my fish tank and a black light
CFL. When I went to pay for them, the price on the CD wallet was much more
than what was on the shelf, so I didn't get it. I went to the grocery section
and bought snacks: cookies, bagels, chips, pudding. On the way home I passed a
yard sale (mostly in the house) and bought a set of metal shelves for $6.
For lunch, I had a grilled cheese sandwich and sliced peaches (light, because
we were going to a buffet in the afternoon).
Our Ill-Fated Outing
The first bus arrived and took
Margaret, Patti, Martha, and Tess. Willy and I waited for the second bus (which
arrived right at the end of its arrival window). Winda and Dan left to meet the
first bus at the buffet, giving me money for Willy's and my fares. The second
driver was expecting three passengers (Martha was to have been one). She called
the dispatcher (which is separate company from Tri-Met) and could not resolve
the problem. Apparently, they were unable to contact the other bus driver. She
also called her bosses, but her supervisor was not there. She ended up having
to let us off the bus and waited until Dan showed up. I had some chips and tapioca
pudding for a snack. At 4:30 pm, I went out on the porch to wait for the rest of
the outing to come home. It sprinkled a little bit. At 5 pm, Dan served me some
stew and apple pie. Then I went back out on the front porch. The Tri-Met Lift
bus arrived at 5:20 pm.
On June 21, 2009, Sunday, Fathers' Day, and the
1st Day of Summer,
I got up at 7:30 am. My largest goldfish is dead.
After breakfast, I shaved, bathed, and dressed for Church.
Demonstrations continued in Iran.
Larry picked me up just after 11 am. Sacrament meeting talks were on Fatherhood.
After Sacrament, the Relief Society handed out (at the chapel doors) cans of
Dad's Root Beer with a sticker on them that read, "You're the best, POP!
Happy Father's Day". I ate two oatmeal cookies for lunch.
Sunday School was about Learning by Study and Faith. I led the Priesthood
discussion on Redemption for the Dead.
Larry got me home just before it really started raining.
On June 24, 2009, Wednesday,
I napped all morning.
After supper, I managed to get on the internet, check my emails, and check
my New Happenings on SodaHead for the first time in days.
After 8 pm, I went out on the deck with my camera
hoping to catch a racoon with her babies that Winda had seen playing in
the yard the night before. I caught 4 cats going through the yard just
before 9 pm. One went under the deck where Winda thought the racoon kept
the babies. It came out and rested with its tail still under the deck
for a while. That convinced me the racoon was not under the deck. I also
caught the crescent moon, maybe two days old, on camera.
On June 26, 2009, Friday,
Vicki picked me up for Elderplace. She had 8 passengers today. When I got
there, I took my CBG monitor upstairs. Sana talked to me about my visit
to the foot doctor. I asked her whether I was getting new glasses and she
found that they had been ready for two weeks. They are tri-focals as expected.
I bought a book, "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong and began reading it.
I participated in Lisa's Discussion Group, which started about 15 minutes late.
I went to the Sandy Room afterward where I was scheduled to sing karaoke at
11:30 am, though the karaoke machine was still in the McKenzie Room. The Art
Instructor was cleaning up for half an hour (from 11 to 11:30). Nanette wasn't
there or she wouldn't have been able to read, though she was scheduled for
11:15. The machine was never brought, so I didn't sing karaoke, either.
I had salmon for lunch (the menu said it was Red Snapper) and something they
called lime cheesecake, though it was like nothing I had ever eaten. Vicki
got me home by 2 pm.
On June 25, 2009, Thursday,
Chuck picked me up late for my podiatrist (2:20 pm). We arrived
predictably 20 minutes late for the appointment. The doctor looked at
my feet. They were looking better, but I told him my feet had been
hurting more since about Sunday. He said he thought the "cellulitis"
problem I had with my left foot was probably Charcot's syndrome, too.
My only remedy seems to be not to use my feet. One on his assistants,
while putting my socks and shoes back on, told me that Michael Jackson
had died. I later learned that Farrah Fawcett had died only a few hours
On June 27, 2009, Saturday,
I began wearing the air boot on my right foot, as it was hurting quite a bit.
Ed Owen came over and watched TV with me for about an hour. He gave me the
Emergency Weather radio that he had left the last time and shared a Snickers
bar and Pepsi with me before he left when I was called to lunch.
I watched "Mission to Mars" on TV before going to bed.
On June 28, 2009, Sunday,
I decided to cancel my ride to church (as the wiser choice) to allow my foot to
recover. I watched two of my VHS tapes with Margaret, "A Simple Wish" and "Short
Circuit" and let her watch "Split Infinity" while I moved a few things in my room.
I read some more in "A History of God".
First Quarter Moon
On June 29, 2009, Monday,
I dreamed of waking up while still in the dream. My foot is feeling much better
this morning, but I know better than to overuse it. I mounted my web cam on the
wall and made a panoramic photo of my room.
I napped three hours of the afternoon.
Just before supper, I went out on the front porch and took photos of the First
Quarter Moon at different photosensitivity settings. It seems, in daylight, that
ASA 80 works best for the moon.
I went online and checked my email and SodaHead New Happenings.
On June 30, 2009, Tuesday,
I woke at 3 am, laid awake for two hours, then got another hour's sleep
before breakfast. I napped most of the time between breakfast and lunch.
I chatted briefly with my daughter but lost my internet connection.
After 8 pm, I went out on the front porch and took pictures of the Gibbous